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,
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