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William Michener

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  • Name  William Michener 
    Born  14 Oct 1696  Plumstead Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  10 Jun 1780 
    Person ID  I5928  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  12 Dec 2012 

    Father  John Michener,   b. 25 Jun 1656, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1765, Horsham mm, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah Moore,   b. 17 Jul 1664, Worminghurst, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1757, Horsham mm, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Aug 1686 
    Family ID  F1746  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Margery Custisse,   b. 1 Mar 1700, Plumsteadville, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1758 
    Married  30 May 1720 
    Children 
     1. John Michener,   b. 2 May 1721, Buckingham Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1778, Buckingham Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mordecai Michener,   b. 30 Jan 1723, Plumstead Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1795, New Garden, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Sarah Michener,   b. 29 Jun 1725, Buckingham Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1747, Buckingham Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary Michener,   b. 18 Mar 1728, Buckingham Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. William Michener, III,   b. 8 Aug 1729, Plumstead Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1802, Bucks, Pensylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Joseph Custer Michener,   b. 10 Jun 1732, Buckingham Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1771, Gwynedd, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Elizabeth Michener,   b. 7 Nov 1734, Buckingham Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Meshach Michener,   b. 22 Jun 1737, Buckingham Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1826
     9. Margaret Michener,   b. 4 Apr 1741, Buckingham Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. George Michener,   b. 10 Aug 1744, Buckingham Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  26 May 2002 
    Family ID  F1742  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • William Michener, ancestor of the greater number of those bearing the name in the county, was an English Friend, born 10 mo., 14, 1696, came to America, married Mary Custisse, Abington, 4 mo., 1720, removed to Plumstead, 1723, and took up four hundred acres. They had ten children, John, Mordecai, Sarah, Mary, William, Joseph, Elizabeth, Meshack, Margaret and George. Upon the death of his first wife William Michener married Ann Schofield, a widow, 1761. Meshack, eighth child of William Michener, was the grandfather of the late Isaiah Michener, Buckingham. The ancestor of the Nash family, great-grandfather of the late Samuel Nash, came from England and was buried at Horsham. He was probably a Friend and settled in that township. His descendants have become Germanized and are Mennonites. His son Joseph, who removed from Bedminister to Tinicum, and died there, was an elder in the Deep Run Mennonite Meeting.
    • (Research):"To all Christian People to whome this Present writing Shall come know ye that I William Mitchener of Plumstead in the County of Bucks and Province of Pennsylvania being weak in Body but of sound Disposing mind and memory. Thanks be given to God therefore, and calling to my Rememberance that it is appointed for all men once to Die, I do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following-First I Recommend my soul to God that gave it and my Body to be Buried in a Decent and Christian-like manner at the Descresion of my Executors hereinafter Mentioned, And touching such Worldly Estate as it has pleased God to Bless me within this World, I give and Dispose of the same as followeth.
      And first it is my Will and Mind that all my just Debts and Funeral Charges be paid and discharged by my Executors. Secondly I give and Bequeath unto my loving wife Ann Mitchener the full sum of five pounds a year Current Money of Pennsylvania So long as She remains my Widow to be paid unto her in the manner hereinafter Directed. Which shall be her full Dower. Thirdly I give and Bequeath unto my son Mordecai the sum of three pounds. Fifthly (yes, the book says fifthly, not fourthly)I give and Bequeath unto my son Joseph the sum of Six pounds and Each of my aforsaid Children legacies to be paid unto them within two years after my Decease and to be in full their shares of my Estate. Sixthly I give and Bequeath unto my son Mechach the sum of twelve pounds. Eightly I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Margaret the sum of five pounds also my bigest pewter Dish. Ninthly I give and Bequeath unto my son George the sum of seven pounds. And each of my four last mentioned Children's legacies to be paid unto them within four years after my decease and to be in full their shares of my Estate. Tenthly I give unto my son William all the remainder of my Estate that is to say I give and Bequeath unto him the said William Mitchener my whole Plantation I now live on Containing Sixty Acres be the same more or less with all the Apurtenances there unto Belonging for the only proper Use of him His Heirs and Assigns forever. Together with all and Every part of my personal Estate Except the dish above said which he is to deliver to my daughter Margaret Soon after my Decease he also yielding and paying all my just Debts and funeral Expenses aforesaid he likewise paying the full sum of five pounds a year unto my aforesaid wife Current Money of Pennsylvania So long as she Remains my Widow he also yielding and paying the legacies to each of my children Before Mentioned and that withing the limited time aforesaid.
      And lastly I do hereby Nominate Constitute and appoint my two sons, William and Meshach to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby Revoke Dianul and make void all and Every other former Wills Testaments legacys and Executors by me in anywise before this Time made named willed or Bequeathed, Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament in witness where of I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal this Seventeenth day of the Eighth month Anno Domine one Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight-1778.
      William Mitchener (Seal)
      Witnessed by Francis Goode, Sarah Goode, Jonathan Combs