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CHARLES SAUNDERS  
1755-1827


In the name of God Amen, I Charles Saunders of the Berlin in the county of Rensselaer State of New York being through the aboundant [sic] mercy and goodness of God tho' weak in body yet of a perfect mind and memory and understanding do constitute this my last will and testament and desire it may be received by all as such.  First I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker, beseeching his most gracious acceptance of it through all sufficnt [sic] merits and mediation of my most compassionate Redeemer Jesus Christ who gave himself to be an atonement for my sins and is able to save the utmost all that come unto God by him seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them and  who I trust will not reject me a returning penitent Sinner when I come to him for mercy, in this hope and confidence I render up my soul with comfort humbly beseeching the most blessed and glorious Trinity one God most holy most merciful and gracious to prepare me for the time of my dissolution and then to take me to himself in to that peace and rest and incomparable felicity which he has prepared for all them that love and fear his holy name amen.  Blessed by God I give my body to the earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection from thence at the last day.  as for my burial I desire it may be done decent without pomp or state at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named which I doubt not will manage it with requisite prudence, and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to help me with in this life, I will and positively order that all my just debts be paid.

Firstly, I give and devise to my son Lodowick Saunders all my land beginning at the south-east corner of Wait Stillman's farm running northerly bounded on Job Taylor and east on my son Charles to the highway, thence to the south corner of the orchard, thence to the Barway to the west of the spring, from thence to the place of begining, all within said bounds more or less to his heirs and assigns forever, lying and being in the town of Berlin.  I give to my son Lodowick all my wearing apparel.

Secondly, I give and devise to my son Charles Saunders Junr all the residue and remainder part of my land with the appurtenances thereon and to his heirs and assigns forever, lying in the town of Berlin.  I order and direct my son Charles to pay my daughter Lydia Saunders fifty dollars in one year after my decease, and also to pay my daughter Martha wife of Benjamin Mason one hundred dollars in one year after my decease, and also to pay my daughter Cinthia Satelle one hundred dollars in one year after my decease.  I also give to my daughter Olive single woman one baw-face(?) sheep to be paid by my son Charles.  I also give to daughter one bed and furniture and all her wearing apparel and my son to support her during her natural life.  I give to my son Charles my ox, last my will is for my fanning mill to be between my sons Charles and Lodowick equal between them, all my my farming tools to be equally divided between my sons Lodowick and Charles.  I give to my son Charles all my personal property that is not given away and for him to pay my debts.

Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my three daughters, that is to say, Nancy Green, Lucretia Green and Easther Carpenter all my live stock of all kinds, that is not already given away including hogs to be equally divided between them, and also give to the above daughters all my house-hold furniture to be divided as above said.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath to Ama [sic] Saunders widow to Hull Saunders all the profits of the farm that she now resides on during her remaining a widow and after her I give and devise to grandsons Jonathan Saunders and Charles Saunders said farm to their heirs and assigns forever equally divided between them.

I hereby appoint my son Charles Saunders Junior 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 sixteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven.

Signed, Sealed, Published and declared  
by the above Named Charles Saunders to be
his last will and testament in the presence           Charles Saunders (Seal)
of us who have hereunto subscribed our names
as witnesses in the presence of the testator.
Witness  John Green, Robert Davis, Abel Burdick.

(Will delivered by John Green 6th Aug't 1827)
State of New York, Rensselaer County: Be it Remembered that on the twenty eighth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven personally appeared before me Philip Viele Esquire, Surrogate of the said county of Rensselaer John Green one of the subscribing Witnesses of the Will of Charles Saunders late of the town of Berlin in said county deceased, who being duty sworn declared that he did see the said Charles Saunders seal and execute the annexed written Instrument purporting to be the last Will and Testament of the said Charles Saunders bearing date the sixteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven and heard him publish and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament, that at the time thereof he the said Charles Saunders was of sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the knowledge and belief of the said John Green and the he the said John Green together with Robert Davis and Abel Burdick 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 each other.
                In Testimony whereof the said Surrogate hath here=
 (Seal)     to set his hand and affixed the seal of his office at
                the City of Troy the day and year aforesaid.
                                                                       Philip Viele


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