LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WILL BOOK G, VOLUME 1, PAGE 345
DATED 02 FEBRUARY, 1795:
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I George Widder of Earl Township Lancaster County & State of Pennsylvania Yeoman being weak in body but sound & disposing mind memory. Do hereby make my Last Will and Testament in manner & form following VIZ. I Recommend my soul to God my creator and my Body to be buried in a Christian manner. Further, it is my will that my Just Debts and funeral expenses be paid by my hereafter named Executors. Further, it is my will and I allow my beloved Ann to occupy my Plantation whereon I now live and all the profits thereof until my son John arrives to the age of 21 years, and after my son John arrives to said age, then my said wife shall have all thi profit of the one half part of my said Plantation until my son Jacob arrives to the age of 21 years if she remains my widow and said my Wife shall make no charge for to raise or maintain my chidren and my Chidren shall live with their mother until their age and as it is their mother in her work in the same manner as we have done in my life time. Further I give and bequeth to my beloved wife the Sum of one thousand pounds Good and Lawful money together with all my household and kitchen furniture two cows and one Mare she is to have choice of all my cows. Further it is my will and I allow that if my wife shall marry again then and in such case my said wife shall immediately Quit my said Plantation and shall render up all my Estate unto my Chidren & their Guardians and shall have no right to any article or articles as either before or hereafter mentioned But I allow unto my said wife in case she should marry agin the sum of two hundred pounds money aforesaid her Bed one mare saddle & Bridle one Chest two cows and a chest of drawers all the said articles I allow to be given to her Imediately after she shall get marryed and she shall therewith have no further right to my Estate either real or personal. Further I give and bequeath to my sons John and Jacob my Plantation whereon I now live containing about two hundred acres the same being more or lefs to be equally divided amongst them. To have and to hold the said above Described tract of Land their heirs and afsigns for ever under and Subject to the following Proviso Viz if my wife Continues a widow she shall have a right to live and Dwell in the Lower Story in my stone house the new Kitchen in the Back celler and as much in Garden as she shall have need of and likewise my sons John & Jacob shall give to my wife yearly and every year during her natural life , twelve bushels of Good Wheat, six bushels of Rye, three bushels corn, three bushels Buckwheat, ten pounds of Heckled flax, fifty pounds of Good Beef, Sufficient Hay for one horse and one cow Likewise pasture for one horse and one cow and room in the barn for said horse and Cow and Hay and also deliver as much good fire wood in due season at my wife's door as she shall have need of and cut the same small fit for a pipe stove she shall also have right to one half of the Hogstable and she shall have a right to keep as manny hens as she shall choose all the said articles shall be given unto wife as long as she shall be my widow by my sons John & Jacob. Further it is my will that my sons John & Jacob shall pay unto my hereafter named Executor for the said Plantation (besides the above mentioned yearly articles) the Sum of one thousand six hundred pounds Lawful money as soon as my son John shall arrive to the age of Twenty one years the said my sons John & Jacob shall give as much apples and cyder to my wife as she shall have need of. Further it is my will that my son John shal have to take possession of the one mojety of the above mentioned Plantation and my wife shall have the use of the other lalf part until my son Jacob arrives to the age of twenty one years on which time the said my wife shall render up the said Plantation unto my sons John and Jacob and shall have no further rights to my Estate. Jurther I give and bequeath unto my son George the following three tracts of Land in Cocalico Township one of them containing one hundred six acres be the same more or less, and the other containing thirty one acres be the same more or less, and the third containing twenty five acres be the same more or less. To have and to hold the said thre tracts of land to him and his heirs & assigns forever, the said my son George shall pay for the said three tracts of land to my Executor the sum of Eight hundred pounds money aforesaid as soon as my son Jacob arrives to the age of twenty one years. Further I give and bequeath unto my son in law John Houck a certain plantation whereon he now lives lying in earl Township Containing one hundred forty acres for him and his heirs and assigns forever under and Subject to the yearly payments yet payable to Henry Hildebrand for said Plantation and likewise I have paid the Purchase money being the sum of five hundred pounds out of which sum the said John Houck shall keep two hundred pounds for his wife's share and he shall give a bond with Interest as soon as conveniently can be after my death and if the said John Houck shall fulfill the above articles then his title shall be good and Lawful for him and his heirs and assigns forever. Further it is my will that my Personal Estate shall be appaised and Disposed off by Publick sale and the money thereof arising together together with the personal estate and money arising and payable out of said Plantations shall be equally Divided amongst all my children share alike. Further I ordain that my little Plantation which I bought from Abraham Wolf shall be sold by my hereafter named Executor by public sale and the money thereof arising together with the remainder of my Estate not yet Bequesthed shall be equally divided amongst all my Chidren Share and share alike Viz. George, Henry, John, Jacob, Susanna, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary & Sarah. Further it is my will that if any of my chidren should marry against my wife's will or misbehave against her that then and in such case the said my (wife) shall have a right to keep the said child's share for his or her misbehavior during her life time further it is my will that if any of my chidren should die without lawful issue that then and in such case the said Childs share shall be equally divided amongst all my children share alike, further it is my will that because i have given at several times money and other articles to my Children and charged them in my Book and the said shall be for each of them deducted out of their share, and it is my will and I direct that my hereafter named Executor shall at a time when my Estate is settled Execute Good and Lawful deed or deeds unto my three sons and John Houck and for the above small Plantation and I acknowledge to be as Good in Law as I myself might have or could have done. And lastly I nominate and appoint Ann my beloved wife only Executrix of this my last will and Testament, In Witness whereof I have I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Sixth Day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five.
Signed, sealed, published & Declared by the said George Widder to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our names as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator.
John Wohlfart Christian Meyer
LANCASTER COUNTY FS. On the second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five Before me the subscriber personally appeared John Wohlfart and Christian Meyer the two Subscribing Witnesses to the foregoing Will, and the aforesaid John Wohlfart and Christian Meyer upon their Solemn affirmations according to Law Did feverally declare and say that they were present and saw and heard George widder the Testator therein named, Sign, Seal, publish, pronounce, and declare the foregoing Writing as and for his last Will and Testament, and that at the time of the doing thereof he was of sound and well disposing mind, memory and understanding according to the best of their Knowledge Observation and belief.
G. Ross Register
BE IT REMEMBERED that on the Second Day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundre and ninety five. The last Will and Testament of George Widder late of Earl Township in the County of Lancaster Yeoman deceased was proved in due form of Law, and Letters Testamentary thereon were granted to Ann Widder the Executrix therein named, she having first been duly qualified well and truly to administer the Estate of the said decedent and especially to Exhibit a true and perfect inventory thereof into the Register's Office at Lancaster in one month and to render a just and true account of her Executorship on said Estate in one year from the date or when lawfully required. Given under my hand and the seal of the said Office.
G. Ross Register