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WILHELM, Peter

It will be remembered that there were three brothers and five sisters. Of these, Hester and Hannah only, had married. The others died without issue. It will also be remembered that Hester was somewhat enstranged from the rest of the family on account of her husband, whom the Wilhelms disliked. Hester and Hannah were now deceased, but they each had children and grand-children who were lawful heirs to the estate. The children of Hannah were five in number and those of Hester were ten in number. The Wilhelm brothers were perfectly willing that the children of Hannah should share in the inheritance of their estate but they were not willing to set apart any great portion of it for the use of Hester's children and grand-children whom they characterized as indolent and gay.

It was a common understanding with the Wilhelms that the estate should be kept intact as long as any of the brothers survived. With this end in view, Abraham, prior to his death, by will decreed that his property, both real and personal, be sold at public sale and the proceeds, after a few minor bequests were settled, be divided equally between Benjamin and Peter. On August 1 1, 1873, Benjamin
conveyed his undivided interest in the estate to Peter; as did Polly, by a similar instrument, on May 16, 1876.

It now remained for Peter to make disposition of his property. For reasons just considered he did not like the idea of making a will. He was growing old. With the exception of Polly, who survived him by four years, he was alone in the world. Benjamin, on his death-bed, had solemnly reminded him of their vows to give back to the Lord the earthly stores that they enjoyed at His hand. Dr. Koplin urged him to wait no longer. The infirmities of age were creeping over his frame and sickness confined him to his bed. Under such circumstances, he sent for his legal advisor, Herman L. Baer, to write his will, which was done on February 20, 1878. But Peter's end was nearer than was suspected. He died on March 13, 1878, less than one calendar month after the document was signed. According to the law of Pennsylvania, the will was invalid. Peter realized the situation, and during his last hours his mind was distressed by the thought that the provisions of the will might not be executed. He repeatedly declared that he meant it
"—Gott weiss[sic, weiß] wohl ich habe es gut gemeint." [God knows well I meant well .]

By the terms of the will, the children of Hannah Smith received $15,000. To the children and heirs of Hester Griffith, he bequeathed the sum of one dollar each. After specifying other minor bequests, he left the bulk of his estate to Franklin and Marshall College and the Theological Seminary. The text of the will is as follows:

THE WILL OF PETER WILHELM

The last will and Testament of me, Peter Wilhelm of the Township of Elk Lick in Somerset Co., & state of Penna., made this 20th day of February, A. D. 1878, when in the enjoyment of a sound mind and disposing memory.

Item 1. It is my will and I desire that soon after my death and Christian burial, all my debts & funeral expenses shall be paid from any money or personal property then on hand.

Item 2. My sister Polly, in case she survives me, shall have a comfortable home in the mansion house on the farm near the church now in the tenure of Jeremiah Folk during her natural lifetime and shall be comfortably and well cared for and provided with whatever is essential to her comfort & welfare by the occupier of said farm & house, and my Executors shall in leasing or selling the Folk Farm amply reserve the rights of my said sister Polly as to her Home & Maintenance as in this item mentioned.

Item 3. In the event of my Sister Polly surviving me my Executors shall pay her, as she may need it or desire it, the sum of fifteen hundred dollars.

Item 4. To the five children of my deceased sister Hannah Smith I give and bequeath the sum of three thousand dollars each. Should there however be more than five children of Hannah, or should any have died leaving issue the aggregate sum of $15,000 hereby bequeath shall be distributed between them so that each of the said children of Hannah shall have an equal part thereof.

Item 5. To Urias Bachose, son of Benjamin Bachose, a young man whom I raised I give and bequeath the sum of three thousand dollars.

Item 6. To Rev A. B. Coplin, a former Pastor at St. Paul's Church, I bequeath the sum of five hundred dollars, and in addition thereto, a Note which will be found among my papers for $3000 or more shall be surrendered & given to him.

Item 7. To the Consistory of the St. Paul's congregation of the Paradise Charge of the Somerset Classis of the Pittsburg Synod of the Reformed Church of the U. S., I give and bequeath two thousand dollars as a fund, to be by said consistory invested on bond & first mortgage security, and put at interest, the income or interest of which shall be annually paid to the Pastor of the St. Paul's congregation permanently & securely invested for the purposes aforesaid; and I bequeath in like manner to said consistory of said St. Paul's congregation the sum of $1,000, One Thousand dollars, which shall be invested & secured in like manner and the annual income & interest thereof shall be used & paid out to the poor & needy of the said congregation as necessity from time to time requires.

Item 8. To the consistory of the Reformed Church of the Somerset Classis at SaUsbury I give and bequeath the sum of One Thousand dollars to be used as a building fund.

Item 9. To the consistory of the Reformed Church of the Somerset charge of the Pittsburg Synod of the Reformed Church of the U. S., I give and bequeath One thousand dollars to be used as a building fund.

Item 10. I have this day made a gift donated & conveyed by deed the following lands and tenements to wit:

The homestead farm and a tract of 66 acres adjoining it.
Two contiguous farms in Addison Township comprising three or more tracts.
A farm on Tubmill run called the Cox farm.
Two farms contiguous in Elk Lick Township adjoining Manasus Kretchman and others known as "Cold Day" and "Buckshorn".
The undivided half of a farm of about 400 acres known as the Jonas Beachy farm to Rev. C. U. Hileman, Charles Santee and others in trust for the institution of learning of the Reformed Church at Lancaster, Pa., to wit: Franklin &
Marshall College and the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church at Lancaster, Pa., and in trust for the erection and establishment of an Academy or College under the supervision of the Somerset Classis of the Reformed Church & within its bounds as will appear by the said deed, which still leaves vested in me at this time, the farm at St. Paul's Church containing 246 acres more or less now in the tenure of Jeremiah Folk and certain houses & lots at Summit Mills & elsewhere, which said farm and houses &. lots and any other real estate which may be undisposed of at my death wherever situate, I direct my Executors herein named to sell at private or public sale to the best advantage & on the best terms that can be obtained and at such time as may be or seem to be promotive of the best interests of my estate having due regard to the terms and make deed for the same to the purchasers having due regard to the provisions herein before made for my Sister Polly.

Item 11. All bequests & legacies herein given whether to relatives or strangers is and is to be in full of their several & respective shares & interest in my entire estate and in full of all claims and demand on any account.

Item 12. To each of the sons & daughters & heirs of my deceased Sister Esther Griffith for reasons satisfactory to me & known to myself I give and bequeath the sum of One dollar in full of their shares in my estate real & personal.

Item 13. It is my will that the conversion of my property & collecting of outstanding claims and general settling up of my estate shall be done and managed so as to promote the interest of the estate, and legatees & beneficiaries under this will must be content to wait until the Executors in the exercise of a reasonable discretion shall have settled the estate.

Item 14. I nominate and appoint Rev. C. U. Hileman & Jeremiah J. Folk Executors of this my last will & testament.

Last. The surplus if any remaining in the hands of my Executors after having settled my estate & paid out the legacies & bequests herein mentioned shall be paid over to the Treasurer of the boards of Trustees of Franklin & Marshall College and of the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church at Lancaster in proportion of two-thirds to the former & one-third to the latter.

In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal declaring the foregoing seven pages of writing to be my last will. 

~ Peter Wilhelm.

For some time after the death of Peter, it was feared that the bequest was lost. However, Dr. Koplin, who was conversant with all the facts in the case, was hopeful that the bulk of the estate might be preserved to the College. Acting upon the advice of Geo. F. Baer, a brother of William J. Bear of Somerset, the case was thrown into a Court of Equity, at which Dr. Koplin and William J. Baer testified at length to the solemn wishes of Benjamin and Peter relative to the disposition of their property. So overwhelming was the evidence that Hon. A. H. Coffroth, the counsel for the heirs, of whom there were upwards of thirty, recommended to his clients that they accept the compromise that was offered by the College.

By the terms of the compromise, the Griffiths received $9,000. The other bequests and legacies were cared for as set forth in the will. In all the institutions were called upon to pay out over $40,000; all of which was repaid to the institutions from the sale of lands. The estate that came to the College and Seminary consisted of over 2,000 acres, all of which has been sold. Care has been taken, however, to sell only surface rights, reserving the mineral, oil and gas. That there is much coal under the land has never been doubted. But it is perhaps a matter of some years before anything will be realized from its operation. The institutions at Lancaster have received from the estate, over and above expenses, about $40,000.

Thus the estate that was built up during the greater part of a century was divided and passed into other hands. After all, the history of the Wilhelm estate is a sad commentary upon the vanity of wealth. The fortunes, that a father accumulates with scrupulous care, someday becomes the subject of endless litigation. Fortunately for the Institutions at Lancaster, they were enabled to preserve the greater part of the bequest.

Posted January 7, 2016

 

 

WILLARD, Mrs. Mary Cecelia Meders
 
Also probated was the will of Mrs. Mary C. Willard, of this city, who died August 25. Her furniture and money in the bank was left to her sons, James V. and Ralph K. Willard.  The remainder of the estate is to be divided among the two sons and the other children, William Edward Willard, John Perry Willard, Mrs. Mary J. Athey, Mrs. Florence Brant, Mrs. Naomi Weaver, Mrs. Clara Wallace, Mrs. Bernice Welton.
Drawn February 12?, 1931, the will was witnessed by Oscar N. Strieby, Daniel H. Coby and C. Glenn Watson.
Cumberland Evening Times; Friday, 4 October 1946
~Genie
Posted March 24, 2012

WILLISON, Andrew J.
 
I, Andrew J. Willison, of Frostburg, Allegany County, Maryland, having in view the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, being at this time of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and desiring while so in the enjoyment of all my facutlies to make such provision for my family as shall in my judgemnt best conserve and promote their best interests, do hereby make and publish this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, that is to say: -
After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses out of the first moneys that may come into the hands of my Executors hereinafter named, I give, devise and brequeath my property and estate as follows:
1. To my wife, Mary Willison, I give and bequeath all of the household furniture of every kind in and about the house in which we now live.
2. To my said wife, Mary Willison, I also give, devise and bequeath, for and during the full term of her natural life, all that real estate lying and being on the North side of Main or Bowery street in Beall's First Addition to the town of Frostburg, known as the "Farm House Lot", it being the property on which I now reside.
3. To my Executors hereinafter named and the survivor of them, I give and bequeath the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500) in trust, however, for my sister Elizabeth Shaffer, the same to be paid over to her at such times and in such amounts as my said Executors or the survivor of them may deem best, keeping in view the real interest of the said Elizabeth Shaffer.
4. To my said Executors and the survivor of them I give and bequeath the sum of Three Hundred Dollars ($300) in trust for the use and benefit of Minnie Raley, of Frostburg, to be paid over to her at such times and in such sums as in their judgment may seem best for her own welfare.
5. To my said wife, Mary Willison, I give, devise and bequeath one fifth of all the rest, residue and remainder of all my personal property of every kind, and one third of all the rest, residue and remainder of all my real estate, save and except ony the remainder in said Farm House Lot: and it is my intention that the provision thus hereinbefore made for my said wife shall be in full satisfaction of all other claim upon or interest in my estate.
6. Knowing that my afflicted daughter, Missouri E. Willison, is incapapble of caring for and preserving the share in my estate, which it is my intention that she shall enjoy to the fullest extent possible, I have deemed it necessary in this my last Will and Testament to make special provison for her comfort and welfare, and accordingly, I do hereby give, devise and bequeath to Clayton Purnell and Lawrence D. Willison, of Frostburg and to the survivor of them in the trust, one eighth of all the rest, residue and remainder of all my property, both real and personal, in trust and confidence, however, to invest, re-invest and keep invested the same, and to collect the rents, profits, issues and income therefrom, and to use and employ the net rents, profits, issues and income from the same, or such part of such net income as they or the survivor of them, shall , in their or his judgment deem necessary and proper to provide for the suitable support and maintenance of my said daughter, Missouri E. Willison, for and during the full term of her natural life and immediately after the death of my said daughter, and the payment of her funeral expenses thereout, in further trust to distribute the corpus of the said trust property = among the next of kin of the said Missouri E. Willison, who shall be entitled to take and inherit the same under the Laws of Maryland, whereupon this turst shall cease.
7 All the rest, residue and remainder of all my property and estate of every description, real, personal and mixed, not hereifbefore specifically devised and bequeathed, I now give, devise and bequeath to my children who shall be living at the time of my death, except the said Missouri E. Willison, for whom I have already provided in the preceding clause hereof, and to the child or children, then living of such of my said children as may then be deceased, to be divided among them all, exclusive of said Missouri, in equal portions, share and share alike, the children of such of my said children as may then be deceased, to take per stirpes and not per capita the share that the parent if living wouled have taken.
8. To enable my Executors hereinafter named to make a proper distribution of my estate as hereby provided, I hereby direct them, my said Executors and the survivor of them, to sell all of my real estate (Except the estate in the said Farm House Lot, herein before devised to my said wife.) at either public or private sale and without previous application to the Orphans' Court of Allegany County, and an order of said Court first had and obtained, for such price or prices and upon such terms as to them or the survivor of them may seem best, and they are hereby authorized and empowered to grant and convey the same to the purchaser or purchasers, his her or their heirs or assigns free from all liability for or on account of the application of the purchase money.
9 And lastly, I do hereby make and appoint the said Clayton Purness and Lawrence D. Willison as sole Executors of this my ladt Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all other Wills by me at anytime heretofore made, and ratifying and confirming this and no other, as and for my last Will and Testament: and I hereby direct that all the powers and discretions herein conferred uupon and given to my said Executors shall vest in the survivor of them or to the one who shall qualifly and act as such executor.
 In Testimoney Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this fifteenth day of February, in the year nineteen hundred and two.
      Andrew J. Willison  (seal)
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by Andrew J. Willison, 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 the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses at Frostburg, Maryland aforesaid.
 
    J., B. Oder,  Thomas J. Shea,  R. Mason Hill
 
State of Maryland
 Allegany County, to wit:  On the 22nd day of March, 1911, came Lawrence D. Willison, one of the Executors named in the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Andrew J. Willison, late of Allegany County, Maryland, deceased, and made oath in due form of law: that after the death of Andrew J. Willison, the testator,, he found the said Will among the private effects of the said testator, in the Citizens National Bank of Frostburg, Maryland, And the said Lawrence D. Willison, further made oath: that the aforegoing Instrument of Writing is the true whole last Will and Testament of the said Andrew J. Willison, deceased that hath come to his hands or possession, and does not know of any other Will and Testament of the deceased aforesaid. ________________________Test: Hervey W. Shuck
                                                                                                                                             Register of Wills
 
State of Maryland.
 Allegany County to wit:  On the 22nd day of March, 1911, came J. B. Oder, Thomas J. Shea, and R. Mason Hill, the three subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Andrew J. Willison, late of Allegany County, Maryland, deceased, and made oath in due form of law: that they did see Andrew J. Willison the testator, sign, seal said Will: that they heard him publish,m pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament: that at the time of so doing he was, to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, capable of executing a valid deed or contract, and that they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses thereto, at the request of Andrew J. Willison, the testator, in his presence and all in the presence of each other. _________
     Test: Hervey W. Shuck
      Register of Wills
Admitted to probate March 24th, 1911
 
~Genie
Posted August 3, 2012

WILLISON, Cornelius
 
In the name of God Amen. I Cornelius Willison of Allegany County and State of Maryland being in sound health, mind and memory but knowing the uncertainty of this life do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, ~
 I will and bequeath unto my Beloved Daughter Susanah Willison fifty acres of land call The Two Springs where my dwelling House now stands during her life and then it is my desire that my Beloved son John Willison have the foresaid fifty acres of land called The Two Springs to him and his heirs forever on his paying my Beloved son Richard Willison Ten Pounds Current money. ~
 I also give and bequeath to my Beloved daughter Susanna Willison the Bed and furniture I now lay on and then all the remaining part of my household furniture to be equally divided Between my beloved Daughter Susannah Willison and Grand-daughter[sic] Rachel Willison and my grand-daughter[sic] Rachel Willilson on Dark Bay Mare with a Bease face. ~
 I also give and bequeath to my Beloved daughter Susannah Willison the colt that came of my Beaze Mare. ~
 I also give and bequeath unto my beloved grand-daughter[sic] Rachael Willison my no horned heifer and my beloved daughter Susannah to have all the Remaining part of my Cattle.
 I also give and bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Sarah Crabtree five shillings current money in full of her part of my estate.
 Lastly I do hereby constitute ordain and appoint my Beloved Brother Jeremy Willison hole[sic] and sole Executor of this my last will & testament, hereby Revoking all former wills by me heretofore made allowing this only to be my last will and testament.
 In testimoney whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 20th day of March 1798. ~
 
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and               }
declared by the said Cornelius Willison to be             }
his last will and testament in the presence                }
of us who subscribed as witnesses at his request~       } Cornelius (his X mark) Willison  (seal)
  John (his X mark) *Slattings Sr.                                         }
  Edward (his X mark) Willison Sr                                         }
  Thomas Gassarray                                                              }
 
Allegany County October 25 1799.
 Then came Jeremiah Willison, Executor of the within will, and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that the within Instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of Cornelius Willison, late of Allegany County, Decd., that hath come to his hands or possession and that he doth not know of any other.
    Sworn before
     Thom. Cromwell,   Register  ~
 
Allegany County Ss, The 25 October 1799
 Then came John *Slattings Sr. and Edward Willison Sr. and on the 15th November 1799 came Thomas Gassarray the three subscribing witnesses to the within last will and testament of Cornelius Willison, late of Allegany County, Deceased, and severally  made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that they aforegoing[strike] 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 witness to this will in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other.
    Sworn Before me
     Thom. Cromwell,  Register
 
*could be Stallings
~Genie
Posted March 7, 2013

WILLISON, Jeremiah
 
I, Jeremiah Willison of the State of Maryland, Allegany County & the town of Cumberland, being of sound mind but weak in body, and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, do make ordain, constitute and confess this to be my last will and testament, revoking all others heretofore made.
 First, I resign my soul to the Almighty God who gave me being and it is my will I should be buried in a desent[sic] Christian manner and after my debts are paid I bequeath to my loveing[sic] wife Sera Willison all my estate both real and personal during her natural life, except hereinafter excepted, and to all my beloved children hereinafter named equally after her decease, William Willison, Charles Willison, Elisha Willison, John Willison, Ann Robinett and Rachel Connoway. ~
 It is my wish and will that George Willison Gantz shall have a lot in Brodhag's Addition to Cumberland known and distinguished on the plat of the said Town by number 17. ~
 In witness whereof I have hereunto signed, sealed and declared this to be my last will and testament in the presence of, on the nineteenth day of December in the year 1811. ~
  Signed, sealed and acknowledged after being read  }
                                 Thomas Thistle                                  } Jeremiah Willison  (seal)
                                 George Moore                                   }
                                 George Blocher                                 }
 
     February 1st 1812. ~
  Then came Thomas Thistle and George Moore, subscribing witnesses to the within will and made oath &c. that they did see the testator therein sign and seal this will, that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament and at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound, disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that they respectively subscribed their names to this will as witnesses 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

WILLISON, John
 
In the name of God, Amen, John Willison of Allegany County and[strike] in the 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 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 sould into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently[stirke] buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named and after my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows:
 First I givedevise and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Rachael Willison all my real and personal estate during her lifetime, then at and after her death I give and bequeath my real estate, that is to say, all my land in or adjoining the second division of the two Springs and where I now live on unto my loving son Moses Willison and to his heirs forever. ~ ~
 And my personal or moveable property after my wife's death I give and bequeath unto my dear beloved children that is to say, Catherine, Cipiah and Rachael Willison, to be equally divided among them so as they may have an equal share of it. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannull all and every other former wills and legacies, bequeaths, acts or rights by me in anyways before this time named, willed and bequeathed. ~ ~ ~
 In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this twenty seventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by              }
John Willison the above named testator, as             }
and for his last will and testament, in the               }
presence of us who at his request, in his presence   }       John Willison  (seal)
and in the presence of each other have sub-           }
scribed our names as witnesses thereto. ~             }
           Joseph Robinett ~ John Wilson                             }
  Levi Robinett    }
 
Allegany County Sct: February 16th 1822
 Then came Moses Willison and made oath &c. that the within instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of John Willison, late of Allegany County, decd., that hath come to his hands or possession and that he doth not know of any other.
    Sworn before, Charles Heck, Register
Allegany County Ss February 16th 1822.
 Then came Joseph Robinett, John Wilson and Levi Robinett, [two of[strike] the three subscribing witnesses to the within last will and testament of John Willison, late of Allegany County, dec^d., and severally made oath 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 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

WILSON, Hester A.
 
  In the name of God Amen. I Hester A. Wilson of Garrett County and State of Maryland being Sick and weak in body but of Sound mind 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 hand of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried buried[sic] at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named after my debts and funeral Charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows.
 I give and bequeath to my Brother A. I.  Wilson One dollar
I give and bequeath to my Brother J. H. Wilson One dollar I give and bequeath to my Sister Susan V. Davis wife of David Davis One dollar I give and bequeath to my Sister Elizabeth H. Welch wife of Denney Welch One dollar I give and bequeath to my Nephew J. W. Baker One dollar I give and bequeath to Nelson Baker One dollar
 I give and bequeath to my Sister Rachel I. Wilson my one half interest in one House and Two lots in the town of Keyser Mineral County West Va also my one Seventh part in the limestone Farm weheane[sic] Hiram Tasker now lives also all my interest in the Real estate of my Father Jonathan Wilson Deceased, in Garrett County Maryland also my personal property notes Bonds money &c and lastly I do hereby Constitute and appoint my Sister Rachel I. Wilson, to be Sole executrix 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 First day of June in the year 1880
Signed Sealed Published by the         }                  Hester A. Wilson  (seal)
above Hester A. Wilson as and for      }
her last Will and Testament in           } Witness
our Presence who at her request        } F. McRobie  (seal)
in her presence and in presence        } George M. Paugh  (seal)
of each other have hereto Set           }
our hands as Witnesses hereto         }
 
State of Maryland Garrett Cnty to wit:
 On this 19th day of July 1880 came Rachel I Wilson the Executrix named in the Last Will and Testament of Hester A. Wilson, late of Garrett County, deceased, and made oath in due form of law that the aforegoing instrument of writing is the true whole last Will and Testament of Hester A Wilson late of Garrett County, deceased, that has come to her hand or jpossession and that She does not know of any other.
   Test: W. H. Hagans Register
 
State of Maryland Garrett County, to Wit:
 On this 19th day of July 1880 came F. Mcrobie and George M. Paugh the Witnesses to the aforegoing Last Will and Testament of Hester A. Wilson late of Garrett County, deceased, and made oath in due form of law, that they did See Hester A. Wilson the Testatrix therein named sign and seal 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 apprehensions of Sound and disposing mind memory and understanding capable of executing a valid deed or contract and that they respectively Subscribed their names as witnesses to Said Will in the presence of and at the request of the Testatrix and also in the presence of each other.
    Test W. H. Hagans Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 1, 2013

WILT, John A.
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to-wit:
I, John A. Wilt of Garrett County, in the State of Maryland, do hereby make and decree this as and for my last will and testament, and I hereby revoke all former will by me made.
First: After the payment of my funeral expenses and all my just debts, if I have any, I devise, bequeath and give unto my beloved wife, Zelphia M. Wilt, all my property, real, personal and mixed, of which I may died, seized and possessed, or to which I may be any way entitled, to have, hold, use, occupy and enjoy for and during her natural life, or so long as she remains unmarried.
Second: Should my said wife re-marry then it is my will that my executor hereinafter named shall convert my whole estate into money, selling my real estate, which I hereby authorize and empower him to do, either at private or public sale as in his judgment may seem most advantageous and beneficial to those entitled to interests therein, and out of such money I direct that he shall pay into my said wife all such sum or sums as she may be entitled to under the laws of Maryland, and all the rest and residue thereof, I direct that my said executor shall distribute equally among my children, share and share alike, they being nine in number including himself.
Third: That should my said wife remain unmarried, then upon her death I give, devise and bequeath the whole of my estate unto my said nine children, and for the purpose of an equal division thereof among them, I hereby direct, authorize and empower my said executor to see my real and personal property, either at private or public sale, whichever he may deem to be to the best interest of those entitled to participate in the distribution thereof, and distribute the proceeds thereof, after paying the costs and expenses of administering my estate, equally among my said nine children, share and share alike.
Fourth: I do hereby constitute and appoint my son, Porter M. Wilt, sole executor of this my last will and testament.
 In witness whereof, I have hereunto signed my name and affixed my seal this 2 day of June in the year 1919.
 
                                                                        John A. Wilt   (seal)


Witness, H. E. Oss,
A. W. West


 The aforegoing will was signed, sealed, published and declared by John A. Wilt, the above named testator, as and for his last will and testament, in our presence, who at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto this 2 day of June, in the year 1919.
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to-wit:
 On this 10th day of January, 1925, came Porter M. Wilt and made oath in due form of law that the[sic] does not know of any Will or Codicil of John A. Wilt, late of Garrett County, deceased, other than the aforegoing instrument of writing and that he received same from the widow of John A. Wilt, on or about the 1st day of January 1925.
     Test: E. E. Friend,   Register
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to-wit:
On this 21st day of January, 1925, came A. W. West one of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and testament of John A. Wilt, 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 H. E. Oss 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
On this 7th day of February, 1925, came H. E. Oss....etc. etc.
     Test: E. E Friend,   Register
 
In the Orphans' Court for Garrett County:
 The Court, after having carefully examined the aforegoing last Will and testament of John A. Wilt, late of Garrett County, deceased, and also the evidence adduced as to tis validity, orders and decrees, this 10th day of February, 1925, that the same be admitted in this Court as the true and genuin last Will and testament of the said John A. Wilt, deceased.
     Test: E. E. Friend,    Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 7, 2013

WILT, Martha R.
 
In the name of God, Amen: I, Martha R. Wilt, of Garrett County in the State of Maryland, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding 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 this my last Will and testament, in manner and form following that is to say:
First. I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, the giver thereof
Second. I desire that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid as soon as possible after my death, and after the payment of the same, I give, devise and bequeath my estate, real and personal as follows:
I desire and so will that all my property real and person be equally divided among my twelve children as follows, Dora M. Wilt, Rosie M. Golden, Riley V. Wilt, Martha M. Rexroad, Noah H. Wilt, Charley S. Wilt, Mary E. Wilt, Osiel G. Wilt, George A. Wilt, Ivan R. Wilt, Grace M. Wilt, and Eliza A. Wilt, share and share alike. And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint Riley V. Wilt to be the sole Executor of this my last Will and testament.
 In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affix my seal this 18 day of July, 1925.
 
      Martha R. (her X mark) Wilt
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who, at her request, in her presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
 
     Witnesses:  Walter N. Welch
       J. L. McRobie
       Josiah G. Friend
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to-wit:
 On this 20th day of October, 1925, came Riley V. Wilt and made oath in due form of law that he does not know of any Will or Codicil of Martha R. Wilt, late of Garrett County, deceased, other than the aforegoing instrument of writing and that he received same from J. L. McRobie on or about the 18thd day of October, 1925.
 
On the 20th day of October, 1925 came J. L. McRobie, and on the 27th day of October, 1925, came Josiah G. Friend etc. etc.
On the 27th day of October, 1925, came Walter N. Welch etc. etc.
 
In the Orphans' Court for Garrett County:
 The Court, after having carefully examined the aforegoing last Will and testament of Martha R. Wilt, late of Garrett County, deceased, and also the evidence adduced as to its validity, orders and decrees, this 27th day of October, 1925, that the same be admitted in this Court as the true and genuine last Will and testament of the said Martha R. Wilt, deceased.
 
     Test: E. E. Friend,     Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 7, 2013

 

WILT, Michael
 

In the name of God Amen, I Michael Wilt of Alleghany[sic] County in the State of Maryland, being feeble and infirm 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,& 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 Executor hereinafter named and after my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follow: ~
 I give and bequeath to my son Henry, who is a son of Mary daughter of Peter Hovel (could be Novel, Norel or Horel) and was born prior to her marriage to Samuel Moore, all the personal property of every description and kind whatsoever that I now have or hold or own, or may hereafter have, own or acquire, to be his absolutely and entirely from and after my death, for his own exclusive use and benefit and disposition and control =
 And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend Henry Miller to be sole Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former will by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament. =
 In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty eighth day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty =


Signed, sealed, published and declared by }
Michael Wilt, the above named tes-           }
tator, as and for his last will and               } Michael (his X mark) Wilt (seal)
testament in the presence of us who at     }
his request, in his presence, & in the        }
presence of each other subscribed our      }
names as witnesses thereto =                     }
 Francis Thomas                                                 }
 James W. Ward                                               }
 Andrew Morris                                                }
 
  Maryland, Allegany County to wit:
 On the 15th day of November 1853, came Henry Miller, Executor of Michael Wilt, late of Allegany County, decd & made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that the above instrument of writing is the tue and whole will and testament of said deceased that hath come to his hands or possession, and that he doth not know of any other.
   Test ~ W. R. McCulley, Register
 
  Maryland, Allegany County to wit: ~
On the 15th day of November 1853, came James W. Ward, one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will & testament of Michael Wilt, decd and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that he did see the testator therein named sign and seal this will, and 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 apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that he subscribed his name as witness thereto in the jpresence and at the request of the testator = and that he did also see Francis Thomas and Andrew Morris, the other subscribing witnesses sign their names as witnesses to said will at the request of the testator, in his presence & all in presence of each other +
   Test ~ W. R. McCulley, Register
 
~Genie
Posted February 1, 2013

WINEBRENER, Arie (daughter of Reverdy Johnson Winebrenner)
 
 I, Arie Winebrener being of sound and disposing mind do hereby make, publish, and declare this as and for my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
 I direct my Executors to pay my just debts as soon after my death as possible.
 I direct my Executors to sell my real, personal and mixed property.
 I give and bequeath unto the Childrens' Aid Society of Frederick County, in memory of my mother, Annie L. Winebrener, the sum of Twenty-five ($25,000) Thousand Dollars to become a part of the Endowment Fund of Said Society, the income therefrom to be used only for the care of crippled children.
 I give and bequeath unto the Trustees of Mount Olivet Cemetery Company the sum of One Thousand Dollars, the income to be used for the care of our family lot.
 I give and bequeath unto the Evangelical Reformed Church of Frederick, Md., the sum of One Thousand Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto the Home for the Aged, Frederick, Md., the sum of One Thousand Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto the Trustees of the Frederick City Hospital Association, Frederick, Md., the sum of One Thousand Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto Ephraim B. Zimmerman, son of Clayton Zimmerman, the sum of Two Thousand Dollars.
 I give and bequeath to Cameron L. Hill, the sum of One Thousand Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto the Frederick County Brand of the American Red Cross, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto the Frederick County Tuberculosis Socety[sic] the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto the Salvation Army, Frederick Cop[sic], the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto F. Ross Myers, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto Benjamin L. Shuff, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto Eleanor Ritchie Winebrener, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto Carrie Eleanor Sappinton, the sum of One Thousand Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto Eleanor Tull, the sum of One Thousand Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto Etta Cramer, the sum of Two Hundred Dollars.
 I give and bequeath unto the Luthern[sic] Church, Utica, Maryland, the sum of Four Hundred Dollars.
 I give and bequeath to Kate Kaufman Dertzbaugh the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.
 All the rest and residue of my estate after the payment of my just debts, expenses and the above mentioned legacies, I give, devise and bequeath as follows: One-half to the Utica Luthern[sic] Church, at Utica, Maryland, in memory of my mother, Annie L. Winebrener, to become of the Endowment Fund, the income therefrom to be used for Foriegn[sic] Missions; the remaining half, I give and bequeath to the Glade Reformed Church at Walkersville, Md., in memory of my Father, Reverdy J. Winebrener, to become a part of the Endowment Fund, the income therefrom to be used for Foriegn[sic] Missions.
 It is my will and I so direct that should any of the above mentioned legatees predecease me, then I direct that the share or shares of those dying be and become a part of the residue of this my estate.
 I hereby constitute and appoint F. Ross Myers and Benjamin L. Shuff as the Executors of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other wills heretofore by me made and direct my said Executors to employ William M. Storm, Attorney, to assist them in the settlement of this my estate.
 In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 26th day of July 1941. 
                                                                                                                         
Arie Winebrener  (SEAL)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Testatrix, Arie Winebrener, as and for her Last Will and Testament, in the presnce[sic] of us, who at her request, in her presnce[sic] and all in the presence of each other do hereby sign our names as subscribing witnesses.
    Pearl V. Eader
    William M. Storm
17 October 1941
Roy L. Leatherman, Register of Wills for Frederick County.
Liber R.L.L. No. 1 Folio 202
Will Book, Frederick Co. MD.
[dod 8 October 1941]  
~Genie
Posted November 2, 2013

WINEBRENER, David Charles (Jr./II)
 
 I, D. Charles Winebrener, a resident of Frederick City, Frederick County, Maryland, do hereby make, publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament, and do hereby revoke and declare void any and all wills and testaments heretofore made by me.
 After the payment of all my just debts, I give, will, devise and bequeath my entire estate, real and personal, wheresoever situate, vested or contigent and including specifically my interest in the estate of my deceased uncle, the late Reverdy J. Winebrener, unto my two sons, David C. Winebrenner 3rd and Philip Ritchie Winebrener, share and share alike, to be their[sic] absolutely.
 I do hereby nominate and appoint my said two sons, David C. Winebrenner 3rd and Philip Ritchie Winebrener, to be the executors of this my last will and testament and do hereby exempt each of them from the necessity of furnishing bond.
 In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of April, Nineteen Hundred and Thirty Five. 
                                                                        
                                    D. Charles Winebrener (SEAL)

 Signed,
sealed, published and declared by the above named testator, D. Charles Winebrener as and for his last will and testament, And we, at his requeat, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

    G. M. Besant
    Ercelle M. Remsburg
 
Liber J.H.No. 1 Folio 511
Frederick Co., MD.  
~Genie
Posted November 2, 2013



 

WINEBRENNER, Christian (son of Phillip)
 
In the name of God, Amen
I Christian Winebrener[sic] of Frederick County in the State of Maryland do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say: After all my just debts and funeral expenses are fully paid I devise and bequeath as follows:
I give and bequeath to my dear Wife Phoebe Winebrener such of my personal property as plate, house hold[sic] and Kitchen funiture ad[sic] other personal effects about the premises where I now live, as she may select, and also my family horse and pheaton[sic:phaeton (carriage)]. ~
All the balance of my personal property not taken by my wife under the foregoing provision, together with all my real estate, I Authorize my Executor hereinafter named to sell as soon after my death as they shall deem most advantageous ad[sic] the proceeds of sale I devise and bequeath as follows, together with all the balance of my estate.
To my dear wife I give five thousand dollars.
To the children of my deceased son Geo. A. Winebrener, I give the sum of four hundred dollars each, they to be charged with the amounts of all notes I may hold against them or either of them at the time of my death. The amount of said notes shall be deducted from their said legacies respectively.
As my son Reverdy J. Winebrener has heretofore received from me about six thousand dollars more than the balance of my children, I give and bequeath to each of my children Margaret E. Getzendanner, David C. Winebrener, Harriet A. Fulton, and Emma B. Neidig, the sum of Six thousand dollars each, and all the rest and residue of my estate I will and direct shall be equally divided between my children Margaret E. Getzendanner, David C. Winebrener, Harriet A. Fulton, Reverdy J. Winebrener, ad[sic] Emma B. Neidig, share and share alike.
And lastly I do hereby appoint and constitute my sons David C. Winebrener and Reverdy J. Winebrener to be sole Executors of this my last will and testament revoking all former wills by me heretofore made ad[sic] 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 thirteenth day of July in the year eighteen hundred and eighty four.
                                                                                                                      Christian Winebrenner (seal)


signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Christian Winebrener to be his last Will and testament, in our presence, who, at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other have signed our names as Witnesses hereto.
  Milton G. Umer
  Adolphus Fearhake
  Lewis M. Zimmerman
 
Sworn on the 27th April 1891 by David C. Winebrener, Esq.
Proven on the 27th April 1891 by Milton G. Umer & Adolphus Fearhake, and on the 30th April 1891 by Lewis M. Zimmerman
Test: Hamilton Lindsay
Register of Wills for Frederick County
Admitted to probate 1 April[sic:May] 1891
George W. Shank
Geo. Koogle
Benj. G. Fitzhugh
Judges of the Orphans' Court  
~Genie
Posted October 26, 2013

WINEBRENNER, George W.
 
 I, GEORGE W. WINEBRENNER, of the city of Cumberland, County of Allegany, and State of Maryland, do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say:
 After the payment of all of my just debts and funeral expenses I give, devise and bequeath my estate as follows:
 FIRST.  I give, and bequeath to my wife, Mary Jane Winebrenner, the sum of twenty-five dollars per month payable monthly by my Executrix hereinafter named out of the money in the Commercial Savings Bank, which money shall be kept in said Bank by my Executrix during the life of the said Mary Jane Winebrenner.
 SECOND.  I give and bequeath to my three grandchildren, Wilbur E. Winebrenner of Youngstown, Ohio; Norene Shaw of Cumberland, Maryland and Maudella Handle of Cleveland, Ohio, or in case of the death of either of them to his or her heirs, all of the stock of the Commercial Savings Bank of Cumberland, Maryland, standing in my name, together with all dividends on said stock, but it is my express wish and desire and I so direct that said stock and said dividends shall not be given to the said Wilbur E. Winebrenner, Norene Shaw and Maudella Handle or their heirs until five years after my death.  I also give to my wife and my said three grandchildren my books and pictures to be equally divided between them.
 THIRD.  I give and bequeath to my daughter, Cora May Crawford, one dollar.  I give her no more because she has already received from me, considerable sums of money.
 FOURTH.  I give ande bequeath to my wife, Mary Jane Winebrenner all of my household and kitchen furniture.
 FIFTH.  I give and bequeath to my grandson, Wilbur E. Winebrenner, my gold watch and chain.
 SIXTH.  I give, devise and bequeath the dividends derived from my sixty-two shares of United States Moving Picture Corporation Stock and also the dividends from two hundred shares of Louisiana Mutual Oil Corporation Stock and also the dividends from thirty-five shares of Great Southern Producing and Refining Company Stock, to my daughter, Cora May Crawford and my grandson Wilbur E. Winebrenner, share and share alike and after the death of my daughter, the said Cora May Crawford, then I give and devise the said shares of stock equally to my three grandchildren, Wilbur E. Winebrenner, Norene Shaw and Maudella Handle, and I especially direct that said shares of stock hereinbefore mentioned, shall not be sold until after the death of my said daughter, Cora May Crawford.
 SEVENTH.  I give, devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my estate including all money in Bank not heretofore given and remaining after the death of my wife, Mary Jane Winebrenner, to my three grandchildren, Wilbur E. Winebrenner, Norene Shaw and Maudella Handle, share and share alike.
 EIGHTH.  I constitute and appoint my granddaughter, Norene Shaw of the City of Cumberland, Maryland, to be the Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament.
 IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this twenty-third day of May, Nineteen hundred and Twenty-three.
 
    George W. Winebrenner   (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 the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
 
    Alice J. Browning
    Ethel Walker
    F. Brooke Whiting
 
Last Will and Testament
of
George W. Winebrenner, deceased
 
This Will was on the 4th day of February, 1927, filed and sworn to as to custody by Norene Shaw, the Executrix named therein, who made oath in due form of law; that she received the said will from the hand of F. Brooke Whiting, attorney at law, of Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland, in whose office said will was filed for safe keeping by Geo. W. Winebrenner, the testator, on the 23rd day of May, 1923. And on the 4th day of February, 1927, said will was proven by Ethel Walker and F. Brooke Whiting, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto. And it was exhibited for probate and record and there being no objections filed nor any caveat entered thereto, said will was by the Orphans' Court on the 4th day of February, 1927, admitted to probate and record.
 Test. Hervey W. Shuck
  Register of Wills
 
Recorded Liber O. Folio 129&c
 
First and Final Account of
Norene Shaw, Executrix
of
George W. Winebrenner, deceased.
 
Filed and sworn to by the said Executrix this 22nd day of July, 1927.
Test. Hervey W. Shuck
 Register of Wills
 
Recorded Liber T. Folio 174&c
 
~Genie
Posted August 11, 2012

WINEBRENNER, Isaac
 
In the name of God amen.
I, Isaac Winebrenner of Allegany County in the State of Maryland being in perfect health of body and of sound and siposing 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 thence, do therefore make and publish this my last Will and testament in manner and form following to Wit 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 herein after named.
After all my debts and funeral charges are Paid,
First I give and bequath[sic] to my beloved son Morris Winebrenner and Lydia Winebrenner his wife all my personal Estate to be held by them as there[sic] own forever.
Lastly
I do hereby constitute and appoint my dear son Morris Winebrinner[sic] to be sole executor of this my last will and testament revoking and anulling[sic] all former Wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and testament.
In testamony[sic] thereof I hereto set my hand, and seal, this 19th day of February 1895

(signed) Isaac Winebrenner (seal)
 
Witnesses
Wm. H. Cook
William Logsdon
George Britt
~Genie
Posted June 9, 2012

WINEBRENNER, Isaac

The last will and testament of Isaac Winebrenner, late of Allegany county, deceased, was filed for probate and record.
April 9, 1895, The Cumberland Evening Times

WINEBRENNER, Isaac

Letters testamentary were granted to Morris Winebrenner upon the estate of Isaac Winebrenner, late of Allegany county, deceased.
Morris Winebrenner, executor of Isaac Winebrenner, late of Allegany county, deceased, file a certificate relating to the personal estate, and a list of debts due and owing to said deceased.
April 16, 1895, Cumberland Evening Times

 

WINEBRENNER, (Isaac) Lawrence W.

Widow Gets Estate
At today's session of the Orphans' Court, the will of [Isaac] Lawrence W. Winebrenner, Mt. Savage, who died April 22, was admitted to probate.
He named his widow, Mrs. Flora Blanche Winebrenner, as sole beneiciary and executrix.
Drawn March 25, 1946, the will was witnessed by Morgan C. Harris, Rose A. McCracken and Horace J. McCracken.
Cumberland Evening Times; 20 May 1947
Posted October 4, 2010
~Genie

WINEBRENNER, Jesse Wesley
(unprobated will)
 
I, Jesse Wesley Winebrenner of the County of Allegany and State of Maryland, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do hereby make, publish and declare, this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other will[sic] by me at any time made.
 
First:-
 I desire all just debts to be paid, if I shall owe any at my death, including the expenses incident to my last illness and funeral.
Second:-
 I will, devise and bequeath the following respectively as herein names:
 Th[sic] my beloved wife, Nettie Eliza Jeanette Winebrenner that piece and parcel of ground as definitely alluded to in the deed given by Conrad Lapp and Martha Lapp, his wife, to Jesse Wesley Winebrenner and Ida Winebrenner, his wife, said parcel of ground lying in rear of and alongside of plot of ground on which my dwelling stands.  Furthermore she is to have and to hold the kitchen-range and washmachine[sic] and all other household effects, with the exception of the Organ and the Parlor suit as hereinafter mentioned.
Then to Robert William Winebrenner, my son, I will, devise and bequeath That piece of real estate mentioned in deed contracted between Joseph Madden to Ida Winebrenner.
And - To May Loretta and Thelma Elizabeth Winebrenner, my daughters, I will, devise and bequeath that plot of ground mentioned in deed as originally deeded from the Union Mining Company to Jesse Winebrenner, my daughters also to have and to hold the Parlor suit and the Organ.
Thirdly:
 I hereby appoint and constitute Elmer Deffinbaugh as executor of this will, giving him full power to sell and dispose of and convey by proper converyance such estate both real and personal as occassion may call for, and having full confidence in his integrity, it is my will, and I so direct, that he be not required to give security as such executor, and I also desire that no appraisement or inventory of my estate be taken or recorded, and that the said executor be not required to make any settlement or accounting for such property and money as my[sic] be come into his hands hereunder.
     In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in this my residence in Corriganville, Allegahy[sic] County, Maryland on this the fourteenth day of November, A.D. 1929
 
     Jesse Wesley (his X mark) Winebrenner   (seal)
 
The Above instrument was this day signed and sealed by the above Jesse Wesley Winebrenner as and for his last will and testament at his residence in Corriganville, Allegany County, Maryland, in our presence and in the presence of both of us, and we, at his instance and request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, all being present at the same time, have hereunto set our hands in witness hereof on this fourteenth Day of November, A. D. 1929.
 
    Adolphus Wm Von Kaske  (seal)
    Joseph C. Corrigan  (seal)
 
      In the Orphans' Court of Allegany County.
In the Matter of the Estate of
Jesse Wesley Winebrenner.
 
To the Honorable, the Judges of said Court: I, Nettie Eliza Jeanette Winebrenner, to[sic] hereby waive the time in which I have a right to take under the law my share in the Estate of Jesse Wesley Winebrenner, as widow of said Winebrenner, and do hereby agree to accept the property devised to me in lieu of dower in said estate.
 
     Nettie Eliza Jeanette Winebrenner
 
November 28, 1929
Corrigansville, Md.
Paid Costs $5.00.
H.W.S
 
Widow private effects at home.
Corrigan  12/13/29.
Adolphus W, Von Kaske sworn 12/14/29 claims attendance
 
~Genie
Posted August 11, 2012



WINEBRENNER, Morris

HUMBERSTON, George ~ Letters of Administration for the Estate of
Dec. 13, 1849.
On the filing of the renunciation of Mrs. Hannah Winebrenner, Isaac Winebrenner and Morris Winebrenner, Letters of Administration were this day granted to George Humberston on the personal estate of Morris Winebrenner, late of Allegany County, deceased, - said Administrator having filed a bond in the sum of Six Hundred Dollars, with William Ward and Salem Humberston as securities, and taken and subscribed the requisite oaths of office.  William Ward and Henry Kreigbaum appointed Appraisers.
Test _ W. R. McCulley, Register
~Genie
Posted June 2, 2012

WINEBRENNER, Phebe [relict of Christian]
 
 I Phebe Winebrener[sic] of Frederick County in the State of Maryland do make ordain and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following To Wit:
  After my just debts and funeral expenses are paid, I give devise and bequeath as follows:
 
I give devise and bequeath unto Reverdy J. Winebrener the Sum of Two Hundred $200 dollars for the purpose of keeping the family graves at the Glade Reform Church in good repair and condition.

 
My will is and I do devise that all my property Real and Personal be Sold by my Executors hereinafter named and appointed as soon after my death as in their good judgment they deem it most advantageous and the proceeds of Such Sale of Sales together with any other property I may own at the time of my death to be equally divided among all my children per Stirpes and not per capita:

 
And Lastly I constitute my sons David C. Winebrener and Reverdy J. Winebrener to be Sole Executors of this my Last [will] and testament each to receive the Sum of Two hundred dollars making four hundred dollars to be Equally divided between them for their services.

 
I[sic] Testimony whereof I Phebe Winebrener have hereto Subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 14th day of February A.D. 1893.

    Phebe Winebrener  (seal)
 
Signed Sealed published and declared by Phebe Winebrener, the above named testatrix as and for her last will and testament in 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:
    D. C. Winebrener Jr.
    Hamilton Lindsay
 
Sworn on the 9th September 1893 by D. C. Winebrener
Proven on the 9th September 1893 by D. C. Winebrener Jr. and Hamilton Lindsay
Test: James K. Waters
Register of Wills For Frederick County
Admitted to Probate 11th September 1893
Bernard Colliflower }                             Judges
John R. Mills            }                             of the
Harrison Miller        }                      Orphans' Court
 
~Genie
Posted October 26, 2013

 

 

 

 

WINEBRENNER, Phillip (son of Johann Christian Weinbrenner, the immigrant)
 
In the name of God, Amen. I Phillip Winebrenner of Frederick County in the State of Maryland, being weak and infirm 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 and adjust my worldly affairs and be prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make, publish, pronounce & declare this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say: First and principally I Give my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the Earth to be decently buried by my friends. ~ And after my Just debts & funeral charges are paid, I Give devise and bequeath as follows, to wit... It is my will & I hereby order and direct that my Executors hereinafter named shall sell and dispose of my house and lot at present occupied by John Smith, Blacksmith, to the highest bidder at publick[sic] or private Sale and give deed or deeds of Conveyance for the same to the purchaser or purchasers thereof, and it is my will that my Negro man Daniel shall serve five years from the last day of next October which will be on the thirtieth day of October Eighteen hundred and forty six, and it is my will & I hereby order & direct that said Daniel shall then be free and manumitted, and it is my will that said Negro Daniel shall serve either my son Christian or my son in law Ezra Cramer, which ever one will allow the highest price for him from the time of my death to the aforesaid time of his freedom which will be on the thirtieth day of October Eighteen hundred and forty six. ~ And it is further my will that my said Executors sell all my personal property at publick[sic] sale and out of the proceeds pay all my Just debts and funeral expenses. And I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Winebrenner Six hundred dollars Current money. ~
I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary wife of Ezra Cramer Seventeen hundred dollars Current money. ~
I give and bequeath to my son John Winebrenner twelve hundred dollars current money.
I give & bequeath unto my son Christian Winebrenner fifteen hundred dollars current money. ~
I give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Catherine Daughter of my son Jacob one hundred dollars current money. ~
And the rest and residue of my Estate real and personal, I give, devise and bequeath to my three sons, Jacob, John & Christian aforenamed and my Daughter Mary also aforenamed equal portion and share alike to their heirs or assigns. ~
And Lastly, I do hereby Constitute and appoint my son Christian & my son in law Ezra Cramer both aforenamed to be my Executors of this my last will and testament, revoking and annuling[sic] 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 hereunto subscribe my name and affix my seal this 22nd day of January 1841. ~ 
  
                                                                       
                                                  Phillip (his X mark) Winebrenner (seal)
 
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced & declared by Phillip   }
Winebrenner the above named testator as & for his               }
last will & testament in the presence of us, who at his            }
request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other    }
have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. ~               }
Geo. Riner, Frederick Barrick, John W. Barrick                                  }
 
Sworn on 27 December 1841 by George Riner
Proven on 27 December 1841 by George Riner & John W. Barrick
Test: G. M. Eichelberger, Regr.
 
~Genie
Posted October 26, 2013 

 

 

 

 
WINEBRENNER, Reverdy Johnson
 
 I Reverdy J. Winebrenner, of Frederick County, State of Maryland, do hereby make, ordain, publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament, in manner and form following to-wit:-
 After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, I give, devise and bequeath as follows:-
 I give and bequeath to the Glade Church, a body corporate of the State of Maryland, in Fredeick County, the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) absolutely, free from all trusts, recommending and believing, however, that said corporation will use the same for the purpose for of providing for the perpetual care or keeping in good order and condition the graveyard or cemetery of said Church, located at the site of the old Church at what is known as "The Glade", in Frederick County, Maryland.
 I give and bequeath to my wife, Annie Winebrenner, the sum of Six Hundred Dollars ($600.00) per annum during the term of her natural life, to be paid her annually out of my estate.
 All the rest and residue of my estate, real, personal and mixed, wheresoever situate, lying or being, and whether in possession or expectancy, I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, Arie Winebrenner, for and during the term of her natural life, and at her death, I give, devise and bequeath said rest and residue of my estate as follows:-
 A one-fourth part or portion thereof to my nephew, D. Charles Winebrenner, son of my deceased brother, David C. Winebrenner, and the other four-fifths thereof to such persons as, under the then existing laws of the State of Maryland, would by my next kin had I died intestate at the time of the death of my said daughter, excluding however, the issue and descendants of my said deceased brother, David C. Winebrenner, said next of kin to take and be entitled to participate in said rest and residue of my estate in the same manner and in the same proportion as the then laws of the State of Maryland shall provide.
 My eldest brother, George A. Winebrenner, a brother of the half blood, is now deceased, as is also my brother David C. Winebrenner. My sister, Margaret E., was the wife of Daniel Getzendanner, my sister, Harriet A., was the wife of Charles Henry Fulton, and my sister, Emma B., was the wife of William C. Neidig. I make the above provision because I desire my nephew, D. Charles Winebrenner, to have the one-fifth share of my estate which his fater[sic] would have been given by me had he survived my daughter. I advise my said daughter and others interested in my estate to make no effort to sell any of the real estate which I may die seized and possessed during the life time of my said daughter, believing that it will be to the interest and advantage of all persons interested in my estate not to have said real estate sold during the lifetime of my said daughter.
 Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my said daughter, Arie Winebrenner, to be executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. And I do hereby request that my said daughter shall be excused from the necessity of giving bond for the faithful performance of her trust.
 IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I  have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 18th day of February, in the year Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-four.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by              }
the testator, as and for his last will and                  }             Reverdy J. Winebrenner  (seal)
testament, in our presence, who, in his presence,  }
at his request, and in the presence of                     }
each other, have hereunto subscribed our              }
names as witnesses.                                                       }
     Eleanora V. Eader
     John S. Newman
Russell E. Lighter, Register of Wills for Frederick County
(Filed September 19, 1927)
 
I, Annie Winebrenner, widow of Reverdy J. Winebrenner, late of Frederick County, Maryland, deceased, do hereby renounce and quit all claim to any bequest or devise made to me by the last will and testament of my husband, exhibited and proven according to law; and I elect to take in lieu thereof my legal share of both real and personal estate of my said husband.
 Witness my hand and seal this 23rd day of June, in the year Nineteen Hundred and Twenty- seven.
Witness: C. Albert Gilson  Annie Winebrenner  (seal)
 
Recorded 24 June 1927
Russell E. Lighter, Register of Wills for Frederick Co.
Will Record G.E.S. No.2, folio 215;Frederick Co., MD.
[dod 20/29 May 1927]
 
~Genie
Posted November 2, 2013


These parcels of land were all adjacent to the property already owned by Reverdy J. Winebrenner
Deed dated 21 May 1868
Paid $20000 to (father) Christian Winebrenner & wife Phebe
193 acres 3 roods 17 sq. perches and 63 acres 1 rood 25 sq. perches (Mackey's Luck in Mt. Pleasand Dist)
Liber No.C.M. No.2, folio 135 &c Recorded 25 June 1868
Self Defence (Woodsboro Dist) & Monocacy Manor (Walkersville)
Frederick Co., MD

2 April 1881 he also purchased a parcel adjacent to his land of 133 acres, 2 roods, 4 sq perches for $1935.28 from Lewis P. Ramsburg and Julia Ann C. Ramsburg his wife.
Liber A.F., No. 3, folio 225 &c
Frederick Co., MD.

20 February 1884 Reverdy J. Winebrenner purchased 196 acres, one rood & 38 sq. perches of land from Christian Winebrenner & wife Phebe, granted to Christian by father Philip Winebrenner (25 Nov 1835; Liber H.S. No.1, folios 164, 165, & 166); part purchased by deed to Christian Winebrenner by David F. Dorcus & wife (3 April 1865;
Liber J.W.L.C. No. 2, folio 471.

Parcels described are "Monacacy Manor" & "Self Defense" situate leading from Devilbliss' Bridge to Israel Creek Church
Paid $20,000.
Recorded 20 February 1884 in the Lands Records of Frederick Co. Md
Test: Adolphus Fearhake


 

 

 

WINTERS, George

ALLEGANY COUNTY WILLS: PAGE 49, 6-7-1832 GEORGE WINTER ESTATE, VALENTINE HOFFMAN ADMINISTRATOR, SIXTH ACCOUNT.
ELEANOR WIFE OF JOHN MATTINGLY, FORMERLY ELEANOR WINTER WIFE OF DECEASED, ONE THIRD SHARE, EQUAL SHARES TO GEORGE WINTER, JACOB WINTER, JOHN WINTER, ADAM WINTER, MARY WIFE OF JOHN FAIR, CHRISTIANA WIFE OF JAMES LANCASTER, CATHERINE WIFE OF JESSE MCKENSIE, ELIZABETH WIFE OF JOSHUA MCKENSIE, MARGARET WIFE OF JOHN ROBINSON, SUSAN WIFE OF DANIEL O'BRIEN, JULIANNA WIFE OF JOHN M. PORTER, ANN WIFE OF SAMUEL PORTER.
 
PAGE 143, 11-18-1836 GEORGE WINTER ESTATE, VALENTINE HOFFMAN ADMISTRATOR,
SEVENTH ACCOUNTING.
ELEANOR WIFE OF JOHN MATTINGLY, GEORGE WINTER JR, JACOB
WINTER, JOHN WINTER, ADAM WINTER, MARY WIFE OF JOHN FAIR, CHRISTIANA WIFE OF JAMES LANCASTER, CATHERINE WIFE OF JESSE MCKENSIE, ELIZABETH WIFE OF JOSHUA MCKENSIE, SUSAN WIFE OF DANIEL OBRIEN, JULIANNA WIFE OF JOHN M. PORTER, ANN WIFE OF SAMUEL S. PORTER AND THE HEIRS OF MARGARET WIFE OF JOHN ROBOSSON, WILLIAM ROBOSSSON, GEORGE ROBOSSON, MORGAN ROBOSSON, MARY, WIFE OF ANDREW MERRILL, BARBARA WIFE OF URIAH CROSS AND ELEANOR ROBINSON.
(Courtesy of Dick Koch)
Posted July 6, 2013

 

WOLF, John A.
 
      Oakland, Md. March 22nd 1923
I, John A. Wolf, of Oakland Garrett County Maryland, This Twenty Second Day of March, Nineteen Hunrdred and Twenty Three. Make My Will and Testament, and appoint Robert Lee Wolf, Executor in full charge. He is to pay for Funeral, which is not to exceed One Hundred Dollars, including cost of digging My Grave and Funeral Mass. Grave is to be located on South Corner of Lot One and One Half, He is to have full charge of Grave and Lot One and One Half. Any Member of the Family can be buried on this Lot is They so desire. East of Oakland along the State Road between Oakland and Mountain Lake Park, adjoining the H. Weber Estate, Lot Sie. Fifty Feet by One Hundred Eighty Seven feet. and and[sic] Option on nex Lot. Size. Fifty feet. By Eighty Five feet more or less I leave to Robert Lee Wolf. All mu Furniture I leave to Mrs. Rose Shaffer. If the Two Sauerwald boys (My Grands Sons) Learn My Trade. (Carpentering) I leave Them My Tools, or such as Robert Lee Wolf should want. One Ink Stand which My Father made in 1859, I leave to Robert Lee Wolf. My Watch I leave to Mrs. Theressa Martin. Watch Chain I leave to James Shaffer. My Writing Desk, I leave to Bertha Sauerwald. Lunch Box and Hand Tool box, which I made on Board Ship. The Alous, while in Dry Dock at Fort McHenry. in 1920. I leave to Robert Lee Wolf. also a Saber, which belonged to My Father Rochs Wolf. (Presented to Him in the Spring of 1848. By King Ludwig of Bavaria, when discharged from the Army for Six Years service. This Saber done service in the Revulution[sic] in the Fall of 1848, under General Sigel. My Father was Company Comander[sic] in the Civil War 1861 to 1865. At the breaking out of this war in 1861. He drilled the First Company of Soldiers for the State of Maryland: of which He was Captian[sic] and Harry Gilmore was Lieutanant[sic] One Night the whole Company Deserted and went South. Harry Gilmore became Captain. This is the history of The Saber) I leave to Robert Lee Wolf. One set of hand made Drawing Tools made Complete with Compass in 1778 which belonged to My Grandfather Augustine Wolf, and brought to this Country from Bavaria, I leave to Robert Lee Wolf. One Diamond Glass Cutter. Garden Tools. Mason and Plaster Tools I leave to Joseph T. Wolf. To each one of My Children I leave One Dollar. This is My First and Last Testament.
 
    Signature John A. Wolf
     Date March 22 1923
 
Witnesses:
J. R. Murphy
R. S. Browning
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to wit:
On this 5 day of February, 1924, came Robert L. Wolf and made oath in due form of law that the[sic] does not know of any Will or Codicil of John A. Wolf, late of Garrett County, deceased, other than the aforegoing instrument of writing and that he received same from testators private papers on or about the 25th of January, 1924
    Test: E. E. Friend, Register
 
State of Maryland, Garrett County, to-wit:
On this 11th day of February, 1924, came J. R. Murphy and R. S. Browning the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last Will and testament of John A. Wolf, late of Garrett County, deceased, and made oath in due for of law that they did see the testator sign 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;.......etc. etc.

 
~Genie
Posted March 1, 2013

 

WOODEN, William
 
In the Name of God, Amen I William Wooden of Allegany County in 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 do therefor make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form 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 Just debts and funeral Charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows:
Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved and lawful wife Sally Wooden all my real and personal Estate consisting of Lands Houses and Household implements of every description &c during her life and widowhood but in case she should marry or at her death I then give and bequeath all my estate that I left in my wife Sally Woodens hands real and personal of every description to be equally divided among my three daughters Nancy Yeast Sally Yeast and Elizabeth Boulden to them their heirs and assigns forever in equal Portions share and share alike.
And lastly I do hereby appoint and constitute my wife sally[sic] wooden[sic] to be the Executrix of this my last will and testament
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty seventh day of April in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty two
Signed Sealed published and declared by )
William Wooden as and for his last will    (            William (his X mark) Wooden  (seal)
and testament in the presence of us in    )
his presence and in the presence of        (
each other have subscribed our names   )
as witnesses Hearto[sic]  Isaac Beall         (
Sarah Yeast  Peter Yeast                           )
     Allegany County to wit:
 On the 14th day of January 1835 then came Mrs. Sally Wooden and made oath on the Holy evangely of Almight God that the foregoing instrument of writing is the true whole will and testament of William Wooden late of Allegany County deceased that hath come to her hands and possession and that she doth not know of any other
     Test Charles Heck Register
 
     Allegany County to wit
 On the 14th day of January 1835 then came Isaac Beall Sarah Yeast and Peter Yeast the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of William Wooden late of Allegany County deceased and made oath 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 best of their apprehensions of sound disposing mind memory and understanding and they they respectively subscribed their Names as Witnesses to this will in the presence......etc.
 
~Genie
Posted July 20, 2012
 

 

WORKMAN, Andrew
 
In the name of God, I being weak in body but of perfect understanding, do constitute this my last will and testament. ~
N. B. I do resign and make over personable property and of all goods and Cattle to my wife Margaret, as witness my hand and seal this _____1811.
I do appoint my son William Workman and my wife to be Axecutors asecut[sic] over the astate[sic] of my propertyes[sic]. ~
I do order that William shall give to Peter and Christina and Caty divided fifty dollars, and the other hundred dollars to be divided between Eleanor and Andrew my youngest son. ~ I further command that Andrew shall have good schooling. ~ I have nothing to make to Hester Sisler or Dean Buskirk as they are deceased if their heirs shall lay claim then shall William Workman pay their lawful fee, or if any shall come to lay claim that is not mentioned in this within will they shall have what the law allows them, none of the heirs mentioned in this will shall distress or all for any part of the hundred and fifty dos. till four years from the date thereof, September 20~ 1811.
Test: Philip Merrill }
 Caleb Merten } Andrew Workman
 William Workman }
 
Then came William Workman and duly affirmed &c that the above Instrument of writing is the true and whole will of Andrew Workman, late of Allegany County, decd., that hath come to his hands or possession.
  Sworn before
    Geo. Bruce, Register.
Maryland, Allegany County, Sct:
 October 31st 1812. Then came Philip Merrill & William Workman two of the subscribing witnesses to the above last will and testament of Andrew Workman, late of Allegany County, decd., and severally affirmed that they did see the testator therein named sign 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 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
    Geo. Bruce, Register
 
~Genie
Posted March 16, 2013

 

 

WRIGHT, Henry
 
I, Henry Wright, of Grahamton[sic], near Frostburg, in Allegany County, Maryland, do hereby make, publish and declare this and none other to be my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby give, devise and bequeath all my estate, real, personal and mixed - whatever, and wherever the same may be, unto my wife, Annie Wright, but if my said wife should marry after my death, I direct that on her re-marriage she shall take and be allowed only what she would take and be allowed as my widow, and the balance shall go to my children already born and to be born.  I direct my said wife, Annie Wright, to be my Executrix of this my last Will and Testament, and I do also direct that she shall pay the costs of administration so that the Orphans' Court will not ask for any bond as I direct that no bond shall be required.  Witness my hand and seal on this 20th day of August, 1903, A.D.
 
     Henry Wright.   (seal)
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by Henry Wright, 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, we the undersigned have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
 
     W. W. Wiley,   John Barber,   J. Semmes Bevecmon.
 
State of Maryland.
Allegany County to wit:  On the 11th day of September, 1911, came Annie Wright, the Executrix named in the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Henry Wright, late of Allegany County, Maryland, deceased, and made oath in due form of law: that she received the said Will for safe keeping from the hand of Henry Wright, the testator, on the 20th day of August, 1903, And the said Annie Wright, further made oath: that the aforegoing Instrument of Writing is the true whole last Will and Testament of the said Henry Wright, deceased, that hath come to her hand or possession, and does not know of any other Will and Testament of the deceased aforesaid. ____
              Test: Hervey W. Shuck

                      Register of Wills
 
State of Maryland,
Allegany County to wit:  On the 12th day of September, 1911, came W,. W. Wiley, and J. Semmes Devecmon, two of the subscribing withnesses to the aforegoing last Will and Testament of Henry Wright, late of Allegany County, Maryland, deceased, and made oath in due form of law: that they did see Henry Wright,m the testator, sign and seal said Will: that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament: that at the time of so doing he was, to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, capable of executing a valid deed or contract, and that they, together, with John Barber, the second subscribing witness thereof, respectively subscribed their names as witnesses thereto, at the request of Henry Wright, the testator, in his presence, and all in the presence of each other.__________________
                  Test: Hervey W. Shuck

                            Register of Wills
 
Admitted to probate September 12th, 1911
 
~Genie
Posted July 21, 2012
 

 

WRIGHT, William
 
In the name of God, Amen. I William Wright of Allegany County in the State of Maryland, being in impaired health of body, but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the uncertainty of life, and in order that I may be the better prepared to leave this world whenever it shall please God to call me hence, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:
 In the first place I commend my spirit to the keeping of its merciful author and my body I commit to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named; and as to my worldly estate I give and dispose of the same as follows:
 First ~ I give and devise to my wife Susan the one third part of the rents and jprofits of all my real estate wherever the same may be situated during her natural life; and to her I give and bequeath further the one third of all my personal estate after all my just debts shall have been paid. ~~
 Secondly ~ To my daughter Sarah I give and devise in fee simple two undivided fifth parts of and in the farm or plantation on which I reside. ~
 Thirdly ~ To my daughter Susan I give and devise in fee simple one undivided fifth part of the farm on which I reside. ~
 Fourthly ~ To my grand-son[sic] James Jones Englar(?) I give and devise one undivided fifth part of share of and in the said farm on which I reside, in fee simple. ~
 Fifthly ~ To my grand-daughter[sic] Mary Lizzie Rizer I give and devise, in fee simple, the remaining one undeivided fifth part of and in the farm on which I reside. ~ ~
 Sixthly ~ To my said daughter Sarah Wright I further give and devise during her natural life the Farm which I own near Fredericktown in Frederick County in this State; and from and after her death I give and devise the said Farm near Fredericktown in fee simple to my said daughter Susan Wright. ~
 Seventhly To my son Thomas W. Wright I give and devise the parcel of land containing Fifty acres situated in Monroe County in the State of Ohio, which said fifty acres of land were conveyed to me by Ejphrain Griffith and Jane, his wife, by deed bearing date on the 24th day of March 1851, and recorded in Volume 11 page 373 of the Land Records of said Monroe County: Provided nevertheless, that the said Thomas W. Wright, my son, shall merely enjoy the use of the said parcel of land during his natural life, but shall have no power to sell the same, and at his death the said fifty acres of land shall become the property of his children, share and share alike. ~
 Eighthly ~ To my said daughter Sarah I further give and devise my negro woman named Lucy, who is a slave for life, together with all the real and residue of my personal estate of every kind and description, absolutely as her own property.
 Ninthly ~ I will and direct that the House and lot of ground which I own in the city of Cumberland, shall be sold by my Executor hereinafter named at public or private sale as he shall think best, and he shall distribute the proceeds of such sale equally among my daughter Sarah, my daughter Susan, my grand-son[sic] James Jones Englar and my said grand-daughter[sic] Mary Lizzie Rizer, share and share alike..~
 Tenthly ~ It is my will and I hereby direct that whenever at any time my said daughters Sarah and Susan, and the Executor of this my last will, can effect an advantageous sale of the Farm and Coal property on which I now reside, they shall do so, and the said Executor is hereby fully authorized and empowered to unite in making such a sale,m with full power and authorized to convey in fee [simple] by deed to the purchasers thereof the said one undeivided fifth part of said farm hereinbefore devised to the said James Jones Englar, and the siad one undivided fifth part thereof hereinbefore devised to the said Mary Lizzie Rizer. ~
 And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint Josiah Englar of the City of Cumberland the sole Executor of this my will, hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me at any time made, and declaring this and none other to be my last will and testament., ~
 In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 22nd day of December A.D. 1856.  ~
Signed, Sealed, published and declared                  }
by William Wright, the above named testator          }
as and for his last will and testament, in                 }
our presence, who at his request and in his             }   William Wright (seal)
presence and in the presence of each other have     }
subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.              }
 Jos. T. Getzendanner                                                       }
 Valentine Wright                                                              }
 James Smith                                                                    }
 
   Maryland, Allegany County, Sct.
On the 27th day of January 1857 came Josiah Englar Executor and solemnly, sincerely[sic] and truly affirmed and declared that the aforegoing Instrument of writing is the true and whole will and testament of William Wright, late of Allegany County, deceased, that hath come to his sight and knowledge, and that he doth not know of any other.
    Test ~ W. R. McCulley, Regr
 
   Maryland, Allegany County, Sct:
On the 27th day of January 1857, came Jos. T. Getzendanner and Valentine Wright, two of the subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will and testament of William Wright, late of Allegany County, decd. and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein named sign and seal said 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 subscribed their names as witnesses to said will in the presence and at the request of the testator, and that they did also see James Smith, the other subscribing witness, sign his name as a witness to said Will at the request of the testator, in his presence and all in the presence of each other.
 
    Test ~ W. R. McCulley, Regr.
 
   State of Maryland, Allegany County, Ss:
On this 17th day of February in the year Eighteen hundred and fifty seven, before me the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace of the State of Maryland in and for Allegany County, personally appeared James Smith and Susan Wright, two credible residents of the said County, who being by me duly sworn according to law severally depose and say, that on the 22nd day of December 1856, William Wright, late of said County, deceased, made and executed his last will and testament in writing, which said last will and testament has been duly admitted to probate in the Orphans Court of said County; that when the said deceased was about to execute the same, and when he gave the said Smith instructions as to the manner in which the deceased desired to dispose of his property in anticipation of his death, he the said deceased mentioned his safe with its contents, and gave the same to his daughter Sarah Wright, stating at the same time that he had the fullest confidence in her discretion and that she would make no other than a proper use of the same; that the said safe was then in a room adjoining the one in which the deceased was then reclining on his bed, and a door communicated between the said two rooms, and that the said safe there contained the money, certificates of stock and other valuable papers of the said deceased; and that said gift of the said safe and its contents was made about three hours before the said deceased executed his said last will. And the said Susan Wright further deposeth and saith that on Monday the 8th day of December 1856, the said William Wright being then very sick and anticipating his Death, but still able to walk about his room and from one room to the other, with his own hand took the key of the said safe from the Drawer of his bureau and after placing all his notes, certificates of stock and other valuable papers in the said safe, which also contained his money, and delivered the said key of said safe to his daughter the said Susan Wright, and that she the said Susan was then present, and her father the said William Wright - requested her the said Susan to bear witness that he the said William then gave the safe with all its contents to the said Sarah as an absolute gift, and that the said safe and its contents were henceforth to be considered the property of the said Sarah. ~ ~ ~
 Sworn and subscribed before me the } James Smith (seal)
 Day and year first above written.        } Susan Wright (seal)
  J. B. Widener, J. P.  }
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The original withdrawn by J. Englar, Exec., of Wm Wrightm, Decd.. May 25, 1857
   Test ~ W. R. McCulley, Regr.
 
~Genie
Posted February 1, 2013

 

 


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