The Will of
JOHN JACOB BULFORD
Will Book "R", p. 157
I, John Bulford of the Borough of Dallas County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania, do make this my last will and Testament; I give, devise and bequeath to C. D. Foster in trust for my son Samuel the house and lot where my grandson Wm. Bulford now lives and my half interest in the storehouse and lot at present occupied by H. M. Hatfield & Co.
To my son, Foster Bulford, I give devise and bequeath the storehouse at present occupied by Martin as a tin store.
To my son, Frank Bulford, I give devise and bequeath the farm on which he now resides and a lot fifty by one hundred and fifty feet in the Borough of Dallas between the old house and the store.
To Josephine Bulford, daughter of Foster Bulford, I give devise and bequeath a lot fifty feet by two hundred on the upper corner of my land adjoining W. K. Goss.
To my granddaughter, Nora Bulford, daughter of Samuel Bulford, I also give, devise and bequeath a lot of the same size, adjoining Josephine. Such vacant land as I may own in the Borough of Dallas at the time of my decease not hereinbefore disposed of I direct my executor to have plotted out in lots and I will, devise and bequeath those lots to my grandchildren and great grandchildren, issue of my granddaughter Rose Chapin, to take equally with my grandchildren a lot each to be selected by casting lots for choice. These lots not to be disposed of during the life of the donee nor the title to be affected by any debts or liabilities. My executor is directed to have the land so plotted if possible that each my have a lot large enough for a home. In case I shall have sold all of my vacant land then my grandchildren shall not receive anything from my estate, and in case I shall have sold part so that there are not enough lots for all of them, then they shall cast lots as to who shall have what there are.
In case there should be a surplus of each over and above any debts at the time of my decease, I direct my executor to distribute that equally between my two sons, Foster and Frank, and C. D. Foster trustee for my son Samuel. If there should be a deficit or not sufficient money or personal property to pay my debts and expenses of administration I direct my two sons Foster and Frank and my son's Samuel's trustee, C. D. Foster, to pay the same out of the rents, issues or profits of their respective shares.
Lastly I do nominate and appoint C. D. Foster, my executor with power to make sales and deeds of real estate at his discretion. I further direct that the said C. D. Foster, as trustee for my said son Samuel shall collect and receive the rents issues and profits of his share and pay the net proceeds over to him twice each year, without liability to any creditor of him the said Samuel. I hereby revoke and make void all other and former wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof, I the said John J. Bulford, have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this the (?) Day of June in the year in the year of Our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and ninety seven.
J. J. Bulford
Ernest K. Little
Donated by Pat Krivak