James Dean
25 September, 1720
Kent Co., DE Probate Records

See Family History

Will of James Dean of Kent County {D-1-30}
In the Name of God, Amen. James Dean of Kent County through the handy work of God being visited with sickness but through his great mercy of sound and perfect sense and memory FIRST I give and bequeath my soul and spirit to God that gave it me and my body to be decently buried by my executrix hereafter named. SECONDLY I give and bequeath my whole estate of what nature or kind soever to be equally divided between my wife and daughter after just debts and funeral charges is paid THIRDLY I leave my true and lawful wife whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament given under my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of September in the year of our Lord 1720.

Tested Thomas Winsmore
John McDowell
William Morgan

(signed) James Dean

Kent County Sup. Delaware ss.
This day personally appeared before me the within named William Morgan one of the witnesses to the within instrument of writing and upon his solemn affirmation according to law did declare that he saw and heard the within named James Dean pronounce declare and acknowledge the same to be his last will and testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind and memory according to the best of his knowledge and also that he saw Thomas Winsmore and John McDowell sign with him as witnesses to the same. IN WITNESS where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of September Anno Domo 1720.

(signed) Benjamin Shurmer

Kent County Sup. Delaware ss.
Benjamin Shurmer Deputy Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration for the County of Kent on Delaware of New Castle Kent and Sussex on Delaware and of the province of Pennsylvania sendeth greeting.

To all to whom these presents shall come GREETING.

KNOW YE that at Dover in the County of Kent aforesaid on the day of the date hereof before me Benjamin Shurmer Esq. Reg. as aforesaid was proved approved and insinuated the last will and testament of James Dean deceased to these presents annexed and having whilst he lived and at the time of his death divers goods rights and credits within the said counties {unclear} and more especially in the said County of Kent by means whereof and commiting the administration of all and singular the goods rights and credits of the said deceased and also auditing the accounts calculation and reckoning of the said admr. and a final dismission from the same to me are manifestly known to belong and amdr. of all and singular the goods rights and credits any wise concerning the said deceased and his last will and testament {unclear} to Mary Dean, the executrix therein named she being the first attested according to law well and faithfully to admr. the same a full and faithful inventory of all and singular the said goods rights and credits of the deceased to make and duly exhibit and also a plain and true account calculation and reckoning thereof to render into the Registers office for the County of Kent aforesaid when thereunto legally required. IN TESTIMONY whereof I have caused the seal of my said office (which in this behalf I use) to be affixed to these presents at Dover town in the County of Kent aforesaid this twenty sixth day of September in the seventh year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King George over Great Britain Anno Domo 1720.

(signed) Benjamin Shurmer