The Twenty-Seventh Day of August in the year
of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred thirty-one,
I, Joseph Baker, of Edgmont in the County
of Chester in the province of Pennsylvania,
Yeoman, being very sick and weak in body,
but of perfect Mind and Memory, thanks be
given unto God therefore, calling unto mind
the moratality of my body, and knowing that
it is appointed for all men to dye, so 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 gave it; and as for my body I
Recommend it to the Earth, to be buried in
a Christian Like and Decent manner, at the
descretion of my executors, hereinafter named
and as touching Such Worldly Estate Wherewith
it hath pleased God to Bless me in this life,
I give Devise and Dispose of the same in
the following manner and form.
Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Martha Baker the sum of Eight Pounds of Lawful Current
money of Pennsylvania with Liberty
of my Lodging Rooms with my best Bedd
and furniture thereunto belonging and
my son Joseph Shall Build her a Corner Chimney of Brick
in the said room and my sd son Joseph
pay her the Sd Sum of Eight Pounds
and Every year during her natural Life
if it Shall So happen that he Shall
or Refuse to pay as afors'd, then she
Enter on the Plantation.
Item. I give Francis Yarnall five shillings, and five shillings a piece
to his three children.
Item. I give to my son Richard five shillings, and five shillings a piece
to his three children.
Item. I give to my son Aaron ten pounds; I give to my Daughter Anne and her husband James Sill ten pounds;
Item. I give my Daughter Susannah ten pounds; I give to my Daughter Jane and her husband Thomas Thomas five shillings and to their four children
three pounds a piece to be paid them
all the Rest of the Lagasias(?) be
Item. I give to my son Jesse ten pounds.
Item. I give to my daughter Sarah and her husband five shillings.
Item. I give to Joseph the plantation to him and his heirs and
Item. I give to my Daughter Rachel ten pounds.
Item. I give to my son Nehemiah ten pounds and a riding Mare.
Item. I give to my Son John ten pounds and a riding mare Said Legacies
as above bequeathed my Son Joseph Baker Shall Pay in manner following that is to
say: he Shall not pay any until a year
a day after the Death of his mother,
then to pay from year to year until
Said Legacies Shall be paid, and my
is that all my personal Estate be appraised
and Sold by publick vandue(?) and all
just Debts and funorall Charges to
and Discharged with the same; and if
Shall be any more the same to be Equally
Divided between my wife and my son Joseph; And I do hereby Constitute make and ordain
my loving wife and my two sons Richard and Aaron Baker to be my only and Sole Executors of this
my last will and Testament, and I do
Disallow, Revoke, ........ all and
other formore Testaments, wills Legacies
and Exocutors by me in any ways before
time named, willed and bequeathed.
and confirming this and no other to
Last will and Testament. In Witness
I have hereunto set my hand and seal
day and year above written.
Coram(?) Jo Parker D. Reg.
Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced and
Declared Joseph Baker as his last will
testament in the Presents of us the
all the "leacies" to be paid by
son Joseph in lawful money of Pennsylvania.
10th Feb. - 1735/6
the mark of Joseph Baker (finger print)
Chester l0th Mar. 1735/6. There Personally
Appeared Evan Howell, Ephriam Jackson and Sarah Howel
the witnesses of the within written will
who on their Solemn Affirmation did
they were present and saw the Testator
named Sign, Seal Publish pronounce
the Said Writing to be his Last will
Testament - and that at the doing thereof
he was of Sound mind and Memory to
of their Understandings.
The said accountants have Allowance of their
Several Sums of money hereafter mentioned
by them Payd and Expended in and about
said Administering ye Dece Estate as
|By cash paid John Chapman for a coffin for ye Decd as by Receipt
|By cash paid War Hammond Debt due by ye Decd by receipt approx
|By cash paid John Worrel Debt Due by Deced as by receipt approx
|By cash paid Thomas Pennell Debt Due by Deced as by receipt approx
|By cash paid Daniel Hoops Debt Due by Deced by receipt approx
|By cash paid Joseph Nted Debt Due by Deced as by receipt apparox
|By cash paid Elizabeth Baker Debt Due by Deced upon bond as receipt
|By cash paid John Worrell Debt Due by Deced as by receipt approx
|By cash paid Nathan Edwards Debt Due by Deced as receipt appeared
|By cash paid Thomas Hood Debt Due by Deced as receipt appeared
|By cash paid Wm Cluss Debt Due by Deced as by receipt apeared
|By cash paid Stephen Ogden Debt Due by Deced as receipt appeared
|By cash paid Joseph Baker for probate Ex. of Dec'd and By cash paid copy of ye Inventory as by receipt
|By cash paid George Smeadley Debt Due ye dec'd as by receipt