BENJAMIN DICKEY of Fallowfield Twp (d 1869)
Benjamin’s wife Jane was the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Dickey) Parkinson of Nottingham Twp.
Will Book 9, p 384
In the name of God, Amen. I, Benjamin Dickey of Fallowfield Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, Farmer, being sick and weak of body but of sound mind, memory and understanding (praised be God for it) considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and to the end I may be better prepared to leave this world whenever it shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and declare this my last will and testament in the manner following (that is to say):
First and principally, I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator and as to the disposal of my real estate and personal property, that is to say I order that all my just debts, Funeral expenses and charges of proving this my will be in the first place fully paid and satisfied, and after payment thereof and every part thereof.
FIRST [sic]. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Jane Dickey control of the Brick house and all its contents of movable property.
I give and bequeath to my son Jefferson Dickey the sum of two thousand dollars.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Amanda Dickey one horse, two cows, two beds and an outfit of two hundred dollars.
I give and bequeath to my Grandson Benjamin G. Dickey Five hundred dollars.
I give and bequeath to my Grandson Benjamin Dickey Irwin Five hundred dollars.
I give and bequeath to my sister Nancy Eckles the sum of Four hundred dollars to be paid to her by my Executor in the following manner, Viz. fifty dollars per year till paid, in the case of her death before the four hundred dollars are paid, the balance shall be paid to my heirs.
I give and bequeath to James Lemon one hundred dollars as soon after my death as my Executor can collect it.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Eliza Jane Irwin and her heirs one hundred dollars, and further it is my will that my wife Jane my son Jefferson and my daughter Amanda have one hundred Acres of land with the Brick house included for their own use and benefit as long as my wife Jane Dickey lives and the balance of the farm to be rented during her life, at her death my executor shall have my real estate [ap]praised and any of my heirs can take it at the appraisement if they think fit, if not my Executor shall cause the same to be sold at public sale, the proceeds thereof to be distributed as follows including the rent of that part of the farm which is mentioned above to be under rent, to be distributed as follows among my four heirs, Viz. the one fourth part to the children of my son James Dickey dec'd. after deducting therefrom the amount he has already received from me, my daughter Eliza Jane Irwin and her heirs the one fourth part. My son Jefferson the one fourth part and my daughter Amanda the one fourth part, and also at the death of my wife Jane my Executor shall sell at public sale all the personal property in and about the house belonging to me, the proceeds to be equally divided among my four heirs as above directed.
And I also empower my Executor to make sale of my property and make Deed for my real estate without going to the Orphans Court as the heirs are all of age.
And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint James Dickey of Fallowfield township, Washington County Pa. Executor of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said testator, have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the 2nd day of November A.D. 1865.
Benjamin Dickey (seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said testator Benjamin Dickey as anfor his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed out names as witnesses thereto.
William F. Ralston
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, County of Washington, ss:
Be it remembered that upon this 30th day of March, 1869 before me, Geo. Buchanan, Register for the Probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration within and for said County, came Joseph Gamble & Wm. F. Ralston the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing attached will of Benjamin Dickey deceased, who, after being duly qualified according to law, depose and say, that they were present at the execution of said will - saw the testator sign the same - heard him publish it as and for his last will and testament; that they at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed their names thereto as witnesses; and that at the time of doing so, the said testator was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, to the best of their knowledge, observation and belief.
Sworn and subscribed before Geo. Buchanan, Regr
William F. Ralson
And now, March 30th 1869, it being adjudged that the said will has been duly proven, Letters Testamentary, are issued to James Dickey who was sworn and the will registered and compared by Geo. Buchanan, Register.
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