Valley of the Shadow
The Eve of War
Fall 1859–Spring 1861

Letters & Diaries

Franklin County Will Book
Pennsylvania State Archives
Jacob Moatz

Jacob Moatz


In the name of God Amen. I Jacob Moatz of Washington County State of Maryland being in good health and of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the Certainty of Death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof, as made and publish this My last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almight God and my body to the earth to be accently[??] buried at the dis[illegible] my Executors and after my debts and funeral expenses are paid I give & devise [illegible] I order and direct my Executors hereinafter mentioned in a reasonable transfer . . . [illegible part] . . . of all my real and personal property, and to collect all debts . . . [illegible part] . . . the proceeds thereof as hereinafter directed. Him [?] I give and by . . . [illegible part] . . . the sum of five hundred dollars, Him I give and . . . [illegible section]. . . is because I have already paid him his full Share. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Jonathon Shindel [?] and Solomon Hiery Executors of this my last will and testament. Signed Sealed and deliverd by Jacob Moatz Sr.[?] and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in the presence of each other and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

Jacob Moatz

George W. Smith

S. S. Daconin [?]

Solomon Funk


Franklin County SS.

Before me George W. Toms Register of the probate of wills so in & for said County personally came Solomon Funk and S. S. Daconin subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing who being duly sworn according to law aid depose and say that they were personally present and saw Jacob Moatz now deceased write his name unto and hear him publish pronounce and declare the same as and for his last will and testament and that at the time of the doing thereof he was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding according to the best of of their knowledge and belief and that their names thereunto subscribed as witnesses are in their own proper hand writing and done at the same time. Sworn & subscribed this 3rd day of April 1859 Before me

Geo. W. Toms-- Regr.

Solomon Funk S. S. Daconin


Franklin County SS.

April 3rd 1859 You Solomon Hiery [illegible] swear by Almighty God the Searcher of all hearts that as Executor of the last will and testament of Jacob Moatz. You will will and truly administer the goods & Chattels, rights and Credits of said deceased according to law, and also diligently and faithfully regard and will [illegible] truly comply with the provision of the law relating to collateral inheritances.

Before Me

George. W. Toms---Register

A true copy taken from the Original Nov. 25th, 1859

Geo. W. Toms Regs.