Monday, December 20, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: The Will of James Mitchel 1797

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

James Mitchel of Letterkenny Township in Franklin Co., Pennsylvania was my maternal sixth great grandfather. He was married to Martha Sharp, daughter of William and Mary Sharp. He had at least two sons in the Revolutionary War; James Jr. and John. It is from his daughter Margaret, who married James Anderson, that I descend. I estimate his birth to be between 1730 and 1735, based on the birth of some of his children.

Will of James Mitchel

"MITCHEL, James, Letterkenny Tp. Dated Apr. 29, 1796.  Proved Mar. 30, 1797.  Son James 325 lbs.; Son John 325 lbs. to be paid out of the last payments now to become due from Abraham and Peter Keefers for the land which I sold to said Abraham Keefer.  To my daus., viz:  Elizabeth now the wife of Robert McConnel, Margaret now the wife James Anderson and Sarah now the wife of John Cochran, each the sum of 50 lbs.  Son Jesse 50 lbs.; grandson James, son of the aforesaid Jesse, 50 lbs.; son Nathaniel, 50 lbs.; grandson James, son of aforesaid Nathaniel, 50 lbs.; son Joseph 50 lbs.; grandson James Patterson, son of my son Joseph, 50 lbs.; daughter-in-law-Margaret,  wife of my son Joseph; grand dau. Elizabeth, dau. of my son Jesse.  Exrs.:  Jesse, Nathaniel and Joseph.  Wit.:  John McConnel, Robert McConnel, James McConnel."

Source: Frances Strong Helman "Your Family Tree" August 1957, Vol. VII, #4, pg. 94.



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