In the matter of the estate of MARY C. SEWALL of Pamelia, Jefferson Co., NY:
On 22 January 1841, HENRY D. SEWALL of Pamelia, petitioned to open probate. He stated that Mary had deceased and left a will. Henry D. Sewell, her husband and HENRY F. SEWALL, her son were appointed executors.
Heirs/next of kin:
HENRY D. SEWALL of Pamelia, husband and petitioner
HENRY F. SEWALL of Pamelia, her son
MARY SEWALL of Pamelia, her daughter
JOHN F. SEWALL of Pamelia, her son
ANN ELIZABETH SEWALL of Pamelia, her daughter
EDMUND Q. SEWALL of Pamelia, her son
All children of the deceased were infants under 21 except HENRY F. SEWALL
The Testament and Appointment of MARY CATHERINE SEWALL, wife of HENRY D. SEWALL.
By virtue of an agreement on 23 August 1819, between HENRY D. SEWALL, husband of Catherine, and FREDRICK A. NORTON of the other part. Catherine Sewall was daughter of the late BIRDSEY NORTON, deceased and responsible for the Norton estate. Catherine made the agreement as her will. She made her husband, Henry, recipient of moneys from her estate to use for the support and care of their minor children. She appointed her husband, Henry D. and son, Henry F., as executors of her estate. Will dated 29 December 1840. /s/ Mary C. Sewall
Witnesses: JAMES BURR and BENJAMIN AUSTIN JR. and LESTER FORWARD
Will proved: 22 Jan. 1841.
Jefferson Co., NY. Wills, Vol. B., p. 61.
NOTE: By using the agreement of 1819, it would seem that it was an early form of a pre-nuptial agreement that guaranteed Catherine of her inheritance.
Information contributed by volunteer Marilyn Sapienza.
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