Fayette County Genealogy Project

Will of Taylor Jeffries

James(Jay) Vernon Crawford III      <jayappraisals@comcast.net>


Fayette County Courthouse, Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Will:  Vol. 7, Page 122
Probate Date:  1888
Date of Will:  May 17, 1886
Date of Birth:  March 9, 1806
Date of Death:  June 2, 1888

Will of Taylor Jeffries:

I Taylor Jeffries of Menallen Township Fayette County and state of Pennsylvania being of sound mind and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, in manner and form following, hereby revoking any will or wills heretofore made by me.  First, I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently may after my decease, and I direct, that my Executors hereinafter named have erected to the graves of myself and beloved wife, Jane Jeffries, plain and decent tombstones.  It is my will and I direct that my beloved wife shall have the use and control of all my personal property, and also of the farm on which I now reside, adjoining lands of Charles E. Boyle, Robert Jackson, and others, and this shall be in lieu of all dower in my estate, and I direct that my sons Christopher Jeffries and Taylor Jeffries shall farm for her upon the same terms and conditions that my sons, Buchanan Jeffries, and Taylor Jeffries now farm for me, which are as follows, to with: on third of every thing delivered ready for market, and that they pay all taxes of every kind, and I further direct that they (Christopher and Taylor) shall have coal and wood for her my said wife, and haul her grain to market and it is my desire that my two daughters Martha Jane Jeffries and Sarah Ellen Jeffries shall live with their mother during her lifetime or so long long as they shall remain single.  I direct that my personal estate be appraised at my decease, and request that reasonable care be taken of the same during the lifetime of my said wife.  At the death of my said wife, I direct that my personal estate shall be disposed of in the following manner.  To my grand daughter Jane Ann Jeffries, daughter of my son Christopher Jeffries, I give and bequeath one bed and bedding; To my grand daughter, Jane B Williams, daughter of Elizabeth Williams (intermarried with Benjamin B. Williams) one bed and bedding.  To my grand daughter Sarah Jane Jeffries, daughter of William Jeffries, one bed and bedding, and I direct that my two daughters, Martha Jane Jeffries and Sarah Ellen Jeffries, shall make distribution of the three beds and bedding above bequeathed.  To my daughters Martha Jane, and Sarah Ellen above named, I give and bequeath all the remaining personal property and goods of every kind in my house.  Also, to the above named tow daughters, three cows, and I direct that at the death of my said wife said two daughters shall have, wheat, corn, and bacon or pork sufficient to last them one year.  To my three sons, Christopher Jeffries, Buchanan Jeffries, and Taylor Jeffries, I give and bequeath each of them twenty five head of sheep, and the remaining number, if any there be- I give and bequeath to my three daughters, viz: Martha Jane Jeffries, Sarah Ellen Jeffries, and Elizabeth Williams (intermarried with Benjamin  B Williams).  My real estate I dispose of in the following manner.  At the death of my said wife, I give and devise to my son Christopher Jeffries, Fifty acres off the west end of the farm on which I now reside, the east line of said fifty acres to run parallel with the line between my farm and that of Robert Jackson.  At the death of my said wife, I give and devise to my three daughters, Elizabeth Williams (intermarried with Benjamin B. Williams), Martha Jane Jeffries, and Sarah Ellen Jeffries, Fifty one acres off the east end of the farm on which I now reside, the west line of said fifty one acres to run parallel with the line between my farm and that of Charles E. Boyle Esq.  Also, at the death of my said wife, I give and devise to my son Taylor Jeffries, the remainder of the farm on which I reside reserving the right for my two daughters, Martha Jane and Sarah Ellen, to occupy the frame house in which my son Taylor now resides, also the privilege of the garden and pig lat belonging to said frame house, this right they are to have during their lifetime and at the death of the surviving one of said two daughters said right and privilege shall revert to my son Taylor his heirs and assigns, and said two daughters shall have no right to rent said premises but simply the right of occupancy, and also said two daughters shall have exclusive right of the East room up stairs in the mansion house, for the sole purpose of storing their goods for which they may not have room in the said frame house, and they are to have said right so long as they use it, but should they move their goods from said room, they by vacating it, forfeit their right of or further storage and I direct that my son Taylor shall pay to my won William the sum of eight hundred dollars, within a period of four years after my decease, and said sum shall draw no interest.  At my decease, I give and devise to my son Buchanan Jeffries the farm I purchased from James Gilmore, and situate in Menallen Township Fayette County Pa. containing fifty four acres more or less.   At my decease, I give and devise to my son John R. Jeffries, the farm on which he now resides, situate in Livingston County and state of Illinois, containing eighty acres.  At my decease, I give and devise to my son William Jeffries, the property on which he now resides, situate in New Salem Pa and which I purchased from George Mustard.  Also at my decease, I give and devise to my daughter, Elizabeth Williams (intermarried with Benjamin B. Williams) a lot of ground containing six acres, situate in Menallen township and which I purchased off the Crabb farm.  I direct that the pipe line running to the mansion house through the East end of the farm on which I now reside shall be perpetual, and that my daughters, their heirs and assigns owning said East end shall not hinder in any way needed repairs of said pipe line.  I direct that my Executors shall pay to Charles Ashcraft, the sum of fifty dollars in money, and buy him two suits of clothes-one good- and one medium, when he shall have arrived at the age of sixteen years, should he remain with my family until that time.  I direct that my two sons Christopher and Taylor, furnish my tow daughters, Martha Jane and Sarah Ellen, with a horse when they need one, and that they (said two daughters) shall have the use of the spring wagon in common with others upon the farm during the lifetime of my said wife.  I further direct that any and all of the legalities under this my will who shall attempt to set it aside or make unnecessary trouble, shall forfeit, his, her, or their shares, and said share or shares so forfeited shall be divided equally among those of my children who do not so forfeit their shares, share and share alike.  I further direct that all residue of my personal property after all bequests shall be by my executors herein after named, sold, and the proceeds equally divided among my eight children equally, share and share alike.  And lastly, I nominate constitute and appoint my two sons Christopher Jeffries and Taylor Jeffries, Executors of this my last will and testament, with full power to carry out all the intents and purposes therein contained.  In witness whereof I here unto set my hand and seal this 17th day of May A.D. 1886.
                            Taylor Jeffries

Signed, sealed, declared and published by the above named Testator, as and for this last will and testament, in of us who at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. (Erasures and interlineations made before signing)
                            George Boyle
                            S. A. Poundstone

June 12, 1888, I do hereby decline to accept the trust as one of the Executors as per foregoing will.                        Christopher Jeffries

Fayette County, SS. Be it remembered, that on the 12th day of June AD 1888 before me John B Miller, Register for the Probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and for said county came George Boyle and Samuel A. Poundstone subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing; purporting to be the last will and testament of Taylor Jeffries deceased, who being duly sworn, according to law, did each depose and say that they were personally present and say the said Taylor Jeffries sign and seal the foregoing instrument of writing, and heard him declare the same to be his last, will and testament, when of sound and disposing mind and memory, to the best of their belief.  That they signed their names as witnesses thereto by request of the said Testator in his presence and is of his .. (illegible) being used in making said will or any later will made sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th day of June AD 1888, as witness my hand and official seal.    George Boyle
                                S.A. Poundstone
                John B Miller Register

Now June 12, 1888, the testimony of the above witnesses being adjudged sufficient, I do hereby admit the foregoing Will to probate and order the same to be recorded as such.  Given under my Law at Uniontown, the above date.
                                John B Miller Register

Letters Testamentary granted to Taylor Jeffries who was sworn as executor this 12th day of June A.D. 1888.                        John B Miller Register
        Registered and compared June 12, 1888.



 

Return to Will Index

Return to Main Index