George Henton Sr.
(Abt 1680-1747)


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1. Persis Boone

George Henton Sr.

  • Born: Abt 1 Jun 1680, Lancashire, England
  • Marriage (1): Persis Boone about 1715
  • Died: 19 Nov 1747, Oley, Berks County, Pennsylvania about age 67

bullet  General Notes:

Some genealogists show the year of death as 1748 - not 1747. A document showing an inventory of estate clearly shows a date in November of 1747.

Following is the literal translation of "The Last Will and Testament" for George Henton:

George HENTON's will was filed in Philadelphia County, Will Book E, Page 247, recorded November 19, 1747.

In the name of God, amen. I, George HENTON of Exeter in the county of Philadelphia, being sick and weak of body but of sounded mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same. And calling to mind that it is for men once to die, I do make this my last will and testament, hereby disanulling and making void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made, either by .. Or in writing.
Imprimis my mind and desire is that all my just debts be honestly paid.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son George HENTON and to his heirs and assigns forever all my houses, lands and .. Goods & chattels, under those provisos and limitations following, viz. That he pay all my just debts.
Secondly, that he pay unto his mother in lieu of her dowry the sum of ten pounds Pennsylvania money yearly during her natural life and after her decease to pay unto his brothers and sisters, viz., Thomas, John, Joseph, Robert, Catherine, Hannah, Alice, Persis or survivors of them the sum of one hundred pounds to be equally divided amongst them.
Item: I give unto my son William the sum of one English shilling.
Item: I give unto my daughter Ruth the sum of five shillings.
Item: I give unto my wife Persis the .. Bed and furniture.
I do hereby make my son George the whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament.
The mark of
George (H) HENTON
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the above named George HENTON to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, the subscribers, the day and year above written.
George BOONE
William HUGHS

The text of this document was written in a hand with artistic scrolls and flourishes, matching the signature on the document of George BOONE. Israel ROBESON and William HUGHS signed the document in different handwriting. The mark of George HENTON" is a feathery, shaky "H" written between the given name and the surname. The given name and surname were in the same handwriting as the document, presumably that of George BOONE.

For reference, Berks County was eventually subdivided from Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Following is an inventory of the estate of George Henton.

An inventory of George HENTON's estate, on file in Philadelphia County, was taken by Benjamin BOONE and Michael WARREN. It shows the estate to be valued at 517 pounds, 12 shillings. That inventory, minus a few words the compiler cannot read, follows:

A true inventory of all and singular the good, chattels, rights and credit of George HENTON, deceased, taken the 14th day of November, 1747, by subscribers Benjamin BOON and Michael WARREN.

Imprimis and to his purse and apparel, 8 pounds, 0 shillings, 0 pence; to his books, 1-0-0; to his bed and bedstead with the furniture, 3-0-0; to ditto with furniture, 3-0-0; to a bed and furniture, 1-15-0; to a side saddle and pillion, 1-12-0; to kidney beans and dried apples, 0-11-0; to trough(?) and beehives, 0-2-0; to 4 straw collars, 0-4-0; to a cart, saddle, ropes, lumber, etc., 0-10-0; to 2 brand irons, 0-5-0; to a Dutch sithe, 0-3-0; to 4 bels (?) and bell (?) collars, 0-15-0; to one bushel and a half of flaxseed, 0-4-0; to wool, 0-4-0; to buckwheat, 2-0-0-; to 3 sickels, 0-5-0; to a razor and hones, 0-8-0; to a chest, 0-12-0; to a little spinning wheel, 0-8-0; to ditto and arsel (?), 08-0. "To a do trough (?), 0-4-0; to bags, 0-10-0; to 2 old hunting saddles and 3 bridles, 1-16-0; to a wool wheel, 0-4-0; to puter (pewter?), 1-0-0; to 3 ladles and a flosh (?) fork, 0-10-0; to spoons and a funnel, 0-3-0; to piggins, 0-2-0; to a frying pan, 0-4-0; to 3 iron potts and pott hooks and grid iron, 7-5-0; to a bucket and a pail, 0-2-0; to woolen yarn, 0-8-0; to 2 hackles, 0-12-0; to a table, 0-4-0; to 2 chairs, 0-4-0; to an iron griddle and five shovels and pott racks, 0-12-0; to wool and feathers and sope (soap?), 0-4-0; to stocking yarn, 0-4-0; to tobacko, 2-2-0; to flax(?), 2-10-0; to a bedstead, 0-5-0; to barrels, cags (kegs?) and tubs, etc., 1-3-0; to candles, 0-2-0; to a grindstone, 0-6-0; to a wagon, 10-0-0; to ditto, 7-0-0; to a cart body, 0-12-0; to howes (hoes?), spaes, shovels, rigns and wedges, 2-0-0; to cattle, young and old, 17-0-0; to sheep, young and old, 3-0-0; to hogs, young and old, 5-10-0; to a break, 0-5-0; to roap (rope?) winding gares (gears?), 0-5-0. "To gain(?) for hosos (?), 3-0-0; to a cutting box and knife, 0-12-0; to 2 hay forks, 0-2-0; to a turnip knife, 0-2-0; to a rake, 0-0-6; to 2 plows, 1-10-0; to a harrow, 1-5-0; to lanthorn, 0-2-6; to oats, 10-0-0; to rye, 2-0-0; to hay, 3-0-0; to wheat, 4-0-0; to a stallion, 6-0-0; to a pacing sorrel horse, 5-0-0; to a little grey horse, 5-0-0; to an old brown horse, 1-0-0; to a young brown mare, 2-10-0; to a young gray mare, 4-0-0; to a pair of halyards (?), 0-10-0; to 100 acres of land on river Schulkill, 25-0-0; to 150 acres of land and improvements, a right (?) ..., 350-0-0.
Total 474-12-6
Brought from other .. (?) 35-19-6
Total 510-12-0
To a mare & colt 5-0-0
To an old horse lately bought 2-0-0
Grand total 517-12-0


George married Persis Boone, daughter of George Boone II and Sarah Mary Uppey, about 1715. (Persis Boone was born about 1 Jun 1685 in Stoke Canon, Devonshire, England and died after 1747 in Berks County, Pennsylvania.)

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