JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK


Henry D. Van Camp's Estate


order~
At a surrogates court held in and for the county of Jefferson at the surrogates office in Watertown in said county the 27th day of March 1855.
Present Jas. R. a. Perkins Surrogate


In the matter of proving the last will and testament of Henry D. Van Camp deceased be it remembered that on the 11th day of March 1855, Cornelius Van Camp of the town of Clayton in said county came before said surrogate and made and filed his petition on oath stating and thereby said surrogate was satisfied that Henry D. Van Camp late an inhabitant of said county and owning real and personal estate therein had died having previously duly made and published his last will and testament disposing of said estate and therein had named the said Cornelius A. Van Camp one of the executors thereof.

That the heirs and next of kin of said deceased are as follows and none other or others viz.
Cornelius H. Van Camp, said petitioner, Belinda Gillett wife of Eli Gillett of Orleans, Jacob Van Camp of Worth, David Van Camp of Clayton, Maria Wagoner wife of Jacob A. Wagoner of Orleans, William Van Camp of Clayton, Catharine Van Camp of Orleans all of full age and Henry Van Camp of Clayton a minor having no general guardian all residing in said county of Jefferson and children of said testator.

And by said petition it was prayed that a citation might issue out of and under the seal of this court to be directed to the proper persons pursuant to the statute requiring them at such time and place as should be on said citation mentioned to appear and attend the probate of said will and that such further or other proceedings in the premises should be duly had as may be required to the proving and recording of the said will and the granting probate and Letters Testamentary thereof.

Thereupon said surrogate being satisfied of the truth of the matters stated and set forth in said petition and on reading and filing the consent of Luther J. Dorwin of Watertown in said county to be appointed and to serve as special guardian of the minor named in said petition did appoint the said Luther J. Dorwin such special guardian for the sole purpose of appearing for and taking care of his interest in the matter of proving said will and did also open a citation under his hand and official seal bearing date the 12th day of March 1855, directed to the adult persons above named and to the said Luther J. Dorwin as a special guardian as aforesaid stating their places of residence respectively and that Cornelius H. Van Camp one of the executors in said will named had applied to said surrogate to have the same proved as a will of real and personal property and requiring them personally to be and appear before said surrogate at his office in Watertown in said county on the 21st day of March 1855 at 10 o'clock in the forenoon of that day and attend the probate of said will.

Thereupon process was continued until the return day thereof. At which time and place last mentioned appeared in court before said surrogate the said petitioners and filed with said sur- rogate proof by affidavit of the personal service of said citation upon all persons, to whom the same was directed, and no one appearing to oppose. Thereupon said surrogate did proceed to hear the proofs and allegations on the premises. The said will was produced and Samuel B. Starr one of the subscribing witness to said will was duly sworn and testified as such witness, which testimony after being reduced to writing was carefully read over to and subscribed by him. Thereupon the further hearing of said matter was adjourned to the 27th day of March 1855 at same place and hour at which time and place last mentioned said petitioners again appeared and no one appearing to oppose.

The said surrogate did proceed to hear further the proofs and allegations on the premises the said will was again produced and John on the premises the said will was again produced and John N. Beardsley the other subscribing witness to said will was duly sworn and testified as such witness, which testimony after being reduced to writing was carefully read over to and subscribed by him and the same together with the testimony of Samuel B. Starr the other subscribing witness was afterward recorded as follows herein after in this book.

Thereupon said surrogate being satisfied from said proofs and examinations that said will was duly executed that the testator at the time of executing was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding of full age and not under any restraint and competent to make a will, and that said will was duly made and executed as a good and valid will of real and personal estate. Doth order adjudge and decree that said will be and the same is hereby proved, approved, established and confirmed as a good and valid will of real and personal estate and that the same be recorded as such and the same with the proofs thereof taken and the certificate is recorded of the day and year first aforesaid in the office of said surrogate in the book kept for that purpose which record follows immediately hereinafter. And it is further ordered that Letters Testamentary issue to Cornelius H. Van Camp and David Van Camp, the executors in said will named.

Witness Jas. R.A. Perkins Surrogate
of said county the day and year first
aforesaid.
Jas. R.A. Perkins
Surrogate
Recorded March 27th 1855
Jas. R.A. Perkins
Surrogate



Will

I, Henry D. Van Camp of the town of Orleans in the County of Jefferson & State of New York, being of sound mind & memory and having regard to the uncertainty of this mortal life, do make, publish, and declare this my last will and testament.

Firstly I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Catharine over and above her right of dowery all my household furn- ture, to her, her heirs and assigns for ever.

Second, I do give and bequeath unto my beloved son Cornelius Van Camp the legacy of five hundred dollars to be paid to him in three years after my decease which legacy is hereby made a charge upon my real estate.

Third, I do give and bequeath unto my beloved son Jacob Van Camp the legacy of four hundred dollars to be paid to him in four years after my decease which legacy is hereby made a charge upon my real estate.

Fourth, I do give and bequeath unto my beloved son David Van Camp the legacy of one thousand dollars to be paid to him in four years after my decease which legacy is hereby made a charge upon my real estate.

Fifth, I do give and bequeath unto my beloved son William Van Camp the legacy of one thousand dollars to be paid to him in five years after my decease which legacy is hereby made a charge upon my real estate.

Sixth, I do give and bequeath unto my beloved son Henry Van Camp the legacy of twelve hundred dollars to be paid to him on the day that he arrives at the age of twenty one years which legacy is hereby made a charge upon my real estate.

Seventh I do give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Belinda Gillett wife of Eli Gillett of the town of Orleans in the county aforesaid the legacy of three hundred dollars to be paid to her five years after my decease which legacy is hereby made a charge upon my real estate.

Eight, I do give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Maria Wagoner wife of Jacob A. Wagoner of the town of Orleans in the county aforesaid the legacy of three hundred and fifty dollars to be paid to her five years after my decease which legacy is also hereby made a charge upon my real estate.

Ninth, I do give and beq- eath unto my beloved daughter Catharine E. Van Camp at present single and unmarried a legacy of three hundred dollars five years after my decease and in case she shall remain single and unma- arried at my decease, or shall not have sooner received a proper setting out, I do hereby further bequeath to her a setting out to be in all respects equal to the setting out previously given to my daughters Belinda & Maria to be paid to her upon request after her marriage all of which are hereby made a charge upon my real estate. Provided said Catherine should remain single & unmarried until her legacy of three hundred dollars becomes then in that case her setting out becomes due also.

Tenth, I do give and devise and bequeath unto my executors herein after named In trust all my real and personal estate, all my rights & credits whatever, and I do hereby authorize and empower them to sell & convey the same at anytime or times whenever they think proper, either by private or public sale, and to apply the proceeds of said sale or sales to the payment of my liabilities. And further it is my will & do order that in case after the disposition of my real and personal property, there should be a balance of money in the hands of the executors not disposed of then in that case, said balance to be equally divided am- ongst my wife Catharine and all my sons and daughters, but in case there should be a deficiency of property to satisfy and pay up all my liabilities then in that case my sons and daughters are to contribute for the said deficiency in proportion to their respective legacies.

Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved sons Cornelius Van Camp and David Van Camp as my executors of this my last will and testament, revoking all others be me made.

Dated March 7, 1854
Henry D. Van Camp L.S (his signature)

Signed sealed published and declared to be my last will & testament in presence of each of us whose names as subscribing witnesses are hereto placed at the request of the testator in his presence and in the presence of each of us the day and year above written.

Samuel B. Starr of Orleans Jefferson County, N.Y. Merchant
John N. Beardsley Orleans Jeff Co. N.Y.


State of New York} Testimony

Jefferson County Surrogates Court: Before Jas R.A. Perkins Surrogate. In the matter of proving the will of the real and personal estate of Henry D. Van Camp deceased: County of Jefferson ss: Samuel B. Starr of the town of Orleans in said county being first duly sworn deposith and saith that on the seventh day of March 1854 at Orleans aforesaid he saw Henry D. Van Camp deceased subscribe the instrument now shown to this deponent and which purports to be the last will and testament of Henry D. Van Camp late of the town of Orleans in said county deceased bearing date the 7th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four. That on the day of the date aforesaid and at the time of signing of the same he heard the said Henry D. Van Camp declare the same to be his last will and testament and that he this deponent and John N. Beardsley the other subscribing witness did then subscribe their names thereto as witnesses at the request and in the presence of the said Henry D. Van Camp and of each other; that at the time thereof the said Henry D. Van Camp was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding of full age, and not under any restraint and competent to make a will.

Sworn & subscribed before Samuel B. Starr
On this 21st day of March 1855}
Jas. R. A. Perkins
Surrogate


State of New York
Jefferson County} Surrogates Court:

Before Jas. R.A. Perkins Surrogate. In the matter of proving the will of the real and personal estate of Henry D. Van Camp deceased, County of Jefferson ss: John N. Beardsley of the town of Orleans in said county being first duly sworn deposith and saith, that on the seventh day of March 1854 at Orleans aforesaid he saw Henry D. Van Camp deceased, subscribe the instrument now shown to this deponent and which purports to be the last will and testament of Henry D. Van Camp late of the town of Orleans in said county deceased bearing date the 7th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four. That on the day of the date aforesaid and at the time of signing the same, he heard the said Henry D. Van Camp declare the same to be his last will and testament and that he, this deponent, and Samuel B. Starr the other subscribing witness did then subscribe their names thereto as witnesses at the request and in the presence of the said Henry D. Van Camp and of each other, that at the time thereof the said Henry D. Van Camp was of sound and disposing mind memory and under- standing, of full age, and not under any restraint and competent to make a will.
John N. Beardsley
Subscribed & sworn
before me Mch 2nd 1855}


State of New York
Certificate
Jefferson County} Surrogates Court:

Before Jas. R. A. Perkins Surrogate. I Jas. R.A. Perkins Surrogate in and for the county of Jefferson do certify upon proofs and examinations taken before me at my office in Watertown in said county on the 21st and 27th days of March 1855 by the oaths of Samuel B. Starr and John N. Beardsley the subs- cribing witnesses to the foregoing will, that said will was duly execute- ed. That the testator at the time of executing the same was in all respects competent to devise real estate and to bequeath personal property, of sound and disposing mind memory and underst- anding of full age and not under any restraint. That said will has been duly proved approved established and confirmed a good and valid will of real and personal estate. And I further certify that said will with the proofs thereof taken and the certificate thereon endorsed is recorded in the office of said surrogate in the book kept for recording wills testa- ments and codicils.
In witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my seal of office and subscribed my name this 27th day of March 1855.
L.S. Jas. R.A. Perkins Surrogate

Recorded March 27th 1855,
Jas. R.A. Perkins
Surrogate


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