Will and Last Testament of George Burkhard
Cumru Township, Berks County, PA
In the Name of the Trinity of God.
Burkhard living in Cumru Township Berks County Province Penn being now
old and weak and the grave and the eternity nigh. So I am making now
herewith my last will and testament known on this day as th sixth Sept.
in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty three. So
I bequeath and give over my body to the earth and of my soul I command
to my God who hath given it. So is this my last of ernest will by good
understandin to my kind leaving children and heirs that when the Lord
called me out of hell to eternity so shall my children and heirs bury me
honest and Christly in the earth and pay the cost of my leaving behind
and pay all debts so I am rightly indebted and also demand all debts so
I have in right to demand.
So is this my last of ernest will that after my death all my estate
plantation personal goods and all which I leave behind after my death
shall be divided in equal shares to my behind leaving children and heirs
namely CATHERINE and SEBASTIAN, ANDREAS, GEORGE and BARBARA five in
number. All those shall go equal of all I leave behind after my death.
Should I now die before the bargain is out so I made for five years with
my son in law JACOB STICKLER so shall my son in law give yearly eight
pounds rent good lawful money of Penna till the five years are ended and
this shall JACOB STICKLER as son in law be behind in his legacy in
eternity of my daughter as his wife further is this my will that after
my death and the said years with my plantation are ended so shall my
children and heirs sell or rent away the plantation as they find good
and divide the same rightly and in peace among them all I leave behind.
If I should die by the will of God before the rent with my son in law
are out so shall he JACOB STICKLER my son in law pay yearly eight pounds
as is mentioned till the lease years are out and of this said rent shall
my son in law JACOB STICKLER also again go in share in his legacy.
Now for the performing of the righting of this my last will and
testament and for good after my death I put as executor my good son
ANDREAS BURKHART and HENRY ZIMMER. Those two executors shall bring all
to right after my death agreeable to the written will now that this my
last will and testament made by good understanding and of good thinking
this I acknowledge and witness with my own hand and seal by witnesses
the sixth day of September one thousand seven hundred and eighty three.
15, 1784 Henry Zimmer signed a paper to renounce and refuse to take on
the burden of being the executor and gave the responsibility to Andrew
papers mentioned the following people to whom debts were paid or
David Punzius (?)
Samuel Kachel (Kunkel?)
Ursula Rapin -Wilto deceased (?)
John Mosser (?)
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