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Obit, Last Will, Death Certificate & Testament and Probate Record
Ali (Sheppard) Howerton

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Obit, Will, Death certificate & Probate Records of Alie (Sheppard) Howerton


Mrs. Ala Sheppard Howerton, aged about 74, years, died at her home, seven miles southeast of Murrayville, Tuesday. She lived all her life in Morgan county, and was for a great many years a member of the Primitive Baptist church.

The funeral was conducted from the residence Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock and interment was made in the Sheppard cemetery, north of Woodson.

Daily Illinois Courier, Jacksonville, IL 9/23/1903 p3,c2


I, Alie E. Howerton, of the county of Morgan and state of Illinois do hereby make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit,

First, It is my will that, my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.

Second, After the payment of such funeral expenses and debts I give devise and bequeath unto my husband Wyatt Howerton all my personal and real estate of every kind whatever.

And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint John Brown and Harry Fanning executors without bond of this my last will and Testament revoking and annuling all former wills by me made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness where of I the said Alie E. Howerton have hereunto sit my hand and seal this 21st day of September A.D. 1903.
Alie E. x Howerton (Seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Alie E.Howerton as and for her last will and testament in presence of us, who in her presence and in the presence of each other and at her request have subscribed our names as wirnesses thereto.
Mary E x Mc Neely
Mrs J. M. Hurst.

MORGAN COUNTY.)   Nobody can be legally interred until a Permit has been issued. "No such permit shall be issued until there shall have been
delivered to the proper offical a Certificate of Death made in the manner directed." See back of form for directions. Write
plainly with unfading ink. This is a permanent record.

    Full Name of Deceased.    Eli Emmaline Howarton


 Sex  Female  Color  White  Age  73  Years  9  Months    16  Days  
 Place of Birth  Morgan Co, Ill.           Lived in Illinois Always years
Occupation  Housewife                 Married,  
Died on the  22nd day of September 1903   , at about
A.M   .
Place of Death  Nortonville Prict.                  
Place of Burial  Johnston Sheppard Cem.       Date of Burial Sept. 23, 1903  
Name of Undertaker  L. E. Thompson           Address Murrayville  


Immediate Cause           Years   Months    Days    Hours
  Cancer of Stomach       6    
Contributory Cause or Complication            
  Six months since she has been in care of M.D .    
I HEREBY CERTIFY, That the above stated personal particulars are true to the best of my knowledge and belief, and that the same cause of death of the above named and described deceased was as above written by me.
Witness my hand, This   13th  day } (Signature)  Wm G. Mariss M. D.
of    October 1903 Address   Nortonville Ill.            
Return to County Clerk by         Address    
FIled for Record this 30th day of November     Chas B Graff County Clerk  

No. 10379
In the County Court of Morgan County, Ill.
Alie E Howerton
Wyatt Howerton
Petition set for hearing Nov 2
A.D. 1903
Charles Barnes Judge
Filed A.D. 190
Recorded in Book A Page 229

Book Y Page 500-535
John K. Long, Printer, Jacksonville, Illinois

PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL -- John K. Long, Printer, Jacksonville, Illinois
State of Illinois,      )
                             > SS. Morgan County County Court: In Probate.
County of Morgan )
To the honorable Charles A Barnes, Judge of said Court.
Your petitioner, Wyatt Howerton, represents unto your honor that the instrument in writing, herewith filed, purports to be the last Will and Testament of Alie E Howerton who died on the 22nd day of September A. D. 1903, at Nortonville Precinct and who at the time of her death was a resident of the Precinct of Nortonville in the County and State aforsaid. That said decedent left serviving her the following persons, her only heirs at law:
     Wyatt Howerton her husband  residing at Nortonville, Illinois
     Elizabeth Hall a sister               residing at Girard          "
     Mary Rule       "   "                    residing at Curryville, Mo
     Louis Sheppard a brother        residing at Granite City, Ill
     Howard Sheppard a brother    residing at Guthrie Oklahoma
                   \                                residing at            \
That in said instrument in writing the following persons who are not heirs at law of said decedent are
named as legatees of devisees:
                   \                                residing at            \
And your petitioner prays that said instrument in writing be admitted to probate in this Court as the last Will
and Testament of the said decedent.             His
                                                           Wyatt x Howerton
State of Illinois,      )
                             > SS. Wyatt Howerton the above named petitioner,
County of Morgan )
being first duly sworn, on oath deposes and says that the allegations in the foregoing petition are true
to the best of his knowledge, information and belief.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 9th )
                        day of October A. D. 1903 > Wyatt x Howerton
Char. B Graff Clerk                                    )
State of Illinois,      )
                             > SS. In County Court October Probate Term, A. D. 1903
County of Morgan )
I, Charles B. Graff Clerk of the County Court of the said County , do hereby certify that on the Nineth day of October A. D. 1903, being at least twenty days prior to the Second day of November A. D. 1903, I mailed a copy of the annexed petition to each and every heir and legatee whose name and postoffice address appears therein.
Char. B Graff County Clerk.

State of Illinois,      )
                             > SS. In the County Court of said County:
County of Morgan )
IN PROBATE October Term, A. D. 1903
PERSONALLY APPEARED in open Court Mary E McNeely and Mrs J M Hurst subscribing witnesses to the forgoing instrument of writing, purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Alie E Howerton late of Morgan County deceased, who being duly sworn according to law, do depose and say, each for himself, that the foregoing is the Last Will and testament of the said Alie E Howerton deceased; that they subscribed their name thereto as the attesting witness at the request of the said testatrix and in her presence, and in the presence of each other on the 21st day of September A. D. 1903 That she then and there subscribed her name thereto in thier persence, and declared the same to be her Last Will and Testament; and that the said testatrix at the time of excuting the same as aforesaid was of full age, of sound mind and memory, and under no constraint.
Subscribed abd sworn to in open Court this)
13th day of Oct                                          )      Mrs J M Hurst
A.D. 1903                                                 )                 her
Chas B Graff County Clerk.                       )      Mary E x McNeely