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Adam Hetrick

Last Will and Testament of Adam Hetrick dec’d

Filed July 21 1865

Recorded in Will Book Y Page 42

 

I Adam Hetrick of East Hanover Township in the County of Dauphin and State of Pennsylvania, ...being of sound mind memory and understanding do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

As to such estate as it hath pleased God to entrust me with I dispose of the Same as follows, Viz

I give and bequeath to my son William J. Hetrick my farm whereon I now reside situated in East Hanover Township Aforesaid Containing One hundred and forty acres more or less with the appurtenances to have and to hold the said farm to him his heirs and assigns for ever. And I order that my son William J. is to pay out of the farm thirty five hundred dollars in manner following. One thousand dollars is to remain in said farm until after the death of my beloved Wife Margret in lieu of her dower and six per cent interest is to be paid annually unto her during her natural life and the remaining twenty five hundred dollars in such yearly payments from one hundred to five hundred dollars per year as he can make it out of the said farm without interest.

I give and bequeath to my son John H. Hetrick my farm whereon he resides now situate also in East Hanover Township aforesaid containing One hundred and thirty one acres more or less with the appurtenances to have and to hold the said farm to him his heirs and assigns for ever. And I order that my son John H. is to pay out of the farm three thousand dollars in manner following. One thousand dollars is to remain in said farm until after the death of my beloved Wife Margret in lieu of her dower and six per cent interest is to be paid annually unto her during her natural life and the remaining two thousand dollars in such yearly payments from One Hundred to five hundred dollars per year as he can make it out

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of the said farm without interest.

I give and bequeath to my son Adam Hetrick my farm whereon he resides now situate in Middle Paxton Township Dauphin County Containing One hundred and nineteen acres more or less with the appurtenances to have and to hold the said farm to him his heirs and assigns for ever. And I order that my son Adam is to pay out of the farm two thousand dollars in manner following One thousand dollars is to remain in said farm until After the death of my beloved Wife Margret in lieu of her dower and six per cent interest is to be paid annually unto her during her natural life And the remaining one thousand dollars in such yearly payments from one hundred to five hundred dollars per year as he can make it out of said farm without interest.

In case my son William J. refuses to take the farm bequeathed unto him, then my son Adam may take it at the same chance I bequeathed it unto my son William J. And my son William J. shall have his equal share in money And my hereinafter named Executor shall then sell the farm I bequeathed unto my son Adam to best advantage either at Public or Private Sale. And I do hereby give full power and authority to my hereinafter named executor to sign, seal & deliver the deed in as full and large a manner in every respect as I could myself do if living.

I do hereby reserve one acre of land whereon a saw mill is erected on the farm I bequeathed unto my son John H. for the use of my son Samuel Hetrick and after his death it shall fall again to the farm of my son John H. absolute.

And I futher order that my three sons, William J. John H. and Adam shall farm for the shares for my said executor until my debts are all fully paid and then they shall have possession of the farms for their own use. I also reserve the priveledge the West end, the new part attached to my dwelling house, where I reside now for the use of my

 

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beloved wife Margret and my son Samuel during their natural life time, and also priviledge in the spring house and smoke house during their life time.

I give and bequeath unto my son Samuel Hetrick three hundred dollars.

I give and bequeath unto my grand sons John H. Eckert and Samuel Eckert each five hundred dollars at the age of twenty one years, being the children of my late daughter Caroline.

I give and bequeath unto my wife Margret all the house furniture whatever she selects, and also all the provisions whatever she selects, and she may also selects two cows out of my stock for her use.

I also order that my son William J. shall select and have for his use two horses, one cow, two hogs, two sheep, one buggy, one waggon or the value thereof, one plough, one harrow, and one corn plow and horse gears, all of about the same value as I have given unto my two other sons John H. & Adam. I further order that my said executor shall give a good house furniture, two cows, two hogs, and two sheep unto my daughter Catharine A. Hetrick as good as I had given unto my late daughter Margret out of my estate.

I further order that my son William J. is to keep two cows along with his cows for my said wife during her natural life and also give her fire wood, cut it and haul it home, and bed in the garden and a potatoe patch, and apples and cider and fifty pound of beef yearly during her natural life. And I also order that my son John H. is to give yearly a fat hog not weighing less than four hundred pounds during her natural life unto my said wife Margret, and I order that all my personal property remaining shall be appraised and sold at Public Sale, and the grain at private Sale. And I order that after three hundred dollars

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so bequeathed unto my son Samuel, and also the One thousand so bequeathed unto two grand children are paid and then the rest of all the moneys coming out of my three farms shall be divided equally among my son Samuel and daughter Catharine A. Or if my son William J. refuses to take the farm aforesaid, then the moneys shall be divided equally among my son William J., Samuel and my daughter Catharine A.

Lastly I appoint my esteemed friend John Lingle of East Hanover Township aforesaid to be the executor of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I Adam Hetrick the testator have to this my will written on one sheet of paper set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of March A D One thousand eight hundred and sixty five.

Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Adam Hetrick as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as withnesses thereto in the presence of the said testator and of each other.

John L. Gerberich

Amos Walmer

 

[ Transcription notes-- this document was transcribed from a photocopy of a photocopy of the microfilm copy. Even though at least three steps removed from the original, the copies were clear and I believe that this is a faithful and accurate transcription. The biggest problems were in deciphering the handwriting, and in deciding whether a word was meant to be capitalized, or whether it was just the handwriting style.

This copy of the will was kindly provided to me by Beverly Wyld, a fellow Hetrick researcher. Beverly can be emailed at bwyld@aol.com. I will be happy to answer any questions about this document. Write or email me at: George Nagle, 6431 Shatto Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111; gnagle2919@aol.com.]

 

 

Transcribed by George Nagle

 

 

 

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