The last will and testament of Stephen Cushing of the Town of
Pawling and County
of Dutchess and State of New York-
I Stephen Cushing considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory (Blessed be Almighty God for the same) Do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say First I given and bequeath to my son William Cushing the sum of one thousand and five hundred dollars- Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane Hoag the sum of one thousand five hundred dollars. Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Jemima Green in lands as follows namely all that piece or those pieces of land now in my possession situate south of the road leading from where I now live to Quaker Hill and joining lands or possessions as follows vis on the north it joins land belonging to the estate of Merrick Green deceased which land I sold to said Merrick while living- on the west it joins Archibald Campbell, on the south leased land now in possession of Charles Hurd and on the East Archibald Campbell junior. Item, I also give and bequeath to her the said Jemima a northern piece of land lying north of the aforesaid road & bounded on the north and east by Archibald Campbell Junior on the south by a piece of land which I sold to David Camp Hatch and on the west by the principal road leading through this place to New York. I also give and bequeath to her the said Jemima the house in which I now liven and which I sold to David Camp Hatch on the East by Archibald Campbell Junior on the south and west by the road together with barn, out houses and whatever stands therein or appertains thinks all which at her deceased ill fall to her present heirs to be equally divided. Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Deborah Scofield the sum of one thousand dollars. Item, I give and bequeath to my grandson Milton F Cushing the sum of one thousand dollars and which I write to be applied by my Executor Ebenezer Stevens according to his discretion in giving sd Milton a liberal education, and he is to have no more than the above named sum-
Item, I give and bequeath to my grandson Stiles or Stephen Cushing the sum of eight hundred dollars and no more to be disposed of at the discretion of my executor Ebenezer Stevens in giving said grandson an education- Item, I give to my grandchildren the children of my daughter Rachel Arnold deceased to be equally distributed among them the sum of one thousand dollars to be paid each of them severally when he or she shall have arrived at the age on twenty one years and shall apply to my executor hereinafter mentioned for the same. Item, I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Catharine Merrill the heir of my daughter Catharine Merrill deceased the sum of one hundred dollars. Item, I give to my grand son Theron Green the sum of four hundred dollars- Item, I give and bequeath to my grandson Cushing Green the sum of one hundred dollars - Item, I give and bequeath to my grandson Stephen Cushing son of William Cushing the sum of two hundred dollars- Item, the residue & remainder of my real estate not herein mentioned I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsey Stevens as also my clock and the apparatus belonging to it- Item, I give and bequeath my one horse wagon & harness as also one bed & bedding to my daughter Jane Hoag, Item, I give and bequeath to my grandson Stephen Hoag the sum of two hundred dollars- Item the household furniture that I bought of James Grant & Ebenezer Stevens which is now in possession of Jemima Green, I give and bequeath to her the sd Jemima-Item, The residue of my household furniture I give and bequeath to my granddaughters Laura Green, Rachael Green and Jane Green to be equally divided and also my farming utensils to Theron Green- Item the residue and remainder of my personal property If there be any I will & order to be equally divided among my children hereinafter named (vis) William Cushing Jane Hoag Betsey Stevens and Jemima Green and them only- And further I do hereby appoint my son in law Ebenezer Stevens and my truly friend John Grant executor together my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills by me made- provide always and I do hereby order and declare that of my executor Ebenezer Stevens or any of my legatees herein mentioned shall be lawfully indebted to my estate by note or otherwise at my decease such debts shall be paid in to my estate or go towards so much of the legacy or share of the legatee so indebted-In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eight day September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty four
Signed – publish and declare by the above named Stephen Cushing to be his last will & testament in the presence of – who hereunto subscribe or named as witness in present of the testator-
Curtiss Prentice, David C Hatch, Daniel B Calhoun,
Be it remembered that on the nineteenth day of October in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five personally appeared before me James Hawks Surrogate of the count of Dutchess aforesaid Curtiss Prentice, David C Hatch Daniel B Calhoun the subscribing witness to the will of Stephen Cushing late of the town of Pawling in the said county deceased who being duly sworn declare that they dud see the said Stephen Cushing deceased seal and execute the instrument here unto annexed purporting to be the last will and testament of the said Stephen Cushing deceased bearing date the Eighth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five; that they heard him the said Stephen Cushing publish and declare the same as and for his last will and testament; that at the time thereof he they said Stephen Cushing was of sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the knowledge and belief of the deponents and that they the deponents did formally subscribe their names to said will as witnesses hereto in the presence of the testator-
In his testimony whereof the said surrogate hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal of office this nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord on thousand eight hundred and twenty five.
James Hooks Surrogate-
Dutchess County: Be it also remembered that on the nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five before me the said surrogate personally appeared James Grant & Ebenezer Stevens Executors in the aforesaid will named and were duly sworn to the faithful performance and execution thereof by taking the usual oath in the case provided-
James Hookes Surrogate
The People of the State of
New York by the grace of God shall come or
may concern send greeting:
Know ye that at Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County on the nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty five before James Hookes Esquire Surrogate from said county, the last will and testament of Stephen Cushing late of Pawling in Dutchess County deceased (a copy thereof is hereunto annexed) was proved and is now approved and allowed of by us and the said deceased having whilst he lived & at the time of his death goods chattels or ----- within the State by means whereof the proving and executing the said will and the granting administration of all and singular the said goods chattels and credits and also the auditing allowing and find discharging the account thereof doth belong unto us, the administration of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased and any way concerning his will is granted unto James Grand & Ebenezer Stevens Executors in the said will named they being first duly sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and to make and exhibit a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the said goods chattels and credits and also to render a just and true account thereof when thereunto required-
In testimony whereof we have carved the seal of office of our said surrogate to be hereunto affixed, witness James Hookes, Esquire Surrogate of the said county at Poughkeepsie the nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five and of our Independence the fiftieth-
James Hookes Surrogate
James Hooker Surrogate
Dutchess: Delivered the original will of Stephen Cushing Dc’d with the probate thereof to James Grand one of the Executors this 10th day of Oct 1825.
James Hookes Surrogate.
More research on the other descendants of Stephen Cushing. I have the following children as listed in the family Bible:
William b. 30 Apr 1774 (listed in the 1800 census in Pawling, Dutchess, NY with three females under 10 years of age and two females 16-25)
Jane Cushing b. 18 May 1776 (my ancestor) m. Solomon Hoag
Stephen Cushing b. 3 May 1778 d. 19 Nov 1794
Milton Foster Cusing b. 3 Dec 1781 d. 4 May 1787
Elizabeth Cushing b.4 Oct 1782 wife of Ebeneezer Stevens both named in the will.
Jemima Cushing b.1 Jun 1784 widow of Merrick Green
Thomas Cushing b. 15 Dec 1785, Christened Mar 1786 in Rochester, Plymouth, Mass. Died in 1789 in Pawling, Dutchess, New York.
Milton Foster Cushing b. 7 Sep 1787 d. 19 Nov 1811
Deborah Cushing b. 15 Nov 1789
Rachel Cushing b. 25 April 1791
I don't see a Catharine listed in the Bible.
These children were most likely born in Massachusetts. Stephen was a soldier in the American Revolution serving from Massachusetts. Some of the family are buried in the Cushing Burial Ground on the Green farm near Hurd's corner in Dutchess County, New York. http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/dutchess/data/cems/cushing.htm