IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN, The twenty seventh Day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven Hundred and Sixty seven, I John Mitchell of the township of Drumore in the county of lancaster and Province of Pennsylnania, Yoeman being mindful at my mortality and at sound mind memory and understanding do make and ordain this my last Will and testament in manner following. That is to say when it shall please God to call me hence., I recommend my soul into his hand. and my body recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner, and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose. of the same, in the following manner and form. Vis - imprimis r order that all my just debts and funeral charges be first duly paid.
Item, I give an bequest unto my Son George all that Plantation and tract of land whereon he now dwells Situate lying and being in Faun township and County of York to hold posess and enjoy the same to him his heir. and asigns forever. I also give unto my Son George ye sum of Seventy Pounds lawfull money of Pennsylvania to be levid out of my cash bonds and noted and paid unto him by Exectrix and Executor herein after after named. within one year after my decease, And I give unto my said Son George Mitchell my desk and the book called price, and williards Explaination on the Shotter catechism to hold the same to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give an bequeath unto my son in law Robert Luckey and his wife Mary the sum of sixty pounds of like lawfull money if his said wife. Mary be alive . if not to her children, the same sum Equally divided as they Come of age with lawfull Interest from one whole. year after my Decease
Item I give and bequeath unto my son in the law Alexander McLaughlin and Isabel his wife ye sum of five shillings like lawful money above said if lawfully demanded To be levied and paid unto them out of my personal Estate by my executrix and executor within one year from and after my deceased, which is and shall be all they shall have and Receive thereof .
Item, I. give and bequeath unto John Micheell my Grand son son 0f Thomas Mitchell Deceased all that tract of Land in chansford Township and county of York aforesaid whereon his father formerly lived, to him and his assigns when he comes to the age of Twenty one years, he paying to each of the rest or the Deceaseants Children the sum of Thirty pounds each of said Estate within two years after he enjoys the same But in Case my said Grand Son John Should die before he comes to Possess said Tract of Land in that case the Estate to decend to the next male if therebe any, he enjoying the same right as the elder. Should have done in case there is no male heirs but females. it shall be equally divided and if but one it shall fall in whole to her and if none of said children arrive at age the whole of said Estate I order to my son George his eldest son John Mitchell.
Item, I give and bequeath unto each of the rest of my Grand sons of the name John the sum of Seventeen pounds ten shillings each of like lawfull money above said with lawfull Interest for the same for the End of one Whole year after my decease, to be levied out at my personal Estate, and to he paid unto Each of them as they respectively attain the age of twenty one years, by my Executor and Execntrix herein namd provided that if any or either of my said Grand Sons John Dye before they attain said Age then I give the said sum of seventeen Pounds ten shillings Interest as aforesaid to each of their surviving brothers and for want of Brother. to their Sisters ye elder to he prefered before the Younger and for want of brothers or sisters living to age the males of twnety one ye Females to Eighteen years then in such case I give ye said Legacy to ye Respective parents of such Child or Children.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my Grand Son Thomas Porter ye son of my son in the law Thomas Porter and Jeanet his wife ye sum of Ten Pounds likewise lawful money to be paid him in manner and with like interest and in case at Death to his survivors as is ordered to be done by ye legacys Given to my Grandsons John and their survivors.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son of the law Thomas Porter and Jeanet his wife the sum of thirty five pounds like lawfull money above said to be also Levied out of my personal Estate.
Item I give and bequeath the sum of ten pounds like lawfull money above said towards the building a Presbyterian or meeting house in Drumore township wherein I dwell nigh the old house. Known by thee name of Chestnut Leavil meeting house provided them same be finished within eight years after my deceasce and provided the same be build for the use of -- of the Presbyterian Congregation which is or shall be in full union with the united synods of New York and Philadelphia now dwelling in said township which I order to be paid by my Exectrix or Executor on the above conditions and for the above use to tbe commissioners Trustee. and managers appointed by ye said congregation for ye carrying on of 'S said building.
Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Mary all the residue and remainder of my. whole Estate Real and Personal whatsoever to hold Posess and enjoy the same as during her Natural Life Except she should happen to marry then and in such case my will is that any anything herein to the Contrary notwithstanding and I order that she shall have one hundred pounds like money aforesald, a Horse mare or Geldling and a womans saddle of the value of thirty pounds like money a bed and bed clothes of ye value of ten pounds like money also her chest of drawers body clothes spinning and two milch cows in full and in lieu or all and every part ot my estate real and Personal and I order my surviving executor immediately and within six months after the Decease or marriage of my said Wife Mary to cause all my Real art Personal Estate then being. to be conciously appraised and be sold by way of Public Vendu to ye Highest bidders, hereby impowering my executors to legally convey and assure my Real estate to the byer thereof his heirs and assigns for ever and the money arising there from to be paid and disposed of in manner following Viz:
Item I give unto my son in the law Thomas Porter out of the money arising by ye said said sale ye sum of Twenty pounds for a certain private use known only to ye said porter and some others and the remainder and residue of all the money arising from ye sale I order that ye same shall be equally divided Share and Share alike between my son George Mitchell and my son in law Thomas Porter and my son Thomas Mitchell deceased his children; their third part being likewise equeally divded among them when of age and I make ordain and constitute my loving wife Mary my exectrix and my ye said son in law Thomas Porter my executor of this my last will to take care and see the same preformed according to my true intent and meaning Ratifying this and set my hand and seal the day and year first above and before written John Mitchell signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by ye said John Mitchell the Testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence at us ye subscrlber.. Robert Clark David Mitchell Richard Archbod
LANCASTflR COUNTY SS
On the eighteenth day of November Anna domini l767 Before me the Subscriber personally appeared Robert Clark and David Mitchell two of the Subscribing witnesses to the within and above Written. Will and on their corporal Oaths did depose and say that they were present and saw and heard John Mitchell the testator above named Sign Seal publish pronounce and Declare the within and above Writing as. his last Will and testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound and well disposing Mind memory and understanding to the best at their knowlegable observation and belief-
Edw. Shippen deputy Register
BE IT REMEMBERED that on the 18th Day of November Ann Domini l767 the Last Will and Testament of John Mitchell late or Drumore. township in the County of Lancaster Yoeman Deceased was proved in due form of law and letters Testamentary thereon were granted to Thomas Porter the Surviving Executor in the said Testament named and he being first duly Qualified well and truly to Administer the Estate of the Deceadent and to exibit a true and perfect Inventory thereof into the Registers office at Lancaster on or before the Eighteenth Day of December next and to render a true and -just account of their Administration on the said Estate when there- to lawfully required. Given under the seal -at the said Office.
by me Edw. Shippen Deputy Register