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David Wray’s Will – March 13th, 1800

In the name of God Amen, I David Wray of Londonderry Township in the County of Dauphin and state of Pennsylvania yeoman, being very sick and weak in body, but of sound mind, memory and judgement blessed by God for the same, but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, to Wit, Principally, and first of all I commend my Immortal soul into the hands of God, who gave it, and only body to the earth, to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner, at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and as to such worldly estate, wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life. I give and dispose of the same in the following manner, To Wit, Impromis in the first place I allow all my just debts and funeral charges to be punctually paid.

Item to my dearly beloved wife Mary I give and bequeath the one third of the amount of the interest arising from my real and personal estate during her natural life, to be apprized by three disinterested men to be chosen by the said Mary and her two Sons, and said men to be upon oath to value said estate to the best of their judgement what it would sell for in cash, and she is to have the benefit of the back room off the Kitchen in my house during her being my widow and this shall be her dower and no more

Item to my two sons Robert and Andrew I give and bequeath twenty five pounds each to be paid in two years after my decease.

Item to my two Dearly beloved sons Mathew and David I give and bequeath all the rest of my Estate both Real and personal, to them and their Heirs forever, each to have an equal share. Only David my son is to have my large Bible besides over and more than Mathew, likewise my two sons Mathew and David I give each a bed and bedding such as my other two sons got to wit Robert and Andrews.

And lastly, I nominate, Constitute and appoint my trusty friend James Wilson my loving son Mathew Wray to be the Executors of this my last will, hereby working all other wills, legacies and bequests, by me heretofore made and declaring this and no other to be last will and testament, In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the thirteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundreds and of independence the twenty fourth

David Wray

Signed Sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said testator, as his last will and testament in the presence of us with in his presence, and at the request have subscribed as witness

Samuel Johnson

William Boyd

Dauphin County ? This 16th Day of April 1805 before me Robt. Harris Register for the probate of wills granting letters of administration in of for said County personally came Samuel Johnston and William Boyd the two subscribing witness to the within will of being duly sworn as the law directs oath before and say that they were present and saw and heard David Wray the Testator, sign, seal, publish, pronouse, and declare the within will on and for his last will and testament at the time of so doing he the testator was of sound and ? mind memory and understanding to the best of his knowledge observation of belief

Robt Harris Reg

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