Last Will and Testament of Joshua Bailey


            I, Joshua Bailey of Darien in the County of Genesee and the State of New York, being of sound mind and memory, do make public and declare this my last will and testament, in the manner following:


            I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth, the wife of William Sanborn, Cynthia, wife of Coddington Billings, and Ellen P. wife of Joseph Shephard (sic) the sum of five dollars each, to be paid within one year after my demise.


            I give, dives and bequeath unto my wife Betsey the entire management, occupancy, rents, issues, and (unreadable), of the residue of my estate, real, personal, and mixed, for her support and maintenance for and during the term of her natural life; and from and after the decease of my said wife, I give bequeath and devise the same, to my other daughter Sophronia P. her heirs and assigns forever.


            I hereby appoint my son-in-law William Sanborn, and my said daughter Sophronia P. executor and executrix of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty three.


Joshua Bailey                          (Seal)



The above instrument was at the hand thereof, signed, sealed, published, and declared by the said Joshua Bailey as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of and, who at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.


Thomas Riddle, Darien N.Y.

Wm. Sanborn, Darien, N.Y.




Transcribed from original document by James Shepard ( on May 19, 2003 at Carlsbad, Ca.


Notes:  Joshua Bailey (1783-1874) was the son of Saxton Bailey.  His wife Betsey was Elizabeth Durkee. 

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