The following transcription was submitted by Rebecca Davis Pauley of Washington, Pennsylvania for inclusion at the Genealogy in Washington Co., PA web site in May 2000.
1859 EDMUND DAVIS dec'd Bk 8, pg.162-163.
Know all men by these presents, that I, Edmund Davis of ChartiersTownship, Washington County, Penn, a Stone Mason, being weak in physicalstrength but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding; do makeand declare this to be my last will and testament. That is to say: 1st I giveand bequeath to the "Trustees Methodist Protestant Church Washington" fixsixths of a note, dated February 4, 1854 calling for eight hundred andeighteen dollars & twenty-five cents, due me from John Cameron, ofGeorgetown, District of Columbia, and the remaining one sixth to Rev. WilliamH. Phipps now pastor of said church at Washington, Penna. 2nd. I give andbequeath to the "Trustees of said Methodist Protestant Church Washington" fixsixth of six hundred dollars, it being the value put on a Slave boy, owned byme, whose name is henry and is living with Henry Sherliff, near Orlearns,Alleghany County, Maryland, and the remaining one sixth to Rev. Wm. H. Phippsof Wash, Pa. 3rd. It is my will and request that the said boy, Henry, shallbe hired out by my Executor until he shall earn the six hundred dollars andall other claims that may be against the said boy Henry or myself. Providedthat the laws of Maryland will not permit his Emancipation there, he shall bebrought to Pennsylvania and there liberated according to her laws or the willof said corporation of the Executors. Lastly I ordain and appoint Rev.William H. Phipps, sole Executor of this my last will and testament. Intestimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal, and publish anddeclare this to be my last will and testament, in the presence of thewitnesses named below, this first day of June A.D/. 1859.
Signed, Edmund DaviSigned, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Edmund Davisasw and for his last will and testament, in presence of us, who at hisrequest, and in his presence and in the presence of each other, havesubscribed our names as witnesses thereto. John GambleMary A. Gamble
7th of Sept. 1859 Probated7th Oct 1859 Ltr. of Admin. issued to Rev. William H. Phipps, the Executor
1861 SAMUEL DAVIS Bk 3, pg. 327
The last will and testament of Samuel Davis of Hopewell Township,Washington Co., Pennsylvania. I, Samuel Davis, considering the uncertaintyof this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory do publish and makethis my will and testament in manner and form following to wit: 1st I directand will that all my just debts by me owing and my funeral expences be firstpaid. 2nd I will and bequeath to my beloved wife NANCY all my household andKitchen furniture of whatever they may consist and a good and comfortablehome in mansion house on the home farm and to be provided with a good andcomfortable living and to be well treated and cared for at all times - and ifshe wishes it to keep a Horse and cow for her use and at her controle. All ofwhich, to continue during her natural life and at her death to have thedisposal of the Household and Kitchen furniture at her pleasure. 3rd I willand bequeath to my son WILLIAM the use of so mutch of my farm in CantonTownship laying North of the Washington and West Middletown road (exceptingthe one half of the meadow next to WILLIAM LANG'S) and also the two smallfields South of the Washington and Westmiddletown road adjoining HENRY COOKalso the use of the timber of one acre of land for Rails at sutch place asmay be agreed upon by him and my son HAMILTON and also as mutch fallen timberas may be nessary for fuel all of which priveledges I grant him during hisnatural life my son William to keep the farm in good order and pay all Taxes.And at the death of my son William I give and bequeath to his children thesum of seven hundred dollars to be paid them their living in two yearsthereafter to be divided share and share alike, in manner hereafter provided.4th I will and bequeath to my son Hamilton all my Home farm with all theappurtenances theeto belonging. And all my stock Horses, Cattle and Sheep andwhatever other stock may be on hands and all my farming utensils andimplements of every sort. And I also give and bequeath to my son Hamilton allmy farm in Canton Twonship subject to the bequest and priveledges granted tomy son William during his natural life and in consideration of the foregoingI bind my son Hamilton to keep and support his mother as provided for in mybequest to her, and, to pay the children of my son William as directed inbequest No.3 Seven Hundred Dollars to be divided between them equal share andshare alike. And I also bind my son Hamilton to pay to my grand son SAMUELDAVIS four hundred dollars in manner hereafter directed. 5th I will andbequeath to my grand son Samuel Davis (son of John Davis) four hundreddollars to be paid by my son Hamilton when the said Samuel arrives at the ageof twenty one years or sooner if necessary for his education. 6th I will andbequeath to my two sons, HUGH and ROBERT the money and property I havealready given them in full of their respective shares. 7th I will andbequeath whatever may remain of my property (not heretofore provided for andbequeathed) to my beloved wife to be for her use and at her disposal. 8th Ihereby appoint my son Hamilton Davis my sole executor of this my last willand testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereofI have hereunto set my hand and seal the Seventeenth day of October A.D. 1861Saml. Davis LS (legalseal)Signed sealed published and declared by the abovenamed Samuel Davis to be his last and testament in the presence of us, who athis request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnessesthereuntoA. WotringWashington County Ss. Be it remembered that on this 26th day of Novm.1861 Before me W. A. Micky, Register for the probate of wills and grantingletters of Administration in and for said county came Hon. A. Wotring thesubscribing witness to the foregoing will of Samuel Davis, dec'd.And at the same time came Robert W. Davis who after being dullyqualified according to law disposith and saith that he is well acquaintedwith the handwriting of Samuel Davis, dec'd, the foregoing testator. And thathe verily believes the signature to the foregoing will purporting to be thatof affiants deceased father, Samuel Davis, is his said fathers genuinesignature.Robert W. DavisNov 25, 1861 Letters of Admin. issued to Hamilton Davis.
1862 ANDREW B. DAVIS Bk., pg. not given.
I, Andrew B. Davis, Private in Co. K, 140 Regiment of PennsylvaniaVolunteers now stationed in Baltimore County, Maryland but late from HanoverTwp. in Washington Co., Pennsylvania being of sound mind memory and judgementdo make this my last will and testament as follows. I have an interest theestate of my father, William Davis late of the township of Hanover, Countyand State aforesaid, which would come into my possession after the death ofmy Mother Margaret Davis; Of that interest I bequeath to my sisters Martha,Nancy and Margaret Davis, the sum of twenty five dollars each to be paid tothem immediately after my mothers death. The balance of my interest in thesaid estate of my father, whether real or personal I will and devise to mythree brothers, Jacob, James and George W. Davis equally. I hereby appoint myfriend Andrew Bruce, Esq. of Washington, Pennsylvania the executor of this mylast will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand andseal this 2nd day of December A.D. 1862.Signed, sealed declared and pronounced Andrew B. Davis (seal)by Andrew B. Davis the testator to be hislast will and testament, in the presence of us who in his presence, in thepresence of each other and at his request, have hereunto subscribed our namesas witnessesJ. Wilson WishartW. W. Sharpe
Washington County Ss. Be it remembered that on this 22nd day of December 1862before me W. A. Mickey, Register for the probate of wills and grantinglettersof Administration within and for said county came A. T. Baird who after beingduly qualified according to law desposeth and saith that he is wellacquainted both the hand writing of Dr. J. Wilson Wishart one of thesubscribing witnesses to the foregoing will of Andrew B. Davis deceased. Andthat the signature to the said will as a witness. Thereto, purporting to bethe signature of the said J. Wilson Wishart is his genuine signature asaffiant verily believes.Sworn and subscribed before A. T. Bairdme W. A. Mickey, Register
Registered and compared; letters of Administration given to Andrew Bruce,Esq. on December 22, 1862.
1865 NANCY DAVIS Bk., pg. not given.
The last will and testament of Nancy Davis of Hopewell TownshipWashington County Penn. I Nancy Davis knowing the uncertainty of this mortallife being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will andTestament in manner following to wit: 1st I direct that my funeral expensesand all my Just debts if then be any at my death be first paid. 2 I will andbequeath to my two sons JOHN and ROBERT and my grandson SAML DAVIS each twohundred dollars. 3 I will and bequeath to my two sons WILLIAM and HAMILTONeach my Household furniture to be divided aqually between them. 4 I will andbequeath to my two grandaughters MARY AGNES daughter of Wiliam Davis & NANCYMARGARET CALDWELL each a Bed and Bedding. 5 I will and bequeath to my fourgrandchildren and children of HUGH DAVIS, NANCY, SAML, ROBERT WYLER, ANNAMARY each fifty-dollars. 6 I hereby appoint ROBERT DAVIS & JOHN MCCLAY myexecutors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former willsby me made. In witness whenof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15thday of March A.D. 1865Nancy X Davis (Legal Seal)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Nancy Davis to be herlast will and testament in the presence of us who at her request and in herpresence have subscribed out names as witnesses thereunto.John McClayA. Wotring
Probated 18 Oct 1872 before I. Y. Hamilton, Reg'rLetters of Admin issued on Oct 18, 1872 to Robert Davis & John McClay
1869 MARY ANN DAVIS Bk. 9, pg. not given.
I, Mary Ann Davis of Washington, Washington County State ofPennsylvania, being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind, memory andunderstanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of thetime thereof and to the end I may be better prepared to leave this worldwhenever it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and declarethis my last will and testament in manner following to witI order that all my just debts, funeral expenses and chargesofproving this my will in the first place be fully paid and satisfied.I will that the preasant arraingment for the support andmaintanance of my Dear Mother Mrs. Mary Ann Spriggs shall continue and remainin full force during her life.I will and bequeath to my Dear Husband Robert Wylie Davis ofthe Bororough of Washington, Washington County State of Pennsylvania all mylands, notes, moneys, and all other real and personal property of which I maybe possessed at the time of my death, to have and to hold the same forever,or to do with it what in his judgement may seem for the best.In witness whereof I the said testatrix Mary Ann David (sic)have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the 19th day ofFebruary 1869.Mary Annie Davis (Seal)Signed, Sealed, published and declaredby the said testatrix Mrs. Mary Ann Davis, as and for her last will andtestament, in the presence of us, who in her presence and at her request andin the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.Witness Alex SeamanFEB. 19 1869 John R. WilsonCOMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIAWASHINGTON COUNTY Ss.
Probated 29 June 1869 before Geo. Buchanan Register
1870 GEORGE DAVIS Bk. 9, pgs 151-152
I George Davis, being of sound mind, do make and publish, this mylast will and testament. First. I will and direct that all of my just debtsbe liqudated by my lawfull Exector WM DAVIS and I do authorise and empowersaid WM Davis my brother as my lawfull Exector to exicute this my last willand testament. In addition to my lawfull debts I am indebted to my eldest sonWm H. Davis five hundred dollars. To my son WILSON C. DAVIS three hundred andfifty dollars. I do will and direct that my Exector herein named be impoweredto sell at his discretion so much of Real Estate as shall be satisfied toliquidate all my indebtedness and I do authorise him to make Warintee Deedsfor the same to be sold at such times and at such preises as he may thinkbest. All the residue of my property both real and personal I will to mybeloved wife MARTHA DAVIS To be disposed of at her death as she thinks bestprovided she wills it to my Children. In witness whereof I set my hand andseal this fifth day of December 1870.George Davis (Seal)testJoshua WrightC. W. Townsend, M.D.
Probated 17 January 1871Letters of Admin issued to Wm. Davis on January 17, 1871, H. Y. Hamilton,Reg'r.
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