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Will of George Shelhammer
Dated: 1851

Source: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, Will Book B, Page 420-421

In the name of God Amen, I George Shellhammer of the Township of Black Creek in the County of Luzerne, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Yeoman, being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding (blessed be God for the same) and considering the uncertainty of this mortal life; and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs; Do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following to wit: Principally and first of all, I commend my immortal Soul into the hands of God who gave it, and my body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner, at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named, and as to such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and dispose of the same in the following manner to wit: I give to my loving wife Margaret Sophia, for as long as she shall continue and unmarried after my decease the new part of the house I now live in to be furnished for her and ten dollars for nursing me and her Brother William is to have the place, and one bed and one bow, one ton of hay yearly, five bushels of wheat, five bushels of rye, five bushels of corn, five bushels of buckwheat, five bushels of oats, five bushels of potatoes, twenty pounds of coffee, fifteen pounds of sugar, one hundred and fifty weight meat yearly, and six plates, half dozen knives and forks, half dozen spoons, three dishes and three bowls, half dozen cups and saucers, half ground of pepper, half a pound of allspice, firewood to be cut up and hauled to the door, one bushel of salt, those articles to be yearly from the half pound of allspice to the end of the salt, one iron pot, one stove, one tea kettle, one frying pan; as to my real and personal property, to be rent out or sold, and the money to be equally divided and there hase being given an article to each of my children for one hundred acres and at the expiration of seven years each one was to pay me one third of all the grain, and there is a book which will show who has paid up and those that has not, must have so much less, as they are behind in the yearly rent, there is an Article with Isaac Driesbach for one hundred Acres of land, which I leave to my daughter Mary Dreisbach wife of the said Dreisbach to have the use of it during his life and the for her and her children after her death, and the ballance of my personal and real estate or her share, I leave to Mary and her children, Isaac Shellhammer and David has each agreed for a piece of Land each, and they were to pay six dollars per acre, the Executors to make a deed for each of my heirs. And I hereby nominate and appoint Christian Yost, and Jacob Fry of Nescopeck Township and Yost of Blackcreek to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of October one thousand eight hundred and fifty.

George Shelhammer

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the above named George Shelhammer to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator.
Henry Bird, Margaret Anna Bird, Andrew W. Wood

Luzerne County,SS:
Be it remembered that on this 3rd day of January 1851 before the subscriber Register for the Probate of Wills for said County, personally appeared Henry Bird and Andrew W. Wood two of the subscribing witnesses to this foregoing Will, who being duly sworn, did depose and say that they signed their names as witnesses to the foregoing Will, and that they say George Shelhammer the Testator sign his name thereto, and that they heard him pronounce it as and for his last Will and Testament, and that they signed their names to said Will at the request of said Testator, and at the time of so doing he was of sound mind, memory and understanding, to the best of their knowledge and belief.

Hugh Fell, Register

Luzerne County,SS:
In conformity to the foregoing Will and probate thereof, Letter Testamentary was this day granted to Christian Yost and Jacob Fry the Executors in said Will named, they having first been duly swon, well and truly to Administer the goods and chattels of said decedent, make a true and perfect Inventory thereof, and exhibit the same in the Registers Office at Wilkes Barre, in one month from this date, and a final reckoning and calculation of their whole Administration in one year or when thereto legally required, given under the hands of the Register and Seal of Office at Wilkes Barre this 3rd day of January 1851. Registered 3rd January 1851.

Hugh Fell, Register

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