MARTIN AND MAGDALENA
of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Abraham and Elizabeth Harnish were farmers in West Willow, Pequea Township, Lancaster County, where he built a stone house for his son Emmanuel.
Abraham Harnish wrote his will on 4 April 1860. For the full text of Abraham Harnish's will see below. He died probably at his home in Pequea Township on 20 January 1864 (MRJ 1/1962:4; Harnish Cem), age 70 years. He was buried in the Harnish Family Cemetery, "in a cemetery on a hill overlooking his farm." His will was presented in Probate Court of Lancaster County on 3 February 1864. Elizabeth Harnish died probably in Pequea Township on 4 July 1866 (MRJ 1/1962:4; Harnish Cem), and was buried in the Harnish Family Cemetery.
Abraham and Elizabeth Harnish had the following children:
In the name of God Amen. I Abraham Harnish, of the township of Pequa, in the county of Lancaster and the State of Pennsylvania, Yeoman, being in perfect health of body, and of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, blessed be God for the same, 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.
Principally and first of all, I commend my Immortal Soul into the hands of God who gave it, and my body to the earth, to be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner, at the discretion of my Executors herin-after named, and as to such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life. I give and dispose of the same in the following manner viz. I order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my Executors as soon as convenient after my decease.
2nd. I give, devise, and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth as much of my Household and kitchen furniture and such other articles as she may choose to keep. It is also my will that my said wife Elizabeth shall have privilege to occupy, the kitchen back room, also the room above said kitchen back room, privilege in the kitchen, also to pass and repass to and from said rooms, privilege in the house cellar and spring house said rooms and privileges my said wife Elizabeth is to have in the dwelling house I now occupy and herin bequeathed to my son Rudolph, she is also to have privilege to take of all kinds of fruit growing on the plantation herein bequeathed to my son Rudolph, I do also order and direct my son Rudolph to furnish my wife Elizabeth with fire wood or fuel ready cut and hauled to her door, as much as she needs during her natural lifetime, and in case she would prefer or rather live in her own house or dwelling by herself, then and in that case, I do order and direct my herein-after named Executors to reserve or keep in their care and hands, Fifteen hundred dollars, out of my estate for the purpose of purchasing or preparing a good and convenient house and lot of land for my said wife Elizabeth, for a home during her natural life, and at her death the aforesaid house and lot of land shall be sold, either by way of public or private sale by my Executors and the proceeds arising from said house and lot of land after deducting the necessary expenses to be even and equally divided amongst my Children or their heirs share and share alike. I also order and direct my Executors to pay to my said wife Elizabeth as soon as convenient after my decease the sum of three hundred dollars in cash, also the interest of the above mentioned and reserved fifteen hundred dollars at five per cent, so long as the said Executors need not invest said money in preparing a home as above stated said interest is to be paid to my wife Elizabeth yearly and every year. I order and direct that the aforementioned privileges, grants and bequests made and directed to be given to my said wife Elizabeth together with those hereinafter devised and bequeathed to her, to be held, enjoyed and occupied by her, as she may think proper to use the same, for and during her natural life or so long as she remains my widow in lieu of her dower at common law, and after her decease the rights and privileges of residence and occupancy granted to her on the premises whereon I now reside and herein bequeathed to my son Rudolph shall revert to him his heirs and assigns forever. And the remainder of the estate hereby bequeathed to my said wife which may be left at her decease to be equally distributed amongst my eight children and their legal representatives respectively.
Item. I give, devise and bequeath unto my son Rudolph Harnish, all that certain plantation or tract of land wherein I now reside situated in Pequea Township, Lancaster County, it being the southern end of my mansion place adjoining lands of Levi Huber, Joseph Charles, Henry Hess and the other two tracts sold to my sons Emanuel and Abraham Harnish, Jr., containing eighty-six acres and sixty-six perches be the same more or less, said plantation to be described by meets and bounds as laid down on a draft of a survey made by Levi Huber, June the third Anno Domini 1859 to have and to hold the same to him his heirs and assigns forever. Which said plantation or tract of land with the appurtenances I do value and appraise to him at and for the sum of Eight thousand six hundred and forty one dollars and twenty cents current money of Pennsylvania, to be paid in the following manner. to wit, for and in consideration of the sum of Fifteen hundred dollars which is to remain charged in the land and retained by the said Rudolph Harnish, his heirs and assigns for and during the natural life of my wife Elizabeth under and subject to the legal interest thereof to be paid yearly and every year to my wife Elizabeth during her natural life and at her death the sum of fifteen hundred dollars shall be equally distributed amongst my children and their legal representatives share and share alike, to each child and their legal representatives respectively the first interest to become due one year after my decease,
Item. It is my will and I do order and direct that my son Rudolph Harnish, shall pay to my Executors one year after my decease, the just and full sum of seven thousand one hundred and forty one dollars and twenty five cents, being the balance of the evaluation money aforesaid, said sum of money shall be divided as herein-after directed.
Item. I give, devise and bequeath to my son John Harnish, all that certain Plantation or tract of land, whereon he now resides, situated in the township of West Lampeter, Lancaster County adjoining lands of David Huber, Christian Huber, C. W. Shaub, and others, containing seventy five acres, and one hundred and fifty perches, neat measure, be the same more or less, together with the improvements and appurtenances thereto and thereon appertaining, it being the same plantation or tract of land which I purchased from C. W. Shaub, as will on reference to my title papers more fully and at large appear, which said plantation or tract of land, I do value and appraise to him at and for the sum of seven thousand five hundred ninety eight dollars and seventy five cents being at the rate of one hundred dollars per acre, to have and to hold the same to him and his heirs and assigns forever, to be paid in the following manner, to wit.
For and in consideration of the sum of fifteen hundred thirty seven dollars ninety four and three quarters of a cent, which is to be remain as a lien and charged in the land and retained by the said John Harnish, his heirs and assigns for and during natural life of Ann Shaub, widow and relict of Christian Shaub, deceased, under and subject to the legal interest thereof to be paid yearly and every year to Ann Shaub, widow of said deceased, first payment commencing one year after decease, and at the death of said Ann Shaub, the said sum of Fifteen hundred thirty seven dollars and ninety four and three quarters of a cent, shall be paid to the heirs and legal representatives of Christian Shaub, dec'd, by the said John Harnish, his heirs and assigns holding the same premises.
Item. It is my will and I do order and direct that my son John Harnish shall pay to the Executors one year after my decease, the just and full sum of six thousand and sixty dollars, eighty and one quarter of a cent, being the balance of the valuation money aforesaid, said sum of money shall be divided as herein after directed.
Item. I do order and direct that all notes and Bonds that I hold at the time of my decease against my other three sons namely Levi, Emanuel and Abraham Harnish, Jr., by and through the sales of their properties or plantations all said moneys due by all and either of said sons, shall be paid to my Executors together with interest if any due or unpaid in or within one year from my decease.
Item. It is my will and I do order and direct my Executors to purchase a Farm or plantation out of my estate as near equal in the number of acres the quality of land with the improvements, in short as near equal in value as possible as can be got with my other Farm bequeathed and sold to my sons Rudolph, John, Levi, Emanuel and Abraham Harnish, Jr., which said farm so purchased, I do order and direct my Executors to give to my son Michael Harnish, his heirs and assigns, forever, at and for the sum of one hundred dollars per acre, him and said Michael Harnish, paying thereout of said messuage or tract of land his proportional part so as to bring all my Children equal with said valuation of my Real Estate as bequeathed and sold to my other sons.
Item. It is my will and I do so order and direct that all the advancements, as given by me, and charged in a separate Book in cash and household furniture and farming utensils shall be charged against each of my eight children as they stand charged in said Book at the time of my decease that is against my eight children or their legal representatives to be calculated as part of their portion out of my estate, real or personal.
And as touching the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, real and personal of what kind or nature soever the same may be in the County of Lancaster aforesaid or elsewhere, wheresoever the same may be found, I give devise and bequeath the same to my eight children and their legal representatives each child then living to receive one equal eighth part, and the legal heirs of such as may be deceased, to receive the distributive share of their parents respectively.
Provided however that if any of my eight Children shall die without legal issue, then and in that case, It is my will that their part of portion if any left at the time of the death of such child shall revert and become due and payable to and amongst my other children then living share and share alike or their legal representatives their parents share under this my last will and testament.
Item. It is my will that the Timber lot in Martic Township adjoining lands of Benjamin Snavely, John B. Milin and others containing three acres by the same more or less shall be sold by my Executors within one year after my decease, at public or private sales as they may deem most advantageously to the estate. And I do hereby empower my Executors or the survivors of them to execute good and sufficient title or titles to the purchasers thereof, in as full and ample a manner as I myself could if living.
And lastly, I do hereby ordain, constitute and appoint my two sons Rudolph Harnish and Emanuel Harnish, to be my Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made and declaring this written on two sheets of paper and signed with my name at the bottom of the last sheet, and my hand and seal on the last page, and none other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and the fourth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty. 1860.
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