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SANFORD, William
 
In the name of God, Amen I William Sanford being weak in body but of sound disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and Testament the tract of land which I have the fee simple Estate in and now live on I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Penelope Sanford for and during her natural life and at her decease I will and bequeath the said tract of land to my son Thornton Sanford his heirs and assigns forever but in case my said son Thornton should die without issue It is then my will that the said land shall be sold and the money arising from said sale shall be equally divided amongst my seven daughters my said wife in any event to have her said life estate in said land. I give and bequeath to my son Thornton four negro slaves to wit George Daniel Jacob and Moses at the age of twenty one years all the rest and residue of my estate I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Penelope Sanford for and during her natural life or widowhood and after a cessation of her widowhood I then will and desire that the said rest and residue of my Estate shall be equally divided amongst my seven daughters the leasehold Land which I hold under a lease from Robert Lockhart I will and bequeath to my said wife for and during her natural life and after her decease I will and bequeath the said leasehold Land to my said son Thornton for and during his natural life. I hereby constitute and appoint my said wife Penelope Sanford Elijah Gaither and William Naylor Executrix and Executors of this my last will and Testament In testimony  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 21 day of March 1801
 
Signed Sealed and published and       }
declared by the said William Sanford  }     William Sanford (seal)
to be his last will and testament in     }
the presence of us who at his request }
Witnessed the same                          }
 
    Edwd. Dyer
     Peter Engle
 
At a Court held for Hampshire County the 18th day of May 1801 this last will and testament for William ^decd^ Sanford was proved by Oath of Peter Engle one of the Witnesses thereto and at another Court held for the same County on the 20th day of July following the same was further proved by the Oath of Edward Dyer an other[sic] witness thereto an[sic] ordered to be recoreded and thereupon came Penelope Sanford widow and relict of the said Decedent and in open Court declared that she would not accept the provision made for her by the said William or any part thereof and renounced all benefit which she might claim by the same will
   A true copy Test John B. White, C.H.C.
 
~Genie
Posted September 19, 2013



SAPP, Frederick
 
In the name of God Amen, I Frederick Sapp of Allegany County in the State of Maryland, being sick and weak [of] body but of sound memory & understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner and form following, that is to say, first and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named, and after my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows:
     Item, I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Mary Sapp all my personal estate as long as she remains my widow. ~
  And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my dear wife Mary Sapp my sole Executrix of this my last will and testament, revoking & annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.
 In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty seventh day of May in year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and fourteen. ~
 Signed, sealed, published and declared by                     }
Frederick Sapp, the above named testator, as and for      }        Frederick (his X mark) Sapp (seal)
his last will and testament in the presence of us who       }
at his request, in his presence & in the presence of each  }
other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.    }
                     Jonathan Arnold                  Henry Hammond       }
 
Maryland Allegany County, the 28th day of October 1817.
 Then came Mary Sapp and made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that the foregoing instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of Frederick Sapp, late of Allegany County, Decd., that hath come to her hands or possession, and that she doth not know of any other.
    Sworn before
     Geo. Bruce, Register
Maryland Allegany County, the 28th day of October 1817.
 Then came Jonathan Arnold and Henry Hammond the two subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Frederick Sapp, late of Allegany County, decd., and severally made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein named sign and seal this will, that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to the will in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other.
    Sworn before
     Geo. Bruce, Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 23, 2013





SAPP, Jacob
 
In the name of God Amen, I Jacob Sapp of Allegany County, Maryland being weak in body but of sound disposing mind and memory and willing and desirous to settle and dispose of my worldly estate do make and ordain this present Instrument of writing my last will and testament in manner and form following. Viz: I recommend{sic] my soul to God and desire that my body may have a decent & Christian like burial at the expence[sic] of and to be taken out of my estate. ~ ~ ~
 I give and bequeath the plantation I now live on with all its emoluments(??) and profits to my beloved wife Christiana for and during the term of her natural life, and after her death it is my will that the said plantation with all its appurtenances be sold to the best advantage, by my Executor hereafter named (if alive) who is hereby authorized to convey the same by sufficient deed or deeds to the purchase and the money arising from the sale of my said plantation I give and bequeath to my children to be equally divided amongst the to wit, Daniel, John, Elizabeth Wyem, Henry, Eve Fouty (? or Foutz?), Catherine Wilcox, Sarah, Jacob, Christiana and Isaac, But if my said Executor should die before the land is sold as above directed, then in that case I will and desire that the Orphans' Court of Allegany County should sell and convey the said land as above directed.
 I give and bequeath to my son Isaac the horse he now owns. ~
 I give and bequeath to my two daughters Sarah and Christiana each of them a feather Bed and furniture. ~
 The residue of my estate I desire may be sold by my Executor & Executrix and the money in the first place applied to the payment of my just debts, and should there be a surplus or more than is sufficient to pay all my debts, then I give and bequeath the balance to my beloved wife Christiana. ~
 I also give to my said wife and two sons Isaac & Jacob the grane[sic] in the barn and also all grane[sic] that is now sowed, and that will come off my lands the next and ensuing harvest. ~ ~
 But whereas my wife will not be able personally to cultivate the lands it is my will, wish and desire that my sons Jacob & Isaac (if they chose so to do so would stay with their mother as long as they conveniently can and cultivate the fields, raise crops &c. on the share and they and their mother can agree. ~
 Lastly, I do appoint my friend Daniel Hetter my Executor & my beloved wife Executrix of this my last will and testament.
 In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of October 1805. ~ ~ ~
 
Signed, sealed, published, pronouced and    }
declared by the said Jacob Sapp as              }
his last will and testament in presence of      } Jacob (his X mark) Sapp  (seal)
 John J. Jacobs  }
 Benoris Pearce  }
 Elizabeth (her X mark) Wagner }
 
Codicil to the within will. ~ I give and bequeath to my son John the use of the fields and place where he now lives during the life of his mother, provided he continues to reside thereon.
 In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this day and date within mentioned.
Signed, sealed &c. in presence of }
 John J. Jacobs                                 }                     Jacob (his X mark) Sapp  (seal)
 Benoris Pearce                                 }
 Elizabeth (her X mark) Wagner       }
 
Allegany County, on the 10th day of Nov. 1805.
 Then came Daniel Hetter & Christiana Sapp, Executor & Executrix, and made oath &c. that the within Instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of Jacob Sapp, late of Allegany County, Decd, that hath come to their hands or possession and that they do not know of any other.
     Sworn Before G. Bruce, Register
 
Allegany County, on the 10th day of Nov. 1805.
 Then came Benoris Pearce and Elizabeth Wagner, two of the subscribing witnesses to the within last will and testament of Jacob Sapp, late of Allegany County decd. and severally made oath &c. on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein named sign and seal this will and that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was to the bes of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other.
     Sworn before
      G. Bruce,  Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 7, 2013




SCHROYER, J. W.
 
J. W. Schroyer of Accident Garrett County State of Maryland being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will, and testament in manner and following, it is my will that my funeral shall be paid and that the expenses thereof to gather with all my just debts be fully paid, I give all of my real estate[sic] to my beloved wife, Amanda Schroyer being in Garrett County Maryland and containing forty seven acres or there about I also will give all of my personal propity[sic](underscored) to my beloved wife Amanda Schroyer as long as she remains my widiow other wise she shall be cut out by law of all benefits there off, at the death of my beloved wife Amanda Schroyer all the real estat[sic] and personal propity[sic] here in mention or so much there off as may then remain unexpended, but on the request of all my children my beloved wife Amanda Schroyer can sell the farm. I give unto my fourteen children and equel[sic] shares and to their heirs and asigns[sic] for ever D. W. Schroyer H. A. Schroyer Mary C. Schroyer James M. Schroyer Harriet M. Schroyer Simon L. Schroyer Joseph E. Schroyer Cora A. Schroyer Asa R. Schroyer Annie F. Schroyer Charles R. Schroyer Hellen Schroyer Howard L. Schroyer Clayton L. Schroyer  I appoint my said wife Amanda Schroyer and Dennis W. Schroyer my oldest son the Executrix of this my last will and testament my will is that my said wife and son shall not be required to give any bond or security to the Judge of probate for the faithful execution of the duties of Executrix in witness whereof I, J. W. Schroyer have hereunto set my hand this 30th day of December A. D. 1921.
 Signed published and declared by the above name as his last will and testament in the presence of us who, at his request have signed as witnesses of said will.
     Witness Ezra Lee
     Witness Howard Schlossnagle
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to-wit:
 On this 30th day of December, 1924, came Dennis W. Schroyer and made oath in due form of law that he does not know of any Will or Codicil of J. W. Schroyer, late of Garrett County, deceased, other than the aforegoing instrument of writing and that he received same from Amanda Schroyer, the widow, on or about the 20th day of December, 1924.
 
    Test: E. E. Friend,   Register
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to-wit:
 On this 30th day of December, 1924, came Howard Schlossnagle one of the witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and testament of J. W. Schroyer, late of Garrett County, deceased, and made oath in due form of law that he did see the testator sign this Will; that he heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will and testament; that at the time of his so doing he was, to the best of his apprehension, of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding; and that he together with Ezra Lee subscribed their names, as witnesses, to this Will at the request of the testator, in his presence and in the presence of each other.
 
    Test: E. E. Friend,    Register
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to-wit:
On this 30th day of December, 1924, came Cora Lee and Howard Schlossnagle, of Garrett County, Maryland, and after having been duly sworn, deposed and said that they were well acquainted with Ezra Lee one of the subscribing witnesses to the last Will and Testament of J. W. Schroyer, late of Garrett County, Maryland, deceased, (said will being dated December 30th 1921) and that said Ezra Lee is now deceased, that they are well acquainted with the handwriting of said Ezra Lee, and that his signature as a witness, to said will is in his own handwriting and his genuine signature. The said Howard Schlossnagle, the other subscribing witness to said will further made oath that he did see the said Ezra Lee, sign will as a witness, in presence of the testator and in his presence.
 
    Test: E. E. Friend,   Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 7, 2013




SHAW, William
 
In the name of God, Amen, I William Shaw of Allegany County and State of Maryland, being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty kGod that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth, to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, after all my just debts are paid by my Executors, and all my funeral charges, by leveying and raising the amount of my just debts out of my personally[sic] estate, that then the rest and residue of my real and personally[sic] estate, is vested in the use and behoof[ behalf?] of my dearly beloved wife to be by her used, occupied, possessed and enjoyed during her lifetime or widowhood, but should she marry to quit the premises and put up with her dower.  I give and bequeath unto my well beloved daughters Elizabeth and Catherine each of them, their heirs or Executors, at or when they arrive at the age of sixteen one Cow and calf each. ~
     I give, devise and bequeath unto my dearly beloved sons and daughters as follows, to wit, to them their heirs Executors and Administrators, the whole of my real and personally[sic] Estate, after my dearly beloved wife's decease, that is to say, two hundred and fifty acres of land, more or less, as by reference to the title papers will fully appear, that is to say, to George Shaw, to John Shaw, to Margaret Morrison, intermarried with Arthur Morrison, to Henry N. Shaw, to William Shaw, Jr., to Joseph Shaw, to Elizabeth N. Shaw, and to Catherine Shaw, shear[sic] and shear[sic] alike, the whole of my real and personal estates, to be by them heir heirs and assigns, used, occupyed[sic], possessed and enjoyed forever, appointing my beloved sons George Shaw, John Shaw and Henry N. Shaw, Executors of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments, wills, legacies, bequests and Executors by me in anyways before named willed and bequeathed, ratifying & confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. ~ ~
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirtyeth[sic] day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & fifteen.
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and         }
declared by the said William Shaw as his            }
last will and testament in the presence of           }       Wm Shaw  (seal)
us who in his presence and in the presence of     }
each other have hereunto subscribed our names }
                             John Corbus                                    }
                             Hugh Haun                                       }
                             Philip Myer                                       }
 
Allegany County, July 29th 1815
 Then came George Shaw, John Shaw and Henry N. Shaw, the three Executors named in the aforegoing will and made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that the aforegoing instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of William Shaw, late of Allegany County, decd., that hath come to their hands or possession, and that they do not know of any other.
    Sworn before   Geo. Bruce, Register
 
Allegany County, July 29th 1815.
 Then came Conrad Corbus and Philip Myer, two of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will and testament of William Shaw, late of Allegany County, decd., and severally made oath on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein named sign and seal this will, and that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other.
    Sworn before Geo. Bruce, Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 23, 2013





SHERMAN, Maria Adelaide
 
  I Maria Adelaide Sherman of Mountain Lake Park, Garrett County, Maryland, being in sound mind and body do hereby make the following my last Will and testament, hereby revoking any testament which may have been heretofore made by me.
I hereby give and bequeath to my Nephew John Howard Sherman the sum of One dollar.
I give and bequeath to Jennie Smith of Mountain Lake Park, R. R. Evangelist, if she should survive me the sum of One hundred dollars.
I give and bequeath to Sherman A. Howell of Mountain Lake Par, the sum of One hundred dollars.
I give and bequeath to my niece Sarah J. Sherman, Edgecomb, Maine, my clothing, Watch, Jewelry, my picture and that of my niece Gracie Sherman and my mantel looking glass.
I desire to have my body taken to Augusta, Maine, and laid in the lot which I own there in the Cemetery on the east side of the river and a monument of granite set as near the centre[sic] of the lot as possible with the name of "Sherman" on it; and also a square of granite to not measure over twelve inches square and set about eight inches above the ground at each of the four corners of the said lot, the monument aforesaid to cost not more than two hundred (200) dollars, and the granite squares to cost the market price for stone and setting, I also order that the sum of Fifty (50) dollars be paid into the First National Bank of Augusta, Maine, and the interest thereon be annually paid to the custodian of the Cemetery grounds to be used in payment for the care of the lot aforesaid.
The expenses of taking my body to Augusta, Maine, together with all reasonable expenses incurred by my demise to be paid out of any monies derived from the sale of my property.
I direct that my two houses and lots in Mountain Lake Park, Garrett Co. Maryland, and my lots in Covington Kentucky, and the stock in the Southern Building Association held in care of W. G. Hay of Hagerstown Maryland and all other property both real and personal, other than that already bequeathed, be sold, and the proceeds thereof, together with whatever monies I may die possessed, be held in trust by the Board of Managers of the Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States of America for the following purposes,
  After all my debts, bequests and provision for my burial etc., be paid, that sufficient be used to educate as Bible readers in India, six girls - one to be named "Dorcas Sherman"; one "Avis Cecil Sherman"; one "Mary Jane Sherman"; one "Sarah Jane Sherman";  one "Jennie Smith"; one "Grace Mabel Sherman"; - the money remaining after that set aside for the education of the aforesaid Bible readers, to be applied to the purchase of a building to be used for the education of girls in India to be called the "M. Adelaide Sherman Home", and the location of said building to be left to the decision of Bishop Thoburn or his successors.
I appoint as my Executors, without bond, the Board of Mangers of the Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Church of the United States of America.
All interlineations in this Will were done in its preparation and were inserted before its signature by me.
 Given under my hand and seal this Sixth day of October 1893, A.D.
     Marie Adelaide Sherman
We certify that the signature of Maria Adelaide Sherman is true and genuine and was Witnessed at the request of the testator and each in the presence of the[sic] each other and in her presence.
    Mrs. H. P. Leech
    222 - 2nd St. N.E.
    Katharine G. Leech
    222 - 2nd St. N.E.
    Emma M. Leech
    222 - 2nd St. N.E.
     Washington
      D. C.
  District of Columbia
   Washington City, to wit:
On this 10th day of November 1894, before me, the subscriber, Register of Wills of the State of Maryland, in and for Garrett County, personally appeared Mrs. H. P. Leech and Emma M. Leech, two of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and testament of Maria A. Sherman, late of Garrett County, deceased, and made oath, in due form of law, that they did see the testatrix sign [and seal[strike] this Will; that they heard her publish, pronounce and declare the same to be her last Will and testament; that at the time of her so doing she was, to the best of their apprehension, of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding; and that they together with Katharine G. Leech subscribed their names as witnesses to this Will in her presence, at her request and in the presence of each other.
    Test: J. W. White, Register
  District of Columbia
   Washington City, to wit:
On this 10th day of November 1894, before me, the subscriber, Register of Wills of the State of Maryland, in and for Garrett County, personally appeared Katharine G. Leech, one of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and testament of Maria A. Sherman, late of Garrett County, deceased, and made affirmation, in due form of law, that she did see the testarix sign this Will; that she heard her publish, pronounce and declare the same to be her last Will and testament; that at the time of her so doing she was to the best of her apprehension, of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding; and that she together with Mrs. H. P. Leech and Emma M. Leech subscribed her name as a witness to this Will in her presence, at her request and in the presence of each other.
    Test: J. W. White, Register
 State of Maryland, Garrett County, to wit:
On this 13th day of November, 1894, came John M. Davis and mad oath in due form of law, that he does not know of any Will or Codicil of Maria A. Sherman, late of Garrett County, deceased, other than the above instrument of writing and that he received the same from Rev. C. W. Baldwin by mail on or about the 29th day of September 1894
    Test: J. W. White, Register
 
[attached to the above page]
 
In the matter of the probate of   "  In the Orphans' Court
The last Will and Testament       "  for
                Of                            "   Garrett County
M. A. Sherman   Jan. 8th 1895
 
 The petition for the probate of the last Will and testament of Maria A. Sherman and the caveat filed thereto came on to be heard on this 8th day of January 1895.
 Upon an examination of said Petition, Will, Caveat and other proceedings in the cause, It is thereupon this 8th day of January A.D. 1895 by the Orphans' Court for Garrett County, adjudged, ordered and decreed that said Caveat be and the same is hereby overruled and said Will is hereby admitted to probate, And it is further ordered that John T. Mitchell be and he is hereby appointed administrator c.t.a., of the said Maria A. Sherman deceased and that he file a bond in the penalty of Seven thousand dollars
  W. H. Barnard, C.J.O.C.
  Rudolph Becman  J.O.C.
  Henry G. Sanders  J.O.C.
 
[I did not find the Caveat]
~Genie
Posted March 23, 2013





SHUCK, George
 
In the name of God, Amen, I, George Shuck, Senior, of the Town of Cumberland, Allegany County and State of Maryland, being in perfect health of body and of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time therefore, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world, when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say,
  First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth, to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors after named, and after my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows:
  Item 1st ~ I give and bequeath unto my daughter Catherine Shuck my two lots of ground known and distinguished by numbers 216 and 217 lying and being on Mechanic Street in Town of Cumberland with the buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging for and during her natural life.
  Item 2nd ~ It is my will and desire that after my death that my Executors hereinafter named may make sale of the real property herein before described, provided they can sell the same at it real value, and the money therefrom arising to be put on interest for the support and maintenance of my said daughter Catherine for and during her natural life.
  Item 3rd ~ My will and desire is that after the death of my said daughter Catherine, that whatever property or money may be remaining, may be equally divided amongst my then surviving children; and should it please Almighty God to spare my said daughter Catherine longer than either of my children, then and in that case the proceeds of my said property shall be equally divided amongst my grand children.
  And Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Daniel Shuck and my son Joseph Shuck to be sole Executors of this my last will and testament,  revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.
  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty third day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. ~
Signed, sealed, published and declared              }
by George Shuck, Senior, the above named        }
testator, as and for his last will & testament       }                George Shuck (seal)
in the presence of us who at his request and      }                   (in German)
in his presence and in the presence of each       }
other have subscribed our names as witnesses  }
thereto.          Aza Beall
                    Charles Heck
                 John McNeill Jr.
 
Sworn 9 September 1823 by Joseph Shuck and Charles Heck
Proven 9 September 1823 by Charles Heck and John McNeill, Junior
Sworn to in open Court before  Jno McNeill
 
~Genie
Posted October 5, 2013



SLICER, James
 
In the name of God Amen, I, James Slicer of Allegany County and the State of Maryland, being weak of body but of perfect, sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, being desirous to settle my worldly affairs before it please God to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say,
 First and principally I commit my soul to God and my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named and after my just debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows, to wit,
 Item, I give and bequeath to my son Nathaniel one negro man Charles to him and his heirs. ~ ~
 Item, I give and bequeath to my son Walter Slicer one negro man named Thomas or Tom and his heirs. ~
 Item, I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Slicer one negro man named Spencer to him and his heirs. ~
 Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Harriet Slicer one negro woman named Darkey and one negro girl named Esther with their increase to her and her heirs. ~
 Item, whereas I sometime ago gave to my daughter Ann Cromwell one negro girl named Hariet, it is my will and I desire that she keep the said girl to her and her heirs with her increase.
 Item, I give and bequeath to my son John Slicer one negro girl named Sarah and her increase to him and his heirs. ~
 Item, I give and bequeath to my son Daniel Slicer one negro boy named George to him and his heirs. ~
 Item, I give and bequeath to each of my daughters Nelly Hoy and Ann Cromwell one hundred dollars to be paid by my Executrix and Executor out of the money arising from the sale of my land.
 Item, It is my will and I desire that my land whereon I now live be sold by my Executrix and Executor or the Executors (if no sale is made during the lifetime of my wife) and the money arising from the sale thereof to be equally divided amongst my four sons, Walter Slicer, Samuel Slicer, John Slicer and Daniel Slicer after paying the aforesaid legacies to my Daughters Nelly Hoy and Ann Cromwell ~ and the money coming to those that may then be under age to be and remain in the hands of my Executor until they are of age, he paying them the interest for their maintainence [sic]& support. ~
 Item, It is my will and I do direct that all the before named negroes and land be and remain in the hands of my beloved wife Mary Slicer during her natural life with all the remainder of my property of every kind whatsoever, and that at her death all my stock & Household stuff with all my other property not already willed be sold and the money arising from the sale to be equally divided amongst my five following children, to wit, Walter, Samuel, Hariet, John & James, but should my wife at any time agree to let any of the legatees have their part or agree to a sale of the land she is at liberty to do the same. ~
 And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Mary Slicer and my son Walter Slicer Executrix and Executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all former wills heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other as my last will and testament.
 In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 15~ day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven.
Signed, sealed, published and declared               }
by James Slicer, the above named testator as      }   Samuel Slicer  (seal)
and for his last will and testament in the             }
presence of us who at his request and in his        }
presence and in the presence of each other         }
have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.}
                      Wm McMahan                                          }
                      Thos. Blair                                               }
                      Saml. Tevis (?)                                        }
 
Allegany County 15th February 1808
 Then came Mary Slicer and Walter Slicer and made oath &c. that the within instrument of writing is the true and whole will & testament of James Slicer, late of Allegany County, Decd., that hath come to their hands or possession, and that they know of no other.
   Sworn before
    G. Bruce, Register
Allegany County 15th February 1808
 Then came William McMahan & Samuel Tevis, two of the subscribing witnesses to the within will and made oath &c. that they did see the testator therein named sign and seal this will, that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will & testament and that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound, disposing mine, memory & understanding and that the respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other.
   Sworn before
    G. Bruce, Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 23, 2013




SLICER, Mary
 
In the name of God, Amen, I Mary Slicer of Allegany County in the State of Maryland being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner and form following, that is to say,
 First and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and after my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows:
 I give and bequeath to John Slicer and James Slicer, my two sons, each one Feather Bed with the customary furniture, thereto belonging, to be given to them at any time when most convenient to my Executrix hereafter to be named. Having before provided for Walter Slicer and Samuel Albert Slicer, my two oldest sons, shall go in full satisfaction of all right, title, interest, claim and demand whatsoever, which they may or can any way pretend to have or claim of, in or to all or any part of my real or personal estate.
 I devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my Estate both real and personal unto my daughter Harriett Welch to her and her heirs forever. ~ ~ ~ ~
And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my said daughter Harriett Welsh to be my sole Executrix of this my last will and testament, revoking & annulling all former wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 11th day of December in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and twenty three ~ ~ ~ ~
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared               }
by Mary Slicer, the within named testator            }
as and for her last will and testament, in             }                Mary Slicer   (seal)
the presence of us who at her request in her       }
presence and in the presence of each other         }
have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.}
 Martin Rizer Jr Jacob Rizer
  Michl. Kirshner
 
Sworn 13th January 1824 by Harriet Welsh
Proven 13th January 1824 by Martine Rizer Jr. Jacob Rizer and Michael Kirshner
Sworn before Charles Heck, Register
 
~Genie
Posted October 5, 2013




SLICER, Nathaniel
 
In the name of God, Amen, I, Nathaniel Slicer of Allegany County in the State of Maryland, being sick and weak in body, but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say,
 First and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named, and after my debts and funeral charges are paid, and my wife's thirds taken out, I devise and bequeath as follows,
Item, I do hereby release from slavery, liberate, manumit and set free my negro man Charles at or after my decease and also his two children, namely Thomas and Benjamin I do hereby release from slavery, liberate, manumit & set free they the said Thomas and Benjamin are nonetheless to serve until they arrive at the age of twenty six years each, and no longer, Thomas being about three years and six months of age and Benjamin about one year and nine months of age.
Item I give and devise to my dear wife Susannah Slicer my mulatto woman slave Harriet, for her own proper use and benefit.
Item. I devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my estate both real and personal to be sold by my Executrix and the nett[sic] proceeds to be equally divided amongst my children to them, their heirs and assigns forever in equal portion, share and share alike. ~
 And Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my dear wife Susannah Slicer to be sole Executrix of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying & confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.
 In testimonly whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this ___ day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and nineteen. ~ ~ ~ ~
Signed, sealed, published and declared                        }
by Nathaniel Slicer, the above named testator,             }
as and for his last will and testament in the                 } Nath Slicer  (seal)
presence of us who at his request in his presence &      }
in the presence of each other have subscribed              }
our names as witnesses thereto. ~ ~                           }
    Jno H. Bayard ~ Adam Sigler                                              }
   Jane (her X mark) Strain                                                     }
 
Allegany County, the 6th day of May 1819.
 Then came John H. Bayard, Adam Sigler and Jane Strain, the three subscribing witnesses to the within last will and testament of Nathaniel Slicer, late of Allegany County, deceased, and severally made oath on the Holy Evengels of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein named sign and seal this will, and that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other.
   Sworn before, Charles Heck, Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 29, 2013





SMOUSE, Catherine
 
In the name of God, Amen. I Catherine Smouse of Allegany County ~ State of Maryland being weak of body but of sound, disposing mind, memory and understanding, and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the [time] thereof, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. ~
 First and principally[underscored], I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian manner, and after my funeral charges are paid I give and bequeath as follows, viz:
 I give and bequeath unto my son John J. Smouse all my personal property ~ with the exception of my Bed clothing or bedding and my wearing apparel, which I desire him to divide equally among my four daughters, viz: Julian Frantz, Maria Rupell, Elizabeth Davies, Priscilla Hendrickson.
 I give and bequeath to Peter Smouse two hundred dollars in trust for the following purposes, viz: to be applied for the benefit of my two grand-children Martha and Victoria Folch(?), the funds to be applied as the said Peter Smouse sees they stand in need of them, and that the said Peter Smouse is not to pay any interest on the money that is in his hands at any time, and if after my funeral expenses and other debts be paid they[underscored] be any money left I desire it to be equally divided among my children by the said Peter Smouse. I do hereby confirm this and none other to be my last will and testament. ~
 In testament[underscored] whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 31st day of August in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty seven.
 
Attest: Richard Hendrickson }                                        Catherine Smouse (seal)
Samuel Wolford                    }                                             (in German)
 
  Maryland, Allegany Couty, Sct:
On the 1st day of December 1857, came Peter Smouse, and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that the aforegoing instrument of writing is the true and whole will of Catherine Smouse, late of Allegany County, deceased, that hath come to his hands or possession and the he doth not know of any other.
[NOTE: the above paragraph is "X"ed out.]
   Test~ Jno. B. Widener, Register
 
 Maryland, Allegany County Sct:
  On this 1st day of December 1857, came Richard Hendrickson and Samuel Wolford, the two subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will of Catherine Smouse, late of Allegany county, decd, and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that they did see the testatrix therein named sign and seal said will: that they heard her publish, pronounce and declare the same to be her last will: that at the time of his[sic] so doing she was to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding: that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to said will at the request of the testatrix, in her presence, and all in presence of each other.
 
   Test~ Jno. B. Widener Register
~Genie
Posted January 26, 2013




SMOUSE, Daniel
 
In the name of God, Amen. I Daniel Smouse of Allegany County and State of Maryland, being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall jpleas God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:
 First and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named, and after my debts and funeral charges are paid: ~
 First. I give and bequeath unto my wife Mary the house and lot which I now live in so long as she shall live, for here use during her lifetime. And I also give unto her the household and kitchen furniture: I also give and bequeath unto my wife the rent of the store room or house which I now occupy, so long as she shall live, and for her use, the household furniture consisting of 2 Beds, 2 stoves, 1 Clock, 1 Bureau, one table, six chairs and one Rocking chair, and all the kitchen furniture; also all the chickens I have at my death; all things so long as she shall live. ~
 Secondly. I give and bequeath unto my two sons Edward and Josephus all my real estate and personal property that shall be left now and at the death of my wife Mary, but the Administrator shall make no dividend of the property to be made until Josephus shall be twenty-one years of age, and the Administrator to put the money upon Interest until the dividend shall be made. ~
 And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son John Smouse to be my sole Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament. ~ ~
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of February 1857. ~ ~ ~
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by                 }
Daniel Smouse, the above named testator, as & for    }
his last will and testament in the presence of us        }          Daniel Smouse (seal)
who at his request, in his presence and in the           }
presence of each other have subscribed our names    }
as witnesses thereto. ~                                                    }
  Elijah Fuller  }
  John Miller  }
  Wm. Chapman  }
 
  Maryland, Allegany County, to wit:
On the 14th day of April 1857, came David Mahanny(?) and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that the aforegoing Instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of Daniel Smouse, late of Allegany County, deceased, that hath come to his sight and knowledge, and that he doth not know of any other.
  
   Test- Wm R. McCulley, Regr.
 
  Maryland, Allegany County, Sct.:
On the 14th day of April 1857, came Elijah Fuller, John Miller & Wm Chapman, the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will and testament of Daniel Smouse, late of Allegany County, decd, and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almight God, that the did [see] the testator therein named sign and seal this will: that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament: that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding: that they respectively subscribe their names as witnesses to said will at the request of the testator, in his presence and all in presence of each other. ~
 
   Test ~ Wm R. McCulley, Regr.

~Genie
Posted January 26, 2013


SMOUSE, Maria
 
 In the name of God Amen. I Maria Smouse of Oakland Garrett County Maryland being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when is shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say.
 First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the descretion[sic] of my Executor hereinafter named and after my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows
Item 1st I give devise and bequeath to my husband William Smouse all the property both real or personal that I may be possessed of or entitled to at my death during his natural life or so long as he remains my widower, and at the experation[sic] of either of the above events, all my property to be sold, and the proceeds to be divided as hereinafter named. Should he desire to sell the house and premises we now occupy before either of the above events he may do so with the consent of my daughter, Mary E. Low(??) the fund to be invested in some good property for his benefit as above and to be preserved for my legal heirs as follows,
Item 2d I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ellen Low the one half of the proceeds of said sale of all my property both real and personal that may remain at the time of the death or marriage of my said husband after his interest is taken out, if he should be living.
Item 3rd I give and devise and bequeath to my grand children heirs of my son Lloyd^Smouse decd the other half of the proceeds of said sale to be invested for them, by their guardian in some productive way until they attain Lawful age the two last Items to be governed according to Laws of Maryland in relation to decent distribution.
4th I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Ellen Low the rents and profits of the room in the dwelling we now live in and occupied as a Jeweler Shop from and after my death as so present for her trouble and attention during my illness.
  And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my dear husband William Smouse and my beloved daughter Mary Ellen Low, to be sole executors of this my last Will and Testament revolking[sic] and annulling all former Will by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and Testament with full power to sell as above stated and convey as well as I might or could have done.
  In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 3rd day of July 1879
     Marie (her X mark) Smouse
 
 Signed sealed published and                     )
declared by the above named Maria            (Alex L Osbourn
Smouse as and for her last Will                  )
and Testament and we at her request        (John J. Smith
in her presence and all in the presence       )
of each other have hereto subscirbed         (John M Dairs
our names as witnesses hereto                     )
 
  State of Maryland
   Garrett County to wit
  On this 6th day of August 1879 came Alex L Osbourn, John J Smith and John M Dairs the three subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Maria Smouse late of Garrett County deceased and made oath in due form of law that they did see the testatrix therein named sign and seal said Will that they heard her publish pronounce and declare the same to be her last Will and Testament, that at the time of her so doing she was to the best of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding capable of executing a valid deed or contract, and that they all signed said Will at the request of the testatrix in her presence and all in the presence of each other.
 Sworn to before the subscriber
    Test Wm L Rawlings
     Register of Wills for
      Garrett County Md.
~Genie
Posted December 8, 2012



SPEICHER, Isaac
 
     In the name of God Amen
 I Isaac Speicher of Garrett County and State of Maryland being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding Considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the Better prepared to leave this world when it shall please Almighty God to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
     1st and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be decently burried[sic] at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter mentioned. After my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows
 Item:  I devise that my beloved wife Elisabeth Shall have and continue in possession of all of my property both Real and personal during her lifetime or So long as she remain my Widow
 Item:  I devise that after the death of my beloved wife or her marrying again That all of my property both Real and personal Shall be Sold at either Public or private sale which ever way my Executor Shall think best and the nett[sic] proceeds be lawfullydivided between my wife if living and my Sons Stephen, George Lewis, Conrad, James Samuel, & Noah, and my daughters Ann Mariah, and Sarah Catharine, Said Children to share alike. I hereby Authorize and empower my Executor to Sell and convery "when it becomes necessary according to this Will" all of my property both Real and personal as full as I could or would were I then living. An[sic] lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Joseph A. Speicher to be Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament revoking all others confirming this and none other to be my last Will and Testament, Witness my hand and Seal this tenth day of May in the year Eighteen hundred and Eighty
 
Signed, Sealed published and declared           } Isaac (his X mark) Speicher  (seal)
by the Said Isaac Speicher as and for his        }
last Will and Testament who at his request in  } 
his presence and in presence of each other     }
have set our names as Witnesses thereto       }
 
     Joseph A. Spiker
     John Spiker
     Wm Hinebaugh
 
filed 8 June 1880
Recorded Liber A folio 129 &c
Record Books of the Orphans' Court of Garret County
W. H. Hagans Register
 
~Genie
Posted August 16, 2013



SPITZER, Allen
 
 I, Allen Spitzer, of Garrett County and State of Maryland, do make this my last Will and testament, in manner following, that is to say:
After the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses, I give, devise and bequeath all the Real and person estate to which I may be entitled at the time of my death unto my beloved wife, Maria Spitzer, to be held by her during the term of her natural life, with full power to her to sell and convey any and all of said Real estate, and reinvest the proceeds thereof in other Real estate that may be more suitable to her, if she so desires, and it is absolutely necessary, and to take the same in her name and hold during the term of her natural life, and to convert into money for her use so much of said personal property as she may deem necessary for her proper and comfortable support during her life, and that an inventory be taken by my Executors hereinafter named of my personal property at the time of mydeath and that an account be kept by them of the earnings of the sam[sic] and of the disbursements including the various amounts received by my said Wife.
And from and after the death of my said wife then all of said Real and personal estate to go to Harvey Spitzer, Ella Clutter, wife of Alder Clutter and Joseph A. Spitzer, children of my first wife, as tenants in common.
I constitute and appoint my wife, Maria Spitzer and my son Harvey Spitzer to be the Executors of this my last Will and testament, without bond, hereby revoking allother Wills and Codicils by me heretofore made.
 In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this thirteenth day of March, in the year eighteen hundred and ninety four.
 
     Allen Spitzer   (seal)
 Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named testator as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us, who, at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
 
     Charles A. Tower
     Samuel E. Boyer
     John T. Mitchell
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to wit:
On this 5th day of May 1896, came Maria Spitzer and made oath  in due form of law, that she does not know of any Will or Codicil of Allen Spitzer, late of Garrett County, deceased, other than the above instrument of writing and that she received the same from said testator onor about the 13th day of March 1894.
 
     Test: J. W. White,   Register
On this 13th day of May 1896 came Charles A. Tower
On this 16th day of May 1896 came Samuel E. Boyer and John T. Mitchell
     Test: J. W. White,   Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 7, 2013



STEINLA, Oscar Ervin


The will of Oscar Ervin Steinla, local auto dealer, who died July 2, named the Liberty Trust Company as executor with bond set at $3,000. Mrs. Mernie (Ours) Steinla, widow, and Evelyn (Steinla) Light, a daughter; Paul E. and Jacob Oscar Steinla, sons, were named as beneficiaries of stock in the Steinla Motor Company. Another daughter, Catherine Steinla Judy, received stock from her father previously. The Liberty Trust Company was named trustee of the estate for the beneficiaries.
The Cumberland Evening Times, July 17, 1959
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted October 10, 2010





STOFFER/STOUFFER, Jonathan E.
 
 In the name of God Amen:
I, Jonathan E. Stouffer of the Town of Accident, County of Garrett and state of Maryland, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence; do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say:
First and principally I commit my soul into the hands of God, the Father Almighty, who gave it and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named; and after my Just debts and funeral charges are paid, I give, bequeath and devise my estate and property as follows:
 To my Daughter, Elizabeth Fike, wife of Levi W. Fike of Fayette County, State of Pennsylvania, the sum of Five dollars.
 To my Daughter, Susan Matilda Stouffer of Garrett County State of Maryland, the sum of One hundred and fifty dollars:~
 To my Daughter, Mary Virginia Stouffer of Pendleton County, State of West Virginia, the sum of Five dollars:~
 And after the payment of the above Legacies, my Will is that all the residue of my estate, real personal and mixed, wheresoever it may be found and of whatsoever it may consist, I give, divise and bequeath unto my House Keeper Mary Spindler:~
 I hereby revoke all former Wills by me made and appoint and constitute the said Mary Spindler as the sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament:~
 In witness whereof, I, the above named testator have hereunto set my hand and seal, this Fourteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty Six~
 
    Jonathan E. Stoffer  (seal)
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by Jonathan E. Stouffer, the testator, as and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses.
Attest   Jonathan E. Stoffer
Eli McMillan
Adam Garinger
Thomas M. Turney.
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to wit:
on this 13th day of November 1888 came Mary Spindler and made oath in due form of law that she does not know of any Will or Codicil of Jonathan Stouffer, late of Garrett County, deceased, other than the above instrument of writing and that she received the same on or about the 5th day of November 1888.
 Sworn to in open Court.
  Fets: J. W. White. Regr
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to wit:
on this 8th day of November 1888 came Thomas M. Turney one of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Jonathan Stouffer, late of Garrett County, deceased, and made oath in due form of law that he did see the testator sign and seal this Will; that he heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament; that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of his apprehensiion of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding; and that he together with Eli McMillan and Adam Garinger subscribed his name as witness to this Will in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other.
   Test: J. W. White
    Register
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to wit:
on this 13th day of November 1888 came Eli McMillan and Adam Garinger, two of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Jonathan E. Stouffer, late of Garrett County, deceased, and made oath in due form of law that they did see the testator sign and seal this Will; that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament; that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding; and that they together with Thomas M. Turney, subscribed their names as witnesses to the Will; in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other.
 Sworn to in open Court
   Test: J. W. White, Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 1, 2013



STOTTLEMYER, Andrew J.
 
In the name of God Amen ~
 I, Andrew J. Stottlemyer of the county of Garrett and State of Maryland being in perfect health of body, and of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding, considering the certainty of deth and the uncertainty of life, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, and be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, Do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows, that is to say, First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the earth, to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor, hereinafter named, and after my debts are paid and my funeral expenses paid, I devise and bequeath as follows:  Items: I give and devise unto my son Ruthford the undivided one share part of a tract of land called Peace and Plenty, Situated in Garrett County in the State of Maryland which was conveyed to me, and my two sons Sherdian [Sheridan?] and Granville, by Chauncey Kimmel and wife by deed bearing date the 16th of March 1877.  Item: I give and devise unto my three sons Sherdian, Granville and Ruthford all that part of said land lying in Garrett County in the State of Maryland, called [?]Clifton; and also all other tracts or parcels of land wherever situated of which I may possess or in any way entitled at the time of my death, also all my personal property and effects of whatever kind of which I may be possessed, or in any manner entitled, wheter[sic] the same be in money, bonds, notes, or whatever the same may be to be divided equally between them, share and share alike. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Daniel E. Offutt of Oakland, Maryland to be sole executor of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I hereto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of August in the year eighteen hundred and seventy seven.
 
                                                                                                           Andrew Jack. Stottlemyer (seal)
Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the above named Andrew J. Stottlemyer, as and for his last will and testament in our presence, who at his request, in his presence and in presence of each other, have herto[sic] set our hands as witness herto[sic].
    W. H. Tower
    G.W. Merrill
    W. P. Townshend
Sworn on 22nd February 1881 by Daniel E. Offutt
Proven on 25th February 1881 by W. H. Tower, G. W. Merrill, and W. P. Townshend
Test: W. H. Hagans, Register
 
~Genie
Posted August 23, 2013



SWARTZENTRUBER, Jacob
 
 Knowing the uncertainties of this life and being of Sound mind, I Jacob Swartzentruber of Garrett County Maryland do hereby make my will and Testament as follows, after my death my wife Susanna Swartzentruber Shall have full possession of all my Real and personal property until She is Satified to let one of my children have possession of the Farm, or as long as She bears my name, and my executors Shall appoint three impartial men to appraise my Real and personal property, and if one of my children wants the Farm at the appraisement my executors Shall Sell it to him or her at that rate, but if none of my children wants the Farm my executors Shall Sell it at public Sale.
 But if my wife Susanna desires it my executors Shall build her a House of Sufficient dimensions for her use at any place on the premises where she may desire it, which house She Shall have the right to hold and occupy during her natural lifetime.
 And, when the Farm is Sold one Thousand dollars of the down money Shall remain and the interest be paid to my wife Susanna (if then living), on the first day of April each year during her natural life, and one year after the death of my wife the above mentioned one Thousand Dollars Shall be paid with interest for the last year, and the party that purchases the Farm Shall keep two cows in good ordinary Condition for my wife Susanna during her natural lifetime, and it is my desire that all my children remain with my wife until they are of the age of twenty one years, unless any of them Should marry earlier, or She may hire them out where they are properly cared for and use their wages if She needs it or if She does not need it She may pay it over to the Executors, but in the event of the death of my wife before all my children are twenty one years of age then my executors Shall have the right to draw their wages until they are twenty one years of age and use it according to an article of agreement between my wife Susanna and Daniel Hershberger, and also Shall have powers to collect the income of the Farm (excepting expenses) and use it according to the Above mentioned Article of Agreement, And if one of my children buys the Farm it Shall have five hundred Dollars in the Down money as part of his or her inheritance, if it has not received the five hundred Dollars before, which I desire that each of my children shall have as they become of the age of twenty one years, provided the money is on hand to be paid over to them, but if it is not they Shall have the interest of the Same until the principal is paid.
     And my executors Shall make all the repairs they deem necessary on the Farm and pay for the Same from the proceeds of my estate.
 And I appoint my Son Daniel Swartzentruber and Jacob S. Miller of Garrett County Maryland as my executors,
 Signed and Sealed this twenty Seventh day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and eighty one
 
    Jacob Swartzentruber  (seal)
 
    Signed
In presence of
Samuel J. Miller
Simon S. Miller
Elias Hershberger
 
Sworn on 9th November A.D. 1881 by Jacob S. Miller
Proven on 9th November A.D. 1881 by Simon S. Miller and Elias Hershberger
Test: W. H. Hagans, Register 
 
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Posted August 23, 2013




SWAUGER, Elizabeth
 
The last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Swauger, of New Germany, Garrett County, in the state of Maryland.
 I Elizabeth Swauger, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and being of sound mind and memory bessed by Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, that is to say:
 First, I give and devise to my beloved niece, Mary Jane Otto, of my Household Goods and Furnature[sic] in my dwelling House at New Germany, one Bed furnished complete with all belongings, the Black set of Split bottom chairs, one Bureau, the small Table, the Clock, one Stand, one Wash Bowl and Pitcher, Two Mirrors on[sic] Small and one large one, the Sewing Machine and the little sewing Box, Three Lace curtains, three Muslin curtains, the corner Cupboard, one set of Dishes, Shurgar[sic] Bowl, Spoon Holder Cream Pitcher, Butter Dish, Pickle Dish, one Glass Dish, half Doz Plates, half Doz Goblets, the Fruit Dish, the large Stake[sic] Plate, the Silver Pickle Stand, the Gilded Pitcher, one Lamp, the Set of Smoothing Irons, one Chest and also one Cow.
Second,  all the rest and residue of my estate 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, after the payment of all my Just debts and Funeral expenses, I give devise and bequeath to my nine Chirldren or their legal Heirs, namely, John Swauger, Mary Otto, Isaac Swauger, Wm. H. Swauger, Mariah Swauger, Charles Swauger, Samuel Swauger, Lizzie Gnagey, and Rachel Wagner, to be equally divided among my said Children share and share alike,
 My Will is that all of the Property that I may have own or possess at the time of death, same and except the bequest herein before devised to my niece Mary Jane Otto, be sold as soon after my death as may be convenient, and after the payment of the expenses of sale the proceeds to be divided equally among my said Children or those are living at the time, and the share of those who are dead to be paid to their Children or legal heirs,
and I do hereby constitute and appoint my Son in law Jonas E. Gnagey, Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
 In witness wherof[sic] I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Nineteenth day of April in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Eighty Eight.
Attest:   Elizabeth (her X mark) Swauger  (seal)
Peter Nathan
 
The aforegoing instrument, consisting of one sheet was now here subscribed by Elizabeth Swauger, the Testator, in the presence of each of us, and was at the same time declared by her to be her last Will and Testament; and we, at her request sign our names as attesting witnesses,
C. M. Livengood, Grantsville, Garrett County, Md.
Joseph Blocher, Grantsville, Garrett County, Md.
 
State of Maryland. Garrett County, to wit:
on this 24th day of October 1888, came Jonas E. Gnagey, and made affirmation in due form of law that he does not know of any Will or Codicil of Elizabeth Swauger late of Garrett County, deceased, other than the above instrument of writing and that he received the same from Elizabeth Swauger, on or about the 19th day of April 1888.
   Test: Jas. W. White
    Register
 
State of Maryland. Garrett County to wit:
on this 24th day of October 1888 came C. M. Livengood, one of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Swauger, late of Garrett County, deceased and made affirmation in due form oflaw, that he did see the Testatrix sign and seal this Will; that he heard her publish, pronounce and declare the same to be her last Will and Testament; that at the time of her so doing, she was, to the best of his apprehensions, of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding; and that he together with Joseph Blocher subscribed his name as witness to this Will at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other.
   Test: Jas. W. White.
    Register
 
State of Maryland. Garrett County, to wit:
on this 29th day of October 1888 came Joseph Blocher, one of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Swauger, Late of Garrett County, deceased and made oath in due form of law that he did see the Testatrix sign and seal this Will: that he heard her publish, pronounce and declare the same to be her last Will and Testament; that at the time of her so doing, she was, to the best of his apprehension, of souond and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that he together with C. M. Livengood subscribed his name as witness to this Will, in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other.
   Test: Jas. W. White.
    Register
 
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Posted March 1, 2013







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