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The Last Will & Testament of Elisha Jolly
While surfing the Net on my never-ending quest for family ties, I lucked across two interesting articles that have a direct bearing on our own Snodgrass family. One is the Last Will And Testament of Elisha Jolly, the other the Michael Ely family of Pennsylvania.
The connection between our Snodgrass family and the Jolly and Ely families are as such: One child of Elisha Jolly was Anna Jolly, b.Nov.30, 1795, d.Feb.12, 1881, m.Martin Ely, s/o Michael Ely and Mary Regina Kissner. Martin was b.Nov.25, 1791, d.Dec.13, 1871, in Buffalo Twp., and m.1811 to Ann(a) Jolly, d/o Elisha Jolly, the subject of the aforementioned will.
One child of Martin and Anna was Elisha Ely, b.Apr. 17, 1815, d.Aug.24, 1905. Elisha Ely m.first Oct.2, 1838, to Mary Clark, and m.second in 1843 to Keziah Snodgrass, d/o our ancestor William Snodgrass of Canton Township:
Elisha Jolly Family
The following transcription was submitted by Mary L. Henke of Yuma, AZ, for inclusion at the Genealogy in Wash. Co., PA. website in May 1998, address firstname.lastname@example.org. Children, and their spouses, of Elisha Jolly are as follows:
1-John Jolly, m.Isabella Bebout:
2-Richard Jolly, m.Naomie Bebout:
3-Polly Jolly, m.James Brownlee:
4-Phoebe Jolly, m.Mr. Runyon:
5-Anna Jolly, b.Nov.30, 1795, d.Feb.12, 1881, m.Martin Ely, s/o Michael Ely and Mary Regina Kissner (follow this link for more details about children of Anna Jolly and Martin Ely). Martin Ely was b.Nov.25, 1791, d.Dec.13, 1871, in Buffalo Twp., and m.1811 to Ann(a) Jolly, d/o Elisha Jolly, the subject of this will. One child of Martin and Anna was:
1-Elisha Ely, b.Apr. 17, 1815, d.Aug.24, 1905, m.first Oct.2, 1838, to Mark Clark, and m.second in 1843 to Keziah Brotherton Snodgrass, d/o our ancestors William and Margaret Snodgrass of Canton Township. The genealogy of Elisha and Kesiah Brotherton (Snodgrass) Ely is recorded at our Snodgrass Family site:
6-Charles Jolly, m.Latitia Bebout:
7-Stephen Jolly, died.single:
8-Elisha Jolly, m.Mary Conkey:
9-Abraham Jolly, m.Phoebe:
The Last Will & Testament of Elisha Jolly
In the name of God. Amen, I Elisha Jolly of Canton Twp. county of Washington being of sound and disposing mind and memory and understanding yet knowing the uncertainy of life do make and publish the following as and for my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all others.
First, I order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid my executor herein afterwards named.
2nd To my two sons John and Richard I give and direct the plantation on which I now live to be equally divided between them their heirs and assigns, subject to and charged with the legacies and provisions herein after mentioned and to my said two sons I also give and bequeath the windmill and cutting box in the barn.
3rd To my dear wife Sarah I give and bequeath one feather bed and bedding, one cow of her choice. The front two rooms on the ground floor of my present dwelling house and a comfortable support and maintenance during her natural life or widowhood including the nice fray ready furnished and fit for use- all which support and maintenance and feed and pasture is to be furnished and divided between my sons John and Richard.
4th.To my grandchildren, of my daughter Polly Brownlee, dec'd. I give and bequeath the sum of five dollars to be paid to them by my sons John and Richard.
5th To my daughter Phoebe Runyon I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred and fifty eight dollars and 33 cents to be paid to her by my sons John and Richard, one half at the expiration of three years and the balance at the expiration of six years after my decease.
6th To my daughter Anna Ely I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred and fifty eight dollars and 33 cents to be paid in a like manner.
7th To my daughter Sarah Day I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred and fifty eight dollars and 33 cents to be paid in the same manner.
8th To my son Charles Jolly I give and bequeath to him all the debts due by him to me by note or other wise and to my said son Charles in trust for the benefit and use of his children I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred and fifty eight dollars and 33 cents to paid as my other legacies.
8th To my son Stephen I give and bequeath the debts due me by him.by note or otherwise and also give and bequeath to him one hundred and fifty eight dollars and 33 cents to be paid in a like manner.
9th To my son Elisha Jolly I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred and fifty eight dollars and 33 cents to him in like manner.
10th To my son Abraham I have already given him his full share of my estate.
The 11th order appears to be missing in this particular copy.
12th After payment of my just debts and funeral expenses I order and direct my executors to divide among all my heirs what may remain on the sale of all my personal estate not otherwise disposed of in this Will.
Lastly I nominate and appoint my son John Jolly, Martin Ely and Ebenezer Brownlee to be the executors of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness thereof I hereby set my hand and seal this 4th day of May AD.1832.
Went to probate Dec.26, 1834