Note: Following is a transcription of the will of Jesse Edsall of Columbia, Bradford County, PA. This is an extremely difficult will to transcribe due to the poor penmanship of its executioner. Question marks denote illegible or undecipherable words.
Will and Testament of Jesse Edsall, Dec., late of Columbia:
I JESSE EDSALL of the township of Columbia, County of Bradford and State of Pennsylvania, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made. First I direct that my body be decently interred under the direction of my Executors hereinafter named, and as to such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to intrust me with I dispose of the same as follows:
First — I direct that all my debts and financial expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first money that shall come into the hands of my Executors from any portion of my estate.
Second — I give and bequeath JONAS EDSALL all that part or parcel of
land situate in Columbia & Wells Township and bounded on the West by
the FREID (?) farm on the North and south by the highway & CORY lands
known as the H**** (?) DUNNING farm and containing eighty-three (or eighteen?)
and a half acres of land, be the thing more or less. Except land always
????? therefrom the Burying ground meeting house ground and she ground
situate on the North field? of said farm and bounded by the highway and
???????????? said farm estimated to be worth twenty-five hundred ($2,500) dollars. To have and hold the said farm about ????? (except the burying ground) with the appurtenances unto the Jonas Edsall his heirs and assigns to and for the use of the said Jonah Edsall his heirs and assigns forever. I also give unto the said Jonas Edsall one house estimated to be worth one hundred dollars which said house has been delivered unto him. I also ordain devise and bequeath unto my said son Jonas fifty acres of land to be partitioned out of the SAMUEL EDSALL farm which said fifty acres shall ???? in quality with the above farm as to value.
Third — I give devise and bequeath unto my son AUSTIN EDSALL one hundred acres of land to be taken from the East side of the farm known as the Samuel Edsall farm situate in the township of Columbia and Wells aforesaid which said one hundred acres has been surveyed and shown in possession of the said Austin Edsall. Said one hundred acres estimated to be worth twenty five hundred dollars to have and to hold the said land with the appurtenances unto the said Austin Edsall hi s heirs and assigns to and for the use of the said Austin Edsall his heirs and assigns forever. I also give unto the said Austin one house estimated to be worth one hundred dollars which said house has been delivered unto him. I also give ordain and devise and bequeath unto the said Austin Edsall his heirs and assigns in addition to the one hundred acres mentioned above, fifty acres more of the Samuel Edsall farm, the same having been surveyed and now in his possession ??? have and to hold the same for his own proper use his heirs and assigns forever.
Fourth — I give ordain and bequeath unto my wife CLARISSA the use of one hundred and fifty acres of land next to the Wells Township line including the mansions and buildings for and during the time that she shall remain my widow. After my said wife Clarissa ceases to remain my widow ???? in consideration that JESSE EDSALL my son shall have well and truly performed all the stipulations and covenants hereinafter mentioned which are that he shall well and truly care for and provide all the necessities of life for his father and mother during the life of the former and during the widowhood of the latter when he shall have so performed my will and I do devise unto him, his heirs and assigns the last mentioned one hundred and fifty acres, he to have and to hold the same for his own proper use his heirs and assigns forever.
Fifth — The balance of my estate, real personal and mixed, I give and
bequeath unto my seven children, to wit. JONAS, AUSTIN, JESSE, SALLY, EMILY,
HILAH and AMANDA in equal parts, share & share alike, with the following
restrictions however. It is my will that in auctioning? the said balance
of my estate that the fifty acres which has been herein bequeathed to Jonas,
Austin and Jesse as well as two thousand dollars of personal property heretofore
paid by Jesse shall form a part and be accounted for by them in the division.
I wish it further understood that the Bond of $1249 (?) against C.C. HAVENS
(?) shall form a part of my estate & be accounted for in the division.
My household goods and furniture I give to my wife Clarissa to remain in
the house or to dispose of as she shall think proper. I do hereby make,
ordain, constitute and appoint my son JONAS EDSALL and my son AUSTIN EDSALL
my executors of this my last will and testament and do hereby invest them
with full powers to sell the land herein not specifically devised and give
them or either of them power to give deeds therefore, or in case the parties
interested can agree to divide the land.
I Will and Bequeath to my wife Clarissa all my interest in the baptist church near THOMAS D. GUSTIN and to her and Jesse I give the first stall in the shed which I built in the church ground. The second stall to the minister who may be occupying the pulpit, the third stall I give to JONAS EDSALL, the fourth stall I give to AUSTIN EDSALL, the fifth stall I give to SALLY GUSTIN, sixth stall I give to EMILY DALRYMPLE, the seventh stall I give to HILAH HAVENS (?) and the eighth stall I give to AMANDA DUNNING. I Will and Bequeath to my wife Clarissa interest which will accrue from Jesse upon the two thousand dollars personal property which interest he is to pay annually at the date of sixth Apr (?) and she to make such use of it as she may think proper.
For the information of my Executor I herein state to you that I have heretofore paid to or for the benefit of SALLY GUSTIN nine hundred and four dollars or thereabouts. Now therefore it is my will and I do direct that this sum together with such balance of my estate going to her shall be invested in land and the land taken off of the South part of the MASON farm and my Executors are herein directed to make a Deed to Sally Gustin for her share to be for her use and benefit during her natural life, then to go to her children.
My Executors will observe (?) that I append (?) a receipt of the American Bible union Found. or Fund? which it will be seen that I have paid the amount which I willed to that institution in a former will which former will as ??? as all others heretofore by me made are truly revoked. ????? I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Columbia this 22 day of April A.D. 1861.
William H. Peck
Helen M. Peck
Recorded & Probate taken October 21 A.D. 1861
Inventory filed November 16 A.D. 1861
Know all men by these presents that we, Thomas Peaslee of the township of Columbia, Franklin W. Remslee & James Leawan of the same place are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the sum of three hundred dollars to be paid to the said Commonwealth, to which payment will and true to be made we bind ourselves jointly and diversally for and in the whole over heirs executors administrators, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seal dated the 29th day of August in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five.
The conditions of this obligation are such that the above forementioned Thomas Peaslee Administrator of all and singular the goods, chattel, and credits of David Andrus late of the township of Columbia, in the county of Bradford deceased, do make or cause to be made a true and proper inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased which have come or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of the said Thomas Peaslee, or in the hands or possession of any other hands for him, and the same so made to exhibit or cause to be exhibited in the Register's Office in the county of Bradford within thirty days of the date hereafter and the same goods and chattels and credit of the said deceased, at the time of his death which is any time after date come to the hands and possession of the said administrator as aforesaid, or in the hands or possession of any other person or persons per him to will truly administer according to law, and further do make and cause to be made a true and just account of his said administrations within one year from the date heretofore when thereunto legally required and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattel and credits which shall be found remaining upon said Administrators account (The same being first examined and ----- by the Orphan's Court of the county having jurisdiction) do ----- and pay unto such person or persons as the said Orphan's Court, by their desires release, pursuant to law, shall limit and apport and do well and truly comply with laws of this Commonwealth relating to collateral inheritances, and if it shall hereafter appear that any part will and testament was made by the said deceased, and the same shall be proven according to law, if the said Thomas Peasley Administrator as aforesaid being hereunto required to surrender the said letter of Administration unto the Register's Office aforementioned, then this obligation aforementioned shall remain in full force.
Spoken and Delivered
in presence of Franklin W. Remslee
Wm. C. Biers James Lewan
P.C. Morgan et al
This Indenture made the Eight day of September AD one thousand eight hundred and sixty between P.C. Morgan and Lucinda his wife of Columbia Bradford county and State of Pennsylvania of the first part and David Andrus of Columbia Bradford county and State of Pennsylvania of the second part Witnesseth that the said parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Sixty dollars lawful money of the United States to them in hand paid by the said party of the second part at or before the ensealing and delivering hereof the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and thereof acquit and forever discharge the said party of the second part his heirs executors and administrators by these presents have granted bargained sold aliened enscoffed released and confirmed and by these presents do grant bargain sell aliene enscoff release convey and confirm unto the said party of the second part and to their heirs and assigns all that certain Lot Piece or Parcel of land lying and being in the Township of Columbia in the County of Bradford and State of Pennsylvania and bounded as follows viz Beginning at a corner in the road with Joseph Billings thence along the road S 65* W 12 9/10 perches to a post thence N 7 1/2* W 12 7/10 perches to the place of beginning containing one acre be the same more or less together with all and singular the rights liberties privileges hereditaments and appuritenneces whatsoever thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversions and remainders rents issues and proffits thereof and also all the estate right little interest claim and demand whatsoever of the said party of the first part in law or equity of in to or out of the same to have and to hold the same hereditaments and premises hereby granted or mentioned or intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever and the said parties of the first part do for themselves and heirs executors and administrators promise and agree to and with the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns they will warrant and defend against all or any person or persons lawfully claiming and to claim the same or any part thereof in witness whereof the said party of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written
Sealed and delivered P.C. Morgan (Seal)
in presence of Lucinda Morgan (Seal)
Bradford County Jp
Be it remembered that on the 17th of January AD 1861 personally appeared before the subscriber one of the Justices of the Peace in and for said County Phineas C. Morgan and Lucinda Morgan his wife the above named grantors and acknowledged the foregoing indenture to be their act and deed for the purpose therein contained She the said Lucinda Morgan being of full age and by one examined seperate and apart from her husband and the full contents thereof being by me first made known to her acknowledged that she executed the same of her own free will and accord without any coercion or compulsion on the part of her said husband Witness my hand and seal the day and year aforesaid
Recorded Feb 10 1862 - John Benedict Justice of the Peace
(Stamped on margin)
I J.W. Hurst do certify that the foregoing deed was
duly recorded in volume 61 page 252 during the official
term of N.C Elsbarr(Elsboro) my predeccesor in office which
said instrument was left for record on the 10 day of Feby
A.D. 1862 and having been uncertified is now certified as
required by law.
Signed JW Hurst
Bradford County Historical Society [Court House records are housed here]
Deed Book 61 Page 252 Andrus, David P.C. Morgan, Columbia Twp
Transcribed and submitted by Patrick Andrus