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John McKeehan

His Will

written 1782

John McKeehan's will was recorded in Carlisle, Cumberland Co. Pennsylvania, in Will Book "D", page 140.  It is as follows:


       "In the name of God, Amen.  This 21st day of October A.D. 1782, I, John McKeehan of West Pennsboro township, Cumberland County, State of Pennsylvania, being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory in calling to mind the mortality of my body and it is appointed to all men to die, I do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament.

       And first of all, I render my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian manner at the discretion of my executors, and as to what earthly estate it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, devise and dispose of in the following manner:

       In the first place I do order that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid.

       Item, I give and bequeath to my son Samuel McKeehan 20 shillings lawful money of Pennyslvania if demanded.

       Item, I give and bequeath to my son-in-law, William Appleby, 7 shillings, 6 pence.

       Item, I give and bequeath to my son, Samuel, oldest son, one new Bible, likewise to my son John, third son, one new Bible, and also one new Bible to Elizabeth Appleby, that now lives with me.  These Bibles to be purchased by my executors with the money due to me in the country.

       I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth one new Bible to be purchased as aforesaid.  I also give to her the bed and bedding I now sleep on, and one cow, and 80 pounds in lawful money of Pennsylvania, 30 pounds to be paid by my son, James McKeehan, and 50 pounds to be paid by my son Benjamin McKeehan out of other legacies I sahll hereafter leave to them, provided she shall not be entitled to have any more of it than from time to time be judged necessary for her sustenance by my executors, and she shall not be entitled to any interest in the same while she lives with my son Benjamin and gets her living from him, but if she ceases to live there, she shall be entitled to interest for the whole of her money in their hands, and at the time of her decease shall be buried in a Christianlike manner, and if any remainder is in their hands at that time it should be their own, or, if it has been drawn from them for her use what remains after these charges are paid, they are to have it again.

       And as to the place I now live on and the place I bought from Patton that my son James lives on, I do allow the whole to be divided in equal shares quantity and quality betwixt my sons James McKeehan and Benjamin McKeehan and I give and bequeath to their heirs and assigns forever to be at their sole and absolute disposal when and how they please, and I do hereby appoint and ordain my trusty friend and son John McKeehan and my friend and son-in-law William Appleby to be my sole executors of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby disallow and confirm this and no othert 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) John McKeehan


"Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by said John McKeehan to be his last will and testament in the presence of us.  "Samuel Blair, Daniel McLane, Sarah Wilson".


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10 August 2006