IDENTITY: Husband Of Elizabeth Yancey (Daughter Of Jechonias & Hannah Yancey)
CITY: PHILADELPHIA STATE: PENNSYLVANIA
DATED: 1793 PROVED: 1798
RECORDED: Will Book Y Page 36
In the name of God, Amen, I JOHN DICKINS of the City of Philadelphia, an unworthy preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ, having at this time, through the amazing mercy of my gracious Preserver, possessed of the usual command of my intellectual powers and considering the great uncertainty of human life, do make this my last will and testament. It is to say:
First, I commend my immortal soul to the [___?] of Jesus Christ, who by the grace of God, tasted death for my salvation, and my body to rest in the earth till the general resurrection.
Secondly, After all my just debts are paid, I will and bequeath to my affectionate and much beloved wife, ELIZABETH DICKINS, whose piety & prudence I have great reason to place the fullest confidence. all my property and estate both real and personal, to be used at her discretion for the purpose of supporting herself and our dear children, and as they attain to the age of maturity, if she has anything spare, I desire that she may use her discretion to bestow upon them such portions as she thinks her ability will afford, though I am deeply convinced that all I now possess would not be sufficient, without improvement, to educate and support them till they are capable of acting for themselves.
I also hereby nominate & appoint my aforesaid, beloved wife, ELIZABETH DICKINS, together with my trusty friend Tho. Haskins of the city of Philadelphia, [Grocer?], my legal Executor & Executrix, to fulfill this my last will and testament. And I further desire that no flaw which any law may find in this my last will and testament, may disannul my desire according to the letter thereof. And disclaiming all others, I hereby declare this to be my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 16th day of September in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred Ninety Three.