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Will of William Reed, Deceased

Will Book H Volume 1 page 332

Written May 20 1803 Proved July 26, 1803

of Drumore township Lancaster county

In the name of God, Amen. I, William Reed, of the township of Drumore, Co. Lancaster, Pa., Farmer, being weak in body, but of sound mind, memory and understanding, blessed be God for the same, but considering the uncertainty of this Transitory Life, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit: Principally, and first of all, I commend my Immortal Soul to God who gave it, and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named, and as to such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this Life. I give and dispose of the same in the following manner to wit: I give and devise to my beloved wife, Mary, the one third of my Real Estate the land on which I now live, also one Tin plate stove and the one half of all my Household and Kitchen furniture and her choice of any milch cows and a Horse creature to ride as often as she may choose and during her stay with my son Wm. Reed. But should she remove from him my said son to live with any other of her children or to live with any other person then the Privilege of the Horse Creature shall cease. The above Devise to be in full and in Lein of Dower and to be at her disposal. I give and bequeath unto my son William Reed all that Tract of Land that I lately purchased of Susanna Dunlap to him his heirs and assigns forever clear of all encumbrance. Likewise I give to my son William one third part of the Real Estate wheron I now live to him, his heirs and assigns. Also one gray horse and my silver watch. To my daughter Elizabeth, the wife of Matthew Welch, I leave the sum of fifty cents, to be paid one year after my Death and to be considered in full her share of my estate after that she hath already received.

Also I leave to my daughter Nancy One Hundred Pounds to be paid in Gold or silver in manner following, to wit: The Sum of Twenty Pounds to be paid after my decease and Twenty -five pounds yearly until the sum of One hundred Pounds be fully Paid. Also a bed and furniture.

I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph the one third of my Real Estate whereon I now live, to his heirs and assigns. But should my son Joseph, when he arrives at the age of Twenty-one, see cause to sell his share in my Real Estate, I order the same to be struck off by six men chosen by my executors and to be valued the same and that my son William may have the same at the valuation, if he sees cause to take the same at the valuation.

I leave to my daughter Jenney the sum of One hundred pounds to be paid in four installments. The first payment Twenty-five Pounds to be paid her or guardian when she arrives at the age eighteen and so to continue until the above sum of One hundred pounds be fully paid. Also a bed and Furniture to be given her when she arrives at the age of twenty-one years.

Also I leave my daughter Polly the sum of One hundred Pounds to be paid in like manner as her sister Jenney. I order the my Daughter Jenney and Polly be schooled out of my estate, not touching at their Bequests until they have power to receive it. And further, I order my Executor to sell my Personal Estate at Publick Vendue, Except what has already been disposed of, and the money arising therefrom to go to discharge my just Debts and funeral charges, and further I order the above-mentioned Legacies left to my daughters Nancy, Jenney, Polly, to be paid to them by my sons William and Joseph share and share alike. I also allow that my wife have and enjoy the mentioned house where I now dwell for her own use as long as she may live or remain my widow.

Lastly, I nominate, constitute my beloved wife my executrix, and my son William Reed my executor of my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking other wills, Legacies and bequests by me heretofore made and declare this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and Seal this 20th of May, 1803, William Reed (Seal) signed.

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