(The last will and testament of George Barner, son of Adam Barner. George was married to Anna Maria “Mary” Dups. They had 12 children.)
Will of George Barner of Liverpool Township
In the name of God Amen, I George Barner of Liverpool Township in the County of Perry and State of Pennsylvania Farmer. Being weak in body, but of sound mind memory and understanding but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit.
1st, 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 death.
2d, Should my beloved wife Mary survive me I do order and direct my hereinafter named executors to collect and receive the one third of the income of all my real estate and pay the same to my said wife annually during her natural life. She shall have sufficient room in the house where I at present reside, for her accommodation. She shall have sufficient household and kitchen furniture of her own selection, for the use also wood sufficient cut and put to her door as long as she lives.
3d What I have given to my son John in his lifetime shall be considered his full share of my property of every kind and sort.
4th My daughters Elizabeth, Frances and Lydia shall each have two hundred dollars, it being the same amount which I have heretofore given to my other children. Which several sums stands charged against my other children in my book. If I pay the abovementioned amounts to my said daughters in my lifetime and is charged against them in my book the above bequest is then complied with and will put my children all equal.
5th I do order and require my Executors to procure and erect head and foot stones to the memory of myself and wife as soon after our deaths as can conveniently be done.
6th I give and bequeath unto my son Samuel the mansion farm on which I, at present reside, also the mountain tract adjoining Jacob Kline, Charles Armstrong and others in said Township, him my said son Samuel to pay out the sum of three thousand dollars to my children, namely Henry, Jacob, Elizabeth, Sarah, Frances, Mary and Lydia, share and share alike one year after my death and in the event that my wife survives me, my said son Samuel is to give the one third of the income of said farm for the support of my said wife as long as she lives as hereinbefore mentioned, the one half of the amount above mentioned to be paid to my above named children at my death and the other half at the death of my said wife, but if I should survive my said wife the whole amount to be paid by Samuel one year after my death as above mentioned.
7th I give and bequeath unto my son Adam the farm on which he at present resides adjoining Jacob Barner the heirs of John Huggins deceased and others (four acres of timber land of said farm reserved for the use and benefit of my farm in Wild Cat Valley to be taken from the White Oak corner adjoining Abner Knight to be surveyed off in a square piece) and said Adam to pay out the sum of three thousand dollars t
o my children, namely Henry, Jacob, Elizabeth, Sarah, Frances, Mary and Lydia, share and share alike, and in the event that my wife survives me said Adam is to give the one third of the income of said farm for the support of my said wife as long as she lives as hereinbefore mentioned, the one half of the above mentioned sum to be paid by Adam at my death and the other half at the death of my said wife, but if I survive my said wife the whole amount to be paid by said Adam to my children above named one year after my death.
8th The farm in Wild Cat Valley which I own and is at present rented by Henry Barner [**] is to be appraised as soon as convenient after my death by twelve men. Nine of them to be chosen one by each of my children and three to be agreed upon by them together. My daughters Frances and Lydia to have the right to take the farm at said appraisement, take it jointly or either one of them, and if my said daughters object or refuse to take the said farm at the appraisement then the same is to be sold, and [**] by my executors and the proceeds thereof together with all my personal properties and other effects equally divided share and share alike amongst all my children or their heirs, namely Henry, Jacob, Adam, Samuel, Elizabeth, Sarah, Frances, Mary and Lydia. The Wild Cat farm whether taken at the appraisement as above stated or sold said farm to be subject to the one third of the income for the use of my wife in the same manner as Samuel and Adam.
9th And lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my sons Henry and Samuel to be the executors of this my last will and testament. I empower my said executors to execute a deed of conveyance to my son Adam for the farm herein bequeathed to him, and I empower my son Henry separately as one of the executors to execute a deed of conveyance to my so Samuel [**] the several tracts of land herein bequeathed to said Samuel.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of January AD 1858.
GEORGE BARNER (seal) .
Signed in the presence of .