(exactly as recorded)
I, James Jack of Newton Tp, Cumb Co Pa on this Sept 30, 1776 will as follows:
To My wife Jane Jack bed, furniture, Saddle, Wheel, Pot & all profits of the plantation during widowhood. She to school our young children in customary manner & if she marries to have 20.
To my son John by [sic-my] black coat & Jacket of Seggathy & no more as he has already recd his share.
To my daughters “Elinors” [sic-singular and possessive] two sons viz Alexander & James Jack Scroggs sons of James Scrogs [sic] on their mothers acc’t viz to Alexander 5 & James Jack 7 & no more.
To my daughter Elizabeth now wife of Wm McFarland 5 & no more.
To my daughter Mary now wife of John Hanon 1 & no more.
To my 3 sons Patrick, James & Andrew one share & a half of the remainder of my Estate.
To my daughters Jane, Agnes, Margaret, Synthia, Jemima & Hannah the remainder of my Estate.
Directs Andrew to be put to a trade. John Bowman & Wm Standt to be Excs
James Jack (Seal) Witnesses William Tomson, John Thomapson
Jane Jack (Seal) & James McGafog
Proven Nov 7, 1776
Cumberland Co., PA Will Book B, Page 242
Documentation and notes from “Catrack Graphics Genealogy”:
Captain James Jack [Jr.] was killed in the Revolutionary War and his eldest son, James [III], at age 17 took his father’s place in the war.
James Jack is listed as a witness for the will of John James Kilgore, born 1660 in Ireland. The Kilgores also lived in Cumberland County. James [Jr.] Jack’s sister, Elizabeth Jack born abt. 1719 in Ireland, had married James W. Kilgore, born between 1701-1720, son of John James Kilgore.
My note: While this James, Jr’s grandfather, Irish captain Patrick James Jack (b. 1678), probably came to America and fathered the famous Charlotte, NC, branch of Jacks, we believe that James Sr. remained in Northern Ireland. It was his son, James, Jr., who followed his grandfather to America. James, Jr.s daughter (Mary) Jane (b. 1749), mentioned in the will above, married John Cooper (b. 1751), also of Cumberland County, and their daughter Margaret (b. 1787) married Lawrence Carlysle Fleming (b. 1784) before moving to Venango County. From there, the Flemings married Moons who married Hills who married Pearces, all of Allegheny County, PA. Read the entire story in “Introduction: Jack.”