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Will of Mary Kerr
1870


The last will and testament of Mary Kerr of South Huntingdon Township Westmoreland County Pennsylvania. In the name of God. I Mary Kerr considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory blessed be the Almighty God for the same. I do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. That is to say I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Orr the wife of John Orr my Farm lying and being in Restrower Township Westmoreland County Penna to have and hold during her natural life and at her death I will and bequeath the said Farm in fee simple to my four grand children mainly Kate Orr, Anne Mary Orr, Henry Orr and Elizabeth Orr. Children of John and Mary Orr share and share alike and should either of the above named grand children die before they arrive at the age of twenty one year. Then that portion of said land that would of descended to them at the death of my daughter Mary Orr shall be the property of the surviving Grand children and should all of said Grand children die before they come to the age of twenty one years then my will is that said Farm shall decend and be the property of my daughter Mary Orr in fee – simple to hold and be hers forever. And if my daughter Mary and her children at any time think it would be to their interest to sell said farm and buy land in some other locality thin I authorize and empower Thompson McLain to sell and convey by deed the above mentioned farm or tract of land and invest the proceeds of said sale in other real estate but no change to be made in regard to the distribution as above stated the property purchased shall remain the same as the above mentioned property not changing in any way or maner the true meaning of will and I do hereby appoint Thompson McLain my sole Executer to carry out this my last will and testament as above stated – In witness I have hereunto sit my hand and seal this the 14th day of April AD 1870.

Signed and sealed in presence of us at the request of Mrs. Mary Kerr
George Plumer
Lucetta Plumer
Lizzie Marshall

August 13, 1883 Legally proved and approved same day recorded and Letters Testy issued to within named Executor who was sworn before me. William Hugus Register

Testatrix died July 16, 1883 @ 7 P.M.

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Comment by Dana Kelly on December 31, 2013 at 4:55pm

I am interested in this! It has the surnames of my various ancestors from Westmoreland and Washington County, PA. Could you please tell me more about this family. I have a Hannah Marshall who married John McLain and I have been trying to track down her parents. I also have an ancestor Martha Kerr who married Alexander Craig. They are from the same area. I found some things wriiten that suggest that their families came over on the ship together from ireland to PA. Thanks!

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