I, Asa B. McClelland of Waynesburg, Greene County Pa, do make this as my last will and testament,
and desire that the same be observed as such.
Imprimis. I direct that my body be decently buried in a Christian like manner, with such monuments as shall be in the descretion of my executors.
2. I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.
3. I will and devise my home place in which I now live to my son William, on these express conditions. viz. That he (my son William) pay to my daughter Nancy McFann and her heirs the sum of six hundred dollars. That he pay to my daughter Elizabeth Porter and her heirs six hundred dollars. That he pay the interest of six hundred dollars from my death, to my daughter Mary, and the principle ($600) thereof to the children of my daughter Mariah Rinehart after the death of my daughter Mary. And pay to the children of my deceased son Dawson two hundred dollars, to be equally divided between them, and pay the interest on the sum of nine hundred dollars ($900) commencing after my death to my daughter Mary, and the principle thereof after her death to be equally divided amongst the children of my daughters Nancy, Maria, and Elizabeth, and pay the interest on one thousand dollars to my wife Eliza, interest to commence at my death, to be paid to her during life and at her death the principle to be equally divided amongst the children of my daughters Nancy, Maria and Elizabeth. And pay to my Asa the interest on the sum of five hundred Dollars to commence after my decease and the principle after his death to be paid to the children of my daughters Nancy, Mariah and Elizabeth. And pay the further sum of six hundred dollars immediately after my decease to the children of my daughters Nancy, Maria and Elizabeth. The devise of the farm to William and his heirs aforenamed is upon the conditions that he pay all of the several legacies aforesaid, and upon the payment of which my executors are to give up to him a note I hold against him for $400 now in the hands of Benjamin Campbell. And if he has already paid any of the heirs aforesaid then he is to have a credit for the same as if he had paid the same after my death.
4. But if my son William does not accept the home place, I then order and direct my executors to wit: Benjamin Campbell & R. W. Downey Esqrs. to sell the same in whole or parcels, and make deed or deeds for the same within two years after my decease. And to distribute the proceeds of the same as follows.
5. To my son William the sum of eighteen hundred dollars and what interest may be due thereon, which is to be in satisfaction of a judgement which he holds to secure the same and if he don't pay Maria, Nancy, or Elizabeth, or either of them his legacy to [?] to that extent [the underlined text was inserted between the lines and is difficult to read] and also in satisfaction of a note of four ($400) hundred dollars which I hold against him, in Benjamin Campbell's hands.
6.The interest on one thousand dollars to my wife Eliza so long as she lives and the priniple to be divided amongst the children of my daughters Nancy, Maria and Elizabeth.
7. Two hundred dollars ($200) to the children of my son Dawson, share and share alike.
8. Six hundred dollars to my daughter Nancy McFann which is to be paid to her, if not already paid by son William --- and is part consideration of legacy to him.
9. Six hundred dollars to my daughter Elizabeth if not already paid by my son William. and is part consideration of the devise to him [appears to have been inserted]
10. To pay the interest on fifteen hundred Dollars ($1500) to Mary so long as she lives. And at her death, six hundred of the principle of same to be equally divided amongst the children of Maria Rinehart. and if not paid by my son William, to be deducted from the legacy to him [appears to have been inserted] And the remaining nine ($900) hundred Dollars to be divided amongst the children of Nancy, Maria and Elizabeth.
11. And pay the interest on seven hundred dollars (700) to my son Asa so long as he lives, and the principle at his death to the children of Nancy, Maria & Elizabeth. And any surplus of my real estate is to be divided amongst the children of my three daughters aforesaid, who are in all cases where they take under this will, to take per stirpes and not per capita.
12. Any residue of personal estate I give and devise to my children Nancy, Asa, Elizabeth, and Mary to be equally divided between them.
13. I hereby nominate and appoint my friends Benjamin Campbell & R. W. Downey the executors of this my last will and testament.
Signed and sealed in presence of us who at the request of the testator and in his presence and the presence of each other have witnessed the same.
L. L. Minor
W. F. Obenchain
Greene County, ss
Before me William A. Porter Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and for said county this day came L. L. Minor and Wm F. Obenchain the two subscribing witnesses to the within will, who after being duly affirmed according to law, sayeth: That they were present, on or about the twenty second day of August A.D. 1854 and they saw and heard the testator, Asa McClelland within named, publish, pronounce, and declare the foregoing instrument of writing to be his last will and testament, and that they signed the same as witnesses in his presence, at his request and in the presence of each other, and at the time of so doing said testator was of sound and disposing mind and memory, to the best of their knowledge, observation and belief
affirmed and subscribed before me this 19th day of October A.D. 1854.
William A. Porter, Register.
L. L. Minor
W. F. Obenchain
Registered Oct. 19th A.D. 1854, and letters testamentary granted to the within named executors.
In the left margin of page 171, Will Book 3, is written:
I hereby decline and refuse to accept the Home place offered to me in this will; and agree to accept
the money which I have advanced to Elizabeth Porter and Nancy McFann---with interest thereon from time of advancement
---for which see No. 179, June Term 1855 Common Pleas Docket.
Witness my hand and seal Sept 11, 1855
A copy of the will, as recorded in Will Book 3, pages 171 and 172, was obtained from the County Court by Richard M. Huges. A copy of the original will and the inventory of Asa McClelland's estate was obtained from the files of the Cornerstone Genealogical Society by Garret and Julie McFann.
Transcribed and slightly edited (converting some capital letters to lower case) by Brian McFann