In the name of God Amen, I John Ring of Red Hook in the County of Dutchess, State of New York, being in good health of body and of sound and disposing mind and memory praised be God for the same and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs while I have strength and capacity so to do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.
First, I give, devise, and bequeath all my real and personal estate of every nature and description and by whatsoever tenure held to be equally divided among my children and grandchildren hereafter named with the exception and provision and upon the terms and for the uses herein after set forth, viz, To my sons George J. Ring and Jacob Ring, my daughters Nantje or Hannah the wife of Peter Traver, my daughter Anne or Mary the wife of Philip Moore, my daughter Catherine the wife of David Traver, and my daughter Keetje the wife of Jacob Bonesteel, and my grandchild Mary Barbara Ring (daughter of my son Henry deceased) to be equally divided among them share and share alike with the exceptions follows that is to say my will do and I order and devise such portion of my estate as by the preceding clause herein is devised to my son George J. Ring to my Executor hereafter named for the use and entrust that they shall pay over to him annually the income or interest thereof during his life and upon his decease they shall pay over the principal to such legitimate children as he shall then have to be equally divided among them share and share alike and to whom I give the same in manner aforesaid, and I further order and direct that the sum of two hundred dollars with the interest thereon from the date of this will to the time of my decease be deducted from the share and interest of my son George J. Ring, his children aforesaid, the same having been paid for him recently. I further order and direct that the sum of four hundred dollars with the interest thereon from the date of this will to the time of my decease to be deducted from the share and interest of my grandchild Mary Barbara Ring the same having been advanced to her Father in his life time – the balance or shares of her and my son George J. Ring to be placed at interest by my Executors upon good real security. My son George J’s share in trust as aforesaid and my grandchild’s share to be paid her when she shall arrive at the age of twenty one years.
I also give, devise and bequeath as one of the exceptions aforesaid under my beloved wife Gertrude all such household furniture as I may possess at the time of my decease and also one horse and chair which if I should not be in possession of at the time of my decease I hereby order and direct my Executors to furnish and produce for her to have and to hold the household furniture, horse, and chair to her as long as she shall remain my widow and upon her decease or marriage that the same to be divided among my children…as aforesaid always excepting out of the same household furniture such bedding and other articles of furniture as have been furnished or made by her either prior to during our intermarriage, which articles thus excepted I give and devise to her absolutely and fully.
I order and direct that after payment of my just debts and funeral expenses my Executors shall in one year after my decease cause sale of my real estate to be made if they should deem it advantageous and I hereby…them with full power for said purpose and to make all necessary conveyances upon such sale, and I further state that by agreement between my wife and myself previous to our marriage, she is not entitled to any…of my estate.
Lastly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my son Jacob Ring and my son-in-law Peter Traver Executors of this my last will and testament, and hereby grant to them and the survivor of them full power to carry the same into effect. Witness my hand and seal this four day of July AD 1825 – John Ring
Witnesses: Samuel Pindor, Benj. R. Kissam, T. A. Livingston
Probated: August 23, 1825