Deceased CopiedHENRY HAINS a minor son of William Hains late of Lampeter Township deceased, being above the age of fourteen years, comes into Court and Chooses James Smith junior an 0. Joseph Bowman both of the same township, guardians over his estate during his minority; and the Court approves of and appoints them his guardians accordingly.
Deceased CopiedTHE COURT appoints Joseph McCreary of Little Britain Township guardian over the estates of John McDowe1l and Susannah McDowe11 minor children of James McDowell late of the same Township deceas-ed during their minority.
Deceased CopiedTHE COURT by consent of George Cooper acting executor of the last Will and 'Testament of Samuel Williams deceased appoints William Downing Isaac Taylor and John Moore (Miller) or any two of them to examine and state specially the admi-nistration account of the said George Cooper on the estate of the said deceased, and make report under their hands to the next Orphans Court.
Deceased, CopiedUPON 'THE PETITION of Thomas McDowell eldest son of James McDowell late of Little Britain Town- ship in the County of Lancaster Yeoman deceased, to this Court setting forth, that his father the said James McDowell died intestate seized and possessed of a certain plantation and tract of patented land situate in the Township and County aforesaid, con-taining ninety six acres and the usual allowance of six acres per cent for roads and highways, and also another tract of warranted land situate in the same Township and County, containing one hundred acres (be the same more or less) and left a widow and ten children, two of whom are yet minors That he is willing to hold and enjoy the said plantation and tracts of land and pay the several and respective shares of the widow and the other children of the said deceased, of, and in the same, according to a valuation or appraisement thereof to Be made by an Inquest to be appointed by this Court for that purpose: And praying this Court to award an Inquest to view the said plan-tation and tracts of' land, whether the same may or can be divided to and among the widow and children 0f the said deceased without injury to or spoiling of the whole: And if they find that the same cannot be so divided, that then they value and appraise the same and make report of their proceedings to the
pg 81next Court: It is considered. by the Court, and or-dered that the Sheriff- of Lancaster County do forth- with Summon an Inquest to view the said Plantation and tracts of land, in the said petition mentioned, whether the same may 01' can be divided to and am0ng the widow and children of the said deceased without injury to and spoiling of the whole: And if they find the same cannot be so divided that then they value and appraise the same, that notice be given to all parties interested, of the time of the partition or va-luation aforesaid, and make report of their pro-ceedings to the next Court.
PURSUANT To AN ORDER of this Court of the third day of December last, the Sheriff of the County of Lancaster, to wit, Thomas Edwards Esquire, returns the said order with an inquisition thereto annexed taken R upon the oath of twelve good and lawful men of his bai-liwick, who upon their respective oaths do say, that they have viewed a certain plantation and tract of patented land situate in .Little-Britain Township in the County of Lancaster containing ninety six acres and the usual allowance of six acres per cent for roads and Highways, and also another Tract of warranted land situate in the same township and County containing one hundred acres (be the same more or less) late of James McDowell deceased with the appurtenances, in the said order mentioned and do find that the said premises cannot be divided to and amongst the widow and children of the said James McDowell deceased, without prejudice to or spoiling of the whole and that the said several tracts of land containing in the whole one hundred and ninety six acres with the appur-tenances are worth and of the value of four hundred
M arch 4th1783 pg125And twenty two pounds in specie at and for which sum the said Inquest do value and appraise the same, and - Thomas McDowell Eldest son of James McDowe11 deceased appearing in Court and praying to hold and enjoy the said real estate of his said father at and for the valuation and appraisement aforesaid for that he was willing and desirous to pay the several and respective shares of the widow and children of the said deceased of and in the same. It is ordered that the said Thomas McDowell do on paying or securing to be paid the several and respective shares of the widow and other children of the said deceased, within one year; hold and enjoy the plantation and two, tracts of lands' aforesaid With the appurtenances in Fee, agreeable to the directions 0f the Acts of Assembly in such case made and provided: And the Court directs that the said Thomas McDowell do pay to Elizabeth McDowell the widow of the said deceased the sum of. eight pounds eight shillings and two pence yearly during her natural life in lieu and full satis-faction for her dower at common Law; out of a princi-pal of one hundred and forty pounds sixteen shillings and eight pence, one third part of the said valuation: which said principal sum and interest thereon is to be and remain charged on the premises as a security for the payment of the same, and that after the death of the said widow, the said principal sum of l140..16..8 shall be paid by the said Thomas McDowell his Heirs or Assigns holding the premises and be distributed and divided to and amongst the children of the deceased and their representatives according to the directions of the Acts of Assembly allotting two shares to the eldest son of the said decedent, and the Court directs a distribution of the valuation of the said estate in manner following:
That the said Thomas McDowell retain for his own share - L51..2..5
That he pay to Samuel Long and Alice his wife
one of the daughters of the said decedent 25. .11.. 2 1/2
T'hat he pay to James Stewart and Mary his wife
another daughter of the said decedent 25..l1..2 1/2
That he pay to John Brown and Jane his wife 25..1l..2 1/2
That he pay to Elizabeth late wife of Robert Sherrer 25..11..21/2
That he pay to William Leech and Rebecca his wife 25. .11. .21/2
To Samuel McKinney and Eleanor his wife 25. .11. .21/2
To James McDowell 25. .11. .21/2
To John McDowell 25. .11. .21/2
To Susanna McDowell 25. .11. .21/2
Finally the court orders that expenses arising on the valuation and conformation aforesaid be be paid and born by all the parties interested and deducted out of their several and respective shares.