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~~~~Record of Will~~~ ~~~


I Frederick Douglass, of Anacostia, District of Columbia,

United States of America, being of sound disposing mind and

memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and

testament: That is to say, in form and manner following,

First; I give and bequeath to my dear devoted wife Helen Douglass,

my house and fifteen acres of land situated Anacostia, D.C. with

all outbuildings and appurtances thereunto pertaining:

Second; I give and bequeath to the said Helen Douglass, all my writings,

books, papers, pictures, paintings, horses, carriages, harness, and

each and every description of property in and about my house in Anacostia;

except a certain portrait of myself, painted more than forty years ago

by Mr. Hammond of Florence, Massachusetts, which portrait I give

and bequeath to my daughter, Rosetta D. Sprague:

Third; I give and bequeath the said Helen Douglass, ten thousand

dollars in registered United States Bonds, and ten thousand dollars

In lawful money, the latter to be derived from my other property, not

Mentioned in the foregoing:

Fourth; I give and bequeath to my daughter, Rosetta D. Sprague, and

to my three sons, Lewis, Frederick and Charles the remainder of

all property of which I shall be possessed at my death; that is

to say, to each of them, one equal share, which will amount to about

fifteen thousand to each:

Signed and declared by the said Frederick Douglass, the testator, as his last will and testament, in presence of us, who at his request and in his presence, and in the presence Of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

( In Witness Whereof, I have set ( my hand and affixed ( my seal this thirtieth day ( of August in the year one ( thousand, eight hundred and ( eighty-six.

( ( ( B. E. Messer ( D. L. Pitcher

Fred Douglass (LS)


At a term of the Surrogates Court of Monroe County, held at the Surrogate’s Office at the City of Rochester, in and for The County of Monroe, on the 11th day Of May, 1896.


Hon. George A. Benton,

Surrogate Surrogate’s Court Monroe County. ~~~~~~~~~ In the Matter of the Petition of Rosetta D. Sprague to have the Will of Frederick Douglass, deceased, recorded in Monroe County N.Y. ~~~~~~~~~ On reading and filing the petition of Rosetta D. Sprague, duly verified on The 8th day of May, 1896, by which it appears that she is the daughter of the late Frederick Douglass, deceased, and that said Frederick Douglass in his life time resided in the City of Washington, D.C. And that he died at said City of Washington on the 20 th day of February, 1895, and that at the time of his death he was a resident of said City of Washington, and that at the time of his death he was the owner of two parcels of land in the City of Rochester, Monroe County, New York, which lands are more particularly described in said petition, and that the said Frederick Douglass, deceased left a last Will and Testament, and that the same was on the 22 nd day of April, 1895, duly admitted to probate in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, and that the same is in all respects regular and valid. It is now on motion of Shuart & Sutherland, attorneys for said petitioner, Ordered and decreed that the certified copy of said Will of said Frederick Douglass, authenticated in the manner described by the Statutes of this State, which has been presented to this Court, be placed on file in this Court, and that said Will of Frederick Douglass, deceased, be admitted to record and probate in the County Of Monroe, N.Y.




Geo. A. Benton Surrogate

Transcribed by:

T D Maloney

Transcription Date:

9 February 2013

Transcription Method:

LM (Literal Method)


Surrogate’s Court Monroe County, NY Records found at Monroe County Court House Will Book Volume 57, pages 178-179 Manuscript


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