The will of Henry Shultis

from The Kingston Daily Freeman January 31, 1884

In Surrogate's Court this week the last will and testament of Henry P. Shultis, deceased, of the town of Woodstock, was proved and admitted to probate: The deceased states that he "desires to be decently buried, in the burying-yard at Woodstock by the side of my late beloved wife." The testator gives his sons, Chauncey P. and Wesley Shultis, and daughter Maria M. Hephsabah Finger each $700. He gives to his two grandchildren, Almira and Henry P. Vandebogart, each $350, to be paid one year after they become twenty-one years of age. He gives to his daughter Maria M. H. Finger and Almira and Henry P. Vandebogart, children of deceased daughter Rebecca Maly all the articles that are in the parlor window closet, china, silver crockery, glass and wooden ware, to be equally divided between them; that is, that Maria M.H. Finger is to have half and Almira and Henry P. Vandebogart the other half.

All the table cloths to go to the said M. H. Finger and Almira Vandebogart. He gives to his sons Chauncey P., George H., Wesley and Moses Shultis and his daughter, Maria M. H. Finger, all the beds, bedding, bedsteads, to be equally divided between them. He gives to the son Moses the remainder of the household, parlor and kitchen furniture, together with what is in the garret and cellar of whatever name, nature, kind and quality soever the same may be, and not hereinbefore given and disposod of, and as the testator says "and also my hogs and poultry to him and his heirs forever."

He gives to his sons George H. and Moses Shultis all the real estate, consisting of the old-homestead farm containing 91 acres and a wood lot containing 52 acres, George H. Shultis to have the house and barn he now occupies, together with the outbuildings to the same, and the door-yard, gardens and the fruit trees on the same, while Moses Shultis is to occupy the old homestead house, barn and other outbuildings connected therewith; and the door-yard, gardens and fruit yard and fruit trees on the same, and the remainder of the farm and wood lot, to be equally divided between them, if they could not agree to occupy and farm it together, which the testator says is his wish that they farm it together, with also the lease of eighty acres adjoining the fifty acres wood lot. He gives to his two sons, George H. and Moses, farming utensils, with wagons, sleighs, threshing machine, cider works, and all carpenter implements of husbandry that may belong on the farm; also all the stock of horses, cattle and sheep and wearing apparel. The two sons, Chaunecy P. and Wesley Shultis, are appointed executors and the will is dated March 14, 1867; witnesses, H. Reynolds and O. P. Reynolds. [Deceased was 92 years of age, and in his day a prominent man in Woodstock. He was considered a very honest man. Before the anti-rent troubles he was an agent for the Livingstones, who owned about all of the present town of Shandakon and large portions of the towns of Olive and Woodstock.]

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