In the name of God Amen, I, Christiann Zimmerman of Carroll County, in the State of Maryland, being sick and weak in body, but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding and considering the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me, hence do therefore make & publish this, my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say, First and principally I commit my Soul unto the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor, hereinafter named and after my debts and funeral charges are met, I desire and bequeath as follows.
-- -- -- -- bequeath unto my beloved daughter Caroline, intermarried to Samuel Zepp, all my personal property together with all my real estate situate in Carroll County, and adjoining lands of Jacob Seilers, John Rickey and others and containing about twenty acres of land, more or less, to her, her heirs, and assigns forever upon condition that she comfortably support, maintain and pay proper attention to me in sickness during the remainder of natural life.
And whereas I have money standing out, I will and direct that my Executor hereinafter - - - collect the same and pay all of my debts & funeral charges out of the same and the balance of all money to be equally divided among my ten children, their heirs, assigns, share and share alike by, Elizabeth, intermarried to Henry Keller; Polly, intermarried to Andrew Miller; George Zimmerman; John Zimmerman; Lydia, intermarried to William Runk; Christian Zimmerman; Henry Zimmerman; Sarah Ann, intermarried to Jacob Rumler; Adam Zimmerman; and Caroline, intermarried to Samuel Zepp; to them, their heirs, assigns, as a full portion of my estate, both real personal & - - - -
Then I further will and direct that all the expenses that may accrue in the settlement of said estate, together with the aforesaid debts and funeral charges be paid out of my withstanding money and then the balance of this money to be equally divided among my ten children, their heirs and assigns, share and share-alike. And all the aforementioned personal estate to my said daughter Caroline, her heirs and assigns forever, free, clear and discharged from all expenses whatsoever arising from the settlement of said estate.
And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my Son in law, Samuel Zepp to be the Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, -- -- -- confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament. In Testimony thereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix my Seal the twenty sixth day of November, in the Year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty five.
Signed and Sealed, Published & declared by
her,Christiann Zimmerman the above
named. - -- for her
last will & testament in the presence of us, who at her request, in her
presence & the presence of each other have subscribed our names.
John Baumbartner, Register
Source: Carroll County Wills, Liber JB#1, f.630. Dated: 11/26/1855
Submitted by: Joan Gustafson firstname.lastname@example.org
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