Contributed by Mark Milligan
Washington Co., PA. Strabane Twp., Will Book 3, page 265.
Last Will and Testament of
DATED: 6 March 1815
PROBATED: 23 Feb. 1819
EXEC: Alexander Scott, Samuel Scott.
WIT: Thomas Sillik, Samuel Sillik, R. Colinery
BENE: WIFE: Jane. SONS: John, Robert, James, Alexander, Samuel, Hugh (rec'd land adj. Thomas McClelland and heirs of Abraham Riddle) DAU's: Mary, Jane.
In the name of God Amen, I Josiah Scott of Strabane Township Washington County and State of Pennsylvania, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament. First and principally I recommend my immortal soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors herein after named. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life. I give devise and dispose of the following manner. I allow all my just debts and funeral charges to be paid by my Executors as soon as conveniently can be after my decease.
Item - I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Jane her bed and bedding with a set of curtains, my case of drawers, book case large Bible and Psalm book likewise a horse saddle and bridle one cow to be at her own choice also the one third of the dresser and kitchen furniture to be at her own disposal. I also will to her my said wife the room called hers in my mansion dwelling house for her own use during her natural life and forty Dollars in money to be paid to her annually by my Executors out of the money arising from the sale of real and personal estate my will is also and I do hereby allow my said wife Jane shall be provided with a sufficiency of firewood winter and summer by my son John for which and for keeping her horse and cow which I allow her to do also he is to receive twenty Dollars annually out of the monies arising from the sale of real and personal estate.
Item - I will and bequeath to my son Robert Scott his heirs and assigns forever one hundred acres of land including what he was sold to be laid off by a line running parallel with the one along the head of the meadow.
Item - I will and bequeath to my son John Scott his heirs and assigns forever one hundred and fifty acres of land and allowance to be laid off on the east side of the line along the head of the meadow and to include the mansion house and barn. I allow him also his bed and bedding one third of the dresser and kitchen furniture the Plough and Irons harrow and teeth a horse saddle and bridle and all the horse gear.
Item - I will and bequeath to my son Hugh Scott his heirs and assigns forever twenty acres of land to be laid off by a line running eighty four perches by land of Thomas McClelland and forty perches by land of the heirs of Abraham Riddle and then by a line running parallel with McClellands so as to embrace the twenty acres aforesaid, provided my said son Hugh discharges a debt which he owes to my son John otherwise it is my will and I do hereby empower my Executors to sell the same or as much thereof as will be found necessary for the purpose of discharging said debt and ????? of the sale.
Item - I will and bequeath to my to my daughter Mary fifty dollars to be paid out of the money arising from the sale of real and personal estate
Item - I will and bequeath to my daughter Jane the sum of fifty dollars to be paid out of the money arising from the sale of real and personal estate also the remaining one third of the dresser and kitchen furniture to her heirs and assigns forever, my will is and I hereby allow my son John Scott to furnish storage for one horse creature for Jane my daughter for and during her natural life or while she remains unmarried. I allow her also the use of the back room called hers in my mansion dwelling house.
Item - I will and bequeath unto my son James my great coat and hat.
I hereby order and direct my Executors to put to sale the remaining part of my real and personal estate as soon after my decease as they may think will be most for the advantage of my Legalees and the proceeds to be equally divided among all my children. And lastly I do nominate constitute and appoint my two sons Alexander Scott and James Scott to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all others by me heretofore made and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the sixth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight-hundred and fifteen.
Signed JOSIAH SCOTT SEAL
Signed Sealed published and acknowledged by the subscriber to be his last Will and Testament in presence of us.
R. Colinery, Thomas Sillik,, Samuel Sillik,
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