Will of James Irwin, 1766, Peters Twp, Cumberland County, PA

In the name of God Amen. I James Irwin of Peters Township in the County of Cumberland and Province of Pennyslvania blacksmith being very weak in body but of sound and disposeable mind and memory thanks be to God for the same Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all once to die do this twenty sixth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy six make and ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say principally and first I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God who gave it and my Body to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named, and as Touching such wordly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I will Devise and Dispose of them in manner following Namely First I allow all my just debts and funeral Expenses to be paid out of my personal Estate.

Item I will and devise unto my sons Joseph Irwin and James their heirs and assigns the plantation I now dwell to be equally divided as to quantity and as it may best suit the Improvements allowing Joseph the side whereon he now lives and James the other half including my old improvements the said James paying unto my beloved wife Jean Ten pounds Yearly together with her maintenance and the full use of the house I now live in during her natural life,

Also I give and devise unto my son James my wagon and Team still and still vessals.

Likewise I give and Devise unto my beloved wife Jean the third of all the remainder of all my personal Estate Exclusive of her mare and saddle Bed and Furniture.

Likewise I give devis and bequeath unto my son Archibald Irwin his heirs and assigns all my right Title and Interest in or to the plantation I purchased from Andrew Simpson adjoining the tract I now dwell on.

Also I will that the plantation whereon my son in law Aaron Tarrens and daughter Elizabeth now lives on be sold at the discretion of my Executors the one third of the Value thereof be Given to my daughter Elizabeth her heirs or assigns and the remainder to be Equally Divided amongst the children of the said Elizabeth Born to William McConnel Decd.

Also I will and devise unto my two Grand Children Phineas Porter and Jean Porter their heirs and assigns a tract of land in Fannet Township for which I obtained an order of Survey.

Likewise I allow my plantation in Air Township (called the Cove settlement) for which I obtained an order of survey for in the name of Joseph Irwin, to be sold and Divided amongst the rest of my children in manner following Viz.

Unto my son John Irwin his heirs and assigns the sum of Ten pounds Pennsylvania Currency and unto my daughter Jean Boggs the sum of twenty pounds and to my daughter Lidia Porter Ten pounds and to my son Joseph and my daughter Martha Pawl five shillings Sterling

Each Likewise I will and devise unto my son Archibald Irwin his Heirs or Assigns a Tract of Land in Awhick (sic) which I bought of Mr. Croghan and for which I obtained and Order of Survey out of the land Office he paying to my son in law and Daughter Thomas and Margaret Patton their heirs or assigns the sum of Twenty pounds Currency out of said Plantation when recovered and it is also my will that what remains of the Price of the plantation in the Cove and my personal Estate after all Just Debts and Legacys above mentioned be discharged shall be to the use and behoof of my son James afsd. his heirs and assigns and

Lastly I do hereby ordain and appoint my son James together with my son in law William Nesbit to be Executors to this my Last will and Testament to see that the same be Executed according to the true Intent and meaning thereof.

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the year and Day above written.
(The words Thomas and Margaret Patton Interlined before signing.)
James Irwin
Signed Sealed and Acknowledged by said James Irwin as his Last Will and Testament in presence of
J. Mazwell/?Maxwell
Wm. Lowery
Robt. Vance
[-Sharon Lantzy Wygant]