This will was written on September 6, 1872 and recorded in St. Lawrence County, NY on October 11, 1875. Nancy died on August 3, 1875. "Heirs at law and next of kin" listed were: Bridget Gorman, Ann Graham, Catherine Gorman, John Donnelly, Mary Donnelly of Waddington N.Y.; Margaret Donnelly of Chicago Ill.; James Donnelly of Burlington Vt.; Michael Donnelly of Yankee Jim California; Edward Donnelly of Sedalia Kansas.
This document provided the names of the two Irish-born daughters, shown in the 1830 and 1840 censuses, but whose names were unknown: Bridget and Ann. It also allowed me to locate James in Burlington and Michael in California.
The text of the will:
In the name of God Amen.
I Nancy Donnelly of the town of Waddington in the County of St. Lawrence and State of New York being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say
First I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Donnelly one sett of China Dishes all my household furniture, beds and bedding and the sum of one thousand dollars to be paid to her within one year after my decease by my son John Donnelly as hereinafter provided.
Second I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Donnelly the sum of five hundred dollars to be paid to her within one year after my decease by my said son John Donnelly as hereinafter provided. It is my will that if the above mentioned legacies are not paid within the time above limited interest shall be paid upon them thereafter.
Third I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine Gorman all the rest residue and remainder of my personal property by whatsoever (soluse is kind?).
Fourth I give and devise unto my said son John Donnelly his heirs and assigns all the one undivided half part of all that tract of parcel of land situated in the town of Waddington on which my said son myself now reside containing about one hundred acres with the (appartenances?). To have and to hold the said premises to the said John Donnelly his heirs and assigns forever. And the said devise is to be received by him in full of all charges relevant whatsoever against my estate.
The said devise is also subject to the payment of the foregoing legacies of one thousand dollars to Mary Donnelly and five hundred dollars to Margaret Donnelly and I hereby expressly charge the same upon the said premises above mentioned and described.
Lastly I hereby nominate and appoint my friend charles Montgomery Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy two.
Nancy Donnelly (followed by encircled initials L.S.)
The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared by the said Nancy Donnelly as and for her last Will and Testament in (Jessisci pro?) - who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have (outrestered?) our names as witnesses thereto.
P. Daltoro Waddington New York [Peter Dalton?]
J.F. Rutherford Waddington New York
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