I, GEORGE P. HELME, of Miller's Place, Suffolk Co., N.Y. 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: First, after my lawful debts are paid, I give and bequeath unto my nephew Arthur Helme the sum of One thousand ($1000) Dollars to have and enjoy as his own forever.

I give devise and bequeath unto Maria S. Helme the home place where I now live at Miller's Place in Suffolk County, for and during the term of her natural life and no longer, and upon her decease I give devise and bequeath the same unto her son George P. Helme to have and enjoy as his own forever.

All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate I give devise and bequeath unto Maria S. and Cornelius Phillips to have and enjoy as their own forever, share and share alike.

I hereby appoint Thomas J. Ritch, Jr. and Cornelius Phillips to be Executors 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, the 26th day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and ninety five.

Geo. P. Helme

Witness Chas. P. Randall
Wilson Ritch


Surrogate's Court
Suffolk County

In the Matter
of the
Estate of George P. Helme, decd.

County of Suffok, SS:

Cornelius H. Helme, being duly sworn, says that he resided and for thirty or more years has resided at Millers Place in Suffolk County, and that during the said period George P. Helme, now deceased, resided at said Village and that during that period this deponent was well acquainted with him, his family and Maria H. Helme, when this deponent afterwards married. Deponent further says that for a period of twenty five or more years he was intimate with the family of said George P. Helme, as he was the uncle of this deponent, and that during all of that period said Maria H. Helme was member of the family of said George P. Helme, was treated by him as his daughter and this deponent frequently heard him refer to her as such. Deponent knows the fact to be that said George P. Helme entertained very great affection and regard for her and that she never had any other home than that of said George P. Helme and deponent states the fact to be that for a period of more than ten years before the decease of said George P. Helme, said Maria H. Helme sustained the relation of daughter to him and that there existed between them the mutually acknowledged relationship of parent and child which began before the 15th birthday of said Maria H. Helme.

Resworn to before me
This 11th day of September, 1902

T. A. Dexton, Notary Public