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
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.
(Source: Submitted by Nancy Brower)