I might as well make this subject even more confusing I guess. According to the info I have, Anna Catharina Alspach "may" have been married to Jacob Morehart, but the marriage records of that time show her and Jacob Minehart getting married. I also show her sister, Mary Catherine as marrying Peter Powell. Heinrich's will just makes things more confusing in that he mentions John Bensinger as his son-in-law, but basically disowns his daughter that he doesn't name. Here is his will, I hope someone can come up with some answers as I am obsessed with the "Kitty" Alspach/Jacob Morehart connection. Incidentally, Heinrich Alspach (Kitty's father) is the brother of Mary Alspach who was married to the patriarch of the Morehart's - John Morehart. One of their sons is the aforementioned Jacob Morehart.
THE WILL OF HEINRICH ALSPACH
(Translated from the original German)
In the name of God, amen. I, Henry Alspach senior, of Bloom Township, Fairfield County, Ohio, being weak in body but of sound mind, memory and understanding. Blessed be to God for the same. But considering the uncertainty of this transitory life. Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make and publish my last will and testament in the following manner. (Viz) First of all I recommend my immortal soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner, at the discretion of my executors, hereinafter named. And as to such worldly estate where with it has pleased God to bless me with in this world, I do give and dispose in manner following.
First after all my just debts and funeral expenses are paid by my hereinafter named executors, I do give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Catharine the sum of one hundred dollars exclusive of certain articles and privileges mentioned on a testament of writing, being dated the twenty fourth day of September, one thousand eight hundred and thirteen. The one hundred dollars to be paid to my wife by my executors out of the first money they shall receive out of my estate after my decease. Next it is my will and I order that my son Sebastian Alsbaugh shall have the premises whereon I now live or so much as I shall mention. That is, one hundred acres of my land with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, also my windmill, wagon, horse gears. And the same I do give and bequeath unto my said son Sebastian, to his heirs and assigns forever. Next, I do bequeath unto my son Henry Alsbaugh seventy five acres of land out of the same half section whereon I now dwell, with all the buildings and improvements thereon erected, to be taken of the north end of said half section, to his heirs and assigns forever. Next, I do give and bequeath unto my son Michael Alsbaugh, seventy five acres of land out of the same half section with all the buildings and improvements thereon erected, to be taken out of the south end of the same said half section, to his heirs and assigns forever. Next, I do give and bequeath unto my son Adam Alsbaugh the half of the south east quarter section number twenty, township fifteen, in range twenty. To be taken out of the south end with all the buildings and improvements thereon erected, to him his heirs and assigns forever. Next it is my will and I do bequeath unto my son George Alsbaugh's widow and orphan children, the north half of the above mentioned quarter section of land with all the buildings thereon erected. Further, it is my will as the widow of my said son George has married again and have already advanced and paid him the sum of forty two dollars and one half cent of money more than any of the rest of my children. Now it is my will that the above sum be charged against the estate of said George and if not paid by the administrators of the said George, then the said sum to be collected by my executors after my decease. And it is my will that if my sons cannot agree on dividing the said lands, then it is my will that it be divided by some disinterested persons agreeable to my will as near as may be that they choose. And as to my personal estate I do give and dispose of in the following manner. After my wife has received her one hundred dollars, then my daughter, Barbara, intermarried with Martin Kettering, Mary who is intermarried with Daniel Fall, who is now dead and she has again married a man with the name of Clinger and Daniel Alsbaugh have not yet received to the amount of one hundred dollars out of my estate, it is my will that the balance yet due them to make them equal to the other children shall be paid as follows. Barbara Kettering shall receive of my executors her share first. Then the balance yet coming to my daughter, Mary, intermarried with Clinger, she shall not receive any more part or share of my estate, real or personal. But the balance yet coming to her to be paid by my executors to the administrators of the estate of Daniel fall, deceased. For to pay for the land the said Fall in his lifetime bought of John Wintermoot. Next and then my son Daniel to receive his part to be paid to them as the money comes into the hands of my executors. Next it is my will and I order that my son Sebastian pay to my executors the sum of three hundred and thirty dollars, agreeable to his obligation given my son Henry to pay them the sum of one hundred and sixty dollars, in the same manner And my son Adam to pay them the sum of sixty dollars in the same manner. Lawful money of the United States. Next it is my will and I order and direct that after my three before named children are made equal with the rest of my children as before mentioned. Then it is my will that the residue of my estate shall be equally divided among my children. Only my sons yet living to have thirty dollars more than any of my daughters. To be paid to them as they exceed others in age. Except my son-in-law John Bensinger nor his wife is not to have any share or part of my estate, real or personal. But the part of my estate coming to them shall be put to interest by my executors for their children to be paid to them as they succeed others in age. Share and share alike when they become of lawful age. Next it is my will that the house my wife and I now live in shall be for her use during her natural life. And lastly, I do constitute, nominate and appoint my well beloved son Jacob Alsbaugh and my trusty friend Henry Orwig to be my executors of my last will and testament. Hereby revoking, disannuling and making void all other wills, legacies and bequeaths by me heretofore made and hereby ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of February, in the year of our Lord Anno Domini, one thousand eight hundred and twenty two.
Signed, sealed and subscribed (Signed in German script)
in the presense of us who at the Heinrich Alspach
request of the testator have
hereunto signed our names as
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