Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Martin Keffer, Sr. of 1847.
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Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Martin Keffer, Sr. of 1847.


The following is my transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Martin Keffer, Sr. of Turbot township, Northumberland, Pennsylvania of 1847.

Featured image: Farmstead in Turbot Township, Northumberland, Pennsylvania.


Martin Keffers Will

In the name of God Amen. I, Martin Keffer of Turbot township Northumberland county, and state of Pennsylvania, farmer, being in perfect health of body and of sound mind memory and understanding but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit: I do order and direct that my body be decently enterred in the burial ground near the farm on which I formerly resided according to the rite and ceremonies of the church to which I belong and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life.

And as to such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to intrust me with, I dispose of the same as follows —

First – I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as posible, out of the first monies which shall come into the hands of my executors, from any portion of my estate real or personal —

Secondly – I direct that a fair valuation or appraisement be made according to Law of all my real and personal estate by three competent and impartial neighbors to be chosen by my Executors hereinafter named —

Thirdly – I give and devise to my daughter Sarah Eisenbrown, who now lives with me, the house and lot of four acres of land, situate in turbut township, Northumberland county, and state of Pennsylvania on which I now reside adjoining Samuel Blain and others, and to her heirs and assigns forever clear of all incumbrans whatever.

Fourth – I order and direct that all my estate of whatever Kind, except the house and Lot hereinbefore devised to my daughter Sarah, shall be sold by my Executors hereinafter named and so soon as convenient converted into cash, and that the same be distributed equally among all my children according to Law, I hereby meaning that my daughter Sarah shall have the house and lot above devised over and above all the rest, and also have an equal share afterwards with all the rest of my children.

Fifthly – I order and direct that the portion of my estate according to the above equal distribution, which would ball to the share of my daughter Mary intermaried with Jacob Rishel, Shall be jput to interest by order and direction of the Orphans Court of Northumberland county – and the interest thereof shall be paid annually to my said daughter Mary, during the term of her natural life, and after her decease the principal to her heirs forever, And lastly, I nominate and appoint my son Wental L. Keffer and John F. Wolfinger to be the executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills, legacies and bequests by me heretofore made and declaring this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I the said Martin Keffer the testator have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty ninth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty sever —

Signed sealed, published and declared by the said Martin Keffer the testator as and for his last will & testament in the presence of us, who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Martin Keffer {SEAL}

Tho. Swenk, Jno Porter,


Northumberland County ?

Be it remembered that on the 8th day of November AD 1847 Before me Edward Oyster, Register of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for the county aforesaid, personally came Tho Swenk and Jno Porter the subscribing witnesses to the above will, who being duly sworn according to Law, do say that they were personally present and saw and heard Martin 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 so doing he was of sound mind, memory, and understanding to the best of their Knowledge and belief —
Tho Swenk
Jno Porter

Sworn & subscribed Before me

Edward Oyster, Regr.
per Jno P. Pursil Depty

Be it remembered that on the 8th day of November AD 1847 was proved and approved the last will and testament of Martin Keffer late of the township of Turbet dec’d of which the foregoing is a true copy, and that Letters testamentary with the will annexed were granted to Wental L. Keffer and John F. Wolfinger executors in said will named —

Witness my hand.

Edwd Oyster, Regr.



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