Christopher Ziegler left a will on 07 November 1796.
Christopher was my 5great-grandfather. He was born in 1714, the son of the Rev. Michael Ziegler
and his wife Catharine Schrauger. He married Deborah Pauling and survived her. The source of the will is:
Christopher Ziegler Senior will (7 November 1796, probated 24 April 1804), Montgomery County Will Book vol. 2: 379-381, Register of Wills, County Courthouse, Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm 0021547, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The transcript of the Will read:
In the Name of God Amen. Whereas I Christopher Ziegler Senior of Providence Township in the County of Montgomery in the State of Pennsylvania widower find myself in an advanced Age But of sound understanding and memory thanks be to God so do I on this seventh day of November in the Year of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and Ninety Six Make publish and ordain this my last Will and Testament And first of all I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and as touching to my worldly Estate I hereby dispose of the fame in the following manner That is to say relating my eldest son Michael Ziegler as I have long ago given him Two of my Horses so do I hereby give & bequeath the One of them to him as for his right for his being my eldest son and as to the other Horse which I value at Twelve Pounds in Cash it is my will That it be accounted for herewith to have received the same as in part of his equal Share of and in my Estate. And as the whole of what is yet belonging to me is of a Personal Estate and as I have already given to several of my Children as to each of those to the amount of the sum of One hundred Pounds in lawfull money of Pennsylvania and to others a lefser sum. Now if it should not suit me in my life time to compleat to those to that sum then it is my will that after my decease my hereunto named Executors shall at first pay so much out of my Estate to those of my said Children so as to make up their said deficeincy.
And after all the cost and charges shall be deducted then it is my will And I hereby devise and bequeath all the residue of my Estate to my hereunto named Ten Children and to their Heirs and Afsigns in equal shares in the following Order That is to say the equal tenth part thereof to my eldest son Michael Ziegler and his Heirs
And the Tenth part to the Children and Heirs of my late deceased second Son John Ziegler in equal shares
And the Tenth part of the same To the two Children and Heirs of my late deceased third son Andrew Ziegler in equal shares
And the tenth part thereof to my Youngest son Christopher Ziegler and his Heirs
and the Tenth part thereof to the Children and heirs of my late deceased daughter Catherine late the wife of Benjamin Mayer in equal shares
and the Tenth part thereof to my second daughter Hannah now the wife of Martin Lantis and to her Heirs in equal shares
and further the Tenth part thereof to my third daughter Elizabeth now the wife of Samuel Bower and to her heirs in equal Shares
And the Tenth Part thereof to my fourth Daughter Susannah now the wife of Jacob Weifs and Her Heirs in Equal Shares
and the Tenth Part thereof to my fifth daughter Barbara now the wife of David Buckwalter and to her Heirs
And the remaining Tenth part thereof I give and bequeath to my sixth daughter Deborah now the wife of David Longenecker and to her Heirs
To hold all the above said Legacies to each and every one of them my above named Children and Heirs and to their Heirs and Afsigns forever.
And I do hereby Nominate constitute and Appoint my tw sons in Law Samuel Bower and David Buckwalter to be the Execurtors of this my last will and Testament and I desire that all may be done held and performed According to the true intent Tenor and meaning hereof and I hereby declare ratifye and confirm this and no other to be my last will and Testament.
In Witnefs whereof I the said Christopher Ziegler Senior have hereunto set my hand and Seal dated the day and Year as first above written.
Christopher Ziegler (Seal)
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Christopher Ziegler Senior as his last will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers
Jacob Longacre Jacob Garber
Personally came each of the witnefses to the foregoing will and being duly Affirmed according to Law did say that they were personally present and did see Christopher Ziegler therein named sign and seal and heard him pronounce and declare the Same to be his last will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he was of a perfect and Sound disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge that they subscribed their names thereto as witnefses in the presence of the Testator at his request and in the presence of each other.
Be it remembered that on the 24 th day of April 1804 the foregoing will of Christopher Ziegler was proved in due form of Law and Letters Testamentary granted unto Samuel Bower and David Buckwalter the Executors therein named they having first Affirmed well and truly to perform the same and to render an Account According to Law. Given under my hand and Seal of Office And Registered the 24 th day of April 1804.
For Register George Potts .