The Peffley, Peffly, Pefley Families in America, A historical and genealogical record of the Peffley, Peffly and Pefley families from 1729-1938; Published in 1938, By May Miller Frost and Clarence Earl Frost
Call Number: R929.2 P375
4 - JACOB PEFFLEY (son of 1) married in Lancaster Co., Penna. about 1760, Esther (???).
Jacob's will dated July 6th, 1778, written in German is on file in the Dauphin County, Penna, Courthouse. The Widow Peffley is mentioned with David Peffley as having no Supply Tax to pay in 1779. The will was probated Oct. 11th, 1786. Esther, Jacob's widow, married before 1787, CHRISTIAN LENTZ.
Jacob Peffley paid the following Supply Tax; 1772 -œ7.6.0 (Penna. Archives, Ser. 3, vol. 17, page 239 Lan. Co.) 1773 - he paid the same amount of Tax. 1777 - œ3.10s a tax or fine levied on those past military age (53). Egle's Hist. Dauphin & Lebanon-Lebanon Section, page 36. 1778 -œ4.5s tax on 100 acres of deeded land, no warranted land. (from records * of County Commissioners, Lancaster Co.) 1782 -œ9.5.0 tax paid by Widow Peffley, Penna. Archives Ser. 3, vol. 17, page 840. Issue: All born in Bethel twp., Lancaster Co., Penna.
1 - DAVID
PEFFLEY (II), b. 2-15-1761, d. 12-14-1827, Bot. Co. Va.
2 - JACOB PEFFLEY, b. 1766, d. 8-28-1851, nr. Dayton, Ohio.
3 - HENRY PEFFLEY, b. about 1770, d. 1842, Roanoke Co. Va.
4 - SAMUEL PEFFLEY, b. 10-23-1775, d. 5-10-1860, Mont, Co., Ind.
5 - CATHERINE PEFFLEY, b. about 1777. No record.
WILL OF JACOB PEFFLEY, dated July 6th, 1778. Translated into English Oct. 11th, 1786. Recorded in Will Book A, page 76, Will file P No.1, Bethel, County of Dauphin,Penna. In the name of God Amen. I Jacob Peffele of Bethel township Lancaster county state of Pennsylvania, yeoman, being very sick and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory thanks be unto God. Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and reccomend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it to me and my body I recomend to the earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form and that the contents hereafter contained may be executed I do make and ordain my well beloved brother David Peffele and Daniel Bixler my true and lawful Executors over all my estate and children that they the said David Peffele and Daniel Bixler do immediately after my decease take a true inventory of all my money debts household furniture horses cows sheep hogs &c and of all and every part of my movable estate without appraising the same.
And first I do give my dearly beloved wife as widow a full right of all my plantation household furniture horses cows sheep hogs and all and every of my estate whatsoever to make use of as her own until such time as my second son JACOB [Peffley] be twenty-one years of age upon condition that she shall keep the said plantation in as good order as it now is until said son has his age and should she dispose of any part of the cattle or goods whatsoever before the time of delivering up of the cattle and goods mentioned in the inventory taken by the said Executors she shall make the same good to said Executors at the delivery of the said goods to said Executors, which shall be when my second son Jacob is twenty-one years of age.
But should she marry before said son is twenty one years of age then and in that case she is not to have any further right to the plantation but only to have one full third part of all my movable estate and not to have any further claim to any part or parcel of my estate whatsoever but as long as she remains unmarried after my second son is twenty one years of age she is to have full right and privilege to dwell in peaceful possession of the said plantation and also to have one third of the yearly rent of the same as one third part of all my movable estate.
Also I give my eldest son David ten pounds current money of Penna. to be paid to him by said Executors immediately after he is twenty one years of age. And should he then marry or choose to leave his mother he shall have One Hundred pounds of money aforesaid paid to him by my Executors to be raised and levied out of my estate in part of his share of the said estate. But in this he must be bound to be obedient to his mother and Executors until such time that he is twenty one years of age and he or any one of the rest of my children be disobedient or behave themselves unbecomingly to their mother or Executors while he or they are under age then shall his or their mother and Executors have full power and authority to take him or them and bind them out to any master that they shall think fit until such time that he or they are twenty one years of age. And the money that he or they shall so earn shall go to my estate to be divided with the same amongst the rest of my children. And after my wife's part is taken out of my estate as is above mentioned and ten pounds for my eldest son, David, then shall the remainder of my estate be equally divided amongst all my children without making any distinction in dividing the same.
The above mentioned articles are to be strictly observed and performed except some unhappiness should happen to my estate through war, fire or any other misfortune whatsoever. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanull all and every form of testament will legacy bequest Executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of July One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight.
Signed Sealed pronounced published and declared by the said Jacob Peffele as his last will and testament in the presence of us.
CHRISTIAN LENTZ ABRAHAM SHERICK, WILL BOOK A, page 78.
This 11th day of Oct. 1786 personally came before me, Joseph Montgomery Esq., Register of Wills &c for the County of Dauphin, Christian Lentz and Abraham Sherick and being duly affirmed according to law doth affirm and say that they were present and saw and heard Jacob Peffele the above testator sign seal publish pronounce and declare the above instrument of writing as and for his last will and testament
JOSEPH MONTGOMERY, Register. ORPHANS COURT, Docket A, page 109. Dauphin Co., Penna.
18th Sept. 1787. Upon petition of David Piffili of Bethel township setting forth that the petitioner, the eldest son of Jacob Piffili late of Bethel township, deceased is of the AGE OF TWENTY SIX YEARS and upward and that his late father made his last will and testament and* left a considerable real estate undivided which by law is now the property of his children and therefore praying the Court to award an inquest to view a certain plantation and tract of land late the property of the said Jacob Piffili deceased with the appurtenances situate in the township aforesaid bounded by land of David Piffili Sr, Jacob Moyer, Martin Shue, Ludwick Shue and others containing about 160 acres and to divide the same if it can be done without prejudice to or spoiling the whole
**. The Court do order that the Sheriff of Dauphin Co. to- wit Anthony Kelker Esq. forthwith summon an inquest to view the said plantation in case they the said inquest do find that the same may be divided to and among the widow and children of the deceased without* spoiling the whole but if they find the same may be not so divided then to value and appraise the same the next Orphans Court.
18th Dec. 1787, in pursuance of an order of this court of the 18th day of Sept. last past for the petition and valuation of the real estate of Jacob Piffili returns the said order with an inquisition thereto added taken on the oath of Henry Stone, Henry Snevely, George Seeser, Peter Bashorek, Peter Smith, Michael Strow, Jacob Wilt and Casper Stoever; on solemn affirmation of Samuel Jones, Christopher Tapp, Chester Kohr and John Eisenhower twelve good and lawful men of the bailiwick of the same Sheriff do say that they have viewed a certain plantation. And do find that the same cannot be divided without injury to and spoiling of the whole. And that the said plantation Is worth and of the value of Eight hundred pounds ready money in gold or silver and appraise the same. Which inquisition is approved of ** and David Piffili, the eldest son of the said deceased appearing in court and praying that he might be permitted to take the said plantation and tract of land at the valuation aforesaid, it is ordered by the court that the said David Piffili do on paying or securing to be paid the several and respective shares of the widow and children within one year and four months hold and enjoy said plantation and tract of land
. The court directs the distribution of the valuation aforesaid in manner following to-wit.
To Christian Lentz and Esther his wife, late Esther Piffile and relict of the deceased, the interest on œ266.13.4 during the after life of the said Esther. œ266.13.4 To David Piffile the eldest son œ106.13.4 To Jacob Piffile œ106.13.4 To Henry Peffile œ106.13.4 To Samuel Piffile œ106.13.4 To Catherine Piffile œ106.13.4
18th Dec. 1787 David Peffele and Daniel Brickler, [Note: AKA Bixler, Bischel] Executors* produced their accounts from which there appears to be a balance of œ529.6.0 which account the court
** allow and direct that the balance aforesaid after deducting 12 shillings (expenses of the court) to be distributed agreeably to the will of the testator namely to Esther the widow of the deceased œ172.15.0
To David the eldest son inclusive of a legacy œ 79. 3.2 1/2 To Jacob œ 69. 3.2 1/2 To Henry œ 69. 3.2 1/2 To Samuel œ 69. 3.2 1/2 To Catherine œ 69. 3.2 1/2
Docket A, page 110.
Henry Piffili a minor son of the said Jacob Piffili being ABOVE THE AGE OF FOURTEEN YEARS personally appeared in court and chose Martin Shuey the younger of Bethel township, Guardian of his estate during his minority** Sept. 18th, 1787.
The court appoints John Haldeman of Bethel township Guardian of the estate of Samuel Piffile and Catherine Piffili minor children under the AGE OF FOURTEEN YEARS of the said Jacob Piffile during their minority respectively.
Deed Book C, Vol. 1, page 515, Dauphin Co., Penna.
Jacob Peffley son of Jacob Peffley deceased acknowledges receipt of œ66.4.2
from David Peffley and Daniel Bicksler Executors of Jacob Peffley deceased, Jan. 18th, 1788.
JOHN THOME Signed, (German) JACOB PEFFLEY Docket A, page 479, Orphans Court.
April 21st, 1795 Samuel Peffley a minor OVER 14 YEARS chuses Martin Shue as his guardian.
April 21st, 1795 Catherine Peffele over 14 years chuses Martin Shuey as her guardian.