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Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Nathan Comly of August 13, 1827.

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Nathan Comly of August 13, 1827.

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Last Will and Testament of Nathan Comly of Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, dated 13 day of August, 1827.

Be it remembered that I Nathan Comly of Upper Dublin township, Mointgomery, being weak of body but of sound and disposing mind for which I am thankful to the author of my being. Do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit.

First I will and order that all my just debts and funeral expences be fully paid as soon as can be after my decease.

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth two beds, bedding and Bedsteads case of drawers all my silver spoons, One Dozen chairs, one Dozen knives and forks, looking glass, one dining and one breakfast table ???? and iron shovel and tongs all to be of her choice.

Also, I give

Last Will and Testament of William Comly of Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, dated 213 day of August, 1827.

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her all and every of my tea furniture, waters and also as much of table cloths, towels, crockery and Earthen wares and kitchen furniture she may think proper, tin plate stove large Bible, rocking chair, settee, ????? carpet now in the parlour, Riding chair & Harness, One Cow and One Horse her choice. To her my said wife for and during her natural life, And after her decease my will is that the goods so as aforesaid given that may be remaining (except the Clock) shall be divided to and among my children to wit: Abner L., Elizabeth, Lydia, Hannah, John, Daniel and Joseph or their Representatives in equal parts. And I further give and bequeath to my said wife sum of One hundred dollars annually to be secured on that part of my farm lying on the west side of the north Wales Road on which my mansion is erected in the township aforesaid – It is further my will and I do order and direct that my said wife shall be suitably and sufficiently furnished with everything she may stand in need of or reasonably required for her comfort in house keeping for one whole year, immediately succeeding the sale of my Estate. All of which legacies and Privileges to my said wife I do hereby declare to be in lieu and stead of her dower at common law – I give all my wearing apparel to my four sons namely Abner L, John, Daniel and Joseph Comly as I give to my son John my Desk, also one of my colts his choice to be kept fed and used as one of my Other Horses on the farm – I give to my son Daniel all of my smith Tools, Coal, Iron, and steels of every description that may be in the blacksmith shop at my decease, It is my will and desire that my said son Daniel shall be put apprentice to some trade, his choice, as soon after my decease as conveniently can be – I give to my son Joseph, my Clock (heretofore given to his mother during her natural life) It is my wish and desire that my said son Joseph Shall be kept to school for two years or more as my Executors may think proper or he may require to compleat his education, the expences of which I direct to be paid out of my Estate – Item I give to my three grand Children Edward Tyson, Calvin Tyson and John Tyson children of my Daughter Sarah deceased the sum of three hundred dollars to be equally divided between to share of my Estate) To be paid to them respectively or the survivor or survivors of them as soon after the sale of my Estate as conveniently can be, provided they shall be of lawful age, but if not, Then as soon as they shall arrive to lawful age – Item I give to my two Grand Children Elizabeth Tomlinson and Elmina Tomlinson Children of my Daughter Jerusha deceased the sum of two Hundred Dollars to be equally divided between them share and share alike which said sum is to be considered as their full share of my Estate to paid to them respectively or the survivor of them as soon after the sale of my Estate as conveniently can be, provided they shall be of lawful age but if not, Then as soon as they shall arrive to lawful age – It is further my will and desire that my beloved wife Elizabeth and Children are not married at my decease, shall continue to live together and occupy all my real and personal Estate (Except what is herein particularly directed otherwise) of every description that I may die possessed of ???? during the term of two years thence next ensuing with keeping the property in good repair and fences, the rails forsaid fencing to be cut off my Lot of timber taxes, and assessments levied thereon – And if my son John Should not be married at the expiration of said two years, then and in that case my will and desire further is that my said Wife and Children shall

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continue to live together as aforesaid, until my said son John shall marry provided he does so marry before the expiration of two years more, and I desire that the woods now landing on that part of my farm situate in Horsham Township should be cutt of within the term that I have desired my family to continue together, and used either for fuel or sold as my Executors may think best, and if it should so happen that at the end or expiration of the term that I have desired my family to live together after my decease, That there should appear to be an increase of property more than would fully compensate those so living for their attention and services, In that case, I give and bequeath the said increase to and among all my surviving children or their legal representatives in equal part.

And at the expiration of the last mentioned two years or whenever within that time that my said son John should marry. I do will, order and direct my Executors herein after named to make sale of all my Estate, both real and personal; (except what is herein before bequeathed) hereby authorising and empowering them to make and execute good and lawful Deed or Deeds of Conveyance to the purchaser or purchasers, leaving it altogether to the discretion of my Executors to sell my farm together or in three divisions, or my lot of timber land in Cheltenham in small Lots or together as they may think best – And as I have heretofore given to my son Abner L Comly and my two Daughters Sarah Tyson deceased and Jerushah Tomlinson deceased each, considerable property as an outfit to assist them in housekeeping; It is my will and I do hereby direct my Executors to pay to each of my other Children namely; Elizabeth, Lydia, Hannah, John, Daniel and Joseph the sum of One hundred and fifty Dollars immediately after the sale of my estate in order to equal them with their Brother and Sisters aforesaid; But if either of my daughters Elizabeth, Lydia, or Hannah should marry during the term that I have desired that they might live together, upon my estate as One family, Then and in that case I do order and direct my Executors to pay my Daughter or Daughters so Marrying their said sum of One hundred & fifty Dollars immediately upon their so marrying respectively: – And all the rest and reside of my Estate of whatsoever kind or nature the same may be I give, devise and bequeath to my Children, namely, Abner L Comly, Elizabeth Comly, Lydia Comly, Hannah Comly, John Comly, Daniel Comly and Joseph Comly or their legal representatives share and share alike in equal parts.

And Lastly I do nominate constitute and appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth an my son Abner L Comly to be the Executors of this my will – hereby revoking all other wills, Legacies and bequests by me heretofore made and declaring this an no other to be my last will and Testament; In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the thirteenth day of the Eighth month One thousand Eight-hundred and twenty seven – 1827

Signed sealed and declared

Nathan Comly {SEAL}

by the Testator as his last will and Testament in the presence of us James Paul, John Kirk Montgomery County Personally appeared the witnesses to the foregoing will who being duly affirmed according to Law did on their solemn affirmation respectively say that they saw and heard Nathan Comly the testator therein named sign and seal, publish and declare the same will for and as his last will and Testament, and at the doing of it he was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief.

Affirmed, Jany. 21st 1828
Cr Geo M Potts DR

Be it Remembered that on the 21st day of January AD 1827 the foregoing will of Nathan Comly was proved in due form

Last Will and Testament of William Comly of Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, dated 213 day of August, 1827.

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of Law and Letters Testamentary granted to Elizabeth and Abner L Comly Executors in the testament named, they having been affirmed to Execute the same And to render an account thereof according to Law, and to Comply with the Provisions of an Act of Assembly relative to collateral inheritance given under my hand and seal of Office,
Registered Jany. 21st 1828

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Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Edward Ambler.

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Edward Ambler.

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The Joseph Ambler Inn, Wales, Pennsylvania.

The land on which the hotel now stands was originally part of a large expanse owned by William Penn. In 1682, William Penn granted 1,000 acres to Richard Pearce. In 1711, 50 acres were sold to William Morgan. Morgan built the original section of the Farmhouse, which consisted of a ground floor where meals were prepared, and a small upstairs sleeping chamber. When Morgan died, the property was sold to Joseph Ambler. Fun fact: Joseph Ambler’s profession as a wheelwright inspired the use of the carriage in our logo.

The house remained in the Ambler family until 1825 when the property was acquired by squire John Roberts who married an Ambler daughter. It was Roberts who built the middle section of the farmhouse, adding the living room and dining room.

Edward Ambler, the Testator, was the son of John Ambler and grandson to Joseph Ambler and Ann Williams.

 

The following is my transcription of the last will and testament of Edward Ambler of Montgomery Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, dated the first day of the eighth month, 1835, including two following codicils.

 

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Will of Edward Ambler

Be it remembered that I Edward Ambler of Montgomery Township in the County of Montgomery and state of Pennsylvania Yeoman growing in years and infirmities increasing but of sound mind memory and understanding, have thought necessary to make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say first I will that all my just debts and funeral charges be first paid and discharged.

I give and bequeath unto my two sons William and Edward all my wearing apparel to be equally divided between them, share and share alike ITEM I give unto my son Edward my desk and an Inventory of effects amounting to two hundred and thirty six dollars and seventy five cents and a further sum of two hundred dollars current lawful money of Pennsylvania ITEM I give and bequeath unto my grand-daughter Hannah Shoemaker $80 current lawful money as aforesaid ITEM I give and bequeath unto my son Andrew two hundred dollars ITEM I give unto my daughter Anna bed and bedstead with a good supply of bed clothes such as she may choose and her choise of two looking glasses and dining table ITEM I now hold a bond against my son William of two hundred dollars and my will is at my decease that said shall be void and of none effect ITEM I give and bequeath unto my three sons and two daughters all my books share and share alike.

ITEM I do hereby constitute and appoint my three sons William, Andrew and Edward executors of this my last will and testament and I will and direct them to selling plantation situate in Montgomery Township where I now dwell as soon as may be convenient after my decease containing ninety acres be it more or less and I do hereby authorize and empower my executors or the survivors to make and execute firm and indisputable lotte in conveyance for said land and premise when sold unto the purchaser in fee simple as fully, largely and authentickly as I myself might or could do were I personally present. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my two sons William and Edward all the residue and remainder of my estate after the payment of all my just debts and the legacies aforementioned to be eually divided between them share and share alike. Finally I do hereby revoke and make void all other wills by me heretofore made satisfying and holding for good this and this only for my last. In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of the tenth month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one.

Edward Ambler

{SEAL}

Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Testator Edward Ambler as and for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who at his request subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto. Evan Jones – Israel Childs

I Edward Ambler the Testator of the within written will and testament do by these presents declare this present writing to be a codicil to my said testament and will, and direct the same to be taken and stand as fast thereof. I give and bequeath unto my son William and his legal representatives the sum of two hundred dollars in addition to his specific legacies mentioned in said will not intending to impair the bequest of residue given to him. ITEM I also give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Hannah Shoemaker the sum of two hundred dollars in addition to the sum of eight dollars mentioned in said will, And I do hereby appoint my son Edward Ambler Trustee to have care and charge of

Last will and testament of Edward Ambler.
Last will and testament of Edward Ambler.

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the said legacies, and my will is that the same be placed at interest on good security and the principal sum with the interest accrued therein be paid to her when she arrives at the age of twenty one years or at the time of her marriage whichever shall first occur, but if she shall die in her minority without having lawful issue, then in that event I give and bequeath the said sum of two hundred dollars with interest accrued the sum unto my son William and his legal representatives and said sum of eighty dollars with interest accrued ???? I give and bequeath unto my said son Edward Ambler and his legal representatives, And having full confidence in the integrity of said Trustee, my will is that he shall not be held liable nor chargeable on account of any deficiency of percentage or losses which shall occur in the execution of the Trust.

In Witness Whereof I Edward Ambler the testator have to these presents set my hand and seal this thirty first day of the eighth month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five
Edward Ambler

{SEAL}
Sealed published and declared by the said Testator as and for a codicil to be annexed to his last Will and Testament in our presence who at his request have signed the same as witnesses. Evan Jones Evan G. Lester

Montgomery County S.S.

Before me the subscriber on the 17th January 1838 personally appeared Evan Jones and Israel Childs who being duly affirmed according to law did depose and say that they were personally present and saw and heard Edward Ambler the testator sign seal publish pronounce and declare the foregoing instrument of writing as and for his last Will and Testament and that at the time of his so doing he was of sound disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief. At the time personally appeared Evan Jones and Evan G. Lester who being duly affirmed according to law, did say that they were personally present and saw and heard Edward Ambler the Testator, sign, seal publish and declare the foregoing and annexed Codicil as part of his last will and testament and that at the time of so doing he was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge & belief L.L. Boileau D.R.

Same day probate granted and Letters Testamentuary issued to the executors in the will named, they being first affirmed according to law.

Last will and testament of Edward Ambler.
Last will and testament of Edward Ambler.

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