Will of Susan Morton

I, Susan Morton, of the County of Marion in the State of Missouri, in the view of the uncertainty of life do now make and publish this as my last will and testament. Item 1. After payment of my just debts and funeral expenses, I do give and bequeath to my beloved children Alzada Briscoe, wife of Merrit C. Briscoe, Agatha Devericks, wife of John A. Devericks, Affulvia Ross, wife of Thomas P. Ross, and to the surviving children of my deceased daughter Julia Ann Perrin, late the wife of Aychman L. Perrin, all the remainder of my goods, monies, notes and effects of every kind and description to be divided between my said children and heirs as follows: one fourth part to said Alzada, one fourth part to said Agatha, one fourth part to said Affulvia, and one fourth part to be equally divided among the children of said Julia Ann. And I direct that said property be held for the sole and separate use of my said children and the children of said Julia Ann free from the control, interference, or liabilities of their husbands. Item 2. I direct that my Executor or Administrator, after the equal division of such personal effects as I may have among my children aforesaid, loan out the money I may leave for the use and benefit of my said children, giving to them the annual interest of their respective shares unless he shall deem it best with the advice and consent of said children to invest the same in real estate in the name of said child for their sole and separate use. Item 3. I hereby appoint my son-in-law, John A. Deverick to be the executor of this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand this the 29th day of November, AD 1865.

Susan Morton

Signed and declared by the above named Susan Morton to be her last will and testament in the presence of us, who at her request and in her presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto the day and year above written.

J.W. Pryor

E.J. Thompson

Thomas E. Thompson

State of Missouri, County of Marion.

Before me, Heirem W. Moore, Clerk of the County Court in and for said County, personally came J.W. Pryor, E.J. Thompson, and Thomas E. Thompson whose signatures appear to the above and foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Susan Morton, deceased, as witnesses thereto and being by me duly sworn, depose and say that they saw the deceased sign and heard her acknowledge the said instrument of writing as and for her last will and testament, that at the time of doing the same she was of sound and disposing mind and memory, and capable of making a will as they believe, and that they signed their names as witnesses thereto in her presence and at her request and in the presence of each other.

Subscribed and sworn before me this

11th day of August, AD 1868 J.W. Pryor

Heirem W. Moore, Clerk E.J. Thompson

By W. F. Austin, Deputy Thomas E. Thompson

State of Missouri, County of Marion. County Court Clerk’s Office, August 11th, 1868.

I certify that upon the foregoing certificate of proof, accepted the within and foregoing instrument of writing as and for the last will and testament of Susan Morton, deceased, and admitted the same to probate as such.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at office in Palmyra this the 11th day of August 1868.

Heirem W. Moore, Clerk

State of Missouri, County of Marion. In County Court September 11th, 1868.

This day the proceedings of the Clerk of this Court on vacation in taking proof of and admitting to probate the last will and testament of Susan Morton, deceased, and in the granting letter testamenting upon said last will and testament to John A. Devericks were seen and approved by the Court. A. Cofy

1868 September 11th fee for record H. W. Moore, Clerk

State of Missouri, County of Marion. To all persons to whom these present shall come, Greeting. Know ye that the last will of Susan Morton, deceased, hath in due form of law been exhibited, proved, and recorded in the office of the Clerk of the County Court for Marion County, a copy of which is hereto annexed. And inasmuch as it appears that John A. Devericks has been appointed Executor on and by the said last will to execute the same and to the end that the property of the testator may be preserved for those who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, and that the said last will may be executed to the request of the testator, we do hereby authorize him, the said John A. Devericks, as such executor to collect and secure all and ? , the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of the said Susan Morton, at the time of her death, in whosesoever possession the same may be found and to perform and fulfill all such duties as may be enjoined upon him by said will so far as these shall be property, and the law charge him and in general to do and perform all other things which now are of hereafter may be required of him by law. In testimony whereof, I, Heirem W. Moore, Clerk of the County Court in and for said County of Marion, hereunto sign my name and affix the seal of said Court at my office in Palmyra this 11th day of August, AD 1868.

Heirem W. Moore, Clerk

1868 August 11th filed for record H. W. Moore, Clerk