Will of Henrich Licht

of Swatara Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Document submitted by Donna Ristenbatt.

Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, Will Book B
Written: 20 May 1830
Recorded: 15 October 1830


     In the name of God Amen. I the undersigned living in Swatara Twp.,  
Lebanon County in the state of  Pennsylvania, thanks be to God I am still 
of sound mind & body.  Since the time of my death is unsure, I wish  to 
write my last will and testament.

     In order, first my piece of ground or plantation where I am now 
living with everything, 1/2 of the fulling mill and those harnesses and 
everything that goes with them (tools,etc.) to my  son Joseph.  My youngest 
son  Joseph Lichti, is to pay $4,200.00,  $100.00  yearly, as long as my 
widow lives. After her death, he has to pay  yearly $200.00 until everything 
is paid for the homestead. In case he doesn't want the homestead, then he 
should give his oldest brother Henry the first opportunity to buy it, 
paying as above, one year from my death.  Anything else, he leaves to the 
Executors.  Furthermore, my beloved wife, Magdalena, has 1/2 the house with 
the use of the kitchen and the stove, also the garden, as much as it takes 
for her to plant.  My son, Joseph,  is to give his mother yearly 10 bushels 
of wheat, 10 bushels of corn,  10 bushels of fruit, and as much fuel as it 
takes for heating the house.   Her sons are to bring her places, wherever 
she wants to go, and bring her  home. They are to give her food for one cow, 
and the ground for the cow's  pasture. Every year, my widow is to get 200 
lbs. of pork meat, 100 lbs. of beef and she has the right to choose anything 
she needs from the household.  She has the chance to choose her horse, wagon 
and harness. She also gets yearly the interest on $1,000.00 as long as she 

     Finally,  I name my Executors over my estate, namely, Henry, Samuel and 
Johannes, my three sons.  In my will, I give my son, Joseph, my small wagon 
and my hay  ladder and the boards that go with it  and also the young brown 
horse and  its harness. I also give him a plough and other farm equipment. 
This is  my last will and testament in my own handwriting, 20 May 1830. 

Henrich Licht.

(Translated from the original in the German language)

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