WILL RECORD BOOK 1, JENNINGS COUNTY, INDIANA

Condensed transcriptions-these are listed in the order they are in the book. I have this on CD so I can check information if requested some of these were quite hard to read and I have put question marks where I am unsure of data. I have left the spelling as it was in the original documents and can provide page numbers for most of the wills.

The book is now complete a total of 141 Wills


1. Daniel Tribbet-Will written August 19, 1842-no mention of wife, children Samuel, Joseph & May. Samuel is to live with J.E. Wilson, who is also appointed executor of will. Joseph & May to continue with Amasa Spencer as they have heretofore talked. His property to be sold and after debts paid the remains with interest equally divided between the children when they become of age. Except for one bed and bedding to Samuel, Silver teaspoons and plates to May and a feather bed to Joseph. Wm. Jennings Vawter & Achilles Vawter witnesses. Filed with Clerk of Jennings County Court, September 20, 1842.

2. Joseph Loughery-Will written September 17, 1840-After a decent burial, he wishes that all his property real & personal be sold, reserving to his wife Emily the priviledge of keeping for her own use all of the household and kitchen furniture on or about the premises, together with two cows and a certain bay filly and six sheep plus grain and sufficient number of hogs for support of the family for twelve months also grain and provender for the stock for the span of twelve months all of which is for her own use and living and for which she will not be called to account for in any manner whatsoever. All the real estate and tenements shall be sold at public sale one third of all estate money to be paid in hand the balance in three annual payments secured by mortgage. After all just debts and other expenses are paid then shall be purchased for the use and benefit of my wife Emily a lot of land not less than fifteen or more than forty acres with a small improvement suitable for her and children together with comfortable buildings, to be selected by the executors and paid for out of the proceeds of the sale of the lands. The fee simple whereof shall be vested in her and her heirs forever.

The overplus money arising from the sale of the lands and otherwise as soon as the affairs of the estate be settled shall be placed in the hands of the guardians of the probate court, who shall give security as the Court direct. Guardians shall have power and authority to loan said money at interest from time to time to the best advantage and apply the interest arising therefrom to the schooling of the Children and if said Guardians deem necessary for the comfort and schooling or clothing they may use such part of the principle as providence may dictate by and with the consent of the Probate Court.

Appoints James Johnston and Charles Griffith his true and lawful Executors

Witnesses
D.T. Whitten (Daniel)
John Ferren
B.H. Cravens

Addition to will--September 17, 1842-And to my step son Francis Marion Payton I do give and bequeath when he arrives at the age of twenty four years the sum of two hundred dollars if that amount is in the hands of the Guardians and further I do give and bequeath to my other children (to wit), George Washington Loughery, Sherman? Loughrey and Joseph Loughery to have when they arrive at the age of twenty one years, all monies and affects not otherwise disposed of in this my above will and testament share and share alike.

Filed by Clerk of Court-John Walker-October 10, 1842--Witnessed by John Walker Clerk & B.N.R. Walker

3. Martin Wilson-will written May 13, 1842-he directs that my body be decently interred and my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding to my Estate and situation in life. He also directs that a fair valluation be made by two Judiceous Neighbors of all my Estate, (excepting household and kitchen furniture) and that after being signed with their names that a copy of the same be given by them to my Executors. He bequeaths to his daughter Martha all the household and kitchen furniture and also all of the money that would be coming to me from Pettiford for thirteen years use of all of my places, and all the rest of my property to be sold on a credit of twelve months and the amount thereof to be devided with all of my children. Francis Wilson the wife of William Wilson is to share equally with the rest and to accectuate this my intention. I hereby vest my Executors with full power and authority to dispose of my Estate in every respect as I could myself do if living. I hereby do make and ordain Gilbert Lamb and Seth M. Chase? my Executors of this my last Will and Testament.

Witnesses
? Jayne
Aaron Wallace

Filed by clerk of Court-John Walker-October 15, 1842

4. Joshua Wilkerson-will written October 21, 1842-he directs that he be buried in a manner suitable to my station and all funeral expenses doctor bills and just debts be paid. All the remainer of my property both real and personal I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lucinda, including my farm both cleared and uncleared together with all my present crop of grain, houses, outhouses, horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, household and kitchen furniture, money and all Debts due to me of any kind during her natural life with full power to sell or dispose of any or all of my personal property for the suport an mantainance of my family, and further do herby appoint Lucinda Wilkerson (my wife) the sole executrix of this my last will and testament and after the decease of my wife I wish that there be an equal division of all of the property both real and personal between all of my children.

Witness
Alexander Lowery

Filed by the clerk of Court-John Walker-November 14, 1842

5. Conrad Hesler-will written November 24, 2842-he directs that his my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life as to such wordly estate it has pleased God to entrust me with. I dispose of same in the following manner, to wit. I direct first that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of the first monies that shall come out of my estate.

I also give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret who has intermarried with Adam Snider my half of the wagon owned by me and said Snider also one half of our common stove, one sorrell mare, eight hogs and one half of my beds and bedding and four sider barrels and one matchett? and one weeding hoe. I also give and bequeath to my Grand daughter Margaret Hesler a step daughter of Francis Link fifty dollars in cash and one half of my beds and bedding providing she shall live to years of maturity and the remainder of my estate to be equally divided between Adam Snider my son in law and Francis Link my son in law and Adam Hesler and John Hesler my two sons. Said residue to be divided by two respectable neighbors and I hereby make and ordain my worthy and esteemed friend Adam Snider executor of this my last will and testament.

Witness

David Elliot

Gantrunan?

Filed by the Clerk of Court-John Walker-December 26, 1842

6. Dinah Vickery-will written December 16, 1842- In the name of God. I Dinah Vickey being weak in body but enjoying reasonable mind, make this my last will, revoking all or any other I have heretofore made. Knowing my days are but few I cheerfully resign my body to its mother earth and the property which the giver of the universe has been pleased to entrust me with. I dispose of in the following manner, my real and personal property I order and direct to be sold and equally divided between Milly Alen and Harvy Vickery. James Vickery ten dollars, James Dunlap ten dollars and Polly Dunlap my bed and bedding including the bedstead and eight dollars and Harvy is to have the old cow and Milly & Mary is to have all the bedding they have made, the bedstead is Milly's inclusive. Harvy has 5 shoats, Milly & Polly Dunlap 3, that is ? of my property. and I appoint my friend Achilles Vawter to Execute this my will in as ample a manner as I could do if living. After converting all the said property and paying all my just debts then my Executor will pay over the remainder as above divided.

Witnesses

John L. Johnson, Thomas L. Johnson

Filed by the Clerk of Court-John Walker-January 25, 1843-Recorded January 26, 1843

7. Samuel Vancleve-will written December 7, 1841-I devise that the perishable part of my estate (with the exception of all my beds and bedding together with our spinning wheel which I give to my wife Nancy Vancleve to be enjoyed by her forever) be immediately sold after my decease and out of the monies arising therefrom all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid. I devise that the rents and profits arising from the remaining part of my estate be given to my wife Nancy Vancleve such profits to be enjoyed by her during her widowhood. But should my wife Nancy Vancleve change her state in life by marriage then I desire that she be decreased to one third part of my estate both real and personal during the term of her natural life.

I do hereby contistiture my friends Land? Vancleve and John Haden Executors of this my last will and Testament.

Witnesses

William M. Johnson, George Griffith, William T. Griffith

This one had some problems, signed by Clerk of the Court-John Walker-February 14, 1842 but there is a note in the book stating-the above will was omitted to be recorded until June 29th 1843 on account of being mislaid.

8. Hugh Devine-will written June 18, 1843- I give and bequeath to my dear wife Mary half of my real estate containing eighty acres of land more or less and in case she has issue by me. It is my will that said child shall have the other half of the above written. In case the child dont live after its death it belongs to my brother James. It is in my will that in case I have no issue of my wife that my brother James Devine shall have half my real estate as above described. It is also my will that my mare and heiffer shall be my brother James and also my wearing apparel . I wish him also to pay my debts.

All the rest and residue of my goods and chattles I give and bequeath my dear beloved wife after paying my funeral and burial expenses. Whom I nominate and constitute and appoint sole executrix of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other and former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

Witnesses

Thomas Fitgibben

Ja? He?b?t

Patrick McCalpin

Filed by Clerk of Court 14th day of ?, 1843

9. Francis Lewelling (Lewellen)-about October 1, 1844-He asks that his just debts and funeral expenses be paid, and that an appraisment be made of all his estate including household furniture.I also direct that my "stock in trade" I bequeath and give to my son William Lewelling also my lands as follows, to wit the southeast fourth of the northeast quarter section twenty five Town eight north Range Seven East, containing forty acres according to the land "Survey" also the North West fourth of the North East Quarter of Section Twenty five Township Eight North Range Seven East containing forty acres in all. Eighty acres for and in consideration of his care that he has taken heretofore of me and shall continue to take the same care of me in all time come while I live. I hereby vest my Executors with full power and authority to deed all the above named lands to my said son William Lewelling in accordance to law and in such manner as the Court may direct or as I could myself do if living. I also direct that all of my household furniture together with all my money that I may have on hand and notes to be given to the said William Lewelling except my wearing apparels that I may have at my death I direct that they be by my executors given to my daughter Rhoda Se?gan and hereby make and ordain my worthy and esteemed friends Peter Klapp & William Tharp Executors of this my last will and testament

Witnesses

Matilda Lewelling

Malia Lewelling

Recorded January 6, 1845, John Walker, Clerk

  

10. David Mailick-will written August 17, 1842-I direct that the whole of my household furniture and all the farming utensils on my farm and stock of every kind also the crops that are growing shall be and remain the absolute property of my beloved wife if she shall be living at the time of my decease. Also to have the entire control of my farm and to receive all the proceeds of said farm for her mantainance during her natural life. I also bequeath to my son Phillip Mailick the farm that I now live on and it is my request that my son Phillip Mailick take possession at my death, I further direct that my son Phillip shall pay to my daughter Rebecca Temple and Mariah Thompson one hundred dollars each in lawful money of the United States to be paid to them immmediately on his taking possession of said farm after my decease and I hereby make and ordain my worthy friend Ellison Dixon Executor of this my last will and testament.

Witnesses

Walter B. Goodhue

Abraham Walton Jr.

Filed by Clerk of Court February 10, 1843

11. James Stedman-will written June 20, 1832-I do will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Stedman late Elizabeth Earl all the real Estate and personal property owned by me or in any wise pertaining thereunto to have and to hold possess and enjoy during the lifetime of her the said Elizabeth Stedman but at her death to be disposed of as the law may direct.

Witnesses

George McCaslan

John Fish

Will proved by William Walker Clerk of Court August 21, 1845

12. George Lockhart-written February 4, 1845-I appoint Richard Stott Executor. I want the following property sold on a credit of twelve months the purchaser to give Bond with approved security, one horse and one bay mare, one yoke of oxen and one wagon and the stock hogs that may be on hand, one plow and one log chain and one Rifle gun and all the cattle except two cows and calves. The money arising from the sale of the above property to be applied first to pay all my just debts and funeral expences, the balance to be applied some of it to the Schooling of my Children and the balance to the purchase of a small piece of land for the benifit of my wife Susan Lockhart so long as she remains my widow and in case she should marry then the lands to go to my heirs in their lawful proportions and in case my administrator thinks best and at the time said money becomes due he may loan said money until such time as an opportunity may occur to purchase a piece of land with the same and lastly I bequeath unto my wife Susan Lockhart all my household goods together with two cows and calves and all my sheep.

Witnesses

William Page

Spencer Dwyer

October 21, 1845-William Walker Clerk of the Court

13. Fielding Denny-will written October 1, 1841-I do hereby give and bequeath to my son Thomas Denny all the lands owned by me on the south side of the south fork (a creek that divides the lands on which I now live) also my interest in the mill stone quarry on the said lands above granted. I do hereby give and bequeath all the remainder of my lands (it lying on the) north side of said creek and including the homestead be the same more or less in equal proportions as to value to my other Six Children to wit Mary, Lucy, Rebecca Jane, Elizabeth, Aaron & Robert and in case of the said six children not being able to agree among themselves as to a division of said lands or a sale of their respective interests to each other. Then and in that case I do hereby enjoin and require my executors hereby and herein named to sell the said ? of land for the best possible price and the following terms one third part cash in hand one third part in one year one third part in two years with ten percent interest on all unpaid sums from the day of sale until paid and said Executors are hereby required to divide all money as received equally among my last six named children.

In consequence of services rendered me and my family in the raising of my younger children it is my will and I do hereby give and bequeath to my daughter Mary out of my personal property before any division there of her choice of one bedstead and perfect bedding for the same also one Sorrell mare now two years old known by the name of Pat? The residue of my personal estate after paying funeral expenses and any claims due and owing from the estate. I do hereby will and direct my said Executors to divide the same equally among my seven children, Mary included with the other six. But in said division it is my wish that Rebecca and Elizabeth if they choose to do so select each a bed bedstead & furniture out of my bedding (after Mary shall have made her Choice) each in the same manner as (Mary, without valuation).

My father having created me his Executor and in his last will having willed and bequeathed to two of his grandsons one hundred and twenty dollars should they ever call for the same, then to remain in the hands of the present Testor as his proper bequest, it is hereby made a part and parcel of my will and bequest that should Whitfield Townsend or Edward Townsend the said Grand children of my father or either of them ever call for the same that my said Executor pay to the said Whitfield Townsend sixty dollars the sum willed to him by my father in his lifetime and the like sum of sixty dollars to Edward Townsend should he ever call for the sum to be collected or rufunded in equal proportions by each of my seven children and in order to secure the payments of said money if ever called for. I do hereby direct my executors to take an obligation of each of my seven children at the time of paying any portions of the above bequests to refund their proper proportions or dividends of an sum hereafter demanded on account of money entitled to Whitfield or Edward Townsend.

I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Thomas Denny and Samuel Stott Executors of this my last will and testament.and charge and enjoin it on each of them to see each part and parcel thereof faithfully executed and that in as full and as perfect a manner as it is possible for them so to.

Witnesses

John Vawter

John Hicklin

Proven November 12, 1845, William Walker Clerk of the Court

14. Thomas Hicklin-will written October 19, 1845-Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Hicklin of Bigger Township, Jennings County, Indiana, make and ordain this my last will and testament making the following disposition of my estate. First I will that all my just debts be paid, next that the erection of a suitable tombstone over the graves of my Father my Mother & Myself be united to my other funeral expences and paid out of my Estate. I also will that twenty five dollars of my estate be appropriated to the Liberty cause, and for this purpose twelve and a half be given into the hands of Hanibal Bailey of Cincinnati and twelve and a half dollars be given unto the hand of Henry W. Deprey, Editor of a Liberty paper in Indianapolis, Indiana. I will that my brother Lewis Hicklin have one hundred dollars out of my estate in consideration of special favors and that he have my wearing apparal. I will that James M. Stephenson have my watch, I also will that my sister Elizabeth Hicklin have my Bible. I bequeath to Emily M. Hicklin, Oscar W? Hicklin, Felix Hicklin and Nancy J? Hicklin the debt owed to my by Thomas Wheatley of Decatur County, In. with all the money that I have collected from said Wheatley to be equally divided between all my brothers and sisters, the children of each of my deceased sister to receive an equal share with the living. I appoint John L. Hicklin, Lewis Hicklin, James Hicklin my Executors to see that my Will is executed according to the intent thereof

In confirmation of this my last Will and Testament I hereinto assign my name this 19th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five.

Witnesses

Jesse A. Grinstead

Thomas H. Dewey

Proven January 5, 1846. William R. Walker, Clerk of the Court

 

15. Joseph Howell-will written December 15, 1845-I do give and bequeath to my worthy and beloved mother Lydia Howell all my lands, tenaments, hereditamintz? and Real Estate of whatsoever and all kinds of which I may die siezed together with all the embelemmentz thereon for the term of her natural life. After her death it is my desire and wish that the real estate above mentioned should be equally divided between my two brothes Alpheus Howell and David S. Howell share and share alike to ascertained and set apart to each as follows to wit at the death of my mother should it have so happened that during her life with her consent either of my said brothers or both have made permanent improvements upon said estate for which they have not been renumerated by her they shall be paid for such improvements in her estate. I do also bequeath to my beloved mother Lydia Howell all my property goods and chattles to hold as of her own property that she may enjoy it as she wishes during her life and dispose of as she may please at or before her death.

It is my wish and desire that my beloved Father should be suitably provided for according to his age and condition in life this I enjoin upon my two brothers after the death of my mother should he and they outlive my mother. It is my wish that my mother should pay all my just debts.

Signed in the presence of my friends Jacob Staley Jr., Henry Riggs and D.C. Rich, desiring that it may be taken into the possession of my trustworthy friend Henry Riggs until after my death.

Witnesses

D.C. Rich

Henry Riggs

Jacob Staley Jr.

Sworn and subscribed , January 22, 1846, Certificate of Probate January 27, 2846, William R. Walker, Clerk of the Court

16. Celo Eastman-will written January 7, 1846-I Celo Eastman of Paris in the state of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and Testament making void all former wills. I direct that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life. As to such wordly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the sum in the following manner to wit I all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid after my decease as soon as possible out of the first moneys that shall come to the hands of my Executrix from any portion of my Estate both real and personal. I also direct that my Executrix collect all just debts as soon as possible & she shall be entitled to the profiits and use of all my estate. real & personal so long as she remains single and maintains and educates my children but should she not remain single then I direct that two thirds of the increase of my Estate be appropriated fot the mantainance & education of my Children. I hereby ordain & make my beloved wife Elena Maria Eastman Executrix of this my las Will & Testament, In witness whereof I Celo Eastman the testator have hereunto set my hand and seal.

Witnesses

Jos. C. Ashby

Robert A. Frost

Will Proven February 6, 1846, Willliam R. Walker, Clerk of the Court

 

17. Martha Ann Booker-will written February 22, 1845-I Martha Booker of Jennings County state of Indiana make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all wills by me heretofore made first I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my Estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with. I dispose of the same in the following manner towit I give and bequeath unto Anna Booker all my Real Estate together with my personal estate after the payment of my just debts and I appoint Achilles Vawter my Executor to carry out this my last Will and Testament.

Witnesses

Henry Carney

William Patrick

Will Proven March 20, 1846-Probate signed March 21, 1846, William R. Walker, Clerk of the Court

 

18. John Bolton-will written November 17, 1845-I give and bequeath to my wife Malissa Bolton the use and possession of the farm on which I now live our horse and gears? two milch cows ten sheep ten hogs and all my house hold & kitchen furnitire while she remains my Widow. I wish the residue of my personal property sold and the money arising from said sale put out at interest for the use of my family. In case my wife shall marry another man I give her one hundred dollars worth of personal property and direct that the residue be sold for the benifit of my children or if my said wife shall die before my children are at sufficient age to take care of the personal property. I direct that it all be sold and the money put out at interest for their benifit. At the death of my Wife I direct that all my real and personal property be divided equally between my two children and in case she shall marry that all the residue not given to her shall be divided between my children.

Witnesses

E.F. Pabody

Simon Branham

Sworn & Certificate of Probate-June 5, 1846-William R. Walker, Clerk of the Court

 

19. Amasa Spencer-I seem to have missed the last part of this will and will go back and re do it. Here is the portion I have it is pretty complicated and long.

I will and bequeath to my wife Priscilla Spencer the use possession and occupancy of the room in my dwelling house which we the said Priscilla and myslf now occupy and the use possession rents and profits of the one third part of all my lands during her natural life if she shall remain my widow-if she shall choose to rent out the premisis above bequeathed to her or to accept a decent and comfortable support in liu of the use and possession of the same then my son Nathan Jackson Spencer shall have the preference in renting the same or in furnishing such support. I bequeath to my said wife Priscilla all the personal property which she brought to our house after our marriage and one half of all personal property that we may have jointly accumulated and made since our marriage together with her wearing apparel, all of which is to be given up to her at my death if she shall summon and to her children if she shall die before me and the said property shall not have been previously given up- which is agreable to our verbal agreement before our marriage.

Upon condition that my son Nathan Jackson Spencer shall continue with me through my life and assist me to aquire a comfortable support in my old age. I bequeath to him all my lands and tenaments, consisting of the west half of the northwest quarter of section number twenty five and the south east forth of the south west quarter of section twenty four in township six north of range seven east in Jennings County aforesaid provided the said Nathan Jackson Spencer shall pay to my children herein after named as to the Executor for their use and benifit the sum of fifty dollars in three years in consideration of the said forty acre tract of land before mentioned.

I bequeath to James Spencer, Samuel Spencer, Robert Spencer, David Spencer, Jane Combeth, Moses Spencer, Anna Parsley, Amasa Spencer Jr., Betsy Meek, Nancy Firzgerald and Polly McWorter each ten dollars and to the children of Peggy Smith a childs part of ten dollars-Sally Meek is intentionally excluded from any participation in my Estate-for the purpose of paying my just debts and funeral expenses and the above bequests I direct the so much of my personal Estate be sold as may be necessary for these purposes and if after paying my debts as aforesaid there shall not be enough to pay the bequests aforesaid then I direct that the residue of the money arising from said sale be equally divided among my aforesaid children and the children of Peggy Smith as aforesaid with the exclusion aforesaid-and

 

20. John Stagg-will written April 24, 1846-whereas I have heretofore given to each of my children the portion allotted I direct that they each recieve one dollar out of my estate. I further direct that all my estate both real and personal which I possess at my decease or may from any cause fall to me hereafter (after paying what I have above directed) shall be and remain the absolute property of my beloved wife Martha Stagg.

And I hereby make and ordain my worthy and esteemed friend Ezekiel Lewis Executor of this my Last Will and Testament.

Witnesses

Adam Brower

Amos Blanchard

Will proven August 1, 1846, Probate August 21, 1846, William R. Walker, Clerk of the Court

 

21. Thomas Ammons-will written July 7, 1946-I Thomas Ammons of Paris, Jennings County and state of Indiana direct that my beloved wife Sally Ammons have her full third of all my property whether real or personal for her maintainance during her natural life and that all my children to have the balance of my property to be equally divided among them first Branock Wilson and Susan have had four hundred dollars and Henry Ammons has had four hundred dollars and Henry Rowlins and Caroline have had one hundred and sixty dollars but to have two hundred and forty dollars more to be equal with Branock and Henry and George C. Ammons and Thomas J. Ammons to have each four hundred dollars to be haid to them by my Executor when they arrive to twenty one years of age and my grand daughter Sarah Elizabeth Ammons to have two hundred dollars as her full legacy to be haid to her by my Executor when she is twenty one years of age but should she die before she becomes of age then the said legacy to be divided among my children and after my children shall have had four hundred dollars each the remainder (if any) shall be divided among my children equally and I hereby appoint and ordain my son Henry Ammons and Branock Wilson my Executors of this my Last Will and Testament.

Witnesses

John S. Troutman

Daniel M. Hill

Proven August 12, 1846-Probate August 31, 1846, William R. Walker, Clerk of the Court

22. Daniel Johnson-will written January 17, 1845-I Daniel Johnson of Sand Creek Township and the State of Indiana being in good health of sound mind and having the right use of my mutual faculties and capable of juding disticntly on matters and things do hereby make my last Will and Testament. and I do hereby revoke and make void other will or wills by me heretofore at any time made and do hereby declare this only to be my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, that is to say first that in countenance of my having helped my son Mathias to the greatest extent in my power and as I have paid to and for him upwards of fifty dollars I hereby consider that I have paid him over and above the sum that he would be entitled to in proportion with the rest of my children and consequently in Justice to my family I shall not be able to do any more for him, so that he must consider that he has had and made use of his full share of my projority and affects. Next I give and bequeath to my son Daniel all that forty acres which he now lives on to his own proper use and benifit being better known and described as being the South forty acres of the West half of the North West quarter section of Section twenty nine in Town eight North of Range eight East. Next to my son Henry, I give and bequeath the North Forty of the West half or the North West quarter of Section twenty nine in Town eight North of Range eight East, Next to my daughter Hannah now the wife of Robert Greer? I give Forty dollars. Next to my daughter Peggy I give Fifty dollars. Next to my daughter Betsy now the wife of Stephen Bishop I likewise give Forty dollars. Next to my daughter Sarah Slater I likewise give Forty dollars. I also give and bequeath to my son Alexander Forty acres of land being directly South of Daniel's aforesaid but being better known and described as being the North Forty of and belonging to the West half of the Southwest quarter of section Twenty nine in Town eight North of range eight east with exception of that piece of an acre of ground where the school house of the third District now stands. I give likewise to my son Moore, Forty Acres off the Mysee? purchase being better known and described as being the South Forty acres of land off the West half of the Southeast quarter of section twenty nine in Town eight North of Range eight East. Likewise I give to my son Jeremiah all that tract of land joining the road and lying West of the Bush farm but better known and described as being the South East quarter of the North East Quarter of section number twenty nine in Town eight North of Range eight East with exception of what is sold and deeded to the Hibberlins off of said tract and what is lacking of making Forty acres shall be taken off the next piece South out of the North West corner of the same better known and described as coming off the South East eighty of the South East quarter of section twenty nine Town eight and Range eight East. Likewise I give to my daughter Mary the Forty acres of land lying East of Alexanders but better known and described as being that Forty which I purchased of Immanuel Fifer, Likewise I hereby give and devise to my daughter Mariah the Forty acres lying West of Jeremiah's but better known and described as being the South West fourth of the North East quarter of section twenty nine of Town eight and Range eight East and lying North of the Mysee? tract. and it is hereby my wish and desire that each and every child shall have and hold their own respective lands to their own proper use and benifit together with all the rights priviledges and appertainences thereunto belonging as in any wise apertaining to them and their Heirs forever. Now it is likewise my will and desire that these legacies shall be paid as soon as convenient after my death and as soon as matters can be arranged and all my just debts funeral expenses be paid and liquidated. It is further my Will and desire that the money or legacies herein bequeathed shall be raised out of the amount now owing to me by John Spriggs and which is secured to me by notes and the law in payment for the same the piece being better known and described as the West half of the South West quarter of section number twenty one in Town eight North Range eight East. This same piece of land as well as the other pieces mentioned in this Will being in Jennings County, Indiana aforesaid and all in the Jeffersonville District of Public Lands. Now if said money is collected before my death it is my will that the same shall be paid over as soon as convenient my just debts funeral expenses being liquidated and if not collected before my death it shall be paid over as soon as collected and if in cash the above property shall not raise a sufficiency to defray the before mentioned legacies just debts funeral expences ect, then it is my wish and desire that my wife shall turn out property to satisfy the same. Further it is my will and desire that all of my real and personal Estate and effects, household furniture, farming stock, tools and untensils moneys due and owing together with all and every of my property and effects whatsoever or wheresoever shall be and remain in the hands of my wife Mary Johnson, in case she survives me, she seeing that all my just debts are paid in full as aforesaid, to her own proper use and benifit for and during the time of her Widowhood. and further that if any or either of the aforesaid children mentioned in this Will shall die his or her share or shares shall be sold and divided amongst all the remaining Children belonging to my present wife aforesaid unless said child or children so shall have been married or may be at the time of their decease then such share or shares shall go to his or their survivor or survivors and if in case the said Mary Johnson shall die or Marry again then the said property and Estate herein bequeathed to her shall be laid aside for the maintenance and mutual good of such of their children which are living then either in education if underage or in the best manner my Executor shall think fit. and moreover it is my will and desire that if in case any or either of the children mentioned herein to receive legacies or landed property shall fail coming forward within the span of three years of my decease to recieve their share then it shall be left to the descretion of my Executor to make over the same Legacies or the party so forfieted to the use and benifit of the children of my last family. And further if in the case my decease should happen before all the children of my last family are of age then I hereby charge my Executors to take care of each and particular ? until the said child shall be of age or capable of taking care of hisself or herself of the same. And lastly I hereby choose select and appoint as my Executors (to see this my last Will and Testament carried fully and faithfully into effect). George Martin Fifer of Jennings County and State of Indiana and Daniel James of the same State and County aforesaid and my wife Mary Johnson as Executrix.

Witnesses

Stephen Cadby

?

Will Proven, October 22, 1846-William Walker, Clerk of the Court      

24. Hannah Wilder-will written April 6, 1839-In the name of God Amen, I Hannah Wilder of Sterling in the County of Clochester in the State of Massachusetts being weak of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first

Item 1st I give and bequeath to my daughter Genesha? P. Bagley the sum of three hundred dollars.

Item 2nd I also give and bequeath unto my grand child Emily Wilder the sum of one dollar.

Item 3rd I also give and bequeath unto my son Samuel S. Wilder the sum of one dollar.

Item 4th I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Eliza Beth May the sum of one dollar.

Item 5th I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Emma K. Whitley the sum of one dollar.

and lastly I further give and bequeath unto my son Samuel S. Wilder the residue and remainder of my Estate wether real or personal or mixed of what kind and nature ? by his paying the said funeral ? or sums of money within one year after my decease _______?

I do hereby appoint my son Samuel S. Wilder sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

Witnesses

Elisha H. Tolman

Ambrose P. Stewart

Autherson? Wilder

Proved, February 2, 1847-William Walker, Clerk of the Court

 

25. J.A. Davis-will written September 17, 1841-Be it remembered that on the 3rd day of March 1847 the following certified copy of the last will and testament of Jordan A. Davis was filed in the clerks office of Jennings County in the words and figures following to wit;

My Estate is worth now about 100,000 dollars, Jordan A. Davis last will and testament this the 3rd day of September one thousand eight hundred and forty one. I hereby give and bequeath to my sister Margaret E. Davis the sum of five thousand dollars to be paid out of the first moneys that can be raised out of my Estate the sum to be invested by my Executors in productive real estate or Bank Stocks in ? grants ? and for her benifit the income of which if it is properly invested will support her and it is my advice that she keep the property or stocks and not sell them and live on the income. The remainder of my Estate after the $5,000 money is raised for my sister I give to my father S.H. Davis Sr. and to my two brothers Richard S. Davis and Smithson H. Davis Jr. to be equally divided between them; they can divide my Tobacco land & or sell them and divide the money I appoint Mecajah Davis Jr. (Dr. Williams Davis)father) Smithson H. Davis Jr.(my brother) and William H. Seawell

(of Louisville) and wish them or at least two of them to serve and pay themselves according to law for the trouble of ? and dividing my Estate. I do not wish my father to have anything to do with settling my estate, that to give and advise and receive his portion. I particularly request Mr. Davis Jr. to see that my will is Executed. My papers deeds and receipts will be found in my trunks and likewise a statement showing when my property is and in whose hands. They are all in my large pocket book my books and in Louisville in my trans chest which is stand at Ewing & Crumnys? I do not owe anything and my books will show what is owing to me. I gave Margaret a list of my money and chests which I have about my person and in my trunks. Witness my hand and seal this 27th day of September 1841 at Lynchburg, Virginia.

Witnesses

Micajah Davis

Edeward T. P. Hopkins

I leave my watch and chain to my sister Margaret and likewise my Library.

At a curcuit superior court of law and chancery held for the town of Lynchburg at the Court House of said town Wednesday the 23rd day of October 1844 sitting as a court of common law this last will and testament of Jordan A. Davis, decd was this day presented in open court and proven by the oaths of Micajah Davis and Edward T.P. Hopkins the only two subscribing witnesses thereto and the said will and cocidil thereto even further proved by the oaths of William P. Yancy and John L. Davis to be who by written and signed by this hand writing of the said Testator and therepon the said will and codicil win ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Micajah Davis Jr. one of the Executors therein made who made oath thereto and together with and together with William Davis Jr. his security entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the

Penalty of Twenty Thousand dollars-conditioned upon obtaining a Probate of said Will in due form liberty being reserved to the other Executors named in the said will to ? in the probate when they shall see fit.

A Copy Test, D. Rodes, Clerk

State of Virginia Corporation of Lynchburg I David Rodes Clerk of the Curcuit Superior Court of law and Chancery do hereby Certify for the Town and Corporation aforesaid and State of Virginia aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true transcrip from the records of the said court as fully and wholy as they now exist among the records of my office.

In testamony whereof I hereby set my hand and the seal of said court this 25th day of 184?

David Rodes, Clerk

Town and Corporation of Lynchburg to wit; I David A. Wilson, Judge of the Curcuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the town and corporation aforesaid in the State of Virginia do hereby ceritfy that David Rodes who hath given the preceding Certificate is Clerk of the said Court and that his said attestation is in due form. Given under my hand this 25th day of September 1844.

David A. Wilson

I hereby certify that the original certified copy of which the foregoing is a true and complete record is on file in my office. The 5th day of March 1847.

 

25. Cyrus S. Maynard-July 9, 1846-I Cyrus S. Maynard of the Township of Spencer, County of Jennings and state of Indiana do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament. First I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in accordance to the custom of the place I now reside and as to such wordly estate as it has pleased God to untrust me with. I dispose of the same in the following manner to wit I direct first that all just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon ater my decease as possible out of the first moneys that shall come into the hands of my Executors from any portion of my personal Estate. I also direct that all my Estate both real and personal shall be and remain the absolute property of my beloved wife Sarah Maynard if she shall be living at the time of my decease, that she shall have the entire controll and disposal of the same for the comfort and support and the support of my children. and I also direct that all property that I now own which may remain after the death of my beloved wife shall be equally divided amongst my children. and I hereby make and ordain Cyrus Maynard and Charles Griffith Executors of my Last Will and Testament.

Witnesses

Jesse Whitcomb

Sarah Jane Maynard

Will proven March 5, 1847-probate March 6, 1847, William Walker, Clerk of the Court

 

26. Lewis Newsom-will written January 28, 1847-I Lewis Newson a man of colour being of perfect mind but weak in body knowing the certainty of death make this my Last Will and Testament revoking any or all wills by me hertofore made. I give and bequeath unto Mary Jane my wife one bay mare the bill? cow Laid, I will unto Messer my oldest son my gray mare Maby. If my wife shall remain with my family I wish her and them to occupy my farm with the balance of my property which may be left, but if she should not then the children to tend the farm and give her ?one quit Mayety? with the children of the proceeds until Augustus my son becomes of age, then it is my will that my lands and balance of my property be sold for cash paid in hand and equally divided with all my children giving my wife an equal proportion with the children and I appoint my friends Parley Hill and Achilles Vawter my Executors to see that this my will be executed.

Witnesses

D.G. Vawter

Jepe V. Brannwell

Will proven July 13, 1847-Achilles Vawter, Clerk of the Court

 

27. Jepe (Jesse) S. Bannaughs-will written November 13, 1846-Improving the present being uncertain of the future as to life I Jepe (Jesse) S. Brannaughs weak in bodily strength but sound in mind and memory do make this my Last Will and Testament. First it is my will and desire that my Exector shall honestly and fairly pay and discharge those few small pecunary that owe here after the payment of which secondly I do will and bequeath to my children all my disposable property both real and personal share and share a like as the law would dispose of it, in the absence of these presence and also to my faithful wife in the amount that a wife and wholesome law qives her in the manner that it gives it. Thirdly it is my will and desire that my son in law Gideon Underwood should be and I hereby make him the Executor of this my last Will and Testament. Forthly it is my will and desire that Elsie Rich should act as the guardian of my beloved child Josephine and that ?C. Rich should act as quardian of my dear son James and I enjoin it upon each of them that they see that their several wards are well provided for and that they receive a good education. This I have confidence they will do. I commend my family to the keeping of God and ask them to love one and other and to think of this request of mine when I am gone With this after asking the mercy of my creator to ward myself I am content and and now sign and seal this and deliver these presents to my long time friend John Riggs to keep until the proper time then to be published as my last will and testament. I here to set my hand seal this the 19th of November 1846.

Witnesses

John Riggs

Eliza Bynam

Abram Hodson

Proven July 19, 1847-Achilles Vawter, Clerk of the Court

28. Amos A. Sprout-will written September 1, 1847-Know all men by these presents that I Amos A. Sprout of the County of Jennings state of Indiana in view of the uncertainty of life being in the full enjoyment of my faculties of mind do make this my last will and testament. To my wife Matilda Sprout I bequeath all my personal property after so much of it shall be sold as will pay my just debts. My real estate I will shall be used by my wife M. Sprout until my youngest child becomes of age, when it shall be divided and settled upon my heirs according to law. I appoint my wife Matilda Sprout Executrix of this my will whereunto I set my hand and seal September the 1st, 1847.

Witnesses

J.A. Burt

James Young

Will Proven September 21, 1847 and Probate complete-Wm. P. Shields, Clerk of the Court

 

29. Lewis Umstead-will written September 26, 1847-I Lewis Umstead well advanced in years and knowing the certainty of death and desiring to make a disposition of the property which the lord has been pleased to help me with I direct that after my death that my boddy be deposited in its mother earth in a manner which will be in conformity with my estate. Second I direct that all my just debts be paid as soon as the money can be procured of my estate. Third I give and bequeath unto Agneys? my wife all and everything I have except one colt to Jerry also one colt to Amy Benett and one to Mary Johnson if the mare should live so as to raise one for Ann and Mary then they are to have ten dollars each of money or property as they may select after the death of my wife, and after her death the whole of the sum remaining property is Jerrys. If my wife should outlive my son Jerry then I will that after her death Ann and Mary have my property equally divided and I forth direct my wife Agneys? my Executrix and that she need not inventory anything but that she is to have full control over all the property real and personal during her lifetime. Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Dennis Kersey and Jonathan Thurman this twenty sixth day of Sept. in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty seven.

Witnesses

Dennis E. Carsey

Jonathan Thurnan

Will Proven & Probate March 7, 1848-William P. Shields, Clerk of the Court

 

30. Martha Brandon-no date will written-I Martha Brandon of Jennings County and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament. I direct first that my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible of the first moneys that shall come to the hands of my Executors. I first give and bequeath to my son James Brandon the sum of two dollars also I give and bequeath the sum of two dollars to the lawful heirs of my deceased son John Brandon and all the remaindance of the personal estate of which I have to be possessed at the time of my death together will all real estate that I shall be lawfully entitiled to or in possession of I give and bequeath Equally to my son Moses Brandon and my daughter Martha Robinson and Eliza Jane Whitson and I herebe make and ordain my son Moses Brandon and my daughter Martha Robinson Executor & Executrix of this my last will and testament.

Witness

Jesse Tate-March 11, 1848

Will Proven March 11, 1848

31. Thomas Hill-will written January 2, 1845-I Thomas Hill of Jennings County state of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me made at any time heretofore. First I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be decently interred and my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life, and that my tombstone with suitable engraving be placed at my grave and at the grave of my beloved wife deceased and to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with I dispose of this same in the following manner to wit. I direct first that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first moneys that shall come to the hands of my Executors from any portion of my estate. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Hill the bedstead, bed and bedding now standing in his house, I also give and bequeath to my son Allen Hill the beadstead, bed and bedding which are now standing in his house, I also give and bequeath to my son Daniel M. Hill the bedstead, bed and bedding now standing in his house. I direct that all my estate both real and personal not herein before bequeathed hereby executed sold either for cash in hand or on such credits as they may think best and that the proceeds of such sales when collected together with the cash on hand or due and owing be equally divided share and share alike amongst all my living to wit, my son John Hill and my son Thomas Hill and my son Allen Hill and my son Daniel M. Hill and my granddaughter Betty Ann Blake formerly Betty Ann Hill daughter of my son William M. Hill, deceased. I furthe direct that no interest shall be collected on any notes beholden by me on any of my above named sons Thomas Hill and Allen Hill executors of this my last will and testament. In witness thereof I Thomas Hill testator have hereinto set my hand and seal this second day of January in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five.

Witnesses

Solomon Depputy

Robert ?

Joshua Depputy

Will Proven-July 4, 1848, William Hill, Clerk of the Court

32. John Hall-will written June 26, 1848-I John Hall of Jennings County State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me heretofore made. First of all I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner correcponding with my estate and situation in life and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with I dispose of the same in the manner to wit, I direct first that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first moneys that shall come to the hands of my Executors from any portion of my estate real or personal.

I also give and bequeath to my eldest son (Martin Chapman Hall) the sum of two hundren and forty five dollars which I direct my executors to pay him together with the sum of thirty five dollars and twenty five cents the amount of a note bearing even date with this on or before the first day of August AD 1848 making in all the sum of Three Hundred and Ten Dollars and Twenty Five cents. Also I give and bequeath to my eldest daughter Frances Ann and her husband Francis Ashbury Bland the following Real Estate, to wit, All the lot or parcel of land lying in the County of Jennings and State of Indiana known as that part of the South West quarter of section No. Nineteen, Town Six North of Range No. ten East lying on the South East side of Little Graham Creek, the middle of said creek being the line supposed to contain fifty four acres more or less, which described land I now live on. also the North West quarter of the North East quarter of Section No. Thirty of Town No. Six North of Range No. ten East supposed to contain forty acres supposed to contain in all ninty four acres more or less. Now the condition of the above gift to my Daughter Frances Ann and her husband Francis Asbury Bland is such that they are to keep my beloved wife and minor children or so many of them as shall be alive at my decease until they shall come of age, I direct that my beloved wife remain possession of the dwelling house during her natural life and that the minor children be maintained schooled and clothed in a repectaful manner agreeable with their means of support and trained in habits of industry on the farm unless their mother my beloved wife who I constitute to be their lawful guardian shall see proper to put any or all of them to trade if she continues to live during their minority or if she decease the proper quardians that she shall appoint. I also give and bequeath my Daughter Rachael Hannah Hall the following real estate described as follows to wit, the North East quarter of the North West quarter of Section Thirty of Township No. Six North of Range No. Ten (with the exception of a small lot of land lying in a triangular shape in the North East corner of said North East quarter of the North West quarter lying & being in Jennings County State of Indiana, measuring twenty feet on the base line, designed as a passway between the two lots above bequeathed to my above named daughter Frances Ann and her husband which I hereby bequeath to them supposed to contain forty acres more or less. I also give and bequeath to my three children Thomas Eubank, Elizabeth Melissa and Jane Lalton Hall, Four Hundred Dollars each making twelve hundren dollars to be paid to them when the youngest of the three becomes of age out of the money derived from the sale of my real Estate in Cincinnati Ohio described as follows to wit: Town lot No. eleven in Square No. twenty five Botts division of Squares in Cincinnati City, State of Ohio where said lot measures thirty five feet in front on the South side of Clinton Street and extends back South the same width ninty five feet to an alley, said lot lying three hundren feet east of Locust Street which Real Estate I will my Executors do sell and pay these three legacies of four hundred dollars each and the remainder of the proceeds if any I will that they distribute equally between my wife Hannah Hall my son Martin Chapman Hall and my daughter Rachel Hannah Hall I also direct that the whole of my personal property together with my household furniture remain the absolute property of my beloved wife Hannah Hall if she shall survive me but if she shall be dead then the same shall be given equally to all of my children that shall then be alive equally share and share alike and to be appointed by three impartial neighbors mutually chosen by those of my children ?

I also direct that the rents and profits of the Real Estate within described in Cincinnati together with all the worry that may be due me at my decease be paid over to my beloved Wife, who is the lawful Gyardian of my Children who are minors. I also direct that she out of the above proceeds which may come into her hands pay all the debts and funeral expenses according to the directions heretofore given. I also direct that the balance of the above proceeds that may come into the hands of my Wife after paying out as above directed the remainder if any to absolutely her own to be disposed of for her own use according to her discretion, and I hereby make and ordain my beloved wife Hannah Hall and her much esteemed brother Thomas Eubank Executrix and Executor of this my Last Will and Testament

I witness whereof I Thomas Hall the Testator have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of June in the year of our Lord one thosuand eight hundred and forty eight.

Witnesses

Thomas Bland

William Smith

?

Subscribed and Sworn and Proven-July 28, 1848-William P. Shields Clerk by James M. Hill, Deputy

 

33. James D. Pearce-will written September 20, 1848-I James Pearce being of sound mind but much afflicted, and knowing the uncertainty of this mortal life do hereby ordain, make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and annuling all former Wills and Testaments by me made.

1st. On my decease it is my wish that my body be decently interred in a neat coffin at the Freedom Meeting House, near William R. Parker.

2nd That all my debts of any kind whatsoever be fully paid and settled out of my Estate either Real or Personal by my beloved Wife Martha Pearce in such manner and way as she may deem most advisable, and best calculated to advance the interest of herself and my three children Daniel Webster Pearce, Thomas Allen Pearce and Samuel Pearce, infant heirs.

3rd That my beloved wife Martha Pearce enjoy in her own proper person all my estate both personal and real for the purpose of rising, schooling and supporting my children and herself and on their becomming of age that she make such distribution amongst said Children of any residue of my property, after raising and educating such children as she may deem just and equitable between them

4th It is my will and wish that my beloved wife Martha Pearce be my sole Executrix of this my last will and testament and guardian of my three minor children during their minority and without being under any obligation to enter into any bonds or obligations as Executrix or Guardian of my said children any law or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

Witnesses

John Vawter

John Corwell

John McGammon

Will Proven November 11, 1848-William P. Shields, Clerk, Jas. M. Hill, Depy.

34. Daniel R. Lewis-will written October 27, 1848-In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I Daniel R. Lewis of Marion Township, Jennings County, Ia (written Ia a common abbreviation in those times for Indiana)being very sick but of sound mind-that I may be better prepared for my decease do make this my last Will and Testament.

First-that a sufficient quantity of my personal property be sold by my Executor to pay my debts.

Second-that my wife Sally Jane Lewis retain and have all the rest of my personal property and the rents and profits of my farm till my children become of age for the purpose of raising and educating the same-the children by my wife Sally Jane Lewis is intended.

Third-that after my children are all of age that my farm and property be equally divided among my lawful heirs.

Fourth-That William B. Lewis be my executor-I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made.

Witnesses

Stephen H. Lowery

Francis Coryell

William B. Lewis

Signed and Sworn-November 11, 1848-William P. Sheilds, Clerk by James M. Hill, Depy.

 

35 . Robert Lowery-will written April 11, 1847-I Robert Lowery of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament-First I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first money that comes into the hands of my Executor as to my real estate I give and bequeath unto my wife Polly Lowrey during her widowhood the use and benifit of the following described tract of land (with the use and benifit of the dwelling house and other buildings thereon) Viz; beginning where the North line of the Southeast Quarter of Section thirtyone in Township 5 North of Range 8, east crosses Coffee Creek thence running East to the Northeast corner of said quarter section; thence south eighty poles, thence West to a branch, thence down the branch to a ditch or drain following the drain in the Same direction to Coffee Creek, thence up the center of the Creek to the place of beginning: But in case of her marriage or death, all the above described land & buidings shall belong to my son William H. Lowrey in fee simple in which he then shall have immediate possession.

I hereby give and bequeath to my son James Lowery all the remainder of said quarter section that lies on the East side of Coffee Creek and I hereby give and bequeath to my son John Lowrey the Southwest 1/4 of the of the Southwest quarter of section thirty one Township 5 North of Range 8 East containing 40 acres, also all the land East of said forty acres to the first branch, the branch to be the line. I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Mary Jane Lewis all the land lying between the branch and Coffee Creek; running North eighty poles from the South line; but in case of her dying without natural heirs, the land shall revert to and be equally divided between my four sons. either in case of her death or should she live William H. Lowery is to have the benifit of all the cleared land deadening (on the land bequeathed to Mary Jane Lowery) for the term of fifteen years from the date of this Will- and further I give and bequeath to my Son Robertson Lowery, all the following described land, Viz; beginning where the North line of the Southeast quarter of section 31 in Town 5 North of range 8, east crosses Coffee Creek thence running West with said line to the North West corner of the East half of the Southwest quarter of section 31 in Town 5 North of range 8 East, thence running South eighty poles, thence East to Coffee Creek thence running up the center of the creek to the place of beginning.

My wife is to have all my personal property, household & kitchen furniture remaining after my debts are paid and the share of my real and personal estate thus bequeathed to my wife to be in lieu of her dowry at common law, and I do hereby make and ordain Alexander Lowery Executor of this my last Will and Testament.

Witnesses

James M. Hill

James Fowler

Sworn and Subscribed, December 20, 1848-W.P. Sheilds Clerk by James M. Hill, Depy.

36 . Peter T. Justus-will written May 3, 1848-I Peter T. Justus of Spencer Township, County of Jennings and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me heretofore made First; I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in accordance with the custom of the neighborhood in which I now reside and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with I dispose of same in the following manner to wit; I direct first that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of any money that shall come into the hands of my Executrix from any portion of my property I also direct that the whole of my property (except the above named) shall be and remain the absolute property of my beloved wife Nancy Justus, if she shall be living at the time of my decease and that she may use the same as she may think proper for the purpose of bringing up and providing for my children and if any of the same and if any of the property shall be remaining after the decease of myself and my wife, I direct that the same shall be equally divided amongst my children or other heirs-and I hereby make and ordain my wife Nancy Justus my sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament.

Witnesses

Jesse Whitcomb

Albert Whitcomb

Will proved July 30, 1839-William P. Sheilds Clerk by James M. Hall Dep.

 

37.  Levi Sawyer-will written April 8, 1848-Know all men by these presents that I Levi Sawyer of the County of Jennings and the State of Indiana being in my right mind and knowing that my bodily strength is fast declining and believing it to be my duty to make some disposition as to my property,-I therefore make the following, that is to say after a decent burial and payment of all my just debts, I give and bequeath unto my seven sons the sum of one dollar each that is to say George, John, Alexander, Marion, Moses, Levi & Samuel Sawyer and I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Frances and Elizabeth Sawyer my tract of land on which I now live at the death of my wife Mary Sawyer, and for the purpose of carrying the foregoing will into execution I do hereby appoint my wife Mary Sawyer my legal Administratrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others heretofore by me made. Done and signed the eighth day of April one thousand eight hundred and forty eight.

Witnesses

Matt Burris

Peter L. Perry

George F. Gayer

Will proved August 29, 1849-William P. Sheilds, Clerk

 

38. William Neal-will written August 28, 1849-I William Neal of the County of Jennings and state of Indiana, being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last will and testament and all former wills are hereby revoked.

Item #first-I give and bequeat to my son John and daughter Mariah my farm and quarter section of land upon which I formerly resided upon Pleasant Run in said County to be equally divided between them.

second-I give and bequeath to my said son and daughter each one bed and bedding

third-I give and bequeath to my children not herein named the residue of my property after my the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses to be equally divided among them.

fourth-I hereby appoint Patrick D. Baugn? Executor of this my last will.

Witnesses

E.(Ezra) F. Paybody

Manlove Butler

Subscribed and Sworn October 18, 1849, Wm. Shields, Clerk

 

39. William Campbell-will written February 24, 1847-I William Campbell of Geneva Township, Jennings County in the State of Indiana do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me heretofore made. First I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life, and as to such worldly state as it has pleased God to entrust me with I dispose of it in the following manner to wit; I direct first that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first money that shall come to the hands of executor from any portion of my estate real or personal. I also direct that a fair evaluation or appraisment be made by two or three judicious neighbors of all my said estate all of my estate including my household furniture and after being signed by them with their names that a copy of the same be given by them to each one of my Executors. I also bequeath to my son Henry Campbell all my real estate to wit as follows to wit the East half of the North East quarter of section thirty one Town eight north of Range Seven East with the exception of that part or parcel allotted for a public buring ground in the part of said land now occupied for that purpose to contain one forth acre more or less while the same shall be occupied and as to personal property I bequeath Share and Share alike between my son Henry and daughter Susan to be set apart by my executors according to the appraisment given my daughter Susan choice as to the beds and bedding and I bequeath to the said Henry and Susan in consideration of the care they have taken of me since the death of their mother and shall they continue to take care of me during my natural lifetime and case either Henry or Susan shall die in that case the other to have the deceased part bequeathed to them and further if either should fail or refuse to comply with the foregoing requisition then the one complying shall in that case to have the above described land all my cash and personal property at my death and I hereby make and I hereby make and ordain my worthy and esteemed friend Peter Klapp executor of this my last will and testament.

Witnesses

Hannah Klapp

Elizabeth M. Klapp

Subscribed and Sworn-November 15, 1849-Wm. P. Shields, Clerk by James M. Hill Dep.

 

40. John T. Grimstead-will written February 18, 1850-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All I John T. Grimstead do make and publish this my last will and testament. Item the first I bequeath to my beloved boys as follows George T. Grimstead, Jesse A. Grimstead, John M. Grimstead and Samuel W. Grimstead each one dollar. Item the second, I bequeath to my beloved daughter and son Paul T. Grimstead at the death of my wife all my real and personal property after paying my just debts equally divided among them with the exception of Paul who is to have the little mare known as Luck by the family. Item the third I do hereby appoint Joseph L. Tatum and Jesse T. Grimstead my brother executors of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing them the said Tatum and Grimstead to settle my estate as above mentioned.

I hereby revoke all former wills made by me.

Witnesses

Wilson Maddox

Subscribed and Sworn March 4, 1850-Wm. P. Shields, Clerk-James M. Hill Dep.

41.  James L. Dickert-will written May 1, 1850-Know all men by these presents that I James L. Dickert of Scipio County of Jennings and State of Indiana-in view of the uncertainty of human life yet in the full posession of my faculties of mind do make and publish this my last will and testament.

First-I will and bequeath to my father William B. Dickert sixty acres of land, to wit- the South East quarter of the South East quarter of Section 29 Town 8 North Range 4 East, in Brown County State of Indiana and in the Jeffersonville Land Office District as aforesaid.

2-I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Emily J. Dickert all the land lying in the South East quarter, section 29, Town 8, North Range 4 East, County of Brown State of Indiana and Jeffersonville land office land district except the above mentioned Sixty acres willed and bequeathed to my father

I also bequeath to my beloved wife Emily J. Dickert all my personal property after some of it shall be sold as will pay my just and lawful debts.

As Executor of the foregoing will I hereby apoint Achilles V. Padget.

Witnesses

Wm. Newkirk

James A. Forgy?

Subscribed and Sworn-June 13, 1850, Wm. Sheilds, Clerk

 

42.  Sally Johnson-will written September 3, 1842-Be it remembered that on this 22nd day of June in the Year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty John Lang Executor produced to the Clerk of the Jennings Probate Court the last will and testament of Sally Johnson, deceased, which will was proven in the County of Stuben and State of New York, and reads in the words and figures following.

The Last Will and Testament of Sally Johnson of the County of Stuben and State of New York

I Sally Johnson (formerly Sally Hedden) knowing the uncertainty of this mortal live and being desirous to make such provision for the distribution of my property as shall be just and equitable do make publish and declare this My Last Will and Testament.

First I direct that the expenses of my last sickness shall be paid in preference to a devise or legacy hereinafter contained.

Second I do hereby Order and enjoin on my Executors hereinafter named, that all my just debts be paid-

Third I leave and devise that all my Estate both real and personal not hereinafter disposed of be left in the charge and care of my Executors for the comfortable support and maintenance of my brother Peter Adams for and during his natural life and ? the same expenses of his last will and funeral be paid and after his decease and to his children in case he should get married & leave children at the time of his decease to & their heirs forever.

Forth I hereby order, authorize and empower my said Executors hereinafter named to sell and convey any or all of the Real Estate I am in possession at the time of my decease as in their judgement to the settlement and carrying out provisions of my will and also to invest the proceeds of such sale or sales in land or any other way they may deem best also to give or receive deeds in law for the same-My said Executors, to give or take mortgages full power to discharge the same on the record thereof.

Fifth I do give and devise all the remainder of my said Estate (that is after the decease of my said brother Peter Adams) to Ebenezer Adams (son of my brother John Adams) now of Indiana to him and his heirs and assigns-provided my brother Peter Adams ? die without children born to him in maturity.

Sixth I do hereby appoint my good friends Peter Dishborn and John Lang Executors of this my last will and testament-

Seventh I do hereby order that my said executors be allowed the sum of one dollar and fifty cents per day for what time they actually spend in the settlement of my said Estate. Also I hereby order that my said Executors shall keep the property of my said Estate and shall provide for his (JE) Peter Adams support from time to time in such form and manner as they shall deem best for his comfortable support and maintenance for and during his natural life-

In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Tyrone this 3rd day of September, AD, 1842

The above instrument consisting of one sheet was subscribed by Sally Johnson (formerly Sally Hedden) the Tesatrix in law presence, and was declared by her to be her last will and testament-and we at her request have signed our names hereto as witnesses-S.H. Arnold residing in Tyrone, Stuben Co. N.Y. John K. Murray, residing in Tyrone, Stuben County, NY state of New York.

Be it remembered that on this day of the date hereof, the last will and testament, of Sally Johnson late of Indiana and formerly of Tyrone in the County of Stuben deceased, being the within instrument, was duly proved before David M. Master, County Judge performing the duties of said County of Stuben according to law, as and for the last will and testament of the real and personal estate of the said Sally Johnson deceased, which said last will & Testament, and the proofs and examinations thereon taken are recorded in the surrogates office of said court in Book 5 or Wills, Testaments & Codicils at page 29? & C=In testamony whereof the County Judge of said County hereunto set his hand and affixed the seal of the Surrogates Court of said County Both in said County this 6th day of February AD 2850

D. M. Master, County Judge

43.  Amos Knapp-will written March 26, 1850-I Amos Knapp of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana, being sick and feeble in body but of sound mind and memory in view of the uncertainty of life and certainty of death do make and declare this to be my last will and testament and all former wills are hereby revoked.

Item 1st, I give and bequeath to my wife Polly Knapp the use and occupancy of the farm upon which I now live and now occupy during her natural life and also eighty acres which I lately purchased of William Branwell, I also give to her all my personal property including money, notes and book accounts upon the following conditions and provisions 1st That she shall appropriate and pay out of the proceeds of said property four hundred dollars for the education of my grandson Daniel Knapp Whitten to be paid in yearly payments after he shall arive at the age of Seventeen and before he is of full age also to my grandaughter Mariah Eliza Person five hundred dollars three hundred of which is to be appropriated to her education after she arrives at the age of fifteen and before she is eighteen years of age and the other two hundred to be given to her at her marriage or her arrival at the age of twenty one years. Also one hundred dollars for the preaching of the gospel, twenty five dollars of which is to be paid annually; and also one hundred dollars to Cynthia Clark to be paid to her one year after my death.

Item 2 I give and bequeath to my son Elijah W. Knapp all my land in Porter County in this State.

Item 3 I give and bequeath to my daughter Almira Ellen Knapp all my land in section twenty three and twenty eight in Town seven North of range seven east in Jennings County in this State.

Item 4 I hereby authorize and empower my Executor to make and execute to each and every person who may hold my title bond for the conveyance of land expressed.

Item 5th I give and bequeath to my son Elijah W. Knapp and to my daughter Almira Ellen Knapp all the residue and remainder of my estate both real and personal to be divided equally between them.

Iten 6th I hereby constitute my son Elijah W. Knapp Executor of this my last will and tesatament.

Witnesses

James C. Burt

M.A. Pabody

Subscribed and Sworn-July 26, 1850, Wm. P. Sheilds, Clerk

 

44.  Enoch Wilkins-will written June 17, 1850-Know all men by these presents that I Enoch Wilkins in view of the uncertainty of human life yet in the full possession of my faculties of mind do make and publish this my last will and testament.

1st I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Wilkins five dollars and to my son James Wilkins ten dollars.

2nd I will and bequeath the use and benifit of the farm on which I now live being the S west qr and the S east qr of the Northwest qr. of Sec. 22, T.7, NR 7 E. to my beloved wife Rachel Wilkins until my youngest child becomes of age unless she marry before that period, when it shall be divided according to law, except the above mentioned Samuel Wilkins and James Wilkins.

3rd. I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Rachel Wilkins all my personal property after so much of it shall be sold as will pay my just and lawful debts.

4th I direct that my wife Rachel Wilkins and my son John Wilkins shall execute this my last will and testament to which I set my hand and seal this 17th of June AD 1850.

Witnesses

J.C.Burt

John M. Brown

Charles Snowden

Sworn and Subscribed, July 26, 1850

 

45.  Sarah Leming-will written July 12, 1847-I Sarah Leming of the State of Illinois, County of Iriguois do make and publish my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time made and first I direct that my body be decently interred in Thomas burying ground and that my funeral be conducted according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Church and as to such worldly estate as God has entrusted me with; I dispose of the same as follows, first I direct that my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first money that shall come to the hand of my Executors, family portion of my Estate, I direct that all my real estate of which I shall be possessed of shall be sold at some valuation for currency money-Further I direct that my son James Leming have Six dollars: I direct that my daughter Jane Leming one dollar. I direct that the heirs of my daughter Oley Leming late Oley Cox shall have three dollars each share alike. I direct that my Grand daughter Sarah Jane Hunt one bed and bedding; I direct that my daughter Mary Leming late Mary Bennett Shall have one bed and bedding; I direct that my son John Leming have my clock and stand and four chairs and one horse, I direct that the heirs of daughter Sarah Leming late Sarah Lambert the sum of three dollars each share and share alike; Further I direct that Nancy Leming late Nancy Thomas have one dollar. I direct my real estate be sold and the proceeds thereof be equally divided between my daughter Actes? Mary Leming; Actes? Mary Leming; Actes? Mary Flowers and Mary Leming; and Mary Leming late Mary Bennington and my daughter Elizabeth Leming, late Elizabeth Hunt, and my daughter Elizabeth Leming, and my daughter Ruth E. Leming, late Ruth Bennington and John E. Leming and my daughter Hulda Leming late Hulda Hunt. I direct that the note that I hold on George Hunt when collected be equally divided amongst Acte? Mary Flowers and Mary Bennington and Elizabeth Leming late Elizabeth Hunt and my daughter Ruth Bennington and John C. Leming and Hulda Hunt. I do hereby make and ordain Seth Flowers to be Executor of this my last will and testament in witness thereof I Sarah Leming the testatrix have this day written and set my hand and seal this 12th day of July in the year of our Lord 1847.

Witnesses

Adam Ranes?

John M. Flowers

State of Illinois

Iriquois County December ? AD 1847

The above will of Sarah Leming dec. in the Court of Probate of said County was sworn to by the above named witnesses before me A.Falkenbury Probate Justice in an for the County of Iriquois, Illinois. The court after hearing all proofs in said will that the law directs by the statute of said state considered the same the true and last will of Sarah Leming, Testatrix and as such it is hereby established by me A. Falkenbury Probate Justice in and for said County this December 6, 1847 A. Falkenburg P.J.P.

State of Illinois

Iriquois County I Alonzo Falkenbury Probate Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Iriquois and State of Illinois do hereby certify the foregoing is a true copy of the record of the Last Will and Testament of Sarah Leming dec. late of said county and state and also the copy of the probate thereon as shown and set forth on said record Book A page two hundred fifty six, seven and eight whereupon letters executorship issued by the court

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of the Probate Court done at Middleport in the County and State above named, this 24th day of August AD 1849 A. Falkenbury P.J.P.

State of Illinois

Counry of Iriquois I John H. Wagner, Clerk of the County Commissioners Court for said County do hereby Certify that A. Falkenbury Eaqr. before whom the annexed will was proven and admitted to Probate was at the time of the takiing of Such Proof and Still is an acting Probate Justice of the Peace in and for said County duly elected commissioned and sworn and that the taking of the same was done agreeably to the laws of the State.

In witness thereof I hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of said Court at Middleport this 24th day of August AD 1849 John F. Wagner Clerk

State of Illinois

County of Iriquois

I Hugh Henderson presiding Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Curcuit for the State of Illinois does hereby certify that Alonzo Falkenbury was acting Probate Justice of the Peace in and for said County on the sixth day of December 1847 duly commissioned and qualified according to law.

Given under my hand this 13th day of May AD 1850

Hugh Henderson

Judge of the 11th Judicial

Curcuit in the State of Illinois

46. William Pagett-will written July 15, 1850-I William Pagett knowing the uncertainty of life and wishing to dispose of my worldly estate.First I direct that after my decease that my body be interred in a becoming manner, and I commend my spirit unto God who gave it-Second I will and bequeath unto my daughter Amanda Jane Adams alias Pagett, five hundred dollars. Third I will and bequeath unto my son Achilles Pagett my riding horse, saddle and saddle bags, also my silver leaves watch. Fourth I will and bequeath unto my son John Jefferson Pagett, fifty dollars. Fifth I will and bequeath unto my son William Riley Pagett, ten dollars. Sixth I will and bequeath unto my other four girls Malissa Bullock Bolton, Eliza Ann Clingner?, Nancy Reston Hixton, and Polly Caroline Dixon all the remainder of my estate after payment of my debts.Seventh I appoint my friend Achilles Vawter my Executor to see that this my will is faithfully executed.

Witnesses

Hiram T. Read

Asa Maddox

Subscribed and Sworn-October 2, 1850-Wm. Shields, Clerk, by James M. Hill, Dep.

 

47. George Gordon-will written November 9, 1832-In the name of God Amen, I George Gordon of the County of Jennings in the State of Indiana being of sound mind and memory, but owing to the uncertainty of this mortal life and the certainty of death and for the purpose of disposing of my estate. I do make this my Last Will and Testament and first I do order and will that all my just debts be paid- Secondly I do will and bequeath to my wife Catherine Gordon and my daughter Elizabeth Gordon all my real and personal estate in equal proportion and at the decease of my said wife, I do will and bequeath her part and portion herein bequeathed to my daughter Elizabeth Gordon should she survive her mother Catherine Gordon and in the event of devine providence that said Catherine shall survive the said Elizabeth my daughter then and in that case it is my will that the said Catherine shall have and enjoy the part and proportion herein bequeathed to the said Elizabeth and not otherwise, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made-And lastly do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Catherine Gordon as sole executrix of this my last will and testament.

Witnesses

Wm. A. Bullock

John Walker

John Boner

Subscribed and Sworn-November 1, 1850, Wm. Shields, Clerk, by James M. Hill, Dep.

 

48. Henry Riggs-will written September 28, 1850-I Henry Riggs of Jennings County of the State of Indiana do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all former will by me at any time heretofore made. First I direct that my body be decently intererred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my condition and situation in life. and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same in the following manner to wit; I direct first that my personal property be sold first to pay all my debts, if any. After my debts are paid the remainder of my personal and real estate I give and bequeath to my wife Amelia Riggs and she is to hold the same her life time. I ?? bequeath after her death that my real estate be equally divided between my surviving sons and my personal estate to be equally divided between my surviving daughters and I hereby make and ordain my worthy and esteemed friend James Keller Executor of my last Will and Testament.

Witnesses

John Keller

William Staley

Wilton Keller

Subscribed and Sworn-April 19, 1851-Wm. P, Shields, Clerk, by James M. Hill, Dep.

 

49. Mary Moore-will written April 26, 1851-I Mary Moore of Vernon Jennings County Indiana, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make and declare this my last Will and Testament. To Wit; 1st, I devise and direct that after my decease my two daughters Nancy and Parmelia have each of my personal property as follows; one bed and bedding and bedstead of average value with the beds bedding and bedsteads in our use. The cupboard, cupboard ware and cooking utensils about the house (excepting so much thereof that my son John purchased) to be equally divided between my two daughters Nancy & Parmelia, My rocking chair I give and bequeath to my said Daughter Parmelia-I also give and bequeath,  to my daughter Nancy the sum of eighty dollars and to my daughter Parmelia the sum of ninty dollars in money to be paid to them by my executor as they may need the same. The bureau to belong to my two daughters aforesaid, my clothing I give to my daughter Parmelia-All the residue of my Estate of every description either personal or real I hereby give and bequeath to my son John, it being the only return in my power to make to him for the dutiful manner in which he has behaved himself in providing for me and my two daughters in sickness & in health for many years last past, and I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said son John Moore My Executor of this my last Will and Testament, in writing whereof I have hereunto subscribed-sealed these presents on this the 26th day of April 1851.

Witnesses

Henry J. Arnold

Philander L. Basnett

Subscribed and Sworn, May 14, 1851, Wm. P. Sheilds, Clerk, by James M. Hill, Dep.

Recorded May 23, 1851

 

50. John Riggs-will written July 14, 1851-In the name of the Benevolant Father of All, I John Riggs of the County of Jennings and the State of Indiana do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.

Item 1st I give and devise to my beloved wife Sarah Riggs all the real and personal property belonging to me at the time of decease, during her natural life. She however selling so much thereof as my be sufficient to pay my just debts, and to pay my daughters Elliza Barr fifty dollars, Rachel W. Brougher fifty dollars, and my son Martin Two hundred dollars all of which is to be paid within two years after my decease.

Item 2nd at the death of my said wife the real estate aforesaid and such part of the personal property or the proceeds thereof as may then remain unemcombered and unexpended, I give and devise to my daughter Nancy Ann Kellar two thirds and my grand daughter Letty Ann Riggs one third.

Item 3rd I do hereby nominate and appoint John Kellar Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such manner as he may deem proper, the debts and claims due me I do also authoriz and empower him if it shall become necessary in order to pay my debts, or by the request of my widow to sell by private sale or in such manner upon such terms or credit or otherwise as he may think proper all or any part of my real or personal estate and deeds to purcharsers to execute acknowledge and deliver in fee simple-I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made.

Witnesses

John B. Spillman

Daniel Bacon

Subscribed and Sworn, September 15, 1851, Wm. P Sheilds Clerk, by James M. Hill, Dep.

 

51. Susannah Holton-will written September 13, 1851-I Susannah Holton of the County of Jennings and the State of Indiana being in a very low state of health but of sound mind calling to recollection uncertainty of life and certainty of death do make this my last Will and Testament in words following to wit; first after my funeral expenses are paid, I desire that all my worldly goods (with exception of certain property hereinafter named) be sold and the money therefrom be equally divided among all my children.

Secondly-the property reserved from the sale consists of one bay mare it being part of the property alloted me from the estate of my husband Francis Holton desc. this mare I give and bequeath to my son Henry Holton, his heirs and assigns forever. I also give and bequeath to said Henry Holton all my farming utensils, gearing etc. likewise one large kettle and one saw, one drawing knife and one small hammer to him and his heirs forever, and further I give to him the Said Henry two sheep-I give and bequeath to my two daughters Elizabeth Ellen and Ruth Ann Holton each two beds and furniture to them and their heirs forever, one side saddle each and to Elizabeth Ellen one small wheel, I further give and bequeath to the said Elizabeth Ellen and Ruth Ann each eight plates, one small dish, one set and a half of cups of Saucers, three glasses, one bowl & one Cream pitcher, and to the said Elizabeth Ellen. I give another pitcher and to Ruth Ann, one tea pot, and further I give to each of them two pot vessels and two bottles all of which I give to them and their heirs forever-I further give and bequeath to the said Elizabeth Ellen and Ruth Ann each one cow and calf, four sheep and five geese. I give to the said Ruth Ann the sum of three dollars and fifty cents for the purpose of purchansing one small wheel, likewise I give her my family Bible. I likewise give them the said Elizabeth Ellen and Ruth Ann three chairs and one chest I further give to Elizabeth Ellen one clock and to Ruth Ann one Cupboard, I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Ann Bland one bureau and to Lucy Jane Dunn one set of Windsor chairs to them and their heirs forever. It is my desire as before stated that all the personal estate with the exception of what I have specially bequeathed to the heirs herein before named be sold and the proceeds be equally divided among all my children.

Witnesses

John Hayden

A.C. Boyer

James Boswell

Subscribed and Sworn, October 13, 1851, Wm. P Sheilds, Clerk by James M. Hill, Dep.

 

52. James Walley-will written August 22, 1851-Know all men by these presents that I James Walley in this my last Will and Testament do bequeath all my real and personal property to my wife Ellen Walley so long as she remains my widow; and when she becomes connected in matrimony to another man then said property personal and real shall belong to Thomas Walley my only son provided also that he Thomas Walley shall will at my decease one dollar-

Witnesses

L.N. Holmes

Dennis Willey

Will proven December 29, 1851, Wm. P. Shields, Clerk by James M. Hill, Dep.

51. John Flarety-will written February 13, 1852-I John Flarety knowing the certainty of death and being very weak in body though enjoying my reason make this my last will, revoking all others.

1st I direct that my body after decease be decently interred in accordance with the usual custom.

2nd I direct that all my just debts be paid as soon as the money can be raised.

3rd I direct after the payment of my debts that one third be given to my sister Sarah ?

4th I direct that the other two thirds be divided with my sister Catherine Connely and her three children the half of that to go to her children and she takes the other half.

5th I direct my Executor make sale of my property both real and personal and divide same in accordence with this my will and I appoint my friend A. Vawter my Executor to attend to the same.

Witnesses

Michael Jennings

Catherine Jennings

Subscribed and Sworn-February 17, 1852, James M. Hill, Clerk

 

54. Michael Roseberry-will written August 18, 1849-I Michael Roseberry of the County of Jennings state of Indiana do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills at any time heretofore made.

First I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my Estate and Situation in life and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with, I dispose of the same in the following manner, to wit; I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my death as possible out of the first moneys that shall come into the hand of my Executors or Administrators from any portion of my personal Estate. Secondly I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susan one hundred and fifty dollars.

Thirdly I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Butler and her heirs the following described tract of land to wit, it being the North half of the South East quarter of section two in Township five North of Range Eight East, Also the East half of the North East quarter, of Section two in Township five North of Range Eight East of the district of lands sold at Jeffersonville and containing one hundred and fifty two acres more or less the said tract of land being and lying in the County of Jennings and the State of Indiana.

Fourthly I give the balance of my Estate to be equally divided between my three sons and grand daughter to wit; Elmore Roseberry, Michael Marion Roseberry, George Washington Roseberry and Emaline Austin of Richmond, Clairmont County in the State of Ohio. and I hereby make and ordain my three eldest sons to wit; Elmeth Roseberry, Elmore Roseberry and Michael Marion Roseberry Executors of this my last will and testament.

Witnesses

John L. Torbet

Thomas McGammon

Robert Torbet

Subscribed and Sworn-March 1, 1852-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

55. James Green-will written April 13, 1852-Know all men by these presents that I James Green of the Town of Spencer in the County of Jennings and State of Indiana, farmer, considering the uncertainty of life and being of sound mind and memory do make and declare and publish this my Last Will and Testament. First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth B. all my personal property after deducting out sufficient to pay all debts now standing against my estate.

Second I also give her the use of my farm whereon I now reside while she remains my widow-also provided she shall maintain my son Chapen while she has the use of my farm.

Third I give devise and bequeath to my son Chapen the above said farm after the above conditions are fufilled to my wife Elizabeth B. it being sixty acres all the land owned by me to have and to hold the same to him and his executors, administrators and assigns forever.

Fourth I do nominate and appoint my father Aaron Green to be the executor of this my last will and testament. I also appoint that my said Father shall have the guardianship of my son, In testamony whereof I have to this my last will and testament contained on one sheet of paper and to it subscribe my name and set my seal this thirteenth day of April in the Year of our Lord, one thousand Eight hundred and fifty two.

Witnesses

Thomas ? Smith

John F. Trousdale

Sally B Childs

Subscribed and Sworn-May 8, 1852-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

56. James M. Lindley-will written July 9, 1852-In the name of the benevolant father of all-I James M. Lindley of the County of Jennings and the State of Indiana do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament to wit, I give and devist to my beloved wife the farm on which we now reside, Situate in Jennings County, Indiana, containing eighty acres, also the farm on which Isaac Jordon situate in the County and State above named containing about ninty nine acres, my said wife is to hold the above described real estate so long as she remains a widow after my deceased. I also give to my said wife all of the stock, household goods, furniture, provisions and other goods and chattles which may belong to me at the time of my decease so long as she remains a widow as aforesaid. At the death of my said wife or if she shall cease to be a widow then the real estate aforesaid and such part of the said personal property or the proceeds thereof as remain ? and unexpended I give and devise to all my children to be equally divided among them. I hereby revoke all former will ? be made.

Witnesses

John Whitmore

Isaac Jordon

Subscribed and Sworn, August 10, 1852, James M. Hill, Clerk

 

57. Ananias Hudson-will written July 29, 1837-I Ananias Hudson of Montgomery Township, County of Jennings State of Indiana knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die and being much advanced in years, but thanks to almighty god I remain a strong and sound mind I commit my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian decent manner and my soul to God who gave it and my funeral expenses to be paid by my Executor out of my personal poperty that I may have at my decease.

I appoint my son Absalom Hudson my Executor to settle all my business according to law and this my last will and testament and I ordain this my last will and testament and that all my Worldy business and concerns shall be settled according to the tenor and meaning of this will.

Item 1st I will and bequeath to Margaret Randall, (late Margaret Hudson) one hundred dollars to be paid in a year from my death.

Item 2nd I will and bequeath to my son Joshua Hudson one hundred dollars to be paid by my Executor in a year from my death.

Item 3rd I will and bequeath to my son Absalom Hudson which he shall keep to himself as he is my Executor.

Item 4th I will and bequeath to my son Boyd W. Hudson one hundred dollars to by paid by my Executor in a year from my decease.

Item 5th I will and bequeath to my son William Hudson one hundred dollars to be paid by my Executor in a year from my death.

Item 6th I will and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Randall (late Sarah Hudson) one hundred dollars to be paid by my Executor in a year from my decease.

Item 7th I will and bequeath to my daughter Hester Davis (late Hester Hudson) one hundred dollars to be paid by my Executor in a year from my decease.

Item 8th I will and bequeath to my grand daughter Artemasa daughter of my son Ananias Hudson deceased, the sum of five dollars to be paid to her quardian by my Executor in a year from my decease. The reason I only leave five dollars to Artemasa heir to my son Ananias is because I had given him my son a full portion with all the rest of my legatees before his death.

Item 9th I will and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Magdalene all the remaining property and money that I have not bequeathed my other legatees that may be in my possession at my decease for her only proper use and benifit as long as she remains in widowhood but if she marries she immediately disinherits all both money and property at the time of her marriage shall be divided equally between my seven legatees first named in my will, but in case the property and money after being prudently expended should be exhausted that have left to my wife during her widowhood that the same seven legatees above named shall furnish equally a sufficiency to maintain her decently while she remains in widowhood.

Witnesses

John Bennett

Daniel Randall

John Randall

Subscribed and Sworn-January 5, 1853, James M. Hill, Clerk

 

58. Anna Booker-will written October 3, 1852-I Anna Booker of Jennings County, State of Indiana make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

First I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my Estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with.

I dispose of the Same in the following manner, to wit, I give and bequeath unto Jerry King all my Real Estate together with my personal estate, after the payment of my Just debts. And I appoint Achilles Vawter my Executor to carry out this my last will.

Witnesses

W.P. Campbell

D. Spaulding Jr.

Wm. Richardson

State of Kentucky-At a County Court held for Jefferson County in the State of Kentucky at the Courthouse in the City of Louisville on the first day of November 1852, the foregoing instrument of writing proporting to be the last will and testament of Anna Booker late of said County was produced in Court and proved by the Oaths of W.P. Campbell and D. Spaulding Jr. two of the subscribing witnesses thereto, Whereupon the same was established by the Court to be the last will and testament of said Anna Booker and ordered to be recorded and is recorded in my office as clerk of said Court.

Attest Curren Pope, Clerk, November 2, 1852

I James M. Hill Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Jennings County in the State of Indiana do certify the foregoing to be a full and true record of the will of Anna Booker with the proof of the same and accompanying certificates witness my hand as Clerk aforesaid January 6, 1853.

 

59. James Hammond-will written January 6, 1853-In the name of God Amen I James Hammond of Jennings County in the state of Indiana being in sound mind and possessed with my natural mental abilities but being weak and sickly in body and taking into consideration the uncertainty of human life I do therefore make this my last will and testament. First whereas I have formerly deeded to my son John C. Hammond a tract of land North my farm adjoining the land now occupied by Benjamin Lard containing one hundred and thirty or forty acres and it was deeded to him with a perfect understanding that it was his part of my estate, I therefore consider that he has received his share of my estate and therefore shall make no more bequests in his favor. and I do hereby appoint Julia Hammond my wife my Executrix and likewise the guardian of my infant son James-I wish my executor to settle off all debts that I owe as soon as possible, and after my just debts are paid off I will and bequeath to her my wife Julia Hammond all of my personal property for her use and ? during her natural life and the use and benefit of all my real estate during her natural life. I wish to be understood that I have full confidence in the judgement of my wife Julia Hammond and shall leave it entirely with her to assist any one or all of my children out of my personal property as she knows as well as I do what has been formerly given to my children. After the death of my wife Julia Hammond I will that all my property both real and personal that is not otherwise disposed of at that time be equally divided between my three children Jabez Hammond, Maria Tannehill, and my infant son James Hammond.

Witnesses

C.K. Lard

Andrew G. Byfield

Subscribed and Sworn-March 18, 1853-James M. Hill, Clerk

60. James M. Kenyon-will written March 4, 1853-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All, I James M. Kenyon of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st After the payment of all my just debts, I hereby bequeath give and devise unto my beloved wife Sarah Kenyon all my Estate real, personal and mixed of any and Every sort whatsoever of which I am now possessed of or entitled to, or that in any may hereafter be possessed of or entitled to that my said may at any time after my death have the power to sell and to divide. My here in after named Executor to sell such of my property as she may think best for the payment of my debts or for any other purpose she may think proper.

Item 2nd I hereby nominate and appoint my friend Richard Stott of said county my Executor of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering him to com?, adjust and discharge in such manner as he may think proper the debts and claims due me. I also authorize and empower him if it shall become necessary to pay my debts, to sell by private Sale or in such manner, upon such terms of credit or otherwise as my said Executor and my beloved wife may think proper and best, all or any part of my real estate and deeds to purchasers to execute and acknowledge in fee simple. I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made.

Witnesses

Smith Vawter

Wm. B. Hagins

Subscribed and Sworn-March 26, 1853, James M. Hill, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas

 

61. Morris Haley-will written January 30, 1853-I Morris Haley being very weak in body but enjoying my common reason, wishing to dispose of my Estate which God has entrusted to me, make this my Last Will.

I commend my spirit to God who gave it. I direct that my body after my decease to be interred in accordance with the Church to which I belong, after my decease. I give an bequeath unto my wife three hundred dollars.

I direct that my just debts be paid as speedily after my decease as justice will demand.

I leave unto Father Munsohina? 15 dollars for two lead Masses for me.

I then after my debts are paid leave all my estate both real and personal to John Murphy.

I appoint my brother Patrick Haley my Executor to see the carrying this will into effect.

Witnesses

62. Owen McManaman-will written December 16, 1852-In the name of God Amen, I Owen McManaman weak in body but strong in mind do bequeath to my wife Sibly the forty acres I formerly resided on and I bequeath to her and my three youngest children Thos, Edwd and John all my effects and debts that will remain after discharge my lawful debts and I bequeath to my son Daniel the forty acres the North East fourth of the South East quarter of section N twenty two 22 in Township of Sixth North of Range N Seven 7 East Containing forty acres more or less, and I bequeath to my son Daniel the colt providing he assists his mother to clear off my debts, If not I bequeath the colt to my wife Sibly and I bequeath to my three sons jointly named Thomas, Edward and John the farm to wit; the North East Fourth of the South West quarter of Section Eight in Township Six North of Range Eight Containing forty acres.

Witnesses

John Dalton

John Lenehen

Subscribed and Sworn-April 26, 1853, James M. Hill, Clerk

63. John Hiner-will written March 11, 1853-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All, I John Hiner of Jennings County and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st.: I devise and bequeath to my daughter Sally Tyler all the stock, household goods, furniture, provisions and all other goods, chattels, rights, credits and effects that I may own or have at my decease during her natural life and to her heirs; she however selling so much thereof as may be sufficient to pay my just debts (according to the provision below.)

Item 2nd: I do hereby appoint Joseph F. Draper Executor of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such manner as he may deem proper the debts and claims due me. I do also authorize and empower him if it shall become necessary to sell by private sale or in such manner upon such terms of credit or otherwise as he shall think proper all or any part of my personal Estate.

I do revoke all wills by me made.

Witnesses

David Lathropp

Phillip P. Lough

Subscribed and Sworn-May 6, 1853, James M. Hill, Clerk

 

64. Pleasant Meek-will written May 30, 1863-I Pleasant Meek County of Jennings, in the State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament as follows, to wit;

Item 1st I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Meek all my estate both real and personal of which I may be possessed at the time of my death, with all claims due to me at the time of my death-hereby bequeathing to my said wife the east half of the northwest quarter of section thirtyfive, in township six north, or range seven east except twenty acres in a square form in the north east corner of said half quarter=also the north west one fourth of the said north west quarter of section thrity five in of town six and range seven of said county.

Item 2nd I hereby appoint my said wife Sarah Meek, Executrix of this my last will and request her out of said property to pay any just claims against me and my funeral expenses and expenses of proving and recording this will-and I hereby authorize her to dispose of any or all of said property as her own at private or public sale as she may think best without giving any bonds for that purpose and without taking out letters testamentary or administration.

Witnesses

Jesse Fitzgeral

Thomas C. Richey

Lewis Fitzgeral

Subscribed and Sworn-June 16, 1853-James M. Hill, Clerk

65. Philip Porter-will written April 12, 1853-Know all persons by these presents that I Philip Porter of Jennings County and State of Indiana of sound mind and memory but feeble in health do make declare and publish this my last will and testament. To Wit-first I do hereby constitute and appoint Samuel Burnett Executor of this my last will and testament.

Second it is my will and desire that my house and lot in Queensville shall be sold as soon as it can be done to advantage, together with my personal property-

Third I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth the entire use of all my property or as much of the same as shall be necessary for her support during her life time and after her death if any remaining to be equally distributed among my children.

Forth I authorize and instruct my Executor to vest the avails of my real and personal property for the sole use and benefit of my wife Elizabeth, that the above provisions for her support may be secured.

Witnesses

Elijah W. Knapp

B. N. Sheldon

Subscribed and Affirmed-August 3, 1853-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

66. David Brewer-will written February 24, 1845-I David Brewer being satisfied that I am in the evening of life and that my days on earth will shortly close, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills and testaments heretofore by me made.

First-having provided for all my other children as well as it has been possible for me to do, I do give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Riley and her heirs forever, all my Real Estate, lands and tenements, of whatever name or description forever.

Secondly I do give and beqeath to the now living children of the aforesaid Sarah Riley all my personal property, goods and chattles of every kind to be kept used and maintained by my executor herein after appointed (who is hereby authorized to trade and dispose of the same for the benefit of said children, who shall take share and share alike-

And for the purpose of having this my last will and testament carried into effect I do make constitute and appoint William Riley the husband of Sarah Riley my Executor.

Witnesses

Justis Rich

Elsie Rich

D.C. Rich

Subscribed and Sworn-August 4, 1853-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

67. Elizabeth Eastman-will written April 9, 1853-In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I Elizabeth Eastman of Paris, Jennings County, Indiana do on this 9th day of April, 1853 make and publish this my last will and testament. 

Item 1st I give and bequeath to my beloved grandchildren Eberly & Celo Eastman (now living in Josiah Ward, their step-father) all monies and household goods such as my bed and bedding, furniture and kitchen ec. at the time of my decease after deducting the expenses that my accru up to the time of my death and give me a plain and decent burial, and enclose it with a plain fence.

Item 2nd I bequeath to Elma M. Ward all my wearing apparel, a small bag of willing for blankets and also my shovel and tongs.

Item 3rd I do hereby nominate and appoint Dennis Willey of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such manner as he may deem proper in the debts and claims due me. I do also authorize and empower him if it shall become necessary to pay my debts to see such articles as he may see proper to discharge them and to pay over due all amounts to my two grand children from time such as he may think proper, such as srticles of clothing of a cheap kind and moneys to advance them in an education as far as possible and the securing of a good moral and religeous character.

Witnesses

Dennis Willey

Delos Hayes

Subscribed and Sworn-October 31, 1853-James M. Hill, Clerk

68. John Merrell-will written October 18, 1853-This the last will and testament of John Merrell late of Jennings, Indiana. Know all men by these presents the the above named John Merrell solemnly declares before these witnesses that all his just debts be paid. I will and bequeath to Mary Ann Susan Merrell my beloved wife all my real estate consisting of the East Half of the South East quarter of section 25, town No. 6 North of range No. 9 East, also the Southwest quarter of section 30 town No. 6 North of range No. 10 East, that she shall have the advantages of the same and all the apurtenances thereto and shall have the sole management of it and the personal property belonging thereto until the youngest heir has attained the age of twenty one, the same shall be for the support of her and my heirs to wit; Martha Lewis, Alexander and Elizabeth and for the education of the above named heirs in common schools but in graded when she sees fit to do so. Know all men by these presents that I make my beloved wife guardian of my heirs during widowhood, or as long as no Justifiable or real complaint be forwarded against her, and should she see fit to sell any of the personal property in her possession seeing that it would benefit her and the heirs more than to keep it, she shall have the authority to do so and should there be any money unexpended at the time when the youngest heir have attained the age of twenty one, it shall be equally divided amongst the three heirs after she has taken such a part as she sees fit or what the law allows her. The Real Estate which I have committed to my beloved wife for to have the benefit of, shall not be sold or divided until the heirs are all of age after which time she shall divide or have divided equally among the three heirs according to value of the land, the convenience of wood and water and the amount of improved land and so forth. After she has kept such a portion as she thinks best or what the law allows her but should one or more of the heirs decease before there has been any natural issues their part of the estate should go to the other heir or heirs. I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife guardian of my three heirs until they have attained the age of twenty one years or till they intermarry, and should she decease before any or all of the children are of age I appoint my esteemed friend Langston Johnson guardian over my three children until they have arrived to majority and to rear them in habits of industry and indicate upon as far as may be the duties of Christians.

I hereby appoint my beloved wife and the preceeding named Langston Johnson executors of this my last will and testament, hereby authorize and impowering them to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such manner as they may deem proper the debts and claims due me. I do also authorize and empower them if it should become necessary to sell any part or all my real estate and if it would be for the advantage of the heirs or widow the shall have power to do the same and to grant deeds to purchasers to execute, acknowledge and deliver in fee simple.

Witnesses

William F. Merrell

Barnett S. Stevenson

Subscribed and Sworn-November 16, 1853-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

69. Peter Harness-will written March 19, 1851-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All-I Peter Harness of the County of Jennings

1st I give and bequeath unto my son Christopher Harness one dollar to be paid out of any money or property that may be left after my death.

2nd I give unto my son Zealons Harness one dollar to be paid out of any money or property of my Estate that may be left at my death.

3rd I give unto my son Joseph Harness one dollar to be paid of of any money or property of my Estate that may be left at the time of my death.

4th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susan Burton all the remainder of my property of any kind whatever in consideration of of her and her husband David Burton's taking care of me and furnishing me with the comforts of life in my present and former sickness and providing for my comfort while I may live and to see that I am honerably and decently buried after my death. I hereby revoke all former wills by me made.

Witnesses

Joseph Ewan

Samuel Burton

Subscribe and Sworn-January 12, 1854-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

70. Sarah Amick-will written October 17, 1853-I Sarah Amick of Jennings County in the State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

First I direct that my Body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my Estate and situation in life and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with I dispose of the same in the following manner to wit, I direct first that all my just debts be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first moneys that shall come to the hands of my executors from any portion of my estate real or personal, I also direct that a fair valuation or appraisment be made by three judicious neighbors of All my estate including my household furniture and after being signed by their names that a copy of same be given to each of my executors-I also direct that all my stock in trade be disposed as follows to wit, first I give to Joel Amick and George F. Amick all the hogs, the wheat and corn and the growing crop in and on the ground also the hay and oats and apples the young oxen the cloth at the carders and full cloth- I give to my son Daniel Amick one fancy Bedstead a good bed, three new coverlets two blankets sheets and pillows necessary for a bed complete and one new quilt. I give to Joel Amick my son a bed in every particular except Joel to have one additional new quilt that I give to Daniel. I give to George F. Amick a bed in furnished in every particular as I give to Daniel except one new quilt the same as Joel. I also give to George F. Amick my two horse wagon and the old yoke of steers or oxen. I give to Daniel Amick, Joel Amick, Peter Amick, William Amick, George F. Amick, Obed Amick, Polly McConnell, Delia Wilson, Elizabeth Clapp and Catherine Brown my sons & daughters Share & Share alike of the following quarter section of land as follows to wit, the North half of the North East quarter of section twenty of township seven North of range seven East of lands sold at Jeffersonville, Ia (IN) Share & Share alike. I also bequeath to Daniel Amick, Obed Amick, Peter Amick, Joel Amick, William Amick, George F. Amick my sons, Delia Wilson, Elizabeth Clapp & Catherine Brown my daughters to have the land that I bought of Solomon May on Sand Creek East of Scipio, Share & Share alike to sell the whole of the land to one of them that will give the most for the land and Share & Share alike in the proceeds. and as to the balance of the bedding that I have not given already to be equally divided between my four daughters Polly, Delia, Elizabeth & Catherine, and if they cannot divide the same agreeable, then in that case my executors to divide the same into four equal shares and divide by lot in the way the executors may say it shall be done. Catherine Brown my daughter to have my Loom and fixtures thereto. I give and bequeath to my son and daughters all the residue that I may be possessed of goods, chatels, lands and tenaments, Daniel Amick, Obed Amick, Peter Amick, William Amick, George F. Amick, Polly McConnell, Delia Wilson, Elizabeth Clapp and Catherine Brown share and share alike except Catherine Brown to receive forty dollars more than any one of the rest of my sons and daughters-I hereby make and ordain my worthy and esteemed friends my executors to wit, Joel Amick and Wallace Wilson of my last will and testament. In witness wereof I Sarah Amick the testator have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty seventy day of October in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Three. SARAH AMICK-her mark

signed sealed published and declared by the above named Sarah Amick as her last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other. Peter Knapp, Mary M. Winkler

Whereas I Sarah Amick of Jennings County and the State of Indiana having made and duly executed my last will and testament in writing bearing date the twenty seventh day of October in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Three now I do hereby declare this present writing to be a codicil to the said will and direct the same to be anexed thereto and taken as part thereof and I do hereby give and bequeath to my son William Amick all the estate that I am entitiled to of my father Peter Foust and Mary Foust my mother both deceased and the same now in a suit in Chancery in Alamance County and State of North Carolina should the same not be decided during my life time, and I hereby request my Executors to pay the same over to Said Son William Amick soon as the Said comes into their hands after my death-In witness whereof I the said Sarah Amick to this Codicil set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of December in the Year of Our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Fifty Three SARAH AMICK, signed sealed and published by the said Sarah Amick of Jennings County Indiana as a Codicil to be added to and made a part of her will and testament in the presence of us have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in her presence and in the presence of each other.

Witnesses

Daniel Latimore

Peter Klapp

Subscribed and Sworn-January 17, 1854-James M. Hill, Clerk

71. Jonathan B. May-will written September 4, 1854-In the name of the Benevolant Father of All, I Jonathan B. May of Jennings County and State of Indiana do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st my will is that my funeral charges and just debts be paid by my executor the residue of my estate and property after paying all legal demands against my Estate. I give and devise as follows; I give to my beloved wife Elizabeth May all my household furniture, farming utensils, horses, wagons, cattle, sheep, hogs and fowls with all my personal property with the home farm being the South East one fourth of the North East quarter also the North East Fourth of the South East quarter of section thirty five Township eight range seven East. I give and bequeath to my daughter Almaza Jane May the south west fourth of the north west quarter of section thirty six township eight range seven east during her natural life then to be to her mother (if living). At the death of my beloved wife Elizabeth May it is my desire that my estate both real and personal (the above described) be held to my wife Elizabeth during her life then at her death desire and will that it be equally divided between my sons and daughters share and share alike.

Witnesses

Obed Amick

Manlove G. Butler

Subscribed and Sworn-October 11, 1854-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

72. Isaac C. Mesler-will written December 2, 1854-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All, I Isaac C. Messler of Jennings County Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st It is my will that all of my just debts be paid out of my personal property.

Iten 2nd I give and bequeath after the payment of all my just debts the use of all my estate both real and personal to my beloved wife Sarah Mesler during her natural life and at her death it is my will that all the remainder of my estate both real and personal be equally divided amongst my children, and should any one or more of my children be dead at the death of my beloved wife then it is my will that the legal heirs left by such deceased child hereby take the share willed to the father or mother, as the case may be, of the child or children left by such child of mine.

Item 3rd I do hereby nominate and appoint Joseph Fellenger and John H. Mesler my Executors of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering them to sell all or any portion of my real estate if at any time after my death they shall think it is best to do so, giving my wife the use of the money arising therefrom.

I hereby revoke all former wills made by me.

Witnesses

Wm. B. Hagins

Henry Carney

Subscribed and Sworn-January 2, 1855-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

73. James Linder-will written January 28, 1847-I James Linder of Scipio in the State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

first I direct that my body be decently interred and my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with I dispose of same in the following manner.

I direct first that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first moneys that shall come to the hands of my executors from any portion of my estate real or personal. I also direct that a fair valuation or appraisement be made by three judicious neighbors of my estate including my household furniture and and after being signed with their names that a copy of the same be given by them to my executor. I also bequeath to my beloved wife Catherine both personal and real estate and I hereby make and ordain my worthy and esteemed friend William T?. Linder executor of this my last will and testament.

Witnesses

Peter Klapp

John McC?lain

Subscribed and Sworn-January 2, 1855-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

74. John Spriggs-will written January 20, 1855-I John Spriggs of the State of Indiana being of sound mind do ordain this as my last will and testament. 1st I will that of the first money now due me all my debts and the expenses of my sickness be paid. 2nd That after the payment of my debts that all my personal property be taken by my wife Sally, to be her own for her express benefit. 3rd I hereby authorize my Executor to execute deed of conveyance to all title bonds given by me upon the payment and fulfillment of the conditions expressed therein, also to execute a deed of conveyance to Eliza French to the lot of ground that she now occupies supposed to be five acres which is paid for but no title bond given. 4th I hereby authorize my Executor out of the second installment due me from Harmon Miller to pay William Mason for the land I rencently purchased of him and to take a deed of the same to my wife Sally which I hereby give and bequeath unto her containing fifty acres number not known by me at this time. 5th I further authorize my Executor that out of the first instalment due me from Harmon Miller to pay John Clark the notes due him upon the Geneva land that I purchased of him and take a deed of conveyance in my name. 6th I hereby appoint and authorize William Spriggs my Executor.

Witnesses

Watson Merrick

Joseph ? Tomlinson

Subscribed and Sworn-February 27, 1855-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

75. Moses Hartwell-will written December 11, 1848-I Moses Hartwell of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana beging old and feeble in body but of sound mind and memory in view of the uncertainty of life, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament.

First After after the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses I will and bequeath to my wife Eliza Hartwell all my estate both real and personal to dispose of at her death as she may direct.

Second In case I shall outlive my wife I will and bequeath to the legal heirs of my said wife all the said real and personal estate forever.

Witnesses

E.F. Pabody

W.D. Vawter

John L. Vawter

Subscribed and Sworn-March 27, 1855-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

76. Samuel D. Spear-will written April 9, 1855-In the name of the benevolent father of all I Samuel D. Spear of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st I direct that my funeral be conducted according to my situation and station in life.

Item 2nd As to such wordly personal goods as have entrusted to my care, I direct my Executor to dispose of and pay the debts I owe and defray all necessary expenses.

Item 3rd. I direct my Executor to dispose of my farm on Bear Creek for the best price he can get for it, take the proceeds and buy land in Iowa as my Executor may deem most advantagious in the name of my beloved wife Racheal Spear for her and her heirs and to her, her lifetime then to our child. I hereby appoint my esteemed friend Nathan Draper (my father in law) my executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills of mine.

Witnesses

Ephraim Lewis

Henry Bolton

Subscribed and Sworn-May 2, 1855-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

77. Elizabeth McCurry-will written July 26, 1853-I Elizabeth McCurry of Jennings County and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament revoking all other wills heretofore made by me. First I direct at my decease that my body be decently interred. Second I bequeath to Jacob McCurry my grandson the following real estate to wit; East half of the North East quarter of section thirteen in Town six North of range seven East in the district of lands sold at Jeffersonville Indiana. Third I direct that an equal division be made of all my money and effects not otherwise disposed of between my grand children Rebecca, Adida, Jacob, Eliza and Elarza McCurry. Fourth I consititute and appoint Edward Marsh my Executor.

Witnesses

S. M. Gibbs

John Crocket

Nancy Crocket

Subscribed and Sworn-May 26, 1855-James M. Hill, Clerk

77. Bryant Y. Tricky-will written May 23, 1855-I Bryant Tricky of Jennings County and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me anytime heretofore made.

Item First I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate in this life, and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with I dispose of in the following manner to wit;

Item First I bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Ann Tricky all my property both real and personal to be used by her in any even to sell and convey the same if she may think proper during her natural lifetime or so long as she may reamain my widow.

Item Second On the death of my wife or in case she may marry again I direct that what property may be remaining of my Estate be legally divided between my children.

Item Third I hereby make my wife Hannah Ann Tricky, John Crawford and John Morris Executors of this my last will and testament.

Witnesses

Patrick D. Baughn?

Wilson Maddox

Subscribed and Sworn-July 2, 1855-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

79. Gyllum Hudson-will written January 16, 1854-I Gyllum Hudson of the County of Jennings and the State of Indiana being advanced in years but of sound and disposing mind and memory and in view of the uncertainty of lilfe and the certainty of death do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say.

First I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha C. Cox the sum of Eighty dollars in money.

Second I give and bequeath to my daughter Julia Ann Hensley the sum of Eighty dollars in money.

Third I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ann Hensley the sum of one dollar in money.

Fourth I give and bequeath to my son Thomas L. Hudson the sum of five dollars in money.

Fifth I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy J. Stribling the sum of One hundred and twenty dollars in money.

Sixth All the rest and residue of my estate real and personal whatever situate after the payments of my just debts and funeral expenses I give devise and bequeath to my wife Mary for and during her natural life without implement of waste and after her death then to my son Joseph J. Hudson his heirs and assigns forever-I hereby constitute and appoint my son Joseph J. Hudson and my friend Thomas Bland Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills heretofore made.

Witnesses

John Hayden

Osborn Bland

Meredith Bland

Subscribed and Sworn-August 8, 1855-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

80. Chauncy L. Cowell-will written June 15, 1855-Queensville, I Chauncy L. Cowell of the State of Indiana and the above named place doth hereby make this my last will and testament, to wit;

First I will that my funeral expenses and all my just and lawful debts be paid and suitable plain tombstones put to my grave, and I do hereby bequeath to my wife Adeline Cowell and our children born unto us Mary Louisa, Angeline and Oscar Newtown Cowell being all at the date of this will born unto us and living at this time if their should be any born unto us after this date heirs of our own bodies the provision for them to be jointly with those that is now born, I bequeath as follows to them jointly all of my personal property except my notes & book accounts for their support, also the rents and profits of the farm, also the interest on money collected and loaned out ex what it may require to pay the taxes yearly on the land and property and keep the place in repair, to come in possession immediately after my death the above named property without any appraisement or form of law to be held by them for their support and education in their childrens minority or as long as they live at home single or disposed of according to this will-Ellizabeth Ana adopted child shall be as one of our children so far as her support and education is concerned till she is eighteen years old if she lives with my family and works for their joint support, if in case my wife should die before Elizabeth Ana shall be eighteen years old to be left in the care and guardianship of Mary Louisa Cowell till she is eighteen years of age if she chooses but her support to stop and cease from the estate at the time that she should become 12 years of age-the conditions of the above further as follows that my widow is to have the care and management of the above property so long as she remains my widow and carries out the requirements of this will, if in case my widow should marry again then the property should be securyd and settled according to law as the law now stands also in such case each child or heir shall draw their portion as they become eighteen years old or sooner if it can be made to appear the property is suffering waste or being sqandered and guardian appointed for the heirs untill they shall become of age or in case my widow lives and remains my widow until the youngest heir becomes eighteen years of age then she is to give as nearly as she can their part of the personal property and the Executor shall give them their portion of the money loaned out the land to remain until the youngest child is eighteen years of age each child entitled unto their part of the income of the farm until sold, after the expenses is taken out of their bringing up and schooling, paying taxes and keeping the farm in repair, and I further will that when the youngest heir becomes eighteen years of age that the real estate may be sold and equal division be made among my heirs leaving one third for the widow is she be living. If an equitable division cant be made of the lands they can either way be divided or sold that will promote the best interest of all-And I further will that if either of our children should marry and die without heirs that an equitable share shall revert back to the rest of the heirs to be divided among them as also the widows third when she dies. I also choose my Father Joseph Cowell my Executor of this my last will and testament so far as is necessary to settle the estate except what power I have left in the widow to perform on her part the said Executor to collect my debts, pay my funeral expenses if any see that suitable plain gravestones is put to my grave, pay my lawful debts, the balance of the monies so collected to be loaned out with freehold security with interst payable yearly for the Support of the family and any other duty that the law may require in carrying out this will for the interest of all concerned as also if my father Joseph Cowell my Executor shall be living to assist if it should be necessary in the division or the sale of the real estate and bring it to a final close.

Witnesses

Wm. C. Cowell

E.C. Thornton

E. ? Robinson

Subscribed and Sworn-November 23, 1855-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

81. Augustus Kloepp-will written September 20, 1842-Translation--I Augustus Kloepp hereby make known my last will, being very weak and perhaps will have to die very soon viz: I wish that my land in Indiana be deeded to son John son of my first wife as his exclusive property and should he die without heirs that then shall go to my David son of my second and now living wife I wish further that my house and lott here with all furniture and ready cash shall come to my wife Lydia and that she therewith pay all debts resting thereon. I accept it with thanks that my brother in law John Thomas will take my Eldest son John and be his guardian and keep the land for him.

Witnesses

William Nast

Lydia Kloepp

John Thomas

"The State of Ohio, Hamilton County"

Hamilton Common Pleas Probate of the Last Will and Testament of August Kloepp presented on the fourteenth day of October AD 1842.

January 11, 1856 in the January tenure of the Court of Common pleas. having been duly proved in Hamilton County and State of Ohio was admitted to probate and recorded.

82. John R. Belt-will written January 2, 1856-I John R. Belt of Jennings County in the State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. First I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life, and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same in the following manner to wit; I direct first that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first moneys that shall come into the hands of my executors from any portion of my estate real or personal, and after paying all of my just debts and funeral expenses, I hereby give and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaret Jane Belt all of my property both real and personal of all kinds whatever and also all of my rights and interest in and to the Estate of my father Francis A. Belt deceased.

Witnesses

Victor Pratt

Joel J? Long

Edward A. Joselyn

Subscribed and Sworn-February 7, 1856-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

83. Antony Casper-will written December 6, 1855-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All, I Antony Casper of the County of Jennings State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament. Item First I give and devise to my beloved wife Eve Casper in lieu of her dower, the farm on which we now reside situate in the County of Jennings and State of Indiana, known and described as follows, to wit; the North West Quarter of the South West Quarter of Section One, in Township Seven, North of Range Eight East, containing forty acres-and also the North East Quarter of the South West Quarter of Section One, in Township Seven, North of Range Eight East, containing forty acres all in the district of lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville Indiana, during her natural life. And all the Stock, household goods, furniture, provisions, and other goods and chattels which may be there on at the time of my decease, and all moneys on hand and all outstanding debts (except as is hereinafter provided) at my decease during her natural life as aforesaid. She however selling so much thereof as my be sufficient to pay my Just debts. At the death of my said wife, the treal estate aforesaid, and such part of the personal property or the proceeds thereof as my then remain unconsumed and unexhausted, I give and devise to my son, Antony Casper and his heirs. Item Second-I devise and bequeath to my son Antony Casper, twenty five dollars and I appoint my said wife, to pay the aforesaid twenty five dollars bequeathed to my son Antony Casper when he becomes twenty one years of age, or sooner if she chooses to. I hereby nominate and appoint my wife Eve Casper, after my decease to take possession of all my stock, household goods, furniture provisions and other goods and and chattels and all money on hand, and all outstanding debts and to collect all my outstanding debts ? me, and to dispose of enough and to dispose of enough of said goods and chattels to pay off and discharge all my liabilities, and if any left to take possessio of the same and make use of it as she chooses.

Witnesses

William Kellar

John Casper

Jacob Hein

Nicholas Ralles?

Subscribed and Sworn-August 13, 1856-James M. Hill, Clerk

 

84. Israel Ludlow-will written July 12?-1856-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All-I Israel Ludlow of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st. I give unto my daughters Eliza Willliver, Frances Sharp & Margaret Ludlow the sum of five dollars each also to my sons William Ludlow and James Ludlow five dollars each.

Item 2nd I give and devise unto my beloved wife Phebe Ludlow the farm on which we now reside situate in Jennings County Indiana, being the West half of the North East quarter of section eighteen Township seven range seven east containing about eighty acres, during her natural life and all the stock, household goods, furniture, provisions and other goods and chattels which may be thereon at the time of my decease during her natural life as aforesaid. She however selling so much thereof as may be necessary and sufficient to pay my just debts.

At the death of my said wife the Real Estate aforesaid and such part of said personal property or the proceeds thereof as may herein remain unconsumed and expended. I gvie and devise to my said children as my wife may direct.

Item 3rd I hereby appoint my wife Executor of this my last will and Testament hereby authorizing her to compromize adjust and discharge in such manner as she may deem proper the debts and claims due me. I also authorize and empower her to sell at private sale so much of the personal property as will be sufficient to pay the debts as aforesaid without taking out letters of administration so that there may be no further court expenses than proof of this will and recording thereof.

I do hereby revoke all former wills.

Witnesses

Joseph F. Draper

Asa Rockwell

Subscribed and Sworn-July 20, 1956-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

Received of Ben F. Lewis clerk five dollars the money of the Estate of Isreal Ludlow given by Will to Eliza Williver by the forgoing will (Ira Williver)

Recieved of Ben F. Lewis, Clerk five dollars my devise of the Estate of Isreal Ludow deceased see forgoing will Frances (Shenfer??) by Josephus (Shenfer??)

Attest-James M. Hill

 

85. William Francis-will written September 17, 1855-I William Francis of Jennings County and the State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament-hereby revoking all wills heretofor made by me.

1st-Direct that my mortal remains be consigned to the earth in a manner corresponding with my circumstances in life.

2nd-I give and bequeath all the personal property of which I may die possessed to my beloved wife Lecetania? Francis and my son Noah G. Francis-subject however to the payment of my debts and funeral expenses.

3rd-Of all my Real Estate of which I may die seized and may otherwise own, I make the following disposition viz; I direct-that my wife Lecetania ?Frances shall have one half of said Real Estate for the term of her natural life or one half of the rents and profits thereof during said term at her option and I devise the other half with the reservation at the death of my said wife of the half above set apart to her, to my son Noah G. Francis and his heirs forever.

But I charge the Real Estate so devised to my son Noah G. with the payment of the following Legacies to wit;

To my daughter Maria Pullen the sum of fifty dollars

To my daughter Eunice? Lemmon the sum of fifty dollars

To my grand son who's name I do not know the child of my late daughter Sarah Harpole? if he should be living at my decease.

To the children of my late daughter Betsy Blackburn now deceased who may be living at the time of my death fifty dollars to be equally divided among them. The above legacies in all amounting to one hundred and sixty dollars shall be paid by my son Noah G. when he arrives at the age of twenty-two years, and not sooner except at his option. I make the above small provision to the son of my late daughter Sarah for the reason that I have given her more than I shall be able to give the other children.

I leave no bequest to my son Thomas Francis because I have heretofore given him more than his distribution portion of my estate and for no other reason.

As executor of my last will and testament I nominate and appoint Horatio C. Newcomb and request him to accept the performance of said trust.

Witnesses

Miles Bundy

Richard H. Newcomb

Subscribed and Sworn-July 14, 1856-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

87. Moses Thorp-will written April 22, 1856-In the name of God, Amen! I Moses Thorp of the County of Vermillion and State of Indiana but now in the town of Paris in the County of Edgar, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ-in the County first aforesaid-and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do hereby make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament-that is to say-first after all of my lawful debts are paid and discharged, the residue of my estate be disposed of as follows to wit; I will and desire that three hundred dollars be expended in burying my remains and ornamenting my burial spot and that my beloved son Elizer M. Thorp select the spot of my burial and that the remaining of my real and personal estate, moneys, good and chattels and chosen actions in the state and every state of the United States, be disposed of as follows to wit; That my daughter Matilda Dillow and my son Amos Jackson Thorp be paid the sum of Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars each less than my son Elizer M. Thorpe and Malinda Cole or Melthy Woodward and that all of my Estate above named be divided between the above five named persons and that my son Elizer M. Thorp and my daughter Malinda Cole & Melthy Woodward share my estate aforesaid share and share alike and that the aforesaid Matilda Dillow and Amos Jackson Thorp residue of my Estate aforesaid each Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars less than my son Elizer M. Thorp and my daughters Matilda Cole and Melty Woodward. Likewise I make constitute and appoint my said son Elizer M. Thorp and my beloved friend and brother in Christ-Thomas Harris to be the Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made and that my said executors are not required to give any security for the duties legally devolving? upon them by this will.

Witnesses

G.W. Riley-Paris, Illinois

James Gordon-Paris, Illinois

John Gist ?-Paris-Illinois

State of Illinois-Vermillion County--I Thomas Short clerk of the County Court of said county do hereby Certify that the foregoing is a true and perfect copy of the last will and testament of the within named testator Moses Thorp decd. now on file in my office which will has been duly authenticated according to law by the subscribing witnesses thereto also that Elizer M. Thorp one of the executors of said will has entered into bond and been qualified in pursuance of law. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said court. Done at Danville May 4, 1856

To all whom these presents shall come? Know ye That whereas Moses Thorpe late of this county of Vermillion and State of Illinois did on or about the 26th day of April A.D. 1856 so it is said after having duly made and published his last will and testament a copy whereof is here into annexed declaring at the time of his death property in this state-which may be lost-destroyed or diminshed in value if ? ? be not taken of the same and inasmuch as it appears that Elizer M. Thorp has been appointed executor in and by said last will and testament ? the same and to the end that the ? property may be preserved for those who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein and that said Will may be executed according to the request of said testator we do hereby authorize him the same Elizer M. Thorp as said Executor to collect and secure all and singular the goods and chattles rights and credits where were of the said Moses Thorp at the time of his decease in whosoever hand and possession the same may be found in this state-and well and truly to perform and fulfill all such duties as may be enjoined upon him by said will. so for as there shall be property and the law charge him; and in general to do and perform all other acts which now are or hereafter may be required of him by law.
Witness-Thomas Short-Clerk of the County Court in and for the County of Vermillion.

 

 

88. Elenor McGannon-will written September 24, 1856-I Elenor McGannon being of sound mind but affected with disease and being fair advanced in life and knowing the uncertainty of this mortal life do make ordain and authorize to be published this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making nill and void all former wills of every kind. Item 1st After my decease it is my will and wish that my body be consigned to Mother Earth by the side of my departed husband Thomas McGannon.

2nd it is my will and wish that my daughter Susane McGannon that she shall have one bed and bedding with all the furniture belonging to the same also one bed quilt cover and above the furniture of said being the last quilt made by me all of which makes her equal in that respect with each of my other children all of which are married and have been provided for in like manner. Also a piece carpet now in Manufacturing, Also sixty dollars in cash.

3rd That Alcey Green late Alcey McGannon receive in cash fifteen dollars in order to equally her with the rest of my children.

4th That the balance of my estate after paying all my just debts be equally divided between each of children married and unmarried, it is my will and wish that my friend late John Vawter see each part and parcel of this my will Faithfully executed as my executor.

Witnesses

Thomas Clarkson

John Clarkson

Subscribed and Sworn-October 11, 1856-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

89. John Lewellen-will written September 2, 1856-In the name of God, Amen I John Lewellen of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana being of sound mind and memory do hereby make ordain and publish and declair this to be my last Will and Testament the manner and form following, that is to say.

1st After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged the residue of my estate excepting what is hereinafter reserved or bequeathed, now is on hand due owing I give bequeath and dispose of to my Wife Nancy for and during the term of her natural life providing she remains a widow.

2nd I give and bequeath to my wife aforesaid the use of all my real estate rents or profits and advantages accruing from the same to be for her benifit and maintenance as long as she shall live a widow.

3rd I hereby give devise and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Marthia Stafford, my yellow mare and if anything should occur that she can not obtain the same at my decease either by the death of the animal the same ?frenesly or otherwise she shall be entitile to Seventy five Dollars out of my Estate at my decease.

4th I hereby give, devise bequeath to my son Wyatt Lewellen at the time my property is finally divided among my heirs One Hundred Dollars having heretofore advanced him asistance to make up his share.

5th I hereby give, devise, bequeath to my children-Betsy May, James Lewellen, Gilley Lewellen, Peggy May, William Lewellen, Marthay Stafford in place of her mother Marthay Stafford, all my real and personal estate that may be left after the decease of my wife Nancy Lewellen, to be divided equally between the same share and share alike.

6th If my wife Nancy shall see fit to marry again then it is my will and desire that she shall take her legal claim from my estate and effects and the balance shall be divided as I have heretofore stated.

7th If at any time hereafter during the widowhood of my wife aforesaid, if it should be found necessary? or desirous to sell any part of the real estate for the maintenance of my said wife aforesaid her legal share may be approximated to the same as any other share ? the consent of all ? therein can be obtained but on no other consideration shall the real estate or any part of the same be disposed of but the same Shall always remain entire so that my Wife aforesaid my devise the rents and profits of the same as herein before expressed.

8th If it so happens that my Wife aforesaid by any means hereafter takes her share of aforesaid either by compromise or otherwise then it is my will and desire that this instrument shall strictly take effect in the manner and form heretofore expressed or implied and to carry out the same I hereby appoint Stephen Cadby and Silon Underwood as Executors of this my last Will and Testament. I hereby revoking all Will or Wills at any time heretofore made by me.

Witnesses

Isaac Sopher

Ephraim Metheny?

Jennings County-Decatur County

Subscribed and Sworn-January 3, 1857-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

90. Peter Gale-will written July 18, 1856-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All, I Peter Gale of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament.

Item 1st I give and devise unto my beloved wife Susanna Gale in leiu of her dower the farm on which we now reside Situated in the County of Jennings and State of Indiana known and described to be the North East fourth of the North West quarter of section one in Township seven North of range eight east in the district of lands sold at Jeffersonville, Indiana containing forty acres more or less, during her natural life, and all the stock, household goods, furniture, provision and other goods and chattels and grain and growing crops which may be thereon at the time of my decease, during her natural life as aforesaid. She selling however so much thereof as may be sufficient to pay my just debts. At the death of my said wife the real estate aforesaid and such part of the personal property or the proceeds thereof as may then remain unconsumed and unexpended I give and devise to my sons and daughters namely to wit; Peter Gale Jr., Anna Demer, Catherine Gale, Nicholas Gale and John Gale and their heirs

Item 2nd I do hereby appoint my wife Susanna Gale to take possession of the farm and all of the personal estate aforesaid and to dispose of the personal estate as she may deem proper and to pay all my just debts and liabilities and to collect all my outstanding debts and dues.

I hereby revoke all former will by me made.

Witnesses

Anthony Dager

Matthew Ditlinger

Milton Kellar

Filed August 14, 1856- Subscribed and Sworn- January ??, 1857, Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

  

91. John D. Jones-will written September 23, 1856-I John D. Jones of Marion Township, Jennings County, and State of Indiana do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.

First I direct that all my personal property be sold and all my debts collected and I also direct that my Executor shall sell my Real Estate and when payment is received make a good ? or deed for the same and then after my debts and the expenses of selling the estate is paid I direct that all the proceeds of my personal and Real Estate be divided equally between my children (?) Onar Williams my Eldest Daughter, the Children of Daniel D. Jones, deceased one share, Mariah Tobias my second daughter, the child of Rachel Dixon third daughter, Eliza Chasteen my fourth daughter, Margaret Willams my fifth daughter Samuel D. Jones my second and only living son, Sarah Jones my sixth daughter Eight shares in all.

Second I appoint my friend William B. Lewis to Execute this my last Will and Testament.

Witnesses

James Johnson

W.H. Lowry

J.N. McCaslin

Subscribed and Sworn-February 10, 1957-Ben F. Lewis Clerk

 

92. Walter C. Mitchell-will written August 3, 18?-I Walter C. Mitchell of the county of Jennings and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will of testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me anytime heretofore made, First I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding to my estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with I dispose of the same in the following manner to wit; I direct first that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first moneys that shall come into my hands of my executor from any portion of my Estate.

Second I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah G. Mitchell two bedsteads, beds and bedding one cupboard and all the furniture belonging to the same, one bureau one set of chairs one table two wheels and reel and all my kitchen furniture, one looking glass, all my wool one Rocking Chair one trunk one stone churn, one three year old sorrel mare one bridle and saddle one red and white cow and all my sheep and fifity dozen of oats fifty bushels of corn and ten bushels of wheat and if my beloved wife shall need for her support I give and bequeath one half of the interest of all the money arising from the sale of my Estate both real and personal to have.

Thirdly I give and bequeath to my son James Franklin Mitchell all the money arising from the Sale of my Estate both Real and Personal Except that part which I have bequeathed to my beloved wife my personal property to be sold to my executor on a credit of twelve months and on my Real property to be sold on a credit of one, two and three years to be paid in equal installments and the money so soon as it comes into the hands of my executor to be loaned at interest.

Fourthly I authorize my Executor to raise and educate my son James Franklin Mitchell out of the money arising from the sale of my Estate giving him at least five years schooling.

Fifthly and if my son James Franklin Mitchell should die without issue I give and bequeath to my beloved wife all my Estate if she should be living and to effect my intention. I hereby vest my executor with full power and authority to dispose of my Real Estate in fee simple in every respect as I could do if living and hereby make my worthy and esteemed father in law-Zachariah McGannon Executor of this my last Will and Testament.

Witnesses

John S. Torbet

Joseph James

James McGannon

Sworn September 26, 1835-John Walker, Clerk

 

93. Peter Huffman-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All, I Peter Huffman of Jennings County and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament. Item first I give and devise to my beloved wife in leiu of her dower one third of the products of the farm on which we now reside situate in Jennings County in the State of Indiana containing one hundred and eighteen acres during her natural life and all the stock, household goods, furniture, provisions and other goods and chattels which may be thereon at the time of my decease during her natural life as aforesaid she however selling as much thereof as may be sufficient to pay my just debts, at the death of my said the proceeds of the Real Estate and said property aforesaid as may remain unconsumed and unexpended I give and devise to my three sons and Daughter John Huffman, Jacob Huffman, Henry Huffman and Elizabeth Huffman in equal shares, item second I give and devise to my son John Huffman thirteen acres of land lying and being in the north east corner of the east half of the south east quarter of section twelve township five range seven in Jennings County provided my son John pays my said daughter one hundred dollars. Said thirteen acres to be taken in the following manner commencing at the north East corner running to the Vernon road thence with said road-----Missing pages here will retake and add.

 

94. Justus Rich-will written October 20, 1854-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All, I Justus Rich of the County of Jennings State of Indiana do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament.

Item 1st I give and devise to my beloved wife Ann Maria in lieu of her dower all my Estate both personal and Real she however Sellling so much thereof as may suficient to pay my just debts

Item 2nd I do hereby nominate and appoint my dear wife Ann Maria Executrix of my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering her to compromise adjust release and discharge in such manner as she may deem proper the debts and claims due me. I do also authorize and empower her if it shall become necessary in order to pay my debts to sell by private sale or in such manner upon such terms of credit or otherwise as she may think proper all or any part of my Real Estate and deed to purchasess to execute acknowledge and deliver in fee simple. I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me made.

Witnesses

Fredrick C. Brougher

Francis M Coryell

In addition to the above it is my will and desire that if I should outlive my wife Maria that the property should be divided between her three living children Julia Maria ONeal, Mathew Warren Eastman, and Hester Ann Eastman, provided they should take good care of me in my old age or in my second childhood, it is my desire that one should have at my decease the home property and Julia would be my choice if it is her choice to do so. In as much as I am in helath and in my right mind it is my wish and desire to exclude all my family connections of my own name from sharing any part of my property. April 28, 1855

Witnesses

F.C. Brougher

F.M. Coryell

Jennings County-Frances M. Coryell being duly sworn according to law upon his oath says that he was aquainted with Justus Rich who made executed this codicil to the foregoing will to which will and codicil this affidavit is attached that at the time of executing the said codicil of said Justus Rich was of full age and competent to devise his property being of sound mind and memory and not under any coertion or compulsion whatever that he the said affiant and one Fredrick C Brougher were present and saw the said Justus Rich sign the said codicil to said Will and that said Rich knew what the said codicil contained and then and there declared the said codicil to be an ammendment to his last will and testament and that at his request the said affidavit and the said Fredrick C. Brougher signed their names thereto as witnesses to the excecution thereof that said codicil was executed on the 28th day of April 1855 and that the said witnesses signed the said will in the presence of said Decedent.

Francis M. Coryell

Subscribed and Sworn-March 2, 1857-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

95. Lewis Day-will written July 24, 1846-I Lewis Day of the County of Jennings in the State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. First I direct that my body be decently interred that my funeral be conducted in the manner customary in the place where I now reside-as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with. I dispose of the same in the following manner to wit; I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon as it can be conveniently done from my personal estate. I also direct that the whole of my estate with personal and real estate except as above named shall be and remain the absolute property of my beloved wife Sarah Day if she shall be living at the time of my death. that she have the full control and all the profits arising from the same for her comfort & support of my family. I direct that the forty acres of kane? lying on the east of my farm be sold and the monies ensuing from said sale be used for the support and I also direct that when my children shall become of age that my property be praised and that two thirds of said estate which remain at that time shall be considered the property of my two boys and one third shall be the property of my girls and all improvements which they make on said property shall be considered as belonging to them in the proportion above named in case they remain on said farm and support their Mother in a manner that shall be condusive to her comfort but should they choose to leave home then I direct that the profits of said farm shall be used for her my wifes support while she lives and at her decease then said property shall be divided as heretofore named. I also direct that if Philander Child a brother of my wife who has lived in my family from infancy, that should he remain in my family until he is twenty one years of age and is faithful and attentive to the business of the farm and family. I direct that he have comfortable clothing and and shall live as the family lives as to food and shall have fifty dollars in property when he sall be twenty one years old and as much more as my said wife thinks proper to give him. And I hereby make and ordain my wife Sarah Day sole executrix of this my last will and testament.

Phila Eveleth

Jesse Whitcomb

Subscribed and Sworn-April 8, 1857-Solon Russell, Dept Clerk for Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

96. Drury Pettiford-will written February 28, 1857-Know all men by these presents that I Druty Pettiford of the township of Vernon in the County of Jennings and State of Indiana, farmer considering the uncertainty of this life and being of sound mind and memory do make declare and publish this my last will and testament, I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Eddy all my Estate real personal or mixed of which I shall die siezed or possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease to have and to hold the same to her and her executors and administrators and assigns forever.

Witnesses

Alexander Bain

Phillip Riley

PS I do nominate and appoint my beloved wife Eddy to be the sole executrix of this my last will and testament this twentyeight day of February in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven.

Witness

Alexander Bain

Subscribed and Sworn-April 22, 1857

97. Enos Tobias-will written February 19, 1857-I being very sick but of sound mind and knowing the certainty of death do make this my last will in manner and form following (viz)

1st after the payment of my just debts and expenses of my last sickness I direct that all my personal property remaining be given to my wife except the note that I hold on my children that amount I wish to be divided equally among them which together with what I have before given to them I wish to be their full share of my Estate. I also direct that my wife Elizabeth be appointed my executrix to settle my business after my departure.

Witnesses

William B. Lewis

Joseph H. Johnston

Onar Williams

Subscribed and Sworn-June 4, 1857-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

98. Joel Nichols-will written April 21, 1857-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All, I Joel Nichols of the County of Jennings & State of Indiana being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item first I give and devise to my wife in made lieu of her dower the Farm on which we reside situated in Jennings County, Indiana.

Containing about eighty acres forever & all the stock, household goods and chattels which may be thereon at the time of my decease ? of afore said the however selling so much thereof as my be sufficient to pay my just debts I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made Intertamong?

Witnesses

Lenora Ferris

Nathan Whitsitt

Jonathan Miller

Subscribed and Sworn-June 25, 1857-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

99. Christopher Mority-will written July 14, 1857-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All, I Christopher Mority of Jennings County in the State of Indiana being of sound mind and considering the uncertainty of this life do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made-and first as to such worldly Estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with I dispose of the same as follows to wit; first I direct that all my debts and funeral and execution expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first monies that shall come into the hands of my executor out of any portion of my personal estate.

2nd I give and bequeath to my much beloved wife Christina Mority all my personal Estate including book accounts house hold furniture and my stock in trade (excepting as in the next or third clause shown) together with the house and lot on which I now reside also one half acre lot in the northwest corner of the north west fourth of the north west fourth of the north west quarter of section twenty two in township six north of range seven east in said County of Jennings to be hers in leiu of her third in fu? also the sue of any or proceds of any other real Estate until my children becomes of age provided she will anually pay the taxes on same.

3rd I give and bequeath unto (my son Charles wife Sophia Mority the sum of two hundred dollars out of my personal estate as provided in ? or second clause which is in lieu of my son Charlies portion of my Estate as he already had his portion.

4th I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Mority the following described tract of land in Jennings County to wit; the north west fourth of the north west quarter of section twenty two in Town six north of range seven east excepting the half acre lot as in above 2" clause showing as devised to my wife Christina to be his from the time that he arrives at the age of twenty one years.

5th I give and bequeath unto my son Henry the following tract of land to wit; the south west quarter of the south west quarter section twenty two in town six north of range seven east to be his from the time he arrives at the age of twenty one years.

6th I give and bequeath unto my son Fredrick the following described tract of land to wit; the north east fourth of the north east quarter of section twenty one in town north of ? range seven east excepting a two acre lot as devised to Herman Wallman to be his from the time he arrives at the age of twenty one years. And I do hereby make and ordain my esteemed friend and neighbor John C. Lohman Executor of this my last will and testament

Witnesses

Henry C. Bruner

Herman Wallman

Subscribed and Sworn-July 30, 1857-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

100. Thomas Wright-will written February 24, 1858-I Thomas Wright of Jennings County and State of Indiana being in a low state of health but of sound mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life do make this my last will and testament in words following to wit; I desire that my funeral expenses and just be paid secondly I desire that all my property both real and personal after the payment of such expenses and debts shall be under the control of my beloved wife Eliza Ann Wright to be enjoyed by her as long as she remains my lawful widow Thirdly I desire that at the death of my said wife Eliza Ann the property aforesaid shall be equally divided between my children to wit; Rebecca Ann Wright, James Lowery Wright, Levi Taylor Wright, Fredrick Jennings Wright, Clarissa Charlotte Wright, Nancy Ellen Wright, David Oliver Wright, Electa Jane Wright and John Wesley Wright with the following exceptions that the said Rebecca Ann recieve twenty five dollars, that James Lowery Wright recieve one hundred dollars that Levi Taylor Wright recieve fifty dollars and Fredrick Jennings Wright recieves fifty dollars over and above my young children as before named Fourthly and lastly I desire that my friend Jared Vancleve be and he is hereby appointed the executor of this my last will and testament with full power to carry out my wishes as therein expressed.

Witnesses

Meridith Bland

Abraham B. Shuch?

James Hicklin

Sworn and Subscribed-March 22, 1858-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

101. James Hammond-will written-March 11, 1858-First I give devise unto my beloved wife in leiu of her interest in my land the part of the farm on which I now reside lying east of the road that runs through the same being the northwest one fourth of the south east quarter of section four in township six north of range seven east in the district of land sold at Jeffersonville ? during her natural life-together with all my household and kitchen furniture may be therein at the time of my death at the death of my said wife the Real Estate aforesaid I give and devise to my son William Hammond together with the balance of the said farm on which I now reside being the south east one fourth of the south west quarter of the aforesaid section four. 2nd I give and devise unto my son John Hammond the west half of the south west quarter of section four in township and range aforesaid. 3rd All money due or that may become due together with all the farming utensils, wagons, horses and all other stock that belongs to me to be equally divided between my two sons William and John Hammond to pay equally all debts that the Estate is or may be owing at the time of my decease. 4th The said William and John Hammond to pay my daughter Sarah Ann Hammond two hundred and fifty dollars at the time of her becoming Eighteen years of age- 5th As I have given unto my Daughter Catharine at different times, sums to the amount of one hundred and twenty nine dollars-that being all that I will and bequeath to her. 6th I do hereby appoint my wife Lydia Hammond guardian of my infant daughter Sarah Ann Hammond until she shall at the age of fourteen years of age. 5th I do hereby nominate and appoint my sons William and John Hammond executors of my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering them to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such manner as they may proper the debts due me.

Witnesses

Samuel M. Story

Josiah Cobbs

Subscribed and Sworn-April 5, 1858-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

102. Hannah McConnel-will written February 3, 1858-I Hannah McConnel of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana being of sound mind and feeling the uncertainty of life do make the following my last will and testament after my death I do make and appoint my son Enos McConnel executor of my estate to settle the same as follows to wit; after all my funeral expences are paid and all other claims paid and all other claims paid out of my estate I give to my four sons Enos McConnel, Murry McConnel, Lafayette McConnel and Robert F.M. McConnel each one six hundred dollars out of my and the balance of my estate to be equally divided between my two daughters Alnisa? Amick and Cordelia McGannon.

Witnesses

Samuel McGannon

Charles Maits

Subscribed and Sworn-February 24, 1858-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

103. Edmond Terril-will written March 2, 1858-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All, I Edmond Terril of Paris Jennings County State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and Testament.

Item 1st I will and direct that my farm in Paris containing about forty acres be sold within six months after my decease in the following manner Viz; one third of the purchase money to be paid out on the day of sale the balance in three annual payments with interests and secured by Mortgage and the process thereof I give and devise to my beloved wife.

Item 2nd I will and direct that all of my stock, farming tools, furniture, household goods, provisions and other goods and chattels which may belong to me at the time of my death be sold within thirty days thereafter reserving to my said such parts or parts there of as she choose to retain for her own use; and all the proceeds of the sale so kept above and all. the property so reserved by my said wife I give and devise unto her my said wife after paying all of my ? and my real estate in Paris on which we now reside consisting of two lots and buildings thereof I will and devise unto my said wife during her natural life.

Item 3rd At the death of my beloved wife and within three months from her death my real estate in Paris is to be sold and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided with my children then having excepting my daughter Nancy Kay and retaining one equal shair the other one the one shair

so resolved I give and devise to my grand daughter Manerva Speer deducting one dollar and the dollar so deducting and remaining I give and devise to my daughter Nancy Kay.

Item 4th I hereby nominate and appoint Ansel Gerrish and Thomas Roland executors of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing them to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such manner as they may seem proper the debts and claims due me. I also authorize and empower them if it shall become necessary in order to pay my debts to sell by private sale or otherwise or in such manner upon such terms of credit or otherwise as they may think proper all or any part of my real estate and deeds to purchase execute acknowledge and declare in fee simple.

Witnesses

? Wm. Bantz

Abner C. Reynolds

Subscribed and Sworn-May 18, 1858-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

104. William Hilton-will written May 9, 1858-In the name of the Benevolent father of All, I William Hilton of Jennings County Indiana being of sound mind and memory but weak in body do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st I give and devise to my sister Martha J. Green in her own right all of my estate, right, title and interest real and personal in and to the estate of my father James Hilton deceased and in case she should die without any children leaving said Estate or any part there of which she may not have used for her support and maintenance. I direct the same to be distributed in equal proportions amongst the legaties named hereafter in my will. I also give and devise to her my bed and bedding.

Item 2nd I give and devise all the remainder of my estate both real and personal after the payment of my funeral expenses and the payment of all my just debts out of the same as follows to wit; one fifth to the children of Eansly? Hilton and their heirs in equal proportions to be paid to them when they arrive at the age of majority and to be loaned with interest until that time one fifth to the children of Lucinda Kimble and their heirs in equal proportions to be paid to them when they arrive at the age of majority and to be loaned at interest until that time. One fifth to my sister Nancy Brougher one fifth to my sister Martha J. Green, one fifth to Martha J. Johnson and Clarissa A. Johnson children of William B & Clarissa A. Johnson.

Item 3rd I hereby nominate and appoint William Sharp executor of this my last will hereby empowering and authorizing him to sell the estate mentioned in Item Second and after paying my funeral expences and all of my just debts to make his tribulation of the remaining according to the true interest thereof or to make equal division of the said property if in his opinion it will be to the interests of the legacy to do so. I also authorize him to sell the land in personal property mentioned in said Item Second at private sale or in such manner or on such terms of credit all or otherwise all or any part thereof and deed to purchasers to execute acknowledge and deliver in fee simple to the lands. And I authorize him to compromse, adjust, release and discharge as he may deem best and proper all of the debts and claims due me. I hereby revoke all other wills by me made.

Witnesses

Alexander M. Latimore

Thomas J. Riley

Subscribed and Sworn-July 17, 1858-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

105. Henry Wagoner-will written June 24, 1858-In the name of God I Henry Wagoner being of sound mind but knowing of the uncertainty of life do make and publish this my last will and testament First I wish my body burried in a decent manner and my debts paid.

Second I will and bequeath all my moneys credits and lands to my beloved wife Mary Ann Wagoner. Third to carry into execution this will I hereby nominate and appoint as my executors my wife Mary Ann Wagoner and William Wagoner.

Witnesses

Charles H. Green

Elwood Chapman

Subscribed and Sworn-July 17, 1858-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

106. Francis Tweedy-will written August 24, 1858-I Francis Tweedy Sr. of the State of Indiana and County aforesaid do make this my last will and testament. I do will and bequeath to my nephew Francis Tweedy Simpson his heirs and assigns forever the following described property. One half acre of land with all the appurtenances thereon belonging situated in the State of Indiana County of Jennings and in Vernon Township on the Southwest corner of the crossing at the West Paris Road and the road leading from new Centerville to the State Road. and to my nephew Andrew Tweedy I do will and bequeath twenty dollars and to my nephew George Simpson ten dollars and to my neice Margaret Gibbony ten dollars and to my neice Eliza Gordon ten dollars and if anything remains after the payment of my debts and the expenses of my sickness and funeral I do will and bequeath if all to my aforeaid nephew Francis Tweedy Simpson and I do also appoint George Simpson Sr. executor of this my last will and testament.

Witnesses

David Moffatt

George Simpson

Subscribed and Sworn-August 30, 1858-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

107. Josiah Andrews-will written November 27, 1857-In the name of God Amen, I Josiah Andrews of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st It is my will that all my just debts, charges and liabilities be paid out of my estate.

Item 2nd I give and devise all the residue of my estate to the children of my son Alanson Andrews and Laura Ann Andrews his late wife

Item 3rd I constitute and appoint my son the said Manson Andrews the executor of this my last will and testament and I do hereby authorize and empower him to manage and control the estate bequeathed as aforesaid in such manner as he may think proper up to the time of its distribution or payment to said heirs-Also to compromise adjust release and discharge as he may think best the debts and claims due me-I also authorise and empower him to sell at private or public sale at such times and upon such terms as he may think proper all or any part of my estate personal or real and make acknowledge and deliver good and sufficient deeds to purchasers of lands sold. and Third I authorize and empower the said Alanson to exercise his own disgresion in the distribution and payment of the bequests aforesaid-that he make such distribution and payment either in whole or in parts at such time in such amounts in such manner either in whole money or in other property as he may think proper.

Item 4th I do hereby make revoke all former wills by me made.

Witnesses

Mrs. Adela Atkinson

Martha McKeehan

Subscribed and Sworn-November 15, 1838-Ben F. Lewis

 

108. Thomas Owen-will written February 20, 1859-I Thomas Owen of sound mind and concious of the uncertainty of life and of the certainty of death do make and publish this my last will and testament

First I devise that my body shall be interred after my decease in a respectable and becomming manner. Second that all of my just debts including those of my last sickness and burial shall be paid out of my estate ? upon there payment I will and bequeath the following described lands to wit;

the South half of the Southwest quarter of section twenty nine(29) Township eight (8) and Range eight (8) also all of that part of the West half of the Southeast quarter of section twenty nine (29) Township eight (8) Range eight (8) which lies east of the center of Wyaloosing creek except the part owned by William R. Hiberlin containing in all one hundred and ten acres to James Heart and Nicholas Heart in fee simple.

Fourth I hereby appoint Thomas Heart of Jennings County Indiana my executor to carry into effect this my last will and testament.

Witnesses

Peter Faley

Mathew Heart

Ellen Heart

Jermiah Bundy

Subscribed and Sworn-February 26, 1859-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

109. Joshua Shepherd-will written March 19, 1859-I Joshua Shepherd of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana being of sound and deposing mind memory and understanding do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and making null and void all former last wills and testaments and writing in the nature of last will and Testament by me hereto made. My will is first that my funeral charges and just debts shall be paid by my executor herein after named.

The residue of my estate and property which shall be required for the payment of my just debts funeral charges and the expenses attending this my and the administration of my estate I give devise and dispose thereof as follows to wit I give and devise to my beloved wife Mary Shepherd all my household furniture on condition that she furnish each of my sons Boyd and John Shepherd with bed and bedding such as was furnished ? and Charles W. Shepherd also one third of the stock and the third of the grain in the ground at this time also the one third of the farm on which I now live to have and to hold to her and her heirs during her natural lifetime or as long as she remains my widow after which it is to be equally divided between my heirs.

My will is second that the residue of my personal and real estate shall be equally divided between my heirs to have and to hold the same to them, the said Amos R?., Charles W., Boyd H., John S., Alexander M., James F?, Emily K. Shepherd, their executors administrator and assiens to them and their use forever. And I do nominate and appoint Amos R.? Shepherd to be sole executor of this my last will and testament.

In testamony where of I the said Joshua Shepherd have here subscribed my name and affixed my seal this nineteenth day of March 1859.

Witnesses

Washington Malick

William Ferguson

Subscribed and Sworn-April 16, 1859-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

110. Thomas James-will written April 13, 1859-I Thomas James of Jennings County and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last Will and Testament herby revoking and making void all former wills be me at any time heretofore made. First I direct all my funeral expenses and just debts be paid after my decease as possible. Second I give to my three sons to wit Enoch James, Joseph W. James, Thomas James all my real estate in Jennings County and State of Indiana to be equally divided by three men jointly chosen by them except the mill seat and yard I give to my two sons Joseph W. James and Thomas James the above named Enoch James to have on his part the Dwelling and Barn he now occupies and a part of the timber to support it the above named Joseph W. James to have my Brick dwelling and barn that I now occupy the above named Thomas James to have the dwelling he now occupys the buildings not to be valued by the comminssioners but they shall divide the improved lands and timber in regard to the convenience of the above named Enoch James, Joseph W. James and Thomas James. I give to my eldest daughters children now deceased, late Susannah McGannon Three Hundred and Twenty dollars to be equally divided among them. Fourth I give to my second daughter and her heirs Nancy Merlich? three hundred and fifty dollars.

Witnesses

Isaac Ferguson

Ephraim Harlan

Subscribed and Sworn-May 27, 1859-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

  

111. James D. Grinstead-will written March 7, 1859-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All I James D. Grinstead do make and publish this my last will and testament I ? first I give and devise to my beloved wife in lieu of her interest in my land the farm on which we now reside situated in Jennings County and State of Indiana containing about eighty acres described as follows the East half of the South West quarter of section six in Township seven Range ten containing eighty three acres and fifty six hundreths more or less so long as she remains my widow and all stock household goods furniture provision and other goods and Chattles which may be there on at the time of my Decease during her natural life she however selling so much as shall be sufficient to pay my just debts.

Item second I hereby nominate and appoint William Hall executor of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such manner as he may deem proper the debts and claim due me I also authorize and impower him if it becomes necessary in order to pay my debts to sell by private sale infrom such terms of credit or otherwise he may think proper all or any part of my Real Estate and deeds to purchase to execute, acknowledge and deliver in fee simple.

I do hereby revoke all former wills made by me.

Witnesses

Jusus? Underwood

Edward Hall

Subscribed and Sworn-September 2, 1959-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

 

112. Ansel Gerrish-will written May 28, 1858-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All, I Ansel Gerrish of Paris Jennings County and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Phebe Gerrish all of my Real estate and personal property that I may have or own at my death being and lying in Jennings County and State of Indiana together with all notes and accounts with all money or moneys then belonging to me; reserving my interest in the office now occupied by myself and my son James W. F. Gerrish as a medical office and the land that is covered by said office together with the library office furniture and medical instruments belonging to the same.

Item 2nd I give and bequeath unto my son James William Fletcher Gerrish all of my interest in the office above reserved together with the land said office covers together with my interest in the medical library and furniture, and also the the surgical instruments in said office together with all such property as may be found belonging to me out of the State of Indiana.

Item 3rd I will and direct that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of what I have given unto my beloved wife Phebe Gerrish or she to have what is herein ment to be given to her my said wife Phebe Gerrish after the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses.

Item 4th I do hereby nominate and apoint Phebe Gerrish and James William Fletcher Gerrish executrix and executor of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering them to ompromise and adjust, release and discharge in such manner as they may deem proper the debts & clames due me.

I also authorise and empower them if it shall become necessary in order to pay my debts to sell at private sale or otherwise as they think proper all or any part of my real estate and deed to purchase to execute and acknowledge and deliver in fee simple.

Witnesses

Edward Davis

John M. Bantz

Subscribed and Sworn-September 28, 1859-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

 

113. Cornelius Crist-will written August 31, 1859-I Cornelius Crist concious that Life is uncertain and that Death is Certain and desirous that my earthly matters may be arranged so as to be settled according as I would have done had my life been spared do make and ordain this My last will and testament.

First I desire my earthly remains interrest in a decent and becomming manner.

Second I desire that all my debts including those of my last illness and burial shall be paid before there is my distribution of my Estate.

Third I will and bequeath to my Beloved wife Sarah Crist the one undivided third of the farm I now live upon in Jennings County Indiana and I do further ordain and will that the proceeds of said farm shall be used for the maintanance and support of my Wife and son Moses Crist, that during the natural life of said Moses the proceeds of said farm shall be be charged with his support ? he shall have no power to dispose of or make charges against said land and should said son Moses die before my wife then she shall have full power to dispose of the whole place as she may see fit. and if Moses should outlive his Mother at his death the land shall go to Ebenezer and Samuel Christ my Sons provided they shall before receiving said property place tombstones railings and other necessary fixtures to the graves of my beloved wife Sarah Crist and my son Moses Crist which shall cost at least the sum of one hundred dollars to each grave.

?, I give and bequeath to my son Samuel W. Crist a note of hand which I hold against him for one hundred and twenty seven dollars dated the 28th day of March 1851 but should my wife or Moses stand in need of support Samuel is to afford them assistance to any amount equal the note.

Fourth: I give and bequeath to my son Ebenezer Crist a certain note which I hold against him for one thousand dollars dated the first day of April of ? I also direct my Executrix at my death to enter a credit in his favor of amount seven dollars on another certain note I hold against him dated ? day of April of 1848 for three hundred dollars- the object of this Credit being tomake his legacy equal to that of my son Samuel. But if my wife or Moses should stand in need of support Edenezer is to afford them assistance to an amount equal to the legacy. The remainder due my Estate from Ebenezer I direct to be collected but I direct my Executrix not to appress Ebenezer in it collection.

Fifth I give and bequeath to my Daughter Margaret Harsh formerly Margaret Crist a certain note which I hold against her and her husband Richard Harsh for four hundred and ten dollars dated the 12th day of March A.D. 1857 also the further sum of five hundred and ninety dollars provided that she shall by the acceptance of said legacy waive all claims against my estate for ? after her arrival at her Majority.

Sixth; My Daughter Ann Kitchell having received her share of my estate five hundred dollars I give and bequeath her nothing.

Seventh; I desire before the payment of the above legacies that each of my legaties shall conjointly with the others each bearing his proportionate share place a tombstone-railing and other fixtures around my grave at a cost of not less than one hundred dollars in all and upon said work being done their legacies shall be paid and not before

Eighth; The remainder of my personal property which shall remain after the payment of the above legacies I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Crist during her natural life and at her death I direct the same to be equally divided between my sons Samuel and Ebenezer Crist.

Ninth I hereby constitute and appoint by beloved wife Sarah Crist my Executrix to carry into effect this my last will.

Tenth I do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all others of whatever kind or dates.

Witnesses

Matilda McCullough

James H. Vawter

Probate entered October 3, 1859-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

114. John Lattimore-will written April 23, 1856-I John Lattimore of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana being by the blessing of God of sound mind and memory and knowing the uncertainty of life and desiring in my life time to dispose of all the estate south which I have been blessed I do hereby make and bequeath as my last will and testament my estate as follows herein.

First; I direct that all my just debts be paid out of the personal estate which I may have at my death. Secondly I have given my sons Daniel Lattimore, Walter C. Lattimore, John C. Lattimore and Samuel S. Lattimore all that I intend them to have of my Estate real or personal. Thirdly I direct that William Lattimore have fifty dollars out of my Estate I also direct that my Daughters Mary _____?, Ann Andrews, Isabel Torbet, Lovisa Miller and Jammina Susbery shall have fifty dollars each I also direct that my sons Joseph Mitchel Lattimore and James Midcap Lattimore shal have all my real and personal estate after paying William and my seven Daughters fifty dollars each to wit; Meary, Ann, Isabel, Lovisa, Jemmina, Nancy Ann, and Martha Marion? with this provision that my beloved wife Nancy Lattimore shall retain the use and enjoyment of all my estate so long as she shall remain and continue my widow. I do herein appoint my wife Nancy Lattimore and Walter C. Lattimore my Executor of this my last will and Testament.

Witnesses

John McGannon

James H. McGannon

Subscribed and Sworn-October 5, 1859-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

 

115. Seth Stratton-will written October 19, 1859-In the name of the Benevolent Father of all. I Seth Stratton of Jennings County in the State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and Testament.

Item 1st: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susanna one undivided equal one third part of all my real estate in fee simple for ever.

Item 2nd. I devise and bequeath to my beloved son George Jacob Stratton. All my real estate now owned by me (except the one third part willed to my wife as above) in fee simple for ever.

Item 3rd I devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Susanna three hundred dollars of my personal property with the right to hold and select such property as she may deem meet and proper other household or stock at a fair appraisel valuation or at such prices as she and my son George Jacob Stratton may agree upon after my death.

Item 4th I do also will and bequeath to my said wife one equal one third part of all the balance of my personal property which may remain after the payment of my funeral expenses and all just indebtedness & such bequests as are hereafter made.

Item 5th I devise and bequeath to my son George Jacob Stratton All of my personal property except as devised in item no. three. Upon these exprep conditions to with that he is to make and pay to Ells Garner Stratton the sum of four hundred and sixty dollars, and to my daughter Eleanor Rap the sum of five hundred and sixty dollars. And to Mary G.Butler the sum of forty dollars. These several amounts being required to place all my heirs upon equal footing as to value of property received of me. The above several sums may be paid to the said heirs in property at a fair value before or after my death and any payments made out of my said property before my death is to stand as a credit to the said George Jacob Stratton. But should the said George Jacob Stratton is to have a reasonable time to make the payments and settlements with the said heirs without interest.

Item 6th. I further will that my body be decently and plainly interred.

I do hereby nominate and appoint Ellis J. Stratton Executor of this my last will and Testament to carry the same fully into effect.

I do hereby revoke and make null and void all former wills by me made.

Witnesses

James Myres

James McMannaman

John McMannaman

Subscribed and Sworn-January 18, 1860-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

116. John C. McMannaman-will written January 10, 1859-In the name of the benevolent father of all. I John C. McMannaman do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st I give and devise to my beloved wife in lieu of her interest in my lands the farm on which we may reside situated in Jennings County and state of Indiana and described as follows to wit; In section thirty four (34) Town Eight Range nine containing two hundred and twenty one acres on which we may reside. Excepting the south half of the south west quarter section thirty four town eight Range nine, to have and to hold the same untill the youngest child become of age after the children all become of age She is to the forty on which the house now stands during her natural life time and all the stock household goods furniture which may be thereon at the time of my decease during her natural life as aforesaid except so much as will be necessary to pay my debts.

Item 2nd I do give and bequeath to my beloved son Nehemiah the south half of the north west quarter of ? thirty four town eight Range nine, also one sorrel mare colt, provided he stays with his mother till he is twenty one years old.

Item 3rd I do give and devise to my five daughters Mary Elizabeth & Ann Nancy, Atilla and Alice & Eliza Minerva the farm on which we now reside at the time the younger child becomes of age Excepting the forty acres on which the house stands which is to be sold and the money divided equally between them.

I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife guardian of my children, Nehemiah, Attilla, Alice, Eliza Minerva untill they arrive at the age of twenty one years.

I do hereby revoke all former wills made by me.

Witnesses

Hiram Denton

Hiram D. Green

Subscribed and Sworn-May 10, 1959-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

117. Ann Burt-will written ?-In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I Ann Burt wife of James C. Burt of the county of Jennings and State of Indiana, being sick and feeble in body, but of sound mind and memory declare this to be my last will and personal estate.

1st I give and bequeath to my husband James C. Burt my goods and chattles rights and credits.

2nd I give and bequeath to my three children, William N. Burt, James C. Burt, and Mary C. Burt the following real estate in fee simple; reserving the use and pro? during his natural life, (to wit) The north east quarter of section Twenty two in Township seven north of range eight east, and the east half of the south west quarter of section fifteen in Township seven north of range eight-east. And a tract of land lying in Geneva Township needed and described as follows Beginning in the middle of the Madison and Indianapolis State road on the south line of land formerly owned by James Lobey-more recently by Jeremiah Loland Thence south eighty four degrees west one hundred and twenty poles nine Links Thence south four degrees and forty one minutes East Ninty nine poles twelve links Thence south eighty two degrees fifty three minutes west eighty two poles Ninteen links Thence south five degrees twelve minutes east one hundred and Sixty two poles Thence east with the section line one hundred and sixty four poles four links to the south east corner of section Thirteen Thence north eighty three degrees East forty poles and three links to the middle of six mile creek thence thence up the middle of said creek north twenty seven degrees East twenty six poles, thence north twelve degrees west twenty three poles thence north half a degree west twenty two poles thence north thirteen and a half degrees east twenty five poles thence north fifty nine degrees east eight-poles and nineteen links, thence south thirty nine degrees east sixteen poles and ? links thence north twenty five and a half degrees east ninty four poles and six links to the middle of the aforesaid state road thence north forty six degrees and forty six minates west eighty two poles to the place of beginning. Embracing part of section Sixteen and eighteen in township seven north in range seven and eight east and containing two hundred and forty acres to the same more of less.

3rd I hereby authorize and empower my executor, if he shall deem it advantageous to the interests of my children to sell and convey said real estate or any part thing, or the share of either of the said children, and to invest the proceeds whereof in other property for their use and benefit.

4th I hereby authorize and empower my executor, if he shall deem it advanteous to the interests of my children to sell and convey said real estate or any part thereof or the share of either of the said children, and to invest the proceeds whereof in other property for their use and benefit.

4th I hereby constitute and appoint my husband James C. Burt executor of this will, and intrust its execution to him without bond or security.

Witnesses

Eleanor Loring?

Sarah Butler

Subscribed and Sworn-February ?, 1860-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

118. John P. Chaille-will written January 17, 1860-In the name of God Amen: I John P. Chaille of Jennings County Indiana, being of sound mind & memory,but week in body, do hereby make this my last will and testament.

Item 1st I give & devise to my beloved wife in lieu of her interest in my lands, the farm on which we now reside, situate in Jennings County Indiana, to wit, the South East quarter of the South West quarter of section eleven (11) in Township seven North of Range nine east containing forty acres; also the North half of the North East quarter of the North West Quarter of section fourteen, in Township seven north of Range nine East containing twenty acres during her natural life; and all the stock, household goods, furniture, provisions and other goods and chattels whiich may be thereon at the time of my decease, during her natural life as aforesaid. She however selling so much thereof as may be sufficient to pay my just debts. At the deals of my said wife the real estate aforesaid, I give and desire to my children Ann Marie Cobb, Margaret Jane Chaille, Sarah Sabrina Chaille, Nancy Larilda Chaille, Milelies? Allen Chaille and Mildred Elizabeth Chaille.

Item 2nd I devise and bequeath to my children Ann Maria Cobb, Margaret Jane Chaille, Sarah Sabrina Chaille, Nancy Larilda Chaille, Milelies? Allen Chaille and Mildred Elizabeth Chaille the following described Real Estate, to wit, The north west quarter of the north east quarter of section fourteen and the South half of the North East quarter of the North West quarter of section fourteen aforesaid, in Township seven North of Range nine East, containing sixty acres. I further direct that the lands last above described be sold as soon as my youngest child above named shall arrive at the age of twenty one years, and the proceeds thereof be equally divided among my children above named.

Item 3rd I devise and bequeath to my son Samuel Miles Chaille the North East quarter of the North West quarter of section thirteen Township seven North of Range nine East, containing forty acres, he the said Samuel to have possession of the same as soon as he arrives at the age of twenty one years, subject to the following conditions to wit, the said Samuel shall remain with and serve his mother as a dutiful son till he arrives to the age of twenty one years, and within two years thereafter shall pay to his mother the sum of one hundred dollars, and whereas the North West Quarter of the North West Quarter of section thirteen in Township seven North of Range nine East, forty acres is now mortgaged to secure the payment of three hundred dollars with interest on or before the 16th day of January 1864. And if the said Samuel shall fully satisfy said Mortgage in compliance with the conditions thereof thrn I also give and bequeath unto him the tract of land last aforesaid my wife to have the rents and profits of the first tract bequeathed to my son Samuel till he is twenty one years of age and of the second tract till the mortgage aforesaid is satisfied.

Item 4th I do hereby nominate and appoint-my worthy friend Wm. G. W. Stratton executor of this my last will and testament. In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.

Witnesses

William Pool

William D. Chaille

Subscribed and Sworn-March 14, 1860-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

119. Phillip Malick-I Philip Malick, of Jennings County State of Indiana, being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and making null and void all former last wills and testaments and writings in the nature of last wills and testaments by me heretofore made. My will is first my funeral charges and just debts shall be paid by my exector hereinafter named.

The residence of my estate and property which shall not be required for the payments of my just debts funeral charges and the expenses attending the execution of this my will and the administration of my estate. I give devise and dispose therefore as follows to wit: I give and devise to my beloved wife Nancy Malick all my house hold furniture with the house in which I now live, also the farming implements with the live stock now on the farm, and to have the controle of all the proceeds of the farm and my house and lots in Tripton, untill my youngest son is of age also to have one third of all my real estate to have and to hold to her and her heirs executors and administrators to her and their use and behoof forever, I give and bequeath to my three sons Pinkham Malick, Thomas Malick, and Park Malick the remaining two thirds of my real estate to be equally divided among them by three disinterested men, each on of my sons choosing a man and if the three then so chosen cannot agree in the division of said estate the said three men shall proceed to choose each another disinterested person and the decision of a majority of said six men shall be final, in the division of said estate to them to have and to hold the same to them and to their heirs executors, administrators and assigns forever And I do nominate and appoint my friend Adam Brow? to be the sole executor of this my last will and testament. 

Witnesses

Ephraim Harlan

John M. Roseberry

Subscribed and Sworn-March 4, 1860-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

 

120. Edward Mathews-will written August 28, 1858-I Edward Mathews being of sound mind and understanding myself perfectly well and able to be up and attend to my temporary business and with my own free good will and own accord do will and bequeath to my heirs and legal representatives the following property to wit. First my soul to God that gave it, second a decent burial and third, I bequeath to my daughter Anna Mathews all my Real Estate during her natural life and at her death it is to be Equally divided among the residue of any legal heirs and the said Anna Mathews is to have all the property that she earned by her own labor. (4) My debts is to be all paid out of my personal property and the remainder is to be equally divided among my legal heirs (5) I hereby appoint John E. Wilson my executor to settle my estate privately if possible and satisfactory to all the heirs.

Andrew Wilson

Mary Graves

Subscribed and Sworn-April 3, 1860-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

 

121. Joseph W. Hill-will written ? -In the name of the Benevolent Father of all I Joseph W. Hill do make and publish this my last will and testament.

First it is my will that my just debts and all charges be paid out of my estate,

Item 2, I give and devise all the residue of my estate to my wife Patience to be to her whilst she remains my widow, And at her death said estate is to be equally divided between my daughters Alice, Nancy & Mary.

Item 3, I make and appoint the said Patience my wife esecutrix of this my last will and testament.

Witnesses

Walter C. Lattimore

Bracket Owen

Subscribed and Sworn-September 3, 1860-Ben F. Lewis

 

 

122. Henry Clapp-will written September 15, 1860-In the name of the Benevolent father of All, I Henry Clapp of Jennings County and the State of Indiana do make & publish this my last will and Testament

Item 1st I give and devise to my Beloved wife the farm on which we now reside, situated in Indiana Jennings County containing about One Hundred and fifty acres: during her natural life and all the stock Houshold goods, furniture, Provisions & other goods which may be there at the time of my decease, during her natural life as aforesaid. The houever selling so much thereof as may be sufficient to pay my just debts at the death of my wife, the real Estate aforesaid and such part of the personal property or the proceeds there of as may be remaining unconsumed and unexpended. I give and devise to my son and daughter Share and share alike.

Item 2nd All the property that I may be Entteled to by virtue of my marriage, by any wife I will and devise that it go to her sons and daughters share and share alike at her death.

Item 3 I do hereby appoint William W. Frenks and Lisept F. Draper Executors of this my last will and testament hereby authoriscing and empowering to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such a manner as they may deem proper the debts and claims due me. I do also Empower & Authorize them if it shall become necessary in order to pay my debts to sell by privete or in such maner upon such terms of credit or other wise as they may think proper, any of my real estate and to Execute deed to purchaser acknowledge and deliver in Fee simple

I do hereby revoke all former will by me made.

Witnesses

Charles Lee

Cyrus R. Leavitt

Subscribed and Sworn-October 24, 1860-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

123. Charles Rust-will written October 27, 1860-I Charles Rust of the county of Jennings and state of Indiana, do make and certify the following be be my Last Will and testament to wit

Item 1st I will and bequeath to my daughter Susan Rust & her heirs and intrest of One Thousand dollars in the following Real Estate to wit the land owned by me lying west of the fort Wane? and Southern Prarie? road & north of the Muskucatuck Creek the said Susan Rust and to her heirs to have their support from the above described Lands during the Natural life of Hana R. Rust my wife and at the death of the said Hana Rust the above described real Estate vis? be sold and the said Susan Rust or her heirs to Recieve the above described intrest of one Thousand dollars.

Item 2nd I will and bequeath ? Hanah Rust my wife all the remaining interest in the above described land during her natural life.

Item 3rd I will and bequeath to my son Henry Rust or his the Sum of Eight Hundred dollars

Item 4th I will and bequeath to the heirs of John Rust to wit Miponri? Jane, Mary Catherine, Martha Ann and Roputh? the sum of four hundred dollars and having heretofore paid the Said John Rust the Sum ?? of four hundred dollars in consideration of his interest in my Estate

Item 5th I will and bequeath to my son Abram Rust the sum of three hundred dollars ? having heretofore paid him the sum of five hundred dollars in consideration of his interest in my Estate.

Item 6th I will and bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Bailey the sum of Six hundred dollars I haveing heretofore paid her the sum of two hundred dollars in considration of part of her interest in My Estate.

Item 7 I will and bequeath to my son Alanson A. Rust the sum of Eight hundred dollars in consideration of his interest in my Estate.

Item 8th I will and bequeath that after my death all of my Real Estate together with all the Personal property with the Exception of my wifes dowry be sold and the money applied in the Payment of the forgoing bequests My son Henry to have the first four hundred Dollars and then to be paid proportionally as collected in proportuntion to the amounts heretofore bequested.

Irem 9th I will and bequeath to My son Francis M. Rust the sum of Eight hundred Dollars which amount I have alread paid to him in consideration of the full amount of his interest in My Estate.

Item 10th I will and devise that none of my Real estate be sold for less than twelve dollars pr. acre

Item 11th I will and Bequeath to my son George S. Rust the sum of Eight hundred dollars which amount I have paid him in conveyance of Real Estate.

Item 12 I will and bequest to the heirs of Mary Ann Penderbush my daughter Deceased the sum of Eight Hundred dollars which I have paid them by the conveyance of Real Estate.

Item 13th I will and bequeath to Silvester Deputy the husband of my Daughter Martha Jane the sum of Eight hundred dollars which sum I have paid to him by the conveyence of Real Estate

Item 13 In testamony where of I the Said Charles Rust have set my hand and seal this the 27th day of October 1860.

Witnesses

Catherine Penco?

Lizzie Whelen

John Whitmore

Subscribed and Sworn-December 12, 1860-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

124. James M. Lowry-will written February 27, 1860-I James M. Lowry of the County of Jennings and State of Indiana do mak and publish this my Last will and testament

Item 1st I give and devise to my father Alexander Lowry his heirs and asigns forever the following Real Estate to Wit the North East quarter of the South West quarter of Section twenty Eight in township five North of Range seven East in the District of Lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville Indiana Containing forty acres also the North West quarter of the South East quarter of Section twenty Eight in Township Five North of Range seven East Containing forty acres also the North East quarter of the South East quarter of Section twenty eight in Township five North of Range seven East containing forty acres the above lands situated in the District of Lands Subject to sale at Jeffersonville Indiana

Item 2nd I give and bequeath to my father Alexander Lowry all my Goods Chattels and Personal Property of any kind whatsoever with the exception of the ? three Hundred Dollars & give and bequeath unto my brother Stephen F. C. Lowry.

Item 3rd I do hereby nominate and appoint Alexander H. Lowry Executor of this my Last will and Testament hereby authorizing and Empowering him to compromise adjust and Release and discharge in such manner as he may deem proper the debts and claims due me.

Witnesses

Edward Davis

James H. Wilson

Subscribed and Sworn-February 23, 1861-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

125. John Murphey-will written December 1, 1956-In the name of the Benevolent father of all I John Murphey of Jennings County and State of Indiana do make & publish this my Last will and testament

Item 1 I give devise and bequeath to my beloved and adopted daughter Marranda Ann Weber wife of John Weber who now resides with me in my farm in said County all of my Real Estate during her natural life and all the stock household furniture Goods and provisions and other Goods and Chattels which may be therein at the time of my decease during her natural life aforesaid she however selling so much there of as may be sufficient to pay my just debts) at the death of my said adopted daughter the Real Estate aforesaid I give in fee simple devise to the Children of same Maranda Ann Weber that shall survive her subject however to the use and occupancy of the same by said John Weber during his natural life she he survive said Maranda Ann Webber and all her surviving children then and in that event it is my will that all my Estate surviving the death of the said Maranda Ann children born of her body at her death shall go in fee simple to said John Webber.

Item 2nd I hereby nominate and appoint said John Webber and Maranda Ann Weber the Executors of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering them compromise adopt and release & discharge in such monnies as they may deem proper the debts and Claims due me.

Witnesses

Wm. B Hagins

S. B. Cewell

Subscribed and Sworn-March 4, 1861-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

126. John Wynn-will written March 26, 1861-I John Wynn of Jennings County and state of Indiana being sick and weak in Boddy but of sound disposing mind memory & understanding my being beholden to almighty God for the same: considering the uncertanty of death and the uncertainty of the time I have of, and in order to be better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me. I do mak and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit; first and principally I commend my soul unto the hand of God who gave it & my Boddy to the Earth to be burried in a manner suitable to my condition in Life and after my deats and funerel expences are paid. I devise and bequeath as follows. I hereby ? all of my Personal estate to my executors hereinafter named to be used for the payment of my debts and further I hereby authorize & empower my executors to sell and dispose of the following Real estate to be used as assets to meet my contromgency that may arise in settling my Estate to wit the East half of the Northe east quarter of section seven and the west half of the North west quarter of Section Eight (8) all situated in Johnson County and State of Iowa it being the only land which I own in that County also the south east quarter of Section (6) Town Eighty four (84) Range twenty (20) containing one hundred and sixty acres more or less situated in the County of Marshall and State of Iowa these several tracts of Land hereby authorize and empower my executors to sell at public sale or otherwise as they may think best and entirely at their option and when sold to make deed or deeds to purchase or purchasers of the same full payment there of or the same being well secured Mortgage & payment of part which deeds when so made shall be as valid in law as if made by myself. I give devise & Bequeath to my beloved Children share and share alike to be devided among them as equally as possible to wit to my sons Joseph A. Wynn, James M. Wynn, & John G. Wynn to my daughter Esabella Gregg and my sons Wrin Wright, Joseph Childers & Saml S. Shirk the real estate refered to being the northe east quarter of section eighteen (18) and the northe east quarter of section fourten (14) & the south east quarter of section eleven (11) in Township eighty seven (87) northe of Range eighteen (18) West sect (9) nnil and the north west quarter of section twenty (20) booth of Township eighty eight (88) range eighteen (18) all the above described lands situated in Grundy County and State of Iowa containing fourteenhundred and forty (1440) acres more or less also the fowling lands situated in Monroe County Iowa The southwest quarter of the south west of sec Six (6) Township eighty four (84) Range forty six also the south half of the north east qtr of section twelve (12) Town eighty four (84) Range forty seven (47) Also the east 1/2 of the south east quarter of nill the North west quarter of the south east quarter of boothe of section eleven (11) townsip (84) eighty four Range 47 (47) also the west half of the south west qtr of sec nine (9) and the North east qr of the South east qtr of sec eight both in township eighty four (84) Range forty five (45) the south east qr of the south east qr of sec eight (8) and the east half of the North east qtr of Sec Seventeen (17) town eighty five (84) Range (45) containing in all four hundred and eighty acres more or less (480) also the fowling Real estate situated in Dakota County State of Minissota to wit the west 1/2 of the south west qr of section (1) and the North east qr of the South west qr of Sec twi (2) township thirty one (31) Northe of Range twenty three (23) West the sentla? half of the south west qr of sec five (5) Town thirty one (31) range twenty three (23) West also the north east qr of the south east qr of sec eight (8) and the wst half of the south east qr of sec eight (8) and the wst half of the south westqr of sec (9) nine Township (31) thirty one range 28 west the south half of the north west qr of sec. four (4) and the south east qr of the south east, of sec five (5) town thirty one (31) Range twenty three (23) West also the North east qr of the south east qr of Sec eight (8) and the wst half of the south west qr of sec (9) and township (31) thirty one Range 28 West containing in all (360) thre hundred and sixty acres more or less. These several Fractions containing in all twenty two hundred & eighty acres. I give devise and bequeath to the above named persons to wit Joseph A. Wynn James M. Wynn and John G. Wynn to my daughter Isabella Gregg and my son in laws Wm Wright Joseph Childers Samuel S. Shirk them their heirs ? share and share alike=and further as there will be considerable surplus after the paying my debts provided the above described real estate is sold ? ? it is my will that my executors after setling my estate shall devide the same equally among my children to wit; Joseph A. Wynn James M. Wynn John G Wynn Isabella Gregg & my sons in law Joseph Childers Wm Wright and Saml S Shirk , I give to my three sons and my books and musical instruments, a part of my Books are to be devided among my Daughters Isabella Gregg Eliabeth Childers Laureda? Wright to their satisfaction-And further is was the understanding between myself and my son John G Wynn that I was to return to him the 2 1/2 acres in which I now Reside I hereby give and devise to my said son John G Wynn the 2 1/2 acre lot upon the payment of the following amounts which payments are not to be made by him in less time then five years and not until my wifes decease She is to have the occupancy of this home and said two & a half acre lot and she is to Rec the service in good Repair to ? my Dear Lameld? Wright one hundred and twenty five dollars my Dear Isabella Gregg one hundred dollars my dear Marys two little daughters Elizabeth & Mary fifty dollars each also to my sons Joseph A. Wynn my sons James M Wynn fifty dollars each. I will to my wife during her natural life all that may be in my house at the time of my decease-except which I may have already disposed of previous to my death and I do hereby censtigate? and appoint Joseph A Wynn Saml S Shirk Wm Wright and James M. Wynn my sole executors of this my last will and testament ratifying and authorising this and none other as my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 26 day of March 1861

Signed Sealed and published and declared to be by the above named testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names here to as witnesses

S? Stewart

Milton G Alexander

I John Wynn the testator in the above will dated the 26th of March 1861 do make and do hereby publish this my codcile to the will aforesaid it is my will that upon the ? of my son John G Wynn choosing not to tak the property on which I now reside in the terms specific in the above will (as it was always understood that he was to have the land back) that the siad property shall be sold by my executors and out of the proceeds of said sale he (John G Wynn) shall first recieve one hundred dollars in payment for said land the residue to be devided in proportion to the specifications in the above will he the said John G Wynn receiving a sons share I hereby order and direct my esecutors to sell any of the lands which can be made sale of first specific in the will aforesaid and willed to my children in said will that they may deem necessary to meet liabilities and that may be made saleable then those lands that I have selected for that purpose and use the proceeds of said sale as may be necessary in the settlement of my estate the residue of all monies is to be devided among my children and sons in law as specified in said will I hereby empower my executors to make arrangements with any of my creditors as may be necessary for an extension of time on their claims and any extra intrest intrest intrest they may have to pay in making such arrangements and all other extra intrest that they may have to pay shall be paid out of the remainder of my estate previous to making a distribution.

In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2nd Day of April AD 1861

Witnesses

Milton G Alexander

Simon Villey

Subscribed and Sworn-March 16, 1861-Benjamin F. Lewis

 

127. Joseph John Mority-will written March 2?, 1861-In the name of the most holy trinity Father Son and Holy Ghost, I Joseph John Mority in full posession of my senses do hereby make my last will and testament I will and bequeath to Joseph Mority son of Charles Mority the tract of willed me by my father Christopher Mority Deceased, Charles Mority shall hold the same as his during his natural life time and after his decease it shall belong to his son Joseph in case Joseph Mority should die during the life time of his father the land shall be inherited equally by the surviving children of Charles Mortiy after his demise all the improvements that may be put on this land shall belong to Joseph Mority after the death of his father, if he does not survive his father then improvements shall be inherited equally by the other children of Charles Mority.

Witnesses

Phillip Doyle

Joseph Wolsifer?

Herman H Wallenann?

Subscribed and Sworn-April 30, 1861-Benjamin F. Lewis

 

128. Luke Ryner-will written -In the name of the Benevolent Father of all I Luke Rymer Late of Geneva Township of the County of Jennings & State of Indinana but now of the City of Cincinnati & State of Ohio being of sound mind & memory do make & publish this my last Will & Testament in the manner & form following First it is my will that out of my Property all of my just & Lawful debts and obligations be paid first also my Doctors bills, Nursetenders Bills- & Funeral Expenses

Second=It is my will that all my Property now in Geneva Township aforesaid be sold immediately after my death and the net Proceeds of the sale thereof to be applied to the payments of the above net & claims Further it ismy will that all of my Real Estate situated lying & being in Geneva Township in the County of Jennings and state of Indiana consisting of Seventy five acres of Land purchased by me of one Connell who duly Executed & Delivered to me here for a genral Warentee Deed in fee simple which Deed is Recorded in the proper office for the Record of Deeds in Said Jennings County to which Deed Refference is herein had for a better & fuller Discription of Said Real Estate be sold as soon as possible after my Death and that the Proceeds of Sale there of be applied as follows after all of my just Debts are well & truly paid and out of the ballance left I give & bequeath to my Beloved sister Ann Mahoney wife of John Mahoney of the city of Cincinnati aforesaid in whose home & care I now am the Sum of One hundred Dollars over her-(continues on next page)-her Equal share of the Ballance of Said Money it is also my will that a headstone be properly erected over my grave and some masses be paid for out of said money to be offered up for the repose of my soul and that after the payment of Said One Hundred Dollars the Erection of said stone-the payment of said debts bill & obbligations and the payment for said masses then the whole ballence of all my property of every name & ? to be immediately Equally Devided share & share alike between my beloved brother John Rymer my sons beloved sister Ann Mahoney wife of John Mahoney Michael Ryner & Bridgett Ryner by my dearly deloved Brothers & Sisters It is my will that all my claims due me of persons residing in Jennings County be collected devided between my said brothers and sisters share & share alike. I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made.

Witnesses

Peter Sullivan

James O Conner

Loughlin Rieman

In Hamilton County Ohio Probate Court December 27, 1860

Copy of this will recorded in Jennings County Indiana June 3, 1861

 

 

129. Thomas Ray-will written May 8, 1861-Montgomery Township-I Thomas Ray considering the uncertainty of this Mortal life and being of sound mind and memory Blessed Be Almighty God for the same do make & publish this my last will & testament.

First=All of my honest & just debts be paid

Second=I give & Bequeath to my beloved wife one third of all my personal & Real Estate all situated in Jefferson & Jennings County Indiana

Third=the ballence of all my property both real & personal to my suns Equally Devided Thomas Ray John Edmund Ray & Ellison Ray except five dollars I bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Ray & also my Daughter Hannah Greenwood five dollars.

Witnesses

Thomas Ogden

George Graston

Subscribed and Sworn-June 4, 1861-Ben F. Lewis

 

130. Balser Oliger this name was not spelled as I have done it but with a backward f in place of the g. OLD HANDWRITING.will signed May 19, 1861

In the name of the Benevolent father of all I Balser Oliger of Jennings County & State of Indiana considering the uncertainty of life do make & publish & Declare this my last will & Testament.

1sr I give & Bequeath to my wife Margarett all the Personal estate of monies I may be ? at my death for her to have & dispose of as she sees fit

2nd I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Mary the sum of One Thousand Dollars in Lieu of her portion of My Estate to be paid to her by my son Balser out of the Real Estate which I may Devise to him

3rd I give and Devise to my son Balser the farm on which I now Reside in Lieu of his share of my Estate if he will pay my Daughter Mary the said sum of One Thousand Dollars

I nominate & appoint my son Adam as Executor of this my Last will & Testament.

Witnesses

H. C. Brunel

Nicholas Meagel

Subscribed and Sworn-June 19, 1861-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

131. John Clarkson-will written June 21, 1852-I John Clarkson of Jennings county Considering the uncertanty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect memory. Thanks be to Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following

First I give and bequeath unto John Clarkson the north west fourth of the south east quarter of section twenty Township Six North of Range nine East also the north East fourth unto Lawson Clarkson also the south East fourth unto Thomas C. Clarkson and also the south west fourth unto Eligah Clarkson and the thirty acres that I own of the South end of the east half of the north west quarter of section twenty nine Township six North Range nine east I will the east half of the last named thirty acres unto Thomas Clarkson and the north half unto Eligah Clarkson and the said four boys are to have possession of the land and they are to support me and their Mother during our natural life and after our death I direct that my personal property which I may own be equalaly divided with all my children that are living as my children will be of age they can divide the property among themselves.

Witnesses

Achilles Vawter

John Anderson

Henry T Vawter

Subscribed and Sworn-September ?, 1861

 

132. David Thompson-will written May 23, 1861-Know all ye whom this may concern that I David Thompson of Jennings County and State of Indiana do on this 13rd day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Sixty one, make this my last will and testament when in I bequeath to Susannah Thompson my present wife Forty acres of land off of the west side of my Farm being and lying in Jennings County and State of Indiana being a part of section 17 town 6 range 9 which the said Susanna Thompson is to have and to hold with all its priveleges and appertinces (after my discease) during her natural life. also what the law allows three hundred dollars in personal property

Witnesses

Eli H. Higgens

Melvin Higgens

Subscribed and Sworn-October 23, 1961-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

134. Fertinand Housemen-will written November 7, 1861-Just as long as Catherine Houseman Remains my widdow my property all belongs to her and if she should marry she will hold her sixth part

Witness

Squire Banks

Peter Shweitzer

Subscribed and Sworn-December 4, 1861-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

135. William Jerman-will written August 12, 1861-Franklin Township, Ripley County, Indiana-I William Jerman considering the uncertainly of human life and being of sound mind do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows to wit.

1st I will and bequeath that all of my just debts as shall be by me owing at my death together with my funeral expenses and and all charges touching the proving of or otherwise concernning this my last will shall in the first place out of my personal estate and effects be fully paid and satisfied

2nd I will and bequeath to my Daughter Mary M. Jerman one hundred dollars and Sarah E. Jerman my Daughter one hundred Dollars both to be paid out of my personal estate and all the balance of my personal estate I will to my wife Sally Jerman

3rd I will to my son William L. Jerman the fam on which I now reside described as follows to wit; fifty acres deeded to me by Moses Ketchel & deeded at Versales February 1st 1836 in Book E page 687 and ? four acres deede to me by Peter Trewit and Catherine Trewit his wife October 28th 1852 Recorded November 11th 1851 in deed Book 2 page 97 at Versales to him his heirs and assingns forever not this these conditions that my wife Sally Jerman shall have the possession use rent and profits of the farm untill my son William Jerman is twenty one years of age and after that my said wife is to have the possession and us of one third of the farm and all improvements on during her life

4th I will to my grand son William Thomas Heerendon son of my Daughter Nancy Caroline the one undivided half of the North East fourth of the South East quarter of Section four township Eight North of Range 12 East containing twenty acres more or less to his heirs and assigns forever.

5th I will to my Son L W D Jerman the East half of the North West quarter of section four township eight North of Range 12 East and also twenty two acres and one hundred and forty ? deeded to me by Elliott Rozell and Polly Rozell his wife March 17th 1848 Recorded March 22nd 1848 in deed book 2 page 13 at Versales to his heirs and assigns Provided that he pays Amanda A Jerman Samuel R Jerman Martha T Jerman & Hattai A Jerman my Daughters one hundred each as they become twenty one years of age and my grand son William Thomas Herendon one hundred dollars if he lives to be twenty one years old

6th I will to my Daughter Mary M Jerman the North East quarter of the North west quarter of section 33 in township 8 North of Range 9 east in Jennings County Indiana containing forty acres more or less to her & her heirs and assigns forever

7th I Will to my Daughter Sarah E Jerman the South East quarter of the North West quarter of section 33 township 8 North of Range nine in Jennings County containing forty acres more or less to her to her heirs and assigns forever

8th I will to my four youngest Daughter share and share alike to wit Amanda A Jerman Hannah R Jerman Martha T Jerman and Hetta A Jerman the west half of the South East quarter of section 21 Township 8 North of range 12 east containing eighty acres more or less to their and assigns forever

9th I make and order my son L W D Jerman Executor of this my last will and Testament authorising him to collect all money and debts due me and to pay all of my past debts and one hundred dollars to Sarah E Jerman and what may remain in his hand he to pay to my wife Sally Jerman

10th I hereby commit the Guardianship of all my money heirs untill they shall respectivly obtain the age of twenty one years unto my said son

L W D Jerman

11th I hereby revoke all former will by me made

Witnesses

Daniel Bedhhott?

George W. Castator

Nathaniel L. Wood

November 20, 1861, State of Indiana at Ripley County, Elijah Stark, Clerk, sealed November 24, 1981

Submitted to Probate in Jennings County December 28, 1861

 

136. Mary A. Bridges-will written February 5, 1862-I Mary A. Bridges of Jennings County and State of Indiana being of lawful age and soynd ming and understanding self perfecty well. Do make this my last will and testament, first my soul to God who gave it Second a Decent burial

Third I bequeath to my daughter Susan all my estate after the funeral and last sickness Bill are Satisfied and I hereby constitute John E Wilson my lawful Executor to settle my Estate, according to the above said request

Witnesses

Nathaniel A. Bridges

John Wilson

Subscribed and Sworn-March 18, 1862-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

137. Achilles Vawter-will written June 16, 1858-I Achilles Vawter being in my reasonable mind make this my last will and testament revoking any heretofore made by me. I will all my Estate to Martha Vawter during her widowhood and if she should dispose of any of my ? and should mary it is to come out of her estate according to the Statute now in force. I will unto James H. Vawter all he is owing provided he assistes his mother in setting up my estate. as Sarah & William Bramwell is in oregon and having and having given their Mother in her lifetime what I Suppose would be about the amount to the others I do not leave any thing to them.

Witnesses

Robert D. McGammon

Hiram T. Rust

Subscribed and sworn-March 26, 1862-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

138. John Carnes-will written April 21, 1862-In the name of God Amen. I John Carnes of the County of Jennings and state of Indiana being of sound mind and memory do hereby make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say. First after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged the residue of my Estate both real and personal which I may die possessed of I give and devise and bequeath to my wife Matilda Carnes for use and benefit for and during the term of her natural life or as long as she remains my widow and at her decease what property of my Estate may be left after her maintainance and debts shall be satisfied I dispose of in the following manner that is to say the same shall be sold and the following legacies first paid First to my daughter Jennie Stevens Five dollars I having heretofore advanced to her her share of my Estate

Second to my son John Carnes Twenty five dollars

Third to my sons Thomas Carns Marshall Carns & David Carnes Twenty five dollars each. Fourth to my son Milton Carnes Forty dollars, and . Fifth to my son Harvey nothing he having been advanced his share of my Estate heretofore and further that after the above parts of the will shall be complied with and seguries all paid the the residue of my Estate that shall be left I hereby give to my Children Elmina Carns Martha Webb Elizabeth Hibbard Marshall Carns Thomas Carns and Daniel Carns to be divided among the same share and share alike. But in case my Wife Matilda Carns should marry again and and take her share as the Law directs It is then my desire that my Will shall be carried into effect at that time (that is upon the consumation of such marriage) first the same as tho she had lived under this will and died my widow Likewise I make constitute and appoint my son Milton Carnes and Stephen Cadby to be Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

Witnesses

David Carson

John McAllister

Medford Barred

William Herring

Subscribed and Sworn-May 18, 1862-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk

 

139. Owen Morgan-will written June 17, 1862-In the name of the benevolent father of All I Owen Morgan do make and publish this my Last Wull and Testament

Item 1st I give and bequeath to my wife briget morgan all of my real estate to wit the west half of the North west quarter of section No 23 in Township No 7 North of Range No 9 East containing Eighty acres more or less during her Natural life time and then decend equally to my heirs.

Item 2nd I also wil and bequeath to my beloved wife Briget Morgan all my personal property during her natural life then to decend to my heirs equally

Item 3rd I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Briget Morgan my executor of this my last will and testament

Witnesses

Lewis F. Bingher?

Dennis Lauley?

Subscribed and Sworn-July 29, 1862-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk-B ? W. Summerfield, Dep.

 

140. John Thompson-will written July 4, 1862-I John Thompson if the County of Jennings and State of Indiana being weak in boddy but of Sound mind and memory do make this my Last will & Testament in the manner and form following that is to say

First It is my will and desire that all my property real and personal be sold by my Executor for the purpose of paying all my Just Debts funeral expences & all other expences necessary during my sickness my real property consists of one house and lot in the Town of Tripton in Jennings County in Jennings County Indiana being the same conveyed to me by ? Henshaw and wife also one house and lot in Geneva Township County and state aforesaid being the same conveyed by the trustee of said Township

Second If after all my just debts and above named expences be paid there shall be any money left in the hands of my Executor it is my and desire that is shall be equally devided between my brothers Isaah Thompson John W Thompson ?enisa Thompson & May Patterson equally share and share alike. I acknowledge that I am fully indebted to my sister May McCullouph? of the state of Kentucky One hundred dollars in barowed money with some interest thereon I hereby appoint my beloved brother Isaah Thompson the sole executor of this my las will and Testament and give him full power to sell and convey all my real property and collect all Debts coming to me. for the purposes within mentioned and having full confidence in him that he will faithfully carry out the provisions of this my last will & Testament it is my will and desire that he shall not be required to give security to the court I hereby revoke all former wills by me made.

Witnesses

Charles T Wilkerson

Alexander A Davidson

Subscribed and Sworn-August 1, 1862-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk, Summerfield, Dep.

 

141. Thomas Johnston-will written August 4, 1962-I Thomas Johnston a Resident of Jennings County Indiana A man of Sound mind do hereby make this my last will and Testament

Item 1st I devise and bequeath to David Hulse One hundred acres of Land the west side or part of Lands owned by me in Geneva Township in Jennings County Indiana.

Item 2nd I do hereby give and bequeath to my cousin Jane Griffith the one Third part of the remaining land in the above named Township county and state.

Item 3rd I do hereby devise and bequeath to my cousin James Johnston who now resides in the State of Texas the one third part of my lands in said Township County and State

Item 4th I do hereby devise and bequeath to my cousins the heirs of Ann ? the wife of Peter Hulse to wit: Sarah A. Riley? James Hulse Ima Hulse & George Hulse the ballance of the one third of land owned by me in said Township county and state being all the Real Estate owned by me.

Item 5th I do hereby order that my personal property be sold & as to payment my just debts and should there not be enough to pay the ? that there be Enough (land) sold to pay all. Each heir to receive their equal portain should there ? be more personal property then will pay my said debts the Remainder to be paid equally to Jane Griffith, James Johnson, Sarah A Riley Ima Hulse John A Hulse & George Hulse.

Cannot read last sencence.

Witnesses

William H. French

William C. Vawter

John Wilkins

Subscribed and Sworn-August 26, 1862-Ben F. Lewis, Clerk