This is a copy of the will of our first American ancestor, Jonathan Heacock. Jonathan and his wife Anne sailed on the Three Sisters and arrrived in PA about 1711.
Chester Co. Probates, Wills, #2144, Book 4, P461, LDS film #020845
Will of Jonathan HEACOCK, 1764
I Jonathan HEACOCK of the Township of Marple County of Chester and Province of Pennsylvania being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my Last will and Testament in manner and form follow (that is to say) first it is my will and mind that my executors herein after mentioned shall make and I do empower them to make a good and sufficient Title to my son Joseph HEACOCK for fifty acres of Land according to an article obligatory on mee (sic) for that purpose Secondly I give and devise to my dear wife Anne HEACOCK all the Remainder of my Messuage Tenements and Tract of Land situate lying and being in Marple afforesaid together with all ways passages easements profits commodities and appertinences (sic) thereunto belonging to have and to hold unto her my said wife, Anne HEACOCK and her Assigns for and during the Term of her natural life she making no wast (sic) or distruction there upon but keeping the same in good and Sufficient Repair and immediately from and after her decease I give and devise the said Messuage or Tenement Land and premises to my son Joseph HEACOCK his heirs and Assignes (sic) forever He paying the sum of one hundred and twenty pound therefor lawfull money of Pennsylvania into the hands of my Executors within nine months after the decease of my wife, Anne HEACOCK It is also my will and mind that within one year after the decease of my wife, Anne HEACOCK all the Remainder of my personal estate (not herein disposed of after my Just debts and funrall (sic) expenses are paid) as well as the one hundred and twenty pound to be paid by my son Joseph shall be equally divided between five of my Children viz John HEACOCK, Jonathan HEACOCK, William HEACOCK, Mary Penrose and Anne Morgan but if son Joseph should Refuse or neglect to pay the Hundred and twenty pounds for the Land as afforsaid then it is my will and mind that my Executors shall sell the Land and premises whereon I now dwell and divid (sic) the money ariseing (sic) from the sail (sic) thereof between my six Children equally to wit my son Joseph and the five above mentioned and also it is my will and mind that if it should happen that the profits of the Land and premises devised to my wife should not be sufficient for amentenance (sic) for her that my Executors provide for her out of my personal Estate untill she have a sufficient mentenence (sic) I also give and bequeath unto my son John HEACOCK one large Bible and a hand gun or fowling peace (sic) Item I give to my son Jonathan HEACOCK all my wearing aparrill and a Book intitled Howgells works Item I give to my son William HEACOCK a Book called Barcleys appolegy also it is my will and mind that my Exeuctors shall cancell all the Bonds that the (sic) shall finde due from aney (sic) of my Children to me except my son Joseph HEACOCKS Bonds and I do hereby make and appoint my son John HEACOCK and my friend John LEWIS or LEVIS? Joynt Executors of this my Last will and Testament devising of them to take upon them the Charge and ?trouble thereof and to see the same performed according to my true intent and meaning and Lastly I do hereby revoke all former and other wills or wills by me made and declare this only to be my Last will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said Jonathan HEACOCK have here hereunto set my hand and seal the fourteenth day of the fourth month one thousand seven hundred fifty three . . . signed Jonathan HEACOCK
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Jonathan HEACOCK the Testator as and for his Last will and Testament in the presents of us who have subscribed our names as witness there to in the presents and at the Request of the said Testator . . .
signed Rebekah FELL, Wm FELL, Seth PANCOAST
Chester May 9th 1764 Then personally appeared William Fell and Seth Pancoast and on their solemn Affirmations according to Law did declare and say that they were personally present and did see and hear Jonathan HEACOCK the Testator with named sign seal publish pronounce and declare the within writing as and for his last will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he was of a sound and well disposing mind and memory to the best of their understanding . . Affirmed Before H.H. Grahame D.Reg. Be It Remembered that on the ninth day of May Anno Domini 1764 the last Will and Testament of Jonathan HEACOCK Deceased was proved in due form of Law and Letters Testamentary were granted John HEACOCK & John LEWIS or LEVIS? Sole Executors therein named they being being (sic) solemnly affirmed well and truly to Administer and bring in an Inventory of the deceaseds Estate into the Register Office at Chester on or before the ninth day of June Next and to Render a true and Just account of their Administration in a year or when legally Required. Given under the seal of said office . .
H.H. Graham D.Regr.
This document was transcribed by Mary Trace, Calgary, Alberta at an unknown date and submitted for inclusion on this web page by larry Arrnett of North Vancouver in April of 1999. KSH
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