JAMES DICKEY (1815-1864) of Monongahela PA
Jamesís parents were Benjamin and Jane (Parkinson) Dickey. His wife Charity (1817-1895, was the daughter of Garrett and Mary (Sparks) Wall.
Will Book 8, p 534
Last Will and Testament of Jas. Dickey, decd
Knowing the certainty of Death and the uncertainty of Life and now being in frail health, but of sound mind, I do hereby make in the presence of three witnesses this my last will, this Thursday 8th day of Sept in the year of our Lord 1864.
1st It is my will that the estate first pay for all the debts against me.
2nd That my wife, Charity W. Dickey receive out of the next money Eleven Hundred dollars $1100 and furthermore I do make her my Executor.
3rd I desire that my wife and oldest son Benjamin G. Dickey do carry on the shop and business as long as they can make or justify [next eight words unreadable] to be otherwise, Benjamin is first and always[?] while carrying on the business to pay to his mother such amount of money as will be sufficient for the family's [word unreadable] and necessarys arising from their personal wants. The balance of the proffitts to go to himself, Benjamin, for his service while [word unreadable] performing his duty.
4th In regard to my children they are all equally dear to me, and there still Being a Balance it is my desire that they all share equal.
James Dickey (seal)
Attest: John Long, W.H. King, M. Bowman
Washington County ss:
Be it remembered this 15th day of September 1864 Before me W.A. Mickey, Regr for in [sic] probate of wills and granting letters of administration and for said county came John Long, M. Bowman the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will of James Dickey and who after being duly qualified depose and say, that they were present at the execution of the said will, saw the Testator sign the same and 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 so doing the said Testator was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge, observation and belief.
John Long, M. Bowman
Sworn to and subscribed before W.A. Mickey, Regr.
Sept 15 1864 letters duly stamped issued to Charity W. Dickey, the executrix named therein who the same day was duly qualified.
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