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This is a transcription of the "Will and Testament of Frederick Fisher" of Towanda , Bradford County, PA by Patricia MARTENS Kainu
 Subj:  Frederick Fisher LAST WILL.doc
Date:  02/07/2004 3:07:05 PM Eastern Standard Time

Joyce, here is a copy of my 3G-Grandfather’s will, Frederick Fisher, as I could read it, to perhaps put on your site.  Frederick was born on 7 November ca. 1796 and died 14 May 1857 in Bradford county.  He married Dolly Cole, daughter of Elisha Cole and Amy Salisbury Cole on 4 October 1819.  They had 9 children: Laura M., Helen Lamira, Mary Avaline, John M., George W., Frederick Willis, James Marvin, Isobel E. and Charles Orlando Fisher.  Both Frederick and Dolly Fisher are buried in Coles’ Farm Cemetery.  Dolly was born 27 April 1799 and died 16 May 1865.

Patricia Martens Kainu





I, Frederick Fisher of Towanda township in the county of Bradford and state of Pennsylvania, now confined to my bed at my son-in-Law, Merrit Knapp’s residence in Hyde Park, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following; that is to say, First, it is my will and I do order that all my just debts and funeral expenses be duly paid and satisfied.  Second, I direct that this whole of my household furniture shall be and remain the absolute property of my beloved wife.  Third, I direct that a fair valuation or appraisement be made according to law of all my estate by three competent and impartial neighbors.  Also I direct that all my stock upon my farms and farming implements, and all other personal property not included in my household furniture be sold at public vendue or outcry upon such reasonable credit as my Executors shall think proper to give and that all the real-estate of which I shall die (?) seized or possessed shall be sold by my Executors for it’s reasonable value for good current money, or a reasonable credit and the amount be secured in such a manner as is usual in like cases to insure the eventual payments thereof.  And to effect my intuition I do hereby vent on my Executors full power and authority to dispose of my real estate in fee simple or for a term of years or otherwise in as full and large a manner in every respect as I could myself do if living.  Fourth, it is my will and I do so order that my son, Charles Orlando, shall be paid out of the proceeds of the sale of my personal estate, as often as the same shall be needed, Two hundred and Fifty Dollars to go towards de (?) paying of the expenses of his education.  Fifth, I do direct that the net proceeds of my personal estate heretofore ordered by me to be disposed of – shall after that payment of my debts and funeral expenses as aforesaid and the (can’t read0 bequest to my son, Charles Orlando be equally divided as soon as it can be done share and share alike amongst my said wife and my several children who shall survive me.  Also I do direct that the proceeds of my real estate if sold on credit or in any other manner as soon as they shall come into the hand of my Executors shall be divided as follows, one third of the same shall be paid to my beloved wife and the balance shall be divided equally among my several children who shall survive me, share and share alike  (can’t read) share of my real and personal estate herein bequeathed to my wife to be in lieu of her (can’t read) at Common Law if she shall so elect and I do hereby make and ordain my esteemed neighbors, Joseph Womet (?) and Salsbury Cole Executors of this my last will and testament deposing full confidence in their integrity to perform the trust that is committed to them.  In (can’t read) I, Frederick Fisher the testator have to this my will written on (can’t read, possibly one) sheet of paper set my hand this eighth day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty (I think it says Seven…part of page is cut off)

                                                                                        Frederick Fisher

Signed and delivered in the presence of (can’t read) in the presence of each other.

                                                                                        Edward ??

Probate taken August 22, 1857                                            L. French

Joseph Womet           Letters testamentary (?) upon the estate of Frederick Fisher

Salsbury Cole            late of Towanda township, deceased, granted to Joseph

Executors of             Womet & Salsbury Cole, they having been first (word cut off)

Frederick Fisher         sworn to well and timely administrate upon said estate.

                               According to law (can’t read) the hand and seal of the Register

                               (can’t read) the 25th day of August 1857.  Documentary filed

                                ?? 25th, 1857.  Additional Inventory filed, January 26 AD 1861

Subj:  More Fisher information
Date:  02/07/2004 4:50:53 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: (pk)


Here's more Fisher data, an obituary notice of one of Frederick and Dolly Cole Fisher's children.....son, James Marvin.

Patricia Martens Kainu
Billings, MT

Fisher, J. Marvin

James Marvin Fisher who was born in Towanda, PA, March 7, 1832, died in West Liberty, Iowa, July 24, 1900, at the ripe old age of 68 years, 7 months, and 17 days.

He was the son of Frederick and Dolly Fisher.  He received a better education than the average man of his day and was analytical in his approach to his problems.  In 1854, he married Miss Matilda Moore of Allegany County, NY, who preceded him in death almost
two years ago.  To them were born eight children; Mrs. Laura Rock and Fred L., of West Liberty; John M. of Eagle Grove, Iowa; Willis Waldo, who died in infancy; Mrs. Stella Haurigan of Fremont, Nebraska; Mrs. Harriet Aikens of West Liberty; Gertrude McGowan of Houston, Texas, and Louisa Henderson of Davenport, Iowa.

He is survived by two sisters and three brothers; namely, Helen A. Lyons, Isabel Adams, George W. and Fred W., all of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and Charles Orlando of Wayne, Nebraska.

In 1856 he moved from Monroeton, Pennsylvania, Bradford County to Muscatine County, Iowa, which place had since been his home except for three years spent in Texas.  He was one of our old citizens, a member of the Mason's Fraternity, and blessed with a large circle of friends.

The funeral services were held from the Christian Church, July, Thursday, the 26th, under the direction of the Pastor.  The Masons attended in a body and closed the funeral exercises at the grave with their burial services.  Interment was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, West Liberty in the Fisher Plot, and beside his wife, Nancy Matilda Moore Fisher.
Newspaper: The Iowa Index, West Liberty, Iowa

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