Last Will And Testament
Will of LEONARD NOCHBER
Jan. 10, 1765, Morris Co., NJ
Wife, Margreata, all my estate; and, after her death, my son, Leonard, to have my lands; but if he die leaving no heir, then the lands to be sold, and money given to mygrandchildren. To children of my oldest daughter, Anna Margreata, late wife of Henry Shankle, £3200. To the children of my daughter, Anna Martha Trimmer the wife of Mathias Trimmer, £3200. To the children of my daughter, Mary Elizabeth Welsh, the wife of William Welsh, £3200.
Executors - son, Leonard,
and Roelof ROELOFSON
Witnesses - Jacob GRAA, Johan Andrew HANSELL, Elizabeth ROELOFSON
Will of LEONARD NEIGHBOUR
(of Morris County, NJ)
In the name of God, Amen. The sixth day of February in the year of your Lord one thousand, eight hundred and six. I, Leonard Neighbor, of the Township of Washington County of Morris, and State of New Jersey, being at present weak in body but of perfect sound mind and memory, thanks be given to God therefor, and calling to mind the mortality of my Body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, That is to say: First of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it, and for my body, I recommend it to the Earth, to be buried in a christian-like manner, not doubting but at the General Resurrection, I shall receive tha same again by the mighty power of God.
And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I Give, Devise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form: (Imprimis) It is my will, and I do Ordain, that in the first place all my just Debts and funeral Charges be paid and satisfied. Item (1.) It is my will and I do Ordain that after my decease my beloved wife, Louisa Elizabeth, shall keep and abide in the full possession and have all the care and management of my Plantation whereon I now live, as long as she remains my widow. And it is further my will that after my decease, my wife Louisa Elizabeth shall have two best beds and beddings, and with Ten-plate-stove and eight day clock, together with all the new Linen that may be mine at my decease, and as much of my Household and Kitchen furniture as she may think she may stand in need of for housekeeping, during her lifetime; and her choice of two cows and one horse if she thinks fit to take it, and as many of my Books as she may see fit, and the woman saddle and bridle, and my Negro woman Hannah.
And it is my will that after my decease, the residue or remainder of my Movable Estate shall be sold by my Executors at Public Vendue and the Money arising therefrom shall be divided as hereinafter mentioned; and after my wife's death, it is my will, that all my lands that I may own at my decease shall be sold to one of my Sons - that is to say to the highest Bidder amongst them, if they should all be living yet that now is alive, and in the case that one or more of them should be dead, it is my will that his or their heirs shall have an equal chance with my Sons, that is to say, the heirs of him or them to have their Father's share, and chance of purchasing, and the Money arising from the Sale of said Lands shall be paid in four payments by the purchaser in to my Executors hereinafter named, or the survivor thereof, and paid by by Executors in the following manner, that is to say, To my Grand daughter Elizabeth Neighbour, daughter of John Neighbour deceased, One hundred and thirty-three Dollars and thirty-three cents, which sum shall be in full of her father's Share out of my Estate both Real and Personal, and further it is my Will that the Sum herein before bequeathed to my Grand daughter be paid to her by my Executors out of the Money arising from the sales of my Lands, and be paid to her when she arrives of age. And further it is my Will and I do Order that my Son Nicholas Neighbour is to have thirty Dollars first and foremost paid him out of my Estate for his birthright, and then to go equal share with the rest of my Sons. That is to say. Leonard Neighbour, David Neighbour and William Neighbour, and it is my Will that my two daughters, Sophia Bowman, Wife of Lambert Bowman and Elizabeth Swackhammer, Wife of David Swackhammer, are to have half a Share each, out of my Real Estate after sold as herein before directed; or to make it more plain and explicit, the Money arising from the Sale of my Lands is to be divided into five shares- one share to be paid to my Son Nicholas Neighbour, and one share to my Son Leonard Neighbour, and one share to my Son David Neighbour, and one share to my son William Neighbour, and half a share to my Daughter Sophia Bowman, wife of Lambert Bowman, and half a share to Elizabeth Swackhammer, wife of David Swackhammer, if they should be living.
And if any or all my Children should be dead, it is my Will that their heirs should draw their Father's or Mother's share as they are entitled to it by Law. And further it is my Will and I do order that, after my death, the money arising on the Sale of Movables shall be equally divided among my Sons and Daughters herein before named, share and share alike; and also after the death of my beloved Wife if any Movables should be left, it is to be sold by my Executors and divided among my Sons and Daughters, Share and Share alike, except her cloaths which is to be divided between my two Daughters; and as to my cloaths they are to be equally divided between my four Sons herein before named.
And lastly, it is my will, and I do ordain, make , constitute and appoint my Sons, Nicholas Neighbour and Leonard Neighbour, my only and Sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament. Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the day and year first above written.
Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced and Declared by the said Leonard Neighbour, as his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us:
John TRIMMER, 3rd
A true copy
-John MCCARTER, Surrogate
I, John MCCARTER, Surrogate of the County of Morris, do certify the annexed to be a true copy of the last will and testament of Leonard NEIGHBOUR, late of the County of Morris, deceased; and that Nicholas NEIGHBOUR and Leonard NEIGHBOUR- executors theirin named, proved the same before me, and are duly authorized to take upon themselves the administration of the estate of the testator, agreeabley to the said will. Witness my Hand and Seal of Office, the Nineteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred six.
Estate of GEORGE RICHARDSON
Name of Administrator,
Executor, Guardian: Thomas RICHARDSON
May 9, 1835 Will proven -Letters issued - Henry MILLER and James RICHARDSON, security for bond. John WALTER, Jacob SHOWALTER and John BALTZLEY, appraisors.
June 11, 1855 Addition bond - $9,000 - Douglas BAKER, Johna WALTER, Thomas WALTER
and John WALTER
Jan 31 1855 security. Bond filed
Mar 24, 1855 Partial accounts filed and recorded.
Will of GEORGE RICHARDSON
In the name of
I George Richardson Sr. of Sugarcreek Township, Tuscarawas county and State of Ohio being weak in body but sound of mind and memory (Blessed be Almighty God for the same) do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say after my decease my body to be decently intend in a family burying ground, my executor to be herein after named shall as soon as convenient defray the funeral expences and all other just demands against my estate out of the money arising from the sale of property after my decease to my beloved wife Rebekah I give all kitchen furniture that belongs to us including the dining table and my desk during her natural life. I do likewise give and allow all the incomes of the place for her support and such of her children as may live with her during her natural life. I do likewise give and bequeath to my beloved wife three cows, such as she may choose and ten sheep and for the use of herself and those living with her I allow six hogs and one steir for beef, and further I will and direct that my beloved wife shall have the dwelling house we now live in for her use during her natural life and pasture sufficient for one horse creater, her cows and sheep and such creaturiz as will keep up the stock in number allowed her and have a beef yearly while she lives and I will and direct that each of the three girls now living with us to have a cow and heifer and such other articles toward housekeeping as the others that are married got once to be particular those leaving us are Martha, Rebecca and Ruth and further I give and bequeath to my beloved wife a black mare called Bele. I further will and direct the Sugar Camp lot to be sold as soon as can be done to advantage, say when it will bring 6 or 5 hundred dollars and the money divided equally between my beloved and the eight lawing named children to wit. Thomas, Martha, Alen, Hannah, Elizabeth, George and Rebekah and Ruth of the sale of this peice I allow Allen no share for he left me early in life before he was 18 further I allow my son George to have the place i now live on to farm and give his mother the share he his given me until he can have horses and C. of his own, and to have it on such terms as his brother Thomas my executor shall agree on. I allow two of the best and most suitable horses kept for the use of the place or farm untill George has of his own and then this may be sold. I further will and direct that the waggon-geers and C. shall be keept for the use of the boys Thomas and George untill they can get of there own and if George chooses he may continue on the farm during his mothers natural life and if then should be more land than George can farm Thomas may farm part of it and after the decease of my beloved wife I then will and direct the real property and my personal on hand to be sold and equally divided among my following named children to Thomas Richardson, Martha Richardson, Ann, Hannah, Elisabeth, George, Rebekah and Ruth, my son Allen to have one hundred dollars out of this last sale for the reasons above mentioned when I said above after directing the sale I meant the money arising from the sale should be so divided but and if my beloved wife and children should at any time agree and having a good chance to sell the land. I don't forbid them or if my beloved wife should choose to marry again then the place to be sold and one third of the money to be put on interest for her use during her natural life and as it respects the first sale of chattles, proper after my decease after paying all debts and demand the balance to be applied to repairs to wit to covering the barn new and likewise the over shot and other such like repairs. I likewise will and direct that each of the girls at home choose four sheep out of the flock to be their own the balance not granted to be sold and lastly I do hereby appoint my son Thomas my sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of April anno Domini, eighteen hundred and thirty five.
Signed, published and declard by the above named George RICHARDSON Sr. to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in presence of the testator.
at a Special Court held on the nineth day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty five Present the Honerable Jacob BLECKENSDERFER, Peter WILLIAMS and Reason PRITCHERD associate Judges of the court of Common Pleas for the county of Tuscarawas. The last will and testament of George RICHARDSON was brought into court and proven to the satisfaction of the court to be the last will and testament of the said George RICHARDSON by Isaac STEESE and Daniel LINT the subscribing witnesses to said will who testified that the said testator signed and sealed the same in there presents that he knew the contents thereof and declared the same to be his last will and testament that he was of sound mind and memory of full age and not under any restraint whereupon the court order that letters testamentary isssue to Thomas RICHARDSON the executor named in said will that he give bond in the sum of two thousand dollars Henry MILLER farmer and James RICHARDSON being offered was approved as security ordered that John BALTZLEY, Jacob SHOWALTER and John WALTER appraise said estate whereupon the said executor appeared and was quallified.
Estate of JACOB CORRELL, SR.
Administrator, Executor, Guardian: Henry MILLER
Mar. 7, 1830 - Will proven
Mar 31, 1830 - Letters issued.
Will of JACOB CORRELL, SR.
In the name of God Amen: - I Jacob Correll Sr. of Sugarcreek Township, Tuscarawas Co. Ohio State bing weak in body but of sound mind and memory blessed be almighty God for the same. Do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susanna the house and lot in Shanesville on or in which I now live for her own use and benefit as long as she remains my widow and bears my name. I likewise allow to my beloved wife the use of the other eight lots I have in Shanesville during her life if she remains my widow and bears my name. I likewise give and bequeath to my beloved wife all the chattle property including the household furniture during her life if she remains my widow but iff she does not need all the chattel property she may let my executors (herin after to be named) sell such part as she pleases to pay my debts that may be against the estate after my death, but and if my beloved wife Susanna should marry again after my death then I allow her one bed and bedding and one cow, and I allow all the other property real and personal to be sold at public vendue and after my debts and expenses are paid my beloved wife shall have the use of one third of the money arising from the sale during her natural life and the two thirds to be divided among my children equally, but if my beloved wife remains a widow during her life (after my death) then after her death all the property allowed for her use as first above directed to be sold and equally divided among my children here named: Mary Correll, John Correll, Susanna Correll, Elisabeth Correll, Jacob Correll, Philip Correll, Abraham Correll, Daniel Correll, Rebekah Correll, Isreal Correll and Catherine Correll, and further I allow the fifty dollars my son Jacob owes me to stand as a part of his share or be charged against him. I do moreover allow and will that lot in New Philadelphia shall not be sold yet until better times unless it will be needed to pay the debts. I further will and allow my executor herin after named to sell one or more of the lots aforementioned for the support of my beloved wife if the rent or income of them is not sufficient to support her plentifully. And lastly I do hereby choose and appoint Henry Miller joiner or Omish, my executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of June A.D. eighteen hundred and twenty nine.
Jacob X Correll (Seal)
Signed, sealed and published and declared by the above named Jacob CORRELL Sr. to be his last will and testament in presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator.
State of Ohio
Court of Common Pleas March Term 1830. The last will and testament of Jacob CORRELL was this day brought into court and proven to be satisfaction of the court to be the last will and testament of the said Jacob CORRELL by George RICHARDSON & William BARKEY the subscribing witnesses to the said will who testified that the said testator signed and sealed the same in their presence that he knew the contents thereof and declared the same to be his last will and testament that he appeared to be of sound desposing mind, memory and judgment and called upon them to hear testimony thereof whereupon the court order that letters testamentary issue to Hemry MILLER (omesh) the Executor named in the said will and the said Henry MILLER appeared and was sworn as Executor.
Attest James W. ENGLISH, Clerk.
Will of JOHN B. WHITMER
Be it remembered that heretofore, to-wit: On the 3rd. day of January, A. D., 1911, came Eli M. WHITMER and produced for probate and record in the Probate Court, within and for the County of Stark and State of Ohio, and instrument of writing, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of John B. WHITMER, last of Bethlehem Township in said County, deceased, which is in the words and figures following, to-wit:
In the Name of the Benevolent Father of All.
I, John B. WHITMER now residing in Bethlehem township Stark County, Ohio, being about eighty-one years of age, but of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making null and void all former wills by me made.
Item 1st. I desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate as soon as may be found convenient after my decease.
Item 2" I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Barbara WHITMER first the sum of One hundred dollars, and all the household goods she may desire to select out of the household goods of which I may die siezed.
Item 3. I desire that my executor sell the remainder of my personal property and all of my real estate at such time or times as he may deem best, either at public or private sale, and the proceed thereof to be divided equally among my following four children, Barbara WHITMER, Eli WHITMER, Samuel WHITMER and David WHITMER, share and share alike.
Item 4. I hereby nominate and appoint my son Eli WHITMER sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby empowering him to sell any and all my real property either at public or private sale and to make deed or deeds to purchasers as fully as I might do in my lifetime.
Item 5. It is also my desire that Lizzie BAKER receive out of my estate the sum of twenty five dollars, and no more.
Item 6. It is also my desire that Ellen WHITMER widow of Enos WHITMER receive out of my estate the sum of twenty-five dollars and no more.
Item 7. It is also my desire that Samuel DARR receive out of my estate the sum of twenty five dollars, and no more.
Item 8. It is also my desire that Mollie WHITMER receive out of my Estate the sum of twenty five dollars, and no more.
Item 9. I desire that the last four bequests be paid out of the second payment made upon the real estate sold by my executor.
In testimony hereof I hereunto set my hand and seal to this my Last will and testament this tenth day of April, A. D., 1902
John B. Whitmer
Signed and sealed as the last will and testament of John B. WHITMER in our presence and in the presence of each other and in our presence by him declared to be his last will and testament and signed by us as witnesses in his presence April 10 "1902.
North Industry, Ohio
Gracie HUDSON, " " "
[note: there is much more to this document that I have opted not to put online.]