HENRY RITTER'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
In the name ofGod Amen. I Henry Ritter of the town of Manheim in the county of Herkimer beingof sound mind and memory blessed be almighty God for the Same. do make and publish this my last Will &Testament this 19th day of May 1836.
FIRST- I hereby give devise and bequeath to my beloved wifea full entire and ample support & maintainance out of my estate during herlife to be furnished & provided in all times fit useful & proper forher in sickness & in health and at her decease a decent Christian burial bymy Son Joseph Ritter for the devise herein to him made. SECOND- I give & bequeath unto my saidbeloved wife Mary two Cows & four sheep to be kept for her in and order forher use and benefit by my said son Joseph and he to replenish & at all timesif any of them die replace others in there stead so that my said wife at alltimes during her life has two good milch cows & four sheep for herexclusive benefit all to be done & furnished by my Said Son Joseph for thebequest & estate herein to him given & made. THIRD- I give bequeath& devise to my daughter Annasse a full and ample support & maintainanceout of my estate in sickness & in health until she shall marry & incase she is married then I give devise & bequeath to her the sum of onhundred dollars to be raised out of my Estate & the above to be furnished& paid by my Said Son Joseph from the property herein bequeathed tohim. FOURTH- I give devise and bequeathinto my daughters Catherine wife ofBaltus Strough, Margaret wife of John Boyer, Delia wife of Stephen Newman, Marywife of Adam Petrie, Elizabeth wife of Jacob H. Petrie the Sum of thirtydollars each and every of them out of my estate to be paid also by my Said SonJoseph Ritter for the bequest herein to him made. FIFTH- I give devise & bequeath unto my daughter in law SusanRitter widow of my Son John Ritter deceased the Sum of five dollars & toeach of her children by my Said Son John & the children of Such as are deadthe Sum of ten dollars out of my Estate to be paid by Said Son Joseph for thebequest herein to him made. SIXTH- I give devise & bequeath unto my SonJoseph Ritter & to his heirs & assigns forever all & Singular mylands tenements & real Estate all my personal property & good chattles& chasis in action of Every kind and nature whatsoever to have & tohold to him his heirs and assigns forever he & they fulfilling &keeping and paying all and each of the above devises bequests so that he paysto each of said devises ten dollars at the end of one year after my decease& so the like Sum annually until the whole is fully paid.
Signed sealed and declared by the said Henry Ritter to behis last Will and Testament who has signed the same in our presence & wehave witnessed the same in his & in each other presence. May 19, 1936
Jacob Markill, of the town of Manheim Herkimer County.
Robert Hinchman, town of Little Falls Herkimer County.
George H. Feeter, town of Little Falls Herk. County
HENRY RITTER'S ESTATE
Surrogates Office} To all whom the presents Shall Come or may concern. Greetings.
Know Ye, that I Ezra Gravis Surrogate of the county ofHerkimer pursuant to the power in mevested by the laws of this State have this day appointed and do hereby appointHenry S. Clark of the town of Herkimer Special Guardian to Ezra Stough andFranklin Stough, Loyd Smith and Samuel Smith minor heirs of Henry Ritterdeceased under the age of twenty one years for the special purpose of taking careof their interests in the matter of the proving the last Will and Testament ofHenry Ritter the said Henry S. Clark having first consented and agreed inwriting to be appointed and to act as such Special Guardian.
In witnesswhereof I have hereinto Set my hand and affixed my seal of office this 15th dayof June in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven.
Ezra Gravis Surrogate
State of New York
Surrogates Court} Beit remembered that on the ninth day of August A. D. 1847 the annexed last Willand Testament of Henry Ritter was admitted to probate as a will of personalproperty and probate there of was thereupon granted and the same time said will was duly proved as a will of Realproperty upon and by the testimony of George H. Feeter and Jacob Maskill two ofthe subscribing witnesses to the will was executed and attested in the mannerprescribed by law and that the Testator at the time of executing the will wasin all respects competent to make a will devising Real and personal Estate andwas under no restraint. The said willand said proofs and examinations have been duly recorded in the proper bookprovided and kept in the office of the Surrogate of Herkimer County.
In testimonywhereof I have herein set my hand affixed my Seal of office this Ninth day ofAugust A. D. 1847. Ezra GravisSurrogate
I certify theforegoing to be a true record of the original will of Henry Ritter and theproofs and examinations thereof. DatedAugust 9th 1847. Ezra GravisSurrogate