Last week I received George Whippo’s last will and testament from the good folks at the Centre County Library. Needless to say I was very excited to read my 6th great-grandfather’s will which was written over 200 years ago. George had three daughters, Mary, Lydia and Susanna and two sons Isaac and Jesse. The only one not mentioned in his will is Mary. Mary is reported to be the first wife of John Rowles, and after her death he married Mary’s sister, Lydia.
I was hoping the will would provide proof of the marriage of John Rowles and Mary Whippo, by maybe listing the children they had as heirs. Unfortunately the will makes no mention of Mary or the children she is supposed to of had with John Rowles. The will does however prove the marriage of George’s daughter, Lydia to John Rowles, as he leaves them an inheritance. I will have to continue my search for proof of the marriage of Mary Whippo to John Rowles. If anyone reading this can provide said proof I would love to see it, or know where to find it.
I have made the will available on my website in adobe acrobat format George Whippo’s Last Will and Testament.
Here is my best attempt at transcribing the will. Please let me know if you find any errors so they can be corrected.
Outside of Will Page 1
Fees $3.58 paid by Jesse Whippo
26 Jany 1814
No 4893 67
Last will and testament
Jesse Whippo administrator (with the will annexed) of all and singular the goods and chattels right of credits of the whithin named George Whippo deceased on his solemn affirmation duly administered according to law did declare and say that they believe the whithin foregoing instrument of writing to be the true last will and testament of George Whippo late of Halfmoon Township said county deceased that they would well and truly execute the same by first paying all the debts of the said deceased and the legacies as far as the property will extend the law bind him that he would under adjust true and perfect inventory and conscionable appraisement of the goods and chattels right of credit which were of the said deceased and a just and true account of his administration and to the registrars office for Centre County when he shall be thereunto lawfully required affimed and subscribed the 26th day of January 1814 before me
Wm Peterson registrar Jesse Whippo
Inside of Will Page 1
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named George Whippo to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, who have hereunto subjected our names as witnessess in the presence of the testator.
Centre County Before me Williams Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and for the county aforesaid cause Andrew Hanna and William Mitchel two of the subscribing witnessess to the above instrument of writing and on their solemn oaths duely administered according to law did depose and say that they was personally present with George Whippo in the above instrument of writing named and now deceased and saw him sign, seal and heard him publish and declare the above instrument of writing as and for his last will and testament that at the same time the said George Whippo was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding that they subscribed the same instrument as witnessess to the execution thereof in the presence of the said deceased at his request that they saw Robert Mitchel, James Ross and Jacob Taylor also sign their names thereto in the presence of the said deceased and at his request.
Sworn and subscribed the 10th day of January 1814 before
Wm Peterson registrar Andrew Hanna
The Will Itself Page 2
George Whippo’s Last Will and Testament
In the name of God, Amen. I George Whippo of Centre County, Halfmoon Township and state of Pennsylvania being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory. Blessed be Almighty God for the same. Do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susana Whippo the income of my whole estate real and personal, during her natural life. I do also give and bequeath to my soninlaw John Rowls and my daughter Lydia Rowls his wife the sum of eight shillings and three pence. I do also give and bequeath to my oldest son Isaac Whippo the sum of five pounds currency. I also give and bqueath to my soninlaw Edward Heney and Susana my daughter his wife the sum of eight shillings and three pence which said several legacies or sums of money. I will and order shall be paid to the said respective legaters within six months after my decease. I further give and devise to my youngest son Jesse Whippo, his heirs and assigns the residence of my property real and personal after my lawful debts are paid. Thereby appoint Jacob Taylor sole executor of this my last will and testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Tenth day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and five.