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Last Will and Testament of Gabriel Pontius of Donegal Township, Butler County, OH


Transcribed from a copy of the original by Heather Greenway



I Gabriel Pontious, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory thank God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form of all my personal estate in the following manner.  First, I give and bequeath to my son, Solomon Pontious, the sum of seventy eight dollars (78$).  This sum the said Solomon Pontious has received.  Second, I give and bequeath to my son, John Pontious, the sum of Four hundred and seven dollars (407$).  This sum the said John Pontious has also received.  I will that all my just debts as shall be by me owing at my death, together with funeral expenses and all charges touching the proving of or otherwise concerning this my will, shall in first place out of my personal estate and effects be fully paid and satisfied and from and after payment thereof then my will is that all the residue of my goods, stock, chattels, merchandise and household furniture shall be appraised and after such appraisement, made that the same shall be equally divided among my other five (5) children namely, Elizabeth Ellenbarger, William Pontious, Pheby Swatslander, Polly Wiles heirs, Cathrine Barnhartís heirs.  I make and ordain Richard Wiles executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this tenth day of August Eighteen hundred and sixty eight (1868)


Gabriel Pontious