In the name of God Amen this thirteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Five, I George Ebey of Lebanon Township, Dauphin county and State of Pennsylvania, yeoman, being at present sick and Weak in Body, Nevertheless of sound & disposing Mind memory and understanding thanks be to God. Calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament that is to say, principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it. And my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian Like and decent manner and as Tuching Such Worldly Estate Wherewith it hath pleased to bless me on this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following Manner and form.-----
IMPRIMIS. It is my will and I do order in the first place that all my just debts and funeral Expences be paid off and Satisfied as soon as Conviently may be after my Decease-----------------
ITEM. It is my will and I do hereby order my wife Mary shall have all my personal Estate in her hands to make use of the Same and the rents and the Rents and profits of all my plantation and Tract of land where I now Live untill my son John shall atain the age of twenty one years provided she remains my widow To pay off my debt and Raise up my Children.
ITEM. It is my will that after my son John EBEY attains the age of twenty one years, then it is my will and I do hereby order that my said son John EBEY shall have the one half of my plantation and Tract of land situate in Lebanon Township and County aforesaid adjoining Philip Fensler, Nicholas Zebolt, Leonard Zebolt, Peter Rule, Andrew Huber and the Division Line to Begin at a Stone in a line of Nicholas Sebolt and from thence along the meadow fence till the end and from thence along the old fence and agreeable to the Midle fence to the Midle of the Lane thence along the midle of the Lane to the end of the lane and from thence along the fence westward untill it strikes off the one half of my Plantation and Tract of land and divides the same Containing about one hundred acres and allowance after my son Peter Ebey's small piece of land is Divided off unto him as hereunder is directed.
ITEM. It is my will that my son John Ebey shall pay yearly after he attains the age of twenty one years Rent the sums of twenty two pounds ten shillings gold or silver money and the taxes for my said Land yearly until all my debts is fully paid and discharged that is for that part of the land heretofore discribed. It is my will that untill my debts is paid and my son shall pay rent for my said land he my son John shall have the one third part of all my meadow the half of my wash house and pump and the one third part of my stables and the one half of the Barn and the little room in my house and the one third part of my celler and the half of my loft and three Rows of appeal (apple) Trees Lenths ways through the Orchard.
ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my son John after he attains the age of twenty- one years two horses the one a Sorrel for sixteen pounds and the other a Bay for thirty pounds gold or silver money also a plow and plow irons harrow and two pair of geirs? and two Bridles and a small wagon one Cow which he shall pay ten pounds money aforesaid which he shall pay and settle after vendue is made of my Estate.
ITEM. I give and Bequeath unto my said son John Ebey his heirs and assigns after my debts is paid all the above mentioned and described Tract of land containing about one hundred acres and allowance which shall be the one half of my land after my son Peters small peice is cut off. To Have and To Hold unto my said son John Ebey his heirs and assigns forever all the above mentioned Tract of one hundred acres and allowance or thereabouts.
ITEM. It is my further will that my son John Ebey shall pay for the said Land the sum of six hundred pounds gold or silver money of Pennsylvania in yearly payments one year after my Debts is paid, then the yearly payments the sum of thirty five pounds on the first day of May and so on yearly untill the aforesaid sum is paid it is my further will that fifty pounds part of the money which shall be paid by my son John for my land shall remain in his hand and he my son John shall pay the yearly Intrest unto my said wife as long as she remains my widow & after my said wife should happen for to marrey or die then my said son John shall pay the aforesaid sums of fifty in yearly payments as aforesaid.
ITEM. It is my will and I do hereby order that my wife Mary and my son Henry shall keep house Together Provided she my wife Remains my widow untill my said son Henry attains the age of Twenty one years and it is my will that the rents and profits arising therefrom out of the other half of my land whereon I now live shall be for the sole use and Benefit of my said wife to pay off my debts and to maintain and support my family until my son Henry attains his age.
ITEM. It is my will and I do hereby order that my said wife shall have the whole of my stock and all my Household goods and furniture and all my property, property, and personal ? Estate except what I have heretofore given unto my son John to do with the same as she thinks proper untill all my debts is paid and discharged and my son Henry attains his age.
ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my said son Henry Ebey his Heirs and assigns after he attains the age of twenty one years all the one half of my plantation and tract of Land with the Building and improvements thereon after my son Peters peice of land is cut off adjoining the lands of Nicholas Zebolts, Peter Ebey, Jacob Six, John Grove, Andrew Hover and the division line between my son John and Henry shall begin twenty two perches and a half from the stone corner of Nicholas Zebolts in the end of my lane from thence to a large stone from thence along the meadow fence to the Corner of the old fence and thence along the old fence at upper end of said meadow and agreeable to the other fence to the middle of the Lane and from thence along said lane to the end of the same and from thence to eastward along the fence untill it divides my lands in two equal shares the half of my lands contains about one hundred acres and allowance To have and To Hold unto him my said son Henry Ebey his heirs and assigns forever all the above mentioned Tract of land Containing about one hundred acres and allowance after my son Peters part is cut off.
ITEM. It is my will that my son Henry Ebey shall pay for my said land the sum of seven hundred and seventy five pounds gold or silver money in yearly payments one year after my son Henry attains the age of twenty one years then he shall pay yearly and every year the sum of thirty five pounds money aforesaid on the first day of May and so on yearly untill the aforesaid sum being paid.
ITEM. It is my will that my son Henry shall ? the money he has to pay for the said land - that is to say the sum of fifty pounds the first payments and he shall pay the Interest of said fifty pounds yearly unto my said wife as long as she remains my widow.
ITEM. It is my will that if my wife should marry or happen for to die then it is my will that my son Henery shall pay the aforesaid fifty pounds in yearly payments as aforesaid.
ITEM. It is my will and I do hereby order that after my son Henery attains the age of twenty one years then it is my will andI do hereby order that my wife Mary shall have the full right and privelidge To my little Room in my house and my Executors hereafter named shall put a stove and a fireplace in the same at the Expence of my Estate for my said wife she my said wife shall have full Right and priviledge to my said wash house and pump and she shll have the one third part of my Gardain and she shall have the little peice of ground next to my house and lane now in fence Round the same and my son Henery shall plow and dung the same for her as she shall order and direct as long as she remains my widow.
ITEM. It is my will that my two sons John & Henry shall deliver unto my said wife yearly and every year Twelve Bushels of good wheat Each six bushels, Eight Bushels of Rye each four bushels, four Bushels Indian corn, each Two bushels and four bushels oats and five pounds of wool each the half and deliver unto her firewood as much as my said wife stands in need of and cut the same fine for her each of my two sons John and Henry the half and deliver the said grain each to the mill for her and the Brand and meal to her again.
ITEM. It is my will that my son Henry shall keep a cow for my said wife summers and winters sufficient and my said son John shall keep a horse for my said wife to ride when she thinks proper.
ITEM. It is my will that my son John and Henery shall deliver unto my said wife yearly one Hundred pounds of good hogmeat each fifty pounds and fifty pounds good Beaff each twenty five pounds Twelve pounds hackled flax fifteen pounds to Each the one half yearly to be delivered unto my said wife as long as she Remains my widow and after my son Henery attains his age.
ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my said wife Mary the sum of twenty five pounds gold or silver money to be paid unto my said wife one year after my decease out of my Estate. I further give unto my said wife after my son Henery attains his age, my Bed and Bedstead Chest spinning wheel, Chest Table one chair?, and one third part of my Kichen furniture and one of the best of my cows and two sheep.
ITEM. I give and Bequeath unto my son Peter Ebey his heirs and assigns a small Tract or peice of land lying near or about three corners adjoining Nicholas Zebolt, Mathias Brunewell, Christopher Uhler, Jacob Six, and Henry Ebey containing nine acres ? allowance. To have and to hold unto my said son Henery Ebey? (shouldn't this read Peter Ebey?) his heirs and assigns forever all the above mentioned Tract of land containing nine acres and allowance. It is my will that my son Peter Ebey shall pay for said Land the sum of Twenty Eight pounds gold or silver money which said sum of Money shall be reducted out of my son Peters part or share out of my Estate in his first payment he has to receive and my said wife shall have three roes of apple trees length ways through my orchard.
ITEM. I give and Bequeath unto all my children all the money arising out of my lands and personal Estate after my son Henery attains his age, that is to say Barbara, Ann, John, Mary, Henry, Peter to be divided Equaly betweeen them share and share alike Except what I have heretofore given unto my said wife.
ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my eldest son John Ebey five pounds in money to be paid one year after my decease and also my watch over and above his Equel share with one of the rest of my children for his first Birth Right.
ITEM. It is my further will and I do hereby order that three eldest of my children shall have the first payments out of my lands and then the three youngest of my children the second payments and so on yearly untill the aforesaid sums of money is paid for all my Land.
ITEM. I do herbey impower my executors hereafter named to sign seal and Execute good and sufficient Deed or Deeds unto my three sons John Ebey & Henry Ebey and Peter Ebey and to their heirs and assigns forever for all the land which I have given unto them after the same is Divided agreeable to the True Intent and meaning of this my Last Will and Testament- it is my will provided my said wife should happen for to marry & not remain my widow Then it is my will that my two sons Henry & John shall be free and clear of the Delivery of all the above articles and priviledges and she my said wife shall clear off all my lands and what I have heretofore given unto my said wife shall be in full of all her dower and thirds to all my estate and lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty friends Christian Kriter (Christian Kreider) and George Strohm, Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby Revoking disannulling and making void all former and other wills and wills and Executors by me heretofore made Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament in witness whereof I the said George Ebey have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year aforesaid.
Signed, sealed, published Pronounced & declared by the above named George Ebey the Testator for his last will & Testament in the presence of us. (Here the microfilm ends - no signature of witnesses nor the Testator's.)