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Isaac Kershner's Last Will and Testament

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_________________________________Last Will and Testament__________________________

I Isaac Kershner of Windsor Township Berks county and State of Pennsylvania being of sound disposing mind and memory do make and ordain my last will and testament in manner following Viz;

First. All my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever, I order and direct to be converted into money as soon as the same can conveniently be done after my decease and for that purpose, I do hereby authorize and empower my Executors hereinafter named or the survivor of them to sell and dispose of my said personal estate either by public or private sale or sales for the best price or prices that can be gotten for the same

Item. I order and direct all the real estate to be indifferently appraised according to law. Further my will and desire is if one of my children desires or wishes to take the real Estate at the appraisement to do so if desired.

If the real estate is not taken at the appraisement then to sell it either by public or private sale or sales for the best price or prices that can be gotten for the same and to be converted into money as soon as the same can conveniently be done. And when the whole of my said estate shall be converted into money as aforesaid then I will and direct that the same shall be divided and disposed of as follows to wit;

Item I give and bequeath to my daughters Fyetta and Victoria the sum of Fifty dollars each.

Item. my Executors hereinafter named shall have Fifty dollars each for compensation for settling up my Estate. The rest residue of my estate I give devise and bequeath to my eight children, namely Samuel Kershner, James Kershner Fyetta Kershner, Charles A. Kershner, Victoria Kershner, Joseph I. Kershner, Susanna the wife of Frank Stump and Monroe Kershner, their heirs and assigns forever, share and share alike, with the exception of James who is to have one hundred dollars less than the others Provided always, and I do hereby declare my will to to be, that if any person or persons to whom any estate or interest is given or limited by this my will shall, in any court of law or equity or otherwise, controvert the same, or dispute or call in question the validity hereof, or of any of the estates, limitations, powers, provisos, or dispositions hereby limited or given, or made, or herein contained, then and in such case the estates interests, limitations, so hereby limited, to or in favor of such person or persons so controverting my said will, shall cease, determine and be absolutely void to all intents and purposes whatsoever, as if such person or persons was or were naturally dead. And then and from thenceforth such estates, interests, limitations, powers, proisos, and dispositions shall go and belong to and be vested in the person or persons who, by virtue of this my will, shall be next in remainder after the person or persons so disputing as aforesaid: Provided he, she, or they shall not controvert or dispute the validity of this my will or any of the devises, limitations, provisos powers or dispositions herein contained or hereby made.

Lastly. I do nominate and appoint my said sons Charles A., Joseph I., and Monroe to be the executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness where of I Isaac Kershner, the testator, have to this my will, written on one sheet of paper set my hand and seal this Thirteenth day of June A. D. one thousand eight hundred and Eighty five:

Isaac X Kershner seal

Signed, sealed published and declared by the above named Isaac Kershner, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, in the presence of the said testator, and of each other.

Jeremiah Kershner of Perry Berks Co. Pa
Samuel Hepner of Windsor Berk Co. Pa

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