Jonathan Brown's Will
Dated April 21, 1845
|In the name of God Amen, I Jonathan Brown of the Town of Granville in the
County of Washington and State of New York, being of sound disposing mind and
memory do hereby make publish and do share the following to be my last Will and
Whereas I have given and advanced unto my sons Edmund Brown and Arnold
Brown all I consider it my duty to give unto them of any worldly property and
estate and therefore hereby declare them hereby excluded from any further
bounty & benefit from my estate.
I give and devise unto my son Charles Brown all that parcel of land
called my house farm bounded east by John Alderman's Manuel Northrup farm,
south by Arnold Brown's land to his northwest corner and to continue west on a
post and wall fence till it strikes Captain Northrup's land. Thence north on
said Northrup's post line to the highway. Thence along the highway to said
Alderman's land being his west line and it ------- his north west corner. To
Have and to Hold the same and to his heirs and assigns forever upon this
express condition that the said Charles Brown pay unto Leonard Brown my son the
sum of [can't read] dollars in two years after my decease and further maintain
and support my sons Rowland Brown and my daughter Lucy Brown and Mary Brown in
sickness & in health during their natural lives respectively in a decent and comfortable manner in case of the marriage of my said daughters or either of
them then the said Charles Brown shall give unto them a cow and also on the
further condition that the said Charles Brown pay unto Baizilla Brown the son
of my deceased son of Ellis Brown deceased, the sum of fifty Dollars, when he
shall arrive at the age of twenty one years.
And I further devise unto my said son Charles Brown on the condition aforesaid
all that certain lot of land commencing on the line running west of Arnold
Brown's northwest corner at the east side of the Woods, & running thence
southerly along the east side of said woods and south of said woods westerly
till it strikes Captain Northrup's land – Thence northerly along said
Northrup's east line until it strikes the line running from said Arnold Browns
northwest corner named in the description of the house farm above mentioned,
thence on said line to the place of beginning to have & to hold the said last
described premises as a wood lot forever unto his heir and assigns.
And as I am desirous of reserving out of the house farm a family
burying ground to be kept and reserved forever as a family burying ground. I
reserve for that purpose a piece of land sufficiently large for myself , my
children and grandchildren to be located next north of the long stemmed apple
tree so called south from my present dwelling house notwithstanding the
I give and devise unto my son Reynolds H. Brown all the rest &
residue of my ----- real estate not herein before devised situated in the Town
of Granville aforesaid to have to Hold unto him the said Reynolds H. Brown his
heirs and assigns on condition that he the said Reynolds H. Brown shall pay
unto William Bliss the son of my deceased daughter Mercy the sum of one hundred
dollars as follows; fifty dollars on year after my decease & fifty dollars in
two years after my decease.
all my outdoor moveables I give and bequeath unto my said sons, Charles
Brown and Reynolds H. Brown to be divided equally as to value between them as
near as may be.
I give and bequeath unto Leonard Brown the sum of two hundred Dollars
payable by Charles Brown to him in two years after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Lucy Brown one half of all my
indoor moveables except the bed I sleep upon with its bedding & bed stand which
I give unto Charles Brown aforesaid and the other half of my indoor movables I
give and bequeath unto Rowland Brown my son and Mary Brown my daughter.
I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint as fully as I can do my son
Charles Brown and my friend Levi Martin to be Executors of this, my last will
and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
The testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty first
day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five.
|Signed sealed published and
declared by the said Jonathan
Brown to be his last
Will and Testament
in the presence of us who have
hereto set our hands as attesting
John C. Parker of Granville, Wash. Co: N.Y. Saml Daily ditto ditto
Codicil to Jonathan Brown's Will
Dated December 11, 1847
|Whereas I Jonathan Brown have made and executed the foregoing as my last Will
and Testament and have devised to Reynolds H. Brown all the use and residue of
my Real Estate as in the foregoing will is expressed to Have and to Hold
forever to his heirs and assigns on condition that the said Reynolds H. Brown
shall pay unto William Bliss the son of my daughter Mercy, the sum of one
hundred Dollars, as follows, fifty Dollars one year from my decease and fifty
Dollars in two years from my decease as will appear by the above will
heretofore made. I do therefore now make this as a codicil to my said last
will and declare that the said devise to the said Reynolds H. Brown as
aforesaid, to be without the condition above in my said Will expressed so that
he shall hold the same residue of my Real Estate without paying the said
William Bliss the said one hundred Dollars, or any part thereof, hereby
withdrawing and revoking my said bounty to the said William Bliss and it is my
will that he the same William Bliss shall not be entitled any part of my real
or personal estate after my decease, but be fully excluded from receiving any
part thereof and my bounty to him is hereby fully revoked and withdrawn.
In testimony whereof I set my hand and seal the Eleventh day of December one
thousand Eight hundred & forty seven.
|Signed sealed published and
declared by the said Jonathan
Brown to be a codicil to his
last Will and Testament hereto
attested in presence of us who
have set our names as witnesses.
John C. Parker of Granville
Samuel Daily Granville
Note: The will was contested, recorded April 12, 1852. Death date appears to