Last Will and Testament of William Gibson

Gibsons in PA

In the name of God amen, the fourth day of December, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and seventy. I William Gibson of Newtown Township, Cumberland County, and Province of Pennsylvania, yeoman being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of any body, and knowing, that it is appointed for all men, once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. That is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God, that give all, and for my body, I recommend it to the earth, to be interned in a christian like, and decent manner at the discration of my executors, nothing douting but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estates, wherewith it hath pleased God to blise, one with in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in manner and form following, that is to say, For the first place, I give and bequeath to Margaret, my dearly beloved wife, the one third of all my movables, also one third of the yearly incomes of the real estate, for her maintainances, while she remains widow, and if she marries, again leaving the care of the children, she shall receive nothing of or by the real estate in the said place. I give and bequeath to my son, Robert, one hundred and fifty acres of land, bounded by an old survey line made by Robert Gibson, beginning on said line twenty rods east of the corner between James Young and Andrew Gibson, and running west along the forsaid line to the mouth of the Big Run, then bound with John Scouller on the west side and David Harren on the north, also when the other part of the land is sold, he is to have ten pounds in money of the first part thereof, For the 3rd place, I give and bequeth unto my son, John, twenty pounds in money, and unto my son, William, I give and bequeath twenty pounds, allowing them two to work the place I now live on ( containing two hundred and fifty acres), and maintain the widow, and young orphans, and what they can make yearly is to be their own after all expenses is cleared, and if they be not obedient here unto, they are to have only ten pounds and equally share with the rest here after mentioned. In the fourth place, I give and bequeath unto my sons, Samuel, James, George, Gedion, and Charlls, each of them ten pounds in money, also I allow each of them to be put to trades, as soon as maybe thought proper by the exactors. In the 5th place, I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Jenet, six pounds in money. In the sixth place, as my well beloved wife is now pregnant with child. I give and bequeath the Child, if a boy, ten pounds, and if it prove a girl, she shall have six pounds. In the 7th place, I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Ann, the gray mare, and further she shall have no more claims to any part of my estate. And I make and ordain her, my said wife, and Allan Leppis, Township of Wash Pensburg, sole exactors of this my will, and ordain them ( the exactors ) to sell and make money of the plantation, when and at the time that they shall think it should be most proper and advantagous for the estate and legatees, and what remains after all debts dues and demands relative to the estate is collected and discharged, should be divided agreeable unto each of the legatees part, unto each of the legatees above named ( Ann excepted ) and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disannul, each and every other former testaments, wills, and legacy's, requests, and exectors, by me and any ways before this time named willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to by my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof, I have here unto set my hand and seal, this day and year above written.

William Gibson

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced,

and declared by the said William Gibson,

as his Last Will and Testament, in the

presence of us the subscribers, that is to say

Thomas Paton, Jas. Beveare, William Patton