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Lewis Campbell

Contributed by Wes Campbell <-nospam-wcampbell7@austin.rr.com>

Last Will and Testament of Lewis Campbell of Menallen Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania

 Will dated:  6 January, 1876

 Will Probated:  8 July, 1882

I Lewis Campbell of the township of German in the County of Fayette and state of Pennsylvania being of sound mind, memory and understanding do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.  And as to such estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with.  I dispose of the same as follows, viz.: Item, I devise to my sons James Campbell and Joseph M. Campbell as Joint tenants their heirs and assigns forever my home farm situated in German township, County and State aforesaid, adjoining lands of S. E. Finley, Joseph Woodward, I. and H. H. Hackney and others, containing Two hundred fourteen acres more or less for which a deed has been made by myself and my wife Deborah during her life time which said deed is to be considered as delivered when my said sons shall pay with my estate the sum of one thousand dollars each.  Which is to be paid within one year after my decease.  I also give and bequeath unto them my said sons all my tools and farming utensils.  Item, I give and bequeath to my son James my clock.  Item, I give and bequeath to my son Joseph M. my desk and book case.  Item, I devise to my daughter Martha, intermarried with Jesse Coldren, her heirs and assigns forever, the tract of land on which she with her husband now resides situate in Luzerne Township, County and State aforesaid, containing seventy one acres more or less and adjoining lands of Uriah Higginbotham, William Dunaway and others.  I value said land at six thousand dollars.  Item, I devise to my daughter Susan, intermarried with Nathaniel Gray her heirs and assigns forever a tract of land situate in German Township, county and state aforesaid, adjoining lands of George Poundstone, Adam Poundstone and others containing one hundred and one acres more or less on the condition that she (pay) to my executors for the benefit of my estate one thousand dollars within one year after my decease.  Item, I bequeath to my daughter Mary Ann , intermarried with Elliott Hibbs, her heirs and assigns forever the sum of five thousand dollars in addition to one thousand dollars heretofore given her by me.  I hereby direct my executors herein after to be named to pay the same to her out on my estate within one year after my decease.  Item, I direct that within a reasonable time after my decease the residue of my house hold goods including beds, bedding, etc. be divided unto five shares of as nearly equal value as can conveniently be done by three disinterested persons to be selected by my executors for that purpose and the each of my children or their heirs have the share awarded them.  Item, I will to my executors herein after to be named out of my estate the sum of one hundred dollars the interest of which and so much of the principal as may be necessary shall be expanded in keeping in good order the fence surrounding the "Friends Burying grounds at Sandy Hill" in said county the said sum to be expended by said executors for the purpose named after my decease.  If not expended by me for the same purpose during my life time.  Item, all the rest and residue of my estate after the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, I direct to be divided equally between my daughters Martha Coldren, Susan Gray and Mary Ann Hibbs, share and share alike.  And if any of my said daughters should then be deceased their children shall take their share in the devises and bequests herein made.  And I do hereby constitute and appoint my sons James Campbell and Joseph M. Campbell executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness hereof, I Lewis Campbell the Testator to this my last will, written on one sheet of paper, have set my hand and seal this Sixth day of January A.D. 1876.

            Lewis Campbell

Signed sealed, published and declared by the above named Lewis Campbell as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names at his request as Witnesses thereto in the presence of the said testator and of each other.

            H. H. Hackney

            Christopher Woodward


Codicil and now to my will above and herein written I make and declare this to be a Codicil.  Since signing the written and foregoing will, I have sold the farm devised by me to my daughter Martha Coldren valued by me at Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000).


I now in lieu thereof will and bequeath to her my said daughter Martha Six Thousand dollars in money, the same to be paid to her out of my estate by my said executors within one year after my death .  In testimony of which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Tenth day of April One thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Six in presence of

      H. H. Hackney      Lewis Campbell

      Christopher Woodward

Fayette County SS:

D. Conner      Be it remembered that on the 8th day of July A.D. 1882, before me

      Charles D. Conner Register for the Probate of Wills and granting

      letter so administration in and aforesaid County came H. H. Hackney and Christopher Woodward subscribing Witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament and Codicil thereto of Lewis Campbell deceased who being duly sworn according to law, did each depose and say that they were personally present and saw the said Lewis Campbell sign and seal the foregoing instrument of writing and heard him declare the same to be his last will and testament and codicil thereto when of sound and disposing mind an memory, to the best of this belief, that they signed their names as Witnesses thereto by request of the said Testator in his presence and in the presence of each other, that they know of no undue influence being used in making said will or codicil or any later will or codicil made and that they heard him declare said codicil to be a part and parcel of his last will and testament.

            H. H. Hackney

Sworn subscribers before me this 8th day of July      Christopher Woodward

A.D. 1882 as witness my hand and official seal      letters testamentary granted to

Chas D. Conner, Register      James Campbell & Jos M. Campbell

(Registered and Compared July 8, 1882)            who was duly sworn July 8, 1882

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