Will - Henry Sherman, Sr. of Overton 1878
Submited by Sue Edminster
Filed and Probate made May 22, 1878 Letters granted
Know all men by these presents, that I Henry Sherman of Overton Township, in the County of Bradford, and State of Pennsylvania, farmer, being in somewhat poor health, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at anytime heretofore made.
And as to my worldly estate and all the property, reel, personal or mixed, of which I shall die seized and possessed, or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease, I devise, bequeath, and dispose thereof in the following manner, to wit:
First, my will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall, by my executors hereinafter named, be paid out of my estate, as soon after my decease as shell by them be found convenient.
Item, I give, devise, and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth, all my household furniture, and also one half of my personel property.
I also give to her the use of my dwelling-house and its apperterences situated in Overton aforesaid and also one half of my real estate, to have and to hold the same to her for and during the term of her naturel life.
Item, if my two youngest sons Andrew and Edward Sherman, shall remain with her Mother during their minority, and give proper care, oversight and labor in providing for her maintance and comfort, in farming my place, land or lands, then on these conditions, I give to them the use of one half of my land or lands aforesaid, and also at the close of their minority Seventy five Dollars apiece, The rest of my children, have already, in times past, received from me their several shares.
Item, I give, devise and bequeath, at the decease of my beloved wife Elizabeth, all the property, real, personal or mixed which shall belong to my estate at that time to all my beloved children, or their heirs, administraters or executers, share and share alike.
And lastly, I do nominate and appoint my beloved and esteemed son-in-law Augustus Bliler of Forks Township, Sullivan County and State of Pennsylvania, and his brother Frank Bliler also of the same township to be executors of this my last will and testament,
In testimony whereof, I, the said Henry Sherman, have to this, my last will and testament, contained on this one sheet of paper, subscribed my name, and affixed my seal this Seventeenth day of February in the Year of our Lord on One Thousand-eight hundred and seventy seventh.
Signed, sealed and published and declared by the said Henry Sherman as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each of them, here subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto.
Henry X Sherman
Not being positive that the signature of Henry Sherman as signed above, being plainly written in German, we requested him to make his mark as appears and which he willingly did as exhibited.
Inventory and Appraisement
of the Lands, Chattels, Rights and
Credits which were of Henry
Sherman late of Overton, deceased,
June 11, 1878
Filed June 18, 1878
Bradford County, SS.
Personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for the said county, the following named persons, viz., Richard Bedford and Reuben Musselman. Who upon their solemn oath did say, that they, at the request of A. B. and F. P. Bliler would well and truly, and without predjudice and partiality, value and appraise the goods, chattels and credits which were of Henry Sherman deceased, and in all other respects perform their duties as Appraisers, to the best of their skill and judgement.
Sworn and subscribed before me Richard Bedford
June 4th, 1878 Reuben Musselman
Jacob Hottenstein, J.P. Appraisers
Inventory and Appraisement of Goods, Chattels, Rights and Credits which were of Henry Sherman late of Overton taken in conformity with the above disposition:
1 Bay mare and colt 70.10
1 Old Mare 15.00
1 Black Cow 20.10
1 Speckled Cow 27.10
1 Brindle Cow 30.00
1 Black Yearling (? unreadable) steer 8.00
1 Red Yearling (? unreadable) steer 11.00
1 Blue (? unreadable) Heifer 18.00
1Guela (? unreadable) Heifer 18.00
1 Red (? unreadable) Heifer 8.50
1 (?) Heifer 6.00
4 1/2 Spring Lambs @ 1.30 a head 6.05
7 Spring Lambs @ 1.30 a head 10.50
5 Yearling Sheep @ 2.00 10.00
4 Old Sheep @ 2.00 8.00
3 Calves $1, $1.50, $2.00 4.50
1 Hog (? unreadable) 4.10
1 (?) & 8 (?)(unreadable) pigs 7.10
2 Geese & 5 Goslings 2.83
25 Hens 3.10
2 Turkeys 1.00
1 Lumber Waggon (? unreadable) 70.10
1 Gun 3.10
2 Old Wagons 2.80
1/2 interest in Mowing Machine 11.10
1 Horse (? unreadable) 17.10
1 Tanning Mill 3.10
1 Cutting Box 2.50
1 Mow’d Hay 6.00
1 Set Double Harness 30.00
1 Plow 1.50
Iron Kettle 2.10
1 Harness 4.10
1 Load Pine Lumber 5.00
1 Load Ash and Birch Lumber 2.30
1 Cultivator 2.00
1 Grind Stone .35
Blacksmith (? unreadable) Iron 5.00
1 Cross Cut Saw 1.75
1 Grain Cradle 1.75
Old Harness .50
1 (? unreadable) .25
1 Old Clock .25
2 Meat Scales .50
1 GrainScale 3.50
Old Mill Irons 7.50
Wool 51 lbs 25c 12.75
Judgement (? unreadable) 78.70
Note Peter Sherman 25.10
Amount due on article
William Sherman 175.00
Total amount due estate 278.70
Total assets and chattels 487.50