In the name of God Amen I Enoch Dye of Canton Township in the County of Washington, being old and infirm, but of sound mind, memory, and discretion, desirous of settling my Wordly concerns Do make and publish the following as and for my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by heretofore made in the First I recommend my Soul to God who gave it and my body to the grave. Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Rebecca all my personal estate, absolutely and to be at her disposal and to her also during her natural life. I give and devise the house wherein I now live and the ground attached, consisting of the meadow and sugar camp, the upland meadow, bottom pasture and cornfield supposed to contain in all twenty five acres. She shall have one third of the first also and shall have & receive all the rents of the residue of the farm during her natural life for her support and main tenance. And if the rents and personal estate shall not be sufficient to support my said Wife comfortably, the and in that case, it is my Will that the farm (with the exception of the part herein before devised to my wife during her natural life) be sold by my Executors hereinafter named, and that the money arising from such sale be placed at interest on freehold security and the the interest be applied to the support of my said Wife and if all these shall not be sufficient, then so much of the principal as shall be necessary for that purpose at the sole discretion of my said Wife. Item It is further my Will, that such part of my estate, as shall remain at the death of my said Wife Rebecca, shall descend to and be distributed among the following persons in equal shares of proportions to my sons Daniel and Isaac on share each, to my daughters Eunice, Rebecca, Susanah, Sarah, Elizabeth and Wilhemina on share each To the children of my deceased son Enoch on share, the interest of profits whereof to be given to his Wife Polly during her widowhood. To Daniel Dye, Isaac Dye and William Thompson on share also, in trust for my daughter Mary and her children, to be given to her and them in such proportion and at such times as in their Judgment, they may think right and proper. Lastly I do nominate and appoint my Wife Rebecca, my sons Daniel and Isaac and my son in law William Thompson to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
In Testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal the 22 January one thousand eight hundred & twenty four. ____ Enoch Dye (Seal)
Signed, Sealed & published by Enoch Dye as his last Will & Testament in our presence who have signed the same as Witnesses, in his presence and of each other.
The erasure made before signing. James Smith [signature] William Dye [signature]
Washington County Pa. Be it remembered that on the 8th day of January Amo Domini 1830. Before me Tho: Good Deputy Register for the probate of Wills and granting letters of Administration in and for said County, came James Smith and William Dye the subscribing Witnesses to the within last Will and Testament of Enoch Dye dec. who being duly sworn as the law directs doth repose and say that they were personally present and saw the Testator thereof sign this Will and did hear him publish pronounce and declare the same as his last Will and Testament. And that at the time of his so doing he was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding t the best of their knowledge observation and belief.
And Sworn to and subscribed before me.________ James Smith [signature] William Dye [signature]
Tho: Good Dye Reg'd [?]
Registered and Compared with the original Jan 8th 1830
R. Cotmary [?] Regr.
[Will Book 4, page 480-481, Washington Co., PA]