Will of Solomon FERRIS 
Bernhard's Bay, 
Town of Constantia,NY

    I am a descendant of Solomon Ferris and have been researching the family
for a number of years. Last week I visited Oswego and obtained a copy of
his will. Solomon came to Bernhard's Bay and settled there sometime in the late 1820's or early 1830's. His first recorded deed, I believe, is 1836. 
    I am always interested in hearing from family members. 
Sincerely, Lee Freeman.

   "I Solomon Ferris of the town of Constancia in the County of Oswego and State of New York being of sound mind and memory and Considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make Ordain Publish and Declare this to be my last will and testament that is to Say After all my lawful Debts are paid and Discharged the residue of my Estate real and Personal I give Bequeath and Dispose of as follows to wit } 

    to my beloved wife the land Appendences Situated there On known and Described as the Ferris Farm lying in the town of Constancia and in the County of Oswego
and State of New York.  I give this to my beloved Wife to
Dispose of as She see fit.   in witnefs when if I hereunto Subscribe my name and affix  Seal the Eight Day of July one thousand Eight hundred and Sixty One (signed in
his hand) Solomon Ferris.  

  The above written instrument was Subscribed by the said Solomon Ferris in our Presence and acknowledged by
him to each of us and he at the same time published and declared the above instrument so subscribed to be his last will and testament and we at the testators request and in his presence have signed our names as witnesses

Stephen Supt(?), Levi Beeknap(?)"

   In addition to the will is a newspaper article and Surrogate papers from 1863 showing heirs and next of kin to be: 

   "Ambrose Ferris Onieda Lake, Madison Co N.Y. 
Dorance Ferris Whose place of residence is unknown. Susan M. Hatch. Debby Ann Gage. Catherine Beach. Phoebe Ferris. Almina Robinso(n) all of full age.   

   That the value of the personal estate left by said
deceased will not exceed the sum of $500.   That the said
deceased left Catherine Ferris his widow him surviving."

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