WILL OF MARTHA G. SEARLES
In the name of God, Amen; I Martha G Searles of the town of Ellisburgh in the County of Jefferson and state of NY of the age of sixty nine years and being of sound mind and memory, do make publish and declare this my last will and testament; in manner following, that is to say,
FIRST I give and bequeath to my son William T. Searles the interest on a certain mortgage for two thousand dollars given by Priscilla Clark to Jas H. Searles and dated on the 16th day of October 1878 which said mortgage was duly assigned to me on the 31st day of March 1879 and is now in my possession and is my property said interest to be paid to trustes hereinafter named for the use and benefit of my said son Wm. T. Searles.
SECOND I give and devise to my son Wm. T. Searles the use of all my real estate which consists of two sixths of the farm I now occupy of about Fifty acres, near the village of Belleville, in the town of Ellisburg aforesaid, the rents issues and profits thereof to be paid to the said trustee for the use and benefit of my said son (said rents issues and profits to be paid over to my said son from time to time as they may become due and payable without anticipating any part of such sums, or in any way advancing payments on such rents issues and profits before they are due and payable) to be used and enjoyed by him during the term of his natural life and from and immediately after his decease I give and devise the said estate to his heirs forever.
THIRD I give bequeath and devise all the rest residue and remainder of my estate real or personal of what nature or kind soever, to my four children that are now living viz: Jas H. Searles, Robert R. Searles, Martha Bogardus and William T. Searles to be divided equally between them share and share alike.
FOURTH I hereby nominate and appoint to be the executor of this my will, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my friend and son Jas H. Searles to be trustee to take charge of and disburse the funds that may come into his hands for the use enjoyment and benefit of my said son William T. Searles.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty. s/s Martha G. Searles
CODICIL Whereas I, Martha G. Searles of the town of Ellisburgh in the County of Jefferson and State of New York have made my last will and testament in writing bearing date the 19th day of May 1880, in and by which I have given and bequeathed and devised all the rest and residue and remainder of my estate real or personal of whatever nature or kind soever, to my four children that are now living viz, Jas H. Searles, Robert R. Searles, Martha Bogardus and Wm. T. Searles to be divided equally between them share and share alike. Now, therefore I do by this my writing which I hereby declare to be a codicil to my said last will and testament and to be taken as part thereof, order and declare that my will is that the foregoing provision of my said will, shall only apply and accrue to my said son Wm. T. Searles and to him only of all the heirs before mentioned, and all moneys or otherwise arising or accruing from the foregoing provisions are to be paid into the hands of trustee mentioned in said will, for the use and benefit of my said son Wm. T. Searles.
And lastly it is my desire that this Codicil be annexed to, and made a part of my last will and testament as aforesaid to all intents and purposes. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and eighty-one. s/sMartha G. Searles
Witnesses to the codicil were:
Bernard D. Searles Residence Belleville Jeff Co. NY
Sophia A. Searles Residence Belleville Jeff Co. NY
The obituary of Mrs. Martha G. Searles was published in Rome (Oneida Co) Ny on 12 Jan. 1885 in the RC ewspaper issued 16 Jan 1885. As follows:
Mrs. Martha G. Searles, the mother of James H. and Robert R. Searles of Rome NY, died at the residence of the latter about midnight of Monday January 12, 1885,of congestion of the lungs and heart disease. She always enjoyed good health till within the last year, during which time she had several severe attacks of illness. The last attack was within two or three days of her death, and she grew rapidly worse till its fatal termination. Deceased was born in Belleville,Jefferson Co., and had made that place her home through life, with the exception of three years spent with her son Robert in Rome, from 1869 to 1871. She was born 28 November 1810, and was therefore in the 75th year of her age. In 1830 she was married to J. H. Searles, of Belleville, with whom she lived until his death in 1860?, and by whom she was the mother of eleven children, four of whom are still living, viz: James H. and Robert R. Searles, of Rome, Mrs. M. E. Bogardus of New York City, and William T. Searles of Brookfield, MO. For fifty years she had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and her life and conversation testified to the genuineness of her Christianity. Her benevolence and kindly ways greatly endeared her to all who knew her, and many sincere mourners will regret to learn that she has passed away.
Information contributed by volunteer Marilyn Sapienza.
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