Will of John Churchman, 1665-1725

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I John Churchman of the Township of Notingham in the County of Chester and Province of pensilvania, being sick and weak of body but of a sound and well disposing mind and memory do make this my Last will and Testament.

First my will is that my body be decently buried and my just debts and funerall charges be defrayed as soon as possible after my decease.

Secondly my will is that my eldest son George shall have that part of my lott lying to the northward beeing on the other side of the North East branch of North East running with a west line from the mouth of the said branch until it enterfiers with the Northern bounds of the aforementioned lott suposed to be 150 acres be it more or less.

Thirdly my will is that my son John shall have the plantation whereon I now dwell with all the improvements thereunto belonging including all the part remaining of the aforementioned lott lying to the north of the branch of North East which runs before the door including that 70 acres which was since added by survey but my will is that my wife shall have the use of this and a third of the profit of the plantation to live on during her naturall life or widowhood and afterwards to come to my son John as above said.

Fourthly my will is that my son Thomas shall have that part of my lott lying south on the other side of the creek before the door supposed to be about 250 acres be it more or less.

Fifthly my will is that my 2 youngest sons Edward and William shall have that tract of land which is run out upon Jordan beeing about 800 acres to be equally divided betwixt them.

Sixthly my will is that my 2 daughters Dinah and Susanah shall have that tract of land which is surveyed upon Chestnut hill beeing about 300 acres to be equally divided.

Seventhly my will is that my two daughters Dinah and Susana shall have twenty pounds apiece to be paid by my Executors hereafter mentioned. Also my will is that my two sons Edward and William shall have each of them five pounds to be paid when they come of age. Also my will is that my two youngest daughters Miriam and Sarah shall have each of them five pounds to be paid them when they arive to the age of 18 years.

Lastly my will is that my dear and wellbeloved wife Hannah Churchman and my eldest son George shall be sole Executors of this, My Last will and Testament whom I ordain and constitute for that end and purpose. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal Dated in Notingham Afforesaid the 7th of the 10th month, 1724.
Testis: Churchman

Aaron Coppock
Esther Brown
James Wright
(Signed) John Churchman

His Writing
Chester 10 May 1725    Then psonally appeared Aaron Coppock and James Wright two of the witnesses for this above written will who on their solemn affirmacions declare they were present and saw the Testator herein named sign same, publish, pronounce and declare the said writing to be his last will and testament and that at ye being thereof (???) of sound mind & memory to the best of their understandings.     Js Parker Reg[istrar]

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