OF F. WILHELM KERCHNER AKA WILLIAM KERCHNER
BORN MARCH 12, 1776 -- DIED NOVEMBER 22, 1841
Translation Commissioned by
and Transcribed to Computer File by:
Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.
Mr. Rudolf L. Dimmlich, Allentown PA
Translation Date: July 15, 1992
Lastest Revision: July 15, 1992
Copyright © 1992, Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.
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In the name of God Amen. I William Kerchner in Macungie Township Lehigh County, I am weak in body, but of clear mind, praise God for this. My life in this world will come to an end, therefore will I settle my worldly matters. Herewith, I will make know my last will and testament. First, do I commit my soul in the hand of God who gave she to me, my body to be buried in the ground in a christian order and the worldly belongings God has graciously given to me I will distribute as follows:
First, it is my will, that after my departure from this world the named executors shall establish the value of all my personal assets and take a legal part from it. My wife Salmy (note: wife's name was Saloma, this could be a nickname) shall have the right to take from the house utensils as much as she needs for her use as long as she lives. She shall also have the right to take one cow and two pigs for her use. The remaining goods shall be sold and my rightful debts shall be paid from the proceeds. My wife Salmy shall have the right to take my silver and gold and when the value is less than fifty dollars she shall receive from the proceeds the balance to have fifty dollars for her use. The remaining money from the sale shall be divided equally to my three children, my son Johannes Kerchner and my two daughters, Hanna married to Thomas Eisenhart and, Susanna married to Daniel Christman or to their rightful heirs.
It is also my will that my wife Salmy shall have the right to live in the half of the house where I live now, namely one half of the cellar, one room at the first floor, one room at the second floor and one half of the attic.
She shall also have the right to go in the kitchen, to cook on the hearth whenever she wants, but without interference. She shall also have the right to walk in the front yard, go to the bakehouse to bake, to take water from the well which is on this land as much as she needs and shall have one half of my garden as long as she lives in this world.
It is also my will that I give and bequeath to my son Johannes Kerchner all my real estate or plantation located at Macungie Township, Lehigh County which is now in my possession containing 56 acres, more or less, every building, as well as all the crops in the ground, also six acres of hops, more or less, located in same township and county named before and also eight acres woodland, be it more or less, located at Longswamp Township, Berks County. For this, my son Johannes Kerchner shall pay the sum of three thousand dollars as follows: one thousand should be paid one year after my departure from this world in equal parts to my two daughters, Hanna married to Thomas Eisenhart and Susanna married to Daniel Christman. Two years after my departure one thousand dollars shall be paid in equal installments of two hundred dollars to my two daughters, namely Hanna married to Thomas Eisenhart and Susanna married to Daniel Christman or their rightful heirs. The third and last thousand dollars shall remain in my account, the yearly interest shall be given to my wife Salmy as long as she lives in this world. After the departure of my wife, my son Johannes Kerchner or his successor shall share the one thousand dollars in equal parts to my three children, namely to my son Johannes Kerchner, and my two daughters, Hanna married to Thomas Eisenhart and Susanna married to
Daniel Christman of their rightful heirs.
Furthermore it is my will, that my son Johannes Kerchner has the freedom to live in the other half of the house which I did not bequeath to my wife. He and his family shall have the right to move around the parts of the house which I did not bequeath to my wife.
Furthermore it is my will, that my son Johannes Kerchner or his successor hauls three cord of firewood every year for my wife Salmy, but it should not be bought more than two miles away from the house which I own now. My son Johannes Kerchner or his successor should also provide to my wife Salmy as much manure as she needs for her garden, as long as she lives in this world.
It is also my will, that after my wife's departure from this world, the below designated executors sell in a public sale all my personal items, bequeathed to my wife Salmy for her use. The money shall be distributed in equal part to my three children namely to my son Johannes Kerchner and my two daughters, Hanna married to Thomas Eisenhart and Susanna married to Daniel Christman or their rightful heirs.
It is my will that my son Johannes Kerchner or his successor shall be bound to take care of one cow summer and winter. Good feed shall be provided in winter. In summer her cow shall go to the same pasture as his cows, every year as long as my wife lives.
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It is my will and order or recommend my son Johannes Kerchner, Thomas Eisenhart, and Daniel Christman to act as my executors of this my last will and testament.
Herewith, I sign with my hand and seal the thirtieth day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred forty-one, 1841.
Witnesses present at
Signing William Kerchner
Ch. E. Hoffman
Lehigh County, Pa.
On the 21st day of December AD 1841 before me the subscriber, Register, for the Probate of Wills (?) in and for the said County, came Ch. E. Hoffman and George Miller the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing Will and being duly sworn according to law did declare and say that they were present and saw and heard William Kerchner, the testator sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare, the foregoing instrument of writing (?) and for his last will and testament and that at the time of so doing he was of perfect and sound mind, memory, and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief.
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Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.
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