In the matter of the estate of LOVICY P. GATES of Champion, Jefferson Co., NY:
On 19 September 1893, HENRY GATES of Lowville, Lewis Co., NY, petitioned to open probate on the estate. He stated that Lovicy had deceased on 29 July 1893 in Champion and left no will. That the petitioner was the only child and sole descendant of the deceased and of full age and was an illegitimate child of the deceased as appears in the affidavit of Henry Gates.
"State of Vermont, Addison County: Henry Gates resident of Bristol in said county being duly sworn doth depose and say, that he knew and was well acquainted with the person named and called Lovicy P. Gates, who died at the town of Champion, Jefferson County, NY on 29 July 1893.
"That he this deponent and said Lovicy P. Gates lived together and cohabited together for several years commencing in the year 1854 or thereabouts and living together and cohabiting continued for about ten years - during the time of such living together, a son, Henry Gates so called now living in Lowville, Lewis County, NY - and now in the thirty-ninth year of his age - was born to said Lovicy P. Gates.
"That this deponent and said Lovicy P. Gates now deceased were never married and deponent says that said Henry Gates (named for and after this deponent) and borne of said Lovicy P. Gates, deceased, is the illegitimate son of this deponent - That this deponent has always recognized and regarded said Henry as the son of this deponent although illegitimate.
"This deponent makes no claim whatsoever to any property left by said Lovicy P. at her death and relinquishes to said Henry, said son - all claim and all property and right to any property, real or personal which said Lovicy P. Gates had, at the time of her decease - and desires and requests the surrogate of Jefferson Co., NY to grant letters of administration to him upon the estate of said Lovicy P. -- that said deceased died leaving real and personal property in said County of Jefferson.
Taken subscribed and sworn to before me the 11th day of September 1893. before Harlan P. Sherwin, Justice Peace. /s/ H. G. Henry Gates"
Jefferson Co., NY Estate Papers, Box G1-3/8.
Information contributed by volunteer Marilyn Sapienza.
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