I have the administration documents for Mathias Shimp and by them I believe that Mathias died before January 18, 1777 which is the dated Elizabeth, his wife, was granted administatrix of his estate because his died with no Will.
On September 4, 1782, she gave her accounting of that estate as being 133 pounds 13 shillings and 8 pence which was then added the court expense of 12 shillings making a total of 134 pounds 5 shillings and 8 pence.
On December 3, 1782, she again appears before the court to say that Mathias' plantation, land (155 acres) and appurtenances and personal estate is worth 234 pounds 10 shillings and 3 pence while his debt amounts to 538 pounds 3 shillings 11 pence. She is granted premission to selling everything except 25 acres of the land and a small dwelling house for herself and the five minor children. That public auction took place on Saturday, December 21, 1782.
On March 4, 1783, Elizabeth shows that Casper Shrietz purchased through public vendue 130 acres of land and appurtenances for 375 pounds.
I believe its possible that Elizabeth and the children lived on that 25 acres until 1799 which would have allowed her children to reach adulthood. At which time Leonard Shimp took over administration since Elizabeth was well over 60.
November 2, 1799, Leonard is granted administorship. July 27, 1801, he shows the accounting of the estate to be 56 pounds and 2 shillings after court costs its 55 pounds 10 shillings and 9 pence.
I hope this puts to rest the dispute over bad feelings within this colonial family due to unjust division of Mathias' estate. Jacob had move to Donegal Twp by 1771, Adam (if a brother) had went to NJ, Frederick and Melchior I have not located.