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WILL OF PHILIP LENHART [d. 1803]
Son of Johan Peter Lenhart of York Co., PA.
Dated: 29 September 1803
[Filed/Probated?] 28 Dec 1803
Berks Co., PA
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Philip Lenhart - Will - Berks Co. PA Greenwich Twp. proved 28 Dec 1803

In the Name of God Amen. I Philip Lenhart of Greenwich township Berks
County in the State of Pennsylvania, am weak, and sick in body but of sound
understanding and good memory,
Praise be unto God, today the 29th of September 1803, and in all eternity
I the aforesaid Philip Lenhart give my body unto the earth, and commend
my soul into the hands of God, and this is my last Will and Testament, That
all my property,
what I am possessed of without exception, shall be given unto my wife Anna
after my death, That she shall have all for her life and benefit as long as
she lives, and she may do with the property what she will, and bequeath the
farm to whom she pleases, and without any hindrance, and now I appoint my
loving wife Anna as executor, and this I acknowledge and own with my own hand
and signature, the day as above said, I have affixed my name thereto with
witnesses.

Philip Lenhart
Witnesses
Peter Staiger
Henry Lenhart

Source: Nancy Lenhart Thomas (posted on the LENHART list at Roots Web, August 2005):

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Regis Zagrocki, a descendant of Philip as a link to the [original?] will - in German on his web site at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~rjzndjz/berksestate/phillenhart1803.htm
I refer to it as [original?] because apparently one does not know if one has an original or not. We learned this when Nancy Lenhart Thomas and I were worked on transcribing English versions of Johan Peter Lenhart's will. We were confused when we discovered more than one "original" until Robert Riffle explained to us that scribes copied items as exactly as possible including signatures. That information is at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gkbopp/LENHART/LENHART_SOURCES/Wills_QandA_Riffle.htm

Regis Zagrocki's site includes a transcription of the German document and two other translation variations at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~rjzndjz/berksestate/phillenhart1803tr.htm

The information from his site is repeated below:

The following is a transcription [from Zagrocki's site]

In dem Nahmen Gottes Amen, Ich Phillib Leonhart von Grünwitsch Daunschib Berks
Cauntÿ im Stadtt penselvanÿ, der Ich schwach und krank an leib bin, aber gesunden verstand ___
und guter gedächniss gelebt, fey gott Heute den neun und zwantigsten sebtember Ein-tausand
Acht huntert und dreÿ, und in alle Ewigkeit, Ich gemelter Phillib Leonhart, übergebe mein Leib der Enten, und Befehle meine sehle in der hände gottes, und deises Ist mein testamint
Und Latzter wille, das all mein vermögen, waß Ich nach Im vermögen habe ohne Einige aufnahm,
Daß soll alles meiner Ehlichen haus frau, Anna über geben sein, nach meinem tode,
daß sie alles vor sie und Ihren gebrauch und nutzen haben soll, so Lang sie lebt, und da_
sie Mit dem vermögen thun kan waß sie will, oder vermachen wen sie will, ohne geheiter
und dan setze Ich meine geliebte frau, Anna zum Exeter, und dan solches Become
und Eigene Ich, Mit meiner Eigener hand und unter schrifft, heute wir oben gemelt
so hab Ich Meiner Nahm selbst beÿ gesetz beÿ zeigen

Philip Lenhart (Seal)

peter Stäiger

henrich lenhart

Translation of the will in the Berks County Estate File [from Zagrocki's site]

In the name of God Amen. I Philip Lenhart of Greenwich Township Berks County in the State of Pennsylvania, an weak and sick in body, but of sound understanding and good memory, praise be unto God, today the twenty-ninth of September one thousand eight hundred and three, and in all etenity I the aforesaid Philip Lenhart give my body unto the Earth, and command my soul into the hands of God, and this is my last will and testament, that all my property, what I am possessed, without exception, shall be given unto my wife Anna, after my death, that she shall have all for her use and benefit as long as she lives, and she may do with the property what she will, and bequeath the same to whom she pleases, without any hindrance, and now I appoint my loving wife Anna as Executor, and this I acknowledge and own with my own hand and signature, the day aforesaid, I have afixed my name thereto with witnesses

Philip Lenhart (Seal)
Peter Staiger
Henrich Lenhart

This is our translation - it is not very different from that above [from Zagrocki's site]

In the name of God Amen, I Philip Leonhart of Greenwich Township Berks
County in the State of Pennsylvania, that I am weak and ill of body, but exist with healthy mind
and good memory, honor God today the twenty-ninth of September one thousand
eight hundred and three, and in all eternity, I the reported Phillip Leonhart, hand over by body to the earth,
and commit my soul into the hand of God, and this is my testament
and last will, that all my fotune, that I had the ability to accumulate [and] without exception,
That everything should be given to my legitiamte wife, Anna, after my death,
That she should have for herself everything for her use and benefit, as long as she lives, and
She can do with the fortune what she will, or bequeath if she wants, without ______
And then I place my beloved wife, Anna as executor, and then acknowledge such
and I myself, with my own hand and signature, today to the above reported we
and I have my name personally placed here with witnesses.

[signatures]
Philip Lenhart (Seal)

Peter Stäiger
Henrich Lenhart

Zagrocki's home page is at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~rjzndjz/

 

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14 August 2005

 

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