Will of Jane Henderson (May 15, 1773)
Philadelphia County, PA Will Book Q, #189, pp 225-226 P 225:


Jane Henderson is the mother of Sarah (Henderson) James.  As indicated in this historic document it is clear that after the death of Thomas James in 1753, Sarah would go on to marry Andrew Crawford and bare many more children through this union.


In the Name of God Amen this Fifteenth day of May in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy three

I Jane Henderson of the township of Warrington in the County of Bucks in the province of Pensilvania[sic] being weak in body but of sound and disposing Mind and Memory thanks be to God therefore And knowing that it is appointed for all Men and Weomen[sic] once to die do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in Manner and Form following Viz

Principally and First I recommend my Soul to God who gave it And my Body to the Earth to be therein Buried in a Christian like Manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter to named And as to the Worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose thereof as followeth that is to say Imprimis my Will is that all my Just Debts and funeral Expences[sic] be fully Paid

Item I give and Bequeath unto my Son John Henderson's three daughters Viz Jane, Hannah & Sarah the Sum of Twenty Pounds Money of Pensilvania[sic] Each and five pounds to his daughter Elizabeth to be paid by my Executors out of my Estate when She Arrive to the Age of Twenty two Years Each but if either of them marry before the Arrive to the Afforsd Age that their respective Legacy shall be paid upon their Marriage day but p 226 if Either of them shall die before they arrive to the Afforsd Age or Marriage that their respective Legacy shall be paid to the Child or Children that may hereafter be born to my Son John if Children to be Equally divided between them the above mentioned Legacies to be kept at Interest and it to be laid out for the Support of my Son John & his Family at the discretion of my Executors

Item I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Mary the Sum of Thirty pounds to be paid out of my Estate by my Executors in Manner following the Interest Yearly and the Principal if her Necessity Require it at the discretion of my Executors but if she shall not need it to be Equally divided between her Children after her decease

Item I give and Bequeath unto my Son John the Sum of Five Pounds to be paid out of my Estate by Executors in One Year after my Decease

Item I give to my Grandaughter Sarah Crawford the Sum of Five Pounds Money as Afforsd with Interest for the same when she arrives to Age of Eighteen Years to be paid out of my Estate by my Executors Item I give to my Son in law Andrew Crawford and his Wife Sarah the Sum of Five Shillings Each to be paid out of my Estate by my Executors

Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Long the Sum Five pounds Money as afforsd to be paid by my Executors out of my Estate

Item I give and Bequeath my Son in law William Long the Sum of five Shillings to be paid by my Executors out of my Estate

Item I give and Bequeath the Remainder of my Estate after all my Just debts & the Legacies I have bequeathed are fully paid unto the Child or Children of my Son John that may hereafter be born to be Equally divided amongst them but in default of such Children to be equally divided among his daughters then living

Item I give and Bequeath my Daughter Mary my Long & Short Cloak to be delivered to her Immediately after my decease

Item I give and Bequeath the Remainder of my wearing Apparel to be Equally divided between my Daughters Mary Mageighan & Elizabeth Long & Anne Henderson

Item I give and Bequeath my Poplar Chest with what Linnen[sic] and other Things that may be in it at my Decease to my Grand Daughter Hannah Henderson but if she shall die before she receives it I give to my Grand Daughter Sarah Henderson

I do Hereby Nominate and Appoint & Constitute my trusty Friends William Torbent and Samuel Holster my whole and Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament And I do hereby revoke and Disannul and make void all former Wills and Testaments heretofore by me made or declared Either in Writing or by Word of mouth Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal Jane (her mark) Henderson

Seal Signed Sealed Published pronounced and declared by the said Jane Henderson in presence of us Jonathan Roberts, Nathan Sturgis, John Sturgis, Phineas Phillips Philada

November 25th 1775 personally appeared Nathan Sturgis and John Sturgis two of the Witnesses to the foregoing Will And on Oath did declare that they saw and heard Jane Henderson the Testatrix therein named Sign Seal publish and declare the same Will for and as her last Will and Testament And that at the Execution thereof She was of sound Mind Memory and Understanding to the best of their Knowledge and Belief

Coram Benjamin Chew Reg Genl

Be it remembred[sic] That on the 25th day of November 1775 the last Will and Testament of Jane Henderson deceased in due Form of Law was proved and Probate and Letters Testamentary were granted to William Torbent and Samuel Holster Executors in the said Testament named they having first been duly Sworn well and truly to administer the said deceased's Estate and bring and Inventory thereof into the Register Generals Office at Philadelphia on or before the 25th day of december next and render a true and Just Account of the said Administation on or before the 25th day of November 1776 or when thereto