Background: John McCulloh (b. 1747) died April 13, 1800. His will was written 8 October 1797 and proved 23 April 1800.
Be it remembered that I John McCulloh of the district of Southward of the City of Philadelphia Merchant being week in Body but through divine favour of sound mind & disposing memory considering the uncertainty of this life and fitness of settling my worldly concerns preparatory to my final change do make and publish this my lat will & testament in manner following (that is to say)
First I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Anna all my household goods and kitchen furniture of every kind also all the time of servitude of my two indentured girls, also all the time of servitude of my black man James, also a horse & chair and one milch cow, also all that article of plate purchased since our marriage together with the sum of one hundred & fifty pounds current money or money of Pennsylvania.
Item I give & bequest to my eldest son Samuel my silver tankart. I also give and bequeath my personal trinkets unto my next three eldest sons viz. Andrew John & James. I also bequeath unto my daughters Anna, Mary & Margaret all the remainder part of my plate in equal proportion part & share alike. I also give & bequeath to my said daughters Anna & Mary each one mahogany circular bureau table to be purchased for them by my executors. I also give & bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth the sum of twenty dollars in full of her part & share of my estate
And further it is my will that my real & remaining personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever shall be sold by my Executors herein after named when ever they shall think proper in their discretion whom I full authorize and empower and the survivors or survivor of them to grant bargain sell and dispose of all my said real Estate either at private or publick sale and to execute acknowlege and deliver in due form of law all such deed or deeds conveyances & assurances as shall be necessary for granting the same in fee simple and inheritance thereof to the purchaser or purchasers thereof his or her or their heirs & I assign for ever and the one equal of third part of the net proceeds arriving by such sale I order and direct shall be vested in the Bank Stock of Pennslvania or in the Publick Stocks of the United States and the clear income arriving out of the same I give & bequeath to my said wife Anna to be by her received from time to time as it shall become due during the continuance of her natural life. And the remaining two thirds thereof I give & bequeath in equal proportions to my sons Samuel, Andrew, John, James, George, Robert, & Isaac and my daughters Anna, Mary Margaret, Sarah, Isabella and the child of children that my wife may now be pregnant with to be between them equally divided part and share alike. The shares of those that are minors I also will & order shall be vested in manner aforesaid in the Bank Stock of Pennsylvania or in the publick Stocks of the United States as above directed and the clear income arriving therefrom I will and order shall be applied towards the Education and support of my said minor children which shall be paid into the hands of my wife (for the sole use aforesaid) into whose care I commit my said minor children during the continuance of her widowhood.
And in order to render my intentions effectual & respecting the money to be vested in the Bank Stocks as aforesaid I fully authorize & empower my said Executors or survivors or survivor of them to grant & bargain sell and transfer such stock or stocks so vested as aforesaid at any time when such legacies shall become due and payable to the respective legatees.
And lastly as to the herein before mentioned equal third part of the nett proceeds so vested for the benefit of my wife as aforesaid, I give & bequeath the same (after the decease of my said wife) in equal portion to all my said sons Samuel, Andrew, John, James, George, Robert & Isaac and my said daughters Anna, Mary, Margaret, Sarah, Isabella & the child or children that my wife now may be pregnant with to be between them equally divided part and share alike.
And I do hereby further nominate & appoint my said wife Anna & my sons Samuel & Andrew and a friend William Knox of the City of Philadelphia merchant or the survivors or survivor of them to be the Executors or Executor of this my last will & testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty eighth day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety seven.
Singed sealed and published & declared by the said [line is in a fold] as his last will & testament in the presence of us. Signed by John McCulloh
John Fraley, Thomas Parkinson, James Simmons
Philadelphia April 23, 1800.
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 3, frame 572