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The last will and testament of

Joseph Brendlinger


In the name of God Amen. I, Joseph Brendlinger of Douglas Township in the county of Montgomery and State of Pennsylvania-yeoman, being weak of the body, but of sound mind, memory and understanding, blessed be God for the same but considering the uncertainty of this life do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit:

Principally and first of all I commend my immortal soul into the hands of God who gave it, and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and as to such worldy estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I bequeath and dispose….in the following manner to wit:

First-it is my will and I do order that all my just debts and funeral expenses be duly paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently can be after my decease.

Item-I give and devise unto my son Jacob his heirs and assigns forever the plantation whereon he now resides-containing forty five acres of land with the appurtenances, also twenty acres of woodland to be taken of the western end of the woodland I purchased of Martin Lensenderfer; the said two pieces or tracts of land together=seventy five acres to be valued at the rate of seven pounds per acre-lawful money of the State of Pennsylvania-to be paid in annual payments of fifty pounds without interest, the first payment to be paid one year after my decease, and so annually until the whole is paid, first deducting his share of legacy of my estate as is herein after provided.

Item-I give and devise unto my son Peter, his heirs and assigns forever, the plantation whereon he now resides, containing one hundred and eleven acres of land with the appurtenances-also thirteen acres of woodland or whatever may be remaining after my son Jacob hath twenty acres taken from the woodland I purchased from Martin Lensenderfer; the whole two pieces or tracts of land together-one hundred twenty four acres to be valued to him at the rate of seven pounds per acre-lawful money of the State of Pennsylvania to be paid in annual payments beginning one year after my decease and annually until the whole is paid, first deducting his share or legacy of my estate as is herein after provided, the payments to be without interest.

And-as touching all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, real and personal, of what kind or nature soever the same may be in the State of Pennsylvania, or elsewhere, I give and bequeath the same unto my children, to with: My three sons Frederick, Jacob and Peter and my daughter Catherine (intermarried with Andrew Young) or the survivor or survivors of them and the heirs of such survivor or survivors-equally share and share alike to be divided between them Except my son Peter to whom I will and bequeath in addition to what is already to him bequeathed and devised, the further sum of two hundred dollars being in lieu of his not having a trade, to be first deducted and allowed to him as In part payment on the plantation and woodland to him devised.

It is further my will that whatever I advanced to my said children shall be first deducted from their shares respectively, and my Executors herein-after named to sell at public vendue all my goods and chattels I may have on hand or own at my decease (not heretofore herein devised) as soon afterwards as they may think convenient.

And Lastly-I nominate, constitute and appoint my two sons, to wit: Jacob and Peter to be my Executors of this, my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other Wills, Legacies and bequests by me having been made and declaring this, and no other, to be my last Will and Testament.

In Witness-whereof I have this thirty first day of May-Anno Domini, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty One, signed, sealed, Published and declared by the said Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who in his presence and at his request subscribed as witnesses.

Daniel Bickel

Geo. Richards

Joseph Brendlinger




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