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Timothy Olmsted's Will

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Date: Feb 1860 [unknown]
Location: Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Olmsted Olmstead
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NOTE: in the following document the family name appears as Olmstead only on the first line; after that it is always Olmsted.

I, Timothy Olmstead of Westfield Hampden County Massachusetts, being blefsed [sic] with sound mind mind & disposing [sic] memory do on this Eighteenth day of February in the year Eighteen hundred & Sixty make publish ordain & declare this to be my last Will & Testament in manner following, viz:

I give & devise to my beloved Mother by adoption Mrs. Huldah (Olmsted) Olmsted the right to the use of a way over my land to her land Southerly as she has been accustomed to use the same. To hold the same during the term of her natural life. I give & beneath to the said Huldah all the articles of household furniture she gave to me that may remain at my decease.

I give & bequeath to my brother Charles W. Squires my watch.

All the rest residue & remainder of my Estate both real & personal I give devise & bequeath to my beloved wife Harriet L. Olmsted to hold so herefor & during the term of her natural life.

I make constitute and appoint my said wife Executrix of this will & authorize & empower her to see all of my personal property from time to time as she may think best & appropriate so much of the proceeds thereof as may be necessary for her support & comfort & to invest the residue in such securities as she may think best.

I authorize my said Executrix to see & convey my real Estate as she may think best & appropriate the proceeds in the same manner as that above provided in regards to the personal Estate. The sale of the real estate however is not to be made during the life time of my said Mother without her consent an in writing.

All the resideu of my Estate remaining at the decease of my wife whether in its present condition or cash or securities taken for the proceeds thereof however or in whatever manner the securities may have been changed (& I give to my said Executrix power to make such changes). I give devise & bequeath for the purpose of promulgating the Gospel to the heathen And I direct & Empower the Administrator with this will annexed to sell & convey all said residue & remainder & having converted the proceeds into money to pay over the same to the person who may then act as Treasurer of the Missionary Society of the United Brethren a Society incorpoarted by the Legislature of Pennsylvania in 1787 & in case from any cause this particular appropriation cannot be carried into effect, then I direct the same to be paid over to the Treasurer for the time being of the American board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.

Timothy Olmsted, (L.S.)

Signed Sealed Published & Declared by the Testator as for his last will & testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence & in presence of each other have hereunto affixed our names as Witnesses

Levi Bush
James Gorham
N.T. Leonard

(L.S.) Hampden. At a Probate Court holden at Springfield, within and fo the County of Hampden, on the first Tuesday of April A.D. 1860 by the Honorable John Wells, Esquire, Judge of Probate. The foregoing Will having been presented by Harriet L. Olmsted the Exectrix there in named for Probate, on the sixth day of March last (and notice then ordered to be given to all persons interested therein appear at this time, if they should see fit; and it being now made to appear that notice has been given as ordered.) and there being now present Norman T. Leonard, one of the witnesses thereto subscribed, who on the oath declares, that he saw the said decease sign and seal, and heard him declare the said instrument to be his last Will and Testament, and that he with Levi Bush & James Gorham subscribed their names as witnesses therof, in the presence of the said decease, and that he was then, to the best of his judgment, of sound and disposing mind, therefore, I do decree that the said instrument be and hereby is proved, approved and allowed as the last Will and Testament of the said deceased, and that as such it have full force and effect and that the Execution thereof in all matters concerning the same, and the Estate of the said deceased, whereof he died seized and possessed within this Commonwealth, to be administrated upon, by committee unto Harriet L. Olmsted the Exectrix of the said Will named, she first giving bond as the law in such cases directs. Given under my hand and seal of Office, at the Court aforesaid.

John Wells

at time [of] Record attest, Judge of said Court, William S. Shureleff, Register

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