John Kestner/Casner died before 1803. I found the following deed:
Whereas my late deceased Husband John Casner in order to provide permanent support for himself and his Wife, and to make a division of his land between his three sons Henry, Jonas, and Leonard Carsner, did enter into an act of agreement with his aforesaid three sons, which Article is dated March the ?. wherein is provided and was agreed by the said three sons as followeth to wit they would give their Father as a consideration for said land to wit that they build for their said parents a House at least 16 feet by 14 feet on a spot of ground to be chosen by their said Father & Mother John and Mary & to complete said house at a time therein <unreadable>. And because the said Leonard had most of the improvement in his partition of the said lands he further agreed to pay annually to his parents as followeth to wit ten pounds worth of grain, one half to be paid in corn at two shillings per bushel, one fouth in Rye at two shillings and six pence per bushel and further to give two ton of hay, which hay and grain to be good sound and merchantable, and annually as aforesaid to sow for his parents in farmer like order one quarter of an acre of flax, but should either the said John or Mary his Wife, parents to the said Leonard depart this life, then the said Leonard to be bound to pay to the surviving one, only one half the aforesaid annual sum, and further the said Leonard was bound to keep his said parents a continual supply of fire wood, which article aforesaid was sealed by the said John, Henry, Jonas, and Leonard in the presence of James Duffy, James Logan, A M Henry, & Hugh Miller. There are therefore to certify to all to whom it may concern, that for and in consideration of an obligation executed to me by Jacob Morrell of Washington County, whereby he bindeth himself to fulfill the aforesaid agreement towards myself. I do fully acquit and release my sons Harry, Jonas, and Leonard from all and every part of their agreement contained in the article aforesaid and do hereby acknowledge that the said allowance made to or provision made for me by my Husband Jon Carsner was to be in lieu of my right of dower in said land, and I then did and do accept of it as such.
Mary X Carsner (seal)
Sealed in presence of
A M Henry
At a court helf for Washington County the 18th day of October 1803. This relinquishment of dower for Mary Carsner to Henry Carsner, Jonas Carsner and Leonard Carsner was acknowledged in Court by the said Mary Carsner and ordered to be executed.
D. Campbell D.C.
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