Alexandria, Jefferson Co., NY

In the matter of the estate of PETER JULY JR. of Alexandria, Jefferson Co., NY:

On 5 October 1887, SOPHIA JULY petitioned to open the estate for probate and stated that Peter had deceased at Cleveland, Ohio on 12 September 1887 and had left a will, naming her as executrix.

Heirs/next of kin:
WILLIAM J. JULY of Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
MINNIE E. EVERSON of Alexandria, NY
KITTIE E. VISGER of Alexandria, NY
LEWIS E. JULY of Alexandria.
All children of Peter July, deceased, and of full age.


PETER JULY JR. at 54 years made his will. Named his wife, SOPHIA JULY. At her decease, all property to be divided between his children: WILLIAM J. JULY; MINNIE JULY, KITTY VISGAR (wife of W. H. VISGAR) and LEWIS JULY. Named Sophia as sole executrix Will dated: 5 April 1883. /s/ Peter July, Jr.
Witnesses: A. C. CORNWALL and JOHN T. CORNWALL both of Alexandria, NY
Will proved: 28 November, 1887. Jefferson Co., NY Wills, Vol. 27, p. 49.

NOTE: Sophia July died in Jefferson County, NY on 10 April 1917. She had controlled the estate until that time; however, her descendants began to question the disappearance of the estate proceeds and on 1 June 1917, ROSWELL W. VISGER of Alexandria, NY submitted another petition:

He stated he was the grandson of Peter July, deceased, being a son of H. W. Visger and Catherine (Kitty) July Visger, who was a daughter of the deceased Peter July, Jr. That the will of Peter was admitted to probate on 28 November 1887 and that no account was kept of the estate. The following persons were heirs of Peter July Jr.:

WILLIAM J. JULY JR. of Chicago, Illinois, eldest son
MINNIE MANNING of Alexandria Bay, NY, eldest daughter
CATHERINE (KITTY) VISGER, a deceased daughter and her next of kin: SOPHIA WALRATH of Syracuse NY and ROSWELL W. VISGER of Alexandria Bay
LEWIS JULY of Alexandria, a son of Peter July Jr.
Lewis had been appointed by the Surrogate of Jefferson County as executor.

Information contributed by volunteer Marilyn Sapienza.

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