Will of James Kenney
Affidavit of James W. Kenney filed 22 Dec 1892 whereby it appears that James Kenney, late of East Bethlehem Township, died on the 9th day of December 1892 between the hours of four and five o'clock a.m.
I James Kenney of East Bethlehem Township, Washington County, State of Pennsylvania being of sound and discerning mind, memory, and understanding and knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other Wills by me heretofore & any made.
First: I give and bequeath my soul to God hoping through the merits of Christ my Redeemer to be brought to the enjoyment of everlasting rest at the right hand of God.
Second: I command that all my just debts together with my funeral expenses be paid out of the first money that comes into the hands of my executors.
Third: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Patience all of my estate both real and personal to have and to hold during her natural life with my son James W. Kenney as superintendent of the whole.
Fourth: I will and devise that after the decease of my widow that my two unmarried daughters, namely Rebecca Josephine and Sarah Catherine, shall have a certain portion of my real estate described as follows: Beginning at the hollow running down to the old saw mill cite, thence up the said hollow until it intersects the first cross fence, thence south continuing the same width until it intersects the Liutou line (reserving a road to the timber above), thence by land of the Liutou heirs and R. G. Smith, John Baker, and James W. Kenney to the place of beginning, containing twenty-two acres more or less.
Fifth: I give and bequeath to my son James W. Kenney a certain tract or piece of land described as follows: Beginning at the saw mill hollow running up the road to the Cleaver line, thence by the said Cleaver line to the corner between Cleaver, Kenney, and Mrs. Fisher line, thence a strait line to a corner between James Kenney and the Liutou heirs, thence by the line between the Liutou heirs and James Kenney to a corner where it intersects the Liutou, thence by Liutou line to a corner, thence by line running north to a corner at the head of the saw mill hollow, thence by said hollow to the place of beginning. I also give and bequeath to my son James W. Kenney the wagon and reaping machine.
Sixth: I give and bequeath to the above named unmarried daughters, Viz Rebecca Josephine and Sarah Catherine, each a bed and bedding and each one set of chairs, one lounge, one table to each and to each one bureau and to each a full set of cupboard wares.
Seventh: I further devise that after the death of my widow that the residue of my real and personal estate not hereby disposed of be put to sale and the proceeds thereof be divided equally between my children not named above, Viz William Kenney, Cyrus Kenney, Elizabeth Greenfield, John F. Kenney, Benjamin F. Kenney, Anne Elisa Freeman heirs, Margaret Ward, and Mary M. Cleaver.
Lastley: I nominate and appoint my son James W. Kenney and my son-in-law Lewis M. Cleaver as executors of this my last Will and Testament.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the twenty-third of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety: James Kenney
Signed, sealed, and delivered in the presence of us: John C. Smith
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
And now Dec 22, 1892, it being adjudged that the said Will has been
duly proved, Letters are issued to James W. Kenney and Lewis M. Cleaver,
in said testament named who were duly qualified by
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