Howard County Arkansas Wills


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Kesterson, John 4 Jun 1807 - 24 Jan 1877
Submitted by:chrisw1940@hotmail.com
Will Written 3 Jan 1862 Will Proved 21 Feb 1877
Howard AR Book A Pg 19
"Know all men by these present that I John Kesterson being of sound and disposing mind and memory and being about to enter into the services of the Southern Confederacy and in view of the uncertainty of life and being anxious to dispose of my worldly goods do make and execute this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. 1st I consign my body to the dust from whence it came and my spirit to God who gave it. 2nd I hereby give and bequeath all my property both real and personal to my much beloved wife Malinda during her life and widowhood. 3rd it is my desire that after the death or marriage of my said wife that my personal property be they slaves or otherwise be equally divided share and share alike between all my sons living at the time of death or marriage of my said wife. 5th and lastly I hereby appoint my friend Anthony N Cole the executor of this my last will and testament. Given under my hand and seal the 8th day of January in presence of Henry C Price and Benjamin C Parken and each of them signed this instrument at the request of testator as subscribing witnesses."
State of Arkansas County of Howard. I, H C Pride (Price?)do solemly swear that I am the H C Pride (Price?) whose name appears as the ?? and foregoing instrument as an attesting witness: That I was present at the time said instrument was executed and saw the testator John Kesterson sign his name. That the same was signed by said testator in my presence andin the presence of Benj. C Parken whose name also appears as an attesting witness on the 8th day of Jan 1862 to the best of my recollection at Paraclifta in Sevier AR and that at the time of executing said instrument the said testator declared the same to be his will and testament and myself and Benj. C Parken signed to same. Said testator was of sound mind and memory and above the age of 21 years and further that Benj. C Parken the other witness is since deceased. Subscribed and sworn 21 Feb 1877. State of Arkansas county of Howard - I Anthony Cole being duly sworn to dispose and say that I was present at the town of Prclifta in the County of Sevier and state aforesaid on the 3rd day of Jan 1862 and saw John Kesterson the testator in the ?? sign his name there and in the presence of myself, H C Pride (Price?) and B C Parken 29 Mar 1877.
Know all men by these Presents: that we Melinda Kesterson, Samuel Kesterson are held and frimly bound unto the State of Arkansas in the just and penal sum of twenty-five hundred dollars, for the payment whereof well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators, firmly by these presents. Witness our hand at Center Point this 31st day of January 1876. The condition of the above obligation is duch, that whereas the above bounder Melinda Kesterson and Samuel Kesterson were on the 31st of January 1877 appointed adminstrators of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of John Kesterson deceased, by the Howard County Probate Court....
This document was signed in the presence of Charles P. Kesterson William Kesterson Thomas J Kesterson and V. L. Kesterson, Masa H. Hearne, W. P. Stephens, Ennis Tollett, Annis Price. A Weaver, Samuel Kesteron (son)


DOWDLE, John N.
Submitted by:Tana
I John N. Dowdle considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say)
First I will that all my just debts be paid, and secondly I give and bequeath all my real estate and all my personal estate, goods and chattles, of what kind and nature soever to my beloved wife Matilda A.Dowdle during her natural life and after her death the same to be divided between my children and grandchildren as follows:
First, to the children of my eldest daughter Rebecca Harrison (now deceased) names as follows William Harrison, Jefferson Harrison, Emma Luther, Zenobia Koonce, Margaret Harrison and James Harrison the sum of one hundred dollars to equally distributed between them. To my daughters Caroline Morris, Laura L. Bateman and to my son Thomas Dowdle one hundred dollars each, and to my daughter Harriet A.Gray the sum of Ten dollars and the remainder of my Estate Real and personal of every discription to Joel S.Dowdle and I hereby appoint sole Executor of this my last Will and Textament my son Joel S.Dowdle hereby revoking all former wills made by me.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 25th day of December in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Eight J.N.Dowdle seal
The above instrument was now here subscribed by J.N.Dowdle the testator in the presence of each of us; and was at the same time declared by him to be his last will and testament, and we at his request sign our names hereto as attesting witnesses. D.A. Jones Simeon McCowan


RALLS, William B.
Submitted by:Michael Ritter
Know all men by these presents, that I william B. Ralls in the County of Howard and State of Arkansas being in good health and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all wills by me at any time heretofore made. I. I hereby constitute and appoint my son Benjamin Ralls my sole Executor of my last will, directing my said Executor to pay all my just and legal debts and funeral expenses and the legacies hereinafter given, out of my Estate. II. After the payment of my said debts and funeral expenses I give to each of my children - Sarah Briscoe, Martha Young, John Ralls, William Ralls, to the representatives of my deceased son Willis Ralls, to the representatives of my deceased daughter Mary Duggan, to the representatives of my deceased daughter Elizabeth Overturf, Benjamin Ralls, to the represen- tatives of my deceased daughter Caroline Bryant, and Charles Ralls, the sum of Five Dollars, to be paid to each of them as soon after my decease as conveniently can be done. III. And for the payment of the legacies aforesaid, I give and devise to my said Executor all the personal property owned by me at my decease (Except my household furniture) and so much of my real estate as when sold by leave of the Court of Probate, will be sufficient in addition to the said personal estate herein given to pay the said legacies. IV. I devise to my wife Elizabeth Jane Ralls all my household furniture and all the residue of my personal property, also all the residue of my real estate as long as she shall remain unmarried and my widow, at her marriage or decease then to revert to my children (by said Elizabeth Jane Ralls) Rebecca Jones Ralls and Ellen Angeline Ralls, share and share alike Except a certain mule colt and the only one I own which I give to John Henry Gaston, the son of my present wife. In testimony whereof I hereto set my hand and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in this 28th day of April A.D. 1879 William B. (his mark) Ralls Signed and published and delivered by the said William B. Ralls, as and for his last Will and testament in presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have subscribed our names as Witnessess hereto. J.H. Anderson J.J. Stuart ------------------------------------------------------------------ Somewhat confusing- the first list of children were by his first marriage. He later married Elizabeth Jane Gilberth, who from a previous marriage had John Henry Gaston b 1867. Their three children were Rebecca, Ellen and Minerva (not listed- my line)


Seymour, M.E.
Submitted by:Sherry Parker Crew
Howard County Deed Record M.E. Seymour,et al. Grantors To------ Partition Deeds,Tenants, in common W.S. Seymour,et al Grantee Known all men by these presents: That whereas John E. Seymour,late of Howard County,Arkansas,died intestate in said county in April 1917,seized and possessed of the following described lands in said county, to wit: The SE-4 of section 34,containing 160 acres: the NE-4 of SW-4 of section 36,containing 40 acres: and commencing at the NW-corner of the NW-4 of SE-4 of section 36, thence running South 140 yards, thence East 70 yards.,thence N. 140 yards,thence West 70 yds. to the point of beginning, containing 2 acres, all the above lands being in Township 8 S, Range 29 west,containing 202 acres: also, the W-2 of SE-4 of NW-4 of section 1 T ( S,R 29 West, containing 20 acres, and containing in the aggregate 222 acres according to the United States Survey there of: The late John E. Seymour left the following heirs, to-wit: M.E. Seymour, his widow; W.S. Seymour, a son; and Carrie Stewart [born Seymour}, Dorn Burt [born Seymour], Patria SEymour and Plumer Seymour, daughters; said heirs being the sole surviving heirs-at-law of the said John E. Seymour and all being of legal age, except Patria Seymour and Plumer Seymour who are 8 and 10 respectively. Whereas, said heirs have agreed and hereby agree to make divisions and partition of said lands hereinafter mentioned so that their respective interests and portions may henceforth be held in severality, and Whereas, two of the parties hereto, Patria Seymour and Plumer SEymour are minors under the age of 21 years, and Whereas, M.E. Seymour, the mother and natural Guardian of said minors, was appointed by the Probate Court of Howard County, Arkansas, on the 13th day of March,1918, their statutory Guardian, and was on the __ day of April, 1918, by the said Court, duly authorized and empowered to make partition and division for and in behalf of said minors as their Guardian as PArtition is said minors to their respective interest and shares in said land from the other tenants in common hereto, as the division is hereinafter made in the partition Deed. Now, this Indeature made on this the 16th day of July, 1918, and between M.E.Seymour, the widow of the late John E. Seymour, deceased, W.S. Seymour and his wife Emma Seymour, Carrie Stewart[Seymour],Dora Burt{Seymour}, M.E. Seymour, as the guardian of Patria SEymour and Plumer Seymour, minors, witnesses that,Whereas, the said M.E. Seymour, W.S. SEymour, Carrie Stewart, Dora Burt, Patria Seymour, and Plumer Seymour, now stand seized in fee simple, as tenants in common of the above described lands,with the exception of the said M.E.Seymour, who has dower and homestead rights in said lands, and by agreement of the said heirs take title in fee simple from them to the share allotted to her by agreement of the parties in interest herein . Now the said M.E.Seymour,W.S.Seymour,Carrie Stewart,Dora Burt,and M.E.Seymour as the Guardian of Patria SEymour and Plumer SEymour, minors, make division and partition of the above described lands in the following : The said M.E. Seymour, Patria Seymour and Plumer Seymour shall have the E2-of the SE-4 of section 34, containing 80 acres, and the W-3/4 of the NE-4 of section 36, containing 30 acres, all in T 8 S.R 29 West and containing in the aggregate 110 acres, and said all the appurtenances thereunto belonging. And the said W.S. Seymour and Emma Seymour,his wife, Carrie Stewart and Dora Burt, do by these presents, for themselves and their heirs, Give,Grant,Allot and Confirm unto the said M.E. Seymour, Patria SEymour and Plumer Seymour, and to their heirs forever the said parcel or allotment of land with all the appurtenenances thereto. To have and to hold the same to the said M.E. Seymour, Patria SEymour and Plumer Seymour, and their heirs forever in severalty as heirs and their full part thereto. And I, the said Emma Seymour as the wife of W.S. Seymour, do hereby remise,relinquish and quit-claim unto said M.E.Seymour, PAtria Seymour and Plumer SEymour, all of my right of dower and homestead in and to said land so allotted. The said , W.S. Seymour, Carrie Stewart and Dora Burt shall have jointly and their heirs, the W-2 of SE-4 of section34 containing 80 acres; the E-4 of NE-4 of SW-4 of SEction 36, containing 10 acres; and commencing at the NW corner of the NW-4 of the SE-4 SEction 36, containing 10 acres; and commencing at the NW-corner of the NW-4 of the SE-4 of section 36, thence running South 140 yards, thence East 70 Yds., thence North 140 yds.,thence WEst 70 yards to the point of the beginning containing 2 acres; all in Twp. 8 S,R 29 and containing in the aggregate 112 acres, nearly all of which is unimproved lands, with all appurtenances thereunto belonging. And the said M.E. Seymour in her own right and as Guardian of Patria Seymour and Plumer Seymour, minors, do by these presents, for myself, my heirs, my executors and administrators, Give, Grant,Allot and confirm unto the said W.S. Seymour, Carrie Stewart and Dora Burt, and to their heirs and assigns, forever, the said parcel or allotment of land with all the appurtenendes thereunto belonging. And, I, M.E. SEymour, the widow of the said John E. Seymour, deceased, do hereby release and relinquish unto the said W.S. Seymour, Carrie Stewart and Dora Burt, all of my right of dower and homestead in and to said lands so allotted them. To have and to hold to them, the said W.S. SEymour, Carrie Stweart and Dora Burt, and their heirs, forever in severalty, as their full part therof. And the said M.E. Seymour and for herself, and as Guardian of Patria Seymour and Plumer SEymour, minors, does herby covenant with the said W.S. Seymour, Carrie Stewart, and Dora Burt, that they the said W.S. SEymour, Carrie Stewart, adn Dora Burt may hold quiet and peaceful possession of the said tract of land without any molestation or interruption from the said M.E. Seymour or from the said M.E. Seymour as Guardian as aforesaid, or any other person lawfully claiming under them. And the said W.S. Seymour, Carrie Stewart and Dora Burt do hereby covenant with the said M.E. Seymour, Patria Seymour and Plumer Seymour that they the said M.E. Seymour,Patria Seymour and Plumer SEymour may hold quiet and peaceful possession of the said tract of land herein allotted to them without any molestration or intruption claiming under them. And I, the said M.E. Seymour, as Guardian of Patria Seymour and Plumer SEymour,minors, for myself, my executors and administratiors, do hereby covenant with the said M.S. Seymour, Carrie Stewart and Dora Burt, that in making Partition Deeds to the lands herein partitioned, I have in all things observed the rules and directions of the law and orders and directions of the Probate Court of Howard County. In witness whereof, the said parties have hereunto set their hands and seals on this the 16th day of July, 1918. M.E. x Seymour, Guardian of Patria Seymour and Plumer Sesymour,
M.E. x Seymour, Dora Burt, Carrie Stewart
W.S. Seymour Emma Stewart

State of Arkansas
County of Howard Acknowledgment.
M.E. Seymour acknowledges as Guardian of Patria and Plumer Seymour, and releases her dower and homestead before A.T. Henry, a N.P. of Howard County, Arkansas, this the 16th day of July , 1918. Commission expires; Nov.17,1920 [SEAL] Also, Dora Burt acknowledged before A.T. Henry, a N.P. of Howard County, Arkansas. STATE of TEXAS
County of Hall Acknowledgment
Carrie Stewart, W.S. Seymour and wife acknowledges before J.H.Fry, a N.P. of Hall County Texas on the 23rd day of July, 1918. Commission expires; Jan. 19,1919. Filed for record;September 18,1918 , at 5 o'clock, p.m.


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