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1811 Will of Christian Etz, brother of Elizabeth Etz Walradt, wife of John

In the name of God I, Christian Etz of the Town of Canojohary County of Montgomery and State of New York, being weak in body but of sound memory (blessed be God) do this the first day of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eleven, make and publish, this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say), First I give unto my brother William Etz, all my real estate, and I further give all my personal property to be equally divided between my brother William Etz and my four sisters namely Elizabeth Walradt Mary Vandewarhe Cadrene Vandewarhe and Catrout Casper, and I give to my sisters son Christian Walradt one hundred dollars to be paid out of my real and personal estate on the express condition here following, that is to say my beloved wife Dorthy Etz is to have and enjoy all the income and benefits of my real and personal estate, during her natural life or as long as she is my widow, and my said wife is to remain in my now dwelling house during her pleasure, and I do further give unto my wife Dorothy Etz all the beds and bedding and all her wearing apparel to her own disposal forever, and lastly, I do hereby appoint William Etz Jacob A. Walradt and my beloved wife Dorothy Etz, executors of this my last will and testament, to take care and see the same performed according to my true intent and meaning, in witness whereof I the said Christian Etz have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day and year first above written

Signed sealed and delivered by the said Christian Etz, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in the presence of each other subscribed our names hereunto and was present at the signing and sealing thereof

Christian Etz

William Kretsinger

Jacob Kretsinger

Henry Schram

Registered in the Surrogates office of the County of Montgomery in Register of Probates No. 2 page 141 the ninth day of May 1812

James Lansing Surrogate

Be it remembered that on the ninth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve personally appeared before me James Lansing Surrogate of the County of Montgomery Jacob Gretsinger who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he saw Christian Etz sign and seal and heard him publish and declare the written instrument as and for his Last Will and Testament that the said Christian Etz was at the time thereof according to the best of this deponents knowledge and belief of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding. That the name of this deponent subscribed thereto is of his own proper writing. That he saw William Kretsinger and Henry Schram subscribe their names thereto and that he together with the said William Kretsinger and Henry Schram subscribed their names thereto as witnesses to the execution thereof in the presence of the testator.

James Lansing

Transcribed August 4, 2002 by;

Jerry L. Walrath

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Grand Blanc, MI 48439

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