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Last Will & Testament of Francis Wenrich - 14 Feb 1826

Filed 13 Oct 1827 - Dauphin County Will Book E-8, file #3

In the name of God, Amen, the 14th day of February, 1826, I, Francis Wenrich of Lower Paxton Township Dauphin County, I am old and sick in body but of sound mind and memory, thanks be unto God, therefore it came into my mind the mortality of my body and know that it is appointed for all men once to die, I make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, First of all I give and command my soul into the hands of God who gave it. And my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner and as to such worldly estate or property wherewith it hath pleased God to entrust me with in this life, I give and bequeath the same in the following manner and order.

First, it is my will and I order that all my just debts and expenses be duly paid as soon as possible after my decease, by my heirs and after named executors.

Second, it is my will and I order that after my death my heirs and after named executors shall sell all my property personal and real at a public Vendue, and I order my executor herewith that to sell my land after my death to give a good title, as good as I myself have it, or could give it myself, if I were ------  -----  myself, they shall sell the land and house and all the buildings were <sic> I live with then, or fifteen or twenty acres of the mountain land, as follows, namely, beginning at the black oak tree at Thomas Wenrich's line, a corner of George Lentz's, along George Lentz's line to Casper Heckard's line, and thence shall  ------ the fields and woodlands to John Barnett;s line to Thomas Wenrich's line, thence along Thomas Wenrich's line to the place of the beginning. And the remainder of the mountain land shall be sold by itself. And after all my debts and expenses are paid, the remainder shall be equally divided among my children, as follows, namely the children of my son George Peter shall have an equal share, like one of my daughters without what he himself has received in his lifetime, he has received eighty pounds, in two bonds, cash forty pounds, and he has also received two ------- of hay which is not settled. My daughter Margaret Elizabeth has received fifty pounds, my daughter Eve Elizabeth has received fifty pounds, my daughter Maria Catherine has received twenty-eight dollars and my daughter Susanna has received seventy-seven dollars and forty and a half cents. And I will have them all alike.

Thirdly, it is my will and I order and appoint my good friends Thomas Wenrich and Christian Noecker, to be my own and lawful Executors of this my last Will and Testament, revoking and annulling all former wills my be heretofore made and declared. And make and establish this and not other to be my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above mentioned.

Signed and sealed by the said Francis Wenrich as hi last will and Testament and at his request we have  ---- our names as Witnesses.

William Umberger - Sworn October the 13th, 1827
Benjamin Umberger - Sworn October the 14th, 1827

Christian Noecker sworn as Executor, October 13th, 1827

Transcribed by and Copyright 1999 by Robert L. Maley bob@maley.net





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