Will of Paul Eberhart 


            Know all men by these presents, that I, Paul Eberhart of Hickory Township, Mercer County, State of Pennsylvania, farmer, being in good health and of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills by me at any time heretofore made.

            And as to my worldly state, and all the property, real, personal or mixed, of which I shall die seized, or possessed, or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease, I devise, bequeath and dispose thereof in the following manner, to wit:

            First, my will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall by my executors hereinafter named be paid out of my estate (personal) as soon after my decease as shall be found convenient by them.

            Secondly, to my beloved wife Sarah, I bequeath sixty seven acres of land now possessed by me situated in Hickory Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, to be hers during her lifetime:  my son Reuben to have the use or control of it during that time by paying yearly to my wife the interest of one thousand dollars or instead of that by supporting her; but should she prefer living with any other child of hers then the interest of one thousand dollars is to be paid her yearly by my son Reuben.  Further, after the death of my wife this land is to belong to Reuben by paying one thousand dollars to my four daughters or their heirs.  Also to my wife I bequeath the annual interest of a promissory note of eight hundred dollars held against my son Reuben.

            Also to my wife all other promissory notes and book accounts I may then hold.  Also to her whatever personal property may remain after paying my debts and funeral expenses.

            I desire that Reuben shall have one year after the death of myself and wife in which to pay the one thousand dollars to the girls without any interest during that year.

            Inasmuch as I possess the coal right of the tracks of land now held by me and that adjoining formerly owned by son Berlin, I desire that my son Reuben shall have half the entire interest thereof and the remaining half to be equally divided among the five remaining children or their heirs.

            And lastly, I do nominate my son Reuben Eberhart and son-in-law Albert Pool to be the executors of this my last will and testament.

            In testimony whereof, I the said Paul Eberhart, have to this my last will and testament contained on one sheet of paper subscribed my name and affixed my seal this tenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five.

                                                                                     Paul Eberhart 

(Source: Submitted by Nancy Brower)

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