Jefferson County, IL
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Submitted By: Janet Fryar Rohlfs

PROBATE RECORDS OF R. W. S. FRYER (Rezin Wayman Fryer)
Probate Box 39   Jefferson Co., IL  Photocopies of papers obtained.

(July 7, 1876)
APPRAISEMENT BILL
WARRANT TO APPRAISERS
Estate of R. W. S. Fryer, Deceased.
STATE OF ILLINOIS,
Jefferson County			In County Court, July Term, A. D. 1876.
The People of the State of Illinois, to H. J. Reed, L. Fitzjerrell and 
James Peavler of the County of Jefferson and State of Illinois, GREETING:
This is to authorize you, jointly, to appraise the goods, chattels and 
personal estate of R. W. S. Fryer late of the County of Jefferson and 
State of Illinois, deceased, so far as the same shall come to your sight 
and knowledge, each of you having taken the oath hereto annexed; a 
certificate whereof you are to return, annexed to an Appraisement Bill of 
said goods, chattels and personal property, by you appraised in dollars 
and cents; and In the said bill of appraisement you are to set down in a 
column or columns, opposite to each article appraised, the value thereof.
Witness W. H. Smith Clerk of the County Court of Jefferson County, and the 
seal of said Court, this 7th day of July 1876.
					W. H. Smith, Clerk
					By J. W. Satterfield D. C.

(July 15, 1876)
STATE OF ILLINOIS.
          Know all Men by these Presents, that we John Cockrum of the County 
of Jefferson and State of Illinois, are held and firmly bound unto the People 
of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of Four Hundred Dollars, current 
money of the United States, which payment well and truly to be made and performed, 
we and each of us do hereby bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators 
and assigns, jointly, severally and firmly by these presents.
	Witness our hands and seals this 15th day of July A. D. 1876.

	The condition of the above obligation is such, that if the said John Cockrum 
Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of 
R. W. S. Fryer deceased, do make, or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory 
of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased, 
which shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of him the said John Cockrum 
as such administrator or to the hands of any person or persons for him and the same 
so made, do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited in the County Court for the said County 
of Jefferson, agreeably to law, and all the rest of the said goods and chattels, rights 
and credits which shall be found remaining upon the account of the said administrator 
the same being first examined and allowed by the County Court, shall deliver any pay 
unto such person or persons respectively, as may be legally entitled thereto, and further 
do make a just and true account of all his actings and doings therein, when thereunto 
required by the said Court; and if it shall hereafter appear that nay last will and 
testament was made by the deceased, and the same be proved in Court, and letters testamentary 
or of administration be obtained thereon, and the said John Cockrum do, in such case, on 
being required thereto, render and deliver up the letters of administration granted to him 
aforesaid, and shall in general do and perform all other acts which may at any time be 
required of him by law, then this obligation to be void; otherwise to remain in full force 
and virtue.

SEALED AND DELIVERED		John Cockrum seal
	In Presence of		H. J. Reed, M.D.
	W. H. Smith		Logan Fitzjerrell
Clerk of the County Court

Petition of John Cockrum in the matter of the Estate of R. W. S. Fryer deceased, for 
Letters of Administration.
To the Hon. Jared Foster Judge of the County Court of Jefferson County, in the State of Illinois.
The Petition of the undersigned, John Cockrum respectfully represents that R. W. S. Fryer late 
of the county of Jefferson aforesaid, departed this life at his residence in said County, on or 
about the 19th day of January A. D. 1872, leaving no last will and testament, as far as your 
petitioner knows or believes.
And this petitioner further shows that the said R. W. S. Fryer died, seized and possessed of 
Real and Personal Estate, consisting chiefly of:
Two horses & one wagon & farming utensils & household furniture &c. and 60 acres of land all 
of said personal estate being estimated to be worth about two hundred dollars.  That said 
deceased left surviving him Anna Fryer his widow and Walter Fryer, Hester Fryer, George Fryer, 
and Jane Fryer his children as heirs.  That your petitioner (being requested by the creditors 
of said deceased, and) believing that the said estate should be immediately administered as 
well for the proper management of said estate as for the prompt collection of the assets, by 
virtue of his right under the Statute he therefore prays that your honor will grant Letters of 
Administration to him in the premises, upon his taking the oath prescribed by the Statute, and 
entering into bond in such sum, and with securities, as may be approved by your honor.   
John Cockrum (his sig.)

STATE OF ILLINOIS
Jefferson County		ss.  John Cockrum being duly sworn, deposes and says, that the facts 
averred in the above petition are true, according to the best of his knowledge, information 
and belief.
Sworn to and subscribed before me,
W. H. Smith
Clerk of the County Court of Jefferson County, this 
15th day of July
A. D. 1876.					John Cockrum (his sig.)
W. H. Smith, Clerk
By J. W. Satterfield D. C.

(July 17, 1876)
Estate of R. W. S. Fryer Deceased.
			ADMINISTRATOR’S OATH
STATE OF ILLINOIS
Jefferson County  	      }	ss.
		In County Court, July Term, A. D. 1876.
	I do solemnly swear that I will well and truly administer all and singular the goods 
and chattels, rights, credits and effects of R W S Fryer deceased, and pay all just claims 
and charges against his estate so far as his goods, chattel and effects shall extend, and 
the law charge me; and that I will do and perform all other acts required of me by law, to 
the best of my knowledge and abilities.
					John Cockrum (his sig.)
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of July A. D. 1876 in County Court.
					W. H. Smith, Clerk of the County Court

Estate of R W S Fryer
H. J. Reid		}
Jos F. Carroll	}	Appraisers
James Peavler	}

(July 17, 1976)
CERTIFICATE OF PUBLICATION
I hereby certify that the notice of which the annexed is a true copy, has been published 
for 6 consecutive weeks in “The Mt. Vernon News,” a paper published weekly at Mt. Vernon, 
Jefferson County, Illinois, the first insertion having been made on the 19th day of July, 
A. D. 1876, ad the last insertion having been made on the 13th day of September, A. D. 1876.
	Dated at Mt. Vernon, Ill., this 17 day of Sept. 1876.
	P. F. $3.50  C. S. Hayes (sig) Publisher of “The News”

Received Printers fee
    C. S. Hayes

Copy of ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTICE attached:
	Estate of R. W. S. Fryer, deceased.
The undersigned, having been appointed Administrator of the estate of R. W. S. Fryer, late 
of the county of Jefferson, and State of Illinois, dec’d., hereby gives notice that he will 
appear before the county court of Jefferson county, at the Court House in Mount Vernon, at 
the September term, A. D. 1876, of said court, on the third Monday in September, next, at 
which time all persons having claims against said estate are notified and requested to 
attend for the purpose of having the same adjusted.  All person indebted to said estate 
are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned.
	Dated this 17th day of July, 1876.
				John Cockrum,
				Administrator

(July 24, 1876)
OATH OF APPRAISERS
We, and each of us, do solemnly swear, that we will well and truly, without partiality 
or prejudice, value and appraise the goods, chattels and personal estate of R. W. S. Fryer 
deceased, so far as the same shall come to our sight and knowledge; and that we will in all 
respects perform our duties as appraisers, to the best of our skill and judgment.
Subscribed and sworn to, this 24 day		H. J. Reed (his sig.)
of July A. D. 1876, before me.			J. W. Peavler, M. D. (his sig.)
T. Anglen P. L. M. S. 				Logan Fitzjerald (his sig.)

APPRAISERS’ ESTIMATE OF THE VALUE OF PROPERTY ALLOWED TO THE WIDOW.
ITEMS								DOLLARS CTS.
The Family Pictures and the Wearing Apparel, Jewels 
and Ornaments of the widow and minor children			75.00
School Books and Family Library					100.00
One Sewing Machine						40.00
Necessary Beds, Bedsteads and Bedding for widow & family	75.00
The Stoves and Pipe used in the family, with the necessary
Cooking utensils						25.00
Household and Kitchen Furniture				        100.00
Milch Cow and Calf (being one for every four members of
the family),							25.00
Sheep and Fleeces (being two for each member of
the family)							15.00
One horse, Saddle and Bridle					45.00
Provisions for widow and family for one year	         	200.00
Food for the Stock above specified for six months		20.00
Fuel for the widow and family for three months			4.00
Other Property							100.00
			TOTAL,					824.00

Given under our hands.
						J. W. Peavler, M. D.
						Logan Fitzjerell
						H. J. Reed M. D.

WIDOW’S RELINQUISHMENT AND SELECTION
Estate of R. W. S. Friar Deceased. 
STATE OF ILLINOIS,
County of Jefferson		ss.			I, Mary A. Friar Widow of R. W. S. Friar deceased, 
do hereby relinquish all my claim to the following articles mentioned in the “Appraisers” 
estimate of specific property,” allowed for myself and family, to-wit:
ITEMS								DOLLARS CTS.
The Family Pictures and the Wearing Apparel, Jewels 
and Ornaments of the widow and minor children			75.00
School Books and Family Library					100.00
One Sewing Machine						40.00
Necessary Beds, Bedsteads and Bedding for widow & family	75.00
The Stoves and Pipe used in the family, with the necessary
Cooking utensils						25.00
Household and Kitchen Furniture				        100.00
Milch Cow and Calf (being one for every four members of
the family),							25.00
Sheep and Fleeces (being two for each member of
the family)							15.00
One horse, Saddle and Bridle					45.00
Provisions for widow and family for one year		        200.00
Food for the Stock above specified for six months		20.00
Fuel for the widow and family for three months			4.00
Other Property							100.00
			TOTAL,					824.00

The aggregate value of which, as estimated, is $824.00 dollars, and in lieu of the same 
I desire to retain the following articles named in the “Appraisement Bill of Personal 
Property” of said ____________ deceased, viz.:
ARTICLES			APPRAISED VALUE
3 hogs  50 lbs. Each		6.00
One wagon			5.00
Household & kitchen furniture	15.00
One cow & calf			25.00
One chestnut sorrel mare	40.00
One filly			30.00
Farming utensils & harness	5.00
One side saddle & bridle	5.00
              Total 		131
The total value of which, as appraised, is $131.00 Dollars, and the balance, $693.00 Dollars, 
I prefer to have in money.
Witness my hand and seal, this July 24 day of A. D. 1876.
				Marah A. Friar (her mark)

					July 24, 1876
I, Marah A. Friar widow as aforesaid, hereby acknowledge receipt of the within named articles 
selected from the Appraisement Bill of the said Estate of R. W. S. Friar (Deceased).
				Marah A. Friar (her mark)

INVENTORY
STATE OF ILLINOIS,
Jefferson County		ss.
In the matter of the Estate of R. W. S. Fryer Deceased.
The following is a full and perfect Inventory of all the Real and Personal Estate of the said 
Deceased, so far as the same has come to the possession or knowledge of the undersigned Adm’r. 
of the Estate of R. W. S. Fryer.
ARTICLES			VALUE
3 hogs  50 lbs. Each	  	6.00
1 wagon	  			5.00
Household & kitchen furniture	15.00
1 cow & calf			25.00
1 mare chestnut sorrel 		40.00
1 filley 2 year old		30.00
Farming utensils & harness	5.00
1 side saddle &c.	  	5.00
              Total             131.00
The real Estate containing (80) eighty acres of land situated in the South (1/2) half of 
the NW quarter of Section No. (25) Twenty five Township (4) Four Range (3) Three E of the 
(3) third P. M. about good second class land, supposed to be worth about ten dollars per 
acre: with improvements.

We, the undersigned, appointed by the Honorable County Court of said County, to appraise 
the goods, chattels and personal estate of R. W. S. Friar late of said County, deceased, 
do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct Appraisement Bill of said goods, 
chattels and personal estate, so far as the same have come to our sight and knowledge; that 
we have appraised each article at its true value according to the best of our skill and 
judgment, having fist taken the oath required by law.
Given under our hands and seals this 24th day of July A. D. 1876.
				H. J. Reed, M.D. seal
				J. W. Peavler, M. D. seal
				Logan Fitzjerrells seal
We, the appraisers above named, do certify that we have attended and served one day each, 
in appraising the estate of the said deceased.
				H. J. Reed, M. D.
				Logan Fitzjerrells	Appraisers
				J. W. Peavler

Appraisement Bill
Jefferson County Court
Estate of R. W. S. Fryer
Deceased
Recorded in Record B Page 151.
Filed Aug. 5, 1876
W. H. Smith Co. Clerk

(August Term)
LIST OF PERSONAL PROPERTY SET OFF
Report of Articles of Selected Property set off to Mary A. Friar widow of R. W. S. Friar deceased.
State of Illinois,
Jefferson County	ss.	In County Court, August Term, A. D. 1876
To the Hon. Jared Foster Judge of said County:
The undersigned, Adm’r. of the Estate of R. W. S. Friar deceased would respectfully submit 
the following report of specific property set off to Mary A. Friar widow of said R. W. S. Friar 
dec’d. in accordance with her relinquishment and selection, and pursuant to the Statute in such 
case made and provided as follows:
	
ARTICLES			APPRAISED VALUE
3 hogs  50 lbs. Each	  	6.00
One waggon	  		5.00
Household & kitchen furniture  	15.00
One cow & calf			25.00
One chestnut sorrel mare	40.00
One filly			30.00
Farming utensils & harness  	5.00
One side saddle & bridle	5.00
Total Value                     131.00
Value of specific property as estimated and allowed by law	$131.00
Balance dues said Mary A. Friar in money			$693.00

						John Cockram, Adm’r. of Estate
						of R. W. S. Friar deceased.
						By J. S. Casey Atty 

(Nov. 11, 1876)
Wayman Fryer		Dr. [debtor]
	To J. F. Carroll in 1876
To smithing $44.85
Plaintiff swears that the above debt is just & correct & unpaid this Nov. 1876. 
				J. F. Carroll
State of Illinois
Jefferson County
Subscribed and sworn before me this Nov. 11, 1876.
T. Anglen P. L. M. S.

			Spring Garden, Ills.
			Nov. 11/76
Waman Fryar Dec’d.  Dr.  J. W. Peavler M. D. to medical service rendered during last illness 
seventy dollars.
			J. W. Peavler M. D.
State of Illinois
Jefferson County	ss.
Subscribed and sworn before me this Nov. 11, 1876.
T. Anglen P. L. M. S.


(Aug. 22, 1876)
CLAIM FILE
STATE OF ILLINOIS			In the Jefferson County, Court
Jefferson County		ss.		In Probate August Term, A. D. 1876
H. J. Reed being duly sworn, on oath, says that the annexed account against the Estate of 
William Fryar deceased, amounting to the sum of Nine Dollars and fifty Cents, is just, after 
allowing all just credits, and is now due and unpaid.
Subscribed and sworn before me, this 22nd
Day of August 1876.			H. J. Reed, M. D.
W. H. Smith Clerk

Estate of William Fryar, Dec’d.  Dr.
To Dr. H. J. Reed			
To drugs furnished during last illness.			$9.50

W. H. Friar Deceased, in Acct.
To H. J. Reed, for medicines furnished &c. in last illness.
Amt. ($10.30) ten dollars and thirty cents.
				H. J. Reed, M. D.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 11 day of November 1876.
				J. M. McKinny J. P.

FINAL REPORT OF WAYMAN FRYER ESTATE: transcribed from document in Probate, 
Jefferson County Court House, Jefferson County, IL by Ben Fryar Jan. 30, 1995

FINAL REPORT
State of Illinois			In the County Court
Jefferson County	ss		Aug. Term 1878

To the Hon. C. A. Keller Judge of said Court -
The undersigned Admr. of the estate of R. W. S. Fryer deceased respectfully reports that 
the whole of the personal property of the said estate amounts to the sum of $131.00 and 
that the amount of personal dower allowed the widow of the said deceased amounts to the 
sum of $824.00 and that as seen the personal property and assets of said estate do not 
exceed the amount of the widows allowance after deducting the necessary expenses incurred.
The undersigned further respectfully reports that he has delivered with the said widow of 
the said deceased the whole of said personal property.  He therefore asks that he may be 
discharged from any liability, as such administrator, all of which is respectfully submitted 
and prayed to be approved.
					John Cockrum
					Adm. Of R. W. S. Fryer
					By T. S. Casey J. P.

State of Illinois
Jefferson County    ss
		This afficant John Cockram, being duly sworn on his oath states that the foregoing 
report is true in
(continued on back of document)
 substance and in fact  & further says not c
					John Cockrum (sig.)

Subscribed and sworn to this
19th day of Aug. 1878
John N. Satterfield 
County Clerk

(Back of document folder:)
Estate of R. W. S. Fryer
Final Report
Approved Sept. 17, 1878
C. A. Keller
County Judge

?? Rec ran in Reend 3
Page 310 J. N. Satterfield, Clk
FILED IN COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE
AUG 19 1878
J. N. Satterfield (signature)
	County Clerk




 
 
 
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