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James Brownlee, 5th Laird of Torfoot

Will prepared 4th November 1816 (transcribed by Susan Milligan)

From Washington Co., Pennsylvania, USA probate Vol. 3, page 155

In the name of God Amen. I, James Brownlee of Koitsville Township, County of Trumbull & State of Ohio being at present in full possession of the rational & disposing powers of my mind, do on this fourth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & sixteen voluntarily & deliberately make the following disposition of my worldly substance, Viz, committing my body to the dust & my spirit to God who gave it I do devise 1st That as soon as may be after my decease my farm in Washington County State of Pennsylvania shall be sold at public venue & of the proceeds of the sale one hundred dollars shall be given to my daughter Jane Cuthbertson & all the remainder to be equally divided daughters Nancy Gabby & Margaret Scroggs, 2nd That wheras, by a previous arrangement with my sons John & Alexander, a certain sum of money is due from them annually during my natural lifetime & that by contract with my son William I have allowed him to receive the same in my stead, as payment for the above mentioned farm which I purchased of him until the whole shall be paid. It is therefore my will, that in case I should be removed by death before said farm shall have been all paid for in the above manner that the balnce remaining unpaid shall be paid in equal proportions by the above mentioned heirs to said farm, agreeably to my contract to my son William. 3rd That if there shall be anything found due at my decease, as rent from the above mentioned farm, the same shall be equally divided between my daughters Jane Cuthbertson & Margaret Scroggs
4th That to my son David shall be charged the defraying of all my lawful debts & funeral expenses, & that as an indemnification against such expenses, he shall have given him all the property of which I may be found possessed at my death which is not otherwise disposed of. Lastly I do ordain & constitute Thomas Cuthbertson & John C. Scroggs to be the sole executors of this my last will & Testament, disannulling every former will by me made & ordaining & confirming this my last will & testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day above written

witnesses James Scroggs, John Berry (signed)
Washington County.

James Brownlee, 5th Laird of Torfoot. Headstone in United Presbyterian Cemetery, PA

William Brownlee of Mahoning County, Ohio, and descendant of James Archibold Brownlee, the son of the 6th Laird, John Brownlee, sent in the following information and photographs.

In 2002 a group of Brownlee descendents including myself, siblings, cousins and a few others were party to replacing the grave marker of James Brownlee. He is buried in what is the United Presbyterian (UP) cemetery in Pennsylvania, just a few miles over the Ohio border. The original headstone was deteriorating badly and it was brought to my attention that it needed replacement. I agreed to take charge since I was the closest geographically, as my family was from the Poland area of Ohio.

So my two siblings and five cousins held a reunion in the summer of 2002 at Poland and visited all Brownlee burial sites that we knew of in the area. Attached is a picture of the new stone.

Photo 1 / Photo 2

Supplied by William Brownle, Mahoning County, Ohio

Are you able to provide some valuable research to the Torfoot Project?
. . . . send your comments, vital records, photographs to torfoot@brownlee.com.au and I will post them.

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