Does anyone have a copy of the original John George Overmyer will, probated at Sunbury PA on Nov 29, 1805, final settlement in 1810?I have a transcript; that won't work for my supplemental application to the Sons of the American Revolution.
I wrote the Register of Wills in Sunbury back in 1984 and they couldn't find a copy.Supposedly, it was recorded on will book 2, page 3.
I would be happy to pay photocopy and postage costs.Contact me by clicking on my name, above.
Below is a transcript of the will.I've prepared a 10 page biography of Capt Overmyer and will send it via attachment to an e-mail to anyone who wants it.
“In the Name of God Amen.I George Overmire of Buffaloe Township in the county of Northumberland and State of Pennsylvania am become through age and infirmitys weak in Body, but thanks to God of sound and disposing mind and memory.Therefore calling to mind the Mortality of my Body, & knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to Die do make and ordain this Instrument of Writing to be my last Will and Testament.
“And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith I have been blessed with and now in possession of-- I give devise and dispose of in the following Manner and form, to wit--
“first it is my Will, and I order and allow my funeral Charges and just debts to be paid, out of the whole of my Estate.
"Secondly, it is my Will, and I order and allow my funeral Charges and just debts to be paid, out of the whole of my Estate.
"Secondly, it is my Will, and I order and allow my beloved Wife Barbara to live and remain in my mantion House wherein I now live, during her natural life, but should an other House be provided for her on the premises to her satisfaction she may go and live there if she thinks proper, in order to be more retired; and she is to have one Horse or Mare her choice of all I have; and one cow her choice also, two Beds and Bedsteads and all furniture thereto belonging her choice, and as much household and Kitchen furniture as she shall choose, one Tea Table, one Tea Keattle and Tea Occupage, my chest and what chairs she wants, and what other necessarys she may choose;
“And I further and allow my beloved Wife her Horse and Cow to be maintained and supported out of the rents issues and profits of my Estate with every necessary she shall stand in need of in prosperity or adversity, such as Bread Meat, Firewood laid to her Door, a quarter of an acre of Flax sow'd yearly and broke in good order, and laid into her House, ten Bushels of Potatoes, three Barrels of Sider, and thirty Bushels of Apples Yearly if they grow & her choice of the half of the garden, and in case she should be necessitated for a girl to help her in her old age she is to be supplied immediately with one by my Executors or the Survivors of them at the expense of my
whole estate, and I fully impower my Ex’ors or the survivor of them to see my beloved Wife have ample justice don her according to this my Will and directions--
“Item It is my Will and I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son George one hundred and eighteen acres and one hundred and forty perches of Land agreeable to a Draught lately made by Frederich Evans, it being the same Tract of Land whereon my sd. Son now lives which I impower him my said son George to grant bargain sell and convey the Land aforesaid as soon as possible, and to the best advantage, and make to the purchaser thereof a sufficient Title in fee simple as I myself could or might do were I personally present, and the monies arising therefrom I order and allow to be disposed of as follows to wit,
“one hundred pounds I first allow as soon as received to my said Son George, and thirty pounds to my beloved wife and the remainder to be divided amongst all my children male and female share and share alike from time to time as received--
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Peter one hundred acres and forty nine perches of Land agreeable to a Draught lately made by Frederick Evans being the same place whereon my said son Peter now lives which I impower him to grant bargain sell and convey the land aforesd. as soon as possible & to the best advantage and make to the purchaser thereof a sufficient title in fee as I myself might or could do were I personally present, and the monies arising therefrom I order and allow to be disposed of as follows, to wit,
“one hundred pounds I allow my son Peter out of the first money received; and the remainder thereof to be divided amongst all my children male & female share & share alike from time to time as received--
"Item, It is my will and I order and allow my Executors hereinafter named or the Survivors of them, to have all my right and power to grant bargain sell and convey at public or private sale as they shall judge best, and to the best advantage all my real and personal Estate as soon after my Decease as may be convenient and full power to make sufficient Titles in fee to the purchaser or Purchasers thereof and the Money arising from the sale of my real Estate I give and devise unto my beloved wife and sons and daughters to wit,
“first to my beloved wife, then to my sons and daughters to wit, George, Peter, Philip, John, David, Jacob, Catharine, Margrets children, Elizabeth, Eve, Ester, Magdalena and Barbara, and every of them share and share alike to them & each of them their heirs & assigns forever; excepting my Son John,
“first I allow to my said son John over and above his share last above mentioned Eighteen pounds to be first taken out of the whole--and the residue to be divided as afore directed--
“And also I give unto my said son Jacob over his share above mentioned my Rifle gun, Powder Horn, Shotpouch and Bullet moles,
“and it is my will and I order and allow my Executors herein after mentioned or the survivors of them that as soon as they receive the first sale of my real estate that they pay the whole of it to my beloved wife and my six sons above mentioned share and share alike, & the remainder of my sd. real Estate I allow to be paid when received by my Executors from time to time unto all my Sons & Daughters aforesaid share and share alike unto them their heirs & assigns forever--
“Item, it is my Will further and I order and allow my Ex’ors herein after mentioned or the survivor of them that after the sale of my Personal Estate above mentioned the monies arising therefrom I give and bequeath as follows, to wit,
“first unto my beloved Wife the one full third of all the monies arising therefrom; and the residue of my said personal Estate, I order to be equally divided amongst all my Sons and Daughters before mentioned share and share alike to them their heirs and assigns forever--
“all my legacies herein bequeathed I order and allow to be received and paid without delay--
"It is my will that if in case any of my said children should die before Marriage and without lawful issue, then and in that case, I order and allow their share of this my Estate to be equally divided between all my surviving children share and share alike.
“It is my will further that in case any one or more of my children herein before mentioned should not agree or be satisfied with this my last Will and Testament and with the legacys by me to them bequeathed but attempts to break this my Will and makes disturbances in my family by commencing law suits or abusing or treating any one or more of my family in an unbecoming way & manner; then and in that case it is my Will and I do hereby declare and pronounce him or her so offending their share or shares of my Estate herein before by me bequeathed to be fully and absolutely forever forfeited to all intents and purposes--
“and their share or shares I order & allow my Ex’ors or the Survivor of them who I give full power to sell & convey to the best advantage and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided between my beloved wife and the rest of my well behaving children share and share alike--
"and lastly, I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my beloved sons George, Peter, & John to be my whole & sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking and making null & void all former & other wills by me heretofore made ratifying acknowledging and pronouncing of this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.
“On Witness whereof I the said George Overmire have hereunto set my hand & seal theDay ofIn the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Ninety.(signed)George Overmire.
“Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and declared by the said George Overmire in the presence of us who have Subscribed our names here as witnesses.Nicholas Miller, Henry Vanderslice, Jesse Simpson.Northumberland County Pa.
“Will proved on 29th day of November in the year of our Lord 1805.”(Will Book II, page 3)