Facts and Events
Johan George Kersh was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Will of George Kersh
- Will of Johan George Kersh, made July 16, 1841, proved February 24, 1845, Augusta Co., Virginia, Book 26, p. 259.
- I, George Kersh of the County of Augusta and State of Virginia being of sound mind and sane memory do hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, to wit:
- 1st It is my desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid by my executor out of my personal estate.
- 2ndly I give and bequeath to the heirs of my Unknown Jacob Kersh, dec'd namely to Eliza Craun, wife of Elias Craun, Rebecca Craun, wife of John Craun, George Kersh, Adam Kersh and Amanda Kersh, Unknown and heirs of my said Unknown Jacob Kersh dec'd, the following property namely; I give and bequeath to the aforesaid heirs all jointly and severally & their joint and several heirs for ever three hundred acres of land situated in Rockingham Co., Virginia, and adjoining the lands of Matthias Kersh, Peter Haynes & Stoutamoyer, being the same land I purchased of Jacob Ringer's heirs. I also give & bequeath to the said heirs of my Unknown Jacob twenty seven acres of land being the whole of an undivided fifth part of a plantation of my brother Jacob Kersh dec'd & the said fifth part of which I enherited at his death this also lies in Rockingham County adjoining the aforesaid three hundred acres & also adjoins Matthias Kersh & Haynes. Upon condition however that the said heirs of my said Unknown Jacob Kersh dec'd Shall for the three hundred and twenty seven acres of land pay to my executor the sum of one thousand six hundred dollars in the following manner viz. fourteen hundred dollars of which shall be paid within twelve months after my decease & the residue thereof within three years thereafter and the said sixteen hundred dollars when so paid into the hands of my executor shall be deemed personal estate to be disposed of as hereinafter mentioned.
- 3rdly To my Unknown Matthias Kersh and his heirs forever I give and bequeath the plantation on which I now reside containing about two hundred & fifty acres of land being the same I inherited from my father. I also give and bequeath to my said Unknown Matthias twenty eight acres of land being the whole of the undivided fifth part of one hundred & forty one acres which I inherited from my brother Jacob dec'd. the said land lies in Rockingham County & adjoins Hayns & my said Unknown Mathias, two shares of which said tract having been already purchased by said Mathias Kersh for and in consideration of which said bequest herein before made my said Unknown Mathia shall pay to my executor the sum of one thousand eight hundred dollars in the following manner viz. fourteen hundred dollars to be paid to my executor within twelve months after my decease & the residue thereof within three years thereafter. the said sum of eighteen hundred dollars when so paid to my executor to be deemed personal estate in his hands to be disposed of as herein after mentioned
- 4th To my Unknown Mary Ann Kersh and her heirs forever I give and bequeath one hundred and sixty four acres of land adjoining the aforesaid tract upon which I reside & which I have bequeathed to my Unknown Mathias, being the same tract of land I purchased of James Rankin and Mattew Blair upon condition nevertheless that my said Unknown Mary Ann shall pay to my executor within twelve months after my decease the sum of twelve hundred dollars which said sum is to be considered personal estate in his hands to be distributed as hereinafter mentioned
- 5thly It is my desire that the undivided fifth part of the tract sixty five acres of land which I inherited from my brother Jacob & which lies in Rockingham County adjoining the lands of Matthias Kersh shall be sold by my executor & the proceeds thereof to be deemed personal estate in his hands to be distributed as hereinafter mentioned
- 6th In the lifetime of my Unknown Jacob, each of my three Unknown among themselves made a divide of my household furniture, stock & other moveable property except money & except also a bureau some beds & furniture retained by me and all the articles each rec'd was charged to them respectively with the price annexed in a book. Now in the division of my personal estate it is my desire that his book account shall be taken as so much received by each of my said heirs & as it is my desire ultimately to make an equal distribution amongst my Unknown I wish the amount each has received to be deducted from their proportional part of my personal estate, so as to make them equal.
- 7thly It is also my will that the bonds I hold against my sons Jacob and Matthias for money loaned shall be charged to them respectively and also a receipt for money paid for my Unknown Jacob is to be charged to his heirs & all of which sums are to be paid to my executor & to be considered as part of my personal estate.
- 8thly It is my will and desire that all the aforesaid money so paid by my heirs to my executor as well as all other monies and all the residue of my personal estate of every kind shall be equally divided between my said heirs Matthias Kersh, Mary Ann Kersh & the heirs of my Unknown Jacob Kersh dec'd. that is to say that the heirs of my Unknown Jacob shall receive their fathers proportion of the one third part of my personal estate.
- Lastly I hereby nominate & appoint my beloved Unknown Matthias Kersh executor of this my last will & testament by me heretofore made. It is also my will & desire that my said executor shall not be required to give security for his performance as usual in such cases. In testimony whereof I have hereunto assigned my name & affixed my seal this sixteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & forty one.
- Signed & sealed in the presence of us
- (signed) George Kersh (Seal)
- Wit: Givens Fulton, Samuel Miller, Hamman P. Hahn
- In the County Court of Augusta Fey 24th 1845 - This last will and testament of George Kersh dec'd being at the last term proved by the oath of one of the subscribing witnesses hereto was this day further proved by I. Givens Fulton another subscribing witts hereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Matthias Kersh the executor therein named who made oath according to law and entered into and acknowledged in court a bond in the penalty of eight yhousand dollars conditioned as the law requires which bond is ordered to be recorded. Certificate is granted him the said Matthias Kersh for obtaining a probate of said will in due form. It appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the testator aforesaid hath left visable estate more than sufficient to pay all his debts and by his will hath directed that his executor should not be obliged to give security the court accordingly require none seeing no cause from their own knowledge or the suggestiions of creditors or legatees to suspect the executor of fraud & that the estate directed to be sold when the same may subjected by the said will to the payments of debts will be sufficient to discharge all the debts.
- Teste: Jefferson Kinney Clk.
- A Copy, W. D. Trout, D.C.A.C