Joseph Leisey's Will
December 10, 1825

   In the name of God amen!     I Joseph
Leisey of Cocalico Township in the County of Lancaster and State of
Pennsylvania, weaver, being old and weak in body but of sound and
dispoiling mind, memory and understanding (praised be God for it) and
considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof
and to the end I may be the better prepared to leave this world whenever
it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and declare this
my last will and Testament, in manner following, that is to say, First
and principally of all I commend my immortal soul into the hands of
Almighty God my Creator, hoping for free pardon and remission of all
my sins, and to enjoy everlasting happiness in the heavenly kingdom through
Jesus Christ my Saviour, my body I commit to the earth to be buried in
a decent and Christian like manner at the direction of my Executor hereinafter
named and as to ??? such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless
me in this life, I give, divide and dispose of the same in the following
manner to wit.
First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sophia all my land
and real estate, together with all the buildings and improvements
thereon erected and being situate in the township of Cocalico aforesaid for her
use as long as she remains my widow and no longer.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my said wife Sophia all my household
and kitchen furniture, clothes, linen, beds, bedsteads, cows, hogs, and as much
of my other personal estate of every kind, quality or condition as she chooses to
keep for her use (excepting cash and outstanding debts) to hold the same
to her as long as she remains my widow and no longer.
Item. It is my will and I order and direct that all other articles
whatsoever which my said wife has no use for and is willing or satisfied
to part with shall be sold at public vendue by my hereinafter named
Executor as soon as conveniently may be after my decease and out of

the cash (if any) outstanding debts and the money arising from such sale
and disposition as aforesaid I order and direct my hereinafter named Executor
to pay off and discharge all my just and legal debts, funeral expenses and
the reasonable costs and charges which may attend the putting of my estate
and the residence and remainder thereof if any there be, after payment of any
debts &c as aforesaid, shall be equally divided amongst all my children
hereinafter named, share and share alike.
Item. I order and direct that after the decease or marriage of my beloved
wife Sophia all the remaining affects real and personal shall be sold by
my hereinafter named Executor or the survivor of them at public vendue
to the highest and best bidder either for cash or for payments as they
in their discretion may think most beneficial for my estate; and the said
Executors or the survivor of them may sell the said real estate either in the
whole or in parts as to them shall seem most advantageous and I do hereby
empower my hereinafter named Executor or the survivor of them to execute
a good and lawful deed or deeds for the same to the purchaser or purchasers
thereof which deed or deeds so given and executed I acknowledge shall be as
valid and afectual in law as if I myself had given or executed the same
in my lifetime; and the money so arising from the said sale or sales
shall be divided amongst all my children their heirs and assigns,
namely John Leisey, George Leisey, Catharine Leisey, Joseph Leisey, Henry
Leisey, Jacob Leisey, Peter Leisey and Adam Leisey in equal portions.
Share and share alike.
And lastly I nominate, constitute and appoint my said son Peter
Leisey and my friend and neighbor Jacob Bucher [jun?] to be the Executors
of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I
have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this Tenth day of December Anno
Domini one thousand eight hundred and twenty five.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Willbook O, volume 1, page 520