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Last Will and Testament of HESEKIAH WESTCOAT, written January 13, 1865;
registered February 21, 1865
Know all men by these presents that I, HESEKIAH WESTCOAT of Washington Twp.,
county of Fayette and state of Pennsylvania yeoman, being in ill health but
of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will
and testament.  And as to my worldly estate and all the property real
personal or mix of which I shall ....... And possessed or to which I shall
be entitled at the time of my decease devise and dispose thereof in the
manner following to wit: First: My will is that all my just debts and
funeral expenses shall by my Executors herein after named be paid out of my
estate as soon after my decease as shall by him be found convenient.  
Item: I give devise and bequeath unto JOHNSTON DINSMORE and his present wife
all the real property situate on the Monongahela River in the township of
Washington, State and County aforementioned of which I am possessed of,
together with all the buildings, improvements and appurtenances whatsoever
thereunto belonging or in any wise as pertaining to have to hold and enjoy
the same for and during their natural lives and thereafter to their heirs
forever.  Also the bees and hives, also a piece or field of wheat I sowed on
the MC KEE land also one cow.
Item: I give devise and bequeath to my brother JOHN WESTCOAT my entire
personal estate after the payment of all my just debts also one set (?) of
Tomb Stones for my Father's grave to be put up at the same, said Tomb Stones
to be of the same style as those I procured, and put up to the grave of my
mother.    The cost of which and all other expenses of proving or executing
this my will and all expenses which is necessary to the full settlement of
my estate,  is to be taken out or paid out of my personal estate.  The
residue of my personal estate, money or other effects other than the real
property is to be given to my brother JOHN WESTCOAT by my executor as soon
as convenient after the settlement of my estate. And lastly, I do hereby
make and ordain my esteemed friend JOHNSTON DINSMORE executor of this my
last Will and Testament reposing ..... full confidence in his integrity to
perform the Trust thus committed to him in testimony whereof, I the said
HESEKIAH WESTCOAT have to this my last will and testament contained on this
sheet of paper subscribed my name and affixed my seal this thirteenth day of
January in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five.

Signed sealed published and declared by the said HESEKIAH WESTCOAT as and
for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and
in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names
as witnesses thereto.

Be it remembered that on the 21st of February 1865 before me GEO. MORRISON,
Register for the probate of wills, and granting Letters of Administration in
and for said county personally came WILLIAM HUGGINS and JOSEPH A. MC KEE who
being duly sworn according to law did depose and say that they were
personally present and saw the Testator sign and seal and heard him declare
the same as and for his last Will & Testament when of sound and disposing
mind and memory to the best of their observation and belief, that they
signed as witnesses thereto by the request of the testator in his presence
and in the presence  of each other, that they know of no undue influence
used or later will made.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
the seal of the Registers Office this 21st day of February A.D. 1865.
Signed, GEO. MORRISON, Register
[Research Note: Hezekiah Westcoat is the grandson of Mary Hagerty; son of
Stephen WESTCOAT and his wife Sarah HAGERTY Westcoat.]



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