Amanuensis Monday: Will of Theobald Meisberger

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Today’s document is the Will of Theobald Meisberger, 1900

Will of Theobald Meisberger, Deceased
Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Will Book 11, Pages 188-189
Recorded 25 June 1900
Register of Wills, Sunbury, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Digital image, Ancestry, Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records, Wills 1772 – 1907
(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 September 2015)

188 [stamped]

Will of Theobald Meisberger, Deceased

I, Theobald Meisberger, of Brady, Coal Township, in the County of Northumberland and
State of Pennsylvania, do make publish and declare this as my last Will and testament
hereby revoking all former wills by me at anytime heretofore made. _ _ _ _ _
First: – I order and direct that my body be interred in the St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery
in said township beside that of my beloved wife, Mary Catharine, now deceased, according
to the rites and ceremonies of the said Catholic Church and that my funeral be conducted
in a manner corresponding with my estate and condition in life. As to my worldly estate
I dispose of the same as follows, the debts and liabilities of my estate having first been paid
and discharged thereout. _ Second: – I give and bequeath and devise the sum of three
hundred dollars in money to my daughter Mary Eve Ann, intermarried with Andrew
Gunther, to be paid to her by my Executors hereinafter named within one year after my decease
Also, Fifty-two and one half feet by one hundred and forty-five feet of a piece or parcel of
ground Situate in Brady, Coal Township, County and State aforesaid, Known and designated
as the Easter end of said lot (being one half acre lot purchased from John B. Douty
as per deed bearing date September 13″ 1873) as recorded in Deed Book No. 66 Page 370 &c [etc.]
in and for Northumberland County on which is erected a house 30 x 28 feet with the appurtenances
This house extending from six to ten feet over the line allotted, I direct and order should
this house ever burn down or be torn down it is to be built within the limit of the
aforesaid allotted piece of ground and to be removed from the portion of ground hereinafter
allotted to my daughter Sarah Magdalena, intermarried with George Depner. _ _ _
Third: – I give bequeath and devise unto my daughter Sarah Magdalena intermarried with
George Depner the sum of three hundred dollars in money to be paid to her by my Executor
hereinafter named within one year after my decease, and also the following described real
estate viz: fifty-two and one half feet by-one hundred and forty five feet adjoining
the aforesaid piece of ground allotted to Mrs Gunther on the west there being erected
thereon a house 30 by 28 feet with the appurtenances, to her, her heirs and assigns forever.
Fourth: – I give bequeath and devise to my daughter Johanna intermarried with
Dennis Burns the Western portion of said lot or piece of ground forty-five feet by
one hundred and forty-five feet on which is erected a single house twenty-two feet by
forty-six feet with the appurtenances; Also I give and bequeath to her my said daughter
Johanna all my household furniture of which I shall be possessed at the time
of my death, to hold the same to her, her heirs and assigns forever. _ Fifth: – I give bequeath
and devise unto my son William Theodore his heirs and assigns forever the Northern
half part of lot number six in block number one hundred and Eighty-eight fronting
on Shamokin Street on the west and on Franklin Street on the East on which are
erected two double houses the Northern half of each house to belong thereto _
Sixth: – I give bequeath and devise unto my son David Theobald his heirs and assigns
forever, the other or southern half part of said lot number six in block number one
hundred and Eighty-eight in the Borough of Shamokin together with the northern half
part of sad two double houses thereon to belong thereto. _ Seventh: – I give and bequeath
unto my son John A. Meisberger the sum of Eight hundred dollars to be paid to him
by my Executors hereinafter named within one year after my death. _ Eighth: – I give
and bequeath unto my daughter Annie Margaret, intermarried with John Madara the
sum of Five hundred dollars in money to be paid to her by my Executors hereinafter named
within one year after my death. _ Ninth: – All the rest and residue of my Estate, real
personal and mixed of which I shall die seized and possessed, or to which I shall be
entitled at my decease I give bequeath and devise to be equally divided to and amongst
my aforesaid children share and share alike. _ Tenth: – I do hereby appoint and

189 [stamped]

request that my daughter Johanna shall be and act as guardian of the estate
of my minor son David Theobald during his minority and that she ^ shall have full
authority and control over his person and estate until he arrives at his majority
age. _ And lastly I do nominate and appoint my daughter Johanna Burns
and Dennis Burns her husband to be Executors of this my last Will and testament.
In Witness whereof I, Theobald Meisberger the testator, have to this my last Will
and testament written on one Sheet of paper, set my hand and seal this thirtieth
day of December one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine.

Theobald Meisberger [clerk signed] {seal}

Signed, sealed published and declared by the above named Theobald Meisberger
as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto
subscribed our names at his request as Witnesses thereto in the presence of
the said Testator and of each other.

State of Pennsylvania               }
County of Northumberland    } SS. Be it Remembered. That on this 25″ day of
} June A. D. 1900, before me The Register for the Probate
of Wills and granting of the Letters of Administration in and for said County, person
-ally appeared W. B. Bowman and John Meenahan the subscribing witnesses
to the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will and
Testament of Theobald Meisberger late of the Township of Coal, County and
State aforesaid, deceased, who being duly sworn according to law do declare and
say that they were personally present at the Execution of the same and saw and
heard the Testator therein named, sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the same
as and for his last Will and Testament, and that at the time of doing he was
of sound, disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of their Knowledge
and belief
Sworn and subscribed to before me              } W. B. Bowman [clerk signed]
Frederick Haas                                                  } John Meenahan [clerk signed]
Register                                                              }

Be it Remembered, That on this 25″ day of June A.D. 1900, before me
was proved approved and insinuated in due and Common form of law
the last Will and Testament of Theobald Meisberger, late of the Township
of Coal, County and State aforesaid, deceased, who died on the 13″ day of June
A, D. 1900. And that Letters Testamentary with a copy of the Will annexed
were granted unto Johanna Burns and Dennis Burns therein named
Witness my hand
Frederick Haas [his signature]
Register

 

The will mentions wife Mary Catharine, deceased; son-in-law Andrew Gunther and wife Mary Eve Ann his daughter; son-in-law George Depner and wife Sarah Magdalena his daughter; son-in-law Dennis Burns and wife Johanna his daughter; William Theodore his son; David Theobald his son; John A. Meisberger his son; and Annie Margaret his daughter.

Theobald Meisberger (1837 – 1900) is my 2nd great-grandfather; Mary Eve [Eva] Ann Gunther nee Meisberger (1861 – 1941) is my great-grandmother, and her daughter Ilene [Lorraine] Noble nee Gunther (1897 – 1977) is my maternal grandmother. What fascinates me most is that Theobald was a coal miner. Yes, I said coal miner. Yet he was able to bequeath all this to his family.

 

Note: Amanuensis Monday is a genealogy blogging theme. It was started by John Newmark who writes the Transylvanian Dutch blog. His definition of an Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

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