The following transcription was submitted by Philip Booth of Dearborn, MI for inclusion at the Genealogy in Washington Co., PA web site in February 2000.
Know all men by these presents That I Benjamin Booth considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound (illegible) mind and memory Do make and publish this my last Will and testament in manner and form following - ( that is to say ) . First I give and grant unto my beloved wife Mary Booth, All that my messuage or tenement lying and being in East Bethlehem Township Washington County Penn together with all my Freehold estate whatsoever To have and hold during her widowhood and to receive all the profits arising therefrom. To be applied to all necessary uses for herself and the raising educating and bringing up the minor children. But in case of her marrying again after my decease then her right & interest in the said freehold estate as above granted to cease & be at an end and then to become vested in all my children equally and the said freehold estate to remain with them undivided until the youngest arrives at the age of twenty one years. Then the said messuage tenement or freehold estate to be divided equally among my children so that all may share alike with this exception that I devise and bequeath to my son Aaron Booth for services rendered unto me one hundred dollars over & above what the rest shall be entitled to receive to be paid out of the said estate when a said partition of it shall be made. And also it is my will that what (illegible) given my daughter Harriette, now Harriette Davisson and which amounts to eighty dollars be deducted out of her share in & to the real estate. And lastly as to all the rest residue & remainder of my personal estate goods and chattels of what kind & nature (illegible). I do hereby give and bequeath the same to my Executor & Executrix to distribute equally among my Children after having paid off all debts against me & after giving my son Aaron the best horse saddle & bridle and after giving my wife Mary Booth one third of the personal estate and I hereby appoint my wife Mary Booth Executrix & my son Aaron Booth Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this fifth day of April eighteen hundred & thirty nine. ____________________________________Benjamin Booth L.S. Signed, sealed, published & declared by the above named Benjamin Booth to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request & in his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the same __________________Albert C. Booth____________ William Booth________________________Washington County, Ps; Be it remembered that on the 6th day of September A.D. 1841 Before me Geo. Morrison Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of Administration in and for said County came Albert C. Booth and William Booth who being duly affirmed as the law directs depose and say that they were personally present and did see the testator therein named sign this will and did hear him publish pronounce and declare the same as and for his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge observation and belief. And Affirmed to and subscribed before me Geo. Morrison Reg. September 6th, 1841 Letters Testamentary with copy of will and probate annexed issued to Mary Booth and Aaron Booth within named who on same day were duly affirmed _______________________Geo. Morrison Reg.
in Washington County, Pennsylvania
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