George Gift Will

In the name of God amen, I George Gift of Guilford Township Franklin County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do this thirty first day of March one thousand eight hundred & thirteen, make & publish the following as my last will and testament. To wit Impressing, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Catharine her heirs and assigns, two beds, bedsteads, & coverlids, all the spun yarn in the house, one ____ plate stove and pipe my canes cupboard as much pewter ware and kitchen furniture as she may require for her own use. Two milch cows, (to be kept in the barn by my sons) two hogs and two sheep, one half of my garden, my sons to plough it for her, my sons to sow for her every year one half bushel of flaxseed, my wife is also to have the sum of sixteen pounds thirteen shilligns and four pence annually for the term of twenty years (if she shall live so long) to paid to her by my two sons. My wife to have a comfortable maintenance on my place by my sons and should she decline boarding with my sons, in that case I order and allow my sons to furnish her with a sufficiency of all necesaries of life and that she have liberty in part of the house and kitchen.

Item I give and bequeath unto my two sons Adam and John their heirs and assigns forever all my Plantations and tracts of land situate in Guilford Township aforesaid now in my possession, containing one hundred seventy acres more or less, they paying therefor the sum of one thousand pounds in twenty yearly installments of 50 pounds each. First payment to become due one year after my decease to be paid as follows; the one third to my wife and the other two thirds to my five daughters to wit, Catherine, Magdelene, Elizabeth, Sophia and Peggy, their heirs and assigns. The eldest of my daughters to receive the first installment, and so on in ration according to their respective ages, and after my wifes death my sons shall pay fifty pounds to my aforesaid daughters in manner aforesaid each of my daughters to have an equal share of the said thousand pounds (after deducting what my wife may receive during her life.) My said sons are not to have entire possesion of the said tract of land until after my wife decease. -------- And further I give unto my two sons Adam and John two ploughs, & one harrow and all thereto belonging. All the clover now on hand and one ton of plaster ---- all the meat and grain now on hand in the grain in the g round to be kept for the use of my family. The horse that John my son now hath is his own and the cow I give to Catherine and Elizabeth as theirs. My wife and daughters each to have a spinning wheel & real.

Item, it is my will that my three daughters Elizabeth, Sophia and Peggy each is to have a good bed one cow and as much household furniture as any of my other daughters received from me at their intermarriages. My daughters to live with my sons as they have lived with me and to be supported by them decently until they shall get married. I further allow that any just debts be paid out of my property not herein disposed of by this will. And lastly I hereby nominate and appoint my wife Catharine and my son Adam Executors of this my last will and testament.

Signed and ----- in presence of
Henry Regis
Nicolas GeorgeGeorge Gift (Seal)

On the forth day of April 1813 appeared before me John Findlay Esq. Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and for Franklin County Henry Regis and Nicolas George witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing, who upon their solemn oath duly administer and depose and say that they were personally present and saw and heard George Gift Esq. Deceased write his name unto afix seal and publish the foregoing instrument of writing of and for his last will and testament, and that at the time of doing thereof the said deceased was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, according to the best of their knowledge and belief, that their names thereto subscribed as witnesses at the same time in their proper hand writing done at the same time.
Sworn & subscribed

Henry RegisNicolas George

 

 

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