Will of Samuel Ferguson (b. abt 1762, d. abt 1821)


Know all men by these presents that I Samuel Ferguson of Mifflin Township in the County of Allegheny and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind hath and by these presents doth will and devise to my wife Mary Ferguson the dwelling house where I now live with a genteel and reasonable support off of my tract of land to have and to hold during the term of her natural life.

Item - all my real and personal property I will and devise to my son James Ferguson his heirs and ajoigns forever.

Item - my other children namely David Ferguson, Samuel Ferguson, John Ferguson, Elizabeth Whitaker, Mary McClure, Margaret McClure, Susan Stewart, and Samuel White surviving heir of my daughter Jane White to each and every one of them I will and devise one dollar to be paid to them upon demand.

Lastly I constitute and appoint my son James Ferguson and David Calhoun Junior Executors of this my last will and testament.  IN testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twelth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen.

Signed sealed published and delivered in presence of

    John Calhoun

    David Calhoun Jr.

[signed Samuel Ferguson]

Pittsburgh 13th January 1821.  When personally appeared John Calhoun and David Calhoun Jr. the subscribing witness to the above will who on their solemn oath respectively did say that they were personally present and did no and hear Samuel Ferguson the [?] above named sign did publish pronounce and declare the [?] as and for his last will and testament and that at the time of it doing he was of a sound and well distressing mind and memory to the best of their knowledge observation and belief.

[signed ?]

Be it remembered that on the 13th day of January A.D. 1821 Letters [?] entry on the estate of James [should read Samuel] Ferguson did in due form of law were duly granted to James Ferguson and David Calhoun Junior executors of the within will who were solemnly sword to exhibit a true and perfect inventory of said deed estate and the Register Office at Pittsburgh on or before this 13th day of February next and to settle their account of their administration within one year from this date or when there unto legally required.  Given under my hand at Pittsburgh the date aforesaid.

[from WB 2, pg 228, No. 186, Filed Jan 13, 1821]


[Note that later there was a judgment against the executors that was recorded as follows]

DB Vol 33 pg. 274 dated 20 Nov 1821 Rec. 31 Oct 1826
Judgment against James FERGUSON and David CALHOUN, Ex. Of Est. Samuel
FERGUSON, dec'd. $925.36 Sheriff seized 2 tracts of land, 130 acres Mifflin
twp, 100 acres Mifflin twp., sold to Daniel RISHER for $1500.
Signed: Lazarus STEWART, sheriff
Wit: James PATTERSON, Morgan Neville 
Adknowleged at Court of Common Pleas 18 Oct 1823