BENJAMIN PARKINSON MORRISON (1811-1860)
Benjamin was the son of John and Elizabeth (Parkinson) Morrison of Nottingham Twp. Benjamin’s wife, Mary McKown, was his second; his first wife, Rebecca Rea, died in 1849. Parkinson McKown Morrison was Mary’s so. Rebecca was the mother of Benjamin’s other children.
Will Book 8, p 220
I Benjamin P. Morrison of Nottingham Township, Washington County, State of Pennsylvania being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament as follows viz
I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary one hundred and sixty-five acres of the upper or western part of my farm as long as she shall remain my widow with all the moveable property belonging to me as well as the priviledge of making sale of all or any part of the moveable property that she may think best and the procedes of the sale to go to the general fund. I also authorize my Executor to sell one hundred acres of the lower part of my farm with the priviledge of varying ten or twelve acres so as to suit the convenience of both farms and also to make a deed to purchaser.
I will and bequeath to my five children Elizabeth Jane, Hamilton Rea, John Dickey, Sarah Eveline and Parkinson McKown, an equal share of my property except John Dickey who is to have three hundred dollars more than the other heirs, which thre [sic] hundred is to be taken from Hamilton Rea's share.
I will to my son Parkinson McKown one fifty dollar schollarship in Jefferson College Cannonsburgh Pa. It is my will that Elizabeth Jane and Sarah Eveline get their share of any money that may be on hands when they respectively arrive at the age of twenty three and also that my thre [sic] sons receive their legacies at the age of twenty five.
I authorize my Executor to sell that part of the farm on which I now reside at any time that he and my wife think adviseable for the benefit of the family and also to make deed to purchacer for the same.
I hereby appoint William Irwin of Carroll Township guardian for Hamilton Rea and John Dickey Morrison and John Patten of Union Township guardian for Elizabeth Jane and Sarah Eveline Morrison and also I appoint Mary Morrison guardian for Parkinson McKown Morrison. I hereby require the above named guardians to give sufficient bail to the proper authority. I hereby appoint James McVay my Executor of this my last will and testament in testimony of the above will and testament I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal this twelfth day of March A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty.
Benj. P. Morrison (seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of William Stewart Jr., James Morrison Jun., Samuel Cooper
Washington County ss:
Be it remembered that on the 9th day of August A.D. 1860 before me H.J. Vankirk, Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and for said county came Samuel Cooper, James Morrison Jr. and William Stewart Jr. the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will of Benjamin P. Morrison decd who after being duly qualified as the law directs, depose and say, that they were present at the execution of said will, and saw the said testator sign his name there to, that they heard him acknowledge the same as and for his last will and testament, that they attested the same as witnesses, at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, 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. Samuel Cooper, William Stewart, James Morrison Sr.
And Sworn to and subscribed before me H.J. Vankirk, Regr
Augt 9 1860 the will admitted to probate, and Letters Testamentary &c issued to James McVay the Exr within named who on the same day was sworn. H.J. Vankirk, Regr