ZAIS, Frederick
I, Frederick Zais, of Frostburg, Allegany County, and state of Maryland, do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say -
     After the payment of all my just debts and the expenses of my funeral, I give, devise and bequeath all of my property and estate as follows, to wit:
     First. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary C. Hartig, one thousand dollars in cash.
     Second. All the rest and residue of all my property of every description, real, personal or mixed, I give, devise and bequeath to my two sons, George Zais and Morris Zais, to be equally divided between them, share and share alike.
     Third. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my said son George Zais, to be sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all other wills by me at any time heretofore made, and ratifying and confirming this and no other as and for my last will and testament; and I hereby direct that my executor, the said George Zais, shall be excused from the necessity of giving bond for the faithful performance of his duties as such, except in so far as the giving of such bond may be required by law to secure the payment of my debts and the taxes properly chargeable to my estate.
     In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal, this eighth day of March in the year eighteen hundred and ninety-eight.
                                                                                                                                   (signed) Frederick Zais  (seal) 
This will was on the 27th day of November, 1903, filed and sworn to as to custody by George Zais, the Executor.
Proven 27th November 1903 by Gilbert Pfaff, William Griffith and George Keedy.
Admitted to Probate 27th November 1903
Test: John B. Shannon, Register
Recorded Wills Liber H. Fols. 380 &c.
NB: Frederick B. Zais was the husband of Esther/Hester Jane Winebrenner Zais, believed to be the daughter of Isaac & Nancy Barnard Winebrenner. Apparently, since no mention of his wife is made in the will, she died prior to March 1898. Morris Edward (below) is their son.
Posted December 7, 2013

ZAIS, Morris Edward
 I, MORRIS EDWARD ZAIS, of the City of Frostburg, Allegany County, State of Maryland, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding and in fair physical health, and intending to dispose of all my property and estate upon my death, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say:
 I hereby cancel, annul and declare void any and all wills or other testamentary documents by me heretobefore[sic] made.
 I direct my Executrix hereinafter named to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon after my death as conveniently may be.
 I hereby give, devise and bequeath all my property and estate of every kind whatsoever, wheresoever situated, to my niece, Mary Hartig, of Frostburg, Allegany County, Maryland, in fee simple as to real estate and absolutely as to personal property.
 I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said niece, Mary Hartig, to be the Executrix of this, my last will and testament, and request that she be relieved from the necessity of giving any bond for the faithful performance of her duties except as may be required by law.
 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my name and affixed my seal this 1st day of June, 1934.
                                                                                                                                   (signed) Morris Edward Zais - (SEAL) 
 Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the above named Testator, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
     John Gribbets
     John A. Griffith
     W. Earle Cobey
Estate of: Morris E. Zais deceased
Date of Death: December 9th 1935
Will: yes
Mary Hartig, Niece, Executrix
Address: #132 West Main St. Frostburg, Md.
Bond: $300.00
Inventory: yes
List of Debts: yes
 1st Nat of Frostburg  Gross $3805.00
Appraisers: John Gribbet
  William Dugan,         R.E. (Real Estate)
Notice to Creditors:  News
Exemplifications: Two
Releases (checked)
Remarks: Executrix in late home
 & relatives ~ ~ ~ 12/16/35
 All Witnesses ~ ~ 12/16/35
Recorded Liber R, Folio 142 &c
Admitt 12/17/35

Posted December 7, 2013

ZANTOPP, William J.

In the matter of the estate of William J. Zantopp, Deceased.
In the Orphans Court for Allegany County, Maryland.

Filed August 10, 1948
Upon the petition and affidavit of Ray C. Schupfer, and William J. Schupfer, the duly qualified administrators of the estate of Wllliam J. Zantopp, late of Allegany County, Maryland. It is this 10th day of August, 1948, ordered by the Orphans Court for Allegany County, Maryland, that the 14th day of September, 1948 at 10 o'clock A. M. and such adjournments , from time to time as may be ordered by this Court, be and it is hereby named, designated and made a meeting time and day to be held In this Court in the Orphans Court room which is located in the Court House in Cumberland Allegany County, Maryland, of persons entitled to a distributive share or shares or residue of the estate of William J. Zantopp, all of which is ordered in pursuance of the Section 151 of Article 93 of the Annotated Code of Maryland (Flack's 1939 edition) and to the end and for the purpose that final distribution and payment to these entitled to said distribution as may be found by this Court may be made by said administrators under this Court's direction and control, and all persons interested as heirs or distributees or otherwise in the estate of William Zantopp are hereby warned to be and appear in this Court in person, by guardian, solicitor, or agent, on the meeting day and time as above set forth to prove their respective claims. If any they have, at which time or times, in case an adjournment of said meeting is ordered, distribution of the estate of William J. Zantopp shall be directed and ordered; and it is hereby further ordered that the notice of the time and place or such meeting shall be given to all residents or non-residents named in said petition as well as to all known and unknown persons interested, whether residents of the State of Maryland or the United States of America or not and whether living or dead, who may, have any possible claim or right to participate in the distribution of said estate, by the publication of this order, in one of the daily newspapers published in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland, once a week for four successive before the 14th day of September, 1948 and that each known party of interest, residing in the State of Maryland be notified by summons or citation, duly issued out of this Court of said meeting; that said petition recites that William J. Zantopp departed this life intestate and unmarried on April 24th, 1947; that Christiana Schmeider Zantopp, mother of said William J. Zantopp, departed this life during the year 1942; that Frank Zantopp, father of said William J. Zantopp, departed this life during the year 1939; that Frank Zantopp; Jr., brother of William J. Zantopp. departed this life during the year 1940, unmarried, and intestate leaving as his only heirs of law, his mother, Christiana S. Zantopp, his brother, William J. Zantopp, and his sister, Kate Zantopp, that the said Kate Zantopp. sister of Willam J. Zantopp, departed this life during the year 1941, intestate and unmarried, leaving as her only heirs of law, her mother, Christiana S. Zantopp and her brother, William J. Zantopp; that the said Frank Zantopp, father of William J. Zantopp, departed this llfe as aforesaid, and that he was an only child and that his mother and father predeceased him many years ago: so that his only heirs at law were his widow and three children as aforesaid; that the said Christiana Schmeider Zantopp, mother of Willlam J. Zantopp, departed this life aforesaid; that the said Christiana Schmeider Zantopp, was a child of the late John E. Schmeider and Anna S. Schmeider, both of whom departed this life many years ago and prior to the year 1948; that the said John H. Schmeider and Anna S. Schmeider were the parents of the following children:
(1) Joseph Schmeider, Intermarried with Rose C. Schmeider.-
(2) Mary Schmeider Donohue, Intermarried with Martin Donohue.
(3} John H. Schmeider, Jr., Intermarried with Mary D. Donohue.
(4) Louis Schmeider. Intermarried, with Rose D. Schmeider.
(5) Elizabeth Schmeider Rairick, Intermarried with Joseph P. Rairick.
(6) Frank M. Schmeider, Intermarried with. Theresa M. Schmeider.
(7) Annie Schmeider Schupfer, Intermarried with Joseph Schupfer.
(8) William A. Schmeider, Intermarried with Margaret B. Schmeider
(9) Julia Schmeider Maus, Intermarried with Thomas Maus.
(10) Christiana Schmeider Zantopp, Intermarried with Frank Zantopp:
that all of the aforementioned children of John H. Schmeider and Anna S. Schmeider departed this life prior to the death of William J. Zantopp; that according to the informatlon, knowledge and belief the aforementioned administrators, all of the children of the said Joseph H. Schmeider and Anna S. Schmeider left surviving numerous children, the names and residences of whom are unknown to your petitioners, all of whom would be first cousins, of the said William J. Zantopp, with the exception of Annie S. Schupfer and Joseph C. Schupfer, who are the parents of your petitioners; the sald Annie S. Schupfer who departed this life during the year 1944, leaving surviving her as her only children and heirs:
(1) Ray C. Schupfer, Intermarried with Blanche B. Schupfer
(2) William J. Schupfer, Intermarried with Pearl E. Schupfer
(3) George Schupfer, Intermarried with Marie N. Schupfer
(4) Vincent Schupfer, unmarried
(5) Rosellla Schupfer Cottom, Intermarried with Paul Cottom
(6) Henry Schupfer, Intermarried with _____Schupter;
the said Joseph C. Schupfer, husband of Annie S. Schupfer, who departed this life during the year 1936; that according to the knowledge, information, and belief of said administrators; the first cousins of the said William J. Zantopp who survive him, would under the laws of Maryland and by virtue if Section 13B, Article 93 of the Annotated Code of Maryland (Flack's 1939 edition) be entitled to share in the distribution of the estate of William J. Zantopp.

Judges of the Orphans Court of Allegany County, Maryland

Registrar of Wills.
T-Aug 20,27 Sept 3,10
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md - September 3, 1948 - pg 10, col 1
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted July 22, 2010

ZELL, George A


An estate estimated to be valued at from $750,000 to $1,000,000 is given to his relatives by the late George A. Zell in his will, probated in the Orphan's Court yesterday. The only specific bequests in the will are to Mr. Zell's brother, Henry T. Zell, and nephew, Oliver Carroll Zell. His brother is given his bronzes, pictures and inlaid table in his (the brother's) home 805 St Paul Street, or wherever they may be.
To his nephew, he gives $50,000 absolutely and all his jewelry, including his watch and chain; all his pictures in his room at the Stafford Hotel not disposed of by him at the time of his death and his bronzes in the nephew's home, 1022 North Calvert St.  George Leeds Zell, Fannie Rosalie Zell, Mrs. Marie L. Stanley and Edwin S. Zell, children of Mr. Zell's brother, the late Oliver C. Zell, are each to receive for life the income from $25,000 the sum of $100,000 necessary for this purpose being left in trust to the Safe Deposit and Trust Co. Each of the two nieces is to receive the net income for life and upon her death it is to be paid to her children and descendants. In each case, when all her children are dead, the income is to be paid to the niece's descendants. If she leaves no descendants the principal is to become part of the residue.  The residue is left in trust to the Safe Deposit and Trust co. The income from one-fourth is to be paid, to Mr. Zell's brother of life, then to his wife for life and then to their children, until the death of the survivor, when the principal is to be divided among the brother's descendants.  One fourth of the residue is to be paid over to Mr. Zell's brother, James A. Zell, absolutely. One fourth is to be held in trust for the six children of Mr. Zell's sister, the late Mrs. Maria Virginia Crane, until the death of the survivor, when the principal is to be distributed among the descendants.  The remaining fourth is to be held in trust of Mr Zell's sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Zell, wife of Robert R. Zell, for life, and then for her husband, with remainder to their children.  Mr. Zell's brother, Robert R. Zell, is released from all indebtedness to him. It is also provided in the will that all taxes on the legacies shall be paid out of the residue. Mr. Zell states in the will that he made no bequest to either his niece, Mrs. Florence H. Simpson or his nephew, Arthur Stanley Zell, because they are amply provided for.  Any legatee contesting this will is to forfeit all share in the estate. The will was made May 17 - last. Mr. Zell died October 22. He was a retired capitalist.  Balto. Sun.
Keyser Tribune, November 1, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 25, 2010


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