The Last Will and Testament of Casper Seibt

Caper Seipt (or Seibt) was born circa 1 November 1725 in Salisa. He immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1734 with his parents David and Judieth (Reinwald) Seobt. He married Rosina Yeakel, the daughter of Abraham and Maria (Wiegner) Yeakel on 25 November 1750. He died 11 December 1773. Rosina outlived him by 46 years. He was the brother of my 5great-grandfather.

Casper left a will 8 December 1773.

Casper Seibt will (1774), Philadelphia County Will Book P, no. 353: 506-508, City Archives, 401 City Hall Annex, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Microfilm 0021727, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The transcript of the Will reads:
In the Name of AMEN, I Casper Seibt of Towamencin Township in the County of Philadelphia, in the Province of Pennsylvania yeoman, Am weak in Body but of perfect sound mind, understanding and memory Thanks be to God, Do this Eighth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy three make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following.
First I recommend my Soul in the hands of my Creator, and my Body to the Earth, to be decently buried at the Discretion of my Executors. And whereas it hath pleased God to blefs me with worldly goods and Effects in this life, I give and dispose the same in manner following. First, I will and do order that all my just debts and funeral charges be duly satisified, and paid out of my whole Estate by my hereunto named Executors.
Item it is my will and I do order that my beloved wife Rosina with all my children, named Elizabeth, David, Susanna, Rosina, Abraham and Regina, shall together live on my dwelling place situate in Towamencin aforesaid and work the place and manage the same in the manner as I did until my eldest son David cometh to be twenty one year of age at which time I order and direct my whole Estate to be sold both Real & personal at publick sale, to the best advantage of my said wife and Children. And then I devise the same in manner following.
one whole third part thereof of my said whole Estate, I give and devise to my beloved wife Rosina (costs and reasonable charges first deducted) then I give to my two sons David & Abraham to each twenty pounds current money of Pennsylvania and all the Reminder part of my Estate yet undivided I give to all my six above mentioned Children shear and shear alike, and each of my said children shall receive his or her share or dividend as each of them cometh of age, the sons twenty one; and the daughters eighteen years old, and if one or any of them should happen to die before they come of age, and without Ifsue, then I give such part or parts so dying to them so living shear alike, and my younger children's money or shares that will be under age, when the whole will be sold shall be for the use of my said wife till each of them is to receive it by age for which use she shall raise and bring each of them up to the age of fourteen years, or till each of them can earn his leaths and vituals. It is likewise my will that my mother Judith shall be kept free as usual in my house and diet during her life, agreeable to Law, and my mother in law Mary who liveth with me in a seperate house on my place shal have the same liberty as she had whilst I was living, to live in the said house as long as she likes it within the time my said place is to be sold but not longer, my above mentioned children shall get sufficient learning to read and to write by my wife abovesaid whilst they are under fourteen years old as abovesaid.
Item I give hereby sufficient power to my hereunto & named Executors to sell my said dwelling place containing one hundred & thirty-five acres and a half (and my personal Estate) when my said David is twenty one year old, and to make sign seal and deliver sufficient Deed or Deeds to the buyer or buyers thereof, as sufficient as I could do whilst I was living.
Item. I constitute and appoint my beloved wife Rosina, my brother in law John Yakel and my brother in law Boltzer Reinwold to be the whole and sole Executors of my last Will and Testament, and I declare that only to be my last Will and Testament.
In Witnefs Whereof, I the said Casper Seibt have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and year first above written.
Casper Seibt (SEAL)
Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the said Casper Seibt as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers. (Note the above three interlining (shear alike as Children) was done before signing and Sealing.
Melchior Wagenor
Melchior Reinwald
January 5th 1774 Personally appeared Melchior Wagoner and Melechir Reinwald the witnefses to the foregoing Will and on their solemn affirmation according to Law did declare that they saw and heard Casper Seibt the Testator therein named Sign Seal publish and decare the same Will for and as his last Will and Testament and that at the Execution thereof he was of sound disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowedge and Belief.

     Coram. Benjamin Chew, Reg.r Genl.

Be it Remembered That on the 5th day of January 1774 the Last Will and Testament of Casper Seibt deceased in due form of Law was proved and Probate and Letters Testamentary thereof were granted to Regina Seibt, John Yakel and Baltzer Reinwald Executors in the said Will named being first solemnly affirmed will and truly to administer the said deceased Estate and bring to Inventory thereof into the Register General Office at Philadelphia on or before the 5th Day of February next, and render a true Account of the said Administration on or before the 6th day of January 1775 or when thereunto required. Given under the Seal of the said Office.
      Benjamin Chew, Reg. Genl


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