Submitted by Brad Lilley, June 13, 2001
LEVI HANFORD's WILL
Be it known this as a surrogates court held at Delhi in & for the county of Delaware the 12th day of March 1855 the last will & testament of Levi Hanford deceased. The sum consisting of two parts vir - the principal part & the codicil part thereto, was duly proved according to law before William Gleason in surrogate of said county & the same was thereupon approved & allowed & decreed by him to have been established & valid as a will of real & personal estate which said will together with the proofs & examinations taken thereon are here recorded as follows to wit _
"In the name of God Amen. I Levi Hanford of the town of Walton in the county of Delaware & the State of New York being weak of body but sound of mind do make & publish this my last will & testament in manner & form following to wit.
1st~ I hereby direct my executors hereafter named to pay or cause to be paid out of my personal property my funeral charge & all my just & lawful debts that shall or may due as my decease & reserve in their hands a just & reasonable sum to compensate them for performing the duties of this my last will & testament.
2nd~ I give & bequeath unto beloved wife Mary or Polly Hanford the use of one third part of all my landed property or real estate. During the time she shall remain my widow & the use of all my household furniture during said widowhood & the use of two cows during said widowhood.
3rd~ I give & bequeath unto Mary Stevenson the wife of William F. Stevenson the sum of fifth dollars.
4th~ I give & bequeath unto Elizabeth Porter the widow of Abadiah Porter the sum of one hundred dollars.
5th~ Whereas I have heretofore by deed conveyed to my beloved son John Hanford forty acres of land from the farm I own being as I believe his portion of my estate.
6th~ Whereas I heretofore conveyed by a deed to my beloved son Levi Hanford forty acres of land from my land & in addition I give & bequeath unto my son Levi ten acres of land & running on the original line of my said farm a sufficient number of rods to make the said ten acres on the east side of the road or highway & not to embrace the barn or my farm called the new barn and said ten acres to adjourn the land heretofore conveyed to the said Levi. The intention respecting the line is to run on the end line of said lot from the land heretofore conveyed to said Levi on said easterly end line of said lot a sufficient number of rods to make the said ten acres & not embrace the barn or my farm called the new barn.
7th~ I give & bequeath unto my beloved son Ebeneser the two hundred dollars he now is indebted to me for cash formerly lent unto him.
8th~ I give & bequeath unto my beloved daughters Anna & Betty one hundred dollars each after deducting the amount of articles heretofore delivered to them respectively & delivered as household furniture (the true intent & meaning of the item is that the amount of the articles delivered to the said Anna & Betty shall be deducted from the said sums mentioned as a legacy.
9th~ And unto my beloved sons Walter & William I give & bequeath jointly all the remaining part of land belonging to me together with the buildings an the home. Reserving the privilege to my daughter Elizabeth Porter of my dwelling house as a home for herself & her daughter so long as she shall remain the widow of Abadiah Porter deceased. And if Walter or William should die without lawful heirs or either of them the legacy of the deceased to be equally divided between the surviving brother and lastly I make & order my said sons Levi Hanford, Walter Hanford & William Hanford the executors of this my last will & testament made this 17th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty four & in truss for the intent & meaning thereof hereby revoking all wills by me heretofore made in witness to thereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year mentioned above written.
Singed & sealed by the said Levi Hanford as his last will & testament in presence of us who were present at the signing & sealing thereof.
Sellick St John
David St John
Whereas I Levi Hanford of the town of Walton County of Delaware & the state of New York have made my last will & testament in writing bearing date this seventeenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty four & have hereby have in said last will directed that if either of my beloved sons Walter or William should die without lawful heirs then & such case there the legacy of the deceased to be equally divided between the surviving brothers. I do now by this writing which I hereby declare to be a codicil to my said will to be taken as a part thereof that part of said will contained in the ninth item concerning the said Walter & William dying without heirs to be null & void & thus the legacy of the deceased may be discharged of as he shall direct before his decease.
And lastly it is my desire my present codicil be annexed to my last will & testament to all intents and purposes. In riotous whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this eight day of November I the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty five.
Signed sealed published & disclosed by the above named Levi Hanford as a codicil to be annexed to his said last will & testament in the presence of.