The Joseph Ambler Inn, Wales, Pennsylvania.
The land on which the hotel now stands was originally part of a large expanse owned by William Penn. In 1682, William Penn granted 1,000 acres to Richard Pearce. In 1711, 50 acres were sold to William Morgan. Morgan built the original section of the Farmhouse, which consisted of a ground floor where meals were prepared, and a small upstairs sleeping chamber. When Morgan died, the property was sold to Joseph Ambler. Fun fact: Joseph Ambler’s profession as a wheelwright inspired the use of the carriage in our logo.
The house remained in the Ambler family until 1825 when the property was acquired by squire John Roberts who married an Ambler daughter. It was Roberts who built the middle section of the farmhouse, adding the living room and dining room.
The following is my transcription of the last will and testament of Edward Ambler of Montgomery Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, dated the first day of the eighth month, 1835, including two following codicils.
Will of Edward Ambler
Be it remembered that I Edward Ambler of Montgomery Township in the County of Montgomery and state of Pennsylvania Yeoman growing in years and infirmities increasing but of sound mind memory and understanding, have thought necessary to make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say first I will that all my just debts and funeral charges be first paid and discharged.
I give and bequeath unto my two sons William and Edward all my wearing apparel to be equally divided between them, share and share alike ITEM I give unto my son Edward my desk and an Inventory of effects amounting to two hundred and thirty six dollars and seventy five cents and a further sum of two hundred dollars current lawful money of Pennsylvania ITEM I give and bequeath unto my grand-daughter Hannah Shoemaker $80 current lawful money as aforesaid ITEM I give and bequeath unto my son Andrew two hundred dollars ITEM I give unto my daughter Anna bed and bedstead with a good supply of bed clothes such as she may choose and her choise of two looking glasses and dining table ITEM I now hold a bond against my son William of two hundred dollars and my will is at my decease that said shall be void and of none effect ITEM I give and bequeath unto my three sons and two daughters all my books share and share alike.
ITEM I do hereby constitute and appoint my three sons William, Andrew and Edward executors of this my last will and testament and I will and direct them to selling plantation situate in Montgomery Township where I now dwell as soon as may be convenient after my decease containing ninety acres be it more or less and I do hereby authorize and empower my executors or the survivors to make and execute firm and indisputable lotte in conveyance for said land and premise when sold unto the purchaser in fee simple as fully, largely and authentickly as I myself might or could do were I personally present. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my two sons William and Edward all the residue and remainder of my estate after the payment of all my just debts and the legacies aforementioned to be eually divided between them share and share alike. Finally I do hereby revoke and make void all other wills by me heretofore made satisfying and holding for good this and this only for my last. In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of the tenth month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one.
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Testator Edward Ambler as and for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who at his request subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto. Evan Jones – Israel Childs
I Edward Ambler the Testator of the within written will and testament do by these presents declare this present writing to be a codicil to my said testament and will, and direct the same to be taken and stand as fast thereof. I give and bequeath unto my son William and his legal representatives the sum of two hundred dollars in addition to his specific legacies mentioned in said will not intending to impair the bequest of residue given to him. ITEM I also give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Hannah Shoemaker the sum of two hundred dollars in addition to the sum of eight dollars mentioned in said will, And I do hereby appoint my son Edward Ambler Trustee to have care and charge of
the said legacies, and my will is that the same be placed at interest on good security and the principal sum with the interest accrued therein be paid to her when she arrives at the age of twenty one years or at the time of her marriage whichever shall first occur, but if she shall die in her minority without having lawful issue, then in that event I give and bequeath the said sum of two hundred dollars with interest accrued the sum unto my son William and his legal representatives and said sum of eighty dollars with interest accrued ???? I give and bequeath unto my said son Edward Ambler and his legal representatives, And having full confidence in the integrity of said Trustee, my will is that he shall not be held liable nor chargeable on account of any deficiency of percentage or losses which shall occur in the execution of the Trust.
In Witness Whereof I Edward Ambler the testator have to these presents set my hand and seal this thirty first day of the eighth month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five
Sealed published and declared by the said Testator as and for a codicil to be annexed to his last Will and Testament in our presence who at his request have signed the same as witnesses. Evan Jones Evan G. Lester
Montgomery County S.S.
Before me the subscriber on the 17th January 1838 personally appeared Evan Jones and Israel Childs who being duly affirmed according to law did depose and say that they were personally present and saw and heard Edward Ambler the testator sign seal publish pronounce and declare the foregoing instrument of writing as and for his last Will and Testament and that at the time of his so doing he was of sound disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief. At the time personally appeared Evan Jones and Evan G. Lester who being duly affirmed according to law, did say that they were personally present and saw and heard Edward Ambler the Testator, sign, seal publish and declare the foregoing and annexed Codicil as part of his last will and testament and that at the time of so doing he was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge & belief L.L. Boileau D.R.
Same day probate granted and Letters Testamentuary issued to the executors in the will named, they being first affirmed according to law.