Photos of the will and estate documents of Simon Dreisbach Jr
Here you can view and download photos of Simon Dreisbach Jr's handwritten will as well as of the estate inventory. All documents were photographed at the Northampton County Archives, 999 Conroy Place, Forks Township, Pennsylvania.
The last Will and Testament of Simon Dreisbach Jr (1730 - 1806) with two codicils to his will.
Below is the inventory of Simon Dreisbach Jr's possessions which were enumerated on 27 January 1807.
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Below is a photo of the tombstone of Simon Dreisbach Jr. located in the cemetery of Zion's Stone UCC Church, Kreidersville, PA. Below it is the English translation of the German text.
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A translation of the German text on the tombstone of Simon Dreisbach Jr, located in the cemetery of Zion's Stone UCC Church, Kreidersville, PA.
resting in the grave
are the remains of
Simon Dreisbach, Esq.
He lived and labored for the wellbeing of his country,
(for which he) offered up many years of faithful service
and likewise a part of his best Energies:
(He) treasured, honored and furthered Christianity
and brought blessings to this Congregation,
with care, fidelity and upright Zeal
(He fulfilled) a long series of years in the office of an experienced, meritorious Elder:
Courageous, he won (his) final battle,
Fervently praying, full of hope as a Christian.
He was born the 18th Feb. 1730
in the county (of) Wittgenstein,
in Oberndorf. Died in 1806 the 17th December
Aged 70 years, 9 months.
His funeral text was Job, Chap. 7 v. 12
Below is the "Account of Jacob Dreisbach one of the Executors of the Last Will Of Simon Dreisbach." Written on 4 Feb. 1807. It is one large sheet of paper that has been folded to form "pages" and is called an 'exemplification'. This consists of a recording of money that flowed into and out of Simon Dreisbach Jr's estate in the months immediately following Simon's death on 17 Dec. 1806. It is extremely interesting because of the detail given to expenses paid.
The document is located in the Estate File, #2513, Northampton County Archives, 999 Conroy Place, Forks Township, PA. (just outside of Easton, PA).