The Will of Lemuel Stephenson
Here is the will of my 3rd great grandfather, Lemuel
Stepenson. The same will was file in Edgar County,
Illinois as he had property there. Lemuel's wife died in
1854. The Stephenson, Buchanan, Manning
and Wood families of early Clermont County are intermarried. -- Carolee H.
Plea held before the honorable Isarel Whitaker Samuel
Hill and George Willaham associate Judges of the Court of common pleas
at the Court house in the Town-Bativa for and at County of Clermont at
the term of October AD 1837.
The last will and testament of Lemuel Stephenson late
of the county deceased was this day brought before the Court and was
proved by the oaths of John Logan and Daniel Hill Junr two of the
witnesses hereto whose examination were reduced to writing and it
appearing to the satisfaction of the court that said Lemuel Stephenson
at the time of executing said will was of full age and of sound mind
and memory and not under any restraint It is ordered that said will and
the proof so reduced to writing be recorded.
Will to wit-
In the name of God Amen. I Lemuel Stephenson of
Claremont County and State of Ohio being weak in body but of sound and
perfect mind and memory. Blesseth be the Almighty God for the same do
make an publish this my last will and testament in manner and form
following that is to say.
First I commit my body to the dust and my soul to God
who gave it and hereby appoint my beloved wife Florence Stephenson my
Excutrix and my friend Henry Barkly my Executor.
I do hereby give and bequeath to my beloved wife
Florence Stephenson all the estate I am possed of both personal and
real (after paying my just debts) to have and to hold during her
natural life time and for her entire used of benefit and as I did
appoint John McKee of Edgar County & State of Illinois on or
about the first of September -one thousand eight hundred and thirty
five my attorney in facts to attend to my business there in that state.
I hereby continue the power invested in him by that instrument. only
that he will act agreeable to the instructions of my Executors and do
further give to my above named executors full power to sell and covey
all or any part of my estate they ay think best so to as to dispose of
the aforesaid state of Illinois either through the aforesaid John McKee
or in their own proper persons. And I do hereby revoke all former wills
made by me and declare this to be my last in interest where of I have
hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty Sixth day of August in the
year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred & thirty seven.
/s/s Lemuel Stephenson
Signed sealed published and declared by the above
nameth Lemuel Stephenson to be his last will and testament in the
presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in
the presence of the testator. /s/ John Logan, Daniel Hill Junr. James
Buchanan. State of Ohio, Clermont County /s/s Proof to unit Personally
appeared in ? John Logan, Daniel Hill Junr subscribing witness to the
last will. (Clermont Will Record book 1, 1829-1843)
Source: Will records, 1810-1900, Ohio. Probate Court
(Clermont County), Family History Film #0974424. 1
-- Family History Library
"In 1802, or about
that time Lemuel Stephenson, of Delaware, settled above the Camerers,
and afterwards lived in Franklin, where he was the first township
clerk...His sons lived in Tate or removed to Illinois, and his
daughters married William Abraham, James Barber, Sterling Bagby,
William Wood, Nicholas Tompkins, Johnson Wyatt, and Joseph Powell"
Source: Everts History of Clermont County Page 365
Contributed by Carolee H.