Archive:Worcester County, MA, Will Book, Vol. 454

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Vol. 454 Wills 1873-1874

Extracted from LDS Film No. 0868502 by Jeanne (Whitney) Muse.


[p. 86-87]

Benjamin Whitney
Know all men by these presents that I, Benjamin Whitney of Fitchburg in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, farmer, being in feeble health but of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.
First, I hereby constitute and appoint my son Sydney Whitney to be sole executor of this my last will and testament.
Second I give devise and bequeath to my son Lysander Whitney five dollars to be paid out of my estate.
Third I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ann Whitney twenty five dollars to be paid to her out of my estate.
Fourth I give devise and bequeath to my son John Whitney five dollars to be paid to him out of my estate.
Fifth I give devise and bequeath to my son Alonzo Whitney five dollars to be paid to him out of my estate.
Sixth I give devise and bequeath to my son Sydney Whitney all of the rest and residue of my personal estate after paying the above legacies.
In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in the presence of the witnesses named below this sixth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy two.

Benjamin Whitney (seal)

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Benjamin Whitney ae and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.

David H. Merriam
James H. Fairbanks
Joseph C. Moulton


[p. 139-141]

Joseph Whitney
In the name of God. Amen.
I Joseph Whitney of Leominster in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.
I direct my Executor hereinafter named, to cause a memorial stone to be placed in my lot in the New Cemetery like the one for my Wife, and my monument suitably inscribed and my coffin to be of pine stained rosewood color with four handles to be used at my funeral.
First, I give and bequeath to my son Francis Austin Whitney the southeast part of my lot in the new Cemetery.
Second, I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan E. Lathrop wife of Phillip Lathrop my hair-cloth sofa and the Bureau that was her mother's and my Large gilt mirror and round top table.
Third, I give and bequeath to my eldest son Francis A. Whitney my best set of bench tools, consisting of foreplane or Jackplane, large jointer and two smothing planes all double irons; my three or three and half feet mahogany Table with fall leaves, two veniered large Mirrors now at his house, one bureau of one Draw, or a chest of one draw.
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my son William B. Whitney my Secretery now in his house, my large mahogany Table fall-leaved and leaves now at his house, six light colored Kitchen chairs, one pine bureau of four drawers, a three feet Kitchen Table and leaves, one cherry light stand and two mirrors also at his house.
Fifth, I give and bequeath to said Francis A. Whitney and said William B. Whitney jointly to have own and possess all other shop tools and appliances and also my agriculture tools and appliances such as ladders, wheelbarrow and the like articles not already bequeathed or given away.
I give and bequeath to Joseph F. Whitney, only son of William B. Whitney aforesaid the sum of Fifteen Dollars to be deposited in a Savings Bank to be drawn by him at his majority as a token of my approval for being named for me if he shall die in his minority his father has it and may draw it at any time after such boy's death.
I hereby authorize and empower my Executor hereafter named to sell and convey by title deed of my Real Estate to the person who purchases, as follows viz: that my Executor notify my children that my Cottage House and lot used as my home lead will be set up at auction to be bid off by either Francis A. Whitney, William B. Whitney, and Susan E. Lathrop and the proceeds of such sale to the highest bidder to be equally divided by the three above named children.
I further give bequeath and Devise that the residue of my estate be equally divided between my three children and if either decease the child or children take such parents share.
I do nominate and appoint James Bennett to be the sole Executor of this my last will and Testament.
In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal and publish and decree this to be my last Will and Testament in the presence of the Witnesses named below this twenty fourth day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Seventy.

Joseph his X mark Whitney (seal)

Signed sealed declared and published by the said Joseph Whitney as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as Witnesses hereto.

Henry F. Holt
Charlotte B. Ames
D. Ann Bennett


[p. 395-398]

Mary Whitney
Be it Remembered that I Mary Whitney of Lancaster in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts being of sound and disposing mind and memory but mindful of the uncertainty of life, and desirous of making a disposition of my worldly affairs while I have the strength and capacity so to do, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say:
First, I give and bequeath to Mrs. Nancy Haskell of Dedham, Massachusetts, the use income and interest during her natural life of the sum of one thousand dollars, and from and after her decease, I give and bequeath said principal sum of one thousand dollars to her daughters, Mary and Sarah Haskell, to be equally divided between them.
Second, I give and bequeath to Mrs. Sarah Howlett of Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, the sum of six hundred dollars; to Mrs. Edward Whitney of said Cambridgeport the sum of five hundred dollars; to Fanny Osgood of Leominster, Massachusetts, the sum of two thousand dollars, to Harriet Whitney of Marlborough, Massachusetts, the sum of five hundred dollars; to Rebecca Parker of Holliston, Massachusetts, the sum of four hundred dollars; to Mary Hawkes of Templeton, Massachusetts, the sum of four hundred dollars, to Augusta T.C. Stickney of Pepperell, Massachusetts, the sum of one hundred dollars; to Irene Locke the sum of five hundred dollars; to Diana S. Locke the sume of two hundred dollars, to Mary L. Carter of Boston, Massachusetts, the sum of six hundred dollars; to Dorcas Farnsworth of Lancaster aforesaid the sum of six hundred dollars; to Lydia and Angeline Farnsworth of said Lancaster the sum of two hundred dollars; to Hannah Mallard of said Lancaster the sum of two hundred dollars; to Mrs. Mary R. Vose of said Lancaster the sum of two hundred dollars; to Mrs. Solon Whiting of said Lancaster the sum of one hundred dollars; to Catharine Vose of said Lancaster, the sum of two hundred dollars; to Mrs. Elizabeth Stearns of Dedham aforesaid, the sum of four hundred dollars; to Mrs. Mary E. Eldridge of Newfield, New Jersey, the sum of two hundred dollars; to Mrs. Lucy Reugg of Lancaster aforesaid the sum of four hundred dollars; to Addie White of said Lancaster, the sum of three hundred dollars; to Mrs. Dana and her daughter Carrie, of said Lancaster, the sum of one hundred dollars each, to Mrs. Laura Whitney of said Lancaster the sum of one hundred dollars and to Emily R. Whitney the sum of three hundred dollars.
Third, I give and bequeath to Alice Houghton of said Lancaster the use interest and income during her natural life of the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, and from and after her decease, I give and bequeath said principal sum of fifteen hundred dollars to Mary and Sarah Haskell, herein before mentioned, to be equally divided between them.
Fourth, I give and bequeath to the Ladies Benevolent Society of Lancaster aforesaid the sum of five hundred dollars for the uses and purposes for which said Society was instituted, in trust nevertheless, and upon condition that during the natural life of Mrs. Abby Parmenter said Society shall annually pay to her the sum of twelve dollars.
Fifth, I give and bequeath to Hannah Mallard above mentioned my pew in the Unitarian Meeting House in Lancaster aforesaid to have and to hold the same to her, her heirs and assignees forever.
Sixth, I give and devise to Elizabeth J. Faulkner of Keene, New Hampshire all my furniture, books, ornaments, and wearing apparel, to be disposed of by her in accordance with directions which will be found among my papers.
Seventh, I give devise and bequeath to Dorcas Farnsworth, Lydia Farnsworth, Angeline Farnsworth and Fanny Osgood my cottage and lot of land upon which it stands in Lancaster aforesaid, to have and to hold the same to them, and the survivor of them, so long as they or either of them shall desire to occupy the same. In case neither of them shall choose to occupy said cottage, I give devise and bequeath said cottage and land to said Fanny Osgood, Diana Locke and Irene Locke; to have and to hold the same to them the survivors of them for and during the term of their natural lives.
Eighth, Upon the determination of the estate herein before limited I authorize and empower order and direct my Executor hereinafter named to sell my said cottage and land, either at public auction or private sale as he may deem best, and to execute and deliver to the purchaser thereof proper instruments for the conveyance of the same, and to pay over the proceeds of said sale to the town of Lancaster, Massachusetts, whenever said town shall vote to accept said proceeds in trust to expend the interest thereof annually in the support of free public lectures in the Town Hall in said Lancaster.
Ninth, If any estate shall remain after payment of the legacies hereinbefore mentioned, I give and bequeath one hundred dollars thereof to said town of Lancaster, to be expended in the improvement of the Town Library, and I give and bequeath to Frances T. W. Browne of Boston, Massachusetts, Rebecca A. Browne of said Boston, Catharine Ballard of Athens, Ohio, and Elizabeth J. Faulkner above mentioned the sum of twenty five dollars each.
Tenth, All the rest residue and remainder of my estate, I give devise and bequeath to Mary Haskell and Sarah Haskell, above mentioned, to have and to hold the same to them their heirs and assigns forever.
Eleventh, I direct my said Executor at the expense of my estate to put my family lot in the Cemetery in the best possible order.
Twelfth, I hereby constitute and appoint Francis A. Faulkner of Keene, New Hampshire, sold Executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In witness whereof I the said Mary Whitney have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty eighth day of October A.D. 1873.

Mary Whitney (seal)

Signed sealed published and declard by the said Mary Whitney to be her last will and testament in the presence of us who at her request, in her presence and int he presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto -- the word "Houghton" being erased and the words "during her natural life" being interlined on the third page before signing; the words "Rebecca A. Browne of said Boston" on the fifth page being also interlined before signing; the word two being also erased and the word one being also interlined on the second page before signing.

J. L. Y. Thompson
Nancy Carleton
Mary Thompson


[p. 456]

Amos Whitney
In the name of God Amen. I Amos Whitney of Royalston in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts being of a sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament. I commit my soul to God, the author of it, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter mentioned. As to my worldly Estate, I hereby dispose of the same in the following manner.
First, I give & bequeath unto my daughter, Mary Ann Wheeler three dollars.
Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sophia Browning three dollars.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my son George Whitney three dollars.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abigail A. Whitney three dollars.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my son Levi H. Whitney the residue and remainder of all my property both Real and personal Estate, of whatever kind it may consist.
Finally, I hereby appoint Levi H. Whitney to be the Executor of this my last Will and testament; hereby revoking all other and former wills by me made, and declaring this and this only to be my last Will and testament.
In witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand this twelvth day of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty nine.

Amos Whitney (seal)

Singned, published, pronounced and declared by the said Amos Whitney to be his last will and testament, in the presence of the subscribers, who in his presence and at his request and in his presence, and in presence of each other, hereunto set our hands as witnesses.

Benoni Peek [Peck or Perk]
Solyman Heywood
Harriet H. Heywood


[p. 609]

Orlando Whitney
Be it remember that I, Orlando Whitney of Grafton, in the County of Worcester, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament.
My just debts and charges being first paid, I dispose of my estate as follows:
First - I give, devise and bequeath, all of the Estate Real, Personal and mixed, of which I shall die seized and possessed, to my beloved wife, Susan M. Whitney; to have and to hold the same, to her, and to her heirs and assigns forever.
Second - I constitute and appoint my said wife, Susan M. Whitney, sole Executrix of this, my last Will and Testament.
In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal, and publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, in the presence of the witnesses named below, this twenty first day of February A.D. 1862.

Orlando Whitney (Seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Orlando Whitne, as, and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.

Horace Leland
Joseph Batchelder
William Prentice


[p. 629-630]

Polly Whitney
In the name of God, Amen. I Polly Whitney of Upton, in the County of Worcester, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, being of sound mind and memory (blessed by Almighty God for the same) do make and publish this my last will and testament.
Item 1. In the first place, I order and direct that all my just debts and funeral charges and the expense of procuring and erecting a suitable monument at my grave, shall be paid out of my personal estate.
Item 2. I give and bequeath to my nephew, Luther Stearns, the son of my deceased sister, Hepsibah Stearns, the sum of twenty five dollars, to be paid to him out of my personal estate within one year after my decease, while said sum shall be his full portion out of my estate.
Item 3. I give and bequeath to my neice, Harriet Brown, the daughter of my deceased sister, Hepsibah Stearns, the sum of twenty five dollars, to be paid to her out of my personal estate within one year after my decease, which said sum shall be her full portion out of my estate.
Item 4. I give and bequeath to my sister, Dorcas Whitney, the use, improvement and income of all my real estate, wherever situated, with all the priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonging, and also the use and income of all the rest and residue of my personal estate not otherwise disposed of; to have and to hold the same to her, for and during her natural life, but on her decease, the reversion and remainder of said real estate and also of said personal estate I give and bequeath to my beloved friends, Aaron Partridge and his wife, Hannah Partridge, and their heirs and assigns forever.
In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal, and publish and decree this to be my last will and testament in presence of the witnesses named below, this tenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.

Polly Whitney (Seal)

Signed, sealed, declared and published by the said Polly Whitney, as and for her last will and testament, in presence of us, who at her request and in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.

Zebina Gleason
Elijah Forbush
Brigham H. Forbush


[p. 671-672]

Abner Whitney
Be it remembered that I, Abner Whitney of Ashburnham in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts being of a sound and disposing mind do hereby make this my last will.
First item. I give my beloved wife Levinah G. Whitney the use or income of all my Real and Personal Estate of every description of which I may die possessed, to be applied for her maintenance, comfort and support in health or in sickness as she may think proper, during her lifetime, adding only to this item of my will, my earnest desire, that my only daughter, Emily S. Whiteman may not be left to suffer for want of comfortable support, but that my said wife may assist her from the income of my said Estate as she may be able, and may think best.
Second item. Should the income of my said estate at any time prove insufficient for the support of my said wife as above provided, then such portion of the principle either real or personal she may sell or dispose of for the purpose as she may think proper.
Third item. At the decease of my said wife, I give out of any remainder of my said Estate, the sum of two hundred dollars to the Methodist Episcopal Society of said town of Ashburnham to be paid by such trustee as may be appointed under this will to the Stewards of said Society for the time being to be by them invested as a permanent fund, the income of which to be by them paid for the support of preaching in said Society annually so long as said Society shall maintain public worship in said Town.
Fourth item. After the provisions of this will, as above specified, are fully complied with and satisfied should there be still a remainder of my said Estate, my further will is that such remainder be applied by such trustee as may be appointed under this will for the support and maintenance of my said daughter Emily S. Whiteman solely for her distinct and separate use, any rights or obligations of another growing out of any marriage covenant to the contrary notwithstanding.
Fifth item. I hereby constitute and appoint my said wife Levinah G. Whitney my Executor to this my last will, and having full confidence in her ability and integrity request that no Bond for the fulfilment of that trust be required of her.
In witness whereof the said Abner Whitney have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of August in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty-five. Signed, sealed, published and declared by him the said Abner Whitney as and for his last will in our presence who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Abner Whitney (Seal)

[Witnesses]

Charles Stearns
Newton Hayden
Albert E. Whitney


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