- 15th December 1751

From: Linda  Boorom 
Date: Tuesday, 10 August 1999 9:22

      In the Name of God Amen. This Fifteenth Day of December in the Year of
the Lord One Thousand Seven hundred & Fifty One I Jonathan Drake of the
Township of New Britain in the County of Bucks and Province of Pensilvania
Yeoman, being much Afflicted in Body, and far Stricken in Years Do make
Constitute and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in Manner and form
following viz. Principally and before all things I recomend my Soul to God,
hoping for mercy through Jesus Christ, and my Body to the Earth, to be
therein Decently Buried as to my Executors herein after named shall seem
meet & convenient Nothing Doubting but to Receive the same again at the
General Resurrection by the Mighty Power of God and as Toughing such Worldly
Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me in this Life I Do Give
Ordain Devise and Dispose thereof as Followeth imprimis I Do will and
Ordain, that my Just Debts and Funeral Charges be Duly & fully Paid &
Satisfied, Item I Do Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Wife Mary Drake
the sum of One hundred Pounds Lawfull money of Pensilvania to be paid as
soon as money can be made by ye Sale of my Estate the Same to be at her
Disposal During her Natural Live and if any part thereof Remain at her
Decease such part to be Divided Equally between my Chilsren the said sum to
be unto her in Lieu of her Dower of third at Law out of my Estate and I do
Give unto my said Wife One Bed and the Appurtenances thereof Item I Give and
Bequeath unto my four Sons Namely George Drake, William Drake, Jonathan
Drake, & Thomas Drake ye sum of Eighty Pounds Each of Like money as above sd
to be paid as soon as money shall be Raised by ye Sale of my Estate, and I
Give unto my said Son Thomas Drake One of my Horses which he shall Choose.
      Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Eldest Daughter Mary Bevan the Use
and Benefit of the Sum of Thirty Pounds During the Term of her Natural Life
and the Natural Life of her Husband Mordecai Bevan, and after their Decease
ye said Sum of Thirty Pounds to be Equally Divided Between my Grand Children
by my said Daughter Mary Bevan and I do Give unto my Son in Law ye said
Mordecai Bevan ye Sum of Five Pounds in Consideration of his Charges about
Building the House he now Lives in
Item I Give and Bequeath unto my three Youngest Daughters, Namely Debora
Drake, Catherin Drake, and Aphie Drake ye Sum of Forty Pounds Each to be
paid in the Same Manner as the Other above Legacies, And I Give further unto
my said Wife One Iron Pot Two Pewter Dishes and Six Pewter Plates, And my
will further is, that if my Estate shall fall Short of Answering the Debts
and the above Bequeathed Legacies that the Legacies shall abate
Proportionably and if the Estate upon sale made shall come to more that then
the above Legacies shall Augment Proportionably, and I do Nominate
Constitute and appoint My Son George Drake and my Son Jonathan Drake and my
Good friend Simon butler Jun. to be Joynt Executors of this my last Will &
Testament and in Order to Enable them to Answer the Purposes of this my
Will, & to pay my Debts Charges and ye hereby Bequeather Legacies I Do
Entrust and Empower them my said Executors to Grant Sell and Dispose of all
and Singular my Goods and Chattels whatsoever (Except what is above
Specifically Bequeathed) and to Grant Bargain and Sell all and Every of my
Messuages Lands and Tenements for any Person or Persons as shall of them
Purchase the Same, and under their Hands and Seals to Execute such Lawful
Deed or Deeds Conveyances and Asurances for ye Conveying and Confirmation of
the said Messuages Lands & Plantations unto such Purchaser or Purchasers
Together with their Appurtenances To hold to such Purchaser or Purchasers
his Heirs and their Heirs and assign for Ever And I Do Nominate and Empower
and Entrust my Good Friends Thomas Humphrey and Isaac James both of
Mountgomery to be Trustees to See this my will in all Things fullfilled and
to assist my Executors if Need be and I Do hereby Revoke and make Void all
other and former Wills by me before this made of willed Ratifying &
Confirming this to be my Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have
hereunto Set my Hand and Seal ye Day & Year above said
                                    Jonathan Drake
Sealed Signed Published and Declared (the words (the House) bing
____interlined) by Jonathan Drake Testator in the presence of Us John marks,
Alex Wright, Benja Griffith

Bucks: The 30 Day of July Anno Domini 1754 Then Appeared John Marks and
Benjamin Griffith Two of the Witnesses to the within Written Will and Upon
their Solemn Oaths did Severally declare that they were present and Saw
Jonathan Drake the within Testator Sign Seal Publish and Declare the within
Writing to be 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
Before me Richd Gibbs Deputy Register
      By Virtue of a Commission from the Register General
      & by the Direction of Lawrance Growdon Esqr Deputy Register

Bucks: Be it Remembered That On the 30th Day of July Anno Domini 1754 This
Last Will and Testament of Jonathan Drake was Duly Proved According To Law
and Probate and Letters Testamentary were Granted To George Drake, Jonathan
Drake and Simon Butler Junr Executors therein Named they being first
Solemnly sworn well and Faithfully to Administer the Goods and Chattels
Rights and Credits of the said Deceased and to Exhibit a True and Perfect
Inventory thereof in to the Registers Office for the said County of Bucks in
One Month after the Date hereof And a Just and true Account of their
Administration when thereunto Required to Render In Witness whereof I have
Hereunto Set my Hand and the Sela of the said Office the Day and Year
                                    Richd Gibbs Deputy Regr
      By Virtue of a Commission from the Register General
      And by the Direction of _______Deputy Register