Original Source: Cumberland County Will Book C.
Intermediate Source: Ancestry.com Maddox, Barrington, Griggs, Gregory family extracted 21 June 2010
Some reformating, punctuation added, and paragraphing to improve readability.
In the name of God, Amen. The twentyeth day of June 1750, I, James Walker of Hopewell Touwnship and county of Cumberland and Provence of Pennsylvania, being sick in Body but of Good and Perfect memory, thanks be to Almighty God and calling to Rememberance the uncertainty of this Transitory life and that all Flesh must yield unto Death when it pleases God to call, do make constitute ordain and declare this my last will and Testament in manner and form following. Revoking and annulling by these present and every Testament and Testaments Will and Wills heretofore by me made or declared either by word or Writing and this is to be taken only for my last Will and Testament and none other and find being penitant and sorry from the bottom of my heart for my sins most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same I give and commit my soul to Almighty God my saviour and redeemer in whom and by the merrits of Jesus Christ I trust and believe assurdly to be saved and to have remission and foregiveness of all my sins and that my soul with my body at the general day of Resurrection shall rise again with Joy and through the merits of Christ death and passion prossess and entered the Kingdom of Heaven prepared for his elect and chosen and my body to be buried in such a place where it shall please my Executors hereafter named to appoint and now for the settling of my temporal estate and such goods and chattels and debts as it hath pleased God far above my deserts to bestow upon me I do order give and dispose the saim in manner and form follows/That is to say/ first I will that all those Debets and dues as I owe in right or conscience to any manner of person or persons whatsoever shall be well and truly contented and paid or ordained to be paid within convient time after my decease by my executors hereafter named[.]
Imprimes I give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Elizabeth the third of all my moveables her maintenance of this improvement and the authority to govern this family during her widowhood and if she see cause to alter conditions unto a mared steat she is to have twenty pounds in moneys or goods.
Item Schwiss, I give to eldis son, John that improvement that was Common land excepting the part that was sold to his brother for which he has Nots and Bonds and two mares and or coalt and cow and to have his maintainance of this improvement long as he will be obedient to the rest of the family and no longer.
I likewise give my second son Abraham, one black Heifer,
I likewise give to my third son Samuel, one Ewe lamb.
I give fourth son James and fifth son William that improvement lying between John ---?--- a hollow that is between two runs upon the creek and each of them a horse and saddel and each of them a cow , and when they marry one pigg.
I give to my three youngest sons, Robert, and Joseph and Andrew this improvement.
I give to my eldest daughter Jean, one black horse and saddel and two cows when she marries and some household plension.
I give to my youngest daughter Elizabeth one horse and saddle and two cows when she is of age.
I do make and ordain and constitute my well beloved wife Elizabeth and James Walker my son to be my executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 1st day and year above written
This person is sometimes identified as the father of person:William Walker (186) who settled in East Pennsboro twp by 1734. The child list, however does not fit the concensus lineage for William's family. It does, however fit well with the children of James son of Robert the brother of William 186. Also, the location in Hopewell Township, rather than East Pennsboro does not comport with William's location in the later township. Some attach this will to this particular James, but state that he did not die immediately "but held on until 1789". The basis for his continued survival is not know. Perhaps they've located probate records tie the will to a James who died in 1789. Perhaps the 1789 death is really for another James Walker.
James Walker, son of person:Alexander Walker (33) of the Alexander of Malin lineage was also in this area, but seems to young to be this James Walker. In any case, that James is believed to have died in 1788 in Fannet Township. From his will (See MySource:Will of James Walker, Fannett Twp, 1788), it is clear that he died unmarried, and so can't be the James of this 1750 will.
Eldest son John
Second son Abraham
Third son Samuel
Fourth son James
Fifth son William
Youngest sons Robert
Youngest sons Joseph
Youngest sons Andrew
Eldest Daughter Jean
Youngest Daughter Elizabeth