Barry you said,"The point is that I believe in developing evidence for each claimed ancestral link.... and if it isn't there, we have to let go of the claims."If the dates don't fit, you must acquit," to paraphrase Johnny Cochran."
I am including here the Last Will of Michael Schell and this will be my final words with you.
Now, in your quoted words to me, above...you say "..I believe...and "..you must..."
Barry, go ahead;Believe and you believe whatever your heart desires..so will I..
and as for "you must"...no, no, no, no, no,... Those words do not apply to me..not coming from you or any other human being on the face of this planet...
as I said before..your wish is NOT my command.. I will and I will and I will...whatever it is I wish to do.
For the last time..Barry Goodbye and may the force be with you. deb
In the name of God, Amen. Whereas I Michael Shell of upper Hanover Township in the county of Philadelphia and Province of Pennsvania (can't make out word) Do find myself in _____________of sound mind, understanding on__________ God and knowing that it is appointed fpr all men once to die, so do I on this Twenty seventh day of________of our Lord one thousand seven-hundred &. _________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ unto the hands of Almighty God that gave it and do _____that after my death that my body be buried in a Christianlike and decent manner. And as ________ to my worldly estate I do hereby dispose of the same in the following manner. That is to say that whereas I have already before this time given granted, conveyed and confirmed all my ______ Plantation and land located in the township and county aforesaid containing one hundred & fourty seven acres of land with all ___________________________________________some___________________________ __of agreement made for the same purpose more fully appreciated which I have given him for his heredidary share and portion of all my estate upon condition that he is to find give and provide for me and my wife all the ________ for our yearly substance as mentioned and described in the above ______ articles of agreement. During the time of my life and no longer, for after my death all the said _______ of our said _______, shall then systemically cease and be no more. To that my said son John Shell nor his heirs or _____ shall no longer be obliged or forced to give or allow anything in the __________present wife Magdelena for her substance after the _______allow her. _________where we now life may linger___________the then said Magdelena shall be obleged to move away from _____without any futher delay. And whereas I have ___long ___ the day of the date hereof, given unto all my other children as to my eldest son Jacob Shell now one inhabitant of Virginia and to my second son Michael Shell now an inhabitant of Herford Township in the county of Berks and to my only daughter, Mary, now the wife of Henry Sell as inhabitant of upper Saucon Township in the county of Southhampton and for their heirs forever.