My gggg grandfather, Daniel Beckley, resided in Brunswig Twp Berks Co, later Schuylkill Co Pa.He was probably born before 1770.He waspossibly the son of Johan and Magdalena Bockli (Beckley).He moved from PA to Wayne Co. OH where he died in 1843.His descendants moved to IN and KS.
Johan Bockli or John Beckley died in 1796 in Rockland Township, Berks Co, PA.He left minor daughters Ester and Magdalena.The latter could be your Mary Magdalene as Magdalena was a minor in 1796.This identification is far from certain, as is my Daniel being identical with John Beckley's son, Daniel.However, the will may be of help:Will of John Beckly of Rockland Twp.,” 11 Feb. 1796, Berks Co., Penn., John Beckly probate file, Register of Wills, Berks County Services Center, Reading, Penn.Photocopy of original in possession of writer.The original will is in German with a contemporary translation as follows:In the name of almighty God Amen, I John Beckly of Rockland Township, Berks County, and State of Pennsylvania, am of sound mind and understanding, God be thanked therefor who brings to my recollection the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all mankind once to die do make and order this my last Will and Testament, particularly and for the first I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, who has given it [and] my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent and christian like burying place as my hereinafter mentioned Executors shall find proper, not doubting I shall again receive the same in the general resurrection this the mighty power of God, and _____ such worldly estate with which it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and bequeath them in the following manner:It is my will and I hereby order that my son, Daniel Beckly shall pay all my just debts , all right and as soon as possible.I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Magdalena, all the furniture and what is left after my death and not bequeath to my after mentioned children or which shall be bequeathed hereby, to do with the same as they pleases except my Chert, my dark and ___ clothes which I hereby bequeath unto my son, Daniel Beckly.It is my will and I hereby order that after my death my son, Daniel Beckly, shall take the Land into Possession which lies and is situated in Rockland Township and County of Berks and adjoining to land of Daniel Peter, Peter Schady, William Cronnath and others, containing sixty-one acres of Land, be the same more or less and shall then give to his mother, Magdalena, yearly five Pounds in gold & silver money of Pennsylvania, as long as she lives in this world, and after her death the above mentioned sixty-one acres of Land shall be the same more or less and I hereby devise the same to my son, Daniel Beckly, his heirs and to whom he shall assign it for ever and ever after the true meaning of this.It is my will and I hereby order, that my daughter, Esther Beckly, shall have two hundred Pounds, gold and silver money, which is in Bond and which my son Daniel Beckly has to pay and the Bond first payable to me is on this twenty seventh of May, 1805 of fifty Pound and there yearly always on the 27th of May fifty Pound which Bonds my hereinafter mentioned Executors shall keep for my daughter Ester and the said Bonds shall become due & be paid, my daughter Ester shall have it without delay.It is my will and I hereby order that my daughter, Magdalena Beckly shall have two hundred Pounds gold & silver which is in bond and which my son, Daniel Beckly, has to pay, and the first bond is payable to me this 27th of May 1809 of fity Pounds and then yearly always on the 27th of May fifty Pounds, which Bonds my herein aftermentioned executors shall keep for my daughter Magdalena and as the said bonds become due and are paid, my daughter Magdalena shall have it without delay after this according to the true meaning hereof.It is my will and I hereby appoint Nicolaus Heist my only and true Executor, as also to be Guardian for my said two daughters Ester & Magdalena untill they shall come to their proper ages of one and twenty years according to the true meaning hereof.And I the aforementioned John Beckle, recall annull and make void and declair void all my by me heretofore made Wills & Testaments & bequests make and order this & no other to be my last Will & Testament In witness of all which I have hereto put my own hand & seal this eleventh day of February in the year of our Lord 1796.John Bickle (seal).Signed and sealed in our & each of our Presence, who have on his request & in the Presence of each of subscribed our hand & names as witnesses, Simon Linck, Abraham Hech.A true translation from the original German will by Frederick Smith, Junr.
Ibid.,Letters Testamentary granted to Nicholas Heist, Sole Executor therein named, his being first sworn thereto, 18thApril 1796.
Ibid.A just and true Inventory and Conscionable Appraisement of all and singular the Goods and Chattels, Rights and Credits which were of John Beckly, late of Rockland Township, in the County of Berks, Yeoman, deceased.A bed, Beadstead & Suit of Curtains, £12.-.-.One at £6, a small Bedstead 3/9, £6.3.9.A Feather Bed & Blanket, £12.-.-.8 Bags & 12 Bread-Baskets, £184.108.40.206 Spinning Wheels, Cradle, Woolwheel, 2 feet of wool...., £2.17.3.A Kitchen D____, with all the Kitchen Furniture therein, £12.-.-.A Clothes press, 30/, 4 ___ Cloth, & 3 at Chest 45/, £3.15.-....7 Table Cloths & 7 Towels & 1 Wallet2/6 £220.127.116.11 Old Chairs 7/6, 1 large & 2 small tubs 33/, £2.-.6.1 Copper Kettle, 1 Iron, & 3 Iron pots, £3.15.-.Baskets 7/6, Buckets & Churn 15/, £18.104.22.168 Old Bake Trough & Old B_ baskets, £-.10.-.Earthen pots 10/, Forks, Hoes & Splitting Tools, 20/, £1.10.-.1 Grindstone 2/6. 1 Hatchet & 3 Flat Iron 12/, £-.14.6.3 Old Buckets 2/, 12 Cow Chains & log Chain 30/, £1.12.-.1 Half bushel 3 Rakes, 1 Riddle & 1 Cradle, £-.7.6.3 Bottles 6/ 1 Frying pan, Coffee Kettle, Sprinkling pot & Tong 22/6, £1.8.6.Books, Pepper & Alspice, 1 Desk, 1 Lock & 1 Jug, £-.12.-.6 Pots, with Hogs lard & Tallow, £-.12.-.Potatoes 10/, 9 Poplar boards & Old Saw 7/6, £-.17.6.1 Woman Saddle & 1 Man Saddle, £-.15.-.[subtotal] £72.19.-.Goods bequeathed by the Testator to his son, Daniel Beckly, viz:13 shirts 60/ 6 pair of Trousers 15/, £3.15.-.2 Coats 20/ 2 pair of Britches 20/ 1 Fur Hat 30/, £3.10.-.3 Jackets & 3 pair of Stockings, £-.10.-.1 Chest 22/6, 1 Desk £5, £6.2.6.[subtotal] £13.17.6.[total] £86.16.6.Appraised by us the subscribers on the twenty-sixth day of April, in the Year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hundred and ninety six.The whole amounting to eighty six pounds, sixteen shillings and six pence.Daniel Limbacht Christian Weiser.1796. Apr. 27th Here appears Daniel Limbach, on oath and Christian Weiser, on his solemn Affirmation, were duly Qualified to the above appraisment according to Law--Chris. Barranstine.