Transcription: Last Will and Testament of John Ambler.

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of John Ambler.


The following is my transcription from digital images of the Last Will and Testament of John Ambler of Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania.
You will note I have included the word ‘memory’ scratched out as I believe it may be an indicator of John Ambler’s mental state at the time.
It seems he was not confident in declaring he had good or sound memory, so chose to use the term understanding to illustrate that he had not lost his faculties.
John was the father of Edward Ambler, brother of Joseph Ambler Jr. (Joseph Jr. was married to Sarah Ambler) and son of Joseph Ambler and Ann Williams.



Will of John Ambler

Late of Montgomery Township

Be it Remembered That I John Ambler of Montgomery Township in the County of Montgomery and state of Pennsylvania, Farmer being far advanced in years and in a declining state of health but of sound mind and memory understanding do think proper to make and put in writing this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say I will and direct that all my funeral expenses shall be paid by my executors hereinafter names as soon after my decease as it can reasonable by done. I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my two sons in law namely Jess Jenkins and Silas Walton and the survivor of them executors of this my last will and Testament. And I do order and direct my said executors to sell at public sale as soon after my decease as it can reasonably be done all my moveable effects except my wearing apparel and also my two shares of Turnpike Stock and I also to see in the same manner my messuage and farm situate in said township of Montgomery adjoining lands of John Todd and others containing about one hundred and four acres of land adjoining the aforesaid farm and land of Cyrus Collum and others containing about thirty five acres of land. And I do hereby authorize and empower my said executors and the survivor of them to sign seal and deliver good and sufficient deeds of conveyance for the premises with the appurtenances respectively belonging thereto to the purchasers thereof.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Naylor Ambler and

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his legal representatives the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars.

Item. I give unto my son Charles Ambler and his legal representatives the sum of one hundred dollars.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Solomon Ambler and to his legal representatives the sum of One hundred dollars All of which said bequests are intended as a compensation for services rendered and as an equivalent for the advancements made to my daughter, and after the payment of all my debts and expenses of the settlement of my estate and the aforesaid legacies I give and bequeath all the residue and remainder of my estate including my wearing apparel unto my four sons and three daughters namely Naylor Job Charles and Solomon and Priscilla who married Silas Walton, Mary who married Jesse Jenkins, and Lydia who married Thomas Bancroft and their respective legal representatives share and share alike. And my will is that the account of the three hundred dollars for which I stand Surety for my xon Job with the interest which I have paid thereon and which my estate shall become liable for shall be deduted out of the share of my said son Job. And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said son in law Jesse Jenkins and Silas Walton Trustees to have the care and charge of the shares of said sons Job and Solomon and I do order and direct that the amount of the said shares whall be placed out at interest on good security and the interest arising these from to be paid to their respective legal representatives or in such manner as it shall be by them respectively bequeathed after their decease And my will is deficiency which unnavoidably may occur in the percentage of interest or losses which shall happen in the execution of the trust But my will is that if at any time circumstances shall in the judgment of said Trustees render it advisable they shall pay to my said sons either of them such parts or the whole of said share or shares as said Trustees or the surivor of them shall determine to be right and proper leaving it entirely to their descretion to pay or withhold payment of the whole or any part or any part of the said share or shares.

And I do hereby revoke and make void all will or wills by me heretofore made declaring this written on this and the preceding page to be my last Will and Testament.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of the fifth month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five 1835

John Ambler {SEAL}
John Ambler {SEAL}

Signed Sealed published and declared by John Ambler the testator in our presence as and for his last will and testament who in his presence and at his request in the presence of each other have written our names hereto as witnesses.

Charles F. Jenkins
Evan Jones

Registers Office May 28th, 1838.

Before me N. B. Boileau Register for the probate of Wills and Granting letters of Administration personally appeared the within

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named Jesse Jenkins and Evan Jones subscribing witnesses to the within instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of John Ambler and being duly affirmed did depose and say that they were present and saw the said John Ambler sign his name to the said instrument of writing and heard him pronounce it to be his last Will and Testament and requested them to sign their names as witnesses thereto and that he was of sound mind and memory at the time of his so doing.

Registered May 28, 1838
N. B. Boileau Regr.

Same day probate granted and Letters Testamentory issued to excrs in the will named they having been first qualified according to law.