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Will of Sophia  Heck



In the name of God Amen I, Sophia Heck, of the Village of Sinking Spring, in the County of Berks and State of Pennsylvania, Being in ill health of body but of sound mind and memory and understanding, do hereby make and declare this to be my last will and Testament in manner following.  That is to say, I, order that all my just debts, funeral expenses, and charges of proving, this my will, be in the first place fully paid and satisfied and after payment thereof and every part thereof Then I give and bequeath unto my children, Mary Meade, William Weitzel, Catherine Steely and John Weitzel, all my estate both real and personal. After all above mentioned expenses of funeral and care paid and one hundred dollars shall also be paid to my daughter Mary Meade for extra services performed by her for me and my son Franklin Weitzel shall have five dollars and when the sums mentioned  are deducted that is to say , the above expenses and Mary's one hundred dollars and Franklin's five dollars then the balance shall be divided in equal shares among said Mary Meade, William Weitzel, Catherine Steely and John Weitzel. Said Franklin shall have no further claim. And my clothing I give to my two daughters Mary and Catherine in equal shares and my bed clothes shall be divided amongst my daughters Mary and Catherine and my sons William and John in equal parts or shares and I order that a tomb stone shall be placed on my grave becoming my estate and no unnecessary expenses concerning funeral.


And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my daughter Mary Meade, Executrix of this my last will duly revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this to be my last will and testament.


In witness .whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of May A. D.


                                                Sophia X Heck  (her mark)


Signed sealed and published and declared by the said Testator as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us, who in her presence and at her request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto


Ephraim Machemer

Daniel Peifer


Will proven July 19, 1894

No. 150 of 1894

Berks County Pennsylvania






Names included: 


Mary Meade - daughter

William Weitzel - Son

Catherine Steely - daughter

John Weitzel - daughter

Franklin Weitzel - son

Ephraim Machemer - witness

Daniel Peifer - Witness


Sophia Yeager was born Feb 14, 1813 Pennsylvania and was married May 24, 1831 in Berks County  to William Weitzel, son of Christian and Catherine Weitzel. William died between 1850 and 1860 in Berks County Pennsylvania.  Sophia married second George Heck. Sophia died July 13, 1894 and was buried in Sinking Spring Cemetery, Berks County Pennsylvania.