Will of James Scott
Probated March 15, 1787
Franklin Co., Pa.

In the name of God Amen, this second day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five. I James Scott of Montgomery Township in franklin County and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania being in a very afflicted and low condition in body and Calling to mind my mortality and that it is Appointed for all men once to die, do make ordain Constitute and Appoint this to be my last will and Testament and that in manner and form following. First of all I Command my soul into the hands of almighty God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in decent and christian burial at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and as touching such worldly estate where with it hath Pleased God to bless me in this life I give demize bequeath and dispose of it in the following manner and way. Imprimis or first I allow all my fureral Charges and Just debts to be Paid by the sale of my Personal Estate by my executors without suits at Law or unnessisssary trouble. Item as Touching my Real estate or the Plantation I now live upon, it is my will that after my discease it be sold by my Executors at Publich sale to the highest bidir and that the money ariseing from such sale be distributed as followeth. One third Part of the whole to my well beloved wife Jannet Scott to be for her use and support in whole and in Part and the Remainders thereof to be at her disposall at her death and as Touching the other two thirds it is my will that it be divided as followeth to my son Samuel Scott and his heirs I leave and bequeath the one third part of the money Ariseing from the sale of my land after the Payment of my Just debts and funeral Charges of my Personall estate should prove Insufficient for that Purpose, and the remaining third Part after maheing the same reserve as Respecting my son Samuel, it is my will that it be divided as followeth to my son William Scott I leave the whole only he is to Pay to my son Thomas Scott out of his third part or Part the sum of fifteen shillings sterling and to my daughter Jean McCune the sum of five shilling Sterling and to my daughter Mary Meanough the sum of five shillings Sterling and to my daughter Elisabeth Meansugh the sum of five shillings Sterling the remainder to hold to him and his heirs. Item as Touching the sale of my land it is my will that it be sold to the best advantage so mutch in hand as my Executors may think best and then in yearly Payments and the legatees to Receive each according to his share as the Payments may be. Item it is my will notwithstanding anything above wrote that might Appear to the Contrary that if my well beloved wife before named and my well beloved sons Samuel Scott and William Scott before mentioned shall Choose to live together and does Continue to live amicably and Peacibly together they mahing sufficient Provision for her support to her satisfaction and lihing then they may Put of the sale to such time as they agree among themselves for the best but if my sons Prove deficient in this matter I allow my wife before mentioned may sell when she will and when sold it is my will that distribution be made as within directed – Item as Touching six hundred and seventy two pounds that is lawfilly due to me in Chester County, tyet beubg ub dispute should it berecovered I allow it to be devided as followeth (that is what may be remaining of the same after all Expenses attending the recovery of the same are paid) in seven Equall share one seventh part to my well beloved wife and one seventh part to Each of my Children within mentioned. Item I do hereby Constitute and Apoint my well beloved wife before named and my well beloved son Samuel Scott before mentioned my whold and sole Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and Disanulling all other wills and wills heretofore made by me and Confirming this and no others as my last. In Wiotness whereof I have hereunto set my hand ans seal this Day and year within written.


Singned sealed and Pronounced                                                       James   x  Scot

In Presence of us                                                                                                 mark

John Work    James McFarland

The 15th March 1787 came befoe the subscriber & the abouve mentioned John Work and James McFarland

James Scott was of sound mind memory & understanding

Edw. Crawford Jr.


Letters granted unto Jannet Scott & Samuel Scott of the Estate of James Scott of Franklin County yeoman, dec’d

Inv. Files.



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