Bedford Co., PA
Will book 1 page 498

Last will and testament
Joseph Rowzer

In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Rowzer of Napier Township, Bedford County and State of Pennsylvania being weak of body and unwell at present, but of perfect mind and memory and of sound and disposing judgement and calling to mind the mortality of the body do make and ordain this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and disanulling all other will or wills by me heretofore made do constitute this as my last will and testament to be fulfilled by my executors herein after to be named. Item I  hereby direct that my body be decently buried and my soul I commend to God (who gave it sincerely hoping that he through the abundance of his goodness will be merciful. Item I order and direct that my just debts be first paid and the residue of the worldly property that God has been pleased to bless me with  I dispose of it in the following manner. viz  Item I order and direct that the mansion house whereon I now reside together with the plantation and building thereto attached farm and utensils household goods and furniture to be retained for the use of my widow and children while any choose to remain together and for her use as long as she remains my widow except such parts of the personal estate as she shall think best to dispose of and the monies arising from the sale of said property to be applied towards getting a warrant for a tract of land I hold on the hurricane branch. Item I give and bequeath to my two sons John and Joseph Rowzer to them their heirs and asigns forever a tract of land lying and being at the fork of the hurricane branch containing  three hundred and fifty acres to be equally divided between them quantity and quality and John is to have the lower division and if they my two sons cannot agree to divide the said land themselves they shall choose a few responsible neighbors who will divide it for them and they each of them shall abide whatever the said men shall do in the said case. Item I order and direct that my two sons John and Joseph Rowzer pay to my personnal estate they and each of them the sum of one hundred dollars in three equal installments annually the first to commence ten years after my decease and if my son Joseph Rowzer shall leave his mother and the family before he shall arrive at the age of twenty one or go and learn a trade then he shall pay at that time and period of the payments aforesaid an additonal hundred dollars in the same installments. Item I give and bequeath to my youngest son Isaac Rowzer at his mothers decease the plantation whereon I now reside to him his heirs and asigns forever together with the buildings and appurtenances thereto belonging, provided that the said Isaac Rowzer shall pay to my personnal estate for the use of his sisters eighteen years after my decease the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars . Item I order and direct that the forty acres of land I hold adjoining John Blackburn to be sold as soon as appears convenient and the price of said land to be equally divided between my two elder daughters Elizabeth and Rebekah Item I will and deem that when my widow shall decease them all the personnal estate which shall be left together with the aforesaid monies which is therein directed to be paid to my two elder daughters shall be sold and the whole equally divided between my four daughters namely Elizabeth, Rebeca, Rachel and Hannah. Item I hereby constitute and appoint my well esteemed friends Joseph Black and Anthony Blackburn of __ Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereto set my name and seal this seventeenth day of the third month March A.D. One thousand eight hundred and seventeen.
Joseph Rouzer (seal)
Signed and sealed in presence of us
Thomas Blackburn ______ Blackburn

Bedford Co. ___  Personally appeard before me the subscribed Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and foresaid County Thomas Blackburn one of the subscribing witnesses to the within instrument in writing who being only affirmed doth declare and say that he was personally present and heard and saw Joseph Rowzer the testator sign seal and declare the within instrument in writing as and for his last will and testament that at the time of so doing the said testator was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding.



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