(Original in Burlington Will Records 3629C-3632C)
23 Dec 1736
John Reeve of the city of Philadelphia in the province of pensylvania mariner being in perfect health and of sound and disposing mind and memory praised be God for the same do make this my last and will and testament in manner and form following. Imprimis I will that my just debts and funerall charges be paid.
Item I give to my Daughter Hannah Reeve the Bed & the furniture about it with the chest of Drawers table and Leather Chairs in the Front Chamber and the clock ot scrutore which she pleases.
Item I give unto my Daughter Mary Reeve the Bed with the furniture chest of drawers and table and corner cupboard in the back chamber and the seven leather chairs that stand in the lower room and the clock or scrutore which her sister Hannah may have and the rest of the bedding linnen and pewter and all other the household furniture with all books (except a parcell which my son Peter Reeve have a list of with my name signed thereto) to be equally divided between the said Hannah and Mary Reeve
Item I give unto my Daughter Rachel Reeve one thrid part of the value of the appraisement after my funerall charges and debts are paid and two years after my Decease to be put out to interest untill she come of age
Item I give unto my son Peter Reeve five pounds and three of my Best shirts and all my wearing apparell the rest of my linnen to be equally divided amongst my three daughters and in case either of my Daughter should die then to goe to the survivours and I do constitute my Dear Friend Israel Peinborl? and my loving brother Matthias Aspden both of the city of Philadelphia merchts executors of this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty third day of the Twelfth month 1736.
John Reeve with a (seal)
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us Wm Hill Evan Bevan Abrm Mitchell
William Hill one of the witnesses to the within written will being duly sworn did depose that he saw John Reeve the Testator therein named sign and seal the same and heard him publish pronounce & declare the within instrument to be his last will & testamt and that at the doing thereof the said Testator was of sound and Disposing mind memory & understanding so far as he knows and as he verily believs and that at the sme time Evan Bevan & Abrm Mitchel the other witnesses were present and signed their names as witnesses to the said will together with this Depont in the presence of the said Testar and at his request Wm Hill Sworn at Burbt? the fifth Day of Sept A 1743 before me Joseph Rose Surrogate
Abraham Mitchel one other of the witnesses to the within will being of the people called Wakers on his solemn affirmation which he took according to law did declare and affirm that he saw John Reeve ye testator in the within will named sign and seal the same and heard him publish pronounce & declare the within written instrumt to be his last will and testmt and that at the doing thereof the said testatr was of sound disposing mind memory & understanding so far as he knows and as he verily believes and that at the same time William Hill and Evan Bevan the other witnesses were present and signed their names as witnesses to the said will together with this affurment at the request and in the presence of ye sd testator
Abraham Mitchel affirmed at Burbt the fifth Day of Sept A 1743 before me Joseph Rose Surrogate