The Will of Casper and Barbara Neun/Nine is as follows:
I have a copy of the orginial wills for Caseper and Barbara Neun/Nine
Casper died in 1788. His will follow:
Casper Nine of Oley.Thownship in the County of Berks and State of Pennsylvania being of old age and weak in bodily health but of a goad and sound mind, memory and understanding thanks be to the Almighty God and calling in mind the mortality of my body I being willing to make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
First of all I recommend my immortal soul into the hands of the Almighty God who gave it. And my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian like decent manner at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named and it is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall first be paid out of my estate.
Item. It is my will and I give and bequeath unto my dear beloved wife Barbara all my household furniture, cattle, bonds, notes and book debts, and ready cash left by me at the time of my death subject to my just debts and funeral expenses. And only excepting all such money due to me by my son Daniel Neun for my real estate which I have already granted bargained and sold unto him my said son, Daniel and to his heirs and assigns for ever. If in case my said wife remains a widow but if she marry again after my decease then it is my will tbat she sball have only one equal third part of tbe above unto her bequeathed and then the other two thirds is my will and I do give and bequeath the same unto all my children in equal shares, share and share alike.
It is my will that my said wife shall have out of the monies due or becoming due by my said son Daniel Neun for the premises granted by me unto him in my lifetime the just and full sum of forty pounds good and lawful money of Pennsylvania besides her livelihood and support and maintenance during her natural life.
Item. The remainder sum of two hundred and forty pounds money as aforesaid which my son Daniel and his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns is bound and shall pay to my heirs hereinafter named after my decease according to an agreement in writing between me and my said son, Daniel Neun, dated the twenty third day of April, Anno Dom One Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty Seven.
It is my will and I hereto give and bequeath the same as follows to wit, I give and bequeath unto my son, Sylvester Neun the sum of forty pounds money as aforesaid one year and a half after my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Catbarine intermarried unto Fredrick Meinert the sum of forty pounds money as aforesaid, two years and a half after my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susanna intermarried unto Jacob Leinbach the sum or forty pounds money as aforesaid three and a half years after my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Maria intermarried unto Jacob Meinert the sum of forty pounds money as aforesaid four years and a baif after my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Barbara intermarried unto Henry Shwartz the sum or forty pounds money as aforesaid five and a half years after my decease.
Item. I give and bequeatb unto my daughter Elizabeth intermarried unto George Shwartz tbe sum of Forty pounds money as aforesaid six and a half years after my decease, according to the agreement between me and my said son Daniel Nine for tbe payments aforesaid to be due and payable by him or his certain heirs, executors, administrators or assigns for my real estate to him granted bargained and sold as berein aforesaid.
And lastly I do ordain nominate and appoint my beloved son Daniel Neun and my trusty friend Peter Knap to be tbe executors of tbis last will and testament and to see tbe same executed done and performed according to my true intent and meaning. And I do bereby revoke and make void all former wills and testaments by me made bereby ratifying and confirming tbis and no otber to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal tbe eleventb day of June, 1787.
Barbara did not die until November 19, 1800 (86-3-16). Barbara’s will was written in 1791.
In tbe first item of Barbara's will, she mentions that her body shall be decently buried and all debts and funeral expenses shall be paid out of her estate but there is no clue as to where she shall be buried. Her death is recorded at Scbwarzwald church.
In the second item, sbe gives her clock and 5 pounds in hard cash to be delivered to ber son Sylvester within four weeks after ber decease.
In the third item, she gives ber son Daniel five shillings and no more, he having already received of his father thirty pounds which be refuses to pay or be accountable for to her, saying that his father gave it to him.
In item four, she bequeaths unto her daughter Maria Miner (wife of Jacob Miner) her best new bed, bedspread, bed clotbes and curtains.
In tbe fifth item, sbe bequeaths her wearing apparel, together with all her linens and wools, to ber five daughters: Maria, Catherine, Susanna, Barbara and Elizabeth to be equally divided between them.
In item six, she bequeaths what is left unto the following children: Sylvester Nine, Maria Miner, Catberine Miner, Susanna Leinbach, Barbara Schwartz and Elizabeth Scbwartz to be equally divided, share and share alike, excepting or deducting out of the share of Elizabeth Scbwartz tbe sum of seven pounds, six shillings and six pence which her husband George Schwartz received from my husband in his life time.
In item seven, she appoints Sylvester and Daniel co-executors. The witnesses were James (son of George and uncle of Daniel), Moses (son of James) and Sarah (wife of Moses) Boone. (Aside: I consider the possibility that Barbara’s maiden name might bave been Boone but tbe booklet Annals of the Oley Valley out rules this possibiliy Coincidentally these Boones lived on tbe land presently owned by Severin Fayerman and is called Boonecroft. Mr. Fayerman also owns the “9” farm where our cemetery is located.) The will was signed by her mark. In the same folder with the will is a slip of paper on which Daniel renounces being executor for reasons known to himself. This paper is signed by Daniel. The inventory and accounting is by Sylvester.
The children of Casper and Barbara Neun/Nine were:
1. Sylvester Neuin
2. Catharine Nine
3. Susanna Margaretha Nine
4. Maria Nine
5. Barbara Nine
6. Daniel Nine
7. Elizabeth Nine
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