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The Will of William Crow (1851)

Contributed by Doris Greaves

Transcribed from handwritten copy of original and typewritten

The Will of William Crow decd 

In the name of God Amen I William Crow of the County of Washington County State of Pennsylvania Farmer being weak in body but of sound mind Memory and understanding 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 First it is my Will and i do order that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and satisfied as soon as Conveniently can be after my Decease. 1st I will and bequeath unto my Dear Wife Rutha Crow the use of my house, to use it as her own along with my Daughter Lucinda Crow as long as she lives or remains my widow together with the privolige of going and Coming when it suits her. 2nd Item I give and bequeath to my said Wife.. ….the proceeds of my land as will maintain and keep her comfortable so long as she shall live or remain my widow.

I further Bequeath unto my said Wife the sum of thirty six dollars which sum I bequeath to her yearly to be paid out of my estate as long as she may live or remain my Widow. I further Bequeath unto my said Wife and Daughter Lucinda so mutch of my stock Hogs Horses Cows Sheep etc as they may Wish to Keep for their own use on the farm and the remainder to be sold. I request that my wife and daughter divide between them my household goods. 3rd Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Lucinda Crow all the residue and remainder of my estate real and personal of what or nature what so ever may be in the County of Washington afore said …where and to her heirs and assigns forever and lastly I nominate and appoint James Stroud and L E Smith to be the Executors of this my last will hereby revoking all other wills legacies bequests by me here to fore and declaring this to be my last will and testament In witness where of I have here unto set my hand .. the Seventh day of January one Thousand Eight Hundred and fifty one

William Crow

Signed sealed and declared & published by the Above named William Crow as signed as his last Will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence …..ibed our names as witnesses there to H W Smithe & Thomas C Huggins

Washington County..Be it remembered on this 27th day of March 1851 before me Odel Squier registrer for the probate of Wills and the granting of letters of……. In and for said county K W Smith and Thomas Huggins the…….witnesses to the Will of William Crow deceased who after being sworn who as the law decrees … devise and say that they were present at the Execution of said will and saw the deceased Execute the same and heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be as and for his last Will and testament and that they at his request and in his presence and at the time of his so doing he was of Sound disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge observation and belief KW Smith
and sworn to and subscribed Thomas Huggins
before me Odel Squier Register 

March the 27th AD 1851 Letters Testamentary With copy of Will I….to James Stroud esq and L E Smith the within named who on same day was sworn as the law requires Odel Squier Register
Registered and compared with the original March the 27th 1851 
Odel Squier Reg

East pikerun Town ship. Washington Co Pa to Odel Squier Register of Wills
In and Washington County I Ruth Crow Widow of ….. of the late William Crow deceased of the above named township do refuse to Excpt to receive under the last Will and testament but Claim my right of Dower as widow of the deceased as garenteed to me by the Laws of this Commonwealth
Ruth Crow


WILLS for the CROW Surname, Washington Co PA
Source: Washington County,PA Willbook Index, 1781 – 1900 compiled by Bob and Mary Clossen
Clossen Press 1985
Given name  Volume/page  Probate year
CLARK  15/146 1895
GEORGE  9/5  1865
JACOB  5/274  1836
JAMES  7/621  1857
JOSEPH  8/355  1852
LAWRENCE  5/211  1835
RUTH  11/290  1881
SARAH  9/117  1866
WILLIAM  7/156  1851




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