James A. Hodge
In the Matter of the Estate of : In DeKalb County County Court.
James A. Hodge, deceased. : In Probate. Box Number 137
Jan. 21st, 1890. Will filed, Admitted to Probate and ordered recorded.
I, James A. Hodge of the City of DeKalb, in the County of DeKalb and State of Illinois of the age of Eighty years and being of sound mind and memory do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner following:
First I give and bequeath to my wife Susan G. Hodge all my personal property of every name and nature including all household goods and furniture of every name or to be hers, her heirs and assigns forever including all bank stocks and all demands of every description that shall be due or payable to me at my decease.
Second I give and bequeath to my wife Susan G. Hodge the following described Real Estate to-wit:- Lots one and two in Block seven in the Village (now City) of DeKalb as the County records will show. Also the ten 20/100 acres of land that I own on Section Twenty two (22) being Lot Eighty one (81) and part of Lot Fifty seven (57) and for a more perfect description reference is had to my deeds of said land now on record. And also the West ½ of the NE ¼ and the W ½ of the NE1/4 of the NE ¼ of Section twelve in Township Thirty nine, North Range Three East of the third principal meridian, containing one hundred acres of land according to government survey together with all the hereditaments and appurtenances thereto belonging or in any-wise appertaining to have and to hold the premises above described to the said Susan G. Hodge her heirs and assigns forever subject only to the payment of my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses and the charge of proving and registering this my will and is also in lieu of her dower at common law.
Third I give and bequeath the NW ¼ and the N ½ of the SW ¼ of Section twelve in Township Thirty nine, North Range Three East of the Third Principal Meridian, containing Two hundred and Forty acres of land according to government survey as follows to-wit:- J. H. C. Hodge, Benjamin Hodge, Helen Hawley, daughter of Hiram and Rhoda Wallace, now wife of Edson Hawley, Albert H. Hinman, Jane Hinman, Lucy Hinman and Roda Hinman children of my sister Lucy Alice formerly Hodge, and Fredrick Johnson son of Stephen Johnson, Henry L Broughton son of Horace Broughton, Jennet Peck, daughter of Joseph and Lowis Peck and Flora Hodge formerly Flory Zehner together with all the hereditements and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining to be theirs their heirs and assigns forever. Provided that each and every ones interest in 240 acre tract shall be proportionately as follows if 240 acres fail to pay the following sums: J. H. C. Hodge five hundred Dollars $500. Benjamin Hodge five hundred Dollars $500. The said Hellen Hawley five hundred Dollars $500. Albert H. Hinman one thousand dollars $1000. Jane Hinman five hundred Dollars $500. Lucy Hinman three hundred dollars $300. Roda Hinman three hundred dollars $300. Fredrick Johnson five hundred Dollars $500. Henry L Broughton five hundred Dollars $500. Jennet Peck five hundred Dollars $500. and the said Flora Hodge one Thousand dollars $1000.after being disposed of as follows. It is my will and I authorize my executrix or whoever shall administer on my estate to sell the said 240 acres of land as soon as consistent and appearing to be for the interest of those concerned and pay the said mentioned legatees or to as many of them as are living at my decease the several sums mentioned above. But if the said land does not fetch enough to pay the full amount specified that it be divided prorate between those legatees that are living at my decease but if the land fetches a surplus after paying said legacies in full It is my will that the surplus be divided equally between the before named Albert H. Hinman and Flora Hodge dif both are living at my decease but if only one the whole to go to that one.
Fourth I hereby appoint Susan G. Hodge my wife my sole Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made and request that letters may issue to her without her being complied to give bail. Given under my hand and seal this twenty-first day of December 1886.
James A. Hodge (Seal)
James A. Hodge died on January 15th, 1890.
April 8th, 1895. Final Report Filed and approved.
Of note; James A. Hodge received from the United States of America six Grants for parts of the above mentioned lands totaling 240 acres on June 16, 1856. Signed by President Franklin Pierce