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Will of George Pontius of Pickaway County, Ohio


Will of George Pontius O-1766


In the name of God, Amen.  I George Pontius of Pickaway County in the state of Ohio considering the uncertainty of this life, and that it is appointed for all men once to die, being of sound and perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God therefor, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit.


Principally and first of all, I recommend my immortal soul into the hands of God who gave it and my body to the earth to burial in a decent and Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors herein after named and as to each worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same as follows, to wit. 


1st It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and satisfied out of my estate, by my executors.


2nd I give and devise to each of my children to wit, George, Samuel, Daniel, Coonrod, Betsey, Catherine and Margaret, one quarter section of land, for which they have deeds in fee simple.


3rd It is my will that all the residue of my estate both real and personal be sold by my executors, for cash or on a credit as they may think most expedient, and that as soon as my executors shall have collected all the money therefor it is my will that they distribute the same equally amongst all my above named children except so much as hereinafter excepted.


4th It is my will if my dear wife Dorothea remains a widow, and continue to reside where she is at present, that my executors pay her fifty dollars out of my estate, but in case she marries or removes from the place on which she now resides, it is my will that my executors pay her one hundred dollars out of my estate.


4th (sic) Lastly I nominate, constitute and appoint my beloved sons George and Samuel the sold executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills and testaments, legacies, and bequests by me heretofore made and declaring this and no other to be my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I hve hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.


                                                                                                        George Pontius   *seal*

Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the

said Testator, as his last will land testament in the presence

of us who in his presence and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses.

                                                                                                        Robert Russell

                                                                                                        Andrew Huston



The State of Ohio, Pickaway County:


To Joshua Folsom Esquire of Columbus Ohio.

Greeting.  Whereas we, trusting to your fidelity and provided circumspection in diligently examining of Robert Russell one of the witnesses to the _________ will of George Pontius, late of said county, deceased, do authorize and empower you to take the deposition of the said Robert Russell, touching the execution of said will, and in deposition so taken you are hereby required to send certified under your hand such seal to the Judges of our Court of Common Pleas in and for said County of Pickaway on or before the first day of their December Term will together write this writ.


  *seal*  Witness the Honorable Gustavus Levan, President of our said court this 8th day of November in the year of our Lord 1824.

                                                                                                     Andrew Huston, Clk.