|Frank Family Documents|
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Lancaster County Road Petition, signed by Daniel Franck, 1770
Johann Jacob Franck's Will, 1787
A Political Celebration, 1799
Description of Jacob Franck, Jr in Philadelphia, ca 1800
Daniel Franck's Moravian Lebenslauf, 1814
Jacob Franck's Moravian Lebenslauf, 1814
Ann Charlotte Franck's Will, 1843
Anna Maria Kunigunda Bischoff Franck's Will, 1802
Lancaster County Road Petition, signed by Daniel Franck, 1770To the Honorable John Penn Esquire Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Pennsylvania and Counties of New Castle Kent & Sussex on Delaware and his Honourable Council.--(From the Pennsylvania Archives Series 6, Vol 14, p 289-292).
The petition of divers Inhabitants of the County of Lancaster Humbly Sheweth
That the Great Road from the upper parts of the said County, especially from the Borough of Lancaster, to Philadelphia, is by the constant use of it with heavy Loaded Carriages, and by its being laid in many places over very bad ground, now rendered almost impassable, and is attended in many parts of it with such Danger & Difficulty, that the Waggoners in many Seasons are under the necessity, when heavy loaded, to, or from the Philadelphia Market, of travelling in Parties, that they may Afford each other Assistance.--
That notwithstanding the great Labour, Care and Expence used in repairing the said Road, it is Constantly in bad Order; and as the Trade & Commerce of the Province increases, & it is more used by heavy carriages, will be still more troublesome & difficult.--
That another Road upon better ground, and nearer by some Miles, may be had, and is now absolutely necessary for the accomodation of the back Inhabitants of the said County in their Commercial Intercourse with the city of Philadelphia--.
The want of a good Road seems to threaten a diversion of the valuable Trade of this County, or some parts of it, to other places; and now, not only, actually prevents many Farmers from Attending the City markets; but puts them under the disagreeable necessity of trusting, and giving Commissions to others to Carry the produce of their Farms to Market, by which, many have suffered greatly; Whereas were the Roads Good and safe, their own horses & Carriages might be employed for that Purpose, and would take back for them Salt & other Articles for their home comsumption, which they could purchas most reasonably in the City.--
That a Kings Highway or Public Road hath lately been laid out by Order of the Governor and Council, from the Middle-Ferry or Schuylkill to the Sign of the Ship in Chester County; and from thence along or near the old Gap-Road as far as the Village of Strasburg in Lancaster County--
This Road Your Petitioners beg leave to say, is laid out on much better ground than the old Road, is some miles shorter; & your Petitioners conceive is the best, straitest and most convenient Road for the back Inhabitants; and will be of Great Utiltiy to the Trade of Philadelphia--. The Inhabitants of Lancaster; and such as shall choose to pass through that Town, from the remote parts of the Province, will have an easy road from thence to the said Publick Road; whereby they will shun eight or ten miles of Hills & bad ground, which are upon the old Road between the s'd Town & the Sign of the Ship; & those whom it may best Suit to take the back Road, from harris's by the Dunker Town (formerly called Peter's Road) may enter into the said newlaid out Road, near the North Brnch of Brandywine Creek; & by that means have an easy, safe & shorter Carriage from thence to Philadelphia.----
Your Petitioners therefore pray the Honourable Governor & Council to take the Premises into Consideration, and as the said New Road seems to have been laid out chiefly with design to encourage & secure the trade of the Inhabitants of the interior parts of the Province to the City of Philadelphia, & is the Road yet pointed out for that purpose, to Confirm the said Newlaid out Road as a Kings Highway or Publick Road and to order that the same may be forthwith opened & cleared----.
And your Petitioners will pray &c.
(Presented to the Governor & Council the 10th November 1770.)
I do not wish to suggest that there is anything unique in Daniel Franck's having signed this; plenty of other people did too, and anyone interested enough in the early history of Lancaster County to have gotten this far will recognize many of their names, which follow, typed exactly as they appear in the archives. I am related to several of the others, too.
John Herr, Sr
John Witmer, Jur
Em'l Carpenter, Junr
Cas. Shaffner Ju.
Robert Cunningham Miller
John Brack Bill
John Miller, Junior
Adam Simon Kuhn
J. P. DeHaas
Alexdr. Lowrey Foresman
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____________________________________________________Political Feast and Celebration, 1799Excerpts from Proceedings of the Lancaster County Historical Society, V. 34, 1930, pp 186-188.In 1799, a man named Thomas McKean, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was elected governer of Pennsylvania. The good burghers of Lancaster, which was the state capital of Pennsylvania at the time, decided to give him a party to celebrate. My 4th greatgrandfather Daniel Franck, presumably because of his skills and/or connections as a tavern keeper, was on the committee to organize the affair (other members are listed at the end).
The day was "announced as a day of festivity by a morning gun."
"The fare consisted of 780 pounds of the best beef, two shoats, weighing 142 pounds, two roasters, weighing 35 pounds, and four hams, weighing 63 pounds, -- a total of 1020 pounds of meat; 125 loaves of bread, two hogsheads of beer, 12 gallons of the best French brandy and 34 gallons of excellent Madera wine.
"The provision was cooked in the best manner possible; and was placed on a table, specially erected for the purpose, 300 feet long ['in front of Mr Boyd's house', and this was in November!]. The feasting began at 1.30 o'clock in the afternoon...Four hundred and twelve Republicans were seated at the table, and a large number had to stand...
"Seventeen toasts were drunk, a corps of Republican militia firing after each toast...A German song, specially composed and set to music for the occasion, by a Republican of the borough, was sung, accompanied by the music. This song inspired the heart of every German in the borough with patriotic joy. A song in English, specially composed and set to music for the occasion, by another Republican in the borough, was also sung, accompanied by the music..."
Now is that Gemutlichkeit or what? There is quite a bit more but you will have gotten the idea. Finally, "The company was dismissed in form, and in perfect good order, at 9 o'clock in the evening."
Note: 'Republican' did not then mean what it does now; it is clear in the context that they were a Revolutionary War Veterans group.
Others named were: Emanuel Carpenter, President; William Barton and William Slaymaker, vice-presidents, and these other members of the committee: Timothy Matlack, William Bausman, Samuel Humes, Michael Gross, William Michael, Leonard Eicholtz, Francis Bailey, John Rose, and Peter Reed.
Back to Top Back to Frank Page __________________________________________________Will of Johann Jacob Franck, 1787.
In this family for some reason it was the women who wrote the interesting wills. I don't seem to have the text of Johann Jacob's at hand, only the abstract, but I have seen it and it is just the usual boilerplate in which he basically leaves everything to Maria; eldest son Jacob of Philadelphia was the executor.
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Description of Jacob Franck, Jr in Philadelphia
From: Abraham Ritter, History of the Moravian Church in Philadelphia, from its foundation in 1742 to the present time [the present time was 1857], Chapter XV, 'Chapel Servants'
The chapel servants were volunteer sextons, and served in turn, according to agreement amongst themselves.
Two, however, were usually in service every Sunday; the one sat on the wall bench, behind the men's door, for the purpose of waiting on strangers, and also to watch the boys who might attempt to go into the gallery. The other, on the wall bench, at the door opening into the church from the parsonage, for the purpose, as before stated, of waiting on the minister, as well as to watch the occasionally restive and tittering youth, as they ranged with his eye, in front of the pulpit. Of these brethren, no menial services were required...
Of the chapel servants, after Brother John Mark, who served for two years, a venerable and kindly brother, Jacob Frank, being the first regularly appointed, in December, 1787, is justly entitled to respectful notice and perpetuity.
Having served in this capacity, and other useful offices in the church, for upwards of thirty years, he covers my time, and furnishes data from the liveliest recollections.
There is not a boy or girl, who sat upon the low bench in front of the table, that, were he or she yet here, would not bear happy testimony to the friendly mien of this old gentleman; and when his significant "Boys!" came out, it came kindly. Terror was not in his breath, nor fear from its issue. None feared him; all loved him, and one gentle "Boys!" was enough.
He was wont to parade up and down before us, calmly watching our movements, and especially preparatory to love-feast; placing us according to age, and sometimes size, but never according to fractions, -- dollars and cents. He was impartial in his attentions; but naturally regarded those most, who behaved best.
His olive breeches of velvet or corduroy, brindled stockings, and shoes to fit the foot; his dark brown coat, and copious vest, pass, even now, before me with their venerable charge of thoughtful, truthful, and suavitous bearing, and revive a happy, and an almost tangible reminiscence.
Mr. Frank was a tanner by trade, and lived at the southwest corner of Fourth and Noble Streets, a hollow then, being the terminus of the declivity from Callowhill Street; a lonely, and very disagreeable walk; which I sometimes had to do after night; and as often exercised my musical powers, by whistling up my courage at every step.
He departed this life, November 26, 1819, aged 76 years, 1 month, and 15 days.
Note: The author's father, Jacob Ritter, was the other one of the two chapel servants at this time, and he goes on to describe him next, more briefly, because "It does not behoove me here to set him forth".
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Text of Daniel Franck's Moravian Lebenslauf, 1814.
Our account of a passing away(1) in the Lord. Daniel Frank was born in the year 1747 on the second of February and soon thereafter brought into the holy baptism of Jesus Christ and admitted to the spiritual community. In the year 1768 on the eighth of April he entered into marriage with the widowed Anna Margaretha Geiser, born Kunz. In time God blessed (them) with five sons and five daughters. Of these only one son and one daughter, along with four grandchildren, are living. For many years he suffered very much with rheumatism(2) and other bad conditions affecting his body. And so he sought to relieve these through appliedmeans(3). And so he bore these pains with patience, although they became more and more noticeable as time passed.
(Numbers in parentheses in the text refer to notes below).
For several weeks he began to feel his weakness increasing(4), although without especial pain and recently he had to lie constantly in bed. In his spirit he showed a trust, to which with these words he bore witness: I have now found the ground, on which my eternal anchor holds. It was sweet to him, when from the ground of our bliss(5) we spoke with him, or prayed with him. Yesterday toward morning an especial weakness overtook him, which neared more and more and one soon saw that his farewell hour came near, which occurred before midday. At the eleventh hour he gently expired, after his lifetime ended at 67 years and 9 months. (Translated from the German by jaf)
1. The euphemism used, apparently the standard one at the time, is enschlafener, lit. falling asleep. They never actually say dying, but that is what they mean.
2. Rheumatischhen - I have translated it literally although of course one doesn't die of 'rheumatism' as the term was later used in English (arthritis). One thinks of rheumatic heart disease but I don't know if that would have been recognized and so labeled at that time. So I really don't know.
3. If this sounds vague, it is. The translation is literal.
4. increasing - There is a word crossed out here which of course is illegible, but unfortunately the word written above it is illegible too; this is a guess at the meaning from the context. This is the only place I have flat-out guessed.
5. Ground of our bliss - I think this is a conventional religious phrase and the reference is to Christ, but this is literally what it means.
Note on translations: Formal documents such as this, in that time and place, were written in High German, not in the Pennsylvaniadeutsch dialect, so they are not theoretically hard to translate, but there are two problems. 1) The old-style handwriting is hard to read, and 2) It is a somewhat archiac and more than somewhat florid 18th century style that is hard to render into modern English. Daniel's, above, was easier than his son Jacob's, below; or at least I feel I made a better job of it.
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Text of Jacob Franck's Moravian Lebenslauf, 1814
The recently deceased Jacob Frank was born in the year 1776 on the 2nd of February, and on the 4th of the same month was baptised. The baptism of Jesus Christ handed him over and in the bond of the grace of God he was accepted into the community. His parents tried to rear him in discipline and reverence for the Lord and were liberal with reminders of the need for this. He always kept these in memory and took them in the best manner, always remembering his baptism and applying it.
In the year 1799 he entered into marriage and God blessed that marriage with 3 children who still are living.
His health was good until Time brought about weakness, so that for many months he had not been in condition properly to attend to his business, and finally lay resting all the time in a sickbed. He soon saw that his illness would not be healed; and it pleased the true Shepherd, who seeks after each soul with mercy, to cause him then to reflect, and led him to lament the darkness of his miserable sins and to seek the healing of his soul and holiness. And one noticed, when talking with him about the necessity of that, or praying with him, that he was at rest, and implored the savior for grace, which he did more and more urgently, the more his end neared.
And his parents united their prayer with his, bearing witness to his graceful trust, that the savior would give him in his last hours the gift of grace and that he would meet with them again at last. He died at last joyfully as a repentant sinner, which happened in the holy midnight hour after he brought his age to 38 years 3 months and 25 days.
His wife has been gone from him for many years. (1)
(Translated from the German by jaf; see note on translations at Daniel's Lebenslauf, above.)
Notes: (1) I do not in fact know what became of his wife Maria Magdalena Dietrich b 1778; I have no record of her death, and am not sure whether this is a euphemistic way of saying she had died (probably), or possibly she had left him. But one notes that she is referred to twice without mentioning her name, even in connection with the marriage itself, and one wonders why. This is not characteristic of the Moravians, who usually wrote down all possible details.
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Text of Ann Charlotte Franck's Will, 1843
In the name of God, Amen.
I, Ann Charlotte Frank, of Warwick Township, Lancaster County and the State of Pennsylvania, am at present sick in body but of perfect and sound mind memory & understanding, Do hereby make this my last will and testament, in manner following:
First I commit my imortal Soul into the hands of my Creator, who gave it to me, and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent & chirstianlike manner, at the direction of my friends & executor, but as touching such worldly estate, with which it has pleased Divine providence to bless me, I give and dispose of the same as follows:
First I give and bequeath unto the executor of this my will the sum of three hundred dollars, in trust for the use of Hetty, the wife of George Dobler, the interest thereof to be paid to her during her life, by my said executer for her sole & separate use, taking her receipts alone, which shall be sufficient discharges, without the control of her husband or her becoming liable for his debts, and at the death of said Hetty, I give the said Interest to George the son of said Hetty, during his life, nevertheless leaving it to the discretion of my said executor to allow to the said George Dobler just part of the principal if to his opinion urgent necessity should require. After the death of said Hetty & of said George Dobler Jr, or the survivor of them I give and bequeath the said principal or the remainder thereof unto the ___ of said George Dobler Jr in equal parts.
Further, it is my will that the following legacies be paid over by my executor as soon as convenient after my death, to wit:
I give & bequeath unto Charlotte Ricksecker, late Eberman, one hundred dollars ; [b 27 Jul 1814, a daughter of Joseph Eberman and Anna Maria Thomas, and wife of Benjamin Ricksecker; she was probably Charlotte Franck's goddaughter]
Unto Sarah Kreiter, daughter of John Kreiter, one hundred dollars;
Unto Catherine Masslich, wife of Timothy Masslich, three hundred dollars;
Unto Fredrica Hueffel, One hundred dollars;
Unto Susan Christ, daughter of my executor John Christ, one hundred dollars;
Unto each of the three girls, engaged in the Litiz Sister house kitchen, at the time of my death, five Dollars;
Unto Lydia Thomas, wife of John Thomas, my wearing apparel;
Unto Henry Frank of Elizabethtown, one half dozen silver spoons;
Unto Jane Andrews, one hundred Dollars;
Unto Polly Dobler, one complete Double bed;
Unto Maria Sophia Dieter, the choice of my two stoves with the ______ [word illegible];
Unto Eliza Petersen my Clothespress;
Unto the Warden of Litiz, at the time of my death, and to his successor, four hundred Dollars, in Trust, during the natural life of said Maria Sophia Dieter, and the interest shall annually be paid unto her, and after her death, two hundred Dollars shall be paid to my executor for the use of my residuary legatees, and the remaining Two Hundred Dollars shall remain at interest, which interest, together with the principal shall occasionally be applied by said trustee for the support of poor single sisters in Litiz in such sums, and at such times, as he may consider necessity will require.
Unto the person who shall nurse me in my last sickness, I give & bequeath exclusive of her wages, three hundred dollars;
Unto Lavine Masslich I give and bequeath a certain box with his name written thereon packed with books, together with the books packed up therein.
Unto the executer of this my will, I give & bequeath one thousand dollars, in trust, for the purposes hereafter mentioned, viz: He shall keep said sum at interest, and shall annually after deducting necessary expenses pay all the clear interest thereby arising for the use of my brother William Frank, during his natural life, and I do particularly order said Trustee, never to pay any debts or engagements contracted by said William nor to pay over any money to him, but to apply such interest only for the purchasing & payment of such necessities of life, as he may thing advisable & right, and after his death all what shall remain thereof shall be divided amongst my residuary legatees.
It is my will that Maria Sophia Dieter shall receive her regular wages, for services rendered to me, exclusive of the above bequest. [She was b 24 Nov 1754 of Andreas Dieter and wife - Moravians of Lititz.]
Further it is my will that the executer of this my will shall as soon as conveniently can be, sell my house & lot of ground in the City of Lancaster by public Vendue, and shall execute a deed of conveyance for the same, which I do hereby declare to be as good & valid as if I with my own hand & seal had executed the same; And he shall also sell by public vendue all such articles & things, as are herein not otherwise disposed of; And after all the foregoing legacies and all my lawful Debts, & funeral & other expenses are paid, the remainder shall be divided in three equal shares;
One of the said shares shall be equally divided among all the children of Daniel Frank, son of my brother Jacob, one other share shall be paid to Henry Frank, another son of my said brother Jacob, & the third shall be paid to such Trustee as shall be appointd by the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County, upon the application of executor of this my will, in Trust for the use of Lydia Thomas, wife of John Thomas, & a daughter of my said brother Jacob, who shall hold the same in Trust, during the natural life of said Lydia Thomas and shall from time to time apply the Interest arising thereby for the purchasing & payment of such necessaries of life, as he may think right & proper, but such Trustee shall only be allowed to apply any principal if urgent necessity should require, & in no case shall be allowed to pay any debts contracted by said Lydia or her present husband, and after the death of said Lydia all what then may yet remain, shall be equally distributed & paid among the lawful children of said Lydia.
Further I nominate and appoint my friend John Christ of the city of Lancaster, to be the executer of this my last will & testament, and it is my will that six percent shall be allowed to him on all monies appearing in his administration account as his comision in the settlement of my estate; And I do hereby revoke and anul all other last wills & testaments heretofore by me made & declare this & no other to be my last will & testament.
In witness whereof I the said Charlotte Frank have hereunto set my hand & seal, this fifth day of September AD one thousand eight hundred & forty three.
Signed, sealed, published & declared by the said Ann Charlotte Frank, to be her last will & testament in the presence of us who have hereunto at her request, & in her presence & in the presence of each other inscribed our names as witnesses: Augustus I. Sturgis, Christian H. Rauch.
17 Oct 1843: Presented by Augustus Sturgis and Christian Rauch, letters testamentary granted to John Christ, executor.
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Text of Anna Maria Kunigunda Bischoff Franck's Will, 1802
In the name of God amen!
I, Maria Frank of the Borough of Lancaster in the County of Lancaster in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Widow, being of sound mind, Memory and Understanding, thanks be given to almighty God for the same and all his other Mercies, Do make ordain and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following that is to say,
First, I order and direct all my Just Debts and funeral expenses to be fully paid and Satisfied as soon as conveniently may be done after my decease.
Secondly, I give & bequeath unto my Grand daughter Elizabeth Eberman one feather bed with its furniture.
Thirdly I give & bequeath unto my daughter Margaret Kroll two Hundred Pounds in specie of Gold or money of Pennsylvania in full of all rights & claim of & in my Estate Real and Personal to be paid to her as soon as conveniently can be done after my Decease.
Fourthly I will order & direct that the Sum of One hundred Pounds money aforesaid shall be placed and kept out at interest by my hereafter named Executors on Good and Sufficient Security & the Interest thereof annually paid to (be) applied to the use & support of my Grand daughter Catharine Deeler and her children during the term of her natural life and after her decease the Principal to be divided equally between her Children who may be then living & the legal representatives of such of them as may then be dead, the Representatives taking such Share only as their parent would have done if living but in case my said Granddaughter should depart this life without leaving lawful issue surviving her then the said principal sum of one hundred pounds shall revert and be equally divided in two shares one of which I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Frank of the City of Philadelphia and his Heirs & the other equal Share thereof I give and bequeath unto my Grand Children Jacob Eberman, John Eberman, Elizabeth Eberman, Joseph Eberman, William Eberman and Mathes Eberman children of my Daughter Elizabeth to be equally devided between them.
Fifthly I give and devise to my grand Children Jacob Eberman, John Eberman, Elizabeth Eberman, Joseph Eberman, William Eberman and Mathes Eberman the children of my daughter Elizabeth the two story brick messuage and Half lot of Ground with the appurtenances whereon I now dwell situate in Queen Street in the Borough of Lancaster adjoining a lot of Henry Huttenstone on the south on the East by an ally on the North by a lot sold by me to my Grandson Jacob Eberman which the priveledge of an eight feet ally in width leading from Queen Street aforesaid on the line between the half lot so as aforesaid devised & the lot sold to the said Jacob Eberman as aforesaid & to extend thence of like width three feet above the pump & well of Water standing between the said lot devised & the lot sold the said Jacob and also the priveledge of the said pump & well of Water which said Ally & pump & well of Water is to be & Remain in Common for ever for the use accomodation & benefit of the owners & proprietors of the said Adjoining lots the said Lot so devised including the addition to the Half lot two feet cut off from the half lot sold as aforesaid to Jacob Eberman beginning at the upper end of the Eight feet alley aforesaid & Extending thence to the alley which is the Eastern Boundary, to have and to Hold the said premises which the Appurtenances to the said Jacob Eberman, John Eberman, Elizabeth Eberman, Joseph Eberman, William Eberman and Mathes Eberman and their Heirs & Assigns forever as tenants in Common and not as Joint tenants charged & Chargable never the less with the payment of the Sum of seven hundred specie money aforesaid to the Executors to be applied as herein is afterwards directed as part of the residue of my Estate.
Sixthly I give & devise unto my Grand Children Jacob Eberman, John Eberman, Elizabeth Eberman, Joseph Eberman, William Eberman and Mathes Eberman children of my daughter Elizabeth Eberman deceased my messuage & lot of Ground situate in Mulberry Street in the said Borough with the priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonging to have and to hold to them their heirs & assigns forever as tenants in Common & not as Joint tenents subject to the payment of all the ground rent that may be due arrear upon it.
Seventhly whereas my son Daniel Frank has received the sum of three Hundred pounds for which I have his bonds on which my Executors may charge him with interest agreeably to the tenor of the said bonds or not at their discretion & I authorise empower & direct my son Jacob Frank a legacy, equal to the Principal & Interest which may be due on the said bonds, at the time of my death in case my Executors should as aforesaid charge Interest on the said bonds that then the said legacy the said Jacob Frank be three hundred Pounds which legacy in either case I give and bequeath to the said Jacob Frank his Heirs executors and administrators.
Eighthly I give and bequeath unto my grand Children by my daughter Elizabeth Eberman now deceased a legacy equal in Value to that which my Son Jacob Frank may be entitled to receive under the bequest contained in the Sevententh paragraph of this my will to be equally divided amongst them share & share alike.
Ninthly All the rest residue & remainder of my Estate of what nature or kind the same may be after giving and allowing to my son Daniel Frank the Monies due and owing to me as aforesaid by him for a Legacy & after paying to my son Jacob Frank & to my grand Children by my daughter Elizabeth Eberman the Legacies above bequeathed them & after paying the other legacies herein before bequeathed, I appoint order & direct to be divided into three equal shares one of which equal shares I give devise & bequeath unto my son Jacob Frank & his heirs executors & administrators, one other of the said equal shares I give devise & bequeath to my Grand Children by my Daughter Elizabeth Eberman now deceased & to their heirs executors administrators to be equally divided between them share & share alike, and the other equal third Share I order and direct my Executors & the Survivor of them to place out on Interest on good & sufficient security to receive & pay the Interest thereof annually to my Son Daniel Frank to and for his support & maintenance & not to be liable to be disposed of or parted with by the said Daniel nor to be subject to be applied satisfaction of any existing claim or demand which now or at any time hereafter may be against the said Daniel for & during his natural life. And from and after his decease I give devise & bequeath the said third share to the Children of the said Daniel Frank which may be then living & the legal representatives of such of them as may be dead the Share that their parents respectively would have taken if he she or they had been then living to be equally divided between them share & share alike.
Tenthly I do nominate constitute ordain & appoint my Son Jacob Frank & my Son in Law John Eberman to be the whole & Sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby authorising impowering & directing my said Executors or the Survivor of them to Execute good & Sufficient Deeds to my Grand children for the Houses and Lots with the privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging agreeably to the divises thereof in this my last Will and Testament contained in fee simple.
And Lastly, I do hereby revoke all other Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made & published declaring this and no other to be my last Will and Testament & to be received & taking as such by all people. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this twenty third day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight Hundred and two.
(signed) Mary Frank.
Signed Sealed published pronounced & declared by the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at her request & in her presence have hereunto Subscribed our names. John Tussler, Adam Weaver (witnesses).
Notes: For a long time I did not understand who her "grand-daughter Catherine Deeler" was. Presumably Deeler was a married name (and maybe a mispelling of Diehler or a misreading of Dieter) but none of her children had a daughter named Catherine that I could discover. The order in which she deals with her various descendants suggests that this would be a daughter of Anna Margaretha, i.e., a Lutz, but the surviving Lutz granddaughter was named Ann Mary (unless that is a mistake). Eventually I found out that Ann Mary Lutz married Peter Dieler, and Catherine was their daughter, ie, Anna Maria Kunigunda's greatgranddaughter, not her granddaughter. That was one I solved, finally.
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