George Zerfass

George Zerfass

Male 1805 - 1882  (76 years)

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  • Name George Zerfass 
    Born 28 Jan 1805  Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Jan 1882  Dansville, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Greenmount Cemetery, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Abraham Zerfass Lot
    Abraham Zerfass Lot
    Plot: Zerfass
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    • Transcribed from SAMPUBCO copy by Jeannie Lugo Livingston County, NY Will Book Vol #14, page #429
      LIVINGSTON COUNTY SURROGATE'S COURT
      Last Will and Testament of
      GEORGE ZERFASS, deceased.
      BE IT REMEMBERED that heretofore, to-wit: on the 28th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two Henry Zerfass, executor named in the Last Will and Testament of George Zerfass late of the town of N. Dansville in the county of Livingston, deceased, appeared in open Court, before the Surrogate of the county of Livingston, and made application to have the said last Will and Testament which related to both Real and Personal Estate, proved: and on such application the said Surrogate did ascertain by satisfactory evidence who were the heirs at law and next of kin of the said testator, and their respective residences, and said Surrogate did thereupon issue a citation in due form of law, directed to the said heirs at law and next of kin, by their respective names, stating their respective places of residence, requiring them to appear before said Surrogate at his office in the village of Geneseo, in said county, on the 25th day of March A.D. 1882, to attend the Probate of said Will,
      And afterward, to wit: in the 25th day of March A.D., 1882, satisfactory evidence by affidavit was produced and presented to said Surrogate, of the due service of said Citation in the mode prescribed by law, and on that day, no one appearing to oppose the Probate of such Will such proceedings were thereupon had in said Court afterwards, that the said Surrogate took the proofs of said Will hereinafter set forth, upon this 25th day of March A.D. 1882, and he thereupon adjudged the said Will to be a valid Will of Real and Personal Estate, and the proofs thereof to be sufficient, which said last Will and Testament and proofs are as follows, that is to say:
      The last Will and Testament of George Zerfass of the town of North Dansville, County of Livingston and state of New York.
      I George Zerfass, being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say:
      FIRST, I do give and devise to my beloved wife Polly Zerfass my farm, situated in the towns of Sparta and North Dansville, consisting of one hundred acres, and a farm situate in the town of West Sparta, consisting of ninety-six acres, being the farms now occupied by Henry Zerfass, to have and to hold, to the said Polly Zerfass for and during her natural life.
      SECOND, I do give and devise to my beloved brother Henry Zerfass the above mentioned and described real estate in fee simple to have and to hold the same to him the said Henry, and to his heirs and assigns forever, to be enjoyed by him after the death of myself and my said wife, subject nevertheless to the payment of six thousand dollars to the following named persons, such payments being made a charge upon the said real estate, viz:
      To the heirs at law of my deceased sister Elizabeth late wife of Henry Hartman the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.
      To Hannah Driesbach widow of Peter Driesbach Five hundred Dollars, or in case of her death before the same becomes payable, then to the heirs at law of the said Hannah.
      To the heirs at law of my deceased brother Abraham Zerfass Five Hundred Dollars.
      To my sister Mary, widow of Jonathan Whetsone Five hundred dollars, or in case of her death before the same becomes payable, then to the heirs at law of the said Mary.
      To my sister Sally wife of Benjamin Keihle, Five hundred dollars or in case of her death before the same becomes payable, then to the heirs at law of the said Sally.
      To my sister Vienna wife of Henry Kanouse, Five hundred dollars, or in case of her death before the same becomes payable, then to the heirs at law of the said Vienna.
      To the heirs at law of my deceased sister Lydia, late the wife of Enoch Keihle Five hundred Dollars.
      To my sister Margaret, wife of William Bailor, Five hundred dollars, and in case of her death before the same becomes payable, then to the heirs at law of the said Margaret.
      To my brother John Zerfass Five hundred dollars, and in case of his death before the same becomes payable, then to his heirs at law.
      To my brother-in-law Henry Kanouse, five hundred dollars and in case of his death before the same becomes payable, then to the heirs at law of the said Henry.
      To Mary Ann Hauer and George Hauer, children of Samuel Hauer jointly Five Hundred Dollars.
      To Elizabeth Sprague, wife of Harvey A. Sprague Five Hundred Dollars and in case of her death before the same becomes payable, then to the heirs at law of the said Elizabeth.
      And it is my intention that the above sums amounting to six Thousand dollars shall be paid by the said Henry Zerfass, his heirs or assigns in nine equal annual payments, without interest, the first payment to be made one year after the said Henry shall be entitled to the possession of said property by the terms of this will, and each of those payments to be equally divided between the legatees above named.
      THIRD, I give and bequeath to my said wife Polly all my household furniture of whatever manner or kind and all the residue of the personal property of which I shall die possessed, after paying all just debts then owing by me and the necessary expenses of executing this will.
      FOURTH, in case the personal property left by me shall be insufficient to pay the aforesaid debts and expenses, it is my will that the same be paid by the said Henry Zerfass; in which case the amount so paid by him shall be deducted from the six Thousand dollars above directed to be paid by him, and from the first of said payments.
      FIFTH, I do hereby constitute and appoint my said wife Polly and the said Henry Zerfass Executrix and Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
      In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of December A.D. 1860.
      [Signed] George Zerfass (L.S.)
      The foregoing instrument, consisting of one sheet was on the day of the date thereof subscribed by the Testator George Zerfass in our presence, who declared the same to be his last Will and Testament, and we at his request and in his presence and in presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
      John A. VanDerlip Dansville, Liv. Co., NY
      Jane Richardson Dansville, Liv. Co., NY
      James M. McCurdy Dansville, Liv. Co., NY
      James M. McCurdy being sworn in this matter, testifies as follows - I know George Zerfass in his lifetime, that about two years ago last fall the said George Zerfass told witness that Mrs. Gordon, formerly Jane Richardson was a witness to the execution of his will and had moved to Virginia and if anything happened to him it would be difficult to get her attendance or testimony to prove the Execution of the will. He produced the paper now shown in witness and stated that was his last Will and desired witness to subscribe his name as a witness, and the witness thereupon subscribed his name to said paper as it now appears on the will.
      Sworn this 25th day of March 1882 before me [signed] James M. McCurdy
      [signed]E. A. Nash
      Surrogate
      Livingston County Surrogate's Court,
      In the Matter of Proving the Last Will and Testament of George Zerfass, deceased.
      John A. VanDerlip being first duly sworn in open Court upon his corporeal oath doth depose and say that he is one of the subscribing witnesses to the last Will and Testament of George Zerfass late of the town of North Dansville in the county of Livingston, and State of New York, deceased. And this deponent does further say that the said deceased did in the presence of this deponent and Jane Richardson subscribe his name at the end of the instrument in writing, which is now here shown to these deponents, and which purports to be the last Will and Testament of the said deceased, and which bears date on the 1st day of December one thousand eight hundred and sixty. That the said deceased did, at the time of subscribing his name to the said instrument as aforesaid, declare the same to be his last Will and Testament; and this deponent and said Jane Richardson did thereupon subscribe their own respective names at the end of said instrument, as attesting witnesses to the execution thereof, each at the request of said deceased, and in his presence and in the presence of each other; that the said deceased at the time of so describing his name to said instrument as aforesaid, and publishing said instrument as aforesaid, was upwards of twenty-one years of age; and a citizen of the United States; that he appeared to be, and deponents believe he was of sound mind, memory and understanding, and not under any restraint, and as deponents verily believe, in all respects competent to devise real estate; that this deponent and said Jane Richardson saw the other sign his name to said instrument in the presence of the said deceased.
      [Signed] John A. VanDerlip
      Alexander McKinnon being sworn in this matter says, that he resides in West Sparta, Liv. Co. that he knows Jane Gordon, formerly Jane Richardson, and that she resides in Hanover County, state of Michigan, that deponent was at her house in said County in February last and know I that is her residence, that she lives on a farm at some distance from any city or village, and it would be difficult to get her testimony by commission.
      [Signed] A. M.Kinnon
      Livingston County, SS
      It appearing upon the proofs duly taken in respect to the Last Will and Testament of George Zerfass late of the town of N. Dansville in the County of Livingston, and State of New York, deceased, that the said Will was duly executed, and the said George Zerfass at the time he executed the same, was in all respects competent to devise real estate, and not under restraint; the said Last Will and Testament and the proofs and examinations are herebyo recorded, signed and certified by me, pursuant to the provisions of the Revised Statutes, this 25th
      day of March A.D., 1882.
      [Signed] H.P.Kersh[illegible]
    Person ID I5648  OurNorthernRoots | Andrew Burdett Ancestry
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2016 

    Father Abraham Zerfass,   b. 27 Nov 1772, Whitehall, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1837, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Hannah Knause,   b. 23 Jan 1783, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Feb 1845, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 19 Apr 1802  Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Abraham Zerfass' Wagon
    Abraham Zerfass' Wagon
    Currently located at the Genesee Country Village and Museum(https://www.gcv.org/) in Mumford,NY (in the blacksmith shop). The wagon belonged to Abraham Zerfass and is what he used to bring is family from Whitehall,PA to Dansville,NY about 1818. Is said to have been designed to hold up to 5 tons.
    Histories
    Zerfass Family - History of Livingston Co.,NY
    Zerfass Family - History of Livingston Co.,NY
    Family ID F607  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Polly Kanouse,   b. 15 Jan 1819, Steuben Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1872, Dansville, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 12 Apr 1838 
    Histories
    Zerfass Family - History of Livingston Co.,NY
    Zerfass Family - History of Livingston Co.,NY
    Family ID F995  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Jan 1805 - Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Jan 1882 - Dansville, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Greenmount Cemetery, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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