THE WILL OF JEFFREY HEMENWAY- Dated May 2, 1807 Book 52/85 Probate Records at County of Worcester, Massachusetts
In the name of God Amen, I, Jeffrey Hemenway of Worcester in the County of Worcester, yeoman, being sensible that life is uncertain, and that all must die, do make my last Will and Testament, which is as follows. I order that all my just and lawful debts be paid by my executor as soon as may be after my decease and all the remainder of my estate I give and devise to Hepzibas by beloved wife to have and hold the same to her use and benefit, for and during her natural life, provided she should not marry again. But in case she should marry again, then the before bequest or devise to cease at the time of her marriage, and after her marrying again, she is to have all the goods and estate she brought to me at marriage. And after the death or marriage of my said wife, I give all my estate that may then remain, not herein otherways disposed of, to be equally divided between all my children, namely Joseph, Lydia, Hannah, Adam, Alexander, and Ebenezer Hemenway, the save to be to them, their heirs and assigns forever. And I hereby appoint Theophilus Wheeler of said Worcester to be the sole executor of this my will and testament and do hereby revoke all former wills by me made. Signed, sealed and declared by the said Jeffrey Hemenway to be his last will and testament, in presence of us the subscribers, witnesses, the 2nd day of May Ano Domini 1807.
Witnesses: Theophilus Wheeler, Daniel G. Wheeler, George Moore
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INVENTORY FOR JEFFREY HEMENWAY - An inventory of the estate of Jeffrey Hemenway late of Worcester deceased, as shown to us by Theophilus, Wheeler, executor of said Hemenway's will, September 13, 1819. Appraised as follows: real estate at $350.00 1 chest with drawers 4.50 1 square table 1.75 1.75 1 stand $1.00, 1 tea table $3.00 4.00 5 painted chairs $1.25, 9 old chairs $1.00 2.25 1 pr bellows and warming pan 2.00 pewter, tin, crockery & glassware 5.00 pair handirons, shovel & tongs & crane hooks 4.00 1 pr cast iron dogs, small .25 3 flatirons, toaster & gridiron, spider & frying pan,& other iron ware 7.00 candlesticks & lamp, knoves & forks 1.50 2 old axes, pitch forks, handsaw & other old tools 2.00 3 chests & other lumber up stairs 2.50 6 baskets 1.50 bedstead, rope & bed upstairs 5.00 bed, bedstead and rope in west room 12.00 bed, bedstead and rope in the bed room 4.00 7 sheets, 7 quilts & 7 blankets, pillow cases, 12 towels, 2 coverlets 27.00 looking glass and pictures broken .50 1 hog 7.00 casks in the cellar, water pail, tubs etc. 5.50 loom and large wheel 4.00 clothing 2.00 corn on the ground & sauce 11.00 ______ $467.25 Appraisers: Samuel Hathaway Abel Heywood Jr. Reuben Munroe
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EXECUTOR'S ACCOUNT - The account of Theophilus Wheeler, executor of the will of Jeffrey Hemenway, late of Worcester, deceased. Theaccountant charges himself with the inventory of said estate as appraised, being $117.25 cash received of William Chamberlain, balance 9.45 received of the pension office 42.93 _______ $169.63 And prays allowance for the probate fees for proving the will, bond, order of notice etc. and for recording the inventory & oath & affidavit etc. 6.25 Paid Munroe & Heywood for appraising .50 Paul Gates for procuring pension .93 Major Healy 5.00 Daniel Heywood (storekeeper) 17.68 all the personal estate contained in the inventory delivered the widow 117.25 cash delivered (to widow) 10.00 office fees for this settlement etc 2.50 _______ $160.11 Balance $9.52 Received the above balance of nine dollars and fifty-two cents and am satisfied with this account [Hepsibah signed with an x] Witness: Zelida Eddy
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WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOSEPH HEMENWAY [No. 3719]
In the name of God, Amen, I, Joseph Hemenway of Sheshequin Township, County of Bradford and State of Pennsylvania. Being in poor health of body but of sound and of loving mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in mannerism following that is to say. ITEM 1. I order that all my just debts, funeral expenses and charges of proving this my will and settling my estate be in the first place be paid and satisfied. When I speak of my debts being paid I mean that they shall be paid when they fall due. ITEM 2. I order my executor hereinafter mentioned to erect to my memory a tombstone to the value of twenty-five dollars. ITEM 3. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Permelia Hemenway the entire bulk of my real estate during her lifetime. ITEM 4. At the death of my wife, Permelia Hemenway, direct my Executor hereinafter named to sell my real estate and after paying what liens there is against it then I direct said Executor to next pay the expenses, then to pay to the Guardian of my grand son Perly C. Hemenway fifty dollars at interest until the said Perly C. Hemenway survives at the full age of twenty-one years old then to give to him the principal and interest. ITEM 5. I direct my Executor hereinafter mentioned to divide the balance of money in his hands share and share alike between my four children namely Orilla Hemenway, Abigail Mahala Billings, Mary Ann Packard and William Harrison Hemenway. And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint William Snyder Executor of this my will hereby cancelling and making void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and testament whereof I the said testator Joseph Hemenway have to this my last will and set my hand and seal to this day of September AD 1882.
Joseph Hemenway [SEAL]
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the testator Joseph Hemenway as and for his last will and testament the presence of us who in his presence and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
Ogden Billings Maggie Billings
Admitted to probate March 7, 1883
WILLIAM SNYDER EXECUTOR OF JOSEPH HEMENWAY ------ Letters Testamentary upon the estate of Joseph Hemenway, late of Sheshequin Township, deceased, who died February 19, 1883, granted unto William Snyder, he having first been duly sworn.
Inventory filed March 12, 1883
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WILL AND TESTAMENT OF PERMELIA HEMENWAY (No. 5443)
In the name of God, Amen, I, Permelia Hemenway being weak in body but of sound mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and to the end I may be the better prepared to leave this world whenever it shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and declare this my last will and testament in mannerism following, that is to say. I order all my just debts, funeral expenses and charges of proving this my will and the expenses of sealing my estate be in the first place be paid and fully satisfied and after the payment thereof and every part thereof.
Item 1. I direct my Executor hereinafter named to erect or cause to be erected to my memory a grave stone at a cost of thirty dollars.
Item 2d. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abigail M. Billings one hundred dollars.
Item 3d. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary A. Packard thirty five dollars.
Item 4th. Whatever claims or demands that I now have or may have hereafter against my deceased husbands estate I now satisfy in full.
Item 5th. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Orilla Hemenway the balance and residue of my estate of whatever nature it may be after the payment of all the foregoing bequests.
And I do hereby nominate and appoint and constitute William Snyder of Sheshequin, Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I the said testator Permelia Hemenway have to this my last will and testament set my hand seal the 20 day of January A.D. 1856. her Permelia X Hemenway mark
Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator Permelia Hemenway as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence and at her request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto: C. J. Vancise Ethelinda A. Bidlack
Admitted to Probate June 16, 1893-----Chas M Hall, Register
76.5443 Estate of Permelia Hemenway Letters Testamentary to William Snyder
Letters Testamentary upon the estate of Permelia Hemenway, late of Sheshequin Township, deceased, granted unto William Snyder, he having first been duly sworn. Proof made that Permelia Hemenway died on the 10th day of June 1893.
Given under the hand and official seal of the Register at Towanda, June 16th, 1893---------------------Chas M. Hall, Register
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Hannah Hemenway's Probate Records
Docket #13525, filed 1892
Office of Probate, Worcester County Courthouse
(after just debts etc.)
1st. To Mrs. J.D.E. Jones of said Worcester one arm chair rocker, said rocker being now about one hundred years old.
2nd. To Mrs. I.D. Matthews of said Worcester one low kitchen chair with round back, also one chopping knife supposed to be now about two hundred years old.
3rd. To my niece, Mrs. Lucinda Cummings, one hair cloth easy chair. Also the case containing the pictures of three Gray children.
4th. To my brother Ebenezer Hemenway, my mother's portrait.
5th. To the First Baptist Parish in said Worcester the certificate of my membership of the American Baptist Missionary Union.
6th. To Mrs. Mary Perry Chase, wife of James Chase, now of New Hampshire, one bedquilt, six silver teaspoons, one sugar spoon, one butter knife, one glass butter dish, and one book, viz. The Life of Rev. Samuel B. Swain, D.D.
7th. To Ida Brown of said Worcester, one patch covered rocking chair.
8th. To Hepsibeth Costello, my niece, one hair cloth sofa and one gold pin containing some of my mother's hair. Also the Bible that was presented to me by my mother.
9th. To Anna Marsh one teapot, one sugar bowl, and one creamer, all of Leicester ware.
10th. To Mary Kane, one rocking chair, being one which was given me since December 20, 1879.
11th. To Eddie F. Foster of said Worcester, my clock.
12th. To the First Baptist Parish of said Worcester, all the residue of my property and estate of every kind.
She named as her executors Mrs. I.D. Matthews (Ann E.) and Mrs. J.D.E. Jones (C.E.), both of whom declined service. The court named A.L. Burbank. Will dated March 24, 1886.
5 cane seat chairs .50 1 small rocker .10 1 arm rocker and tidy .25 1 stuffed easy chair .25 1 wooden chair .10 1 stove heater .25 1 cherry stand table with drawer 1.00 1 lightstand .50 1 looking glass 1.00 1 picture of Dr. Judson .10 1 portrait of Mrs. Hemenway's mother .50 1 old broken sofa .50 1 cherry table 1.25 1 clock 1.00 1 pair vases .10 1 Bible with leather on back .50 1 ancient Bible .25 2 window curtains .10 1 rag mat .20 1 Lords prayer in frame .10 1 red table cloth .10 1 lot crockery, glass, and tinware 2.50 1 chopping knife .10 1 arm chair .25 2 straight back chairs .05 .10 1 kitchen table .25 1 refrigerator 2.00 1 chest with drawers .25 1 lot of table linen 1.00 1 lot iron ware .25 3 pieces crockery Leicester ware 2.50 1 stew pan and kettle .25 1 broom .10 1 chest and two trunks .10 .30 lot crockery and jugs .25 1 kneading tray .10 1 bed and bedding 2.00 1 bedstead, 3 pillows, and feather bed 1.00 1 bowl and pitcher .50 1 wash stand .50 1 looking glass .25 1 rocking chair .25 1 straightback chair .10 1 worktable .75 3 bedquilts .50 1 wood basket .05 1 pail .10 1/2 doz. silver tea spoons marked "H.H." and plated butter knife and sugar spoon 3.00 --------- 27.85Appraisers: Roger  Upham, George C. Whitney, C.W. Burbank
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