Be it Remembered, That at a Surrogate's Court, held at the Surrogate's Office in Delhi, in and for the County of Delaware on the 8th day of January 1883, the last Will and Testament of William Niles late of the town Tompkins in the County of Delaware, deceased, was duly proved, before Isaac H. Maynard, Esq., Surrogate of said County, and was by said Surrogate adjudged valid, and established as a Will of real and personal Estate, and the same, together with the proofs and examinations taken on the probate thereof, are pursuant to an order of the Surrogate here recorded, to wit:
I William Niles of the town of Tompkins Delaware County State of New York; Farmer being of sound mind and memory do make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament that is to say.
First, After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged I give devise and bequeath to my wife Mercy O. Niles, Five Hundred Dollars to be paid immediately out of my notes and personal estate. Also one bay horse, our top buggy, our single harness, one half of our double harness, our buffalo robe, our cutter and two cows. The articles above mentioned are the ones I now have and wish her to have immediately after my decease.
Also I wish her further to have the contract of Five hundred Dollars during her maternal life payable annually. Also besides the above mentioned legacies I wish her to have all the rights to my property and estate to which she by law would be entitled as my widow.
Second, I give devise and bequeath to my son Edwin Niles the sum of Five hundred Dollars.
Third, I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Louisa Darling Five hundred Dollars.
Fourth, I give devise and bequeath to my son George Niles Eight hundred Dollars.
Fifth, I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Etta Viola Niles Two hundred Dollars when she is Eighteen years of age.
Sixth, I give devise and bequeath to Francis Anderson and Elizabeth Anderson (him of my daughter Angelia Anderson deceased and my grandchildren) each the sum of fifty dollars his payable when he is 21 years of age and hers when she 18 years of age.
Seventh, I give devise and bequeath to my son William T. Niles the sum of Two hundred dollars.
Eighth, I give devise and bequeath to my Square Niles the following named property subject however to the payment of the above or before mentioned legacies, within three years after my decease without interest numbers??? otherwise before stated, at the end of which time they shall all be considered due and payable unless otherwise stated herein before as in the case of my wife and my child and grandchildren under age, viz. The farm on which I now reside, containing about one hundred and eighty three acres of land twenty cows, one horse, one set double harness one pair bobs one platform spring wagon our mowing machine, our horse rake and all other farming utensils and herein before mentioned of which I may be possessed.
I also further will that my wife Mercy O. Niles have all the household furniture bedding and stoves and organ that I may have.
Likewise I make constitute and appoint my sons George Niles and Square Niles both Farmers & residents of the Town of Tompkins Delaware County N.Y. to be executor of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the fifteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty one.
William Niles <his signature and seal>
The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof subscribed
by William Niles in the presence of us and each of us be at the time of making
and subscription acknowledged that he made the same and declared the instrument
so subscribed by him to be his last will and Testament Wherefore we there and
there at his request and in his presence and the presence of each other, subscribed
our names as witnesses thereto.
W. H. Brown, Farmer residing at Trout Creek, N.Y.
A. H. Denton, Merchant, residing at Trout Creek, N.Y.
DELAWARE COUNTY, SS.
William H. Brewar of the town of Tompkins in said County of Delaware, and A. H. Denton of the town of Tompkins in said County, being duly and severally sworn in open Court, do severally depose and say, that they were with William Niles late of the town of Tompkins in said County of Delaware, deceased, in his life time, and are the subscribing witnesses to his last Will and Testament. That the said William Niles did in the presence of these deponents, subscribe his name at the end of the instrument which is now shown to them and which purports to be the last will and testament of the said William Niles and bears date the 15th day of June 1881, and that the said William Niles did at the time of subscribing his name to said instrument as aforesaid, declare the same to be his last Will and Testament, in the presence and hearing of these deponents, who did thereupon at his request and his presence and in the presence of each other, subscribe their names at the end of the said Will as attesting witnesses thereto. That at the time thereof the said William Niles was of sound mind and memory, of full age to make said Will, and not under any restraint.
Sworn and subscribed this 27th day of Wm. H. Brewar
December 1882, before me. A. H Denton
as to W H. Brewar and June 3, 1883
as to A. H. Denton
Isaac H. Maynard <his signature> Surrogate
I, Isaac H. Maynard, Surrogate of the County of Delaware, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a correct copy of the whole of the probate of the last Will and Testament of William Niles deceased, together with the proofs and examinations taken on the probate thereof.
Isaac H. Maynard <his signature> Surrogate