|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
(Will delivered by John Green 6th Aug't 1827)
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