The Will of John Pancoast, 1694

The following is the will of John Pancoast, who signed it “this thirtyeth day of November one thousand six hundred ninety and four.” It’s from the family history section of the front matter in The Chalmers Pancoast Story, as told to Kathleen Brown [Frankfort, IN: G. Y. Fowler’s Sons Inc. 1960]. I’ve included it because … because … I love it, although it will be of absolutely no use in my book.

I John Pancoast of Mansfield in West Jersey being weak of body but of sound memory praised be God for same doe make and declare this my last will and Testiment and mannyer following – viz:

Imprs.—My debts and all my funeral expenses shall be paid forth of my stock of quick goods.

Item.  I give to my loving wife Jane and to her sole disposal all such goods and implements of husbandry now in my custody and possession which she brought with her when I married her; also it is my will that my executor hereafter named shall pay to my said wife the sum of six pounds and fifteen shillings for certaine quick goods that I had of my said wife that did appertaine to her of her children.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my said wife that forty acres of land with the improvements thereon; lying in the swamp where Samuel Ogborne formerly dwelt to hold to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I give to my wife aforesaid a pair of coarse new sheets. And also one of those hoggs that are now feeding; also one breeding sow. Also it is my will that my Executor hereafter named shall pay and deliver to my said wife five bushells of wheat and five bushels of rye and forth of the corne now in the barn; and also that my Executor shall pay and deliver to her my said wife forth of the corne now in the barn; and also that my Executor shall pay and deliver to her my said wife forth of ye next Sumers cropp five bushells of wheat and five bushells  of rye more. Also I give to my wife half a dozen of ye cheeses now in the house and half of the flax; also I give my wife as much of the sacking as will make her a three bushel bagg.

Item.  It is my will and mind further that my wife shall have a gown and petticoat made for her by that wooll that is now in the house at the charge of my said Executor. Also it is my will that my wifes sonne Thomas shall after my decrease be wholly at the disposal of my wife and that my wife shall have liberty (if she see fitt) to inhabit in my now dwelling house for the time of one whole year after my decease.

Item.  I give to my two eldest daughters Mary and Ann to each and every one of them twenty shillings.

Item.  I give to my two sonns William and Joseph to be equally divided between them my carpentres tools and a little brasse pott and each of them a pewter dish and one bed between them with bedding and two pairs of sheets and my wearing cloathes to be divided between them and also a table.

Item.  I give my daughter Mary one pewter dish.

Item.  I give my daughter Elizabeth a brown mare and my biggest bible but one; and one bed covering and a blanket, but if my said daughter Elizabeth dy before the same be paid then to my executor hereafter named.

Item.  I give to my three youngest daughters viz-Sarrah Hannah and Susannah each and every one of them fifty shillings.

Item.  I give to each of my grandchildren that shall be liveing  at my decease ten shillings.

Item.  I give my son Joseph the sum of sixty pounds to be paid by executor within two years after my decease.

Item.  I give to my son William and to his heirs and assigns forever all my land and plantations whereon I now dwell with all the houses and fences and appurtenances there unto belonging also my lands taken up and to be taken up also all the rest of goods and chattels (not before herein given or disposed of) even all my estate both real and personal. And do hereby nominate my said son William to be my sole executor of this my last will and testament to the end that he may pay all my just debts and funeral charges and legacies, and I do hereby disannul and make void all former wills and testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirtyeth day of November one thousand six hundred ninety and four.

Signed, sealed and declared by theTestator above named as his last.
John Pancoast (seal)

Published on June 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

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