Petition for Citations to Appear
To H S Wallridge Esq., County Judge of Tompkins County:
The petition of William Morton of Groton Tompkins County respectfully sheweth:
That lately on or about the 28th day of May A. D. 1862 John Backus died at the Town of Groton in Tompkins County, being at the time of his death an inhabitant of the said county of Tompkins: That the said John Backus deceased, left a certain instrument in writting purporting to be his last Will and Testament bearing date upon the twenth ninth day of August 1861 which relates to personal estate, and in said instrument your petitioner is named as executor.
And which instrument your petitioner verily believes to be the last Will and Testament of the said John Backus deceased; That the said John Backus died leaving the following persons heirs surviving, to-wit: Betsey Backus his widow of Groton aforesaid; Charles Backus of Rochester, New York; Clinton Backus of Union Springs, Cayuga County, New York; Mrs Jerusha Osborn wife of Henry Osborn; Mrs Cynthia Richardson of Livonia , Livingston Co, New York; Mrs Lorenzo Waters of Wellsville, Allegany Co, New York; Mrs Harriet Culver wife of John C Culver, of Yankee Settlement, Delaware Co, Iowa; Mrs Laura Richmond of Michigan; children of deceased; Mrs Mary Culbert & Mrs Harriet Russell of Wheatland Center, Hillsdale County, Michigan; Emma Buskirk, Emeline Shafer wife of Phineas Shafer of Conesus, Livingston County, New York; Jay Sherd of Scottsburgh, Livingston County, New York; grandchildren of deceased, all of the above named are of the full age of twenty one except Jay Sherd - above named who has no general guardian residing within this state.
And who are all and the only heirs at law, widow and next of kin of the said deceased: Your petitioner therefore prays that a citation may issue to the heirs at law, widow and next of kin to the said deceased, requiring them to appear before the said County Judge at his office in the town of Ithaca, in the county of Tompkins aforesaid, on some day to be named therein, at 10o'clock in the forenoon of that day, to attend the probate of the said Will and Testament of the said John Backus deceased, that the said Will may be proved and recorded as a will relating to personal estate, according to the forms of the statutes of the State of New York in such case made and provided, and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray, &c.
Dated 1st day of August A. D. 1862