Jacob Drake of Peters Township County of Washington
& Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Yeoman - 1824

Submitted By: Margie Drake Woodall
August 2000
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2000 8:30 PM
Will Book 4
Peters Township
Washington County PA

In the name of God Amen, I Jacob Drake of Peters Township County of Washington & Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Yeoman being in perfect health of body and of sound mind & memory & understanding blessed by God (for the same) but considering the undertainty of this transitory life do make & publish this my last Will and Testament in manner & form following viz: Principally & first of all I commend my immortal soul to the hands of God who gave it & my body to the earth to be buried in a decent & christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named; and as to such worldy Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and dispose of the same in the manner following viz: To my daughters Anne Carickhoff, Polly Malatt, Phebe Sickman, Sally Cunningham, Betsey Frank, and Peggy Stewart, six in number each one dollar; To my sons Ephraim, Jacob, Adam, William, Geroge; five in number each one dollar, I nominate & appoint my wife Mary Drake & Henry Drake (my son) to be Executors of this my Will, hereby revoking all other wills, legacies & bequests by me theretofore made & delivered declaring this my last Will & Testament after paying my children above named eleven in number one dollar each which I have bequeathed, to them I hereby authorise my Executors to collect all the debts coming to me & pay all the debts I owe, and the ballance of all my money and all my effects (which are personal) I will & bequeath to my beloved wife Mary to have the full use and benefit of them during her life time and the power of disposing of them for her own use if necessity requires. If my two sons Henry & Peter keeps my wife decently while living & burys her decently when dead & thereby preventing the necessity of my wifes selling property for her support it is my Will that Henry shall have the two thirds & Peter the one thirds & Peter the one third of the remaining property. In Testimony whereoff I have herunto set my hand and seal this the fifteenth day of September one thousand eight hundred and twenty four 1824. Jacob Drake (Seal)

Signed & Sealed in the presence of Wm Finley

Washington County as: Be it remembered that on the 18th day of December A D 1826 Before me Saml. Cunningham Deputy Register for the probate of Wills and granting letters of Administration in and for said County came Henry Blackerode a subscribing witness to the within last Will and Testament of Jacob Drake decd who being sworn sayeth that he was present and did see the testator thereof sign this will and did hear him publish pronounce and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament that at the time of his so doing he was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of his knowledge observation and belief also appeared Robert Finley who being sworn sayeth that he is well acquainted with the hand writing of Wm Finley a subscribing witness to the said Will, having often seen him write and that to the best of his knowledge and belief the signature is the proper hand writing of the said Wm Finley and further saith not. Robt Finley

And sworn to and subscribed before me Saml. Cunningham, Dp. Regr.
December 18th 1826 Letters Testamentary with copy of the Will and probate annexed issued to Mary Drake and Henry Drake Executors within named who on same day were duly sworn as also to observe the law relating to Colatteral inheritances passed April 1826. Saml. Cunningham, Dp. Regr.
Registered and compared with the original Dec 18th 1826. R. Colmery, Regr.