Last Will and Testament of John Rea Senr, deceased

In the Name of God Amen I John Rea of Green Township Harrison County and State of Ohio, being in a low state of health, but of sound mind, and memory, do this the ninth day of January, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred, and fifty five make, and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say First of all I do will, and direct, that all my just and lawful debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate by my Executor hereafter to be chosen___To my children and grand children now living I bequeath the following items ___ To my son Joseph Rea I give, and bequeath three hundred dollars, and to his oldest son one hundred dollars____ 2 To my son John Rea of Cadiz Ohio, I will the sum of three hundred dollars and to William P. his son I will two hundred dollars ___ 3 To the oldest son of Andrew Rea, I leave the sum of one hundred dollars ___ 4 To William Purdy son of Francis Rea M.D. of Washington Ohio, I will the sum of two hundred dollars ___ 5 To the oldest son of David Thompson (ed. This would be John Rea Thompson) I will one hundred dollars, and to his mother Sarah Rea now Sarah Thompson I will fifty dollars. Children of the deceased 1 To John Rea son of Thompson Rea deceased I leave the sum of one hundred dollars ___ 2 to John M. Rea son of Samuel Rea deceased, I leave the sum of one hundred dollars ___ To his brother Joseph I will the sum of one hundred dollars ___ and to Samuel James the youngest I will the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars ___ and to their sister Elizabeth Rea now Elizabeth Hill I will the sum of fifty dollars, together with a note of hand payable on sight on her uncle Francis Rea MD of Washington Ohio ___ 3 To the board of foreign missions, particularly the Missions to Hindostan (sp.) and the East I give and bequeath to my Executor the sum of five hundred dollars in trust, to pay over the same in or after my decease to the person who, when the same shall be payable, shall act as Treasurer of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America to be applied to the uses, and purposes of said Board, and under its direction, and the receipt of the said Treasurer shall be a full, and legal acquitance of my Executor for the same ___ I will that after my decease, the place remain for one year in the possession of my grandson John M. Rea, rent free, that he may have time to arrange his business and settle up his accounts; after which, I will that the farm of one hundred, and sixty acres, and the farm house, and all pertaining thereto, that are properly mine, be sold by my Executor, and payment made as above directed ___ Finally, I do nominate, constitute, and appoint my son Joseph Rea the sole, and only Executor of this my last Will and Testament, declaring this, and none other to be my last Will ___In Witness whereof the said John Rea Senr the Testator, hath hereunto set his hand, and seal the day and year above written
        John Rea Senr (Seal)
By John Rea Senior the Testator as his
Last Will and Testament in the presence of us.
Thomas Jamison S. R. Watson

The State of Ohio Harrison County  We Thomas Jamison & S. R. Watson being duly sworn in open Court this 13th day of March A.D. 1855 depose and say we were present at the execution of the last Will and Testament of John Rea Senr hereto annexed that we severally saw the said testator subscribe said Will; heard him publish and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament, and that the said testator John Rea Senr at the time of executing the said Will was of full age and of sound mind and memory, and not under any restraint, and that we severally signed said Will, as witnesses, at said testator request, and in his presence.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 13th day of March  A.D. 1855
A. C. Turner probate Judge

 

 

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