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Will of William Commons 1795 Oct 30

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Will of William Commons 1795 Oct 30

Posted: 1237429876000
Classification: Will
Surnames: Commons, Jackson, Spencer, Correy, McKee
William Commons was born 7 Jun 1723 in Co. Kerry, Ireland, and died (probably) JAN 1796 in New London Twp., Chester Co., PA. He and his wife were accepted into the Friends' New Garden Monthly Meeting in Chester Co. on 29 Jul 1758.

I photocopied this will recently at the Chester County Archives. I scanned its four pages and it's attached to this message; the extension says .ged, but remove that and you'll have a .pdf file that you can look at very easily with Adobe Reader. (Ancestry for some reason doesn't allow PDF uploads.) The transcription below is also included in the file.

The transcription is literal; there were a few places where I did a bit of guessing, and if the writing's unclear I included a parenthetical translation. You're welcome to second-guess me.

6th Great-Grandson of William, via his son Elisha and granddaughter Ann


I William Commons of the township of new london in the County of Chester
yeoman being fare advanced in age and infirm as to bodiley health but of a sound mind
and memory for which I Desire to be humbley thankfull and
Considering the Certainty of Death and the uncertainty of the time there
of Do think fit of the Disposing of such worldly Estate as the Lord in
mercy hath Blessed me with To make my Last will and testamant in
manner and form following that is to say first I order that my
Bodey be Decently and orderly interred at the Descretion of my Executers
hereafter named and that my funearl Expences and all my just
Debts be paid and Discharged as Soo [Soon] as Conveniently may be Itom
I give and Beqeath to my Loving wife Sarah the hous I now Live in
During her natural Life after my Decase [Decease] with the same privelags [privileges]
I hold also the full yearly Rent also the two Beds in the Room with
with the Cloathing Belonging to them the Case of Drawers and all
the puter [pewter] in the hous with hir Saddle and Bridle to be willed by her
to whom She pleases at her Deceas Itom and my will is at the
Deceas of my wife I Do further order the place and all the goods in the
house to Be Sold by my Executers herafter named Itom I Do hereby
autherise Impoure [Implore?] and Direct my Executers hereaftere named
to Direct Barger [Barter] Sell and Convey all this my plantation and
tract of Land that I now Live on and also all my personal
Estate that Remains unsold [?] till then Itom I give and Beqath [Bequeath]
to my sons seveentey pounds teen [ten] to Robart John William
and Elisha and thorty to Joseph which makes up the seventey
pound and the Remeander of my Estat that is Left my order
is that Elishas five Children By his first wife Shall injoy
the hole Be the same money [?] Less Namliy William and
Sarah ames ann and John Shaar and Shear alike and if aney
of them Dies Before the Eage of twentone that ons Share to Be
Deviaid [Divided] amongst the Rest so that the Longest Survear [Survivor] of the five
Shall in Joye the hoal at the Eage of twenty one Itom my
will is that seventey pound Be payed as Soon as Can
Joseph Shaar aspshely [especially] the first and what is Coming to
Elishas Children my order is that the Executers keep it in
ther hands unill [until] each on Recaves [Receives] ther Shar at the age of tweny on
and they to have the intrast ther of for ther trouble
and Lastly I Do nominate and Constitut and
appoint Isaac Jackson Junor of Newgardin and
Samuel Spencer of Nelondon township and west grove
meeing [meeting] to be my Executers of this my Last will and
testament hereby Revoakeing and Disanulling all former
wills made by me in any wise Declearing this to be my Last
will and testament in witness whereunto I have set
my hand and pak tis [this] 30ith of the 10mo of the year of our Loard
one thousand seven hundred and ninety five [30 Oct 1795] signed sealed
published Renounced and Decleared by the testater as my
Last will and testament in the presence of us

Robert Correy William Commons (seal)
John McKee Sworn

NB my will and order is that if any of my Sons Die Befor
he Recaves [Receives] his shear that his first Born at the Eag of twenty on
if Living or the next of his [?] sons [?] in Eage his father's shar
and as with one so with the others

William Common
proved Jany 28th 1796
West Chester Jany 28 1796 then personally appeared Robert Correy
& John McKee and on their Solemn Oaths according to
law did depose declare and Say that they were presant
and did See and hear William Commons the Testator
within named Sign Seal publish promise and declare
the within Instrument of writing as and for his last will
and testament and at Such declaration he appeared to be of
a Sound mind & memory to the best of their understanding.
West Chester Jany 28 1796 the Last will & testamt
of William Commons was proved in due form of art [?]
and letters Testament any were gi [given?]

William Commons
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