JOHN KNESTRICK (1808?-1884) of West Bethlehem Twp
Will Book 11, p 653
Know all men by these presents that I John Knestrick of the County of Washington and State of Pennsylvania, Farmer, Being in ill health but of sound mind and memory, do make this last will and Testament That all my real and personal property at my death to which I shall be possessed and entitled I dispose and bequeath as follows
First my will is that my executors hereinafter named shall pay my funeral expenses and all my just debts and have erected a double sandstone tombstone for myself and my wife and dispose of my property as soon after my decease as by them found convenient.
I give devise and bequeath to my four children all my effects and property to be equally divided between them except David G. Knestrick shall receive two hundred dollars less than Amos Knestrick, Catherine Yoders married to Cary Yoders, Sarah Ellen Ward married to [unreadable] Ward but I give and bequeath to David G. Knestrick's two children Henrietta Knestrick and Delilah Annabell Knestrick one hundred Dollars apiece, making the said David G. Knestrick equal with the other heirs. David G. to have and hold this two hundred dollars until they become of age or twenty-one years of age without interest. In the death of the said children before said time David G. to become their legal heir.
Now I give and bequeath to my four children all my effects and real property to them and there heirs and assigns.
Now I do nominate and appoint to be my executors of this my last will and Testament Amos Knestrick and David G. Knestrick with full power and authority to make and Deed my property to any purchaser or purchasers as if I was personally present also giving them full power to sell all my effects and settle any differences or disputes if any should arise as they think best.
In testimony I the said John Knestrick have to this my last will have subscribed my name and seal this twelfth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four. John Knestrick X his mark (seal)Signed and delivered in the presence of C.C. Williams [and] J.D. Huston
I John Knestrick the within named testator revoke that part of the above that gives to Delilah Annabell Knestrick and Henrietta Knestrick one hundred dollars each and now in this Codicil give and bequeath to each of them fifty dollars apiece and the said David G. Knestrick shall pay interest on the same untill due.
I also will that the said David G. Knestrick shall have the use of my farm for one year after my death without rent.
This fifty dollars apiece to the said David G. Knestrick's children shall be set apart and paid out of my estate and then the said David G. Knestrick shall come in equal with the rest of the heirs share and share alike.
In witness whereof I have subscribed my name and seal to this my last will and Testament this twenty second day of January 1884. John Knestrick X his mark (seal)
Witnessed by C.C. Williams [and] J.D. Huston
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Washington County ss:
Be it remembered that upon the 14th day of March 1884 before me John F. Cooper Register for the Probate of Wills and granting letters of Administration within and for said county came J.D. Huston and C.C. Williams the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing attached Will and Codicil of Jno. Knestrick deceased who being duly qualified according to law depose and say: That they were present at the execution of said Will and Codicil, saw the testator sign the same by making his mark thereto, heard him publish it as and for his last will and Testament, that they at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed their names thereto as witnesses.
J.D. Huston, C.C. Williams
Sworn and subscribed before John F. Cooper, Register
And now March 14th A.D. 1884 it being adjudged that the said Will and Codicil have been duly proved they are admitted to probate and recorded. John F. Cooper, Register
And now, Mch 17 1885 letters issued to Amos and D.G. Knestrick in the said testament named who were duly sworn by John F. Cooper, Register