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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOSEPH BAKER
of Edgmont, Chester County, Pa.


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 and Privilege of my Lodging Rooms with my best Bedd beding 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 Shall pay her the Sd Sum of Eight Pounds a year and Every year during her natural Life and if it Shall So happen that he Shall neglect or Refuse to pay as afors'd, then she to 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 after all the Rest of the Lagasias(?) be paid;

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 assigns forever.

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 and a day after the Death of his mother, and then to pay from year to year until all the Said Legacies Shall be paid, and my will is that all my personal Estate be appraised and Sold by publick vandue(?) and all my just Debts and funorall Charges to be paid and Discharged with the same; and if there 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 hereby Disallow, Revoke, ........ all and every other formore Testaments, wills Legacies and Exocutors by me in any ways before this time named, willed and bequeathed. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced and Declared Joseph Baker as his last will and testament in the Presents of us the Subscriber, viz:
all the "leacies" to be paid by son Joseph in lawful money of Pennsylvania.
Evan(van) Howell
Eph Jackson
Sarah Howell
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 Declare they were present and saw the Testator therein named Sign, Seal Publish pronounce and Declare the Said Writing to be his Last will and Testament - and that at the doing thereof he was of Sound mind and Memory to the best of their Understandings.

Coram(?) Jo Parker D. Reg.

The said accountants have Allowance of their Several Sums of money hereafter mentioned by them Payd and Expended in and about ye said Administering ye Dece Estate as followeth
L S D
By cash paid John Chapman for a coffin for ye Decd as by Receipt 2 0 0
By cash paid War Hammond Debt due by ye Decd by receipt approx 7 14 3
By cash paid John Worrel Debt Due by Deced as by receipt approx 3 5 0
By cash paid Thomas Pennell Debt Due by Deced as by receipt approx 4 12 5
By cash paid Daniel Hoops Debt Due by Deced by receipt approx 9 14 9
By cash paid Joseph Nted Debt Due by Deced as by receipt apparox 6 14 9
By cash paid Elizabeth Baker Debt Due by Deced upon bond as receipt 19 12 0
By cash paid John Worrell Debt Due by Deced as by receipt approx 50 0 0
By cash paid Nathan Edwards Debt Due by Deced as receipt appeared 0 12 21
By cash paid Thomas Hood Debt Due by Deced as receipt appeared 1 1g 5
By cash paid Wm Cluss Debt Due by Deced as by receipt apeared 0 5 3
By cash paid Stephen Ogden Debt Due by Deced as receipt appeared 2 13 6
By cash paid Joseph Baker for probate Ex. of Dec'd and By cash paid copy of ye Inventory as by receipt 2 05 0
By cash paid George Smeadley Debt Due ye dec'd as by receipt


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