Samuel Blauch was a yeoman living in North Annville Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. He owned several adjoining tracts of land. The will gives no indication that he had a wife at the time; though he did make provisions for the guardianship of minor children. The wording of the will suggests that there were more children than those specifically named.
I Samuel Blauch of North Annville Township in the county of Lebanon and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, yeoman, being weak in body and of sound mind, memory and understanding, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
First, I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible, out of the first money that shall come into the hands of my executors from any portion of my estate, real or personal.
Also I direct that all my personal property shall be sold at Public Sale as soon as convenient excepting such articles as hereinafter bequeathed to my several children.
Also I direct that as soon as my youngest son then living is of the age of Twenty one, that my real estate shall be sold by my executors at public sale for current money or on such credit, and the amount thereof secured in such a manner as is usual in like cases to insure the full and punctual payment thereof, excepting such parts of it hereinafter bequeath to my several children.
Also I do bequeath unto my grand children the children of my son George the lot of ground containing about one acre where on is erected a one story frame house adjoining lands of David Boger on the north, Jacob Heilman on the east and on the west and south by my other lands.
Also I direct that my son George shall occupy or use the said house and lot as a dwelling as long as he liveth and if he should die having a widow, she shall occupy it as long as she remaineth his widow. He or she shall pay no rent for the said house after my death, unless she that is my son George's widow should marry. Then she shall pay a yearly rent to the guardian of my said grand children.
Also I bequeath unto my son John my (watch) for which he shall be charge twelve dollars, which shall be deducted from his share.
Also I direct that the nett produce of my personal and real estate shall be equally divided between my children now living or their legal heirs, excepting I direct that my son John shall have fifty dollars more than an equal share, and that my daughter Rabecca shall have twenty dollars more than an equal share.
Also I direct that my son George shall receive fourty dollars less than an equal share.
And I do hereby make and ordain my esteemed sons David and George Blauch, executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I, Samuel Blauch, the testator, have to this my will written on one sheet of paper, set my hand and seal, this sixth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.Samuel Blauch
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Samuel Blauch as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses these to in the presence of said testator and at his request.David Tittle
And in case I shall have any child or children living at the time of my decease, my will is and I do appoint that my said sons David and George Blauch shall have the guardianship of them during their minority.Samuel Blauch
Signed and Seal in the presence of use the day and date above mentionedDavid Tittle
Lebanon County, ss. This Seventh day of August A. D. 1852 before me the subscriber Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and for the said County personally appeared David Tittle and John Hean Jr. the subscribing witnesseth to the foregoing will and codicel who being duly affirmed according to law do depose and say that they were present and saw and heard Samuel Blauch the Testator sign seal publish pronounce and declare the foregoing instrument of writing as and for his last will and Testament and also that the codicil to be added to this his last will and Testament and that at the time of so doing that he was of perfect sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief.Samuel Recker, Regr.