Thursday, August 9, 2012

Will of Stephen Freyling

This post is on the will of my wife's third-great-grandfather, Stephen Freyling. He was born on 9 November 1828 in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany. He immigrated sometime prior to 1852, when he married Katharina Wagner in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana on Halloween, 31 October 1852.

Last Will and Testament of Stephen Freyling (transcription)
My last will and Testament
I, the undersigned Stephen Freyling do hereby this 16th day of May A.D. 1893 make my last will and testament to will as follows:

Item 1st: I will and bequeath unto my son John Freyling all of that tract of land laying in Section Eighteen in Town five (5) in Warrick County, Indiana, under the terms to wit, that my said son John shall pay over out of said lands, to my daughter Anna Schlaugh the sum of two hundred dollars, payable twelve months from day of my death, to pay out to my daughter Lisabeth Freyling the sum of two hundred dollars payable two years from my death, and to pay out to my daughter Louisa Freyling two hundred dollars three years from date of my death, and to my daughter Rosa Freyling two hundred dollars four years from day of my death.

Item 2: It is further my will and desire that my home farm containing Eighty acres shall be sold by my children aforenamed and I hereby authorize them to make a warranty title to same.

Item 3: It is further my desire that my children shall from the proceeds realized out of the sale of said farm pay of and discharge all of my legal liabilities in full.

Item 4: It is further my desire that my four daughters aforenamed shall divide the surplus of money remaining after discharging all of my liabilities equally among themselves in such manner as they may deemed expedient to themselves. In testimony whereof that the foregoing is my earnest and last will and desire I have hereunto set my hand this the 16th day of May 1893.

Stephen Freyling [Seal]

We the undersigned George J. Meyer and William Rech do hereby certify that Stephen Freyling has in our presence declared and signed the above and foregoing as his last will and testament - this the 16th day of May 1893.
George J. Meyer
Wm Rech

State of Indiana Warrick County:

Be it remembered, that on the 17th day of July 1893. George J. Meyer, one of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing last will and testament of Stephen Freyling [bottom of page cut off]

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appeared before the clerk of the Circuit Court of Warrick County, in the State of Indiana, and being duly sworn by the clerk of said court, upon his oath, declared and testified as follows, that is to say: That on the 16th day of May 1893 he saw the said Stephen Freyling sign his name to said instrument in writing as and for his last will and testament; and that this deponent, at the same time, heard the said Stephen Freyling declare the said instrument in writing to be his last will and testament; and that the said instrument in writing was, at the same time, at the request of the said Stephen Freyling and with his consent attested and subscribed by the said George J. Meyer and Wm Rech in the presence of said testator, and in the presence of each other, as subscribing witnesses thereto, and that the said Stephen Freyling was, at the time of the signing and subscribing of said instrument in writing as aforesaid, of full age (that is more than twenty-one years of age,) and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and not under any coercion or restraint, as the said deponent very believes and further deponent says not.

George J. Meyer

Sworn to and subscribed by the said George J. Meyer before me John W. Perigo clerk of said court at Boonville the 17th day of July 1893.

John W. Perigo clerk

In attestation whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the seal of said court.

John W. Perigo

State of Indiana Warrick County, so:
I, John W. Perigo, clerk of the circuit court of Warrick County, Indiana, do hereby certify that the within annexed will and testament of Stephen Freyling has been duly admitted to probate, and duly proved by the testamony of George J. Meyer, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, that a complete record of said will, and of the testimony of the said George J. Meyer in proof thereof, has been by me duly made and recorded in Book 3, at Pages 357 & 358, of the record of wills of said county.

In attestation whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the seal of said court at Boonville this 17th day of July 1893.

John W. Perigo clerk
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Stephen Freyling died on 28 June 1893 in Campbell Township, Warrick County, Indiana. He is buried in Zoar Cemetery in Elberfeld, Warrick County, Indiana.
Source: Findagrave.com
Two of Stephen's children married children of Nikolaus Rech. John Andrew Freyling married Karolina Rech in 1890, while Catherine Elizabeth Freyling married William Rech in 1893.

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