Last Will and Testament of Philip Dreisbach
submitted by Jeanne Finley
The last will and Testament of Philip Dresisbach of the Town and County of Schoharie. I Philip Dreisbach in view of the uncertainty of life, and being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and Testament, in the manner following that is to say.
First. I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsy, the wife of Jacob L. Lawyer and to her heirs and assigns, the sum of one Hundred Dollars, to be paid within three month after my decease, and I hereby order that the payment thereof shall be a charge on the real estate hereinafter devised to my Grand Son, Jacob Lawyer Dreisbach.
Second. I give, devise and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Rebecca Dreisbach, the Daughter of my son, Adam Dreisbach, and to her heirs and assigns Forever, one acre of land, on the south side of the Schoharie road, on which the House and stable stand, where Abraham Ellis now lives, and to be bounded as follows, Northerly by the old Schoharie road, Easterly by the land of Peter Mann, Westerly by the land and so far Southerly, as to make an acre of land.
Third. To my Grand son, Jacob Lawyer Dreisbach, and to his heirs and assigns I give devise and bequeath, all my real and personal estate (Except as herein before devised to my Grand Daughter Rebecca) whereso, the same may be. Subject however to the legacy hereinbefore bequeathed and the payment, of all my just debts, and subject however to the comfortable support, and maintainance of my son Adam Dreisbach, and his wife Rebeca, for and during their natural lives, such support and maintainence, to be furnished and provided by, for them, out of my said Estate, as shall or may be required for their comfortable subsistence, wich said support and maintainence, together with all proper care, and Medical attendance for them, I hereby expressly order and declare, shall be a charge and lien, on the Real estate, herein devised to my Grand son Jacob Lawyer Dreisbach, but in case the said Rebeca, the wife of my son Adam, shall survive her, said husband then, and in such case, the provision herein made for her support and maintainance is to continue no longer as she shall remain his widdow; and no longer, and in case of her mariage then and in such case the said provision is to cease.
Fourth. It is my will and order, that if my Grand daughter Rebecca, should get married, then she is to have a decent out set, of House furniture, and if in case, she should remain single, then she is to have her maintainance and support out of my said Estate, as long as she remains unmarried and no longer.
Fifth I hereby constitute and appoint my said Grand son, Jacob Lawyer Dreisbach, Executor of this my last will and Testament hereby Revoking all former wills and Testaments by me heretofore made, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twenty-third day of June one thousand Eight-Hundred and forty-nine.
Philip Dreisbach, S.S.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the Testator to be his last will and Testament, in the presence of us who have at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of Each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses.
John Enders of the town of Schoharie
Harmanus Vroman of the Town Schoharie