The Will of Marie Francis Koontz


NYC Will Book ?, pp 191-193

(Transcribed by Sharon K Barrett 3 May 2016)

In the Matter of Proving the

Last Will and Testament


Mary Francis Koontz

The citation herein having been duly waived, the allegations of the parties appearing having been heard, and the proofs having been duly taken by the Surrogate among other things as the execution of said instrument bearing date May 26th, 1915, and the probate of the said Will not having been contested, and it appearing to the Surrogate that the Will was duly executed, and that the Testatrix, at the time of executing it, was in all respects competent to make a Will and not under restraint:

It is Ordered, Adjudged, and Decreed, that the instrument offered for probate herein be and the same hereby is admitted to probate as the Last Will and Testament of the said Deceased, valid to pass real and personal property, and that letters testamentary be issued thereon to the executrix who may qualify thereunder.

Robert Ludlow Fowler


I, Mary Francis Koontz being of sound and disposing mind and memory , and considering the uncertainty of this life, do make, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament as follows, hereby revoking all other and former Wills by me at any time made.

First, after my lawful debts are paid, I give to my daughter, Marie F. Johnsone, my household effects. (Transcriber note: The name was “Johnson,” but I've seen it spelled this way in other documents.)

To my daughter Amelia R. Walter, my clothing and jewelry.

The remainder of my personal property consisting of money and automobiles (2), I give to my son, John Victor Koontz, and to my daughter Amelia R. Walter in equal shares.

My daughter Mary F. Johnsone, having already been given her share during the last years, in the shape of cash loans which were never repaid.

I would recommend however, a renewal of the automobile leases, if satisfactory to heirs and for such time as may be best deemed advisable; or Chattle Mortgage loan.

I also direct that all money be permitted to accrue compound interest in savings Bank and First Mortgage until settlement. The time to be determined by the direct heirs and the executrix according to their need or preferance (sp); but, in the case of my daughter's shares, not before the year 1922.

I hereby appoint Marie F. Johnsone of the City, County and State of New York to be Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. She is not to furnish any bond, I placing full reliance on her sense of justice and honor.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed my seal, the 26th day of May in the year one thousand nine hundred and fifteen.

Mary Francis Koontz

Subscribed by Mary Francis Koontz, the Testatrix named in the foregoing Will, in the presence of each of us, and at the time of making such subscription, the above Instrument was declared by the said Testatrix to be her last Will and Testament, and each of us, at the request of said Testatrix and in the presence of each other, signed our names as witnesses thereunto.

Monroe Spitz Residing 104 E. 120th St.

Nora F. Diskin Residing 235 E. 50th St.

Gussie Klein Residing 104 E. 120th St.

At a Surrogate's Court held in and for the County of New York, at the Surrogate's office

in said county on the 15th day of November

in the year 1915.


Hon. Robert Ludlow Fowler,