Michael Hittel Sr. of Salisbury Twp, Northampton Co. Pennsylvania --cordwainer. . . . find myself very sick and weak in body but of perfect & sound mind. . . I give, devise, dispose and bequeath . . . as followeth: To my present well beloved wife Ann Mary the sum of one hundred pounds good and lawful money of Penn. . . . to be paid out of the first sum of money which shall be got for my plantation when sold.There is provisions for more if needed.She is also to get fifteen bushels of wheat and fifteen bushels of rye or else money enough to buy as much.She is to get on milk cow of her choice.Other things she is to get is: Iron stove will all its appertenances, bed, beadstead, and all linnens belonging to it, a chest of drawers, saddle, spinning wheel, churn, all the flax, one iron pot that she chooses, two pewter dishes, half a dozen pewter plates, one pewter tankard, half a dozen pewter spoons, (another article, but original is too hard to read) two water pails, two chairs, and all the wool, and all her clothes. To my eldest son George Michael Hittel eight pounds of lawful money of Penn. for his right of being my eldest son. All lands tenements . . . and movable effects not given or bequeathed . . . shall be sold . . .to the highest bidder and the money thereof (what is not bequeathed herein before) shall be divided amongst all my lawful children . . . in even like & equal shares (Except the sum of ten pounds lawful money aforesaid to be first deducted out of my whole estate for my son John Adam and the sum of three pounds money aforesaid for my son Frederick, because all my oher sons have each of them received the sum of one hundred pounds in Continental Money) That is tosay one equal twelfth part to: my son George Michael Hittel my daughter Catherine now intermarried with George Knappenberger my son John Adam Hittel my daughter Margaret now intermarried with Jacob Markel my son George Hittel my daughter Elizabeth now intermarried with William Evans my son Bartholemew Hittel my daughter Magdalene now intermarried with Leonard Rishel my daughter Christina now intermarried with Michael Ehrhard my son Jacob Hittel my son Frederick Hittel And whereas my eldest daughter Barbara was intermarried with a certain John Hartzel who now being deceased and left five children viz Elizabeth, George Adam Hartzel, Mary Susannah and Leah and whereas my said daughter is since married again, therefore I give and bequeath her share and equal twelfth part as aforesaid unto her five children being my grand children to be divided amongst them share and share alike.
Executors: my beloved Son In Law George Knappenberger and my beloved son John Adam Hittel. Plantation contained about one hundred and seventy acres of land.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal dated the fifteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty three. his Michael X Hittel mark
Witnesses: George Lautenschlager and Elias Weber
Will was probated the 26th day of January 1786.An interesting fact is made known in the probate statement.George Kriebel of Uppermilford Twp. Northampton Co. was the actual writer of the will for Michael Hittel was blind at the time.George wrote what Michael dictated and George read back to Michael what he had wrote and Michael agreed that it was his will and was to be executed as such.George also guided Michaels hand in the George also guided Michaels hand in the marking and sealing of the will. ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Abstract of Will of Anna Maria Hittle,
"Annamaria Hittle of the Town of Northampton , Northampton Co. Penn.Widow of the Late Michael Hittle of Salisbury Twp." Northampton Co. Deceased.Annamaria "being considerably advanced in years"."I . . . appoint my two sons, Adam Hittle & George Hittle, Executors. . . ."Executors are to sell "my house & lot . . . in the said town ofNorthampton.""Also it is my will that my said executors shall turn all my personal property into money & colect my little outstandings and pay & discharge my just debts & funeral expenses.The clear over pluse or residue I will order & direct shall under the exceptions here in after named or mentioned be equally devided among those of my children or their legal representatives, who are not herein after excepted, that is to saymy son Jacob shall have no share . . ."the share which should have gone to the represantives of my daughter Magdelene who was intermarried with Leonard Rishel, shall go . . . to her two youngest children (being twins). . .""that share of my daughter Christina who had been intermarried with William Evans, but latly seperated, shall on no pretence whatever be paid to him as her husband but to her in person if she survives me otherwise to her children only" Dated 26 January 1803.