Author: Nora
•Friday, September 26, 2014
Petition of Lucy (Goff) Bishop, widow of John Fitch Bishop
Essex County, New York Surrogate's Court - record dated 16 October 1840
I felt it was important to include Lucy Bishop's petition in order to clear up confusion over the date of John Fitch Bishop's death, which in most on-line family trees has been recorded as 16 October 1840.

This is understandable, since the petition and other probate documents were recorded on that date.

But on lines 8 through 10 is the statement that John's widow Lucy Bishop:
had lived and co-habited with him until the time of his death which was on the 27th day of July 1840."
It's also an extremely valuable document because, although it's not a will, it lists most of John's heirs: Julius Bishop, Charlotte Bishop, Delia Ann Bishop, Mary Bishop, Clinton Bishop, Harrison Bishop, Emeline (Bishop) Chipman and Jerusha (Lawrence) Bishop.
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