In the name of God, Amen, I Christian Gore of the Borough of New Freedom, York County, State of Pennsylvania, being of Sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of the frail and transitory life, do therefore make, ordain, publish, and declare this to be my last Will and Testament:
That is to say, First, after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, the residue of my estate, real and personal, I wish to remain, as if I were alive, to carry on my present business namely, the lumber, grocery, dry goods, hardware & trade, under the name, as now, of C. Gore and Sons, all profits arising therefrom to go into the general funds; but, Should there be at any time a loss such as to justify a winding up of the present business, then my dear Wife and children, shall select three persons from among my most judicious friends and they, concuring (sic); the business shall cease or that part that may not be profitable. But if one or more of the firm only becomes dissatisfied, then as before directed, they, my dear wife and children, shall select three persons from my most - Judicious friends and they shall say what must be done under the circumstances, and those drawing out must be satisfied with there (sic) decision. If at any time my dear Wife and children determine upon the sale of the real and personal property, after due trial as before intimated, then they, my dear Wife and children, shall as before directed, Select from among my most judicious friends three persons, they concuring with my dear Wife and children; and only then, Shall Sale be made of all my real and personal property, and after my dear Wife receives her one third of the Same; during her natural life, and each child living, to share alike, so that each child receive no more than the other of the two thirds that may remain of my estate, and at the death of my dear wife, her one third, be equally divided among my children that may survive her.
Likewise I make, constitute, and appoint my friend, J. W. Cullum, My Son, Upton H. Gore, Executors & my dear Wife Hester A. Gore Executrix of this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.
In witness, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my Seal, the twenty seventh day of May, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and Seventy eight.
The above written instrument was subscribed by the Said Christian Gore, in our presence, and acknowledged by him to each of us; and he at the same time published and declared the above instrument So subscribed to be his last will and testament; and at the testators request, and in his presence, have signed our names as witnesses hereto, and written oposite (sic) our names our places of residence.
H. Y. Hoffacker New Freedom York Co. Penn
Spencer M. Free, New Freedom York Co. Pa.
Charles Gore, Balto. Co., Md.
Before me John S. Hiestand, Register for the Probate of Wills and of Granting Letters of Administration, in and for the County of York, personally appeared, H. F. Hoffacker, of New Freedom Borough Pa and
Charles Gore of Baltimore County, Md. two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing Will, who, upon being duly qualified according to law, do depose and Say, that they were personally present and saw and heard Christian Gore of the Borough of New Freedom, deceased, the testator sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the within and foregoing instrument of writing as and for his last Will and Testament, and at the time of his so doing, he the testator, was of sound and disposing mind,
memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief, and that they witnessed the same at the request of the testator, and in the presence of each other at the same time.
Sworn and subscribed to by H. F. Hoffacker and Charles Gore before me this 20th day of June, A. D. 1878.
John S. Hiestand, Register
H. F. Hoffacker
Spencer M. Free, the third witness, to the within Will, being out of the County at the time of Probating this Will, and could not conveniently appear, before me, therefore his testimony could not be taken.
John S. Hiestand Register
Christian Gore, the said decedent, died June 5th A. D. 1878, at or about 1 o'clock in the after-noon, as per affidavit in Book No. 1, page 140, filed June 20th A. D. 1878. Letters Testamentary on the foregoing Will of Christian Gore, deceased, were granted to J. W. Cullum and Upton H. Gore, The Executors, and Hester A. Gore the Executrix, named in the said Will, after being duly qualified according to Law, on the 20th day of June A. D. 1878
John S. Hiestand Register
source: Liber 1: Folio 140, New Freedom, York County, Pennsylvania
Christian Gore was born in Baltimore County, Maryland in 1818 and lived there until, in 1871, he moved, with his family, to New Freedom, York County, Pennsylvania.)
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