The Tanner Family
Written and researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska, B.F.A.

THE WILL OF MARTIN P. TANNER:
(Kingsbury, Washington County, New York. 3A-586 from SAMPUBCO)

I Martin P. Tanner of the Town of Kingsbury, Washington County, New York, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this life, do therefore hereby make, ordain, publish, and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, viz.:

1.

I give and bequeath the sum of Twenty-five Dollars to my grand daughter Lina Hesketh, and the sum of Twenty-five Dollars to each of my four daughters, Leona Roselli, Jessie Denton, Carrie Moss and Marion Crawford, and I bind and change with this fragment of said sum of One Hundred and twenty-five Dollars, the real estate hereinafter devised to my son Fred H. Tanner.

2.

I give and divise unto my son Fred H. Tanner all the tract or parcel of land on which I reside and on which my dwelling house and buildings stand, and containing about Fifty acres of land in said Town of Kingsbury, to be his and his heirs and assigns forever, subject however to the payment of One Hundred and Twenty Five Dollars hereintofore referred to.

3.

I give and bequeath unto my son Fred H. Tanner all my farming stock and tools and household furniture, including all my horses and cattle.

4.

I give and devise unto my son William G. Tanner all that tract or parcel of land known as the "Plain Lot" and containing about thirty eight acres of land in said Town of Kingsbury.

5.

I make, constitute and appoint my son William G. Tanner to the executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this Twenty Eighth day of September in the year Eighteen Hundred and Ninety six. M.P. Tanner (L.S.)

Signed in the presence of:

George Sherrill
Alphonso D. Smalley

The foregoing instrument, consisting of a little more than one page of paper, was on this day of the day thereof, subscribed by Martin P. Tanner in the presence of us and each of us, and at the time of subscribing the same said Martin P. Tanner declared the said instrument so subscribed by him to be his Last Will and Testament. Whereupon we then and their, at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, subscribed our names as witnesses thereof at the end of the Will.

George Sherrill residing at Sandy Hill, N.Y.
Alphonso D. Small residing at Sandy Hill, N.Y.

In Surrogates Court
County of Washington
In the matteer of Probate
of the Last Will and Testament
of Martin P. Tanner deceased.

State of New York
Washington County

......George Sherrill and Alphonso D. Smalley whose names are signed to the said will as witnesses, being each severally and duly sworn and examined as witnesses in the above signed entitled matter says, and each for himself says.

I was acquainted with the above named Martin P. Tanner in his lifetime and was present and saw him enter his name at the end of the instrument now ______ to me and offered for Probate as his Last Will and Testament bearing date the 28th day of September one thousand eight hundred and ninety six. At this time of subscribing his name as aforesaid, the said decedent published and declared the said instrument to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of myself and of the other subscribing witness above named.

I then subscribed my name as a witness to the said instrument, at the request of the said decedent and in his presence.

The said decedent at said time was over the age of twenty one years, and in my opinion was of sound mind and memory and not under restraint.

.............................George Sherrill
.............................Alphonso D. Smalley

Grenville M. Ingalsln, Surrogate.

Subscribed and sworn to me on this 16th day of September 1901.

Surrogates's _______
Washington County

I Grenville M. Ingalsln, Surrogate of said county, do certify that the aforementioned is a correct record of this Last Will and Testament of Martin P. Tanner late of the town of Kingsbury in the said county deceased and also of the testimony taken by me on the probate thereof as a will of real and personal estste which siad Last Will and Testament was admitted to probate and recorded this 16th day of Spetember 1901.

.............................Grenville M. Ingalsln, ............................Surrogate

MY TANNER LINE:

ABRAHAM DICKERSON, my great-great grandfather, was born July 11, 1795 in Orange County, New York. He married (1) Lucretia Bull (2) (3)Caroline Matilda (Burnam?) Tanner, in Orange County, New York. Caroline was the widow of Benjamin Tanner. Abraham Dickerson died on January 5, 1880 in Sumpter Township, Wayne County, MI.; and is buried in Martinville Cemetary.

Caroline Matilda (Burnam?) Tanner was born March 2, 1807 in Kingsbury, New York. She was christened Caroline died December 31, 1879 in Sumpter, Wayne County, Michigan. I do not know much more about her family, at present. Abraham and Caroline only had one child, William Seward Dickerson, but both had children from their other marriages.

CHILDREN OF CAROLINE AND BENJAMIN TANNER WERE:

Alfred Tanner was christened at New York All Saints Church, New York on December 28, 1828 Henry Tanner was christened at New York All Saints Church, New York on December 28, 1828 Joanne Tanner was christened at New York All Saints Church, New York on December 28, 1828 John Tanner was christened at New York All Saints Church, New York on December 28, 1828 Leonard Burnam Tanner was christened at New York All Saints Church, New York on December 28, 1828 Caroline Matilda Tanner was born in 1828, and was christened on December 5, 1830. Joseph Tanner was christened on December 2, 1832. Julia Ann Tanner was christened on July 20, 1834. Mary Elizabeth Tanner was christened in 1833, and was living with Jacob Thomas 50 and wife Lucy 47 in 1850 Ontario County, New York.

Hester Tanner was christened March 18, 1838 Riley Tanner was born in 1841 in Gorham, Ontario County, New York, and was living with his mother and her second husband, Abraham Dickerson, age 52 (B: abt 1798) in 1850 Gorham, Ontario County, New York census. Caroline was listed as age 38 (B: abt 1812). In 1850 census Riley was listed as 9 years old.

I found a young Caroline in 1850 census for Morris, Otsego County, N.Y. She was living with Cyrus Tucker (Tanner) laborer age 65 (born in MA) and Ansel Tucker age 28 in his home (born in NY)...valued at $600.00. Other family members were Ambrosia, wife of Ansel(?) (age 20), Hannah Tucker (age 31) Charles Tucker (age 17), Robert Tucker (age 19)...perhaps Caroline was a relative?

I ordered this will from: Sampubco Wills

I have no proof, but I am told that the Tanner Family was Native American (family legends), thus explaining their mass baptisms on December 28, 1828. Anyone out there link up?

The Tanner Family in the Census

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