The importance of Wills in identifying relationships is often necessary to document relationships such as marriages when no other document is available. This Will confirmed the marriage of two brothers David and Peter Weatherwax to two sisters Helena, and Catharina Cipperly/Sipperly. No other marriage record has yet been found for them. Since neither David or Peter could write no family Bible record has been found to confirm this relationship. What is known is both families were in fact Palatines arriving in 1710, and both families originally settled in East Camp (Present day Germantown NY . So this Will is a legal document confirming the marriages of these two couple..
Will of Michael Cipperly of Schaghticoke, probated 3 May 1791.
In the name of God Amen. I, MICHAEL CIPPERLY of Schaghticoke, County of
Albany and State of New York, being weak in Body and of great age but
of sound and perfect memory (Blessed be the Almighty for the same), do
make this my last will and testament in the manner and form following.
First I deliver my soul to the Almighty God from whence it came and my
Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner.
As for my worldly affares [sic] and state which the Lord had Blessed me I bequeath in the form following (that is to say)
First I give and bequeath to my beloved son JACOB CIPPERLY and beloved
daughter CATHARINE WEATHERWAX, wife to PETER WEATHERWAX all the land and
tenements that I now am the owner of, to be divided equally between
them after my Decease and the decease of my wife REGINA CIPPERLY.
Secondly I give and bequeath to the rest of my children the following
sums of money to be paid to them one year after mine and my wife's
decease by the above mentioned two of my Children, Jacob Cipperly and
Catharine Weatherwax in the manner and form hereafter prescribed - to my
beloved son BARENT CIPPERLY they are to pay the sum of one hundred
pounds equally between them the sum of ten pounds per year and after the
expiration of ten years if not paid or any part thereof with lawful
interest till paid.
Thirdly I give and bequeath to my son JOHN
CIPPERLY the sum of one hundred pounds in the same condition and terms
aforesaid to Barent -
Fourthly I give and bequeath to my son HENRY CIPPERLY to be paid in the same manner and form aforesaid.
Fifthly I give and bequeath to my daughter SUSANNA the sum of one
hundred pounds to be paid in the same manner and forms aforesaid.
Sixthly I give and bequeath to my daughter HELENA wife to DAVID
WEATHERWAX the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid in the same manner
and form aforesaid and also one brass kettle.
Seventhly I give
and bequeath to my daughter MARY BARBARA the sum of eighty pounds which
[--?--] I have against her husband CHRISTIAN FRANKLIN.
Eighthly I give and bequeath to PHILLIP CIPPERLY twenty shillings after my decease.
Ninthly I give and bequeath to my granddaughter REGINA CIPPERLY twenty shillings to be paid after my decease.
Tenthly I bequeath all my [blacksmith's tools?] to my son JACOB CIPPERLY.
Eleventhly I give and bequeath to my son BARENT CIPPERLY the sum of four pounds out of my personal estate after it is divided
Lastly I give all the remainder part of my estate to all my children to
be equally divided between them after my decease and the decease of my
wife except for my son PHILLIP CIPPERLY and my granddaughter REGINA
CIPPERLY, they shall have no more than the twenty shillings I have
willed to them.
I hereby nominate and appoint my trusty and
loving friends JOHN SNIDER and JACOB WEATHERWAX executors of this my
last will and Testament revoking hereby all former wills by me made,
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17th day
of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety.
Michael M. C. Cipperly
This Will and other wills of the family can be found on the USGENWEB.com website for Rensselaer co NY. I have posted my transcriptions of other Weatherwax family Wills on this website.