Hi Rich and Cynthia -
Just got a look at this Will today. Looks like pay dirt! It is #299 of 1858. It's falling apart but I was able to get some information from it. I've requested a copy and will forward the same to you if you'll send your address to my email. His wife is Mary B. Esher and she is the beneficiary. In the Will he also mentions "my friend Robert Wood Solly" and makes him one of his executors. I do find it interesting that he does not call him his son-in-law. His principal asset was a farm in the 24th Ward of about 100 acres valued at $2,600 in 1858. This property was located at 60th and Haverford. The appraisers were John Birch and Joseph Cook. That Birch name keeps cropping up in my Solly family tree. It makes me wonder if Mary's maiden name was Birch.
The second William Esher Will I reviewed is #595 of 1871. His occupation is listed as "gentleman." Names mentioned in the Will are: daughters Mary A. Pearson, Jane C. Heyl, Caroline C. Harris and Margaret C. Delk. Also mentioned is Robert E. Heyl his grandson. This second Will does not contain any familiar names to me. How about you guys?