1820 Death and Probate Decree for William Wray - New York City Grocer
This is a decree of death and probate for a William Wray, a grocer who lived in New York City. He died in 1820 and had no will when he passed so his brother, Steven Wray, was appointed his administrator to pay off debts and to deal with all monies, chattels, and credits.
Steven Wray is listed as a grocer in NYC starting in 1819 up to 1840 with William listed as a grocer in the 1817 yearly directory for New York City. The beauty of the calligraphy on this document is amazing with the words 'and of our independence the forty fifth' with the number written out in that beautiful handwriting.
The large seal of the State of New York is intact on the left top side of the document with the wax seal intact under its paper cover.
It may be that Steven worked for William in the grocery store and continued to work as a grocer after the death of his brother. The shop was located at 171 Washington Street New York, NY.
It is a beautiful court document from the 45th year of our independence.
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