Wills of Thomas ASKEW, Benjamin C. TURNER, 
Joel S. TURNER, and Margaret TURNER

These family wills were generously contributed by our volunteer, Jan Turner, who is researching the following names:  ASKEW, BATCHELOR, BROWN, SMITH, and TURNER.   Jan would love to hear from anyone researching these names. She may be contacted at: jaturner@harborside.com 



Will of THOMAS ASKEW

Note:  See also the biography on Thomas Askew

Will of THOMAS ASKEW - shows page 33 and 34 - probably from a county will book.
    The number “21" is written in the left hand margin.

Know All Men by these presents that that (sic) I THOMAS ASKEW of the town of Scriba in the county of Oswego and state of New York considering the uncertainty of this life and being of sound mind and memory do make and declare and publish this my last will and testament. First after paying all debts against my estate if any there may be I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife ANNA  F. all my personal estate of every name and nature whatsoever and I further bequeath her my dwelling house and barn and ten acres of land adjoining thereunto on the south of said dwelling house and so much of my wood as lays in the rear of said ten acres mentioned above. And further in addition I give to my said wife eleven acres of land adjoining said ten acres on the west embracing the orchard and so much of the wood land as is lying in the rear thereof to be hers during the period of her natural life and at her death the ten acres above named and the adjoining wood lot  to revert to my son WILLIAM C. ASKEW and the adjoining eleven acres and the wood land in the rear to revert to my son ROBERT G. ASKEW. The above described property to be my wifes during her life for all purposes except the selling thereof and I intend the above to constitute her thirds.  And I also further give and bequeath to my wife ANNA F. ten acres of land and the dwelling house thereon known as the cottage farm lying on the west side of my other lands to be her own and subject to her own free disposal providing the same remains in my possession and unsold at the time of my decease. 

Second I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved son ROBERT G. ASKEW eleven acres of land next to and adjoining the eleven acres bequeathed to my wife ANNA F. with the wood land lying in the rear to be his during his life and if he decease leaving heirs then to be the property of said heirs together with the eleven acres which will revert to ROBERT G. ASKEW after his mother decease and in case he leaves no heirs then the above described lands to be the property of WILLIAM C. ASKEW and his heirs forever. 

Third I give and bequeath to my well beloved son WILLIAM C. ASKEW twenty acres of land lying east of and adjoining ten acres of land bequeathed to my wife ANNA F. save and except thirty-three feet square of land which I reserve and bequeath for the purpose of a burial ground for the members of the ASKEW FAMILY only.  Said square of land to take in and include the place where my late son THOMAS lies now buried and is to be kept for that purpose only forever and to be kept in good order and repair by all future owners of the lands I now bequeath to my son WILLIAM C. ASKEW.  The wood land lying in the rear of the above twenty acres of land, also the remaining wood lot being the east end of said lot.  Also the cider mill located on said twenty acres to be his forever and in case he dies without heirs the above to revert to heirs of ROBERT G.  CAROLINE and MARGARET to be theirs forever. 

Fourth I give and bequeath to my grandson WILLIAM T. ASKEW son of my late son THOMAS now deceased ten acres of land on which the dwelling house erected by his late father now stands also ten acres of land lying next to and adjoining on the east side of the above named ten acres which includes the five acres purchased of BENJAMIN PETERSON and wife and five acres in the rear thereof. And in case he should die without issue then the same property to revert to HERBERT and CLARA ASKEW, son and daughter of ROBERT G. ASKEW. 

Fifth I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter CAROLINE O. ASKEW (now STONE) the west half of twenty two acres of land lying on the north side of the highway passing my dwelling house being a part of lot 77 to be hers forever. 

Sixth I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter MARGARET S. ASKEW (now TURNER) the east one half of twenty two acres of land lying north of the highway passing any dwelling house being a part of lot 77 to be hers forever. 

Seventh and lastly, I do hereby appoint RALPH E. STONE of the city of Oswego, JOEL A. TURNER of the town of Scriba and my wife ANNA F. ASKEW the executors and executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills and testaments by ____me made in testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 22d day of January 1872 - eighteen hundred & seventy two.
      THOMAS ASKEW        LS

-page 34-

The within instrument consisting of one sheet of paper was at the date thereof declared to us by Thomas Askew the testator therein mentioned to be his last will and testament and he at the same time acknowledged to us and each of us that he had signed and sealed the same and we thereupon at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other signed our names thereunto as attending witnesses JOHN CORDINGBY residing at Scriba Oswego Co N.Y., JAMES K PROPER residing at Scriba Oswego Co, N.Y.  Whereas I THOMAS ASKEW of the town of Scriba in the County of Oswego and State of New York aforesaid have made my last will and testament in writing bearing date the twenty third day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred seventy two and by which I have given and bequeathed to my grandson WILLIAM T. ASKEW son of my late son THOMAS ASKEW (now deceased) ten acres of land on which the dwelling erected by his late father now stands also ten acres of land lying next to and adjoining the east side of the above ten acres which includes the five acres purchased of BENJAMIN PETERSON and wife and five acres in the rear thereof.  Now therefore I do by this my writing which I hereby declare to be a codicil to my last will and testament and to be taken as a part thereof order and direct that my will is that only the ten acres of land on which the dwelling house erected by his late father now stand be given to my grandson WILLIAM T. ASKEW in full of the said legacy given and bequeathed to him and that the remainder or the remaining part of the said legacy be given to my son ROBERT G. ASKEW and in case my grandson WILLIAM T. ASKEW  die without issue the ten acres of land and dwelling house to revert to my grandson SIDNEY HERBERT ASKEW son of my son ROBERT G. ASKEW.  And lastly it is my desire that this codicil be annexed to and made a part of my last will and testament as aforesaid to all intents and purposes.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of February in the year of our Lord on thousand and eight hundred and seventy four.            His
       THOMAS X ASKEW
             Mark

(JACOB WHITMARSH of Scriba aforesaid witness to)
The foregoing instrument consisting of one sheet of letter paper was at the date thereof declared to us by THOMAS ASKEW the testator therein mentioned to be his last will and testament and codicil thereto of THOMAS ASKEW late of the town of Scriba Os Co NY deceased (being the annexed written instrument) was duly proved before. T. W. SKINNER

Surrogate of the said county according to law as and for the last will and testament of the real and personal estate of said deceased which said last will and testament the proofs and examinations taken thereon are recorded in this office.  L.S.  In testimony whereof the Surrogate of the said county hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal of office the 6th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five..
Recorded August 5th 1875 at 12 M    T.W. SKINNER Surrogate 


Will of Benjamin Coe Turner  (brother of Capt. Lewis Gordon Turner)

This will is recorded on page 226 of Will Book (?), Oswego County, New York
 

    Last Will                     | Last Will and Testament.  I, Benjamin Coe Turner, of the Town of
         Of                        l Scriba, County of Oswego and State of New York do make, ordain, 
Benjamin Coe Turner        | publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in _____________________  | manner and form following thiat is to say: First, I direct the payment of all my just debts, if any.  Second, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Cora L. Wordens of said town of Scriba the sum of $5000. (Five thousand dollars).  Third: I give, devise and bequeath to my son, Marshall Bertrand Turner of said Town of Scriba all of the rest residue and remainder of my estate at the time of my death, both real and personal proofs only except as hereinafter provided. I hereby limit the foregoing devise to my said son with the reference to (50) fifty acres or thereabouts of land known as the Cyrenius Farm which is described substantially as follows and which is situated in said town of Scriba to wit: In lot number 90, in the 18th township of Scriba’s Patent and is bounded on the East by the East line of said lot, on the North and West by lands owned by David Dean and on the South by the public highway. 

My said son is to have the use of said farm during the term of his natural life or so long as he occupies and uses it and I then devise the same to my grandson, Kenneth B. Turner, the son of said Marshall Bertrand Turner to be his absolutely.  I also, likewise, limit my device to my said son of the farm in said town of Scriba, described substantially as follows to wit: The lots 93 & 105 in the 18th township of Scriba’s Patent is bounded on the East by lands owned by ???????Church on the North - by the public highway on the West, by the public highway and on the South by lands owned by L. L. Parkhurst and contains about fifty (50) acres.  My will is that my said son, Marshall Bertrand Turner shall have the use of this property during the term of his natural life or as long as he uses and occupies it and then I give and devise the same to my grandson Benjamin Coe Turner, named after my name, the son of said Marshall Bertrand Turner and to be his absolutely, excepting and reserving in the cemetery on said farm, lots numbers 67, 69 &70 for the uses of the family burial place forever.  Likewise I make, constitute and appoint Marshall Bertrand Turner of the said Town of Scriba to be the executor of this my last Will and Testament and I hereby revoke all former Wills by me made.  In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the Twelfth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-four.
      Benjamin Coe Turner     L.S.

The foregoing instrument was at the date thereof subscribed by Benjamin Coe Turner the testator therein named in the presence of me and each of us.  He at the time of making such subscription acknowledged that he executed the same and declared the said instrument so subscribed by him to be his Last Will and Testament whereupon     ?  sue   at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other to hereby subscribe to witnesses thereto.

      S. M. Coon - Oswego Jct. J.
        Henry J. Cooper - Oswego Ct. J


Last   Will   and   Testament of Joel S. Turner



I,     Joel Sylvester Turner   of the    town   of    Scriba   County of    Oswego 
and State of New York, do make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last 
Will and Testament, in manner and form following, that is to say:

 First. - I direct the payment of my just debts, if any, and funeral expenses.

 Second - I hereby make the following gifts and bequests to wit: I hereby give and bequeath to George Turner, son of my deceased brother George, the sum of five hundred dollars.

 Having paid considerable sums of money for the benefit of my deceased brother, Morris Turner, in his lifetime, I therefore do not bequeath anything to his heirs.

 I give and bequeath to the children of my deceased nephew, Joel A. Turner, who was the son of my deceased brother, Lewis Turner, the sum of one hundred dollars to each.

 I give and bequeath to Lucien Turner son of my deceased brother Lewis Turner the sum of five hundred dollars and to Henry Turner, son of my said deceased brother, Lewis Turner, twenty five dollars.

 I give and bequeath to my brother Russell Turner, two thousand dollars and to his daughter, Sarah A. Wales, the sum of five hundred dollars.

 I give and bequeath to my brother James Monroe Turner the sum of one thousand dollars.
 I give and bequeath to Joseph H. Worden, my iron safe.

 I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Eleanor L. Turner, the sum of four thousand dollars together with all of my household furniture, beds and bedding and carpets, and all other household articles, except my said safe and valuable papers, and I also give her such fuel as may be left at the time of my death.  I also give and devise unto my said wife the house and lot where I now reside and which was conveyed to me by William E. Blossom and wife by deed dated April 1, 1882 and recorded April 1, 1882 in Oswego County Clerks office in Book No. 171 of deeds at page 441.  The foregoing bequests and device to my said wife all upon the condition that she accepts the same in lieu of dower and of all claims against my said estate.

 I hereby give and bequeath all of the rest residue and remainder of my said estate to Marshall Bertrand Turner and Cora L. Worden children of my deceased brother, Benjamin Coe Turner, and in case of the death of either of them before my death such portion to belong to his or her children.

 In case of the death of any of the legatees herein mentioned, before my death, it is my will that such portion be given to their children respectively.

 I hereby authorize and empower my executors hereinafter named and the survivor or successor of them to sell and convey my real estate except as above devised to my wife, and I also direct my said executor to give my wearing apparel to my brothers, if living, and in case of their death to such other relations as shall seem best.

 Likewise, I make, constitute and appoint said Marshall Bertrand Turner, and said Joseph R. Worden to be executors of this, my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal, the twelfth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-six.

        Joel S. Turner           [L.S.]

We whose names hereto subscribed, do certify that Joel Sylvester Turner the testator, subscribed his name to this instrument in our presence, and in the presence of each of us, and at the same time he declared in our presence and hearing that the same was his last Will and Testament, and requested us, and each of us, to sign our names thereto as witnesses to the execution thereof, and which we hereby do in the presence of the testator and of each other, the day of the date of the said Will, and write opposite our names our respective places of residence.

S. Mortimer Coonresiding at Oswego, N.Y.
Norman S. Bentleyresiding at Oswego, N.Y.

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The People of the State of New York, 

To     Russel Turner, Sarah A. Wales, J. Monroe Turner, Eleanor L. Turner, Cora L. Worden, Marshall Bertrand Turner, Carrie E. Turner, George L. Turner, Joel A. Turner, Mabel E. Turner, Thomas O. Turner, Harriet Ellen Turner, Lewis O. Turner, Harriet E. Turner, Anna R. Turner, Minnie W. Turner, Henry Baldwin, F. Inez Baldwin, Lottie E. Baldwin, Maggie Baldwin, Henry F. Turner, May Turner, Lucian M. Turner, May Turner, Anna Palmer, and Clara Palmer.

heirs-at-law and next of kin of Joel S. Turner, late of the town of Scriba, in the County of Oswego, New York, deceased, Greeting:

Whereas, Marshall B. Turner and Joseph H. Worden the Executors named in a certain instrument in writing, purporting to be the last WILL and testament of said Joel S. Turner late of the town of Scriba, in the County of Oswego, and State of New York, deceased, and relating to both real and personal Estate, have lately made application to the Surrogate’s Court of our County of Oswego, to have said instrument in writing       (Blank)        Proved and recorded as a WILL of real and personal estate: You and each of you are, therefore, hereby cited to appear before the Surrogate of the County of Oswego, at his office in the City of Oswego, in the said County of Oswego, New York, on the 27 day of Sept, 1897, at ten o’clock in the forenoon of that day, then and there to attend the probate of said WILL and such of you as are under the age of twenty-one years are required to appear by your general guardian, if you have one; or if you have none, to appear and apply for one to be appointed; or in the event of your neglect or failure to do so, a special guardian will be appointed by the Surrogate to represent and act for you in the proceeding.

In Testimony Whereof, We have caused the seal of the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Oswego to be hereunto affixed.

Witness, SHELDON B. MEAD, Surrogate of our said County of Oswego, at the City of Oswego, 
in the said County, the 7th day of Sept A.D. 1897.

      W.J. Penteton (?), Clerk of Ct.
         Surrogate Courtl


Last Will and Testament of Margaret Turner

Showing pages 106 & 107 in Deed book.
 

Last Will & Testament |    Last will and Testament of Margaret Turner, 
     of                      |   Scriba, Oswego Co, Feb. 4th, 1893.  To my 
Margaret Turner       |   son Joel A. Turner I will and bequeath the twelve acres land more or less bought from Coe Turner and described the deed received from him.  In case of Joel A. Turner’s death:   Said twelve acres of land more or less goes to his oldest son Thomas Turner, Jr.  In case of Joel A Turner dying  without children (they having died or dying after him) said twelve acres of land more or less is to go, revert to my son Lewis O. Turner.  To my daughters Anna R. Turner, and M. Winifred Turner I Will and bequeath Eleven acres of land willed to me by my father Thomas Askew upon which are situated my dwelling house and barn.  And wish Anna R Turner and M. Winifred Turner immediately upon my death to take possession of my dwelling house and all it contains.  My son Lewis O. Turner to have a home there as long as he remains unmarried, married and needs a home, and shall be taken good care of in case of sickness and treats them kindly.  The ten acres of land above mentioned together with all land I die possessed is to remain in charge of my son Lewis O. Turner & J. Henry Comstock until my funeral expenses and the following monies are paid.  To my son Thomas O. Turner the sum of $50.  To my son Lewis O. Turner the sum of Three Hundred Dollars and J. Henry Comstock to be paid One Hundred Dollars, borrowed money.  I wish the land rented or the fruit and products of the land sold until said money is paid.  I appoint my son Lewis O. Turner and J. Henry Comstock of Tihaca, N.Y. ,my executor, in case of the death of J. Henry Comstock before my own death I appoint his wife Anna B. Comstock to act in his stead.

       Margaret Askew Turner

That I am in my right mind and capable to make a will I have these witnesses.
A. C. Harding, East Mitchell St., Oswego
Marion Harding - East Mitchell St.., Oswego

State of New York, Oswego County Surrogate Office.  ss.

I Francis David, Surrogate of said county do hereby certify that I have compared the foregoing copy of the last will and testament, and the attestation clause thereon of Margaret A. Turner, late of the Town of Scriba, in said County of Oswego, N.Y., deceased, which Will was admitted to probate in said Surrogate’s Court, on the 19th day of July 1894, as a Will valid to pass real and personal property.  With the record of said last Will and Testament and the attestation clause thereon, now remaining in this office and that the same is a correct transcript wherefrom and of the whole of such original record.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Surrogates Court;
Recorded Aug 17, 1894 @ 2:40 P.M.

      LL F. David, Surrogate
W.J. Pentelow, Clerk 


In the Matter of Proving the Last Will and 
Testament of Margaret S. Turner

SURROGATE’S COURT, OSWEGO COUNTY,
In the Matter of Proving the Last Will and }
Testament of                                      }
                                                        }
                                                        }
   Margaret S. Turner                          }
                    Deceased
 

 We, Anna R Turner, Winifred Turner, Joel A Turner & Thomas O. Turner                       The undersigned, heirs at law, next of kin, legatees, devisees, or persons otherwise interested in the above entitled matter, do hereby voluntarily appear in the Surrogate’s Court of said county of Oswego, on the Probate of the last Will and Testament of    Margaret S. Turner          , late of the    Town    Of    Scriba     In said county, deceased, and do hereby waive the issuing and serving on me of a citation for probate of said Will, and do hereby consent that the same be admitted to probate forthwith.
 

        (Signed)
        Joel A. Turner
        Winifred Turner
        Thos. O. Turner
        Anna Turner
STATE OF NEW YORK,  }
County of   Oswego    }
 

 On this 19th day of July, 1894, before me, the subscriber, personally appeared Anna R. Turner, Winifred Turner, Joel A. Turner & Thomas O. Turner. To me known to be the persons described in and who signed and executed the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged the execution of the same.

      F. David
        Surrogate
 

 I, Lewis O. Turner, a legatee named in the last will and testament of Margaret Turner, late of Scriba, Oswego County, N.Y., deceased, do hereby acknowledge that I have received from the executors of the will of said deceased the sum of Three Hundred Dollars in full payment of the legacy given to me in and by said will; and I hereby release the lands and estate of said deceased from the lien of such legacy.

 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30 day of November, 1901.
       (Signed) Lewis O. Turner (L.S.)

State of New York )
                         )   Ss
County of Oswego )

   On this 30 day of November, 1901, before me, the subscriber, personally appeared Lewis O. Turner, to me known to be the same person described in and who executed the foregoing instrument, and he acknowledged to me that he executed the same.

       (Signed) G. W. Dennis
            Justice of the Peace
         Surrogate

  I, Thomas O. Turner, a legatee named in the last will and testament of Margaret Turner, late of Scriba, Oswego County, N.Y., do hereby acknowledge that I have received from the executors of the will of said deceased the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) in full payment of the legacy given to me in and by said will; and I hereby release the lands and estate of said deceased from the lien of such legacy.

  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of December, 1901.

       (Signed) T. O. Turner   (L. S.)

State of New York )
                         )     Ss.
County of Oswego )

  On this 21st day of December, 1901, before me, the subscriber, personally appeared Thomas O. Turner, to me known to be the same person described in and who executed the foregoing instrument, and he acknowledged to me that he executed the same.

       (Signed) John B. Higgin
           Justice of the Peace
 
 

  I, J. Henry Comstock, of Ithaca, N.Y., do hereby acknowledge that I have received from the executors of the will of Margaret Turner, late of Scriba, Oswego County, N.Y., the sum of One Hundred Dollars, in full payment of the amount due to me, referred to in said will; and I hereby release the lands and the estate of said deceased from the lien thereof.

  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 27 day of December, 1901.

       (Signed) J. H. Comstock    (L.S.)

State of New York   )
                           )   Ss.
County of Tompkins )

  On this 27 day of December, 1901, before me, the subscriber, personally appeared, J. Henry Comstock, to me known to be the same person described in and who executed the foregoing instrument, and he acknowledged to me that he executed the same.

       (Signed) Homer Mack
          Notary Public


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