Will of Henry Hayes
The first day of Aprile in the Year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and fourty five
I Henry Hayes of East Marlborough in the County of Chester and Province of Pensilvania Husbandman Do Make Constitute and ordain This my Last will and Testament that is to Say: I Give dispose and bequeath as in forme and Manner folloing: Imprimis. I give Unto My Son Joseph Hayes & my son James Hayes Whome I Likewise Constitute Make and Ordain My only and Sole Excetors of this My Last Will and Testament of all and Singular my Goods And Chattels Whatsoever that are or Shall bee found belonging or appertaining to Mee Except what Shall bee hearafter Excepted and Specefyed to bee Given.
Item. I Give to my Wife Isabella Two hundred pounds, to bee paid by my Exetors one year after My Deceas iff Shee Delivers that Paper Too my Exeters which I signed to her before marriage and Do not take nor Convey away Nor Conscent to bee taken and Conveyed away any of the Household Goods Nor any other thing whatsoever belonging to mee without the Consent of my Exeters.
Item. I give to my son John Twenty pounds: I give to my son William one shilling. I give to my son Stephen ten pounds to be paid att any time when my Executors thinks proper. I give to My Daughter Mary one Shilling. I give to my Daughter Joanna one shilling and I also Give to my Executors five pounds apiece: And all the remaining part of my Rail and personal Estate after Just Debts and funerall Expenses bee paid Except What is before Expresed too bee Given I Give to be Equally Divided between my Daughter Margaret & my Daughter Elizabeth: & my Daughter Anne & my Daughter Rachel and my Daughter Ruth and my Daughter Lydia and I also Give to my Daughter Margaret Twenty Pounds More than Either of my Daughters above Mentioned and my Daughter Rachel have had Seventeen pounds Twelve shillings and sixpence which I order to bee Deducted out of her share: & my Daughter Lidia have had fifty pounds which I order to bee Deducted out of her share: and I also order my personal and Real Estate to bee Sold by my Executors att any time after my Deceas: and the money of all my Personall and Real Estate to bee Immediately paid According to the Derection of this my Last Will and Testament. And I Do Impower my Executors to Defend my Estate by Law or otherways and the Cost to bee paid out of my Estate and further more I Do alow this and no other to bee my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Day and Year above Written.
HENRY HAYES (Seal)
Signed published Delivered and pronounced by the afforesaid Henery Hayes to bee his Last Will and Testament in the Presence of us the Subscribing Witnesses Viz
The will of Henry Hayes, which was probably written by Jonathan Jackson, was duly proved by the witnesses on the 30th of December, 1745. An inventory of the estate was taken on the 5th of 11th Mo. 1745-6, by Aaron Baker and William Harlan, and amounted to 726 pounds, 7 s[hillings], including the plantation of 177 acres, valued at 250 pounds. There is reason to believe that the last wife of Henry Hayes was a comparatively young woman. One Isabella Hayes, widow, purchased 208 acres of land in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, March 8, 1746-7. She married Andrew Caldwell, of Leacock, and by him had sons Andrew, Robert, Charles and John Caldwell. Andrew, the father, was a widower in Londongrove Township in 1760, married a second wife, Jane, and died in Lancaster County in 1768.