Will of James Starr (Proved 7 March 1749)
Philadelphia 1749 Book I, Will #149, p. 234
I, James Starr of Charles Town in the County of Chester and
province of Pennsylvania being of perfect sense and sound memory
but weak of body and calling to mind the mortality of all flesh
am now minded to settle my affairs and do make and constitute
this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
First, I commit my Soul to God that gave it and my body to be
Item: I will to my dear and loving wife all my household goods
except the bed and bedding I now lay on and my desk which I will
to my son Samuel Starr.
Item: I will the half of the whole plantation and half the house
both dwelling house and all other houses on the whole tract to my
dear wife and to her heirs and assigns during her natural
Item: I will all the other half of the plantation to my son
Samuel Starr together with half the housing on it and to his
assigns forever and his mother's half at her decease to his
heirs and assigns forever, that is to say the whole plantation to
him forever at her decease.
Item: I will all my stock both horses and coults and cows young
catel and sheepe and the crop in the ground and corn and foder in
the barn together with half the wagon and half of the utentials
of husbantry to my son Samuel Starr and also my gun.
Item: I will all my bonds, bills and all maner of debts due to
me to my wife I also will the servant man and servant maid to my
Item: I will to my son Joseph Starr, twenty shillings and no
Item: I will to my son John Starr one pound and no more.
Item: I will to my son James Starr one pound and no more.
Item: I will to my son Moses Starr five pounds and no more.
Item: I will to my grand child Rachel Starr the sum of ten
pounds to be put to interest for her in two years after the date
here of to be paid to her at her marriage or at the age of
Item: I will to my son (in-law) Richard Richardson and his wife
Mary the sum of ten pounds.
Item: I will to my son (in-law) Resse Williams and his wife
Rachel the sum of ten pounds.
Item: My will is that all the leagiseys be paid in two years
after the date here of and not till then.
Item: My dear and beloved wife is to pay all the above leagiseys
and lastly I will and appoint my dear wife and son Joseph Starr
sole executors of this my last will and testament given under my
hand and seal this second day of the tenth month one thousand
seven hundred forty nine (1749).
James Starr (seal)