In the matter of the estate of WASHINGTON LEE of Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., NY:
SILVESTER BENJAMIN of Hounsfield petitioned to open probate and stated that he was the general guardian of MARY M. LEE, widow of WASHINGTON LEE, late of Hounsfield. He stated that Washington had deceased on 9 April 1880 at Hounsfield and had died intestate. *See will below. Petition dated 13 April 1880.
Heirs/next of kin:
MARY M. LEE, widow of deceased, a minor over 14 years.
ADDISON LEE of Hounsfield
WALLACE LEE of the county asylum at Watertown
all of Jefferson Co., NY
FREEBORN LEE of Kankakee Co., Kankakee Co., Illinois, brothers and a sister of the deceased all of full age
SETH HUNTER of Brownville, Jefferson Co.
HOWELL PATRICK in one of the western states, residence unknown
all children of ANN HUNTER, a deceased sister of Washington Lee, both of full age.
FRANCES PATRICK, resident of Chicago, Illinois
In a letter to the probate court by Silvester Benjamin, on 28 March 1881, he stated:
MINNIE M. LEE who was then over 21 years of Hounsfield was the widow of the deceased
SAMUEL L. LEE
ADDISON H. LEE
HARRY A. LEE of Hounsfield
FREEBORN LEE of Kankakee, Ilinois
WALLACE LEE of Pamelia, brothers of the deceased
HELLEN M. MOFFETT of Hounsfield, sister of the deceased
SETH J. HUNTER of Brownville, a nephew of the deceased
FRANCES PATRICK of Chicago, Illinois, a niece of the deceased
were all of the heirs at law entitled to the estate and all of full age
WILL OF WASHINGTON LEE
WASHINGTON LEE, age 45, stated he had no children and left his estate of his wife, HANNAHETT. Named his wife as sole executrix. Will dated 8 May 1867. /s/ Washington Lee.
Witnesses: SILVESTER BENJAMIN of Hounsfield and WILLIAM GREEN
Jefferson Co., NY Estate Papers, Box L1-4.
NOTE: Apparently, the "will" of Washington Lee was not admitted as the estate was treated as one of intestate.
Information contributed by volunteer Marilyn Sapienza.
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