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Last Will and Testament of George Bolsinger
Contributed by Richard Bolsinger

In the name of God, given I George Bolsinger of German Township, Fayette County,  State of Pennsylvania being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind, memory and understanding (praised be God for it) and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time, therefore, and to the end I  may be better prepared to leave this world, whenever it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and declare this my last Will and Testament in the following manner, that is to say, first and principally I commend my soul into the hands of God, my creator, hoping for free pardon and remission of all my sins, my body I commit to the earth at the discretion of my Executors, herein after named and as to such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to entrust me, I dispose of as follows viz.  I give unto my loving wife Elizabeth – one good feather bed and bedding, one cow of her own choosing out of my stock, one spinning wheel and one reel, one big wheel, one kitchen cupboard, two Chairs, one brass clock, one bureau, one kettle, one brass kettle and I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Susannah Bolsinger as follows.  One cupboard, one leather bed and bedding, as good as I may own at my death, one cow, two chairs – and I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Bolsinger Fifty dollars to be paid at the death of my wife Elizabeth and one bed and bedding (feather) and I also give to my son Jacob the use of my windmill plow and harrow to use the same during the natural life of his mother, after which time to be sold and disposed of in the manner hereafter directed. And to my son Camrod Bolsinger I give and bequeath one feather bed and bedding, the same that he now uses and to the heirs of the Estate of my son John Bolsinger Dec., I give and bequeath as follows to Phoebe McMullen I give and bequeath one dollar, to William Bolsinger I give and bequeath one dollar, to George Bolsinger I give and bequeath one dollar, to John Bolsinger (now minor) I give and bequeath Twelve dollars and to my son Christopher Bolsinger I give and bequeath all of my possessions in the town of New Salem, consisting of the following property viz. the house stable and out houses and two lots on which he now lives and one other lot adjoining the Bank house lot and one out lot adjoining said town – containing five acres and some few birches be the same more or less to have and hold the same forever all and every of my personal property that I may possess at my death that is not otherwise disposed of shall be appraised and sold and all of my real estate lands and houses that I may own not otherwise dispersed of shall be rented by my Executor and the rent in gain of whatsoever kind may be raised shall be given to my wife Elizabeth thrashed ready to her hand which she shall continue to receive during her natural life and after her death it is my will that my sons, Jacob Bolsinger and Christopher Bolsinger shall have the farm on which I now live to be equally divided between them. That is each having one half they paying the legatees hereafter named the worth of said farm which payment shall be made in five years after my wife’s decease the value of which shall be ascertained by appraisement the proceeds of my personal Estate shall be expanded in the following manner viz. first, paying all my just debts and next paying to the different legatees the same above bequeathed and the balance of any shall remain in the hand of my Executor until the death of my wife at which time it shall be divided in the same manner as the proceeds of the farm. The proceeds of the valuation of the farm shall be equally divided among the following children or their heirs viz.  Mary, Christopher, George Bolsinger Jr., Jacob Bolsinger, Elizabeth Weston, Christopher Bolsinger, Camrod Bolsinger, Philip Bolsinger, Catharine Messmore and Susannah Bolsinger, the amount of money coming to my son Philip I hereby authorize my Executor to lay out for him in real property for his use during his life but not at his disposal and lastly, I do appoint my son Christopher of this my last Will and Testament revoking all others with full power and authority to do all every act that Executors of Kight belong as legally I could if living.  In witness whereof I George Bolsinger to this my last Will written on one sheet have set my hand and seal this fourth day of June, 1832.
      George Bolsinger   (Seal)
 Signed, sealed and acknowledged by the Testator in the  presence of the subscribers as his Last Will and                Testament.
      William Keener
      Elizabeth Keener
      Joseph Todd
      Fayette County Seal
The 25th day of June Anno Domini 1832.  Before me    personally came the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of George Bolsinger and being duly qualified did respectively declare that they saw the said George Bolsinger sign the same as and for his Last Will and Testament when in his right mind, that no undue influence had been used or later will made by said deceased to their knowledge or belief and that they did severally subscribe their names as witness  in his presence.  In testimony whereas I have herewith set my hand and seal of the Registers Office for the County of Fayette, the same day.
      Alexander McClean
      Registered and compared the 25th day of June, 1832

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