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PAUL MAXSON  
1757-1818



I Paul Maxson considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory (blessed be Almighty God for the same) do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following That is to say, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ester the sum of two hundred dollars in personal estate in one year after my decease

Item I give and bequeath to my Grand son Lee H. T. Maxson the sum of Twenty five dollars and fifty cents at the age of Twenty one - also to Nancy Maxson my Grand Daughter twenty five dollars and fifty cents at the age of Eighteen years - also to my Grand Daughter Martha Maxson the sum of twenty five dollars and fifty cents at the age of Eighteen - also to Paul Maxson my Grand Son the sum of Twenty five and fifty cents at the age of Twenty one - also to Sally Willcox one dollar, which said several legacies or sums of money I will and order to be paid to the said respective legatees as above stated

I further give and devise to my said sons Silas, Jarus(?), Jesse, George and David, their heirs and assigns, all that messuage or Tenament, situate lying and being in the Town of Berlin, it being the same that I now live on, together with all my other Freehold Estate whatsoever, to hold to them their heirs and assigns forever equally to be divided between them.

And lastly I hereby appoint my loving son Silas Maxson sole Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking(?) all former Wills by me made.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Tenth day of July, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Paul Maxson to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presents of the Testator: 
Daniel Gray                                             Paul Maxson    (L.S.)
Henry J. Ross
Charles G. Denison

State of New York Rensselaer County  Be it Remembered, That on the Fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen personally appeared before me, Benjamin Smith Esquire, Surrogate of the said County of Rensselaer, Daniel Gray one of the subscribing witnesses to the Will of Paul Maxson late of the town of Berlin in the said county deceased, who being duly sworn declared, that he did see the said Paul Maxson, seal and execute the annexed written instrument, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of the said Paul Maxson, bearing date the Tenth day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, and heard him publish and declare the same as and for his last will and Testament, that at the time thereof he the said Paul Maxson was of sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the knowledge and belief of the Daniel Gray, and that he the said Daniel Gray together with Henry J. Ross and Charles G. Denison the other witnesses to the said Will, severally subscribed their hands and names to the said will, as witnesses thereto, in the presence of the Testator and of each other.                                                            Ben. Smith


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