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Re: Klingensmith/Allshouse
Posted by: D Christine Adams (ID *****5870) Date: February 05, 2008 at 19:44:07
In Reply to: Klingensmith/Allshouse by Nick Anderson of 482

I have unsourced info that says that John ALSHOUSE who md. 2nd. Magdalena KLINGENSMITH; and Nancy Anna ALSHOUSE and Priscilla ALSHOUSE, who were the first and 2nd wives of John KLINGENSMITH Jr.; were all siblings.
I show them as 3 of the 13 children of Henry ALSHOUSE and his second wife, Catherine Elizabeth TRUXELL. I have some good data for Priscilla ALSHOUSE.
John KLINGENSMITH Jr., but I show the contents of the will of the "Honorable John KLINGENSMITH Jr. as follows:
The will of the Honorable John Klingensmith is contained in Vol. 4, page 12, of the Will Books of Westmoreland Co., PA. It is written 24 Mar 1852.
He notes that he is of West Newton.
He gives to his wife Priscilla "in lieu of dower" the house in which he now resides, including the cellar, smoke house, coal house, and the small yard between the kitchen of the house and the kitchen of the tavern house. He also gives her a well of water, the privilege of using the tavern yard to haul water and coal, all the garden, all the household goods, and $150.00 a year.
To his son Isaac he gives all the lots in West Newton where his son Isaac now lived, and the tannery which he purchased from James NICCOLLS, except the meadow lot. Isaac is to have all the tools and stocks, and also his father's silver watch.
To his son John, he gives his gold watch, his stock of store goods in the store of Hunter KLINGENSMITH, and his share of money belonging to that said firm. John was to inherit any debts his father held, and also his father's stock in the Youghigeny Navigation Company. John was to get $500.00; and any residue of the estate not disposed of, and the meadow lot in West Newton. He also received a frame house and ground on Main St. in West Newton, and the stables and grain house which his father occupied on First St.
John MYERS and Priscilla his wife (no relationship specified) were to get the home property with all rights when the testator's widow died. In this section, he describes the house as a brick one.
To Andrew HUNTER and Sarah his wife AND Jacob B. SAAM and Elizabeth his wife - the brick tavern house, now in possession of Andrew (LAVERY) and the room where the book store is now situate in Main St., with the back buildings to the tavern and the cellars under the tavern. This bequest was contingent upon their paying $500.00 to the son John in 4 equal annual payments.
These tavern legatees were also to pay the $150.00 per year to John's widow Priscilla, and if they did not, liens would be placed against the tavern.
He named his wife Priscilla and his son John executors.
On 18 Jan. 1853 he revoked the $500.00 payment the tavern legatees were to make to his son John, and gave his some additional property instead.
The will was proven 20 Feb. 1854, supporting an 1854 death date.

The unsourced ALSHOUSE info says that son Isaac, and daughters Elizabeth and Sarah were the children of John and his first wife, Nancy Anna ALSHOUSE.
Priscilla KLINGENSMITH wrote her will on 21 Oct. 1875. She stated that she was of West Newton, and that she wished to be buried in West Newton Cemetery beside her husband John. She also wanted her name added to the monument that was there.

The money that was due her from Andrew HUNTER and Jacob SAMS as dower money was to be used to pay her debts.

To Mrs. Elisabeth SAMS she gave her sideboard and her likeness in a frame.

To Priscilla EVANS, wife of John EVANS, her granddaughter, she left her picture in a frame called "The Life of Christ", and also two small vases from the mantle.

To Isaac KLINGENSMITH her grandson, she left a $20.00 gold piece and her household goods.

To Mrs. Elisabeth SAMS; her (Priscilla's) two daughters; Mrs. Elisabeth FULMORE, wife of John KLINGENSMITH Jr., deceased; and her granddaughter Emma KLINGENSMITH, she left her wearing apparel, share and share alike.

Any money that was left was to be divided among three grandsons (note: they were only identified as grandsons in the codicil): Theodore and William HUNTER, sons of Andrew HUNTER, deceased; and John James KLINGENSMITH, son of Isaac KLINGENSMITH deceased, share and share alike.

On 28 Feb. 1878 she wrote a codicil to the will. In it, she noted that she had now lived much longer than she had expected; and had become a burden to her grandson Isaac. So she revoked the legacy to the three grandsons, identifying them as such, and left all remaining monies from her estate to her grandson Isaac, presumably in recompense for her care.

The 1867 "Atlas of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania" names a "Mrs. Klingensmith" near the site of the waterfront hotel in West Newton. It seems likely that label pertains to this woman, possibly as part owner of the hotel, since the mortality schedule names her as a boarding house keeper.
I show 18 children of John ALSHOUSE and his 2nd wife Magdalena KLINGENSMITH - unsourced and not my own research.

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