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Last Will and Testament of Hans Graeff

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"I Hans Graeff of Earltown in the County of Lancaster and Province of Pensylvania Yeoman Being in Good Health of Body and of Sound and well Disposing mind and Memory thanks be humbly offered to god for the same and all other his mercies and favours and being mindfull of the mortallity of my Body Do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament in the Manner and form following that is to say principally and first of all I Give and Recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and for my Body I Recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and Decent manner at the Discrection of my Executors Nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall Receive the same again by the Might power of God and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give Device and Dispose of the same in the following mannerand form (Item) it is my will and I do order that in the first place all my Just Debts and funeral Charges be paid and satisfied (Item) I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Jacob Graeff the sum of Thirty pounds Lawfull money of the said Province which sum of Thirthy pounds I have already paid unto the said Jacob and it is my Will and I do order it shall be to him in full of all Claim or Demands which he hath or hereafter shall or may have Pretend or Claim against my Executors Administrators or Estate and I do absolutely Declare and Cut him off from all and Every other Claim and Claims to my Estate Real or Personal in this Province or Elsewhere (Item) I give and bequeath unto my Dear and Loving wife Susanna and her Children Peter, Samuel, Marrens Daniel John David Hannah Fronick and Mary all the Rest and Residue of my Goods and Chattles and I Do give Device and Bequeath unto my said Wife Susanna Graeff and her Children Peter Graeff, Samuel Graeff, Mrens Graeff, Daniel Graeff John Graeff David Graeff Hannah Graeff Fronick Graeff and Mary Graeff and to their Heirs and assigns for ever, all my mefsuages (?) Lands Tenements and Heritaments (?) whatsoever or wheresoever, and I Do Nominate and appoint my said Wife Susanna Executrix of this my Last will and Testament and I Request my affectionate Brother Martin Graeff of the said Township and my well beloved sons Marks Graeff and Daniel Graeff to advice and assist my said Execute in the Performance of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby Utterly Disallow and Revoke and Disanull all and Every other Former Testaments wills Legacies and Executors by me in any ways before this Time named willed and bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament in Witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Eigth Day of November in the year of our Lord god one thousand seven Hundred & thirty Eight

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the said Hans Graeff as his Last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers Emanuel Carpenter Rudy Sterner John Morris

Lancaster County May the 7th 1746 Personally appeared Emanuel Carpenter & Rudy Sterner two of the Witnesses to the within Will & on their Solumn affirmmation Declared they were present & saw & heard Hans Graeff the Testator abovenamed Sign Seal publish & Declare the above Writing to be his last Will & Testament & that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind & understanding before me Tho Cookson"

"Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L99B-V8BG?cc=1999196&wc=9PM8-4WY%3A268493801%2C268514701 : 3 July 2014), Lancaster > Wills 1730-1773 vol A-B > image 61 of 514; county courthouses, Pennsylvania.

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