Last Will and Testament
of
Adam Gift

 In the name of God amen I Adam Gift of Guilford Toownship in the County of Franklin, State of Pennsylvania being sick and weak of body but of sound mind memory and understanding praised to God for it considering the certainty of death & uncertainty of the time thus of  & to the End. I may be the better prepared to leave this world whenever it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament and my only one and being in grateful of following that is to say first and principally I commend my soul unto the hands of Almight God hoping for the pardon & redemption of all my sins & to carry everlasting happiness into the heavenly kingdom through Jesus Christ my Savior. My body I assign to the earth at the discretion of My Executor herein after named. First I direct that all my debts & funeral expenses be paid as soon after my death as possible out of the just moneys that shall come into the hands of My said executor from any portion of my Estate real & personal also I desire that a fair valuation or appraisement be made by three judicious neighbors of all of my Estate whether within Real personal & mixed of which I shall die Seized and Sold as soon after my decease as will be to the best advantage to my heirs herein after specified. My real estate being my Mansion farm whereas I now reside bounded by lands of Barnhart Sowers Heirs Michael Reed, Balker Overcash Jeremiah Kessaman & John Gift containing seventy two acres of limestone land more or less the balance of all proceeds after deducting debts & funeral expenses as aforesaid & satisfying my said executor and payinng all costs & legal expenses in Settling up my entire estate to be divided and paid over by my said Executor Or his Successor as follows viz. To Charles Kessaman & his heirs one Dollar and no more to John Donly and his heirs one Dollar and no more and the balance I will & bequeath Share and Share alike to my four brothers and sisters and their heirs forever. Viz One fourth to my Sister Magdalena and her children who being intermarried with David Thompson exclusively to her & her children & no part to the use of Said Thompson; One other portion a fourth part of Said Estate as appraised I give to my Sister Catherine Cully now widow & to her heirs, the other fourth share I will & bequeath to my brother John Gift and his heirs And the other fourth & last share I will & bequeath to my Sister Margaret & her children who being intermarried with Dederick George to her & her heirs & to no other one and to no other use intent or meaning whatever. My will is that my Said Executor as aforesaid Called all debts and demands as soon as possible after my decease to be applied as above Specified. And I do hereby ordain and appoint my two Esteemed Neighbors George Sower and Peter Cook of Fayetteville executors of this my last Will and Testament. I witness whereof I the said John Adam Gift aforesaid testator have hereunto Set my hand and affixed my seal on One half sheet of paper this ninth day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and forty three A.D. 1843.
         Adam Gift (Seal)
Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of

J. George Gift
Laurance Hatman

 

 

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