Moses Perry Will

The will you see below was executed by my g-g-g-grandfather, Moses Perry, in April 1848, during the last month of his life. I transcribed it from a photostatic copy provided by the late Kelly Marshall, who was descended from a brother of one of Moses' sons-in-law. Kelly obtained it from one of Moses' direct descendants, Sue (McGough) Veal, who copied it from the original document, which may be found at the Venango county courthouse in Franklin, PA, in Will Book 2, page 741. The will is almostly totally lacking in punctuation and capitalization, which I've tried to remedy in this transcription.

Following Moses Perry's death, the will was filed, with a brief acknowledgment in a different handwriting appended to it. These documents are helpful for identifying the month of his death, as well as the names of his children and some of their spouses and children. It also provides some information as to the location of his property. Its mention of Moses' wife implies that she was still alive at the time he dictated the will, although I've been unable to locate her in the 1850 census.

In the Name of God, Amen.

I, Moses Perry, of the County of Venango, Township of Scrubgrass, being sick and weak in body but of sound mind, memory and understanding, praised be God for it, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and to the end I may be the better prepared to leave this world whenever it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and declare this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say:

First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator and my body to the earth in hopes of a joyfull resurrection and as to such worldly estates wherewith it hath pleased God to entrust me I dispose of the same as followeth, that is to say:

Moses Perry

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said testator Moses Perry as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto:

Robert Gallagher
Wm. Scott
Wm. Irwin

The following acknowledgment, in a different handwriting, was added when Moses' will was filed:

Venango County

This 27th day of April AD 1848 before me, Geo. W. Connely, Registrar for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and for said County, personally came William Scott and Robert Gallagher, two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing written will, and being duly sworn according to law did depose and say that they were present and saw and heard Moses Perry the testator sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the foregoing instrument [...] as and for his testament and last will, and at the time of so doing he was of sound mind, memory and understanding to the best of our knowledge & belief.

Signed by Robert Gallagher 29 Apr 1848

Sworn & subscribed before me the 29 April 1848

Geo. W. Connely Reg.

Wm. Scott
Robert Gallagher

1 David Perry (1811-1892) is Moses' youngest child.
2 Phebe (Perry) Marshall (1803-1885) is Moses' daughter.
3 Simeon Hovey Marshall (1824-1912) is Phebe's oldest child. He is the subject of an excellent web page at Kelly Marshall's site which is now available at the Wayback Machine's Internet Archive.
4 John Perry (1802-1889) is my great-great-grandfather. He was living in Ohio at the time of Moses' death.
5 James Perry (ca 1799-?) is a son of Moses. Grandson Moses R. Perry was born about 1832.
6 Betsy Perry is David's oldest child and was born about 1836.
7 Mary (Perry) Williams (1796-?) is another of Moses' daughters.
This page was last updated 15 Feb 2013.