In the name of God Amen. I, Jacob Goss, of Decatur Township in the county of Clearfield, in the state of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind and memory, but desiring to set my house in order for that future to which all things mortal are destined, do make publish and declare this as and for my testament and last will, that to say ~
Item, having no personal property, and owing no debt, I order and direct that at my decease, and that of my wife Nancy, each of us be provided out of my estate with a decent Christian burial.
Item, I give devise and bequeath unto my son Abraham Goss, all that portion of my Real Estate, bounded as follows. Beginning at ash corner of Jonathan Kepharts land, Thence by land of Moses Owens North 198 perches to Black Oak Grub by Stones, thence by residue of my land east 128 perches to Stones, thence South by my land 198 perches to post on line of Jonathan Kephart thence by his land West 128 perches to ash and beginning, containing by the survey of Mr. Fulton 149 acres 73 perches and allowance, to have and to hold to him his heirs and assigned forever. Subject nevertheless to the payments following. I value his land at one thousand dollars. Said Abraham Goss is to pay to me and my wife Nancy, or to the survivor of us, sixty dollars per year, during each year of our natural lives, on demand, as the interest of the same, and he is to pay the Sum of five hundred dollars to my executors for the use of my other children in payments of fifty dollars per year - commencing one year after the decease of the survivor of myself and wife, and the said sum of sixty dollars per year and the said five hundred dollars are hereby Specially charged upon said premises as a lien until their payment.
I give devise and bequeath unto my son Issac Goss all that portion of my Real Estate situate in Decatur Township aforesaid , beginning at Black Oak Grub by stones, the corner of Abraham’s land, thence North 150 perches to stones, corner of land of Henry Goss, thence by his land South 84 degrees East 128 perches to stones on my line thence South 138 perches to stones corner of Abraham’s land thence West 128 perches to place of beginning. containing by survey of Mr. Fulton 108 acres and 115 perches, being that part of my land upon which my buildings are located. To have and to hold to him his heirs and assigns forever reserving nevertheless for the use of myself and wife during our lives, the north room in the second story of our brick house, and subject to the payment following. I value said premises, at two thousand dollars, Said Issac is to pay to myself and wife Nancy during our life and that of the survivor of us , one hundred and twenty dollars per year during each year of our natural life on demand, and he is to pay to our executor for the use of our other children one thousand five hundred dollars, in payments of one hundred dollars per year commencing one year after the decease of the survivor of myself and wife, and said sums are hereby Specially charged upon said premises as a lien until their payment.
Item I conveyed to my son Henry Goss the land on which he resides, in consideration of his overwork and I now give devise and bequeath unto his sons jointly, the sum of five hundred dollars, payable as the moneys are paid in by my sons Abraham and Issac as they respectfully arrive at 21, having respect to the other legacies herein bequeathed
Item I give and bequeath to the children of my daughter Susanna, wife of Samuel McCarren., the sum of five hundred dollars jointly payable as they arrive at the age of 21 years out of said payments.~~
Item I give, devise and bequeath until my daughter Rachel wife of Henry Baughman. Five hundred dollars payable out of the payments to be made by sons or by giving of the note of her husband Henry Baughman held by me.~
Item I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Mary Goss the sum of Five hundred dollars payable out of the moneys to be received from Abraham and Issac as the said respectively becomes due.
Item I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Jane, wife of Cornelus Gearhart the sum of one dollar as and for her full share of my estate----- And lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my sons Henry Goss and Abraham Goss as the executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revolting and annulling any former will by me made…..
In witness whereof, I Jacob Goss the testator have to this my said will writing on two sheets of paper affixed my signature and seal this eighteenth day of November AD 1859.
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Signed, Sealed and Published and declared by the aforesaid Jacob Goss as assigned for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witness thereto in the presence of the testator and of each other.
Wm. A Wallace
J M Adams
County of Clearfield Ss:
Registers Office December 9th AD 1859
Then personally appeared Wm. A Wallace and John M. Adams, the subscribing Witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Jacob Goss deceased…and their solemn oath did say that they were present, and did see and hear Jacob Goss of Decatur Township, Clearfield County, Pa. Deceased the testator therein named, seal, publish and declare the Same as and for his last will and testament, and at the doing thereof he was of sound disposing mind, memory, and understanding, to the best of their knowledge and belief .
Sworn before me Wm. A Wallace
the day and year aforesaid J. M. Adams
James Wrigley Register
County of Clearfield Ss:
Register office December 9th AD1859, We Henry Goss and Abraham Goss, do swear that as the executors of the foregoing last will and testament of Jacob Goss of Decatur Township Clearfield County Pa. Deceased. We will well and truly Administer the goods, and chattels rights and credits of Said deceased agreeably to law.
Sworn and subscribed before me Henry Goss
the day and year aforesaid Abram Goss
and Letters Testamentary granted
unto Henry Goss and Abraham Goss.
James Wrigley, Register
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