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Will and Testament of Lewis Campbell of Menallen Township,
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
dated: 6 January, 1876
Probated: 8 July, 1882
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.
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
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
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
H. H. Hackney Lewis Campbell
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
subscribers before me this 8th day of July
1882 as witness my hand and official seal
letters testamentary granted to
D. Conner, Register
James Campbell & Jos M. Campbell