following is a transcription by John-Pierre M. Hannam, Sr. of the
11 August 1876
will of Tobias Melchor.
Copy of original was provided by Carol Lembke-McKee-Jenkins.
Another copy, with additional supporting documents, was provided by Edie
Gale Hays to John-Pierre M. Hannam, Sr., on
13 January 2005
in brackets by Mr. Hannam for clarification.
Tobias Melchor, of
and state of
, being of sound mind, memory,
and understanding, do make this my last will and testament.
- I give and bequeath unto my wife, Caroline Melchor her full share of my estate
according to the intestate laws of
- All the remaining part of my estate, real or personal I order and direct shall
be divided among all my children share and share alike and in case my grand-son
Oliver Melchor a son of my son Samuel Melchor deceased should not arrive at the
age of twenty one years or die in his minority then I direct that the share of
my said grand-son Oliver shall be equally divided Among my remaining children.
I hereby give unto my Executors full power to sell all my real estate.
I appoint my two Sons Oliver Melchor and Josiah Melchor, and my son-in-law
William W. Trauger, Executors of this my last will and testament.
witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand seal this eleventh day of August AD
one thousand eight hundred and seventy six.
by] Tobias Melchor [seal]
and ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS]
were pre-printed forms with handwritten names, dates, and pronouns in the
October 3rd, 1883
appeared before me Wm. R. Wright Depty [not sure of this] Register for the
Probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration, in and for said County,
William W. Trauger who being duly affirmed according to law, duly depose and say
that Tobias Melchor late of Nockamixon Township said County, deceased, died at
_____ on or about Friday the 21st day of September A.D. 1883 aat 2.30
o’clock PM. of said day to the best of his knowledge and belief.
and subscribed before me this 3rd day of October A.D. 1883.
Wm. R. Wright Depty [not sure of this]
me, William [?] Barton, Esq., Register for the Probate of Wills and Granting
Letters of Administration, in and for said County, came Josiah Melchor and
William W. Trauger who, being duly qualified, says that as Executors of the last
Will [?] pf Tobias Melchor late of Nockamixon Township deceased, you will well
and truly administer the Goods and Chattels, Rights and Credits of the said
deceased according to law, and diligently and faithfully regard, and well and
truly comply with, the provisions of the law relating to collateral
and subscribed before me this 3rd day of October A.D. 1883
Wm. R. Wright Depy [not sure of this] Register.
William W. Trauger
the Third day of October A.D. 1883, personally appeared before me, Wm. R. Wright
Depty [not sure of this] Register of Wills, in and for the County of Bucks,
Sarah L. Stover and Josiah N. Stover the subscribing witnesses to the annexed
instrument of writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of Tobias
Melchor dec’d, and being first duly affirmed according to law, did depose and
say that they were present and saw and heard Tobias Melchor the Testator sign
and seal, publish, pronounce, and declare the annexed paper writing as and for
this last will and testament, and that at the time of his so doing he was of
sound mind and memory, and of disposing understanding, to the best of their
knowledge and belief.
Wm. R. Wright Depty [not sure of this]
It Remembered, That on the Third day of October A.D. 1883, the annexed last will
and testament of Tobias Melchor deceased, was duly proved, when letters
testamentary thereon were granted unto Josiah Melchor and William W. Trauger
Oliver Melchor the other Executor appointed in said will having renounced
his right to act the Executors therein named they having been duly affirmed well
and truly to administer the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said
deceased according to law. And also,
diligently and faithfully to regard, and well and truly comply with, the
provisions of the law relating to Collateral Inheritances.
Wm. R. Wright Depty [not sure of this] Register.