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Last will and testament
State of Illinois, Jefferson County
July the 17th, 1870

In the name of God Amen.
	I Thomas J. Short Sen. being of sound memory, mind, and
understanding, and impressed with the great uncertainty of life and
the certainty of death and being desirous to dispose of my temporal 
affairs so that after my death no contention may arise relative to the
same. Therefore I Thomas J. Short Sen. of the County and State affor-
mentioned do make, ordain, publish, and declare this my last will and
testament, revoking all others by me heretofore made.
	First, I bequeath my body to the dust whence it came and my 
soul to God who gave it, hoping for a happy immortality through the
atoning merits of our Lord Jesus Christ the Savior of the wourld. My
desire is that my body be buried at Atkinson Graveyard and all expenses
paid by my executor hereafter named.
	Secondly, That all my just debts to be paid out of my personal
and real estate by my executor after all the just debts are paid.
	Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my beloved son, Alford Short 
all the personal property and real estate that I may have given him
heretofore, it being his portion of my personal and real estate.
	Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my beloved son Joshua Short 
all the personal property and real estate that I may have given him
heretofore, it being his portion of my personal and real estate.
	Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my beloved son Thomas B. Short
the East half of the West half of the South East quarter of section 
one of Township two, South of Range three East or so much as may be
left after paying all my just debts and also all the personal property
that I may have given him, my Executor to make him a Deed as soon as 
all ay debts are paid.
	Sixthly, I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Marth
Short the West half of the West half of the South East quarter of
Section one Township two South of Range three East, or so much as may 
be left after paying all my just debt. At her death and funeral 
expenses is paid, the said tract or parcel of land is to go to my
beloved son James W. Short and also my dearly beloved wife Marth Short
is to have my personal property that may be left after paying my just
debt and at her death and funeral expenses is paid, it is to be divided
if it can be done. If not, sold and the proceeds divided between my
much beloved daughters Precilah Marlow, Lydia M. Owens, and Martha E.
Denton with all the personal property and real estate that I may have
given them or each of them.
	Lastly, I appoint my beloved son-in-law James A. Marlow my 
whole and sale Executor to this my last will and testament and direct
that no security be required of him for the faithfull execution and 
discharge of the trust hereby reposed in him.
	In testamony whereof I have this the 17th day of July 1870
hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal hereby revoking all other
will that I have heretofore have made by me and in the presence of
Thomas F. Maddux
W. C. Patterson				Thomas J. Short
John Lear				(His mark X)         Seal
A. Summers
Valentine Brookman	

*This will was transcribed as written by Lori (Lisenby) Leonard
GGGG- Granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson Short.

 
 
 
 
 

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