Will of Tobias Rauch

Contributed by, Elane Aldinger

Will of Tobias Rauch Sr.
Know all men by these presents that I Tobias Rauch of Otter Crest Township Linn County and State of Iowa. Being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament and hereby revoking and making void all found wills by me at any time here tofore make. And as to such worldly estate is it pleasing to God to intrust me with and dispose the same as follows. First I direct that the whole of my household and kitchen furniture wearing apparel ye shall be and remain the absolute property of my beloved wife Anna Mary Rauch if she shall be living at the time of my decease. But if she shall not survive my decease then that the same household furniture and (except one bed stand and beding) shall be the absolute property of my two Sons Tobias and Jacob Rauch Share and Share alike. The bed stand and beding excepted above is the bed now occupied by my youngest daughter Sarah Rauch the same to remain her absolute property.
Second
I will and bequeath all my real Estate to my two sons Tobias Rauch and Jacob Rauch Share and Share alike. The portion where the house stands to fall to Jacob Rauch.
signed Tobias Rauch
And not be valued higher on account of said house. The Jacob Rauch having furnished the material and built said at his own expense. The said Tobias and Jacob Rauch are however to pay one third of the proceeds of said Real Estate anualy to my Beloved Wife as long as she lives. The same to be in lieu of her dower. And shall also have the use and control of the part of the house occupied by me at present so long as she shall live. The said two sons Tobias and Jacob Rauch are further directed to pay my eleven Daughters or their children The sum of Three hundred and thirty dollars ($330.00). Thirty dollars ($30.00) to Eve or her children. Thirty dollars ($30.00) to Barbara or her children. Thirty dollars ($30.00) to Anna or her children. Thirty dollars ($f30.00) to Catherine or her children. Thirty dollars ($30.00) to Anna Mary or her children. Thirty dollars ($30.00) to Ursula or her children. Thirty dollars ($30.00) to Christina or her children. Thirty dollars ($30.00) to Magdalene or her children. Thirty dollars ($30.00) to Agnes or her children. Thirty dollars ($30.00) to Elizabeth or her children. Thirty dollars ($30.00) to Sarah or her children. The above to be a lien on my real estate. Third I ordain and appoint my two sons Tobias and Jacob.
signed Tobias Rauch
My Executors of this my last will and Testament.
In testamony where of I have here unto sit my hand and seal and publish and declare this to be my last will and Testament in the presense of the witnesses named below this second day of the February AD 1872.
signed Tobias Rauch
The writing contained in this and the five preceeding pages was signed by the above named Tobias Rauch Sen and by him publish and declared as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our names in his presence and in the presence of each other
Wm Kolb
Amos
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