Document:Will of Christopher Huston 1773/1784

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Original Source: Cumberland County Will Book D. 242-243.
Intermediate Sources:
Source:Huston, 1912 (Abstract)
UsGenWeb archives Abstract
Transcription by Dan Woodruff, August, 2010, given below

Transcription

Christopher Houston
Written 26 April 1773 proven 14 December 1784
East Pennsborough Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Transcribed by Dan Woodruff


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The Last Will & Test.t }
of Christ.r Houston Decd}
N.o 159 }
In the Name of God Amen April the twenty sixth day in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred – and Seventy three I Christopher Huston in the Township of East Pennsborough in County of Cumberland and Province of Pennsylvania finding Myself under very much decline of Bodily Strength but blest be God in Soundness of mind and memory do make devise and ordain this my last Will and Testament hereby ordering & Disposing of what ever Estate of Worldly goods the Lord has given me, in the following manner & form – And first of my personal Estate I bequeath to Susanna My Beloved wife a gray Mare and two Cows which She may Choose out of my Stock at my Decease with her Bed & furniture Thereof and the one half of all my Household goods Except The Cyder Vessells and four Sheep – And to Janet Smith my Grand-daughter I bequeath a yearling Horse-Colt two Cows And three Sheep and Cloathing for a Bed – And to my Son Christopher I bequeath ten Shillings & to James McKistry my Son-in-Law ten Shillings and to 'John MCullough my Son-in-law ten Shillings and the Remainder of my Personal Estate I give & bequeath to my 'Son John Huston – and of my Real Estate I give and – Bequeath unto my Son James Huston my whole claim of Title unto, & Inte- -rest in the Place of Land he now Dwells upon & occupies with All the Improvements, previlages and appurtenances thereunto Belonging to him his Heirs and assigns forever and to my Son William Huston I give & bequeath the one half in Quantity Of all the Land Contained in two Surveys the former of which Both I and he have our Dwellings upon and _ Calter being- Added I allow the whole to be divided into Equal Parts with This Proviso that the greatest Body of a Piece of Meadow- Ground lying near the Middle of the tract Known to some By name of the Pool Meadow must be laid into the western Division or half and the Eastern part of said Land when so Divided to pass to my said Son William his Heirs and Assigns forever, Moreover I Devise & alow that he my Son William his Heirs
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assigns shall have and enjoy the one half of the fruit of the orchard that lys in the western Division for and during the full Term and Space of ten years from the Day of the Date here of it being Provided and reserved that the said 'William Huston- Heirs and or assigns shall yearly and every year Dur- Ring the Natural life of his mother pay or cause to be paid unto Her order the full sum if five Pounds lawful Money of Pennsylvania and a tunn of Hay and five Bushells of Rye And a Barrel_Cyder otherwise she has a right unto & shall Enjoy a full third part of the whole place during her natu- ral life and to my Son John Huston I give & Bequeath the western part of the Land described above when divided as above Directed to pass unto him his Heirs & assigns forever with all the Buildings plantings Previdedges & appertainances there-unto belonging, - except the Dwelling houase which I reserve for my Wife during her natural Life unless with her own Consent she remove to a House for her accommodation at her 'Son John’s Expense & I also reserve & provide that he my Son John Shall yearly and every year during the Natural Life of mother him his Heirs and or assigns pay Unto her the full Sum of five Pound Lawful Money of Pennsylvania And a tunn of Hay five bushels of Ry and a bushel of Cyder & Provide Moreover that William & John shall each of them yearly must Furnish and plow half an acre of Land to be sown with flax for their Mother if the Demand the same and I appoint ordain any Constitute Susanna my beloved Wife Executrix and my Son John Huston Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby utterly revoking __versing & making Void and null all former Wills testaments __ecutors & Legacys by me made devised appointed or bequeath Affirming & Declaring this to be my Last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I hereto Set my Hand & Seal the Day Year above written

Signed Sealed Published pronounced &
Declared to be the last Will & Testament {Christopher Huston {Seal} Of Christopher Huston – in presence of us }
Walter Buchanan & James McKinstry }
Robert Cue
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Be it Remembered that on the fourteenth Day of December In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty four the last Will & Testament of Christopher Huston late Of East Pennsborough Township Deceased Legally proved of Which the foregoing Record is a True Copy & Litten Testamontary Issued in common form to John Huston Executor therein named
(Susannah Huston the Executrix – therein also named havg. Renounced her right of Executorship)
on the said 14th day of Dec A D 1784_Inventory & aust. To be exhibitted into the Registers office in the Time appointed by Law & Witness my Hands

Willm Lyon Reg:

Abstract

On April 26, 1773, Christopher Huston made his will which was probated on December 14, 1784. He died December, 1784. In his will he identfies

Wife:

Susannah [Wilson]

Sons:

Christopher [who married Nancy Smith]
William, [died aged about 40 years.]
James.
John, [married Margaret, a daughter of Samuel and Isabella (Sharon) Huston.]

Daughters:

Sarah, [married James McKinstry. She died aged about 84 years.]
Elizabeth [Elizabeth, married John McCullough. Died aged about 70 years]
Rebecca, [married McMurtrie, and her second husband's name was Smith.]

Others:

granddaughter, Janet Smith;
his son-in-law, James McKinstry

Property Distribution:

He distributed his personal property to his wife, Susanna [Wilson]; his granddaughter, Janet Smith; his son-in-law, James McKinstry, and his son, Christopher, and John McCullough a certain amount. His real estate he distributed among his sons, James, William and John. To James he gave the "place of land" on which James was living at the time the will was made; to his son William he gave, with sundry provisos, the eastern one-half of two surveys of land which joined each other; and to his son John the western one- half of the same tract, also with provisos.

Executors:

He appointed his wife, executrix, and his son John executor, but the wife renounced her right under the will and the son, John, became the sole executor of the estate.

Note:

On March 23, 1817, John Huston, of Dickinson township, and Margaret, his wife, for $4,973.00, deeded to Michael Saxton 160 acres and 19 perches of land which tract of land is described in the title deed as follows: "Whereas Christopher Huston, father of said John Huston, late of the township of East Pennsboro, in the said County of Cumberland, became in his lifetime lawfully seized in his demesne as of fee of [sic: entfeoff?] and in a certain plantation or tract of land containing 320 acres, be the same more or less, adjoining lands of James McKinstry, the heirs of John Waugh, deceased, and others, and being so seized, died, having first made his last will and testament in writing, bearing date April 26, 1773, wherein and whereby (among other things) he did give and devise unto said son John Huston, one-half of his plantation or tract of land."

2nd Abstract

From USGenWeb

HUSTIN, CHRISTOPHER, East Pennsborough.

Abstract

On April 26, 1773, Christopher Huston made his will which was probated on December 14, 1784. He died December, 1784. In his will he identfies

Wife:

Susannah [Wilson]

Sons:

Christopher [who married Nancy Smith]
William, [died aged about 40 years.]
James.
John, [married Margaret, a daughter of Samuel and Isabella (Sharon) Huston.]

Daughters:

Sarah, [married James McKinstry. She died aged about 84 years.]
Elizabeth [Elizabeth, married John McCullough. Died aged about 70 years]
Rebecca, [married McMurtrie, and her second husband's name was Smith.]

Others:

granddaughter, Janet Smith;
his son-in-law, James McKinstry

Property Distribution:

He distributed his personal property to his wife, Susanna [Wilson]; his granddaughter, Janet Smith; his son-in-law, James McKinstry, and his son, Christopher, and John McCullough a certain amount. His real estate he distributed among his sons, James, William and John. To James he gave the "place of land" on which James was living at the time the will was made; to his son William he gave, with sundry provisos, the eastern one-half of two surveys of land which joined each other; and to his son John the western one- half of the same tract, also with provisos.

Executors:

He appointed his wife, executrix, and his son John executor, but the wife renounced her right under the will and the son, John, became the sole executor of the estate.

Note:

On March 23, 1817, John Huston, of Dickinson township, and Margaret, his wife, for $4,973.00, deeded to Michael Saxton 160 acres and 19 perches of land which tract of land is described in the title deed as follows: "Whereas Christopher Huston, father of said John Huston, late of the township of East Pennsboro, in the said County of Cumberland, became in his lifetime lawfully seized in his demesne as of fee of [sic: entfeoff?] and in a certain plantation or tract of land containing 320 acres, be the same more or less, adjoining lands of James McKinstry, the heirs of John Waugh, deceased, and others, and being so seized, died, having first made his last will and testament in writing, bearing date April 26, 1773, wherein and whereby (among other things) he did give and devise unto said son John Huston, one-half of his plantation or tract of land."





2nd Abstract

From USGenWeb

Granddau. Janet Smith.
Son Christopher.
Son-in-law James McKinstry.
Son-in-law John McCullough.
Sons John, James and William Huston.
Exs: wife Susanna and son John Huston.
Wit: Walter Buchanan, James McKinstry, Robert Cree.
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