In the matter of the estate of WILLIAM ASHBY of Salem, Essex, MA :
On 6 February 1851, a commission was issued to NATHANIEL LORD, JR. and CHARLES KIMBALL of Ipswich, Essex Co., MA, authorizing them to examine JOHN W. PEPPER, JOHN W. PEPPER JR. and PHILADELPHIA PEPPER of Salem in MA as witnesses in the matter of proving the last will and testament of WILLIAM ASHBY.
WILL OF WILLIAM ASHBY
WILLIAM ASHBY named his daughter, SARAH, and gave her the farm where she lived in Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., NY. Named Sarah's husband, HENRY METCALF. Named his daughter, ANNE and her husband, DAVID MERRITT. Named his daughter, ELIZABETH, and her late husband, JOSHUA PUTNAM. Named his son, WILLIAM of Newburyport, MA. Mentions a late marriage and an indenture dated 15 December 1840 by which the estate was chargeable in favor of his present wife, it was distinctly to be understood to carry out said instrument, each of his children in the four divisions of his estate and each division of his property was to be chargeable with one-fourth part as an equal share of charge to his estate in consequence of that instrument. He appointed his son, William of Newburyport and his grandson, SAMUEL B. BUTTRICK of Salem, MA as executors and trustees. Will dated 12 September 1843. /s/ Wm. Ashby
Witnesses: JOHN WM. PEPPER, JOHN WM. PEPPER JR., PHIA PEPPER
Will admitted in Jefferson Co.: 14 April 1851.
Jefferson Co., NY Wills, Vol. 1, p. 571.
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