New Jersey Wills - August 31, 1898 - Six wills probated

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New Jersey Wills - August 31, 1898 - Six wills probated

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Many Wills Probated At Freehold Last Week

Two of the Wills Are From Middletown Township - The Property of Kortenius Schanck Goes to Mrs. Catherine Miller.

Six wills were probated in the surrogate's office at Freehold last week. This is a greater number than has been probated during any week for several months. Most of the wills were short. One of the wills was that of David F. Luyster of New Monmouth, who died about six weeks ago. He named George Morford of New Monmouth as his executor. All his property of every kind, after the payment of his debts and funeral expenses, was left to his daughter, Sarah Shively, widow of Edward Shively. This daughter lived with Mr. Luyster at New Monmouth. She was to have the use of the property as long as she lived and at her death it was to go to Ida Shively, Mrs. Shively's daughter and Mr. Luyster's grandchild. The will was made last December and was witnessed by S. W. Parmentier and J. Fred Wherry.

Another of the wills probated last Saturday was from Middletown township. This was the will of Huldah H. Taylor. A bequest of $100 made to a niece, Martha Osborne, and all the rest of the property was left to Joel W. Wilson. The will speaks of Mr. Wilson as "my dear friend," and recites that the bequest is made "in recognition of his kind services and considerate care, both to me and to my late sister, Eleanor Taylor." The will also stated that the executor has been furnished with a list of articles of personal property, principally articles of furniture, which Miss Taylor wanted distributed among certain person as keepsakes. Henry Field was made executor of the will, which was made February 15th, 1895. The witnesses were Rachel Lufburrow and Edmund Wilson.

Kortenius Schanck of Marlboro, who was found dead sitting in a chair in his farmhouse about three weeks ago, made his will March 13th, 1893. He was 94 years old at the time of his death, and he left no near relatives. He owned the old Schanck homestead at Marlboro, where he lived, and he left considerable personal property. The homestead farm had been conducted for years by James Tilton, and Mr. Tilton and his wife had cared for Mr. Schanck as lovingly as though he were their father. In Mr. Schanck's will he gave $100 to Georgianna Schanck, daughter of Anna Schanck. The Schanck farm and all the rest of his property of every kind he left to Catherine Tilton, wife of James Tilton. James Tilton was made executor of the will. The witnesses were James E. Johnson and Joseph H. Richmond.

Harriet Prest of Englishtown, wife of George Prest, Sr., left the use of all her property, with a few trifling exceptions, to her husband as long as she (he) should live. At his death it is to go to her son, George Prest, Jr. To her son, George Prest, Jr., she left a horse, buggy and harness and some other personal effects. At the death of her husband, when her son George comes into possession of the property, he is to pay to Gertie Linke and to Washington Green, who are children of Mrs. Prest by a former marriage, $25 each; and to Daniel Prest, a son of her husband by his first wife, he is to pay $10. Mrs. Prest's husband and son, George Prest, Sr., and George Prest, Jr., were made executors of the will, which was made June 30th, 1898. The witnesses to the will were Mercie Culver and William L. Conover.

Ann Loomis of Ocean Grove left $500 to Russell M. L. Loomis, John R. Loomis, Jr., and George L. Loomis. These persons were her grandsons. All the rest of her estate was left to her son, John R. Loomis of New York.

It is the custom of many people to distribute their personal effects among their relatives by will in such a manner that each will have some taken (token) of remembrance. This is done, not with the idea that things of value are given, but that each may have some token of affection from the relative who has passed away. This idea was carried out by Mrs. Mary Pittenger, wife of John C. Pittenger of Manalapan township. Mrs. Pittenger's will was made only a short time before her death and was as follows:

    In the name of God, Amen.
    I, Mary C. Pittenger, wife of John C. Pittenger of Manalapan, in the county of Monmouth, being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind, do hereby publish and declare this my last well and testament as follows:
    1. I constitute and appoint my husband, John C. Pittenger, sole executor of this my will.
    2. I direct my executor to pay out of my estate all my just debts and obligations, including my medical bill, funeral expenses and the cost of a suitable headstone to be erected by him at my grave.
    3. I give and bequeath unto my niece, Alma Barkalow, daughter of Charles Barkalow, one gold pin and two gold rings.
    4. I give and bequeath unto Melville C. Pittenger my silver cake basket.
    5. I give and bequeath unto my sister, Huldah B. Buck; my sister Kate Robinson; and my nieces Lottie and Julia, daughters of the said Huldah B. Buck; my wearing apparel. The remainder of my ornaments is to be divided equally between them, and it is my desire that the said Huldah B. Buck shall make the division aforesaid, as equally as she can, between the parties named.
    6. I give, devise and bequeath unto my husband, John C. Pittenger, all the remainder and residue of my estate, to him and to his heirs and assigns forever.
    7. I give and bequeath my household goods and furniture to my husband, John C. Pittenger, his heirs and assigns forever, excepting however, that it is my wish, that my hat rack and book case shall go to Edward Pittenger, his son, when my said husband does not wish to use the said articles any longer.
    8. I give, devise and bequeath unto my husband, John C. Pittenger, all the remainder and residue of my estate, to him and to his heirs and assigns forever.
    In witness whereof, I have herunto set my hand and seal, this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord 1898. Mary C. Pittenger.

The witnesses to the will were Peter Forman and W. T. MacMillan.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, August 31, 1898

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