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Posted by: Cathy Farrell (ID *****9307) Date: October 28, 2010 at 13:48:05
  of 1961


“A Goodly Heritage”
Earliest Wills on an American Frontier
Author: Ella Chalfant
University of Pittsburgh Press
Copyright 1955

Pg. 65
ROBERT MAGEE - All my Estate... excepting the sum of three Dollars.
Dated November 25, 1822 - Recorded February 1, 1823

ROBERT MAGEE was Scotch-Irish; his will, adequate to the last degree, was yet a masterpiece of economy. It follows complete:

In the Name of God Amen.

I ROBERT MAGEE of the City of Pittsburgh County of Allegheny and State of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind, memory and understanding, but growing weak in Bodily Strength, and considering the uncertainty of this life, and knowing that all men must die, do make and publish this my last will and testament in the following manner, to wit. I give and bequeath to my beloved Son CHRISTOPHER LINEM all my Estate both real and personal to be enjoyed and possessed by him and his heirs for Ever, excepting the sum of three Dollars, which I give and bequeath to my three sons THOMAS, SAMUEL and MATTHEW, to be Equally divided among them. And I do, hereby, nominate my said Son CHRISTOPHER LINEM and appoint him to be Sole Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal, the twenty fifth day of November, A. D. one thousand Eight hundred and twenty two. - Signed sealed and published and pronounced and declared by the said Testator as and for his last will and testament

In the presence of John Taylor, Andrew Watson, Jr., Wm. Pentland

One look at the handwriting of this will leaves little doubt that it was written by John Taylor, who has a very clear and firm script. Written on good stock, it measures 12 1/4 by 15 1/8 inches. (pg. 66) The paper is folded down the center, and the writing is contained on the right hand side of the fold.

ROBERT MAGEE, progenitor of the Pittsburgh family, came from Derry County in Northern Ireland. He settled here in 1788, and thereafter became active in the Jeffersonian party. In 1802 he was assistant to the chief burgess, Isaac Craig, and in 1803 he was Clerk of the Market. His descendants, notably CHRISTOPHER L. MAGEE (1848-1901), have kept alive the MAGEE name and leadership in city and county politics.

ROBERT MAGEE was a vestryman of Trinity Episcopal, and his body lies in that churchyard. On a metal slab, 35 by 72 inches, is a long record of the MAGEE descendants beginning with the death of ROBERT MAGEE, January 30, 1823.

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