Last Will and Testament of William Lake

(Transcriber’s note-I’ve add some punctuation to make for easier reading.)


In the name of God Amen.  I William Lake of Loretto in the county of Cambria and State of Pennsylvania being old and feeble but of sound mind, memory and understanding do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in the following vz.  I bequeath my soul to God who gave it, then as to any worldly goods or property with which God has entrusted me I dispose of in the following manner. 


First I order all my just debts, funeral expenses and costs of administration be fully paid and satisfied.  Secondly I give and bequeath to my daughters Mary Jane Lake and Margaret Ellen Lake the house in which I now reside and the lot of ground and the stable hereto attached – share and share alike.  I order that fifty dollars be paid to each of the above ?????? daughters besides also that they shall get all my household and kitchen furniture, share and share alike.  Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my other three children, Elizabeth Hogue, Teresa Brown and John Lake the two acre field now owned by me and the other town lot which the Doctors Office stands, the three to be equal partners the two acres and lot, then whatever shall be left  in any money, bills, receivables and after the above is carried out and fulfilled, I order it to be divided equally among my five named children share and share alike and I do declare this to be my last will and testament making all former will or wills void.  In witness whereof, I the testor, William Lake have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the Tenth day of March 1874.


Signed with is mark – William Lake (seal)