Re: Will of Heinrich (Henry) Hershberger Shenandoah (Page) County VA, died Feb. 1788
Posted by Patrict Seaver in 2003.
Here is my transcription of the translation of the will of Henry Hershberger. The translation was one that was done at the time of Henry's death, and is entered in the Shenandoah County, VA Will Book B-438a and B-438b. I have a photocopy of the will as it was written in German, but I don't read German. I took it to a native speaker of German to clarify the Christian/Christina question. She said that the will is written in an unusual dialect. One possibility is that the Hershbergers were Swiss. Of course, the English written in 1788 sounds strange now, too.
Words with * before them indicate that the spelling is as it appears in the translation.
Will Book B-438a
Anno 1788 made for a Testament
That the Man was by his good *sences
That the *Tree Eldest Children shall have each fifty *pound before, that is their share they have nothing more to receive.
From All Moveables, shall the Wife have her Third part, and after all Debts are paid then shall have the same have a Share as a Child more to her part.
Anna Hershberger, John Hershberger, Henry Hershberger, Abraham Hershberger, Christina Hershberger, Samuel Hershberger, Daniel Hershberger & David Hershberger the remaining shall have the Oldest to the Youngest equal Shares.
That the Children may be well be provided for *the John and Henry shall be brought to a Trade
the Two Little Ones shall be bound out *untill Sixteen year of age and then shall the likewise be brought to a Trade.
After my Decease shall every thing *been brouught to an Inventory and sold at a public Sale.
And that *the Abraham and Christina may be *send to *Scool *untill *the learn to read and *the Abraham to write, likewise shall David and Daniel be *send to *Scool *till *the learn to read and write. for Guardians are hereby appointed Martin Kaufmann and John Hackmann. This is my Will which I Certify with my own Hand.
Henry (+) Hershberger
Will Book B-438b
Christian Hershberger Jacob Hershberger Elisabeth Hershberger shall not be *totaly excluded but shall each of them have Five *Shilling of my Estate