Will of DAVID EPLER of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Transcribed by Terry A. Bowen
In the Name of God, Amen I David Epler of Paxton township in the County of Dauphin and State of Pennsylvania Yeoman, being aged and infirm but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, thanks be to God for his mercies and well knowing the uncertainty of this transitory life, I have thought proper to make this my last Will and Testament which is in manner following to wit I give and commit my immortal soul unto the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner, at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named. Imprimis, It is my will that my just debts and funeral expences be first fully paid and satisfied out of my estate. Item, I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Catharine all my estate both real and personal, be the same of whatever kind quantity or quality to hold to her the said Catharine during her natural life. And after her decease, It is my will and I do hereby order and direct that the same be sold at Public Vendue to the highest bidder or bidders, And hereby authorize my Executors hereinafter named or the Survivor of them, to execute a deed for my present DwellingPlantation. And the money arising out of the sale of the said Plantation and other the Estate that might be remaining after the decease of my said wife, I give devise and bequeath and do hereby order and direct to be paid as follows, viz. unto the children of Peter Sweitzer my late Brother-in-law decd. or the Survivors of them one equal fifth part; unto the Children of Peter Beam my late Brother-in-law Decd. or the Survivors of them one other equal fifth part; Unto the children of Thomas Segner my late brother-in-law decd. or the Survivors of them one other fifth part; Unto the Children of my late Brother-in-law Peter Bobb decd. or the Survivors of them one other equal fifth part; And to the Children of my late brother John Epler decd. or the Survivors of them the remaining fifth part, to hold to them respective by their heirs and afsigns forever; And lastly I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my beloved friend George Zeigler, innkeeper of Harrisburg, and John Gehrman Sen. of said Paxton township to be the Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all and every other will and wills by me heretofore made holding this and no other to be my last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the thirty first day of August AD 1812
Signed Sealed published pronounced & declared by the testator as & forDavid Eppler (signature) his last will and Testament in presence of us B. Kurtzsworn Nov. the 25th 1822 Henry A. Kurtz
This David was the brother of the John Epler who died 1773 and had children: Christian, Abraham, Mary, and John. David Epler was born 13 Aug. 1737 in Wurtemburg and married Catharine Schweitzer on 7 March 1762. He died July 1822 in Dauphin County, PA. Catharine was born 20 Aug. 1738 and died 22 Nov. 1822.