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Martha Rush deceased

Will Book T Volume 1 page 22

of Lampeter township Lancaster county

In the name of God amen. I, Martha Rush, of Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, being old but of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following to wit:

I order all my just debts and funeral expenses to be paid.

I give all my linen and coverlets and blankets and quilts not on beds to my two daughters, Martha Weaver and Catharine Barr, to be equally divided between them by my executors and Catharine’s share thereof to be for her sole and separate use so as not to become Subject to her husband’s debts.

I order and direct that my daughter, Martha Weaver, shall have the right to live with her family in my house and have the use of my lot for one year from and after my decease.

After the expiration of one year from my decease I order my Executors to sell my house and five acres of land near Lampeter Square in said Township and give good title for the same---and also sell after my death all my other personal property, all my estate real and personal, whatsoever and wheresoever, except as before bequeathed, I direct to be divided into two equal shares: one equal half thereof, together with Fifty dollars of the other half, I give and bequeath to my near neighbour Abraham Herr and his heirs in trust that he place the same to interest or invest it other Securities during the life of my daughter Catharine, the wife of Abraham Barr Jun.r and pay her the clear yearly interest thereof during her life, taking her receipts which alone shall be sufficient discharges; the same to be for her sole and separate use so that neither principal nor interest shall ever be liable for the debts of her husband or subject to his controul [sic] or interference; and at the death of my daughter Catharine, the principal of said share shall go to be paid to her children, then living and to the lawful issue of any of them then dead per sterpes & their heirs in equal shares.

The remainder of the other half of my said estate after deducting from said half the fifty dollars aforesaid I give and bequeath to Joseph Weaver and his heirs in trust that he place the same to interest or invest it in other Securities during the life of my daughter, Martha Weaver, and pay her the clear yearly interest thereof during her life, for her sole and separate use so that the same shall never become liable to the debts, interference or controul [sic] of any future husband of said Martha whose receipts alone notwithstanding her coverture, shall be sufficient discharges – and at the death of the said Martha, the principal of said share so limited for her use shall go and be paid to her children then living and to the lawful issue of them dead, per Sterpes, and their heirs in equal shares.

And lastly I nominate, constitute and appoint my friends the said Joseph Weaver and Abraham Herr, to be the executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills legacies and bequests by me heretofore made and declaring this and no other to be my last will and testament—In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal on the third day of November in the year of our Lord 1841.

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Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and

declared by the testatrix as and for her

last Will and testament in the presence

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