Catherine m. Adam Potteiger
Birth Year: abt 1782
Home in 1850: Alsace, Berks, Pennsylvania
Family Number: 406
John Schmeck 68
Mary Schmeck 66
(Cannot be "our" Johannes, #1, because he died in 1829)
Will Of Johannes Schmeck
To the Honorable the Judges of the Orphans County of the County of Berks:
"And what concerns my worldly estate consisting of a Farm, and
"House and Lot of Ground in said Alsace township, and county of Berks
"I bequeath and give unto my beloved wife Maria, all my personal and
"real property, to wit:- the income thereof as long as she lives upon the "condition that she bears my name so long, or does not marry. Should "she change my name or should she marry, then she shall have seventy-five "cents for her portion. After her death or marriage, my son Benjamin "shall have the income of my worldly estate for one year to his own use, "and after the lapse of the year, it shall be appraised, and my son "Benjamin shall have the preference to accept the same at the appraisement provided he considers it to his advantage, if not, then it "shall be sold at public venue. Should my son Benjamin accept the "same, then he shall have two years time to pay it. The money "realized out of my estate shall be divided as follows: I give to "my two sons for their stock beforehand, to wit, to Benjamin, three "hundred and fifty dollars, to Adam, three hundred dollars. "Further, the remainder shall be divided into six equal shares, "among my two sons and four daughters, to wit, Adam, Benjamin, "Eliza, Eleonora, Catharine and Maria. And lastly, I Nominate my "Beloved wife Maria, and my son Benjamin, executors of this my "last will and testament."
Which said last will and testament, containing (among other thing the afore said devises and bequests was duly proven before the Register of Wills, for the County of Berks, on the twenty-fifth day of February A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven.
All that certain Massuage or Tenement, Plantation and Tract of Land, situate in the township of Muhlenberg, in the county of Berks, aforesaid, adjoining lands of E Jonathan Deininger, George D Davis, John Schmidt, Daniel Shepp, The Schuylkill Navigation Company, and the river Schuylkill, containing fifty-six acres and forty perches, neat measure, with the appurtenances:
Also-A certain House and Lot of Ground, situate in the township of Muhlenberg in the county of Berks aforesaid, adjoining lands of George D Davis, George R Frill, David M Knight and James Millholland, Paul Blessing and John Schmidt, containing four acres more or less with the appurtenances.
Your petitioner therefore prays, that your Honors award an inquest to value and appraise the premises aforesaid in such a manner as by the said will and the laws of the Commonwealth is directed, and make return of their proceedings according to law, and, as it is duty bound, te.,
Berks County, ss.
Benjamin Schmeck, the above named petitioner being duly sworn according to law doth depose and say that the facts set forth in the forgoing petition are true to the best of his knowledge and belief.
Sworn and subscribed before Me this fifth day of October, Benjamin Schmeck A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven.
Washington Richards Alderman