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courts. He was succeeded a year or two later by his brother-in-law, Gen. William Montgomery.*

The following copy of Mrs. Margaret Strawbridge’s will was obtained of the County Recorder :


“In the name of God Amen. I Margaret Strawbridge of Liberty township Columbia County and State of Pennsylvania, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, ordain and publish this my last Will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say. I give and bequeath, two hundred and Sixty seven dollars unto the United Foreign Missionary Society to be paid by my Executor in one year after my decease with interest from that date.
” I give and bequeath unto my Grand daughters Eleanor Giffen and Martha McCormick each two hundred dollars to be paid to them one year after decease,
” I will and bequeath unto William Montgomery the son of my Grand daughter Christinna+ (formerly Christianna Giffen) the sum of two hundred dollars to be put out to interest for him one year after my, decease, so that he may receive both principal and interest when he arrives at lawful age,
“But if the said William Montgomery shall die before arriving at lawful age, then, I will and bequeath the aforesaid two hundred dollars to a religious use in the Presbyterian Church, as my executor shall direct.
“I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter, Margaret Strawbridge my bed and bedding, Chest of drawers, tea spoons and and other little matters in tile house.
“I give and bequeath to my Grand son, Thomas Strawbridge my desk, clock, and Watch.
“I give and bequeath to my grand Children, the sons and daughters of my son James Strawbridge whose names here follow, to wit : Margaret, Ann, Thomas, James Samuel, and Mary, Each, one hundred dollars.
“All the residue and remainder of my estate I bequeath to my son James Strawbridge my daughter Christianna Montgomery and the heirs of my daughter Mary Giffin to be equally divided among them the heirs of my daughter Mary Giffen to get one Share.
“Lastly I nominate, Constitute and appoint my Son James Strawbridge sole Executor of this my last will and testament.
“In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty
“Signed Sealed and delivered to be the last will and testament of Margaret Strawbridge in the presence of us who here signed our names here-
unto as witnesses in the presence of the testator



“P. S. My will is that Elenor and Martha Giffens that was, receive but one hundred instead of two hundred dollars Margaret Strobride the 13 Of
September 1837. My poore hand write no more.
“Probated May 10th 1842, JAMES STRAWBRIDGE, Executor.”

*The foregoing account was prepared by the late Dr. James D. Strawbridge of Danville, Pa., a grandson of Col. Thomas Strawbridge, in response to a request from the author, who received it after his death. As will be seen, it is unfinished.

+ This name is hardly ever spelled twice alike in these records.