Last Will and Testament of Henry Higbee

The following transcription was submitted by Karen Souhrada of Pittsford, NY for inclusion at the Genealogy in Washington Co., PA web site in September 1998.



Last Will and Testament of HENRY HIGBEE 
Will Written April 5, 1873 
Date of Death May 10, 1873

In the name of God, Amen, I, HENRY HIGBEE, of Union Township County of 
Washington, being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind and memory and 
understanding (Praise be God for it) considering the certainty of death and 
the uncertainty of the time thereof, and to the end I may be the better 
prepared to leave this world whenever it shall please God to call me hence, 
do therefore make and declare this my last will and testament in manner 
following, (that is to say:) 

First and principally: I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my 
creator, and my body to be buried with as little expense as decency will 
permit and that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my 
decease as conveniently may be.

Second: I will and bequeath unto my Dear wife MARIAH [ATCHESON] HIGBEE all 
my personal property, to make use of it to the best advantage for herself 
and family, and to pay her funeral expenses.

Third: I will and bequeath unto JAMES H. HIGBEE thirty five dollars to be 
expended by himself in clothes as a freedom, which he has all ready 
received.

Fourth: I will and bequeath unto my daughter ELIZABETH C. HIGBEE twenty five 
dollars to be expended by herself in clothes as a freedom.

Fifth: I will and bequeath unto SUSAN C. HIGBEE my daughter twenty five 
dollars to be expended by herself in clothes as a freedom.

Sixth: I will and bequeath to my son NEWTON H. HIGBEE thirty five dollars 
to be expended by him self in clothes as a freedom.

Seventh: I will and bequeath unto my daughter ETHEL B. HIGBEE twenty five 
dollars to be expended by herself as a freedom, in clothes.
The above bequests to be paid by my widow or cause to be paid, as my 
daughters arrive at the age of eighteen and my son NEWTON H. HIGBEE at the 
age of twenty one years.

Eighth: I will and bequeath to my Dear wife MARIAH HIGBEE all the income 
and proceeds of all my real estate located in Union Township, Washington 
County, adjoining lands of JOSEPH HIGBEE, ----Grunn(?) and others. She is 
to occupy and have the control of the same while she remains my widow for 
her support and maintenance and the support and maintenance of my three 
daughters to the ages of eighteen and son NEWTON H. HIGBEE to the age of 
twenty one years, provided they remain at home with their mother.

Ninth: If my widow in the providence of God is called away by death before 
my youngest child arrives to the age of twenty one years, then it is my will 
that my executor is to have control of the real estate and to rent or lease 
it for the benefit of my heirs until my youngest child arrives to the age of 
twenty one years, my executor is to sell at public or private sale as he 
thinks best and give a sufficient deed for the same and after paying all 
expenses, the balance to be equally divided between my heirs to share and 
share alike, but if in the Providence of God my widow is living it is my 
will she is to occupy and have control as aforesaid until her death, then 
the property is to be sold as soon as the executor can by private or public 
sale as he thinks best and give a sufficient deed for the same and after 
paying all expenses the balance to be equally divided between my heirs to 
share and share alike, and I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint 
PHILLIP SIMMONS of Snowden Township and County of Allegheny executor of this 
my will, hereby revoking and making void all former and other will by me at 
any time heretofore made, and declare this only to be my last will and 
testament, in witness whereof I the said testator HENRY HIGBEE have to this 
day Last will and testament set my hand and seal the fifth day of April A D. 
1873. 
Witnessed By: GEORGE SEBOLT & WILLIAM TURNER (?). 
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