In the matter of the estate of JONATHAN TOWNSEND of Pamelia, Jefferson Co., NY:
Petition to open probate by TRUMAN B. TOWNSEND of Pamelia, Jefferson Co., NY on 28 April 1854. He stated that Jonathan had lately deceased and that he, Truman, was one of the executors of the will.
Heirs/next of kin named in petition to open probate:
LUNA PAGE wife of AMASA PAGE
JONATHAN TOWNSEDN JR.
LYMAN TOWNSEND of Philadelphia NY
TRUMAN B. TOWNSEND of Pamelia NY
ANNA MOORE, wife of JOHN W. MOORE of Springvale, Fond du Lac Co, Wisconsin
all of full age and children of said testator
CORDELIA BLODGET of LeRay, NY
AMBROSE BLODGET of Syracuse, NY
BETSEY VAN AMBER, wife of JOHN VAN AMBER of Watertown NY
MARY STARKWEATHER, wife of HARVEY STARKWEATHER of Pamelia, NY
all of full age and children of BETSEY BLODGET, deceased, and grandchildren of testator
ORLANDO FLARIDY of Denmark, Lewis Co., NY minors having no general guardian and children of MARIAH FLARIDY, deceased and grandchildren of BETSEY BLODGET, deceased and great grandchildren of testator.
TOWNSEND HALL of Smithville, Jefferson Co., Pennsylvania
BETSEY FALL of Upper Canada
JANE HULL, wife of CHARLES HULL of Oswego, NY
ALGER FALL, whose place of residence unknown, all of full age and children of POLLY FALL who is deceased and grandchildren of testator and ____REED and ___REED, children of CORDELIA REED, deceased, and grandchildren of POLLY FALL, deceased, who residence is unknown, and great grandchildren of said testator.
WILL OF JONATHAN TOWNSEND
JONATHAN TOWNSEND of Pamelia, made his will on 19 May 1853. He stated that he was 87 years and upwards in age. Named HARRY DAVIS. Named two daughters: LUNA PAGE and ANNA MOORE and to the children of deceased daughters, BETSEY BLODGET and POLLY FALL. To HARRIET VANAMBER. Mentions note that he held against ANNA MOORE'S husband, JOHN MOORE. Shares to go to children of daughters Betsey and Polly to be equally divided between their children; each family to take the share of their parent. Named three sons; TRUMAN B., JONATHAN and LYMAN. Appointed DEXTER HAVENS and WILLARD IVES as executors. /s/ Jonathan X Townsend Witnesses: B. BAGLEY of Pamelia and LEWIS BARBER of Pamelia.
Testator appointed his son, TRUMAN B. TOWNSEND as executor with DEXTER HAVENS and WILLIAM IVES. Dated 20 August 1853.
Witnessed by Lewis Barber and James P. Townsend.
(2nd Codicil of 2) CODICIL TO JONATHAN TOWNSEND'S WILL:
On 14 March 1854 Jonathan referenced the bequest to HARRIET VAN AMBER of 50 acres of land in the proportions of land divided. The land he bequeathed to Harriet was to be given to HARRY DAVIS, her brother, and Harriet was to take no part or portion thereof.
Witnesses: LEWIS BARBER of Pamelia and George K. Townsend of Pamelia.
Will proved as valid: 18 September 1854 by Surrogate Court judge.
Jefferson Co. Wills, Vol. 3, p. 190.
NOTE: The will and in particular the codicil, was hotly contested in page after page of testimony. One of the witnesses stated that Mrs. Van Amber's brother, HARRY DAVIS, because he was a poor man and had received nothing, while she had received portions in the will. It was not explained how Harry Davis was her brother. Sarah Townsend testified that Jonathan's last wife died on 20 May 1853. ISAAC VAN AMBER appeared as a witness at the hearing on the will noted that Harriet Van Amber had lived with the testator and married to Van Amber about a month before Jonathan died. Isaac was an uncle of JohnVan Amber. ORANGE VAN AMBER testified as father of John N. Van Amber and that Harriet was his daughter-in-law. In a conversation with the testator some years past, he learned that Jonathan planned to include Harriet in his will along with his daughters. And that 30 years previously he had married the mother of Harriet Van Amber, who was then about 15 years old at the time. Harriet was told that if she would come to live with him, Jonathan, and her mother, she would share equally with his girls in his property and will. So Harriet went and lived with them until she was married to John N. Van Amber, about three years prior to testator's death. Jonathan Townsend died 20 April 1854 at 88 years 9 months and is buried in Sandy Lawn Cemetery in Pamelia. MARY TOWNSEND as wife of Jonathan, died 3 May 1853 at 76 years 11 months and is also buried at Sandy Lawn. Son, Truman B. Townsend, died in 1887 at 81 years. Harriet VanAmber died 1879 at 73 years as the wife of John. John N. VanAmber died 1889 at 88 years, both buried at Pamelia.
Information contributed by volunteer Marilyn Sapienza.
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