Submitted by Phyllis D. Slater.
The will of Michael Crow 1, as recorded in Greene County, Pa. .Will book 3, page 108, file #1473:
I Michael Crow Senr, of Richhill Township, county of Green, and state of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind, but believing in the frailty and uncertainty of human life, do make this my last will and testament in the manner and form following, viz:
1. I will that my lawful debts shall be paid by my Executors as soon after my decease as practicable.
2. I will and bequeath to my wife Nancy Crow the one third of the annual rent of my real estate. Also the whole of my personal property, except the farming utensils, horses, horn-cattle, sheep and hogs. I also will to my wife Nancy, the entire use and control of the house I now live in, and garden during her natural life. It is my will that my wife Nancy dispose of the household furniture, bed and bedding, at or before her death as she may think proper.
3. It is my will that the sawmill farm shall be sold by my executors, at the expiration of one year after my decease, and that eight hundred dollars of the purchase money be paid at the time to my daughter Mary Lazear, I will the remainder of the purchase money to my grandson Michael Crow Lazear, to be paid to him when he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years.
4. I will and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Spillman, the sum of seven hundred dollars, to be paid at the time and in the manner hereafter provided for.
5. I will and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Patterson one dollar, to be paid at the end of one year after my decease.
6. I will and bequeath eight hundred dollars to be equally divided, share & share alike, between the natural children born from my daughter Susanna Braddock, to be paid when they arrive at the age of twenty one years.
7. I will and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Job one dollar to be paid at the end of one year after my decease.
8. I will and bequeath to my daughter Charlotte Crow eight hundred dollars to be paid in the manner and time hereafter provided for. I also will to my daughter Charlotte Crow, one good horse and one cow when she leaves.
9. Having given to my three sons, William, John and Jacob Crow, each nearly the sum which I intended for them, I will and bequeath to each of them, ten dollars to be paid one year after my decease.
10. I will and bequeath to my son Michael Crow the home farm on which I now live, and also the farm situated in MARSHALL COUNTY, VIRGINIA, joining lands with Jacob Crow, and Moses Bell, with all their buildings and appurtenances, to have and to hold at his pleasure. I also will and bequeath to my son Michael Crow all the farming utensils, the horses, horn cattle, sheep & hogs. It is my will that my son Michael shall pay the fore-mentioned legacies to my sons William, John, and Jacob, and to Sarah Patterson and Nancy Job at the end of one year after my decease. Also that my son Michael Crow pay the legacies willed to the children of my daughter Susanna Braddock as before provided for.
11. It is my will that the fore named legacies willed to my daughters Elisabeth Spillman & Charlotte Crow shall be paid by my son Michael Crow in the following manner, viz; at the end of one year after my decease, the one tenth part of each legacy is to be paid, at the end of the second year one tenth and so on, annually till all is paid.
12. It is my will that my son Michael Crow shall keep two cows for the use of my wife Nancy Crow during her natural life.
13. It is my will that no appraisement of my real or personal estate shall take place. 14 I hereby ordain and appoint the Revd. John McClusky, my son Michael Crow, and the Revd. James Fleming the executors of this my last will and testament, hereby making void and null all former wills by me made. his mark,....Michael Crow
Signed in the presence of us the first day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two.
Ellis M. Gray
Green County .SS
Before me William A. Porter Register in and for said county, personally came Ellis M. Gray & James Wherry who after being duly sworn according to law, say that they were present when the within will was signed published and declared and that after the within will was drawn, that the same was presented to the said testator for his signature. But that the said testator said he could not write, and he then expressly requested the Revend James Fleming to sign his name to said will the same as if he (the testator) was a good scholar, and that said Flemming did so sign the name of said testator to said will. At the same time, and in our presence, and that we signed the same as witnesses, at the instance and request of said testator, and that at the time of so doing the testator was of sound mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge, observation and belief. Signed and subscribed befor me 18 May A.D. 1852
wm. A. Porter
Ellis M. Gray