|George Slater 1727|
In the name of God Amen. The second day of April in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and twenty six. I George Slater of Coppull in the county of Lancaster, being weak of Body but of perfect mind & memory (thanks be to Almighty God therefore) for the settling of my temporal concerns, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
Imprimis I give to my son-in-law Thomas Morris thirty pounds, and to my son-in-law Edward Smith thirty pounds, on condition that they give bond, to pay the yearly sums of thirty shillings apiece to my brother John Slater, and to my brother-in-law Oliver Taylor or their assigns during the life of John my eldest son. And I likewise give to my son Robert the sum of eighty pounds (the same to remain in the hands of my executors till he come to twenty one years of age) and then he to give sufficient bond to John Slater and Oliver Taylor aforesaid and their assignes to pay them four pounds per annum during the life of my son John aforesaid, and I likewise order my executors to pay interest for the said eighty pounds till my son Robert come to one and twenty years of age. And my mind and will is and I do hereby order my said brother and brother-in-law John Slater & Oliver Taylor ffeofees and trustees with the sais dums of money so to them given & to be paid as aforesaid, to dispose of the same for the use & behalf, and for and towards the maintenance of my son John during his life. Item and I give to John Abbott of Welch Whittle a guinea, willing and desiring him to assist the said trustees in takeing security and disposing of the said money for the use of my son John aforesaid. And likewise my mind is that if one of the said trustees happen to dye before my son John, that the survivor together with the said John Abbott shall choose another.
Item I give to my said brother and brother-in-law John slater and Olliver Taylor ten shillings apiece. And to Jane Miller half a crown.
Item I give to my grandson Thomas Smith ten shillings.
Item I give to Margret Slater daughter of my said brother John Slater, five shillings.
Item and as for the rest of my personal estate, my mind and will is that all my just debts and funeral expences, together with the probate of this my last will & testament be paid and discharged and likewise forty pounds to my son-in-law Edward Smith, being the remaiinging part of an hundred pounds for his wife’s portion, if the same be not paid before my death. And then all the residue and remaining part of my goods, money, bills, bonds or whatever I have, I give to Robert my younger son.
Item and lastly I nominate and appoint Thomas Morris and Edward Smith, my two son-in-laws afore-mentioned , to be executors of this my last will and testament hopeing they will see the same well and truly performed as my trust is in them . In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal the day and year first above-written.
Sealed signed and published, In presence of