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The Will of John Munn

Transcribed by Liz DuBois and shared here with permission.

[from Washington County, PA; Will Book One, p.453-4; the will of John Munn,
Sr., written 12 Apr 1786, probated 19 Mar 1802. Copied as written, except
the 'fs' for 'ss' is written as 'ss']

In the name of God Amen the twelth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty six I John Munn Sen. of Washington County and State of Pennsylvania being in good health and in perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore but calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and for my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a christian like and decent manner at the descretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such Wordly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and devise of the same in this following manner and form. Imprimis It is my will and I do order that in the first place that all my just debts and funeral charges be pay'd and satisfied. Item. I give and bequeath unto Margaret my beloved Wife one third of the profits of all my Improvements and one third of my moveable Estate after the debts are all paid during her Widowhood or if she never mareys to be left to her owne diseration to the child that youses hir beste. Item. I have given to my oldest son James
Munn the place where he now lives likewise five pounds at my deces ___ Item I give to my second son Josiah Munn one third of all the land now in my posesion to be divided by quantity and quality between him and his two younger brothers or as they can agree themselves likewise five pounds at my deces. Item. I give to my third son John Munn one third of all the land now in my posesion to be devided as above likewise five pounds at my deces. Item, I give to my fourth son David Munn one third of all the land now in my posesion to be devided as above likewise one horse and seadel and five pounds at my deces. Item I give to my Grandson Solomon Froman one hundred acres of land where William Boyers now lives Joyning Lemuel Sears lyne, James Innes, Joseph McOwens [or McQuinn] James Munn and where I now live but if said Solomon Froman should die before the age of twenty one years the said hundred acres to be devided equally amongst my four sons. Item. I give to my daughter Mary Boyers five pounds at my deces likewaise liberty to live on said hundred acres of Land which I have willed to Solomon Froman her son until he is of the age of twenty one if the said Froman lives so long if said Mary and her husband think proper to live thereon to have all the prophets as long as they live on it but no longer. Item I give to my daughter Margaret one horse and saedel one cow and calf and ten pounds at my deces. Item I give to my daughter Hannah one horse and seadel one cow and calf and twenty pounds at my deces. Item it is my will and I do ordain that all the legates be payed out of my estate by my three youngest Sons. Item I likewise appoint and ordaine my beloved wife Margaret and mu oldest son James Munn only and solle Executors of this my last will and testament and I do hearby utterly desillow revock and dessanaul all and any other former testament will legacies and Executors by me in any ways before this time named will and bequathed ratifying and confiring this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said John Munn as his last will and testament in presence of us the subscribers.

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