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The Will of Ludwig Mäintzger


On 2 May, 1776, Ludwig Mäintzger wrote his last will and testament, as follows:

In the name of God, Amen, the last will and testament of Lodawick Mintsker and of Lodawick Mintsker of Upper Paxton Township in the County of Lancaster, Province of Pennsylvania, being an enlisted soldier in defense of said Province and Captain John Murray and is now of Perfect Memory and sound judgement, but calling to remembrance that it is appointed for all men once to Die and afterward to be judged. First I commend my Soul to God who gave it and my Body to the Care of my executors to be buried in a Christian and decent manner and as to That Worldly Goods it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I desire they may be disposed of in the following after my Just Debts are paid. Viz:

First I leave and bequeath to my son John Mintsker one dollar if demanded.

Secondly, I leave and bequeath to my Son George Mintsker one dollar if demanded.

Thirdly, I leave and bequeath to my son Casper Mintsker one dollar if demanded.

Fourthly, I leave and bequeath to my son in law Peter Hashouer one dollar if demanded.

Fifthly, I leave and bequeath to my son in law Henry Albright one dollar if demanded.

Sixthly, I leave and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Mintsker one dollar if demanded.

Seventhly, I leave and bequeath to my Son Lodawick Mintsker all the remaining part of my worldly substance, goods and chattels, he being obligated to maintain his mother, my dear and loving wife during her natural life, allowing still that he, my said son, is deceased before her, is of age, all my real and personal estate shall be equally divided among my other children above mentioned.

And I do hereby constitute and appoint Captain James Murray and John Tice to see this my last will and testament faithfully and fully executed and I do publish, pronounce, and declare this to be my last will and testament given under my hand and seal the second day of May in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six (1776).

Sealed, signed and delivered, published, pronounced and declared in the presence of Jacob Cook, Ephraim Moore and George Moore.

Lodowick Mintsker ( Seal )

Lancaster County, to wit: On the fifteenth day of March anno domine 1777 before me the subscriber personally appeared Jacob Cook and George Moore, two of the subscribing witnesses to the above will and in their corporal oaths did depose and say that they were present and saw and heard Lodowick Mintsker the testator above sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the within and above writing as and for his last will and testament, and that at the doing thereof he was of sound and well disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge observation and belief.

Peter Hoofnagle, Registrar