Will & Codicil of George A. Rogers
Beaver Co, PA
9 Febíy 1824
Vol. A, Pages 181-182
In the name of God amen! I George Rogers of South Beaver Township County of Beaver and commonwealth of Pennsylvania being of good health of body and of sound and deposing mind and memory [prai]sed be God for His mercies; but calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs while I have strength & capacity so to do, do make declare and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say, first and principally, I commend my soul unto the hands of the Almighty God my Creator who gave it, and my body I commit to the earth to be interred in a decent and Christian like burial at the discretion of my executor hereinafter mentioned, and instructing the worldly estate & effects wherein it hath pleased the Almighty to bless me with after paying my funeral expenses and just debts I dispose of in the way and manner following:
It is my will and I hereby do bequeath unto my beloved wife Jean the occupancy and enjoyment of my present dwelling house and all the household furniture the garden lot orchard & stable standing near to the house during her natural life or while she remains my widow, also one half of the proceeds or rents of all my cleared land and mills during her life or widowhood. Itís my will that my moveable property and effects [illegible] at [illegible] after my decease out of which proceeds I first allow all my just debts and expenses to be paid and the residue to be divided in three equal parts and one third I will to my wife Jane, one third to my daughter Mary intermarried with Hugh Hamilton and the residue to be appropriated towards Book Clothing and other [illegible: necessary stationary?] for Socrates Hamilton son of my daughter Mary to be appropriated by my executor for such purposes. Whom I allow to obtain seven years schooling from a proper line of commencing and of the said money as specified from the proceeds of my moveable property should not b sufficient to school said Socrates R Hamilton I allow so much from the residue of my estate as will answer said purpose.
It is my will and I do hereby bequeath to my said daughter Mary the other other [duplicate word] half of all the proceeds of my cleared lands also one half of the first [sd] proceeds of my mill during her natural life.
It is my will and I hereby do devise unto said Socrates R Hamilton son of my said daughter Mary all my real estate with the buildings mills and appurtenances and to his heirs and assigns forever to be by him fully possessed after the death of my said daughter Mary and at the decease of my said wife Jean said Socrates is to fall in the possession or to enjoy the proceeds of her part of my estate. But in case said Socrates Hamilton should die before he arrives at the age of twenty one years or before he becomes possessed of said estate and my daughter Mary should have any more children to live to mature age in such case I will and devise my said estate to her children or child heirs & assigns forever but if my said daughter Mary shall have no more children & said Socrates R Hamilton die as above mentioned it is my will and I so bequeath my said estate to George Morrison son of Robert Morrison, George Rogers son of Alexír Jr Rogers, George Wallahan son of Samuel Wallahan and my brother Johnís youngest son if he should have any more if not to the others share and share alike.
Also I constitute and appoint James Kennedy & James Coughey to be my executors of this my last will and testament hereby disannulling and revoking all wills & bequests by me heretofore made.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty-one George A. Rogers [seal]
Signed sealed published announced and declared by me George Rogers the testator of and for my last will & testament in the presence of Robert Johnston John G Johnston Alexír Johnston
I George Rogers the testator of the last will and testament to which this codicil is annexed think proper to make such alterations and further bequests which I will and allow to be a part of the said foregoing will without affecting any other part. It is my will and I further bequest to Socrates R Hamilton my riffle gun and allow his father Hugh Hamilton to have the use of without injuring the same unto said Socrates arrives at to a proper age to use and take care of the same. It is further my will that a certain horse colt which I gave to said Socrates will be kept by his father until he is three years old which I allow then to be sol the price of which I allow to be apportioned to the use of said Socrates for schooling. It is my will and I hereby bequest to Elmira Augusta Hamilton daughter of my daughter Mary one hundred dollars out of the proceeds of my [illegible]sue of my moveable property after my decease which money I wish to be kept by my executors until said Elmira Augusta arrives at the age of eighteen years. The residue I will to be divided and appropriated as stipulated in my will before mentioned. It is further my will that my executors James Kennedy & James Caughey attend to letting out [illegible]ting my will to the best advantage. I further allow my executor James Caughey as he is near to see my mill be kept in proper repair at all times and when repairs are wanting to see to getting it done and both his charge for [illegible] trouble and all such repairs to be paid out of the proceeds of the mill equally out of each share to which [illegible] such is granted. It is my hearty wish and desire that peace and unity may exist among those I leave behind concerned with my estate, and in order to promote the same if any difficulty may arise I wish all to be settled without going to law by leaving all controversy to honest judicious neighbors whose judgment and award shall be final & conclusive.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 2d day of February Anno Domini 1824 George Rogers.
Signed sealed and delivered by me George A. Rogers the testator as part of my last will & testament in the presence of John G Johnston and Alexír Johnston
Beaver County SS: Be it remembered that on the 9th day of February AD 1824 before one David Johnston register for the probate of wills in and for said county personally came John G Johnston & Alexander Johnston who being duly sworn did depose and say that they were present & heard & saw the testator within named sign seal publish and declare the written instrument of writing as and for his last Will and Testament, that the said John & Alexander Johnston at the same time did depose and say that the said testator did also publish pronounce and declare the [illegible] instrument hereto annexed as a Codicil to said last Will and Testament, that on each of those occasions said testator was of [sound?] mind memory & understanding according to the best of said deponents observation [illegible] belief and that they signed the same as witnesses thereto at the said [illegible] desire.
David Johnston Register
Transcribed by Nancie Brunk 4-2009
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