Posted by Lynn Stevenson Fisher
Surnames: STEVENSON, AVERY, MCINTYRE, WHITE, HINKLEY, THOMPSON
1816 Will of Andrew Stevenson and Related Court Documents
Andrew Stevenson is believed to have been born in the British Isles around 1747. In 1772, he emigrated to the colonies and settled in the Skenesborough and Fort Ann area of Charlotte County (now Washington County) in northeastern New York. As early as 1804, but definitely by 1810, Andrew moved to the township of Hector in central New York. He settled there south of what became the village of Mecklenburg and along the border of what is now the township of Enfield. At that time Hector was part of Seneca County and the county seat was in Ovid; later it became part of Tompkins County; and finally it became part of Schuyler County. Andrew had at least six children, and at least three of them also relocated to the Hector area from Fort Ann - Gilbert, Andrew, and Alexander. Of his other children, Elizabeth moved to Canada, and we do not have information as to where James and Margaret lived as adults.
Andrew died in 1816, which was the year dubbed "The Year of No Summer" due to the global after effects of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. His wife Susanna was still living in January 1816, for she was mentioned in his will.
Others mentioned in the documents below are: William THOMPSON, Esq.; Isaac AVERY; Gilbert STEVENSON, Andrew's son; William MCINTYRE; Tyler WHITE; and Horace HINKLEY.
Andrew's will and the associated court documents are currently on file at the Seneca County Courthouse in Waterloo, N.Y. Every effort has been made to accurately transcribe these documents and preserve the original spelling, i.e. in the handwritten douments possession is spelled "pofsefsion."
Above information and documents below provided by descendants Lynn Stevenson and James and Georgianna Stevenson.
Letters testamentary of Andrew Stevensons Will 149 L.S.
The people of the state of New York by the grace of god free and
independent: To all to whom these presents shall concern or may concern
send greetings-know ye that at the town of Ovid in the County of Seneca
on the thirteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and sixteen before me William Thompson Esquire, Surrogate of our
said county, the last will and testament of Andrew Stevenson deceased (a
copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved and is now approved and
allowed of by us; and the said deceased having whilst he lived and at the time
of his death, goods, chattels or credits within this State, by means
whereof the proving and registering the said will, .... below and the granting
administration of all and singular the said goods chattels & credits &
also the auditing allowing and the final discharging the account thereof doth
belong unto us; the administration of all and singular the goods chattels
& credits of the said deceased is granted unto Isaac Avery & Gilbert
Stevenson the Executors in the said will named; they being first duly sworn well &
faithfully to administer the same & to make & exhibit a true and perfect
inventory of all and singular the said goods chattels & credits and also
to render a just and true account thereof when thereunto required -- In
testimony whereof we have caused the seal of office of our said Surrogate
to be hereunto affixed-Witnefs, William Thompson Esquire, Surrogate of the
said County at Ovid aforesiad the thirteenth day of September in the year of
our Lord one thousand eight hundred & sixteen-And of our Independence the
forty first -------
Andrew Stevenson's Will
In the name of God amen I Andrew Stevenson of the town of Hector County of Seneca & State of New York, being of sound memory, though weak of body, do make this my last will and testament. That to day - I do give to my loving wife Susanna all my estate both real & personal - during her natural life then after her decease in remainder to my children as heirs in common & further I do appoint my good friend Isaac Avery & my son Gilbert Stevenson to be my Executors in testimony whereof I set my ..... & seal
Hector January 12th 1816
Andrew Stevenson (L.S.)
William McIntyre Tyler White
[More names but copy cut off]
Pro. of Andrew Stevenson's will Continued
Seneca County Surrogates Office ... Be it remembered that thirteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen came William McIntyre before me William Thompson Esquire Surrogate of said County of Seneca who being duly sworn deposed .... said that he saw Samuel [must be a mistake in copying or writing] Stevenson the testator in the next preceeding will named execute the same and that at the doing thereof he was of sound and disposing mind and memory and that Tyler White & Horace Hinkley the other subscribing witnefses to the same were present at the same time and together with this deponent subscribed the said will as witnefses in the presence of the testator.
Seneca County Surrogates Office: ... Be it remembered that on the thirteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen came Isaac Avery and Gilbert Stevenson the executors in the next preceeding will named who being duly sworn deposed said that they verily believed the same to be the last will & testament of Andrew Stevenson the testator therein named that they & each of them would will ... truly administer the same by paying first the debts of the said deceased & then the legacies therein specified as far as the goods, chattels & credits of the said deceased and can thereto ... the law required-that they want to make or cause to be made a true & perfect inventory of all the goods chattels & credits which were of the said testator, so far as they have or shall come to the hands pofsefsion or knowledge of the said deponents-and the same so made to exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the office of the surrogate of the said County within the space of six calendar months-and render a true account of said administration when thereunto legally required
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