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Re: John Wayt, lived Ohio Co VA b. 1742 Pa
Posted by: Elaine Muldrew Date: December 27, 2000 at 08:17:09
In Reply to: John Wayt, lived Ohio Co VA b. 1742 Pa by John of 187

I believe John Wayt, brother to Andrew, was born in England as stated in "History of the Panhandle, 1879". Record of him has been found in Cumberland County, PA, but he eventually settled in Ohio County, VA by 1777, when he swore allegiance. He was married to Mary Pyatt, they had NO children and he accumulated substantial wealth. Many records reflect John in Ohio County, but the most interesting to our genealogy are the records following his death. John's will and codicil reflect John's close relationship to Nathaniel (his nephew), who incidentally was married to Mary Pyatt's niece, Sarah Pyatt. The codicil forgives debts Nathaniel owed John. The will was signed 29 Nov 1817 and among other matters it provided that his estate be left intact until Mary's death, following which, the bulk would be given for religious purposes. Following John's death Sep 1818, some nieces and nephews (children of Andrew) went to court claiming John was not in a clear mental or physical conditin to be writing a will and John Faris had unduly influenced him. The nieces and nephews present some very convincing arguments with a a number of witnesses and depositions. The court ruled the will would stand! In the year 1822 the nieces and nephews went back to court--this time claiming Adam Faris was taking money from John's estate for the use of religion and the will stated AFTER the death of their Aunt Mary, who was still living. The court ruled in favor of the nieces and nephews and that "the said commissioners shall pay no respect to the bequeath for charitable uses contained in the last will & testament of the said John Wayt". In the years that followed, deeds of Ohio County reflect John's heirs clearly. The property is first divided into thirds, with one third going to John's sister Mary Collins of Mifflin County, PA, who was still living. One third was divided by nine with one ninth of one third going to the living children of John's brother, Andrew, deceased. Hannah is omitted--was living at father's death in 1814, had died without heirs by 1820 (we can assume). One third was divided by four and given to the four living heirs of John's brother Joseph. The deeds explain that Joseph is deceased, leaving one son, John. John is deceased, but left four children--namely: Susanna (Mrs. Washington Everson); Mary (Mrs. Stacy Hartley); William and Shedlock. John Wayt's farm (Old Trail Farm) is still intact today which can be attributed in great part to Nathaniel, who bought the greater part of it from his relatives.

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