BORN MAY 11, 1757
DIED SEPT 12, 1817
In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Templin of Carnarvan Township, Berke County and State of Pennsylvania being very sick and weak in body but of sound mind, memory and understanding blessed be God for the same but considering the uncertainty of this temporary life do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit.
Principally and first of all I command my immortal soul into the hands of God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors herein named and as to such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give and _____ of the same in the following manner to wit.
First it is my will and I do order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be duly paid and satisfied as soon as conventionally can be after my decease.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Anna one cow, her choice, two feather beds including bedstead and bedding, one card table & five yellow chairs. And it is my will that my Executors herein after named do as soon as conventionally as they can after my decease put my personal property to sale all except the bequeaths as above made and do put my real Estate up to sale in one year after my decease & if my Executors should think this price bidden for my plantation when put up to public sale not sufficient or enough for the same they shall if they think proper postpone the sale for one year more, and than sale and dispose of the same for the highest and best price that may reasonably be gotten for the same and for that purpose I do hereby authorize and empower my Executor’s herein after named or the survivors of this to seal executor and acknowledge all such deed or deed of conveyance as may be requested and ______ for this granting and ______ the same unto the purchase or purchases thereof in fee simple: and the money arising from such sales after paying my just debts & funeral expenses or ________ I give & dispose of the same as follows:
I do order and direct that my said Executors do put in place the one third of said sum of money out to interest in safe hand and the interest arising from said sum to be paid to my said wife Anna yearly and every year on the first day of April for and during her natural life and the remaining two thirds of said sum of money to be paid to my children as follows in one year after my real Estate shall be sold share & share alike, namely Samuel Templin, Sarah now intermarried with Joseph Priggs, Elizabeth now intermarried with John Robison her share to be put to interest & the interest to be paid to her yearly & every year during her natural life unto at her decease to be equally divided to and among to her children, my daughter Rebecca now intermarried with James Morgan their share subject to a deduction of one hundred pounds which to has already received, my daughter Hannah Templin and my son Isaac Templin & Charlotte Templin the said Isaac & Charlotte to have each the sum of one hundred pounds for their schooling and to be first deducted out of said two thirds & their all of my children as before named to have share and share alike to be paid to them as they arrive to the age of eighteen and twenty one years and immediately after the decease of my said wife Anna then the one thirds of said sum of money which was at interest for her & the bequest bequeathed to her in this will to be equally divided to amongst my children named in this will or the surviving one of them & I give & bequeath my silver watch unto my son Isaac Templin.
And lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my said son Samuel Templin and my brother John Templin to be the Executors of this my will hereby revoking all other wills, legacies and bequeaths by me heretofore made and declaring this and no other to be my last will and testament. In Witness whereof I have this fourth day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen.
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said _________ last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request have subscribed as witness.
John Templin (Seal)