Wills and Court Documents

Will of George Connolly, made April 7, 1771 and recorded February 20,
1772. It is found in Will Book 20 p. 31.

"In the Name of God Amen, April the Second Day One
Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy one I George
Connolly of the County of Lancaster being in
tollerable (sic) good Health of Body and Sound memory
(God be praised) calling to mind that all men must die
and the uncertainty of the time, for the better
setling (sic) my worldly, and disposing of what Estate
the most high has been graciously pleased to bestow
upon me I make this my last Will and Testament. First
and Principally I bequeath my soul in the Hands of God
who first gave it me, my Body I commend to the Earth
from where it came, to be decently buried in a
Christian manner at the discretion of my Executors
herein after mentioned not doubting through the
Almighty power of God and his infinite mercy in Christ
Jesus my only Saviour of a Joyfull Resurrection to
eternal life. And as for my worldly Estate after all
my Just Debts are paid I give and Bequeath as
followeth.
In Primis I give and bequeath my Lower Plantation
(Purchased of David George) with the appurtenances
thereunto belonging to my son John Connolly and his
heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath my Land and
Plantation on which I now live to my son Patrick
Connolly with the appurtenances thereunto belonging to
him and his heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath
to my son James Connolly my Land in Richmond County
with the appurtenances thereunto belonging and his
heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my son
William Connolly and his heirs forever my Negroe man
named Daniel, and my Negroe woman named Kate her
Daughters Nanny and Winny and all their increase of
each from the year 1768. Item I give and bequeath to
my Daughter Sarah James and her heirs forever my
Molatto woman named Frank her son Jesse and whatever
increase she also has or shall have, also every other
Estate I have already given and Possess her with being
all I intend to give her. Item I give and bequeath to
my Daughter Mary Blincoe and her heirs forever my
Negroe fellow Dick and my Molatto fellow Robert and
all I have already given and possess her with. Item I
give and bequeath to my Grandson Rich'd Coleman my
Negroe Girl Sally and all her increase to him and his
heirs forever his Mother Betty Coleman having already
received her portion of my Estate. I give and
bequeath to my Friend Dale Carter Thirty Shillings
current money. Item forasmuch as I have a Daughter
that is by no means able to take care of herself or
govern her Estate being very much subject to have fits
whose name is Frankie therefore I have thought proper
to leave her in the care of her Brother in Law John
Blincoe with her two Negroe Girls Nell and Jane and
their increase (if any) to maintain her, the use of
whom I give to the said Blincoe during his life for
that purpose and if he dye before my said Daughter
Frankie then to remain with her Sister Mary during her
Widowhood and afterwards if she thinks proper to stay
with her, otherwise to make choice of any of her
Brothers to go to after her Sisters Marriage or death
with the said Negroes and their increase to maintain
her and when the said Frankie shall dye then I give
and bequeath the said two Negroe Girls Nell and Jane
with their increase after her death to my three
Grandchildren George Connolly Blincoe, Betty Blincoe,
and Ann Keene Blincoe and their heirs forever, and in
case of the death of either of them under age or
without heir or heirs the whole to decend (sic) to the
survivor or survivors agreeable to a Bond of the said
John Blincoes dated in February last. Item I give and
bequeath all the remainder of my Estate of what nature
soever not already willed away to be Equally Divided
amongst my three sons John, James, and Patrick
reserving to my Grandchild George Connolly son of my
son George Connolly dec'd half a Share to them all and
their heirs forever except my Bed in the old House and
my large Walnut oval Table to my son Patrick Connolly
and his heirs, it is my Will and desire that my Negroe
woman Hannah choose either of my sons to go ? they
paying the praising price. I do hereby Nominate and
appoint my four sons John, William, James and Patrick
and my Friend Dale Carter Executors of this my last
Will and testament hereby revoking and disannulling
all other Wills herebefore made and do by these
presents discharge my Executors of being compelled to
give Security for the faithfull (sic) discharge of
their duty. In witness whereof I have to this Will
affixed my hand and Seal the date above written.

Sealed and Published in presence of
Peter Miller George Connolly
Samuel Brooks
Dale Carter

At a Court held for Lancaster County on the 20th of
February 1772. This Will was proved in Court by the
oaths of Dale Carter, Gent and Samuel Brooks Witnesses
thereto and ordered to be Recorded"

Contributed by James Connolly

 

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