Will Book Y Volume 2 page 515-516
of Strasburg township Lancaster county
John Resh, Dec’d
November the 28th Anno Domini 1767
I John Resh of Strasburg Township in the County of Lancaster find myself at present sick and weak of body but of sound memory and understanding and am therefore willing to make this as my last will and Testament in manner following First—it is my will that all my just debts shall be paid after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Peter the Plantation and house adjoining Peter Musser’s land containing one hundred acres [inserted above the line from “containing” to “Together” ] Together with an improvement adjoining /\ [illegible inserted word] one hundred and sixty acres (more or less) to him and his heirs and assigns forever for which he shall pay five hundred and fifty pounds that is every year Twenty Pounds in which he nevertheless shall have his share like the rest but as to the improvements he shall be subject to pay whatsoever is shall yet cost with the proprietaries. Item I give and bequeath unto my youngest son Jacob my Plantation and land adjoining to the Land wherever I now live and to Harry Hoover’s land together with a piece of land wherein I live which my executors shall measure off to him and shall begin at Harry Hoover’s Land on the Line between my two Plantations from therein along the said line seventy perches and make a corner first and from the Line straight back to Beaver Creek therein along the said Creek downward as near as the Executors shall find good to Hoover’s Line therein along the said line backward to the place of beginning and this piece let it contain as much as it will he shall have to the within mentioned Tract to him his heirs and assigns forever for which he shall pay two hundred and seventy five pounds in which he shall have his share like the rest and shall pay yearly Ten pounds. Item I give and bequeath unto my son John the Land and Plantation wherever I now live (after setting off the above mentioned piece to the other tract) for the sum of Four hundred and twenty five pounds in which he shall have his share like the others and shall pay yearly twenty-five pounds besides the yearly maintenance which he shall provide for his mother during her life as hereafter follows. First, I order and direct that my beloved wife Anna after my decease shall go on with the ceremony? with my two sons John and Jacob until my son John arrives at the age of twenty-one years and then my son John shall take my land in his possession as above mentioned and the Executors shall divide the moveable amongst my children according to my directions and after this is done then it is my will and I order
First I give to my beloved wife Anna Two hundred pounds of the first money aforehand severally my son John shall give her yearly as follows First she shall have a right to live and wholly to possess my dwelling house and cellar and the half part of the cabbage and other Garden And he shall give her yearly fifteen bushels of wheat and five bushels of Rye one fat hog weighing one hundred and fifty pounds also one hundred pounds of Fat beef Two barrels of Cyder and good aples [sic] for two bushels of dry’d aples and seven and _____ aples as much as she shall want also fifteen pounds _____ flax & hemp five pounds of wool and good firewood he shall deliver to her house as much as she shall have need of and he shall keep for her a cow and a mare in fodder along with his own in summer and winter and shall deliver her grain to the mill and back to her house again when she has need for it and the firewood he shall out small for her that she can use it And all this he shall give and provide for her as her widowhood during her life and for this it is my will that if one or the other of my hereinbefore mentioned sons should dye without heirs that is before they are married then I order that my son Henry shall have the land or plantation of the so deceased for the price within mentioned. And I do hereby impower my hereafter named Executors that they shall give and execute to my above mentioned sons deeds to their land according to my own Right and as good as I have them agreeable to everything as I have herein ordered and directed after they have given sufficient security for the money And my son John shall give good security for the maintenance of my beloved wife to her and to my executors and then they shall give him a deed and each of them shall pay his deed and bonds himself And I do hereby nominate and appoint my two sons in law Peter Musser and Henry Musser and my friend Jacob Neaff Executors and Guardians of my estate to do and perform everything according to my will disannulling and making utterly void all other wills and testaments. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written and I order that all my children shall be share alike the youngest as well as the oldest - Signed sealed and published as his last will and testament
in the presence of us
John Herr Jacob Hartman
John Resh (Seal)
Lancaster County SS. On the fourth day of January Anno Domini 1768 Before me the subscriber Personally appeared the within named John Herr and Jacob Hartman the two subscribing witnesses to the within will and on their solemn affirmations according to law did severally declare and say that they were present and saw and heard John Resh the Testator within named sign seal publish pronounce and declare the within writing as and for his last will and testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound and well disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge observation and belief.
Edw Shippen Register
Be it Remembered that on the nineteenth day of January Anno Domini 1768 The last will and testament of John Resh Late of Strasburg Township in the County of Lancaster yeoman deceased was prove in due form of law and letters testamentary thereon was granted to Peter Musser Henry Musser and Jacob Neaff their being first duly qualified well and truly to administer the estate of the decedent and to exhibit a true and perfect inventory thereof into the Register’s office at Lancaster on or before the fourth day of February next and to render a true and just account of their administration on the said Estate when thereto lawfully required Given under the seal of said office at Lancaster ____ Edw Shippen DR.
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