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Will Book H-1, pp. 393-396
In the name of God Amen. I Jacob Barr of the Township of Bart and County of Lancaster in the State of Pennsylvania, yeoman, being weak in Body but of sound and disposing mind and memory blessed be almighty God for the same do make and Publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following to wit. Imprimise I recomend my soul into the Hands of God and my Body to the Earth to be decently Buried at the discretion of my Executors and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this Life I give bequeath and dispose of the same in manner and form following,--I Give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved Wife Anna the Sum of Thirty Pounds in Gold or Silver money Current in the State of Pennsylvania yearly and every year during her Natural life to be paid unto her my said Wife by my Executors, and my said wife shall also have the full Priviledge use and Possession of my Dwelling House wherein I now live together with all the Land Etc. which I now posses[s], which will more particularly appear by an Instrument of writting now in my Hands and recorded in the Office of Register in Book H, vol. 3rd Page 27. [??], and my said Wife shall also have all my Personal Estate which I now posses[s] or may posses[s] at my Decease, Bonds, Notes and Book Debts excepted, all which Articles above mentioned my said Wife shall have and posses[s] during her natural Life, and at her decease all the above personal Estate shall be equally divided between my Children and the Children of my wife that is to say the one half shall go to my Children and the other half to the Children of my Wife, the Ten Plate Stove now in my room only excepted. Item I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Barr the Sum of Twenty two Pounds like lawful Money aforesaid, which shall be in full (with what he has allready received from me) of his Legacy.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Keehnports the Sum of Three hundred and two Pounds like lawful Money aforesaid, which shall be in full (with what she allready has received from me) of her Legacy.—Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Barbara Forry the Sum of Twenty Pounds like lawful Money aforesaid (which shall be in full (with what she has allready received from me) of her Legacy.
Item my Daughter Anna Shenk and her Husband John Shenk have received their Legacy in full. Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Jacob Barr the Son of my Son John Barr the Sum of Fourty Pounds like lawful Money aforesaid which shall be (with what he has allready received from me) in full of his Legacy.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Maria Barr the Daughter of my Son John Barr the Sum of Two hundred Pounds like lawful Money aforesaid to be paid unto her after my Decease in Yearly Payments of Fifty Pounds untill the whole Sum of Two hundred Pounds are paid which said Sum of Two hundred Pounds shall be in full of her Legacy. Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter in Law Veronica now the Wife of James Citch the Sum of Fifty Pounds to be paid in yearly Payments of Five Pounds, after my decease untill the whole Sum of Fifty Pounds is paid and discharged. —Item my Daughter Susanna Graff and her Husband Jacob Graff have received their Legacy in full.
Item it is my Will and I do hereby order that all the above mentioned Sums and Legacies be paid unto them by my Executors after my decease and after the above said Legacies are paid and discharged, all the Money together with Household Goods and Furniture before mentioned which will be left after mine and my wifes decease shall be equally devided between my Children of my first wife vz, Martin Barr, Jacob Barr, Christian Barr, Abraham Barr, Elizabeth the wife of Daniel Keehnports and Barbara the Wife of Christian Forry share and share alike. Item the Tract of Land which I posses[s] lying and being in York County the Title of which I have in my Possession it is my will and I do hereby order that my Executors shall have full Power to Sell for the best advandage of my six above named children viz, Martin Barr, Jacob Barr, Christian Barr, Abraham Barr, Elizabeth Keehnports and Barbara Forry, to be likewise equally divided among the above six children share and share alike.
Item it is my Will and I do hereby Order that my Executors shall take Twenty Pounds lawfull Money aforesaid and distribute the same among the Poor of such Sort as they shall see fit.—And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my two Sons Jacob Barr and Christian Barr Executors of this my last Will and Testament revoking and disannulling all other Wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In Wittness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this fifteenth day of March in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and three 1803.
Jacob Bear (Seal) Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the above named Jacob Barr as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witness in the presence of the Testator; Bonds, Notes and Book debts excepted, interlined before Witnessed. David Herr, John Graff.>
Lancaster, County. SS: On the 1st day of November Anno Domini 1803 before me the Subscriber personally appeared. David Herr and John Graff, the two Subscribing Witnesses to the within and foregoing Will, who upon their solemn affirmations according to Law did severally declare and say that they were present and saw and heard Jacob Barr the Testator therein named Sign Seal publish Pronounce and declare the within and foregoing Instrument in Writing as and for his last Will and Testament, and that at the Time of the doing thereof he was of sound and well disposing mind memory and understanding according to the best of their Knowledge Observation and Belief
Be it remembered that on the 1st day of November Anno Domini 1803 the last Will and Testament of Jacob Barr late of Bart Township in the County of Lancaster Yeoman deceased was Proved in due form of Law and Letters Testamentary thereon were granted to Jacob Barr and Christian Barr the Executors therein named, They having first been duly qualified well and truly to administer the Estate of the said Deceased, and especially to Exhibit a true and perfect Inventory thereof into the Registers office at Lancaster within one Month and to render a just and true account of their Executorship on said Estate in one Year from this date or when thereunto lawfully required. Given under the Seal of said office.