Jacob Bauer/Bower wife was Elizabeth Ressler who died 1860
Jacob Bower’s Will Page 478
In the name of the Benevolent Father of All. I Jacob Bower of Stark County Ohio do publish this my last will and testament.
First. I consign my body to the Earth from whence it came and my soul to God who gave it.
Second. In order to equalize my children to some of whom I have already given part of their patrimony. Thereby give and bequeath to the present wife and legal heirs of my son Elijah Bower the forty acre tract or piece of land, on which the said Elijah and family now in Allen County Ohio, being the North East quarter of the North West quarter of section number Thirty two, Township. Three. South Range Eight East in Piqua Law District to be for the use of the said Elijah during his lifetime and after his death to his heirs and his widow her legal dower in the same (if she be his first wife and mother of his children) otherwise to his heirs only and the Assigns-------------To my daughter Lydia to Abraham Stees and to her heirs after her, Eighty acres of land situated in Allen County Ohio, described by Patent to me Dated June 1st 1852 the East half of the North West quarter of section Number thirteen, in Township Four. South, Range Five East in the district of Lands subject to sale at Defiance. (formerly Lima) Ohio contains Eighty acres, to be for her and her husbands use during the lifetime and after them to the heirs of the said Lydia my daughter and their assigns. To my son Samuel Bower and to his heirs, eighty acres of land on which he lately resides situated in Auglaise County this described by Patent to me Dated June 1st 1852 as the North half of the North East quarter of section Number Twenty Three. Township four south of Range Five East in the district of lands subject to sale at Defiance(formerly Lima) Ohio containing 80 acres to be for the use of the said Samuel & wife during their lifetime and after them to the heirs of the said Samuel and their heirs. To my Daughter Leah intermarried to John Pero and her husband the sum of three hundred dollars in money. To my Daughter Appelonia the sum of Three hundred dollars in money. Third. I will and bequeath to my Nephew Simon Treesh son of my daughter Judith the sume of Two hundred dollars in money. Fourth. The balance of my Estate I will and bequeath to my children as follows, Elijah, Lydia, Leah, Daniel, Jacob, Emanuel, Sarah, Samuel and Judith. One (1) share, that is the interest of one share to my son Elijah & wife during their death ~~~The interest of one share to my daughter Lydia and her husband Abraham Stees during their lifetime the principal remaining to her hers for their ~~~One share principal & use as their own to My daughter Leah and her husband John Pero.
One Share to my son Daniel Bower~~~ One Share to their heirs of my son Emanuel Bower Dec, One Share to my daughter Sarah and her husband Oliver Browsher~~~One Share to the heirs of my son Samuel Bower, the interest thereof to the said Samuel and his wife during his life and her widowhood. One Share, the interest thereof, to my daughter Judith during her lifetime, the principal to remain to her heirs after her death, including her son Simon Treesh, born out of wedlock as an heir in common with any other children she may have, or sole heir to her if she leave no other children. Fifth. It is my will that all and severally, all kinds of Obligations in the shape of Notes, receipts, Due bills orders etc which I now hold, or which may be among my papers after my death Executed and dated previous to the date hereof, which I hold or ever held against any of my children and Son in law shall never be accounted by them to my Estate, as I hereby the same, and have considered them in the making of the forgoing will, Excepting a note against Abraham Stees calling for $38.31 dated March 21st 1862 payable seven months after date which said note occurred for purchases at my last sale. Sixth. I hereby nominate and appoint my Esteemed friends Peter Pierson and George Holtz as Executors of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I herewith set my hand and seal the Seventeenth day of April A.D. 1862 Signed by Jacob Bower in our presence and acknowledged his last will and testament and signed by us in his presence at his request.
Lorenz Hammer Samuel Leichtenwalter His Jacob X Bower Mark
Whereas I Jacob Bower on the Seventeenth day of April 1862 made the foregoing my last will and testament of that day do hereby declare the following to be a codicil to the same. As wasmy intention I hereby authorize and empower my Executors to sell all my real Estate I own and possess at the time of my death and not willed in the foregoing said will as soon as convenient after my death. Either at public or private sale and on such terms as in their judgment will most enhance the interest of my heirs, and execute and deliver deeds or dues of conveyance to the purchase or functions thereof. His Jacob X Bower Mark Signed by said Jacob Bower in our presence and acknowledged as his last will & testament and signed by us in his presence at his request
Samuel Lichtenwalter Lorenz Hammer Be it remembered that on this thirty-first day of July in the year Eighteen Hundred and sixty tow the last will and testament with a codicil thereto attached. Page 480
Was brought into the Probate Court within and for the County of Stark and State of Ohio, and the subscribing witnesses to said will and codicil also come into said court and being duty sworn say that said testator subscribed said will and said Codicil at the ends thereof in the presence of said witnesses that they attested and subscribed the same as witnesses in the presence of said testator and at his request, that said testator at the times of Executing said will and Codicil was of full age of sound mind and memory and not under any restraints.All of which testimony was by the court redressed to writing and filed and it appearing to the Court that said will and codicil were duly executed attested and proved the same are admitted to probate A Record Attest Jas. W. Underhill Probate Judge