The Will of Anthony Hallman
Transcript of Anthony Hallman's Will
In the Name of God Amen, I Anthony Hallman of the Township of Skepack and Perquiomy in the County of Philladelphia, Yeoman..being through the Favour of the Divine Mercy of God..in my Usual Health..and my Memory being Sound and Perfect..Thanks be to God for the same.
Nevertheless Considering the Uncertainty of this Life...do make and Ordain this my last will and Testament..this 25th day of January In the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty five - In the following Manner and Form –
That is to say..First I Recommend my Soul to God that gave it and my Body to the Earth from whence it came to be Buried in a Decent Manner at the Discretion of my Executor hereafter Mentioned..and as for my Worldly Goods..I give and Bequeath them in Manner following -
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Imprimis. I will and Direct that all my Just Debts and Funeral Charges be Duly and faithfully paid and Discharged by my Executor as aforesaid.
Secondly It is my Irrevocable Will, and that for Reasons best known to myself, that my Eldest Son John Hallman be Disinherited from any part Whatsoever of any Estate Real and Personal and he is and shall be forever Disinherited from all and every part, save one English Shilling which shall be paid unto him by my Executor hereafter mentioned within Ten Days from the Day of my Decease –
Thirdly I give and Bequeath unto my Eldest Daughter Dorothy Heizer, wife of John Heizer the sum of five Pounds Currant Lawful Money of Pennsylvania, to be paid unto her or the Lawful Issue Born of her Body by my Executor within one Year from the Day of my Decease.
Fourthly I give and Bequeath unto my Second Daughter Christian Leffebber the sum of Five Pounds Money aforesaid, payable as above within one Year from the Day of my Decease.
Fifthly I give and Bequeath unto my Third Daughter Catherine Kresseman the sum of Five Pounds Money aforesaid payable as above within one Year from the day of my Decease—
Sixthly I give and Bequeath unto my three Grandsons Leonard, Valentine and George, My Daughter Mary Salome Perkymers Children, the sum of [1 pound, 13 shillings, 4d.], Money aforesaid to each and every of them, payable as above within one Year from the Day of my Decease.
Seventhly I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Barbara Jacobs the sum of Five Pounds, Money aforesaid, payable as above within one Year from the Day of my Decease—
Eighthly I give and Bequeath unto my Youngest Daughter Anna Maria Ketchy ye [ministers] wife the sum of Five Pounds Money aforesaid..Payable as above within one year next after the day of my Decease—
Ninethly I Likewise hereby Declare that the provisions Made in the foregoing part of this my Will in regard to the issues: is in Case any of the Legatees should Die before the Legacies should become due and payable by my Executor aforesaid—
Tenthly I give and Bequeath unto my Youngest Son Henry Hallman all and singular my Household Goods, Chattels, Husbandry Implements and all my Dues Demands, Specialties and Movables Whatsoever that I am at this present proper Owner And also all that may be justly called mine at the Time of my Decease. And I also give and Devise unto my said Son Henry Hallman all my Land Plantation with the Appurtenances and--Improvements thereunto belonging or otherwise Appertaining thereto, Situate Lying and being in the township of Skepack and Perquiomy aforesaid containing as by Estimation about one Hundred and fifty Acres, be it more or less--
To him my said Son Henry Hallman his Heirs and Asigns to be freely and fully Enjoyed and Passed by him and Heirs or Assigns from the Day of my Decease..Thence forward and for Ever---
And I do hereby Constitute. Depute and Appoint him my said Son Henry Hallman my Only and Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, giving him by these Presents full Power and Absolute Authority to ask. Demand. Sue for Levy and Recover all my Rights and Credits Whatsoever..In Order to Enable him to pay my Debts and Legacies in manner aforesaid.
And I do hereby Revoke. Disannul Utterly Disallow all and every other Former Testaments, Wills, Legacies and Executors by me in any wise before this time I willed Named and Bequeathed--Ratifying this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament--
In Witness Whereof I the said Anthony Hallman have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and Year first above Written.
Signd Seald Published and Declared
by the said Anthony Hallman …
as his last will and Testament in the Presence of us …
Charles Cornelius Raboteau
Ext. Jus 3 Aug 1759
Will of Anthony Hallman, Will Book L, page 301
City Hall, Philadelphia
Transcript prepared by Martha A. Hallowell based on typed transcription found with photos of will in Hallman Family Association files (author unknown) and a transcription posted on GenForum’s Hallman Message Board by Penny, dated Sept. 8, 2000.