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Who was Mary Mathers (1772-1851) VT/NY
Posted by: Rich Houghton Date: May 14, 1999 at 10:12:47
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I'm looking for any information on a MARY MATHERS who was born on 3 November 1772; I'm uncertain of her place of birth.

She married JAMES WESTON on 29 April in Rockingham, Windham County, VT. Although her family background is presently unknown, she may have been the daughter of John Mathers of Rockingham.

They had thirteen children:

i Hannah b. 20 September 1793 m. Isaac Cribb/Crabbe
ii Nathan b. 4 August 1795 m. Chloe Dart
iii Lucy b. 10 April 1797 m. Lewis Tichener
iv Joseph b. 17 May 1799 m. (1) Lavinia Dresser
m. (2?) ------ ------
m. (3?) ------ ------
v Asaph M. b. 7 December 1800 m. Betsey Doolittle
vi John b. 24 August 1802 d. unm. 1 November 1827
vii James b. 25 July 1804 d. unm. 10 August 1819
viii Lucinda b. 13 April 1806 m. Edward Eastman
ix Ezekiel b. 15 May 1808 m. Eliza S. Hall
x Margaret b. 16 June 1810 d. unm. 25 June 1829
xi William C. b. 25 March 1812 m. Harriet Carey
xii Reuben b. 19 June 1814 m. Malvina F. Couch
+ xiii Millard David b. 2 July 1817 m. Urane Ward

It is unclear exactly when the family moved west to New York, although it is known that his children from William on were born in that state so he was there at least by 1812. He was well established in Mentz, Cayuga County, New York, by 1820 when he is listed there in the federal census. He was a farmer, and owned quite a bit of land in the county. He was also a Methodist minister in Mentz, where he built a church at his own expense.

There is little other information available about him, except that he died in Mentz on Sunday, 30 May 1841. His tomstone, in the Old Cemetery at the corner of Mentz Church and McDonald Roads in Montezuma, was still legible into the 1970's. His will provided:

I, James Weston of the town of Mentz and County of Cayuga and State of New York, do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. And first I direct that my body be decently interred after my decease and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life. And to such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same as following:

First, I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first monies that shall come into the hands of my Executors from any portion of my estate real or personal.

Also I direct that my wife Mary is to have five hundred dollars and all my household furniture during her life.

To Hannah my oldest daughter I bequeath one hundred dollars besides the other things she has had previous to this my last will & testament.

To Lucy I bequeath tewnty-five dollars besides the hundred dollars she has had previous to this my last will & testament.

To Lucinda one hundred dollars besides what she has had previous to this my last will and testament.

To Nathan twenty-five dollars besides the fifty acres of which he has a deed.

To Joseph what land he has in possession besides his fifty acres (50).

To Asaph what land he has in possession besides his fifty acres (50).

To William I bequeath the farm he now lives on in Savannah Wayne County or to his heirs & assigns forever.

To Reuben I bequeath Sixty acres of land lying & being south of Asaph's beginning at Asaph's southeast corner & running along the road south far enough to make by making a corner & running to the west line sixty acres it [jogs?] to the north when [we?] get as far west as Asaph's land goes.

I bequeath to Ezekiel all that parcel of land lying between Ruben's & the road that leads from the meeting house to the sawmill, this line to continue to an oak top of the first ridge then to the west line.

To Millard I bequeath all that parcel of land south of the road leading from the meeting house to the sawmill and west of the road leading to Montezuma to the same more or less.

I further direct that all my personal property as it relates to horses cattle and farming utinsils is to remain the property of Ezekial Ruben & Millard as it has heretofore been divided.

And also I further direct that all monies arising from a promissory note given by O.E. Merrill of $800, also another of $100 against John Christian shall be equally divided between Ezekial Rubin & Millard Weston my sons.

And do hereby make and ordain Ezekiel Weston my oldest son and Mary my wife Executor & Executrix of this my last will & testament.

In witness whereof I James Weston the testator have to this my will written on one sheet of paper set my hand & seal this twentieth day of March one thousand eight hundred & forty one.

The will was admitted to probate on 14 October 1841. His son Ezekial, the executor, provided the following testimony during the probate proceedings:

I found the [will] at the late dwelling house of the deaceased and before his death in a table drawer where I keep my personal papers. I do not know who placed the same in said drawer. I took possession of the said instrument and kept the same safely until sometime after the death of the deceased . . . .

Mary died in Mentz on 10 November 1851. She is buried in the same cemetary next to her husband; her grave stone was still standing into the 1970's. Their children Asaph M., Nathan, John, Margaret are all buried in the same plot.


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