Below are transcribed copies of the will of Jesse DeHaven and the Administrator's Bond filed in the estate of his wife, Mary Magdelene (Pluck) Dehaven, copies of which were obtained from the Chester County Archives in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Jesse and Mary Magdelene (Pluck) DeHaven were my 4th g.grandparents on my mother's side of the family, through their daughter Catherine DeHaven, who married James Kennady.
Jesse Dehaven's Will
Proved Febry 3, 1835
Registered in Book 2, Vol. 16, page 635
In the name of God, Amen. I Jesse Dehaven of the Township of London Britain in the county of Chester and State of Pennsylvania, being weak in body, but of sound memory and understanding (Blessed be God for the same) Do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following. to wit.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph a bond I hold on him for the sum of two hundred Dollars. I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob the sum of one Dollar. I give and bequeath unto my son Jesse the sum of fifty dollars per year from the time he arrived at the age of twenty-one years until the time he left off residing and working for me.
Item, it is my will and I do order and direct that all my just debts, funeral Expenses and the before mentioned Legacies be duly paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently can be after my decease out of my personal estate. I give and bequeath unto my Dear wife Mary Dehaven all the rest and residue of my personal estate after the payment of the aforesaid debts, expenses and legacies to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my said wife the use and occupation of all my real estate and all the profits therefrom for and during her natural life. And at the death of my said wife, I will and bequeath all my real Estate to be equally divided among Seven of my children. to wit.
Kitty [probably refers to Catherine, his eldest daughter], Joseph, Samuel, Phoebe, Mary, Jesse and Sarah Ann, in equal shares, that is to say share and share alike to them, their heirs and assigns for ever.
Item, my will and meaning is that in case any of my said sons or any others of my said children should make any claim or demand against my estate for wages or any other thing in that case he or they is not to receive any share or part of my said estate and their share so forfeited is to be equally divided among the rest of my said children.
And lastly, I nominate and appoint my said wife Mary and my friend Robert M. Waughe Esquire to be the executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all other wills, Legacies and bequeaths by me heretofore made and declaring this and no other to be my last will and Testament.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Eighteenth day of June—in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-three.
Signed, sealed and published ) Jesse Dehaven [SEAL] pronounced and declared by )
the Testator as his last will )
and testament in the )
presence of us who in )
his presence and at his )
request have subscribed as )
Samuel Kimble )
George Kimble )
West Chester, February 3rd, A.D. 1835. Then personally appeared Samuel Kimble and George Kimble who on their solemn oaths did depose and say that they were present and did see and hear Jesse Dehaven the Testator in this Instrument in writing named, sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the same as for his last will and testament and that at the signing thereof he was of a sound and well disposing mind and memory to the best of their knowledge and belief.Sworn corume (?) Nimrod Strickland
Be it remembered that on the 3rd day of February A.D. 1835 the last will and testament of Jesse Dehaven dec. was proved and approved in due form of law and Letters Testamentary thereon were duly granted to Robert M. Waugh one of the Executors herein named (the other having renounced) who was solemnly sworn well and truly to administer the goods and chattles, rights and credits of said deceased according to law, also diligently and faithfully to regarde and well and duly comply with the provisions of the law relating to collateral inheritances.
Know all Men that I Mary Dehaven one of the Executors named in the last will and testament of Jesse Dehaven do hereby renounce and _________ all my right, title and interest to the Executorship of the said Estate and do request that the Executorship of the said Estate be solely granted unto Robert M. Waughe the other executor named in said will.
Witness my hand and seal the 28th day of January, A.D. 1835.Mary Dehaven X her marke
"1 eight day clock" value $20
"1 breakfast table"
"1 dining table"
"2 breakfast tables"
"Andirons, shovel & tongs and month furniture"
"Settee and cushions"
"Lot of old carpeting"
"Plough & harrow"
"yoke of oxen"
Total value: $577.13
Mary Dehaven's Estate
[list of the goods and chattels of estate of Mary Dehaven] filed October 22nd, 1838
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, THAT WE Samuel Dehaven, William Crossan, & James Kennedy are held and bound unto the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the sum of three hundred and sixty _____ Dollars to be paid to the said commonwealth to the which payment, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves jointly and severally, for and in the whole, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, firmly by these presents.
Sealed with our Seals, dated the twenty-second day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight.
The Conditions of this Obligation is such, That if the above bounden Samuel Dehaven __________ Administrator of all and singular, the goods, chattels, and credits of Mary Dehaven _______ late of the township of London Britain in said county, deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits, of the said deceased, which have come or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of the said Samuel Dehaven or into the hands and possession of any other person
or persons for him and the same so made, do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Register's Office in the county of Chester, within thirty days of the date hereof, and the same goods, chattels, and credits, and all other the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased at the time of her death, which at any time after, shall come to the hands or possession of the said Samuel Dehaven
or into the hands or possession of any person or persons for him do well and truly administer according to law. And further do make and or cause to be made, a true and just account of his said administration, within one year from the date hereof, or
when thereunto legally required, and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels, and credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrator's account, (the same being first examined and allowed by the Orphans' Court of the county having jurisdiction) shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons as the said Orphans' Court by their decree or sentence, pursuant to law, shall limit and appoint, and shall well and truly comply with the laws of this commonwealth relating to collateral inheritances. And if it shall hereafter appear, that any Last Will and Testament was made by the said deceased, and the same shall be proved according to law, if the said Samuel Dehaven being thereunto required, do surrender the said Letters of Administration into the Register's Office aforesaid, then this Obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force.
SEALED AND DELIVERED ) Samuel Dehaven [SS] IN THE PRESENCE OF ) William Crossan [SS] Saml. Painter James Kennedy [SS]
Apparently the belongings of Mary Dehaven were sold at auction, since in the probate record there's a list of "bids" taken for various items, and the name of the person who bought each item. Among the names of the persons who placed bids were:
"Lydia Chambers" for "Knife box & rake" and "table"
"Wm. Smith" for "straw bed" "brass hand irons" "2 pitchers", "set of teaware"
"Joseph Dehaven" "2 candlesticks"
Total value of goods and chattels: $468.43
Comments: These persons appear to have been related to Mary Magdelene (Pluck) DeHaven, since Jas. Kennady was her son-in-law, husband of her daughter Catherine; Jesse DeHaven was probably her son; Lydia Chambers was probably the mother-in-law of her daughter Matilda (Kennedy) Chambers; Daniel Pluck, possibly a nephew or brother; Wm. Smith was her son-in-law, who married Mary DeHaven, sister of Catherine (DeHaven) Kennedy, and Joseph Dehaven was another son.
Updated December 11, 2001.