of Little Britain township Lancaster county and State of Pennsylvania
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, the 26th day of July One thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-seven, I Walter Buchanan in and of the Township of Little Britain County of Lancaster and State of Pennsylvania, very weak in body plainly observing the symptoms of Death and Mortality, Doth learn thereby that my approaching Disolution is nigh at hand therefore doth think it my duty to set my house in order before I die. Do make and ordain this my last will and testament and as touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, devise and bequeath in the manner and form following.
IMPRIMIS: - I give and bequeath unto my daughters Sarah, Margaret and Agness the full sum of Fifty Pounds each good and lawful money of the State of Pennsylvania to be paid as hereafter expressed, to-wit: - Twenty-five pounds to be paid at the expiration of one year after my decease to my daughter Sarah, and at the end of two years after my decease the like sum of twenty-five pounds to my daughter Margaret and at the end of three years after my decease twenty-five pounds to my daughter Agness, and so on in the same annual order for three successive years next to ensue. I leave also unto the said Sarah and Margaret their saddels and bridels and spinning wheels and each a bed and furniture such as their mother shall choose for them if alive if dead to be chosen by my Executors.
ITEM: - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Jean, the mare she usually rides, her saddle and bridle, her chest of drawers and spinning wheel, her first choice of any bed and furniture to me belonging and her choice of any one of my horned cattel, also during her natural life the two apartments of the East end of my dwelling house I now live in and equal liberty with my son John of the kitchen and cellar, sufficient and convenient fire wood made ready for the fire and laid at her door, the full third part of all the issues and free incomes rents and profits of the plantation I now live on, and her cow well and sufficently maintained. All which benefits and priviledges she shall enjoy during her natural life. I likewise leave unto my said wife all and singular my dresser furniture and it is my will that my above daughters shall have free liberty to dwell with their mother undisturbed untill they change their states severally by mirrage. And I leave unto my above named daughter Sarah over and above what is mentioned a young bay colt I purchased from the Executors of Patrick Ewing Esq., deceased.
ITEM: - I give and bequeath unto my son John the plantation I now live on and which I purchased from James Denny with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging, he submitting to and paying and performing what is afterwards enjoyed and as the same is expressed.
ITEM: - I give and bequeath unto my son James my other plantation and tract of land situate and laying in the Township of Little Britain, aforesaid and which I purchased from my son Gilbert Buchanan with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging, he fully discharging all sum and sums of money as hereinafter mentioned. I also will and order that my above named sons James and John shall and may conjointly together and at equal expense and labor further prepare plow and sew a certain new clearing lately grubbed and likewise a field lately plowed both designed for full grain on the plantation my son James now lives on preserve, reap and shock and same and which then shall be the equal property of my said sons James and John and it is my further will and pleasure that my said son James shall fully pay and discharge all bonds contracts and debts due by me to my son Gilbert Buchanan and that shall remain unpaid at my decease, and also the sum of five pounds money which I bequeath to my Grand-son Walter Buchanan son of my son Gilbert Buchanan, and that all other debts due by me and funeral charges and costs accruing on administration together with the several bequeathments to my above named daughters that is mentioned to be discharged in money shall be duly and equally discharged by them and above named James and John paying share and share alike, and my son John shall give and allow all and singular the benefits and advantages proceeding and issuing from the premises I now live on as above expressed for the use, ease and benefit and support of my wife and shall also pay unto my grand-son Walter Glen, son of James Glen the full sum of Five Pounds lawful money which I give and bequeath unto him, and then my said son James and John shall have, hold and enjoy the plantation and tracts of land as severally mentioned above them their heirs and assigns forever, and also shall have an equal claim right and interest to all and singular to such part of my personal estate as is not above bequeathed. And I do nominate and appoint my son Gilbert Buchanan and my son-in-law, James Glen to be my only and sole Executors of this my last will and testament and I do utterly revoke and disannull all and every other wills and testaments heretofore by me made confirm, Establishes and ratifys this and only this to be my last will and testament.
In Witness Whereof I the said Walter Buchanan hath set my hand and seal and declared pronounced the same the day and year first above written in the presence of
THOMAS WHITESIDE ABRAHAM WHITESIDE
WALTER BUCHANAN (SEAL)