To the Hon. the County Judge of Montgomery County as Surrogate
The petition of Daniel McMichael of Florida in the county of Montgomery respectfully showeth that he was the eldest son of Jennet McMichael late of said town of Florida deceased, that the said Jennet died in said town on the 6th day of November 1868 in testate as you petitioner believes that he has made inquiry & cannot ascertain that said deceased left or ever made any last will & testament.
Your petitioner further shows that the said deceased was at or immediately previous to her decease an inhabitant of the county of Montgomery, that he has to the best of his ability estimated the value of the personal property of said deceased & that the same does not exceed the sum of six hundred dollars.
Your petitioner further shows that the said Jennet left her surviving the following named persons her next of kin, to wit, Robert McMichael, William McMichael, Barbary Billings wife of Russell Billings, Charlotte Morey wife of Silas Morey & your petitioner children of said deceased, all of full age residing in said town of Florida. William Serviss, James B. Servis, Antoinette Jewel wife of Abraham Jewel, Jennet Beveridge wife of John Beveridge, children of Christiana Servoss deceased who was a daughter of said in testate, all of full age & residing in said town of Florida & Harriet Ingraham wife of William Ingraham, who was also a daughter of said Christiana deceased is of full age & resides in Canestobar [?] New York.
John McMichael a son of said in testate residing in the state of Illinois also of full age, also Henry N. Gibson, Erastus Gibson, Emma Gibson, children of Isabella Gibson deceased who was a daughter of said in testate of whom the said Henry is of full age & the said Erastus & Emma are minors, all residing at Vernon in the county of Oneida.
Your petitioner prays that letters of administration of the goods, chattels & ______ of the said deceased Jennet McMichael who at the time of her decease was a widow be granted & issued to heirs by the surrogate at said county Montgomery according to the statute in such case made & provided & your petitioner will ever pray so.
State of New York
On this 28th day of December 1868 personally appeared before me Daniel McMichael who being first duly sworn did depose & say that he is the petitioner above named, that he has heard the foregoing petition _________ by him read and knows the contents thereof & that the ________ is true of his ________ knowledge _____ as the matters therein stated to be _______ information & belief and as to those matters he believes it to be true.
Jas L. Vorhees, Justice of the Peace