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Bradford County, Pennsylvania Wills; page 164, book 2; from photocopy
Transcribed & Submitted by Susan Dietz
  1. Last Will and Testament of Eliel Stevens, late of Ridgebury, deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Eliel Stevens of the township of Ridgebury, County of Bradford and state of Pennsylvania being of sound mind, but weak in body, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof thereof [sic] and to the end that I may be the better prepared to leave this [undecipherable] whenever it shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and declare this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former will by me at any time heretofore made and first and principally I commit my soul into the hands of my Creator who [undecipherable] and my body to the Earth to be interred in the Burying Ground near by where my beloved and contented Wife and Son are interred and as to such worldly Estate as it has pleased God in his infinite mercy to intrust me with I dispose of as follows and first it is my will and wish and I therefore direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon after my death as the same conveniently can be from the Estate which I may leave and also to purchase and put up suitable Tombstones as to them shall seem fit and proper. Secondly, I give and devise to my beloved son, William Stevens, in addition to the amount which I have already advanced and given to him the sum of one hundred dollars to be paid to him by my Executors as soon as the same can be realized by money from the property that shall come into their hand belonging to any Estate or at least within one year after my decease and as to the remainder and residue of my Estate I give devise and bequeath the said real and personal estate to my beloved children, to wit: Mary Harrington, wife of John Harrington, Eliza Hopkins, wife of Lazarus Hopkins, Anna Calkins, wife of Roswell Calkins, Parmelia Lefler, wife of Lasison Lefler, Ama [this should be Amy] Weeks, wife of Charles Weeks, Miranda [Mirandee?] Hill, wife of James Hill, and my son Jacob Stevens, to be divided equally between them, and I further direct that any executers [sic] hereinafter named shall as soon as may conveniently can sell all my real and personal property and convert the same into money and divide it among my devisees as before mentioned. My wish is and direct that my personal be sold at Publick vendue to be conducted and managed by my executirs [sic] as usual in such cons & according to law and as to my real estate which I shall leave at the time of my decease I give my executirs, or the survivor of them full power to sell the same and to give deeds or to make & execute such other writing as may be necessary in the sale of such real estate and as fast as they shall receive the money from the sale of my real & personal Estate they shall distribute the same among my devisees herein named as aforesaid and my said executirs [sic] Shall lease said real estate till the same shall be sold. I give to Eliel Harrington My Grand Son and Son of John Harrington my rifle to be delivered to him by my Executir [sic] as soon as the same shall come into their hands after my decease And I do hereby make and appoint my beloved Son William Stevens and Sturges Squires my Executirs [sic] of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this the 9th day of July, A. D. one thousand Eight hundred and fifty three.

Eliel Stevens (seal)

Subscribed in our presence by Eliah [sic] Stevens as his last will & testament on the 9th day of July, A. D. 1853. H. C. Baird, N. W. Patrick

Codicile [sic]

I, Eleal [sic] Stevens, being of sound mind & memory, do make the following addition to my last will and testament, that is to say having disposed of my real estate by deed executed this day and taken a mortgage to secure the payments of the purchase money, I do hereby direct that my Executers [sic] shall pay over to my several legatees as mentioned in my said will _________________________________________ shall within Seven years from my decease according to the payments to become _____________ ________________ in the bond & mortgage for the _____________ money for the real estate as before mentioned. Witness my hand and seal on this the 29th day of September, 1853. Eliel Stevens [seal]

In the presence of us as witnesses H. C. Baird, N. W. Patrick

Probate taken March 7, 1855

1001 William Stevens, Sturges Squire, Executors of Eliel Stevens, Deceased. Letters Testamentary upon the Estate of Eliel Stevens, late of Ridgebury, deceased, granted to William Stevens and Sturges Squire, they having been first been duly sworn to well and duly administer upon said Estate, according to Law Given under the hand the official seal of the Register at Towanda the 16th day of March, A. D. 1855. Inventory filed March 3, 1855.

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