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Peter Grabill.

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Written April 11,1851 Proved Jan. 3, 1861

of Drumore township Lancaster county

I, Peter Graybill of the township of Drumore, county of Lancaster and state of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind, memory and understanding, and considering the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make this my last Will and testament in manner and form as follows:

It is my Will and I hereby order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be duly paid and satisfied, as soon as conveniently can be done after my decease.

To my well beloved Wife Elizabeth Graybill, I give and bequeath for and during her natural life or widowhood, the use benefit and profit of my plantation or tract of land, with the buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging; also what may be coming to me as my share or part of the estate of my brother John Graybill, lately deceased, and all such parts of my household and kitchen furniture and stock of creatures of different kinds, as she shall think proper to retain, for her use and support through life.

To my daughter Nancy King, intermarried with Christian King, I give and bequeath the sum of two-hundred dollars lawful money, to be paid to her at or soon after the decease of my said wife.

To my son Christian Graybill, I give and bequeath the following described parts of my said land, marked on the plot or draft there of on purport. No. one beginning at corner of land of Henry Bomberger on the line of land of James A. Hopkins, thence by said line, south eighteen and one-half degrees East fifty-six and two tenths perches to a stone, thence by purpart. No. three -South seventy-eight and one-half degrees West twenty-four perches to a stone; thence by purpart. No. two North seventy eight degrees west thirteen perches to a line of land of Samuel J. Ankrim, thence by said land, north three degrees East five and a half perches to a stone, North seventy-four degrees west twenty-three perches to a stone; north forty degrees west twenty-nine and an half perches to a stone; thence by purpart. No. four north fifty-one degrees east twenty-seven perches to a Cherry tree, on a line of land of Jacob Graybill, thence by said land, south forty-six and an half degrees east two perches and six tenths of a perch to a post and stone; South fifty-nine degrees east twenty perches to a large chestnut tree; thence by the same and land of Henry Bomberger respectively , north fifty and an half degrees east twenty-five perches to the place of beginning, containing sixteen acres and ten perches of land, and for the other part, beginning at a corner of purpart No. three on a line of land of said James M. Hopkins, thence by said line, south fourteen and an half degrees west eighteen and seven tenths perches to a post, a corner of other land of said Christian Graybill, thence by said land, south eighty-one and an half degrees west twenty-nine perches to a post; north thirty-six and an half degrees west nineteen perches to a stone; thence by purpart. No. three North eighty-one and an half degres east forty-five perches to the beginning, containing three acres and one hundred and fifty perches of land, making together twenty acres of land more or less.To have and to hold the said two pieces of land with the buildings appurtenances there onto belonging, with the privilage of a passage for wagons, carts etc. from one piece of land to the other, through said purpart No. three doing said purpart No. three as little damage as possible and subject to the same privilige for the use of his brother Jacob Graybill for passing to and from his land to the road. To hold the same to and for the use, benefit and behoof of him the said Christian Graybill, his heirs and assigns forever, from and after the decease of his mother Elizabeth Graybill; upon his paying or causing to be paid to his sister Nancy King, or her legal representatives the sum of two hundred dollars lawful money as hereby before directed.

To my son Henry Graybill, I give and bequeath the following described part of my land marked No. four on the draft, beginning at the corner of his other land in the public road, thence along said road by the same North fifty two degrees east sixteen perches to a corner of land of said Jacob Graybill, thence by said land south thirty five and an half degrees east thirteen perhes to a stone, and south forty six and an half degrees east twenty five and four tenths perches to a cherry tree; thence by purpart. No. one South fifty one degrees west twenty seven perches to a stone on a line of land of Samuel James Ankrum, thence by said line, north forty degrees west twenty four and an half perches to the beginning, containing five and three fourth acres of land more or less. To have and to hold the same from and after the decease of his mother, To and for the proper use benefit and behalf of him the said Henry Graybill, his heirs and assigns forever.

To my son Jacob Graybill, I give and bequeath the following described part of my land marked No. two on the draft beginning at a corner of the larger part of purpart. No. one, on a line of land of Samuel J. Ankrum, thence by purpart No. one south seventy eight degrees east thirteen perches to a stone; thence by purpart. No. three south seventeen perches to a stone; and south sixty six degrees west fifty two and an half perches to a stone on a line of land of said Christian Graybill, thence by said land, North thirty six and an half degrees west twenty one and three tenths perches to a chestnut tree, thence by land of said Samuel J. Ankrim, north forty four and an half degrees east sixteen and seven tenths perches to a post; North forty four and one forth degrees east twenty one and an half perches to a chestnut stump; north eighty one degrees east seventeen perches to a white oak tree; and north three degrees east three perches and an half to the beginning containing eight acres and one hundred and five perches of land, more or less. To have and to hold the same from and after the decease of his mother, to and for the proper use benefit and behoof of him the said Jacob Graybill, his heirs and assigns, forever.

The part of my land marked purpart No. three on the draft, I value at two hundeed dollars lawful money and it is my will that my son Christian Graybill have the first right to accept it at that price and to pay the sum of $50. to the children of my deceased daughter Freney King, or their legal representatives share and share alike which together with what I gave their mother in her lifetime, I consider to be their share of my estate, and the remaining sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to be paid to my daughter, Elizabeth Trimble, (wife of John Trimble,) or her legal representatives, in full for her share of my estate, the said purpart No. 3, containing eight acres and ten perches of land, more or less to remain as it now is, and no money to be paid theron until after the decease of my said beloved wife, Elizabeth Graybill, and if Christian refuse to accept the same, then my son Jacob Graybill, shall have the next right to accept the same, and if he refuse to take the same on the above conditions, then my son Henry Graybill, shall have the next right to accept the same as above mentioned, and if none of my said sons shall agree to accept the same upon the above conditions, then it is my will that my executor herein after named, shall sell the same at public or private sale, and either altogether or in part, as shall appear most advantageous, and for that purpose I do hereby authorize and empower my said executors to make execute and deliver all such deed or deeds of conveyance as may be necessary for the granting conveying and assurring to the purchaser or purchasers thereof as fully and effectually as I now have and hold the same and out of the net proceeds thereof to pay the said sum of fifty dollars to heirs of my said daughter Freney King, as above mentioned and the balance thereof be it more or less to my said daughter Elizabeth Trimble or her legal representatives in full for her share of my said estate.

It is my will and I hereby direct, that at the decease of my said wife, the amount of my personal property not otherwise disposed of shall be divided equally between my three sons Jacob, Christian and Henry Graybill, and their sister Nancy King or their legal representatives share and share alike.

And further it is my will that if any of my said children shall draw up any accounts against my said estate or make any trouble in the settlement thereof that then such child or children so affending shall be considered to have forfeited all right to my estate and shall be debared from all benefits therefrom.

Lastly, I nominate constitute and appoint my esteemed neighbor, James A. Mcpherson to be the executor to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by one heretofor made. In witness, thereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this eleventh day of April, in the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and fifty one. (1851)

Signed, sealed and declared by the said testator, to be his last will and testament, in Peter Graybill Seal the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence have set our names and witnesses thereto.

Ezekiel Painter, A. Dubree,

Lancaster County. On the third day of January AD 1861 Before me the subscriber personally appeared John Dubree of Drumore township and on his solemn affix matiory did depose and say that he is well acquainted with the hand writing of A. Dubree, one of the witnesses to the preceding will who is now deceased, that he has frequently seen him write and that he verily believes the signature of A. Dubree, attached as a witness to the preceding will, to be the genuine handwriting of the said A. Dubree. John Dubree(Signature)

John Johns, Dep. Reg.

Lancaster County, Pa. On the third day of January AD 1861 Before me the subscriber personally appeared Ezekiel Painter, one of the subscribing witnesses to the preceding will and on his solemn Oath did depose and say that he was present and saw and heard Peter Grabill, the testator, therein named, sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament and that the doing thereof he was of sound and well desporting mind and memory and understanding to the best of his knowledge, observation and belief..

January 3rd 1861 Letters Testamentary granted to James A. McPherson the executor he being duly Affirmed, well and truly to Adminster the goods and chattels rights and credits of the testator according to law. and also that he will faithfully regard and well and truly comply with the Provisions of the Law, relating to Collateral Inheritances. John Johns, Dep. Reg.

John Johns, Dep. Reg.
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