WILL OF SARAH EBERHART(Source: Submitted by Nancy Brower)
all men by these presents that I, Sarah Eberhart, of Castle Grove
Township, Jones County, Iowa, being weak in body but of sound mind
(Blessed be God for the same) do make and publish this my last will and
testament; hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time
And as to my worldly property real, personal or mixed of which I shall
die seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of
my decease I devise and bequeath and dispose thereof in the manner
following, to wit:
First: I will that all my just debts, if any, and funeral
expenses be first paid by my executor hereinafter mentioned.
Secondly, I will and devise that all the property of which I shall be
lawfully entitled at the time of my death shall be divided as
hereinafter specified. Inasmuch as my two daughters Mrs. Caroline
Lineberger and Mrs. Mahala Pool have already each received of my
husband Paul Eberhart one hundred dollars; and the said Caroline
Lineberger and Mahala Pool have also each received of my son R.I.
Eberhart one hundred dollars; on this last amount they shall allow him
six percent interest for three years from date as I also hold
obligations against my son R.I. Eberhart for said money. I
therefore will that the two hundred and thirty-six dollars of which my
two daughters Caroline Lineberger and Mahala Pool are already in
possession be first deducted from the obligations I hold against my son
R.I. Eberhart and that thereafter my other two daughters Mrs. Susannah
Black and Mrs. Sarah Berlin shall each have two hundred and eighteen
dollars in advance of the former.
The remainder of my property in notes or money shall be equally divided
between my four daughters Caroline Lineberger, Mahala Pool, Sarah
Berlin and Susannah Black, except one hundred and fifty dollars which
sum I will and bequeath to the Evangelical Lutheran congregation of
Castle Grove, Jones County, Iowa, for the purpose of erecting a
suitable house of worship; provided that said congregation shall within
four years from the date of my death erect such a building. This
money shall be held in trust without interest by my son R.I. Eberhart
until used by the said congregation for the purpose above
specified. If the said congregation shall fail to build such a
House of worship within the time specified, then the said one hundred
and fifty dollars shall be equally divided between my four daughters
above named. I also will and devise that the one thousand dollars
which was willed and bequeathed by my husband Paul Eberhart to my four
daughters Susannah Black, Sarah Berlin, Caroline Lineberger and Mahala
Pool, for which I hold a note against my son R.I. Eberhart, shall not
be by them collected only as herein specified.
I also will and devise that the money I have herein bequeathed to my
daughters shall be for their own special use and benefit and shall from
them descend to their lawful heirs. I further will and bequeath
all my furniture, bedding and clothing to my two daughters Susannah
Black and Sarah Berlin to be divided by themselves.
I also will and devise that the note I hold against my son R.I.
Eberhart shall not be collected until one year after my decease.
Lastly, I appoint Presley Hanna to be the executor of this my last will
and testament. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and
seal this 1st day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and seventy three.
Sarah Eberhart (her mark)
Signed and delivered by the said
Sarah Eberhart in the presence of us who at the request and in the
presence of her have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.