The Last Will and Testament of Matthew McConnell

The following will was transcribed by Sharon McConnell of Coto de Caza, CA and submitted for inclusion at the Genealogy in Washington Co., PA web site in August 1997.
 

WILL OF MATTHEW     )     In the name of God Amen, I Matthew McConnell Senr                )     of Cecil Township, Washington County and Common-                                                     )     wealth of Pennsylvania, admonished by the infirmities  McCONNELL ESQ DECD  )     of age, and otherwise of my approaching dessolution yet being in the full exercise of my mental faculties and anxious to direct in what manner that portion of temporal good things, with which it has pleased God to bless me, shall be disposed of after my decease, commencing my soul into the hands of most gracious redeemer, and by body to the ground, from whence it shall enjoy I trust a glorious resurrection.  Do make, ordain and publish this my last Will, hereby revoking and setting aside, all other wills which I may have made. First I direct, that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid, without delay out of such monies as may be on hand, at the time of my decease, if sufficient, and if not sufficient, so soon as money can be made out of my personal estate, the sale whereof I hereby direct, to be made without delay, with the exception of such parts of it, as may hereafter be specifically devised.  Secondly; It is my will, that my beloved wife Mary McConnell shall enjoy during her natural life the use of my kitchen and the two rooms below stairs; that fuel both wood and coal be provided free of expence to her: That she shall enjoy by the judgment of two disinterested men, a sufficiency of meal, meat, and all other things necessary for her comfortable subsistence, these things are to be provided by my son James McConnell; he is also to provide pasuter fodder, and feed for a cow, and I more over direct, that she shall have any one of my cows which she may chose.  I also bequeath to my said wife, my kitchen furniture and the chest of drawers which stands in the kitchen, her bed, bed cloaths, her saddle and bridle, and the use of an horse when she may choose to ride.  It is also my will, that my said wife, shall enjoy two hundred dollars, and if my personal estate does not reach it, and the other monies to be hereafter bequeathed.  I direct that whatever may be lacking shall be made up by my son James McConnall.  Thirdly I bequeath to my said son James McConnall, the farm on which I live, with the farming utensils, as also the horse, which is considered his own, with his saddle and bridle.  Fourthly, I bequeath to my son Francis McConnall, the quarter section of land, which I own beyond Mansfield.  Fifthly, I bequeath to my son John McConnall, five dollars. Sixthly, I bequeath to my son-in-law John Dunlop, and his wife Prudence, fifty dollars.  Seventhly, I bequeath to my son William McConnall, the quarter section of land on which he resides in the state of Ohio. Eighthly, I leave unto my son-in-law William Alexander and his wife Margaret one hundred dollars, to be paid in one year after my decease. Ninthly, I bequeath to my son-in-law William Barry, and his wife Jane, fifty dollars, to be paid after the expiration of two years after my decease.  Tenthly, I do bequeath to my son-in-law Robert Patterson and his wife Mary two hundred dollars one half to be paid at the expiration of one year after my decease, the remainder, at the expiration of two years after my decease.  Eleventhly, I bequeath to my son Matthew McConnall, fifty dollars, to be paid at the expiration of three years after my decease.  Again, I bequeath to my daughter Martha McConnall, two hundred dollars, an horse, value fifty dollars saddle and bridle, a feather (bed) and bedcloaths, the money to be paid at the expiration of three years after my decease, I also bequeath to Martha Bell the child of my daughter Martha, the judgements in my favour against George Bell, on the docket of Esq. Ritchie, together with one hundred dollars of the same loaned lately to William Barry, Esqr., and provided my said grandchild Martha shall die in her minority or unmarried, it is my will, that my daughter Martha shall enjoy the money, amounting to three hundred dollars.  It is also my will, that the interest which may accrue on the said three hundred dollars shall be given to my daughter Martha, to assist in schooling and raising her child Martha.  It is also my will, that my daughter Lettie McConnell shall have two hundred dollars, an horse value of fifty dollars, her saddle and bridle, feather bed cloaths the money to be paid, if called for, in one year after my decease.  Moreover, it is my will, that so long as they are unmarried, or choose to remain here, my son James who is to pay all the above mentioned bequests, in consideration of his enjoying my farm shall also furnish my two daughters Martha and Letty, their boarding and lodging. I also direct, that my books be equally devided betwixt my children, Finally, I constitute and appoint, my son-in-law William Barry, and my son James McConnall joint executors of this my last Will.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed my seal this Seventeenth day of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four. Witness: John Irwin, David Irwin                   Mathew McConnall          I Matthew McConnall of Cecil township, County of Washington, and State of Pennsylvania, do make this Codicil to the within being my last Will and testament, dated the seventeenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty four, in said Will I did bequeath unto my son-in-law, John Dunlap, and his wife Prudence, fifty dollars, I do hereby alter said bequeathments, and do authorise my executors to purchase land with said fifty dollars, and now I do give and bequeath unto the children of my daughter Prudence Dunlap, said lot of land that is purchased with the said fifty dollars which they are to enjoy at the decease of John Dunlap, and Prudence Dunlap said John Dunlap and Prudence Dunlap is to live on said lot of land, and enjoy the profitts thereof, during there life.   Then the above mentioned children is to be the heirs forever of said lot of land, which I give and bequeath unto them.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and  seal this sixteenth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four.                                                              X                                                                              Matthew McConnall   In Presence     Alexander McConnell                               X                       John Hubert                                        Washington County ss: Be it remembered that on the 27th day of January A.D. 1825, before me Robt Colmery, Register for the probate of Wills and granting letters of Administration in and for said County, cam John Irwin and David Irwin, the subscribing witnesses of the above and annexed last Will and Testament of Matthew McConnell decd. who being duly sworn, saith that they were personally present, and did see and hear the testator thereof, sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the same, as and for his last Will and Testament.  That at the time of his executing the same, he was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge observation and belief.                                               John Irwin, David Irwin. And sworn to and subscribed before me         R. Colmery, Register                  Washington County ss: Be it remembered that on the 27th day of January A.D. 1825, before me Robt. Colmery, Register for the probate of Wills, and granting letters of Administration in and for said County came Alexander McConnell and John Hubert, two of the subscribing witnesses to the above Codicil to the last Will and testament of Matthew McConnell decd, who on their solemn oaths sayeth that they were present and did see the testator, make his mark to the said Codicil.  That at the time of his so doing, he was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, to the best of their observation knowledge and belief.                                                         X                                          John Hubert  Alexander McConnell And sworn to and subscribed before me         R. Colmery, Register.
January 27th 1825, Letters testamentary with copy of the will and
probate annexed, issued to James McConnell, and William Berry Esq.
Executors named in the annexed Will who on same day were duly sworn.

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