Famous Last Will and Testament William Penn

About the last will and testament of famous Pennsylvania founder William Penn.


WILLIAM PENN, English founder of Pennsylvania, died 1718

Last Will: Left his Pennsylvania lands in trust "to pay all my just debts, and from and after payment there," he willed 10,000 acres to his grandchildren and their heirs. The rest went to his children "in such proporcon [sic] and for such estates as my Wife shall think fit." A later postscript gave Hannah Penn an additional Pound 300 per year from his American rents "for her care and charge over my Children. . . .I desire they may settle at least in good part in America where I leave them so good an Interest to be for their Inheritance from Generacon to Generacon which the Lord's p'serve and prosper. Amen."

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