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Will Of Robert Farquhar - 1822

Contributed by  Jaynie Arango <Jaynie Arango <-nospam-back2thehills@charter.net>

Will Of Robert Farquhar 1766-7/24/1822 Fayette Co. Pa. husband of Esther Dodson

This the sixteenth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-two (1822), I, Robert Farquhar of Fayette Co., Washington Township, Commonwealth of Penn, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament:

First of all: I order that my body be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of the Executors....and ???? such worldly affairs and estate wherewith it hath pleased Divine Providence to bless me with in this life, I give, devise and dispose of in the following manner and form:
Imprimis:   It is my will and I do order that in the first place all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied.

Item:     I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Brown Five Hundred Dollars exclusive of what I gave her before.

Item:     I likewise will and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Stephens Five Hundred Dollars exclusive of what I gave her before.

Item:     I will and bequeath unto my son Robert the farm that I now live on, containing 119 acres of land, his heirs and assigns forever.
Item:     I will and bequeath unto my son William what is called my old place, whereon Thomas Shrive now resides, containing 110 acres, to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

Item:     I will and bequeath unto my three daughters, Hester, Hannah and Rachel, each Five Hundred Dollars, one horse creature, one cow, one barrow, one feather bed with bedstead, one saddle, four sheep, six chairs-split bottom-six pewter plates, one set of teacups and saucers with teapot and sugar bowl, one set of knives and forks; all the above to be in value equal tow what I gave my two eldest daughters Sarah and Mary.

It is my will that the executors pay the cash legacies to my daughters if they have collected so much outstanding debts in twelve months after my decease, but if not collected they are to wait until it can or be made out of the fruit that will grow on my orchards.  Except my daughter Rachel's legacy which I do order my executors to keep in Their hands until she, the said Rachel, should marry or arrive to the age of eighteen years, and, in either case, then I do allow and order my executors to pay her legacy so soon as legally demanded; and for use of said legacy or money I do allow my executors to have the said Rachel taught to be what would be a good scholar, and find her victualling and clothing during said time: though it is to be remembered that Hester and Hannah has got their shares alluded to above.

Item:     I do will and bequeath unto my two sons Robert and William all my personal estate of all kinds whatever there may be, both in doors and out, by them paying the Legacy as described before: and it is my will that if any difference should arise with respect to dividing my personal property or anything respecting this my will I do allow and request the concerned to call on Samuel Cope, Nathaniel Stephens, and James D. Cope to settle and help divide or compromise any and all of the said disputes, in all cases a majority to be final.  There is no claim on William Griffiths place, which I do order and allow the proceeds to be equally divided between the said Robert

and William.

Item:     I will and bequeath Fifty Dollars to Jean the daughter of Margaret Rees, formerly Margaret Moon, which fifty Dollars is in the hands of James D. Cope, which I do order and allow the said James to pay the interest of said Fifty Dollars every year for schooling the said Jean;  and when she arrives at the age of receiving said legacy I do order and allow the said James D. Cope to pay the said Fifty Dollars to the said before mentioned Jean:  but if the said Jean should die before she should arrive at the age of the said Fifty Dollars to be paid to my two sons equally.

Item:     I likewise constitute, and make and ordain my only and sole Executors of this my last will and testament my two well-beloved sons, namely Robert Farquhar and William Farquhar.  And I do hereby utterly disannul and revoke all other formal will and testament, ratifying this and no other to be may last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.

Signed, Sealed and delivered by the said Robert Farquhar in the presence of

Andrew Guiseburg

Thomas Stephens

James D. Cope

Probated August 2, 1822, at Uniontown, Pennsylvania


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