Joseph Bassett - Will
In the Name of God, Amen, I, Joseph Bassett of Saranac, Clinton County New York being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this life do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament. That is to say, First, after all my _____ debts are paid and discharged, I give and bequeath to each of my children named below the sum of two hundred dollars: Emma, Joseph Napoleon, Silas Bernard, Josephine and Jessie two hundred dollars each, and the residue of my property both real and personal to my son Charles S. and to my wife Emma, I give and bequeath one thousand dollars to be accepted by her in lieu of dower.
Likewise I make, constitute and appoint Louis Valade of Saranac, Clinton County, New York my son-in-law to be Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.
In _____ Whereby I have hereunto subscribed my name and offered my seal the second day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety eight.
Joseph Bassett (X) - His Mark (L.S.)
The above instument consisting of one sheet was on the date this ___ subscribed Joseph Bassett, the Testator named in the foregoing Will, in the presence of us and each of us and at the time of making such subscription the above instument was declared bythe said testator to be his last Will and Testament and each of us at the request of said Testator and in his presence and in the presence of each other sign our names as ______ _____ as the end of the Will.
Newel Bessett Residing at Plattsburgh, NY
Edward Howard Residing at Plattsburgh, NY
For proofs see book-S-of proofs page 372
John H Booth