Will of Allison DeFrance of Donegal Township

The following transcription was submitted by Charles T. DeFrance" of DeLand, FL for inclusion at the Genealogy in Washington Co., PA web site in December 1997.

Charles writes:

Additions to the transcription are enclosed in parentheses ( ). Questions of readability are enclosed in brackets [ ]. This will was recorded in Washington Co, PA Courthouse Vol 8, Pg 119.


I, Allison Defrance of Donegal Township in County of 
Washington and State of Pennsylvania. Being of sound mind, 
memory, and understanding do make and publish this my last 
will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all 
former wills by me at any time [hereofone] made. 
And first I direct that my body be decently interned, and 
direct that my funeral expenses, and all my just debts be 
paid by my executor as soon as is convenient after my decease 
further I will to my beloved Wife Martha Defrance the house 
we now live in with a sufficient quantity of fine [wool] for 
and during her natural life and further I will the rents of 
my farm to my beloved wife during her natural life for her 
support during her life. I also will to her all my household 
and kitchen furniture for and during the term of her natural 
life. In lieu of her [....] I will and bequeath to my three 
Daughters [...] Jane Defrance intermarried with Abraham 
Morrow, Martha Defrance intermarried with John Miller, the 
sum of two hundred dollars each, and my Daughter Elizabeth 
Ann Defrance intermarried with Joseph McCrath, to get the sum 
of three hundred and twenty six dollars, the above legacys to 
be paid as soon as the [same] [....] be realized out of the 
proceeds of the sale of my property after the death of my 
beloved wife, and further I will to my sons, Hugh Defrance, 
James Defrance, Caldwell Defrance, Charles Defrance, Allison 
Defrance, Freegift Defrance and William Defrance and the 
heirs of John Defrance, the [........] of my estate, to be 
equally divided amongst them, Share and Share alike, Johns 
[....] to get, in the whole one share, except Alison and 
william, to have horse saddle and bridle each, over and 
above the rest, And further I will that My Executors herein 
after named shall sell my personal property not bequeathed to 
my beloved wife as soon as may be convenient after my 
decease, and further I will that my real estate be sold by 
my Executors as soon as they may think best after the decease 
[..] my beloved Wife, And hereby constitute and appoint My 
son Hugh Defrance and Nicholas [.....] Esq. my Executors to 
carry out the intentions of this my last will and testament, 
In witness hereof I Allison Defrance, the testator, have to 
this my will, set my hand and seal, this 4th day of May, in 
the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty 
eight, Signed sealed, and published and declare by the above 
named Alison Defrance, [....] for his last will and 
testament, in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed 
our names, as witnesses thereto, in the presence of the said 
testator and of each other, 
(Signed) Allison Defrance 
(Signed) Thomas J. McCleary 
(Signed) [Uriah] Hartsock
Washington County Ss: Be it remembered that on the 21st day 
of March A.D. 1859 Before me H. J. Vankirk, Register for the 
probate of wills and granting letters of administration in 
and for said County came Thomas J McCleary & [Uriah] Hartsock 
the Subscribing witnesses to the within [oforegoing] will of 
Allison Defrance dic. who after being duly qualified 
according to law depose say that they were present at the 
execution of said will and saw the said testator sign his 
name thereto, that they heard him publish, pronounce and 
declare the same as and for his last will and testament, that 
at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each 
other. they subscribed their names thereto as witnesses: And 
that at the time of so doing the said testator was of sound 
and disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of 
their judgement, observation and belief. 
Affirmed to and Subscribed before me 
(Signed) H. J. Vankirk Regr. 
(Signed) Thomas J. McCleary 
(Signed) [Uriah] Hartsock
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