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Will of John Williamson



John's will:

In the Name of God Amen, I John Williamson of Cumberland County, Cloather, being very sick and weak of body but yet of sound mind Judgement and Memorie and calling to mind my own mortality and that it is appointed for all men to die I do therefore make ordain and constitute this my Last Will and Testament and above all I do commit my soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried in a Decent and Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Exrs, firmly believing the General Resurrection and the Reunion of Soul and Body & as for what worldly goods it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I do will and bequeath in manner and form following, that is

1. first I will and bequeath to Mary my well beloved wife One Hundred Pounds lawfull monie out of my personal estate and the use and benefit of my Negro slave Cesar during her widowhood and no longer also her living and Maintenance upon either of my Plantations at her choice during her Widowhood and no longer, I also allow my wife my best bed and furniture

2. I will and bequeath to my son Hugh Fifty Pounds Lawfull Money out of my estate also my saddle horse

3. I will and bequeath to my son John all my Right and Property to that farm or Plantation which I purchased of the Executors of the George Reynolds situate in Lurgan Township in said County with the implements and all the tools belonging to my said trade Now in my property and possession

4. I will and bequeath to my other two sons David and Samuel that place farm and Plantation which I purchased of Colonel John Armstrong near to John Mitchell's by Connodiguinin Creek with my full & whole rights as by Deed appears

5. I will and bequeath to my daughter Rachel the use and benefit of my Negro maid Salve during her natural life and no longer and then sd Salve to Return to my other daughter hereinafter mentioned in Equal proportions

6. I will and bequeath to my daughters Margaret and MAry to each of them One Hundred Pounds Lawfull money to be paid out of my estate and if my slave Cesar survives my said wife's widowhood then to Return in equal proportions to my three sons David and Samuel and John, the right of purchase after Value to be in John.

 Lastly seeing that at this present time the County is harassed with War, therefore if it so fall out that my Sons John David and Samuel cannot enjoy their lands for that the Country is Wasted and Depopulated by the Enemy, that then and in that case I do will that these said males do fall in and share equally alike with their sisters Margaret and Mary, the Males namely John, David and Samuel. Finally I appoint my well beloved Wife Mary and my son Hugh to be Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. Also I appoint Thomas Willson of said County Esqr and Mr. David Magaw of Shippensburg to be Guardians over my infant children revoking disallowing and making void all former or other Wills heretofore made and publishing pronouncing and declaring this to be my Last Will and Testament bearing date this Twenty-first date of May in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and fifty seven.

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