Johnson Bragg WILL submitted by Lori Brandon, June 12, 2001
Note: Unadilla is in Otsego County, just across the Town of Sidney border. Some of the text was not legible so I put X's where there was a word I couldn't read.-- Lori
In the name of God. Amen.
I J. B. Bragg of the town of Unadilla in the County of Otsego and State of New York of the age of 71 years and being of sound mind and memory do make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament that is to say.
First - After all my Sanford debts are paid and discharged I give and bequeath to my wife Clarissa E. Bragg all of my real estate together with all my personal property to have and to hold during her natural life for her own use and benefit she to take charge of Clara Ruby until she becomes of age to be done out of the property left in her hands
Second. It is my wish that after my wifes death. Clarissa E. Bragg and Clara Ruby brought up. That whatever of the estate is left shall be divided equally between my children, that is Joel Benjamin, Charles Ira and Clara Ruby. share, and share alike. If either shall be dead let it be divided between those living. And now to their God and their dear mother I leave my dear children knowing they will xxx have a faithful friend in their dear mother who will xxx be ready to do all she can for them.
XXXX I do hereby inumerate and appoint William A. Wright of Afton and Clarissa E. Bragg my wife to be the Executors of this my last will and Testament with full power to sell, dispose of all the property above willed either at public or private sale as they in their best judgment shall think best. Also to do and perform all the duties xxxxxxxxxx on me by a just deed given to me by my sister Ruby Birdsall for the benefit of her son John I. Birdsall and to carry out the instructions in said deed of xxxx the same as I have persisted to do or would do if living.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2nd day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine. (1879)
J. B. Bragg (SX)
The above instrument consisting of short of legal paper was as the date thereof signed sealed prescribed and declared to be by the said J. B. Bragg as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other has subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
R. S. Balisher Unadilla NY
J. J. M. Brown