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Miami County, Ohio

John Smeltser's Will

I John Smeltser of the County of Miami in the State of Ohio do Make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and Form following that is to say first it is my will that my funeral Expenses and all my Just Debts be fully paid _ _ _ _ _
Secondly, I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Smeltser all my Real and personal property and all my money and Debts owing to me to have and to hold the same During her natural life time   thirdly I give and Devise to my four Children Andrew Smeltser, Reuben Smeltser, Margaret Harter and Mary Clyne all the Decease of my said wife to be Equally Divided Between my four Children as aforesaid and it is my will that My Wife Shall give my youngest son Reuben Smeltser six months Schooling out of the property left to her _ _ _ _  and lastly I hereby Constitute and appoint my Said wife Mary Smeltser and my said son Andrew Smeltser to be the Executors of this my last will and testament Revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament ---  In testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 13th Day of January 1838
Signed and published and Declared by the above             /S/ John Smeltser (SEAL)
named John Smeltser on and for his last will
and testament in presence of us who at his
Request have signed as witnesses to the same
 
John Enyeart
Robert Sproul

***NOTES***  Mary Smelser was b 30 Jun 1781 and is the daughter of Peter Smelser and Barbara Garnhart.  She and John Smeltser were cousins.  It is a guess by Polly Pollock that John is the son of Jacob Smeltzer who died in Miami Co. OH in 1839 or 1840.  Mary is buried in Martin's Cemetery in Elizabeth Township, Miami County, OH.   Peter Smelser predeceased John having died 19 July 1830.  The descendants of John went mainly to Indiana (Muncie,Baleville, Blountsville,) (Henry Co, IN) (Delaware Co, IN).  There is more on this family in Polly Pollock's book.