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Re: Antoinette M. (Everest) Parkhill
Posted by: julie otto Date: December 02, 2001 at 13:17:50
In Reply to: Re: Antoinette M. (Everest) Parkhill by Stephanie Walker of 246

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you so much for your kind note. Here follows (if I can get the buttons right) the text of Wm. Burr(itt) Park(h)ill's will. Some of the years are in brackets because in the original they are written out. Some but not all early wills in Essex Co., NY are not in the Surrogate's Court as is standard practice in NY state, but in the Deeds.


Will Book H:124 - Will of William B. Parkill
(proved 26 June 1882)

Record of the last Will and Testament of William B. Parkill,
late of Chesterfield in the County of Essex and State of New York, deceased, proved and admitted to probate 26 June [1882]


I, WILLIAM B. PARKILL of Chesterfield in the County of Essex, and State of New York, being of sound mind, memory and understanding, do hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say:

I hereby nominate and appoint my wife Annette to be the sole executrix of this my last will and testament.

I direct my said executrix to pay and discharge all my just debts and funeral charges, as soon after my decease as shall be reasonably practicable.

I give, devise and bequeath to my said wife for and during her natural life, the use of all the real and personal property and estate, of which I shall die seized or possessed; I also give to my said wife the right to convert any part of my estate, real or personal, to her own use, benefit and behoof, during her lifetime in case she shall find it necessary so to do, and to that end I hereby authorize and empower her, at her option, to sell and convey the same or any part thereof.

After the decease of my said wife, it is my will that whatever shall remain of my estate, real or personal, shall be divided equally between and among my brothers and sisters, Horace Parkill, Ezra Parkill, Belden Parkill, Cornelia Conger, Mary Ann Nicholson, and Susanna Odell, share and share alike, forever.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 27th day of October in the year [1869]. WILLIAM B. PARKILL [LS]

The above instrument, was on the day of the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by the said William B. Parkill as and for his last will and testament, in presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
C. J. Reynolds, Keeseville, N.Y.
Saml Ames, Keeseville, N.Y.


Surrogate’s Court, County of Essex:
In the matter of proving the last Will and Testament
of William B. Parkill, deceased.

County of Essex SS:
Charles J. Reynolds being duly sworn and examined as a witness before Francis A. Smith, Esquire, Surrogate of the County of Essex, deposes and says that he resides in the town of Ausable in the County of Clinton and State of New York, and is a Clerk and is aged 35 years; that he was well acquainted with William B. Parkill now deceased, that deponent was present as a witness and did see the above named William B. Parkill subscribe his name at the end of the instrument in writing, now produced and shown to this deponent bearing date the 27th day of October in the year [1869] purporting to be his last will and testament. That the said decedent, at the time of making the said subscription, declared the said instrument to be his last will and testament, and requested this deponent and one Samuel Ames to sign their names as witnesses thereto. Thereupon this deponent and said Ames accordingly signed their names as witnesses at the end of the said instrument, in the presence of the said decedent and of each other; and deponent further says that the said decedent, at the time he so executed the said instrument, was, as deponent believes, a citizen of the United States, of full age, of sound mind and memory, in all respects competent to devise real estate, and not under any restraint. And deponent further says that the said Samuel Ames died some six years ago; that deponent saw said Ames subscribe his name as a witness at the end of said will and that he knows that said signature is genuine.

And deponent further says that the deceased always called his wife by the name Annette or Nett. Charles J. Reynolds.
Taken, subscribed and sworn before me this 26th June 1882. Francis A. Smith, Surrogate.

State of New York, County of Essex SS:
I, Francis A. Smith, Surrogate of the said County of Essex, do hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy and record of the last will and testament of William B. Parkill, late of Chesterfield, in said County, deceased, propounded for probate and this day proved as a will valid to pass both real and personal property, together with the proofs and examinations taken before me in relation to the execution thereof.
Recorded this 26th day of June 1882. Francis A. Smith, Surrogate.


Thank you again for "looking after" Antoinette and her small place on your website. You have a birthdate for her of 6 Feb. 1824 - I would be very interested as to the source for this (private record?) I've long thought the age (66 yrs., 20 days) on her death certificate at Keeseville to be a bit wrong. It calculates to a birth year in 1826, but the 1830 census lists her as a girl 5-10 and her younger brother Charles M. (d. Port Kent 4 Jan. 1839 ae. 12:0:22, calculated to a birth in Dec. 1826) as a boy 0-5. Incidentally, Dr. Henry Orton Tallmadge (1819-1917), for whom one of her short-lived baby sons was named, signed Antoinette's death certificate in 1892. If only he had written out her mother's full maiden name instead of simply "Pamelia C," we would have been spared a lot of trouble over these years.

Thank you again!



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