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
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.
The State of Ohio, Pickaway County:
To Joshua Folsom Esquire of Columbus
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
*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.