THE WILL OF JOHN PEARSON
Chester County Will Book D, Vol. 4 (1755-1767)
BE IT KNOWN unto all men that I John Pearson and being sick and weak in Body but of a Sound and well disposed mind and memory praise be given to almighty God. Therefore & for all his favours and mercies towards me but in consideration of the uncertainty of this Mortal Life and of the Certainty that all men must die do think fit while strength is afforded to make my Last will and Testament which I do as followeth.
Imprimis: my will and mind is and I do order that all my Just debts and Funeral Expenses be in the First place duly paid and Discharged by my Executrix hereafter Named.
Item: I give and Bequeath unto my eldest son Samuel. Pearson the sum of five Shillings Current money of Pennsylva. And no more.
Item: I give and Bequeath to my daughter Margarett Pearson the sum of five Shilling Current money aforesaid.
Item: I give and Bequeath to my son John Pearson the sum of five Shilling Current money aforesaid.
Item: I give & Bequeath to my son Benjamin Pearson the sum of five Shillings Current money aforesaid.
Item: I give and Bequeath to my daughter Rebecca Pearson the sum of five Shillings Current money aforesaid.
Item: I give and Bequeath to my son George Pearson the sum of five Shillings Current money aforesaid.
Item: I give and Bequeath to my son Jonathan Pearson the sum of five Shillings current money aforesaid and the Remaining Part of my Estate Being Real and Personal To Sarah Pearson my beloved wife to enable her to bring up my two youngest Children. I also Nominate and Appoint her to be the Sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament. Confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament.
In Witness whereof I the said John Pearson the Testator have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Eleventh day of April in the year of our Lord 1763. John Pearson (Seal)
Signed Sealed Published Declared and by us Witnesses in the presence of the Testor. Joseph Fordham, John Rudulph, Jon Wilkinson. Chester May 10th 1763. Then Personally Appeared Joseph Fordham & John Rudulph and the said Joseph on his Solemn affirmation and the sd John on his oath did Severally declare that they were personally present and did see and hear John Pearson the testator within Named Sign Seal Publish Pronounce & Declare the within writing as and for his Last will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he was of a sound and well disposing mind & memory to the best of their understanding. ----Coram Henry Graham
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