William Eakin
William Eaken/Eakin died testate in Bucks County, Pa., between Dec. 9, 1765 and July 2, 1766. (his will was recorded/proven July 8, 1766). In his will he states that he lives in Naxamixon Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. However, his widow and children are, in other records, said to be of Tinicum and were members of the Tinicum Presbyterian Church until the removed to Virginia shortly before the beginning of the American Revolution. One son, Nathan Sr., did not go until after the opening of the Revolution. William was married to Isabella ________. They were Scotch-Irish and spelled the name the Scotch way: EAKIN as opposed to any number of other spelling, usually, Germanic in nature such as Aiken, Aken, Ekin, etc. In fact, one son, had brief Revolutionary War service and his name is listed under these Germanic spellings by the DAR in their, Patriot Index. Various records show that Redmond/Redman, Nathan, Samuel, Robert, William and William Sr's widow moved to Virginia after 1770 and at the same time. This contradicts some records about Nathan's migration but may be explained by him having stayed behind in PA to settle some business dealings. The will of William Sr. gave the executors five years until final settlement.

A copy of William Eaken's will is included below, and is recorded in Bucks County, PA. Index of Wills for Bucks County, PA. Eaken, William; Will Book 3, page 151-152, recorded 1766, file #1196. Also contained in the Archives of State of Pennsylvania. Index of Wills for Bucks County, PA., Eaken, William; Will Book 3, pp. 151-152.
Date of Recording 1766. File #1196.

The Will of William Eaken/Eakin

In the name of God, Amen. This ninth day of December Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and sixty five, I, William Eaken, of Noxamixon township, in Bucks county and province of Pennsylvania, Yeoman being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body and not knowing the time of my departure out of this life, do make this my last will and testament. In manner and form following and principally and first of all, I commit my soul to God who gave it and my body I commit to the earth to be buried in a Christian decent manner at the discretion of my executors not doubting but at the general resurrection to receive the same again by almighty power of God-And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this Life, I, give and dispose of in the following manner and First my Will is that all my just Debts be dully paid and discharged, Imprimis, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Ishabel Eaken the bed and furniture that She now uses and occupies. Then, I, give and bequeath to my daughter, Jean, a chist(sic) of drawers, to be given to her at her marriage or when she arrives of age. Then, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Ishabel, the chist(sic) of drawers that is in my possession, my affors (?contraction of æaforementioned) wife to have the use of them until Ishabel arrive of age or married. And further, my will is that the improvements whereon I now live, together with all my personal Estate be Sold as soon as may be to the best advantage not to exceed five years from my decease and whatever cost my Executor in ____ ___ in building, refencing. However(?) planting orchards and letting out(?) a ______________ or my Land in order to make the best advantage in Sale, my Will in that such costs and expenses be paid of the whole and further my Will is that in Care(?) my estate whether real or personal should transfer or be diminished before the time of Sale my executors shall not enjoy the benefit of the Care(?), nor sufficient amount of the __________(?) Provided they do not imbezel(?) anything for their own private use. Further my Will is that all my Estate affores (Aforementioned contraction?) be divided in nine equal shares, One share to my beloved wife, One share divided between my daughters Jean and Ishabel affores (?), the other seven shares to my seven sons, ____________: Thomas, Joseph, Redmon, William, Nathan, Samuel and Robert. Twenty pounds deducted of Thomas, eighteen pounds deducted of Joseph's part. Following horses and Saddles ond which I allow to be divided in nine equal shares and given in the afforse(aforementioned contraction), manner and further my will is that such of my children that are not of age when the afores(aforementioned?) Sale is made that afros (afforementioned?) wife has the benefits arising from the same until of age. To assist her in their Education until which time I allow and appoint my afforse (afformentioned?) wife the sole guardian for all my asd (aforementioned shorter contraction?) children. Provided, never the less If my said wife marries my will is that my wife shall have no power over my said children nor any of their shares nor any profits arriving therefrom but the same to

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To be committed to the care of guardian appointed by the Orphans Court of any County or Province where they may then reside. I give and bequeath my sister(1) sister-in-law, Rebecca Morrison before Division one cow. Lastly, I constitute and appoint my beloved wife, Ishabell Eaken, Affors(aforementione contraction) and son Redmon Eaken affore(contraction of Afforementioned) my only and sole executors of this my last will and testament. And do here by disallow, disannull and revoke all former Wills, and legacies bequeathments and executors by me at any time formerly made. And do constitute, and appoint this and no other to be my last Will and testament in witness Where of I have set my hand and seal to the S_____ page of this paper. The day and year first above writen(sic.).

William Eaken

Signed, sealed and published and pronounced by William Eaken as his last will and testament in presents of us the subscribers Robert Willson, John Howey, The 8th Day of July anno domini 1766. Then appeared John Howey and Robert Willson the witnesses to within written will and upon their solemn oath according to law did severly swear that they were Respectively present and saw and heard William Eaken, the testator sign, seal, publish and declare the within writing to be his last will and testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge. Before __ _____________ __.

Be it remembered that on the ___________(?) day of July Anno Domini 1776 This Last will and testament of William Eaken, deceased was duly proved according to law and probate and letters of testamentary were granted to Ishabel Eaken and Redmon Eakin, the executors therein named. They being first solemnly sworn well and faithfully to administer the Goods and Chattels & rights & Credits of the deceased and Exhibit a just and true inventory thereof (by aforementioned duly sworn or affirmed) into this registrars office for the said County of Bucks in one month after the date hereof and a just and true account of their administration when there to required to rende. Witness my hand and the seal of the said office the day and year afore (aforementioned contraction?)
Lawl Grandon, Deputy Registrar

(1) Appears to be a mistaken duplication.

Source: The Warren S. and Josephine I. Ely Memorial Collection of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania as collected by, Mrs. Ely of Haddonfield, N.J. Researched by Curt and Ernalee Eakin of Yorba Linda, CA.