The Will of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BENTLEY of Monongahela City

Submitted by Leslie Nelson

 



BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BENTLEY of Monongahela City (1821-1916)

B .F. Bentley was the son of House and Frances (Wallace) Bentley. B. F and his wife Mary(1831-1921), the daughter of Daniel and Mary (Frye) Van Voorhis, had no children and she suffered from mental instability. B. F.ís concern for Maryís welfare is evident in his will, which provided generously for her financial support and appointed one of her kinsmen to manage her affairs.

Will Book 29, p 516

I, B.F. Bentley, of Monongahela City, Washington County, Pennsylvania, do make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made.

First: I hereby appoint John F. Cooper and William T. Vanvoorhis, executors.
Second: I give and bequeath all my household goods, wearing apparel and jewelry, unto my wife, Mary V. Bentley.

Third: I bequeath the sum of One Thousand ($1000.00) Dollars, unto Miss Bentley Whitledge, daughter of Thomas Whitledge, Donora, Pennsylvania; to Eliza L. Wilson, the sum of Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars; to the Monongahela Memorial Hospital Association, of Monongahela City, Pennsylvania, a corporation, the sum of Two Hundred ($200.00) Dollars; to William T. Vanvoorhis, my watch and chain; to R. Jay Colvin, my gun.

Fourth: I hereby direct and authorize my executors to sell my house and lot situate at the North East Corner of Chess Street and Boundary Alley, and also my house and lot fronting on Coal Street, both in the Third Ward of Monongahela City, either at public or private sale or sales, at such time or times, upon such terms and conditions and for such price or prices as my executors shall deem most advantageous to my estate, and to convey the same to the purchaser or purchasers thereof; and then proceeds derived from same shall be invested by my executors in legal investments, and the income therefrom shall be paid to my wife, Mary V. Bentley, as my executor, William T. Vanvoorhis, shall seem sufficient to keep my said wife comfortable and supply her with the conveniences and pleasures with which she has been supplied by me during my life time; and pending such sale or sales, I hereby authorize my executors to lease the said properties; collect all rents arising therefrom, which, less expenses, including repairs, taxes and insurance, shall be paid to my wife, Mary V. Bentley, by my executor, William T. Vanvoorhis, as he shall deem sufficient for her wants; and in the event of the death of my said wife, prior to the sale of this real estate, the said rents shall become part of my estate.

Fifth: I give and devise unto my wife during the term of her natural life, the use of the house and lot wherein I now reside, situate at the Southeast corner of Main and Sixth Streets in Monongahela City, which said lot fronts on the southern side of Main Street and extends along the eastern side of Sixth Street, the distance of ninety (90) feet; and also the house and lot situate at the northeast corner of Chess and Sixth Street and extends back along the Eastern side of Sixth Street, the distance of ninety (90) feet; and upon the death of my said wife, I give, devise and bequeath, the house and lot wherein I now live at the Corner of Main and Sixth Streets, Monongahela City, to the corporation "The Deacons of the First Regular Baptist Church of Monongahela City", its successors and assigns, forever. Upon the death of my wife, I hereby order and direct that my executors shall sell the house and lot, situate at the Northeast Corner of Chess and Sixth Streets in Monongahela City, either at public or private sale, and to convey the same to the purchaser thereof, and the proceeds derived from said sale shall become part of my estate, and after the death of my said wife, pending such sale, my executors shall lease said house and lot at the corner of Sixth and Chess Streets, and the rents arising therefrom shall go into and become a part of my estate.

Sixth: I authorize and direct my executors to invest the remainder of my personal estate in legal sureties and pay the income derived therefrom to my said wife, if in the judgment of my executor, William T. Vanvoorhis, any or all of said income shall be deemed necessary for her wants. And if in the judgment of my executor, William T. Vanvoorhis, said income, together with the income derived from my real estate is not sufficient for her needs then my said executor may pay, out of the corpus of my said estate, such sum or sums as he shall deem reasonable for such purpose, and I give the care of my said wife into his hands, that he shall see to her wants.

Seventh: I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto my executors, their successors, or any of them, all the residue and remainder of my estate, real, personal and mixed, in trust nevertheless to invest and keep the same invested and to pay over the net income thereof in quarterly or other convenient payments unto the corporation, "The Deacons of the First Regular Baptist Church of Monongahela City", its successors and assigns forever.

In witness whereof, I, B.F. Bentley, the Testator, have to this, my last will and Testament, set my hand and seal, this Tenth Day of October A.D. 1914. B.F. Bentley (seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named, B.F. Bentley, as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names at his request, as witnesses thereto, in his presence, and in the presence of each other. S.M. Downer, Vernon Hazzard

Codicil 1914

I, B.F. Bentley, the within-named testator, do hereby make and publish this Codicil, to be added to my last Will and Testament, bearing date the Tenth Day of October, A.D., 1914, in manner following, to wit:

Whereas in my said last Will I have given and bequeathed unto Eliza L. Wilson the sum of Five Hundred Dollars, I do hereby declare that my will is that Eliza L. Wilson be paid the sum of One Hundred Dollars.

And whereas in my said Will I have given and bequeathed unto the Monongahela Memorial Hospital Association the sum of Two Hundred Dollars, I do hereby declare that my will is that the Monongahela Memorial Hospital Association of Monongahela City, Pennsylvania, a corporation, be paid the sum of One Hundred Dollars.

And whereas in my said will I have given and bequeathed unto William T. Vanvoorhis my watch and chain, I do hereby declare that my will is that the said William T. Vanvoorhis be paid the sum of Two Hundred Dollars in addition to receiving the said watch and chain.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred fifteen. B.F. Bentley.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said B.F. Bentley, as and for a codicil to his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have, at his request, subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. S.M. Downer, Vernon Hazzard

Codicil 1914

I, B.F. Bentley, the testator above named, do hereby make and publish the following Codicil to my last will and Testament, executed the 10th day of October, 1914:
First: I revoke the bequest in my said Will contained to Eliza L. Wilson, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars, and instead thereof, I give and bequeath the same to my residuary estate as provided in the seventh item of my said will.

Second: I give and bequeath unto Miss Bentley Whitledge, daughter of Thomas Whitledge of Donora, Pennsylvania, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars, in lieu and instead of the sum of One Thousand Dollars in my said will contained.

Witness my hand and seal this 13th day of November, A.D., 1916. B.F. Bentley (seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said testator, as and for a codicil to his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. Nora F. Parkinson, Vernon Hazzard
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Washington County, SS: Be it remembered, That upon this 18th day of December 1916, before me, Boyd C. Parshall, Register for the Probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration within and for said county, came S.M. Downer and Vernon Hazzard, the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing attached Will, and 1st Codicil thereto, of B.F. Bentley, deceased, who, after being duly qualified according to law, depose and say: That they were present at the execution of said will, and 1st codicil - saw the testator sign the same - heard him publish it as and for his last Will and Testament, and 1st Codicil; that they at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, subscribed their names thereto as witnesses; and at the time of the doing thereof the testator was of sound, disposing mind, memory and understanding, to the best of the affiants' knowledge and belief. S.M. Downer, Vernon Hazzard
Sworn and subscribed before me, Boyd C. Parshall, Register.


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