Here is the James McBride Will:
Washington County Courthouse, Washington Pa
Will of James McBride, Will Book 7, page 563
In the name of God, amen.I James McBride of Hopewell Township Washington County Penna, being weak in body, but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, praised be God for the same, considering the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and to the?I may be the better prepared to leave this world whenever it shall take place God to call me hence, do therefore make and declare this my last will and testament in manner following.That is to say, first and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator.And as to such worldly estate as wherewith it hath pleased God to entrust we with, I dispose in the following manner to wit.I order and direct that all my just debts funeral expenses and charges of proving this my will be in the first place fully paid and satisfied, and after payment thereof in the first item I give and bequeath to my loving wife Elizabeth the whole proceeds and occupancy of my mansion farm situate in Hopewell Township Washington County Penna, supposed to contain about 103 acres, during her natural life, also my personal property absolutely.Second, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas McBride one thousand dollars payable to him out of the proceeds of my Ohio land now sold.Third, I gave and bequeath to my daughter Susan Perrin one thousand dollars payable to her out of the proceeds of my Ohio land now sold.Fourth, I will and bequeath to my son James one thousand dollars payable to him out of the proceeds of my Ohio land now sold.Fifth, I will and bequeath to my grandchildren Elizabeth and James Riley three hundred and fifty dollars each payable out of the proceeds of my Ohio land now sold.Sixth, my will is and I hereby direct that in a reasonable time after the decease of my wife Elizabeth I hereby authorize my Ex'tr to sell my homestead farm as mentioned in the first item on such terms as my Ex'tr may think just and reasonable and proceeds thereof with any other assets in the hands of my Ex'tr after settlement of all debts and expenses be paid, then the balance to be paid over to my four children, their heirs or assigns, Thomas, William, Susan and James, each equally, with regard however to any remaining due by any of them, on payments in the 2, 3, 4 & 7 items.Seventh, I will and bequeath to my son William McBride one thousand dollars now paid him out of the proceeds of my Ohio land now sold.Eighth, I will and direct that my Executor offset any claims I may have against any of the foregoing legatees.Ninth, I will and direct that my Executor hereinafter named collect all my outstanding debts, sell all my real and personal estate after the death of my wife Elizabeth, and convey the same, as fully and amply as I could do if living.Tenth, I hereby appoint my friend, John Stewart, a guardian for my two grandchildren Elizabeth and James Riley during their minority, and if the bequest left them be paid before they arrive at twenty-one years of age, it is to be paid to said guardian and by him put to interest and payable to them heirs when they arrive at twenty-one years; if however their legacy be not paid until they are twenty-one years of age, then to be paid by my Ex'tr and their recpt will be sufficient to him for the same in settlement.There is no payment to be made them until after the payments in the 2, 3, 4 and 7 items be paid.Eleventh, I hereby appoint make and ordain James Thompson my sole Executor to this my last will and testament.And further, my will is that if either of my grandchildren die before they are twenty-one years of age, or at any time not having lawful issue, then the share of such grandchild above named go to the other grandchild living, or if both die without lawful issue, then their shares go to Thomas, William, Susan and James, my children, and equally.I further will that after the death of my wife Elizabeth the farm on which she resided will be sold at such time and terms as my Ex'tr might think proper & reasonable, and the proceeds thereof with any other assets in the hands of my Ex'tr to be distributed and paid to my four children, Thomas, William, Susan and James each equally, with regard, however, to any claims that may be against any of them.In testimony I have hereunto set my hand and seal to this my last will and testament this 30th day of April 1855.
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of the Testator and in presence of each other.
Jesse Leggett,John McConnell
(Will went to probate on 16 February 1857)