WILL OF JACOB ROTH
Submitted by Ray Rhoads
[Bucks Co. Will Book Vol. 5, Page
[Registered May 2nd,
In the Name of God Amen. I Jacob Roth of the
Township of Rockhill in the County of Bucks and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Yeoman being
aged & somewhat infirm but of sound & disposing Mind & Memory, thanks be to
God, do this fifteenth Day of June in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven Hundred
& Eighty nine make & publish this my last Will & Testament in manner &
Form as follows that is to say ?Imprimis?. I commend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty
God my Creator & my Body to the Earth to be decently & in a Christian like Manner
buried in Hopes of a joyful Resurrection through the Merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ.
And as for the temporal Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me, I dispose thereof
in the following manner.
First, I will & order that my just Debts
& funeral Expenses shall be paid out of my Personal Estate.
Item, I give unto my Beloved Wife Charlotte Roth
the sum of One Hundred Pounds lawfull money in Silver or Gold to be paid unto her at the
End of three Months after my Decease & our Bed & Bedstead with all the furniture
thereunto belonging my chest, a table, two chairs, all my Linnens & a Milch Cow to
choose which she pleases.
Item, I give all the Remainder of my Goods,
Chattles & personal Estate unto my Sons John, Jacob, Peter & Henry & my
Daughters Charlotte, Elizabeth & Catharine to be equally divided between them Share
& Share alike.
Item, I give & devise unto my Son Jacob Roth
all my Plantation & Tract of Land on which I live bounded by Lands of Abraham Stout,
Christian Deterer, the College Land & the North East Branch of Perkiomen Creek
Containing One Hundred & Eighty Eight Acres & Allowances for Roads, be the same
more or less, Together with the Appurtenances thereunto belonging. To have & to hold
the said Plantation or Tract of Land & Premises unto my said Son Jacob Roth his Heirs
& Assigns for ever under the express Limitation that my said son Jacob Roth or his
Heirs or Assigns shall allow his Mother to live in the house wherein I now live during the
time of her natural Life & feed & pasture her cow & allow her the use of one
fourth Part of the Garden & in every year sufficiently manure the Same & allow her
to keep five Hens for herself at all times & to take as much of the Fruit out of the
Orchard as she may have necessary for her use & give her yearly in every year during
her natural life six bushels of good Rye & three bushels of good Wheat, fifty pounds
of good Beef & fifty pounds weight of good Pork. And likewise pay or cause to be well
& truly paid for the said Plantation the sum of Eight Hundred & fifty Pounds
lawful money of Pennsylvania in Silver or Gold in the following manner, that is to say,
the Sum of One hundred Pounds, part thereof at the end of three Months after my decease
unto my wife Charlotte & the Sum of One hundred Pounds at the end of one year after
the first Payment becomes due & the sum of one Hundred Pounds at the end of every
following year until the whole sum of Eight Hundred fifty Pounds is well & truly paid.
And the last mentioned Seven Hundred fifty Pounds which my son Jacob or his Heirs or
assigns is ordered to pay for the Plantation herein before devised unto him I give &
order to be equally divided to & between all my before named children in equal shares,
each to receive his equal share according to their seniority the eldest first & the
youngest last. And further is my will that before my said children
Shall have a right to divide my personal estate
my beloved wife Charlotte shall have liberty to take & keep as much of my household
goods & kitchen furniture for her use as she may have necessary. And lastly I do
hereby nominate & appoint my sons Jacob Roth & Henry Roth executors of this my
last will and testament & I allow them reasonable charges & no more for their
trouble in the ?Premisis?.
In witness where of I the said Jacob Roth have to
this my last Will & Testament set my hand & seal hereunto dated the day & year
first above written.
Signed sealed published & declared by the
said Testator to be his last will
& Testament in the presents of us Jacob
Hartsel, Johannes Groff, Abraham Stout
Bucks Co. The 2nd Day of May 1791
appeared Johannes Groff & Abraham Stout two of the Subscribing Witnesses to the within
Instrument of Writing who upon their solemn affirmation did say that they were present at
the Execution thereof & Saw & heard Jacob Roth the Testator therein named sign
seal publish & declare the same as & for his last will & testament & that
at the time of his so doing he was of sound mind & memory & of a disposing
understanding to the best of their Knowledge & belief.
Before me James Hanna Register
Bucks Co. Be it remembered that on the 2nd Day of May Anno Domini 1791 this the last Will & Testament of Jacob Roth deceased was
duly proved Letters testamentary were granted to Jacob Roth & Henry Roth the Executors
therein named they having first Solemnly Sworn well & truly to administer the Goods
& Chattles Rights & Credits of the said deceased & in one month from the Date
hereof exhibit into the Registers office for the County of Bucks aforesaid a true
inventory & conscionable appraisement of the same & in one year or when thereunto
lawfully required under a just account of their whole administration.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal of Office.
James Hanna Register
Registered May 2nd, 1791