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 46½ 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.
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)
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.
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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