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.
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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