Monday, April 30, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - The Will of Daniel O’Brien, 1876, Humphrey, Cattaraugus Co, NY



 
In the name of God, amen: I, Daniel Obrien of the town of Humphrey in the county of Cattaraugus and State of New York, of the age of seventy-five and being of sound mind and memory do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, in manner following, that is to say:
First that my just debts be paid.
Second I give and bequeath to my wife Teracy Obrien her support of the farm her lifetime the farm which I now reside on seventy-five acres on lot eight as described in said deed in township No. three and fifth range in the town of Humphrey and county of Cattaraugus and State of New York to be used and enjoyed by her her lifetime.
Third, I give and bequeath to my son William S. Obrien the farm above described he is to work the farm and take care of his mother her lifetime and then it belongs to him.
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mariah Obrien seven hundred dollars.
Fifth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Obrien three hundred and fifty dollars.
Sixth, I give and bequeath to my other three sons Patrick Obrien and Matthew Obrien and James Obrien fifty dollars a piece to be paid three years from my decease. I hereby appoint Teresy Obrien and William S. Obrien executrix 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 this twenty-fourth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six.
                                                                                                                [signed] Daniel O Brien
The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared by the said Daniel Obrien as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and his presence and in the presence of each other have subsecribed our names as witnesses thereto. John Putnam, Humphrey, Cattaraugus Co. Alonzo ---ill. [page torn]
In the name of God, amen: I, Daniel Obrien of the town of Humphrey in the county of Cattaraugus and State of New York, of the age of seventy-five and being of sound mind and memory do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, in manner following, that is to say:
First that my just debts be paid.
Second I give and bequeath to my wife Teracy Obrien her support of the farm her lifetime the farm which I now reside on seventy-five acres on lot eight as described in said deed in township No. three and fifth range in the town of Humphrey and county of Cattaraugus and State of New York to be used and enjoyed by her her lifetime.
Third, I give and bequeath to my son William S. Obrien the farm above described he is to work the farm and take care of his mother her lifetime and then it belongs to him.
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mariah Obrien seven hundred dollars.
Fifth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Obrien three hundred and fifty dollars.
Sixth, I give and bequeath to my other three sons Patrick Obrien and Matthew Obrien and James Obrien fifty dollars a piece to be paid three years from my decease. I hereby appoint Teresy Obrien and William S. Obrien executrix 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 this twenty-fourth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six.
                                                                                                                [signed] Daniel O Brien
The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared by the said Daniel Obrien as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and his presence and in the presence of each other have subsecribed our names as witnesses thereto. John Putnam, Humphrey, Cattaraugus Co. Alonzo ---ill. [page torn]

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sentimental Sunday – Bittersweet Memories

It had been well over a month since I posted anything, so I sat down to write an update this evening. When I posted that, I realized today was my father’s birthday and I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to write something here.
My father died three years ago after a heroic battle with lung cancer. I can’t believe I forgot that his birthday was coming up. I think about him quite often and still miss him greatly, but didn’t pay much attention to the calendar this weekend.
I just got back from a weekend trip to Ohio to see a friend who lives in Florida but was up visiting her father. Ironically, her father is also battling a lung disease (if you are so inclined, please say a prayer that he get a chance for a lung transplant soon). When my friend was up before, we met halfway and spent the weekend together. My friend’s father lives down near Cincinnati. Since he is so ill, I told her I would drive the whole way to see everyone. The route I took this weekend was part of the same route I took to Kentucky in 2009 to meet with my father.
My dad wanted to travel to Western Kentucky where he was born and raised to see family once more. My niece was also getting married in early May in Michigan. So I traveled down to meet him in Kentucky and then we traveled together to Michigan.
The plan went well and we got everything done we set out to do. I have a lot of memories of that trip and may write more about it one of these days. To make the memories even more bittersweet, dad died about two weeks after he returned home.

They are all gone into the world of light, and I alone sit lingering here;
Their very memory is fair and bright, and my sad thoughts do cheer.
-- Henry Vaughan

Did You Miss Me?

It feels like I’ve been away from this blog forever. It’s been well over a month anyway. I have been pretty busy with lots of different things. I’ve taken a couple of trips, one of which I just got back from. I visited my mother and sister over Easter. This weekend I made a quick trip to meet up with a friend from Florida who is visiting her father in Ohio.  
I was asked to do some adjunct teaching in addition to my day job, so I’ve been working at that lately. They have me scheduled for more classes next semester already. I’m enjoying the opportunity.
I was hired to do some genealogy work recently and have been poking around local records around here. I’ll be posting on some of that in a little while.
Remember my floor project? It got done. Here’s a photo, do you like it?

I also purchased an external hard drive. My plan is to have another backup of my photograph files both present and scanned old photos as I only have them on jump drives right now. I’m thinking of hiring one of my girls to copy them over for me. I think that would be a good project for them. Then I can get a better idea of what else needs to be scanned from my collection. Maybe the scanning project can be another job for one of the girls. Hey, sounds like I might be learning how to work smarter!
I have located a local shop that will transfer my video tapes to digital. They also do audio tapes. I went through my media cabinet and found some tape recordings I have of interviews with some older family members that have since passed. I have several home movies of when my kids were young. Plus I have a video tape that my father-in-law put together with old home movies he had as well as slides of family photos. The digital age is here and I know I gotta keep up. I have set them aside and need to plan to take them in sometime soon.
So there’s an update, I’ll try to be back soon!