In the matter of the estate of JOHN REED of Rodman, Jefferson Co., NY:
On 30 June 1857, LORENZO D. REED petitioned to open probate and stated that John had deceased on 2 January 1857 and left a will, and that he, Lorenzo, was a legatee in the will.
Heirs/next of kin:
LORENZO D. REED of Lorraine, and petitioner
LOVINDER DURFEE, wife of ASA DURFEE of Rodman, NY
JAMES H. REED of Watertown, NY
JONATHAN REED of New Brunswick, Lower Canada
LUCINDA PARDY, wife of CHARLES PARDY of Iowa City, Iowa, all children of the deceased and of full age.
DENZEL REED, a child of the deceased of Rodman, NY, a minor having no general guardian.
ALMEDA A. REED
ALICE REED, children of the deceased and children of CHARLES REED, deceased of Rodman, minors of whom ALBERT L. GILLET of Worth in Jefferson Co. is the general guardian.
WILL OF JOHN READ
JOHN READ named his wife, CELINDA READ. Named his son, LORENZO. Mentions children born of his first wife: son, DANIEL. Grandchildren, children of his son, CHARLES. JAMES MORSE of Rodman named executor. Will dated 21 June 1851. /s/ John Read
Witnesses: DAVID SPEAR and WM. M. WINSLOW of Rodman, NY
Appointed ERASTUS PERSONS to be the executor of the will and revoked the appointment of JAMES MORSE. Dated 26 December 1856. /s/ John Reed
Witnesses: GEO. A. GATES of Rodman and EASTAN PETTINGILL of Rodman, NY
Will proved: 3 September 1857.
Jefferson Co., NY Wills, Vol. 5, pp. 127-162.
NOTE: The surname is spelled both as "Reed" and "Read" in the file. Although the will is not lengthy, the testimony as to John Read's competence to make a will required several depositions which increased the number of probate pages.
Information contributed by volunteer Marilyn Sapienza.
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