Will of Stephen A. Forrester
South Buffalo Township, Armstrong Co., Pa.
I Stephen A. Forrester being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament.
First, I give, devise and bequeath to my executrix my farm in Armstrong County, known as the Boyd farm, and direct that the same shall be sold by my executrix and the procedes arising therefrom used in the paying off of all my debts, which sale shall be under the direction of the Orphan’s Court, but not to be forced to sale and sacrificed, which I believe to be worth $4,000, as I am now negotiating for the sale of the same at that figure, and the balance of any after the payment of all my debts I give, devise and bequeath to my wife Mary absolutely. Second I have prepared a deed and duly executed the same to Margaret R. Forrester, wife of James H. Forrester, for sixteen acres of land attached to my homestead, being the large field fenced off, on the eastern side of the farm on which I now reside, and lest some doubt might arise and to prevent any disputes as to the efficacy or it being my intention I hereby ratify and confirm said sale.
Third, to my wife, Mary, I give, devise and bequeath the entire residue of my estate, real, personal and mixed, for and during her natural life to have, use and enjoy the entire income therefrom in any manner arising.
Forth, after the decease of my said wife Mary, I direct that the entire estate in which she has a life estate as provided, real, personel, mixed, shall be sold under the direction of the Orphans’ Court, but under no circumstances shall the same be forced to sale at a sacrifice and I especially request said court to confirm and order no sale that will so result. The proceeds therefrom arising I give, devise and bequeath as follows: To my adopted daughter I give, devise and bequeath three fourths of the gross sum so realized, she being a child adopted by me in the Court of Armstrong County, and I distinctly declare her to be my legal heir, to her, her heirs and assigns forever. The balance I give, devise and bequeath to Stephen Frantz, my nephew, Stephan H. Forrester, my nephew, James D. Forrester, my nephew, Agnes Bassett, my niece, Martha I. Neil, my niece, and my friend, John Rolly, of Freeport, who has always been kind and attentive to me in sickness, share and share alike to them, their heirs and assigns, forever.
In case of the death of any of my nephews, nieces or my friend before distribution, then their share is to be void unless they leave heirs, in which case it shall go to their children. In case of any being deceased without issue his or her share shall be divided equally among the survivors. In case of the death of my said daughter, Marie Addison Forrester, before distribution, and without issue, then her share shall be divided equally among my nephews, nieces and my friend herein mentioned, being in being or having died with issue.
Lastly, I nominate, constitute my wife Mary Forrester sole executrix of this my will
Witness my hand and seal this 3rd day of October, 1890.
Signed Stephan A. Forrester
Alfred S. Smith
State of Pennsylvania
Personally came before me R. S. Slaymaker, register for the probate of wills and granting of letters of administration, in and for the county aforesaid, A. M. Stevenson and Alfred S. Smith, the subscribing witnesses to the forgoing will, and being duly sworn according to law, so say that that they were present and saw and heard Stephan A. forrester, the testator within named, sigh, seal, publish, and pronounce and declare the foregoing instrument of writing as and for his last will and testament, and that at the time of so doing he was of sound mind, memory and understanding, to the best of their knowledge and belief.
A. K. Stevenson
Sworn and subscribed before me this 25th day of February, A.D. 1892
R. S. Slaymaker
Will registered on the 25th day of February, 1892, in will book, vol. 5 page 20.
In the Orphans Court of Armstrong County.
I Mary Forrester, widow of the above named decedent, do hereby elect to take the provisions made for me and in my behalf in asid decedent’s last will and testament, proved the 25th day of February, 1892, in lieu of my right and interest in the said estate at law, reserving, however, my right to $300 exemption under the Act of 1849, and supplements.
Witness my hand this 27th day of February, 1892