Will of John Craft - 1848
Contributed by Jennifer Maillet

Will of John Craft, Dec’d

In the name of God Amen I John Craft being weak in body but of a sound mind and memory and understanding and in perfect with the great uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and being desirous to dispose of my temporal affairs so that after my death no contention my arise relative to the same. Therefore I John Craft of the County of Washington and the state of Pennsylvania and East Finley township do make ordain publish and declare this my last will and testament revoking all other wills by me heretofore made.  First I bequeath my body to the dust whence it combs and my soul to God who gave it hoping for a happy immortality through the atoing merits of our Lord Jesus Christ the Savior of the World.  Second after all my debts are paid I dispose of my property in the following manner. Urias Craft is to have one cow and six sheep and William Craft is to have a horse, rone mare, cow and six sheep. Third David Craft is to have twenty five acres of land where he now lives bounded as foulons gaining Moses Ninhet and the rode leading from Concord to the top of the ridge ad my place for which he is to pay Sevn dollars twenty cents per acre fourth Thomas Dickson and William Craft is to have the youse of the house, hop and barn and pasture for the stock they now have til the first of October next jointly. Fifth the rest of my property to be equally divided among my children, Delia Dickson, David Craft, *uice Fanskle, Urias Craft, Steward Craft, Steven Craft and William Craft. Delia Dickson is to have the loom and gear and all belonging to the loom inclusive of her equal share. And I do hereby make and ordain Issac Earnest and Humphry Blakmay the sole Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I John Craft have hereunto set my hand and seal this my last will and testament

____________________John Craft

Signed sealed and delivered by the said John Craft as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who were present at the signing and sealing thereof ________________________________ Alexander Blair ________William Craft, this twenty eight day of January in the year of our Lord 1848__________

Washington County for be it remembered that on the 28th day of February A.D. 1848 Before me William Workman, Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of Administration in and for said county came Alexander Blair and William Craft the subscribing witness to the written last will and testament of John Craft deceased who being duly sworn as the law directs do depose and say that they were personally present and did see the Testator within named execute the foregoing will and heard him publicly pronounce and declare the same as and for his last will and testament and that they subscribed their names as witnesses thereunto at the request of the Testator in his presence and in the presence of each other and at the time of his so doing he was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge observation and belief ______________________and sworn to and subscribed_____________________ before me_______________________ Alex Blair _______ Wm. Workman(?) Registrar _______________William Craft_________ February 28th 1848 Letters Testamentary with copy of the will and probate annexed Issued to Isaac Earnest and Humphrey Blakway Executors within named who on same day were duly sworn ______________William Workman, Register. Requested and compared with the original Feb. 28th 1848.