I, Isaac Vanmeter, do publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, in form following, that is to say: I devise to my son David Vanmeter and his heirs, all the land owned by me on the East side of the South Branch, in Hardy County, together with a tract of about seventy acres of bottom land on the West side of said river, which he now has in possession. Also I give to my said son David, a tract of land on the Alleghany[sic] mountain now in the possession of Joseph Dixon. I also devise to my said son David and my son Garrett Vanmeter, a tract adjoining the last mentioned tract and a tract belonging to the said Garrett Vanmeter, to be equally divided between them, to them and their heirs forever. I bequeath to my Grand-daughter Betsy Ann Vanmeter, (Daughter of David Vanmeter) one negro boy Isaac (Son of Mahala) and I further devise to my Grand-son William C. Vanmeter, (Son of David) one megro boy named Jacob, (son of Matilda). Item, I will and devise to my daughter Sally Cunningham and her heirs forever (in addition to what she has already received from me by way of advancement) a tract of land lying on Patterson's Creek in the County of Hary and now in her possession. I bequeath to my Grand-daughter Elizabeth I. Vanmeter, (daughter of Sally Cunningham) a negro woman named Teny. I also will and berqueath to my three Grand-sons, Isaac, Jesse and David Cunningham, (Sons of Sally Cunningham) three negro boys named Charles, Lloyd and Hamilton (Sons of Teny) choice to be taken according to seniority. Item. I will and devise to my son Garrett Vanmeter, and his heirs forever, all the lands of which I am seized and possessed in the County of Alleghany[sic] and State of Maryland, except such tracts as are hereinafter specifically devised to my daughter Ann M. Gibson. Also I devise to my said son Garrett Vanmeter, several tract of land situated in the County of Hampshire, State of Virginia, now in his possession and purchased by me of Solomon Healey, John Slagel, John House and the heirs of the widow of Slagle, to him and his heirs forever. I likewise bequeath to my said son Garrett, a negro boy named Anthony (Son of Matilda) Item. I give and divise to my son John I. Vanmeter, and his heirs the several tracts and parts of tracts of land I hold in the State of Ohio, adjoining each other and commonly called Miller's Bottom, near the mouth of Big Veaver Creek, and now in his possession. Also I will and devise to my said son John I. Vanmeter, my interest in a tract of land on the Sciota River, commonly called Saylors Bottom, the other parts thereof belonging to the heirs of Lionel Branson, and George Harness, dec'd, to him the said John I. Vanmeter, and his heirs forever. Item. I will and devise to my daughter Elizabeth Inskeep, and her heirs, all the several tracts of parts of tracts of land belonging to me adjoining and near the town of Frankfort, Hampshire County, purchased of the Rogers, The Jones and others, and likewise all my interest in law, in equity in lots and rents of lots in the said town of Frankfort and all now in her possession. Item. I devise to my son Jacob Vanmeter, and his heirs forever, the lands wherein I now livem, including all my lands in Hardy County, not otherwise specially disposed of together with a tract of land situated on the Alleghany[sic] mountain called the Copper Spring tract., I furth bequeath to my said son Jacob Vanmeter, whatsoever stock of cattle, sheep and hogs maybe on hand at the time of my decease: Also such portion of the stock kof horses as are claimed and known as his property, together with all my household and kitchen furniture and all mu farming utensils of every description. I also give ot my son Jacob Vanmeter, the following named slaves, James, Bill, Bob, Maurice, Dan (son of Teny) Rachael and her children (not otherwise disposed of) and Lot and her children (not otherwise disposed of). Item 7th. I will and devise to my daughter Ann M. Gibson and her heirs forever, the several tract of land belonging to me lying in Hampshire County at the mouth of Patterson's Creek, which were purchased of James Higgins and the Eversoles, and now in her possession. Also a tract of land in Alleghany[sic] County, Maryland, purchased of Joseph Slagle, and the same on which Daniel Cokeley now lives, together with all that land lying between the last mentioned tract and the road leading from Oldtown to Cumberland, on the West side of said road. Also one hundred acres of woodland to be taken off the northern end of a tract of land called a re-survey and re-survey called "Butter & Cheese", by a lin drawn from West to East, to her the said Ann M. Gibson, and her heirs forever. I further bequeath to my said daughter Ann M. Gibson, the following slaves, to wit: Edward, Henry, Caroline, Caty, Harriet and Rebecca. Whereas, It is my purposed to deliver to each of my above mentioned children the sum of one thousand dollars and take their several notes for the same, it is my will and intention and I hereby direct that the payment of said notes shall not be demanded by my Executors unless the same may be necessary for the payment of my debts. Item. I desire that my two age slaves Jack and Suny, be premitted to remain upon my farm and continue under the control and care of my son Jacob, and I direct that the residue of my slaves not otherwise disposed of, be sold, the privilege of bidding for the same, being restricted to my children. Item. It is my will that my son Jacob Vanmeter be entitled to the crops growing whne my home place at the time of my decease, as well as all the profits of said Home place from this period., And Lastly, I constitute and appoint my sons David, Garrett and Jacob Vanmeter, executors of this my last Will and Testament, and desire that they may be required to give no security as such executors, and further that they collect all y debts and sell all the personal property, not otherwise disposed of, and make an equal distribution of the same among all my children. In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 16 day of March, 1837.
Isaac Vanmeter (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of Wm. Seymour,
Ann Seymour, Garrett Vanmeter, Jr. John Inskeep
At a Court held for Hardy County, the 1st day of January, 1838, This last Will and Testament of Isaac Vanmeter dec'd, was proved by the oaths of William Seymour, Garrett Vanmeter, Jr. and John Inskeep, three of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded. And at a Court held for the said County, the 5th day of February, in the year aforesaid, on the motion of David Vanmeter, Garrett VAnmeter and Jacob Vanmeter, the Executuors therein named, who made oath thereto according to law, a certificate is granted them for obtaining a probat[sic] therefor due form they having entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of $10,000.00, conditioned as the law direct.
Teste: - Jas. Carr Gamble, C. H. C.
Will Book No. 6, Page 322 &c
State of West Virginia,
County of Hardy, to wit: I, C.B. Welton, Clerk of the County Court of the said County of Hardy, a Cort of Record in and for said County, in the said State of West Virginia, do certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the last Will and Testament of Isaac Vanmeter, deceased, with the certificates thereto annexed, now of record in the Clerk's Office of said County as the same is now there of record.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and Official Seal which is the Seal of said Court at my office in said County, this 30th day of August, 1911.
C. B. Welton
Clerk of the County Court of Hardy Co.
State of West Virginia,
County of Hardy to wit: I, T. W. Mathias, President of the County Court of Hardy County, a Court of Record in and for said County in said State of West Virginia, do certify that C. B. Welto, whose genuine signature appears to the certificate above bearing date on the 30th day of August, 1911, is the Clerk of the said County Court of Hardy County in said State, duly elected and qualified and was so at the time of giving said certificate, his term of service as such clerk having begun on the 1st day of January, 1909, expiring with the 31st day of December, 1914, that his attestation in said certificates contained in in due form of law and by the proper officer and that full faith and credit are due all his official acts as such clerk. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of said Court to be hereto affixed in said County of Hardy, this 30th day of August, 1911.
J. W. Mathias
President of the County Court of Hardy County
Duplicate affadavit verifying J. W. Mathias as President of the County Court by C. B. Welton, same date.
State of Maryland,
Allegany County, to wit: The aforegoing Copy of the last Will and Testament of Isaac Vanmeter, late of Hardy County, state of West Virginia, (Formerly, State of Virginia) deceased, was, on the 3rd day of November, 1911, filed for record in the Orphans' Court of Allegany County, Maryland, by A. Taylor Smith, Attorney of Cumberland, Maryland, the same being attested and certified as being a true copy by C. B. Welton, Clerk of the County Court of Hardy County, West Virginia, in whose Office the original Will is of probate and record, Now Therefore, I, Hervy W. Shuck, Register of Wills of Allegany County, Maryland, do hereby, under the Laws of Maryland, Article 93, Section 338, of the Code of Public General Laws, on this 3rd day of November, 1911, admit the same to record, and do record it in Wills Liber J., Folios 340 &c, one of the Record Books in my said office as well as one of the Books of Record of the Orphans' Court of Allegany County, Maryland.
Test: Hervey W. Shuck, Register of Wills
Admitted to record November 3rd 1911
Posted August 3, 2012
VOCKE, , Antoinette
Last Will and Testament of Antoinette Vocke, deceased. The original written in German or Dutch, and translated for record.
Cumberland, September 22, 1908
To Maria Vocke, is given all that there is on the place, both inside the house, and on the outside of it.
And if the farm is sold, there is given to her Seven hundred Dollars, extra, above any of the others, so as to make her even with them.
Mrs. J. Vocke _________
this is my handwriting
Mrs. Annie Martz, Edward Martz
Certificate of Register of Wills.
The original Will above is written in what is commonly called and known as the Pennsylvania Dutch language,k and translated by George C. Wellington, President of the Citizens National Bank of Cumberland, Maryland, who subscribed and swore to the same as being a true translation thereof on this 14th day of May, 1909
Test: Hervey W. Shuck
State of Maryland.
Allegany County to wit: On the 14th day of May, 1909 came Mary Vocke, daughter of the above named testatrix of the aforegoing last Will and Testament, and made oath in due form of law: that after the death of Mrs. J. (Antoinette) Vocke, the testatrix, she found the said Will among the said testatrix's private effects at her late home. And the said Mary Vocke, further made oath: that the aforegoing Instrument of Writing is the true whole last Will and Testament of the said Antoinette Vocke, deceased, that hath come to her hands or possession, and that she does not know of any other Will and Testament of the deceased aforesaid.
Test: Hervey W. Shuck
Register of Wills
Posted July 6, 2012