Whereas, I James Melvin of Lower Milford in the County of Bucks, (Pennsylvania), being weak in body but of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of time, do make and put in writing this my last will and testament in the manner and form following: First, I will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be carefully paid and discharged. Item: I give and devise unto my son Samuel Melvin, his heirs and assigns, forever all my Plantation and Tract of Land whereon I now live in the Township of Lower Milford aforesaid, containing one hundred and three acres and a quarter or thereabout; Item: I give unto my daughter Susanna Dungworth living with me, her bed and all its appurtenances and her wearing apparel, and I give her also the sum of forty pounds in current money of America; Item: I give unto my son Thomas Melvin the sum of ten pounds, and to my son John Melvin I give the like sum of ten pounds, and to my son Joseph Melvin I give the sum of ten pounds, and to my daughter Jane Barnes I give the sum of ten pounds, and to my daughter Mary Crossley I give the like sum of ten pounds, currency aforesaid; Item: I give to my son Samuel above named all the residue of my goods and effects whatsoever that shall remain after the payment of my debts and legacies aforesaid, and I do hereby ordain and appoint my said son Samuel Melvin to be my executor of this my last will and testament. In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-fourth day of September in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Seven. Signed and sealed and declared by the said testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us. /s/ James Melvin Witnesses
/s/ William Edwards
/s/ Charles Dungworth
/s/ Samuel Foulke
The 8th day of December, Anno Domini, 1778 appeared William Edwards and Samuel Foulke, two of the witnessed to the written instrument of writing, who on their solemn affirmations did declare and say, that they were present at the execution thereof, and saw and heard the within named James Melvin, the testator, sign, seal and publish the same as and for his Last Will and Testament and that at the time of his so doing, he was of sound mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief. Before me, John Hart, Deputy Register. Bucks Co.
Be it remembered that on this 8th day of December, 1778, this the last Will and Testament of James Melvin, deceased, was duly proved, whereas Probate and Letters Testamentary were granted to Samuel Melvin, the Executor therein named, he being first solemnly sworn well and truly to administer the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said Deceased, and that he would within one month from the date hereof exhibit into the Register's Office for the said County a true inventory and conscionable appraisement of the same, and within twelve months, or when thereunto required, render a just accounting of his whole administration.
Witness my hand and seal of Office the day and year above said, John Hart, Deputy Register.
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