In the matter of the estate of NATHANIEL PIERCE of Rutland, Jefferson Co., NY:
On 10 November 1847, JOSEPH GRAVES of Rutland, petitioned to open probate on the estate and stated that Nathaniel had left a will.
Heirs/next of kin:
JOSEPH PIERCE of Champion, NY
ELSEY CLARK, wife of ANSEL CLARK of Antwerp, NY
MARGARET SCOTT, wife of HENRY SCOTT
RENEW TUTTLE, wife of JEREMIAH TUTTLE of Rutland, NY
NATHANIEL PIERCE of Burton, Geauga Co., Ohio
RACHEL PIERCE of Diana, Lewis Co., NY
CHARLES O. PIERCE of Diana, Lewis Co., NY, a minor under 21 years with no general guardian.
WILL OF NATHANIEL PIERCE
NATHANIEL PIERCE directed that his executor was to sell the farm and other real estate to be converted to cash money and divided between PRESERVED PIERCE, ELCY CLARK, MARGARET SCOTT, NATHANIEL PIERCE, JR., NANCY PIERCE and RENEW TUTTLE. Stated that they were his six children. Named son, JOSEPH PIERCE and wife, MARGARET to receive 50 acre farm in Champion, and at their death to their surviving children. That farm was deeded to Nathaniel Pierce by ALANSON ROSE and his wife, BETSEY ROSE. Named his grandson, CHARLES O. PIERCE to receive land in Diana, Lewis Co. NY when of full age. Authorized RACHEL PIERCE, mother of Charles O. Pierce to take care of said property and to pay taxes but not to allow timber to be cut on the land. That land was deeded to Nathaniel Pierce on 13 November 1844 by John LaFarge and Louisa, his wife by John Binse, their attorney. Appointed JOSEPH GRAVES as sole executor. Will dated: 19 July 1847. /s/ Nathaniel Pierce
Witnesses: JOHN BACON and CHARLES D. SMITH of Rutland, Jefferson Co., NY
Will proved: 30 December 1847.
Jefferson Co. NY Wills, Vol. E, p. 34.
NOTE: Nathaniel was of Halifax, Vermont and an early settler of Rutland. He had nine children. Nancy became Mrs. Eleazer Williams of Antwerp. Preserved Pierce (born 14 Jan. 1798 in Halifax, VT) married Lena, daughter of Russell Randall of Lorraine in 1825 and located in Rutland Hollow, his residence until 1839 when he moved to Champion. He served in the War of 1812 and his widow drew a pension. Preserved's children were: Benjamin, Cordelia (Mrs. Hubbard Whitney), of Chicago, Obediah W. (who married Althea Babcock) and Nancy (Mrs. H. J. Case) of Champion.
Information contributed by volunteer Marilyn Sapienza.
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