WILL AND TESTAMENT OF LAZARUS WENGER
in Berks County, the 12 of December 1791.
is my Last Intention, WiII and Testament, as foIIows and as
is to be done after my decease.
aII my debts shaII be duly paid and collected, the other article
is thus, my wife Catharine
Wenger as long as she Iives, she shaII have a right and justice
to keep aII what I may Ieave, as Iong as she shaII Iive, be
it caIIed as it may, she shaII have the right to keep every
thing she now has in her possession, for she shalI have every
thing, just as we had it during my Life, this is my WiII and
Testament, that it shaII thus be kept as I have ordered it.
And if any of the heirs will not be satisfied with what I
have ordered, then shall such heir have one English ShiIIing,
and nothing more. And if any of our children should
behave in an enemy like manner, and not like a child, such
a one shaII have an EngIish shiIIing and nothing more. I hereby
empower my wife Catharine
Wenger to make a WiII or Testament, to such one, as may wait
on her properly tiII her end. And after her decease
everything which she may Ieave shaII be soId and divided among
my heirs, but with this provision, have I done the same, that
in case my daughter, Susannah Albert, or her heirs wait properly
on my wife till her decease, she shall then inherit together
with the other heirs, but if not, if she continues to remain
so obstinate towards her mother, as they have been for some
time against us, then shaII Susannah and her 'heirs have only
five ShiIIings, and nothing more, for they are hard against
us. If they continue so, I empower my wife to make a
Testament or Will to whom she pleases. This is my last Intention,
and Will, this Article is thus, that my constituted Executors
and Administrators shall take good care, that my wife Catharine
Wenger shall annually get her portion as is mentioned in our
Agreement, and when my debts and expenses are duly paid, then
shall the Executors or Guardians, put the remainder on Interest
and pay unto my wife Catharine Wenger yearly the Interest,
for she will not spend it unless she wants it in her house
persons whom I have chosen and elected for my Executors and
Guardians are, to wit: Adam Kalbach & Jacob Wenger.
This is my Last Intention and Will and Testament. The Witnesses
I have ordered to be the men, that may appraise my personal
goods, but nothing shall be sold during the lifetime of my
wife, but after her decease, everything shall be sold.
and signed by Witnesses."
Zacharius Wenger (Seal) Christian Fisher
= should be LAZARUS).
the Original there is endorsed)
are my children: George Wenger, my eldest son is dead, without
a Testament, and his eldest son: George Wenger, shall have
five shillings for his birthright.
Wenger, is dead, and has left heirs.
(should be Lazarus, Jr.) Wenger is at this time alive.
is dead and has left heirs.
Wenger, is dead without heirs.
Wenger, is dead without heirs.
Wenger, the youngest."
true Translation from the original German, by Frederick Smith,
The above seems a bit odd in format and most unusual from
early wills. It should be checked against the Original German
Berks Co. Courthouse, Reading, Pa.
by - Clarence R. Shirey