JACOB KATTERMAN, JR.'S WILL
In the name of God Amen this sixteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight, I Jacob Kaderman of Tulpehocken Township in the county of Berks and state of Pennsylvania, yeoman, being at present old and infirm in body but of sound disposing mind memory and understanding, thanks be to God, therefore calling into mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain in this my last will and testament that is to say, Principally and first of all, I recommend my soul unto the hands of God who gave it, hoping through the merits of our Savior Jesus Christ to receive Remission of all my sins and happy admission to the regions of Bliss and Immortality and as to my body, I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christianlike and decent manner and touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life in the following manner and form.
Item I give and Bequeath unto my son John, to him or his heirs, the clock with the case and my large Bible which he or his heirs is to have or to receive after my Beloved wife her decease and the same to be in full of all demands against my estate from my said son John or his heirs because I have allowed unto my said son his portion of my Personal Estate in my Plantation or trade of same which I have granted unto him in my lifetime.
Item I give and Bequeath unto my granddaughter, Elizabeth, child of my son Michael, deceased, the sum of ten pounds specie, the stuff for a bed and bedstead, a spinning wheel and a cow which she is to have and receive beforehand of my estate, provided she has not received the same in my lifetime.
Item It is my will and I do order that the remainder of my estate, that is to say, what my Beloved wife does not keep or what I have not bequeathed herein, shall be equally divided in two shares, towit, one share unto my daughter, Elizabeth, wife of Simon Keesecker, or her heirs or representatives and the other share to my grandchildren, towit, John, Catherine,George, Elizabeth,Michael, Simon and Margaret in equal shares, as also the articles and money which shall be in possession after the decease of my Beloved Wife shall likewise be divided in two equal shares amongst my aforesaid daughter or her heirs or representatives and my aforesaid grandchildren, towit, the children of my son Michael, deceased.
Item It is also my will and I do order that no money or any other articles which I have given unto my son Michael _____ and unto my son-in-law Simon Keesecker on behalf of his wife before the date of this, my present last will and testament shall be recanted, but the same to be as an equal share between them.
Item It is further my will and I do order, that in case it should happen that any of my aforesaid grandchildren die unmarried or without heirs, that then in such case, the deceased share shall be equally divided among the survivors of my aforesaid grandchildren share and share alike and lastly, i nominate and appoint my son John and my son-in-law Simon Keesecker to be executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking disannulling and making void all former and other wills and testaments by me heretofore made. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. in witness whereof, I, the said Jacob Kaderman have hereunto set my hand and seal dated the day and year first above written.
(signed shakily) Jacob Katterman
Register Office Reading in Berks County December 7, 1802. Then appeared Henry Kiblinger one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will [Adam Smith the other witness being dead some time since] who being duly sworn according to law did depose and say that he, together with Adam Smith were present together and did see and hear Jacob Katterman, the testator, sign, seal, publish pronounce and declare the same writing as and for his last will and testament, and that at the time of the doing thereof , he, the testator, was of sound mind, memory and understanding to the best of his knowledge and as he verily believes further that the same Henry Kiblinger thereto subscribed in this _____ own handwriting and that he also saw Adam Smith the other witness subscribe his name in the presence of each other and in the presence and at the request of the testator.
On The Last will and testament of Jacob Katherman, State of Pennsylvania, yeoman, Deceased
The said accomptant waves allowance for the following disbursements and just charges as fl receipts
do cash Peter Frealy, Esq to Letters testamary 1 16 7
do Emanuel Shultz 15 0
do Henry Kiplinger 15 0
do Peter Feather 7 6
do Peter Leveguth & Andrew Zeller 8 3
do Helfrich Kulb 3 15 0
do Philip Wile 12 0
do Joseph Lurch 7 4
do Daniel Ludvig for drawing this accompt 10 0
do Peter Frealy, Esq for paying this site fair copy 18 9
ditto for advertising 11 3
ditto Orphans Court fees 15 0
commissions on receiving 332-5-4 at 5 11 11 8
ditto on paying 11-11-8 at 5 17 3 10
Balance in the hands of this Accomptact 303 9 10
(total) 332 5 4
The Accompt of John Katherman Acting Executor Late of Tulpehocken townshi in the county of Berks
The said Accomptant charges himself with all and singular the goods chattles rights and credits
which were of said Deceased agreeable to and Inventory exhibited into the Registers
Office at Reading amounting to 325 17 2 Item to increase by sale of goods by vendue 6 8 2
332 5 4
To Peter Frealy Register for the Probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for Berks County
Whereas my father-in-law Jacob Katherman did rightly and duly make his last will and testament in writing wherein he did appoint me one of his executors, but for divers causes me hereunto moving I do hereby renounce said right with my hand
December 7, 1802
Witness present Simon Keesecker (Seal)
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