- Born: 1730, Germany
- Marriage: Barbara Wampsher
- Died: Apr 1808, Berks County, Pennsylvania at age 78
Noted events in his life were:
• Will, 1797, Caernarvon Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN;
I John Fair of Caernarvon Township is the County of Berks and State of Pennsylvania, finding myself midling well and of Sound Memory and of Good Understanding, Thanks be to God, having therefore determined within myself to make this my last will and testament in manner following to wit, First is my will and I order that all my just debts and funeral charges shall be paid out of my Whole Estate.
Further is my will and I order that my beloved wife Barbara shall have of my estate the following articles, viz. the best beds and bedsteads, coverts and everything belonging thereto, and all the linnen and lincey and all the Flax either in the field bundles or of the Bracks or Hatchets at the time of my death and a Walnut Chest and one Cow to take her choice and three Sheep to take her choice, the big or small brass or copper kettle, her spinning wheel, one dozen pewter plates and one pewter dishes and a tea kettle and all the tea cups and saucers, the doughbroughs, two------irons, the best iron pot, the big tub, one pail a pewter tankard, five tins, half a dozen pewter spoons and my hymn books and four hives of bees, to take her choice, as also shall she have twenty pounds of money in gold or silver, as also one-third of my personal estate, after the mentioned articles, and twenty pounds are therefrom deducted, to do therewith and with the above as she pleases.
Further it is my will and I order that my said beloved wife Barbara shall have her widow seat in my new house during her natural life or as long as she remains a widow and she shall have to her use the said time, the said new house and the stable, and the meadow near the stable and the small fields near the house ( or ajoining the house ) and the garden and the woodland opposite the meadow to take fire wood and rails as much and as many as she stands in need of and shall have a right to dam the meadow at her pleasure. The stove and the pipes which stand in my new house shall be left therein to the use of my said wife and if my said wife don't choose to live in my new house, she may rent the farm together with the stable, the meadow and land above mentioned out and receive the rent to her use. During her lifetime, or as long as she remains a widow it is my will and I order that my said wife or her Tenant be privileged to pass and repass on her land and meadow and about the house and stable without molestation.
Further it is my will and I order that if my said wife marries again that then she shall immediatelay leave my land and depart from her Widow Seat as likewise shall any tenant in case she has rented the farm out.
Further it is my will and I order that my land and plantation where I now live shall within one year after the time of my death be sold by public auction vender by my executor herein named for cash and I hereby empower my executor to give a lawful bill of sale for the farm to the purchasser and I acknowledge the farm to be as lawful as if done by myself.
Further, it is my will and I order that the money arising by the sale of my real estate ( after charges are deducted) and the remainder of my personal estate shall be inhereited in eitht equal shares, whereof my son Phillip shall have one share, and my son Jacob shall have one share, and my son Peter shall have one share and my daughter Mary on share and my son John one share and my son Mathias one share and my son Michael one share and one share shall be equally divided among all the children of my deceased son Marks that are not of age shall appoint, or have guardians appointed to take care of the Legacies.
Further, it is my will and I order that fifteen pounds nine shillings that my son Marks received on me in his lifetime shall be charged to his children as part, or in part of their share or legacies. And it is my will that ten pounds which my son Jacob has received of me shall be charged to him as part, or in part of his share or legacy.
It is my will that the purchaser of my said plantation shall permit and leave my wife or her Tenant unmolested in her Widow Seat, land and meadow, wood or water priviliges in manner aforesaid during the term and time aforesaid.
Further, I nominate and appoint as Executor to execute this my last will and testament at my death according to law namely my son-in-law George Hoffman and I hereby make null and void all former wills and testaments and ratfiying and declaring this present writing to be my last will and have signed and sealed the same with my own hand and seal on the eigth day of July in the Year of Our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven.
Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Fair as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who have at his request subscrived our names thereto as witnesses.
John Bear Peter Schweitzer Jr.
Peter (X) Schweitzer
Johannes married Barbara Wampsher. (Barbara Wampsher was born in 1740 and died on 7 Apr 1818.)