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Will of Levi Stephens

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

Will of Levi Stephens 1790-1878 husband of  Mary Farquhar

I, Levi Stephens of Washington Township Fayette Co. and State of Pennsylvania calling to mind that it is appointed to all men once to die, do make and publish this my last Willa and Testament hereby revoking and making void all Former wills by me at Any time heretofore make,  And as to such worldly estate as it hath pleased a bountiful Providence to entrust me with, I dispose of the same as follows.

First:    I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon as convenient out of the first monies that shall come into the hands of my Executors from any portion of my estate real or personnel.

I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary (Farquhar) Stephens if she survive me all my estate real and personal during her natural life.  And at her decease or as soon thereafter as may be convenient, I order and direct all my real estate to be sold by my executors and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided amongst my six children namely-Jehu Stephens, Israel Stephens, Johnson Stephens, James Stephens, Rachel Stephens, (wife of Lee Stephens) and Mary Stephens (wife of Ezra W. Stephens) share and share alike.  I give and devise to my three grandchildren namely Thomas Stephen, Griffith W. Stephens, and Ela Stephens’s children of my deceased son Aaron B. Stephens by his first marriage the sum of Five Hundred Dollars each to be paid to them by my Executer when they shall severally arrive at the age of twenty one years.  I give said Aaron B. Stephens by his second marriage , the Sum of two hundred and fifty dollars each to be paid to them when they have severally arrived at the age of twenty one years.  Should the one seventh of the proceeds of my real estate exceed or fall below the aggrate amount herein devised to the above named five grandchildren the division shall be made in the proportion indicated above  that is two parts each to Thomas, Griffith and Ella, and one part each to Levi and Joseph. Whatever personal property may remain after, into seven parts equally divided amongst the five children of the said Aaron B. Stephens deceased.  And lastly I do Herby make constitute and appoint my tow sons Jehu and Israel Stephens Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I, Levi Stephens, the testator have to this day my will written on one sheet of paper, set my hand and seal this Nineteenth day of December in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy three.  Signed and sealed in the he presence of us who have subscribed in the presence of each other.

               Levi Stephens

James Hasson

Gibson, Justice of the Peace in 1872


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