Monday, April 19, 2010

Mordacai Bane

Volume H
Page 336 (continues to page 339)
Philadelphia County, PA
(Written in margin: “No. 171 Mord. Bane Will.” I am sending this just as it was written, capital letters and all.)
Date of Will: 12 August 1745
Date of Probate: 12 August 1747

I, Mordecai Bane of Goshen in the County of Chester in the Province of Pennsylvania, yeoman, being weak in Body but of Sound Disposing Mind and Memory Praised be God for the Same, do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner following: That is to say First & Chiefly I recommend my Soul to God that gave it and my Body I Committ to the Earth to be Decently Buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named. And as for what Worldly Estate it hath pleased Good to bless me with I dispose of as followeth (viz.): First I order That my Just Debts be paid and Discharged by my Executors. Also I give and Bequeath unto my Loving Wife Mary Bane my Best Bed and furniture thereof and my best Chest and two Chairs and the arm Chair. Three pewter platters and six plates one Case and Drawers one Dressing Box four Porringers one Pewter quart Black walnut oval table a large Brass (kettle?) Brass pan an Iron pott warming pan an Iron Candle Stick Spice Box one hackney Mare of her Choise. Two Milch Cows (two year) of her Choise. I give to my said Loving Wife Twenty Bushells of the Wheat I have now in my Barn. Also I give and bequeath to my Loving Wife The Sum of Five Pounds Lawful Money of the said Province every year Towards her Maintenance as Long as she shall Live a Widow on my Name Also if she shall happen to Change her Condition by a Second Marriage, it is my will That she shall have Three Pounds Lawful Money aforesaid Every year during her Natural Life in Lieu and Stead of her Dower or, Thirds in all my Real Estate. Also it is my Will that my said Loving Wife shall have half of a Good Salable Beef and Two Good Swine fed on my Plantation towards the Sustenance of her and our Children the next ensuing Winter also for the Same use it is my will that she shall have Five Barrells of Sider of the Fruit now on my Trees and as many of the Apples as She shall have Need to use and also that she shall have the Flax that I now have Toward Shifting and Cloathing herself and our Children and also her Spinning Wheels. Also I give and bequeath to my son Mordecai Bane the Sum of Twenty Pounds Lawful Money aforesaid. Also I give and bequeath to my son Nathan Bane the sum of Thirty Pounds Lawful Money aforesaid. Also I give and bequeath to my son James Bane the Sum of Twenty Pounds Money aforesaid. Also I give to my Son Joseph Bane the sum of (?five) pounds and also I give unto my son Saml. Bane the sum of five Shillings. Also I give to my son Isaac Bane Five shillings. Also I give and bequeath to my Eldest Daughter Sarah Thirty Pounds Money aforesaid. Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Bane Thirty Pounds Money aforesaid. Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Rachel Bane Thirty Pounds money aforesaid. Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Barbara Bane Thirty Pounds Money aforesaid. Also I give and bequeath to my Youngest Daughter Jane Bane Thirty Pounds money aforesaid. And it is my Will that if either of my said Youngest Daughters shall happen to die before Marriage or Twenty one years of Age, That the Portion of such of them so dying shall come to the Survivors or Survivor of Them and it is my Will that my Executors do pay all the said Legacies within two years next after my Decease. And for the Performance whereof I do hereby give and grant to my Executors hereafter named and the Survivor of them full power and authority to Sell and Convey all my Real Estate, Land and Tenements in Fee Simple or otherwise to such as shall give the Best price for the Same. And further I give to my Daughter Mary Burk Ten Pounds money aforesaid. And if any over pluss Money remains it is my Will that the same of Ten Pounds Money aforesaid shall be towards the bringing up of my Daughter Barbara and Ten Pounds for bringing up of my Daughter Jane and that the rest and residue of said Overpluss shall be Equally Divided Between my Children, Mordecai Bane Nathan Bane James Bane Mary Burk Sarah Bane Hannah Bane Rachel Bane. Also I Nominate and Appoint my Loving wife Mary Bane and my Son Nathan Bane to be Joynt Executors of this my Last Will & Testament. And Lastly I declare to be Null and void all other Wills and Testaments by me made in word or writing In Witness and whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this Twelfth Day of the Sixth Month called Augst in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Forty five Mordecai Bane (his x mark) Seal. Signed Sealed Pronounced and Declared by the said Mordecai Bane to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us William Bane William Kerby Richard Jones. --- Philadelphia August 12th 1747

Then formally appeared Wm and Richard Jones two of the Witnesses to the foregoing Will and on their Solemn Affirmation according to Law did Declare and Affirm they saw and heard Mordecai Bane the Testator therein named Sign Seal Publish and Declare the same Will for and as his Last Will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he was of Sound Mind Memory and Understanding to the best of their knowledge and that Wm Kerby the other witness thereto did also subscribe his Name and Witness thereto in the presence of and at the request of the Testator. --- Wm Plumstead Reg. GenÂ’l.

Be it Remembred that on the 12th day of August 1747 the Last Will and Testament of Mordecai Bane deceased was proved in due form of Law and Probate and Letters Testamentary were granted to Mary Bane (Nathan Bane the other Executor being deceased) Executor in the said testament named being first legally Sworn well & truly to administer the said DeceasedÂ’s Estate and to bring an Inventory thereof unto the Reg. GenÂ’lÂ’s Office at Philadelphia at or before the 12th day of September next and render above accounts when thereunto Lawfully required. Given under the seal of the said Officer --- Wm Plumstead Reg. GenÂ’l.

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