Wills, Probate, and Court Records
from Geauga County, Ohio

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Index of Wills and Probate/Court records found on this page:

Joseph Bartlett
Retire Trask
Abner Stockwell
Nathan P. Treat
Justice Miner
George (L or S) Bartlett
James Dutton
Peter O. Hall
Russell Hall
Lucy Ann Hall
Nathaniel Clark


Will of Joseph Bartlett
Dated 13 Nov., 1829

"In the name of God, Amen. I Joseph Bartlett of Thompson in the County of Geauga and State of Ohio, being sensible of my own mortality and that I must soon die, but being at present of sound and disposing mind and memory, blessed be God, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. In the first place I commend my soul to God who gave it in hopes of a happy immortality. And after a decent burial my funeral expenses and my just debts are satisfied which are to be paid by my Executors out of my estate, the remainder of my property is to be disposed of in the following manner, vis.

I give to my dearly beloved Wife Lucy the use and improvement of one third part of all my real estate during her natural life, one Cow, one third of my Sheep, and the whole of my household furniture to be at her own disposal. I give to my daughter Lucy, wife of Abner Stockwell, one dollar to be paid by my Executors out of my estate in one year after my decease. I give to my daughter Asenath wife of Retire Trask fifty dollars to be paid in neat stock in one year after my decease. I give to my daughter Theodotia wife of Seth Hulburt one dollar to be paid in one year after my decease out of my real estate. I give to my daughter Experience wife of Orrin Warner one dollar to be paid out of my estate in one year after my decease. I give to my son Preserved one dollar to be paid out of my estate in one year after my decease. All the remainder of my estate real or personal of whatever Kind, I give equally to my two sons Joseph and Thoder to them their heirs and assigns forever. And I do hereby appoint my two sons Joseph and Thoder Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine." (P.a.C-117-118)

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Contributed by Sandi Ransom Stoklosa

Additional notes from Sandi: Revolutionary War soldier, Joseph Bartlett and wife Lucy Phelps Bartlett
migrated from MA. They were some of the first settlers of Thompson, Geauga Co, OH. Both are buried in the Old Bartlett Cemetery in Thompson, Geauga Co, OH, located on their former farm.

Joseph and Lucy Phelps Bartlett still have descendants in Lake and Geauga County.

Probate Record of Retire Trask
29 February, 1848

Pleas before the Court of Common Pleas within and for the County of Geauga in the State of Ohio at a term of said court begun and held at the Court House in Chardon on the twenty fourth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight.

Be it remembered that hereto wit on the twenty nineth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight Theodore Bartlett administor of the Estate of Retire Trask by Elihu F. Wilder Esq. His attorny filed in the office of the Clerk of said Court his petition for authority to sell land which said petition is in the words and figures following to wit.

"To the Honorable the Court of Common Pleas of Geauga County Ohio Your Petitioner Theodore Bartlett of Thompson in said County administrator of Retire Trask late of said County deceased represents that the personal property of said estate is insufficient to pay the debts of said estate which are owing to several individuals. That said Retire Trask died seized of parts
of lots no. four (4) and five (5) in said Thompson bounded East and North by land now or recently belonging to the heirs of Seth Hulburt deceased. West on the land of Lehamer(?) Warren and South and South East by the road leading from the center of Thompson South Westerly past the later residence of said Seth Hulburt deceased containing twenty four (24) acres of land more or less. That said Trask died leaving Asenith Trask his widow who has since intermarried with Elihu Emmons of said Thompson and that she is entitled to dower in said premises and that the following persons are his children and heirs at law to wit. Almira now the wife of John Ransom, Rueben Trask, Benjamin Trask, Almida now the wife of William Keyes all of LeRoy Lake County Ohio. Adaline Trask of Concord in said County of Lake. John Traske, Retire Trask of said Thompson. Alfred Trask of DeKalb County Illinois. Angeline wife of John Follet of the State of Indiana of whom John Retire and Almida are minors.

Your petitioners therefore pray that said Elihu Emmons, Asenith Emmons, John Ransom Almira Ransom Rueben Trask Benjamin Trask Alfred Trask Adaline Trask William Keyes Almida Keyes John Trask John Follett Angelina Follett and Retire Trask may be made parties defendant to this petition that dower in said premises may be set off and assigned to said Asenath and that your Petitioner may be authorized to sell said premises for the payment of the debts of said estate according to the statute in such case made and provided
E.F. Wilder Atty

And thereupon a subpeona was issued to the Sheriff of Geauga County in the words and figures following to wit.
The State of Ohio. To the Sheriff of Geauga Greetings We Command you that you summon Elihu Emmon Asenilth Emmon John Trask and Retire Trask to appear before the Judges of the Court of Common pleas at the Court House in Chardon on the first day of the next term to answer to a petition to sell land exhibited against them by Theodore Bartlett admstr. of Retire Trask Dec’ and this they shall in no wise omit under penalty of one thousand dollars and have you them there this writ In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and the seal of said Court at Chardon in said County this 29th day of February A.D. 1848
Lorinzo Rider Clerk

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Source:
Feb.29, 1848 Geauga County,Ohio Probate Records,
Book "H"(difficult to read letter). 1848-1851.
Microfilm
Western Reserve Library

Transcription: Rena M. Ransom

Notes:
Retire Trask III was born in Ackworth, NH, the son of Revolutionary War soldier, Retire Trask II and Lydia Foster Trask, both of MA. The Trask family migrated to Thompson, Geauga Co, OH about 1811.Retire Trask III married 28 NOV 1816 to Asenith Bartlett, daughter of early Thompson, OH settlers Joseph and Lucy Phelps Bartlett. Retire Trask III and Asenith Bartlett Trask Emmons are buried in the Old Bartlett Cemetery in Thompson, Geauga Co, Ohio.

Retire and Asenith Bartlett Trask still have descendants in Lake and Geauga
County.

Contributed by Sandi Ransom Stoklosa

Last Will and Testament of
Abner Stockwell

Abner Stockwell Last Will & Testament
Abner Stockwell Deceased

At a term of the Court of Common Pleas within and for the County of Geauga in the State of Ohio began and held at the Court House in Chardon on the twenty seventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three before the Honorable Benjamin Bissel President and Neri Wright, John P. Bosley and Barton F. Avery Esquire Associate Judges holding said Court and sitting as a Court of Probate the last Will and Testament of Abner Stockwell late of the Township of Thompson deceased was produced in Court and offered for Probate in the words and figures following to wit:

In the name of the beloved father of all I Abner Stockwell of the Township of Thompson County of Geauga and State of Ohio do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following to wit: First it is my Will that funeral charges and all my just debt be fully paid. Second It is my Will and I give and devise to my beloved wife Lucy in lieu of dower one third of the farm which we now reside situated in Thompson, Geauga County, Ohio and containing one hundred acres of land also her household furniture and one cow and ten sheep and one half of the house during her natural life. Third it is my Will and I devise and bequeath to my son Luman Stockwell the remainder of all my Real Estate and personal property after paying my just debts and my five sons Robinson Abner Jr. Elakin Ira V Rufus Stockwells one hundred dollars each in property and also my two daughters Rhoda, Lucy Ann and my adopted daughter Ruth fifty dollars each in property on or before my youngest child becomes of age and the said Luman Stockwell is to support the said Ira Rufus and Lucy Ann Stockwells until they become of age in victualing, clothing, schooling and medicine by them staying with him and helping him to carry on the farm and assisting as it becomes necessary. Fourth I do hereby nominate and appoint Luman Stockwell and Charles Goodrich Executors of this my last Will and Testament authorizing and empowering them to adjust release and discharge in such manner as they may deem proper the debts due me and do also authorize and empower them if necessary to sell and dispose of property sufficient to pay my debts. I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of April 1843.

Signed and acknowledged by said Abner Stockwell as his last Will & Testament in the presence and we signed the same in his presence. Abner Stockwell (Seal)
Theodore Bartlett
Preserved Bartlett
Charles Goodrich

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Probate of Abner Stockwell's Last Will & Testament

Probate of Abner Stockwell's Last Will & Testament
Theodore Bartlett, Preserved Bartlett and Charles Goodrich the subscribing witnesses to said Will appeared in Court and presented an affidavit in the words and figures following to wit:
State of Ohio
Geauga County

Court of Common Pleas. On presentment for probate of the last will and testament of Abner Stockwell late of Thompson in said County deceased, bearing date the 24th day of April A. D.1843 we Charles Goodrich Theodore Bartlett and Preserved Bartlett the Subscribing witnesses to said Will being duly sworn on oath State that we were present at the time of making said Will, that we saw said Abner Stockwell sign and Seal and heard him publish and declare said Will to be his true Last Will and Testament at Thompson in said County on the 24th day of April aforesaid; that he so executed said Will in the presence of each and all of us the said deponents, and that we there and then in presence of said testator, and at his request signed our names severally to said Will as witnesses to the execution thereof in the presence of said testator and of each other. That at the time said Stockwell so executed published and declared said Will he was of full age of sound disposing mind and memory and under no restraint. Charles Goodrich Theodore Bartlett Preserved Bartlett.
Sworn to and Subscribed this first day of July A. D. 1843 in Open Court. Reuben St. John Clerk

And therefore the Court considered said Will as duly proven did approve the same and ordered the same with the proof thereof to be recorded.

Charles Goodrich and Luman Stockwell the Executors named in said Will appeared in Court and accepted the trust of executing said Will and it was ordered by the Court that they give Bond in the sum of two thousand dollars with Preserved Bartlett and Uri Blakeslee as their trustees. The Court appointed Israel Comstock Theodore Bartlett and Enoch Scott appraisers under said Will to appraise the personal property belonging to said Estate. The said Executors having filed their Bond in the final said sum and with the trustees above named at Testamentary Letter (having a true and certified copy of the forgoing Will thereto attached) was issued to them by the Clerk of said Court in the words and figures following to wit:

Geauga County Ohio
Benjamin Bissel President of the fourteenth circuit of the Court of Common Pleas in said State in which circuit is included the said County of Geauga and Neri Wright, John P. Bailey and Burton F. Avery Esquire associate judges of said Court for the County of Geauga. Aforesaid in the name and by the authority of the State of Ohio. To all to whom their presents shall come greeting. Know ye that before said Court sitting as a Court of Probate at a term thereof begun and held at the Court House in Chardon on the 27th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three this last Will and Testament of Abner Stockwell late of the County aforesaid deceased (a true copy whereof is hereunto annexed was duly received and approved by said Court. And the said Abner Stockwell deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his death devised goods chattels and credits within said County the proving and registering of said Will and the granting. Administration of the said goods chattels and credits doth belong onto us. And the administration of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased and all matters concerning said Will is committed to Charles Goodrich and Luman Stockwell the Executors therein named. And we do require you the said Charles Goodrich and Luman Stockwell will and truly to perform the said Will as far as the good chattels and credits of the said Abner Stockwell deceased will extend and the law charge you. And that you make a true Inventory of all the said goods chattels and credits (the said goods and chattels to be appraised under Oath or affirmation) by Israel Comstock Theodore Bartlett and Enoch Scott householders of the County aforesaid and also a just account when thereto requested to perform all which the said Charles Goodrich and Luman Stockwell have been duly sworn in Open Court according to law. In Testimony of which we have caused the Seal of our Court to be hereunto affixed.

Witness the Honorable Benjamin Bissel President thereof at Chardon in the said County the 3rd day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three.
John French Dep. Clerk
Geauga Common Pleas

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Inventory of Abner Stockwell's Goods & Chattels

Afterwards to wit on the twentieth day of September in the year last aforesaid the said Executors filed in the Office of the Clerk of said Court an Inventory of the goods and chattels belonging to said Estate in the words and figures following to wit.

A true and accurate Inventory of the goods and chattels of the Estate of Abner Stockwell late of the Township of Thompson County of Geauga and State of Ohio deceased, presented to us the undersigned appraisers of said Estate by Charles Goodrich and Luman Stockwell Executors thereof the 14th day of July A. D. 1843.

One two Horse Waggon: 60.00
One one Horse Waggon: 7.00
One Plough: 6.00
One Horse: 1.00
One two Horse Sleigh: 2.00
One Ox Cart: 6.50
One two Horse Lumber Sleigh: 9.00
One two Horse Harness: 17.00
One one Horse Harness: 1.00
One Ox Sled: 1.50
One Farming Mill: 5.00
Two Chains: 1.50
One Yoke Staple and Rings: 1.50
Two Sythes and Snaths(?): 2.25
One Fork .25 two hoes 1.00: 1.25
Two Axes: 1.00
One Grind Stone: 2.00
One Saddle and Bridle: 2.00
30 Sheep: 15.00
3 three Year Old Heifers: 30.00
One two Year Old Bull: 8.00
Two two Year Old Heifers: 12.00
4 Yearlings: 14.00
One two Year Old Colt: 35.00
Six Leach Tubs: 3.00
One lot of Black Salts: 20.00
1 Pearling, Hoe, 2 Spades, 1 Shovel: 3.00
One lot of Ashes: 13.00
One lot of Wood: 10.00
Two Pot Ash and one Caldron Kettles: 40.00
Pearling Oven: 10.00
1 Pan and one Pail: 1.00
1 Pan of Steelyards: 3.00
11 Cows at ten dollars each: 110.00
One two Year Old Heifer: 8.00
One Span of Horses: 80.00
2 Calves: 3.00
5 Hogs: 8.00
3 Calves: 4.50
One pair of Oxen: 50.00

Amount of a Bill of appraisement appraised by us the day and year above was written.
Appraisers:
Israel Comstock
Enoch Scott
Theodore Bartlett

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Property set off to widow of Abner Stockwell


Also on the same day and year last aforesaid the said Executors filed a schedule of property set off to the widow in the words and figures following to wit.

A schedule of property set off by us the appraisers as aforesaid to the widow agreeable to the Will to wit. One cow, three Beds and Bedding, Two Tables, Two Stands, One Bureau, three Bed stands, One Mantle (-?-) Clock, One Looking Glass, 9 chairs, 1-3 Pail Kettle, 2 Dish Kettles, 1 Tea Kettle, One Tub, Ten Sheep, One set of Knives and Forks, 1 Set of Ten Cups and Saucers, 2 Sets of Tea Spoons, 8 Table Spoons, 12 Plates, 2 Pitchers, 6 Bowls, One Stone Jar, One Churn, 2 Pails, One 2 Pail Pot, 1 Spider. Set off by us this 14th day of July A.D. 1843.
Appraisers:
Israel Comstock
Enoch Scott
Theodore Bartlett

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Inventory of Abner Stockwell's Debts

A list of Notes due the Estate to wit.

One Note against Philander Knapp of twenty four dollars and seventy five cents $24.75 date January 10th 1843 and due 1st Dec. next.
One Note against Abner Stockwell of twelve dollars $12.00 and date April 14th 1843 and due next day after date.
Two Notes on Truman Loveland one of 60 bushels of field ashes and the other of $13.00 Payable in Shoe making.

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Attachments of the Probate of Abner Stockwell's Last Will & Testament

Attached to the foregoing returns is the certificate of Charles Goodrich or Justice of the Peace in the words and figures following to wit:
The State of Ohio
Geauga County

Before me Charles Goodrich a Justice of the Peace in and for said County personally came. Enoch Scott, Israel Comstock and Theodore Bartlett appraisers of the Estate of Abner Stockwell late of Thompson Township in said County deceased and were sworn well and truly and impartially to appraise all the goods and chattels of said Estate which shall be presented to them for appraisement by the Executors of said Abner Stockwell deceased. Given under my hand this 14th day of July A. D. 1843.
Charles Goodrich Justice of the Peace

And therefore Luman Stockwell one of said Executors took and Subscribed an Oath before the Clerk of said Court in the words and figures following to wit:
The State of Ohio
Geauga County

Be it remembered that personally came Luman Stockwell Executor of Abner Stockwell late of said County of Geauga deceased and made solemn Oath that the Inventory hereto attached is in all respects just and true, that it contains a true statement of all the Estate and property of the deceased which has come to his knowledge and particularly of all money, Bank Bills or other circulating medium belonging to the deceased and of all just claims of the deceased against him or other persons to the best of his knowledge. Luman Stockwell
Before me the 20th day of September A. D. 1843.
Reuben St. John, Clerk
Abner Stockwell
Deceased

Be it remembered that on the twenty day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four Charles Goodrich and Luman Stockwell Executors of the Last Will and Testament of Abner Stockwell deceased filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Geauga County Ohio a copy of the notice of their appointment as such Executors in the words and figures following to wit:

Executors Notice. The subscribers having been appointed by the Court of Common Pleas of Geauga County Executors of the Last Will and Testament of Abner Stockwell late of Thompson deceased and given bonds according to law, request all persons indebted to said Estate to make immediate payment and them having demands against said Estate to present them legally proven within one year for settlement.
Chas. Goodrich
Lyman Stockwell
Thompson August 5th 1843.

Attached to said notice was the following affidavit to wit:
David T. Brice Editor and Proprietor of the Geauga Republican and Whig a newspaper published at Chardon Geauga County Ohio make Oath that the notice a copy of which is hereto annexed was published in said newspaper three consecutive weeks from and after the date thereof.
Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 22nd day of October A. D. 1844.
John French, Dep. Clerk

Source:
Geauga County,Ohio Probate Records,
Journal F; Page 214


Researched by Rena Ransom
Transcribed & donated by Dorothy Dunbar

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Notes from Dorothy Dunbar:

From the inventory items listed in Abner Stockwell's probate it was determined that he most probably engaged in the manufacture of potash or pearl ash.

Ashery was a purely frontier industry. The making of potash was an important product in high demand in the east. The abundance of timber in the new frontier prompted the establishment of sawmills and asheries, which drained burnt wood of lye and boiled it into potash.

The ashes from huge open fire of hardwood logs were gathered and leached and the resulting solution was then simply boiled down and melted into a crude black potash. Besides the necessary ashes and leaching vat, the critical element of this backwoods technology was the use of a thick-walled potash kettle.

A second burning resulted in much greater carbonate formation, apparently because the free carbon in raw ashes (which partly accounts for the black color) was more completely oxidized and because of exposure to concentrated carbon dioxide gas from the fire. The end product was a white, granular powder commonly called potash, or pearl ash. Those farmers making potash could sell their "black salts" to be refined into a purer commodity. Potash was used in wool manufacturing, glass making, soap making, and in preparation of medicines.

The United States remained the world's leading producer of potash until the 1860s.

Based on information obtained from: Invention and Technology, Fall 1990.

Abner Stockwell married Lucy Bartlett, daughter of Thompson pioneers Joseph and Lucy Phelps Bartlett.
Daughter's Rhoda Stockwell married Hiram Minkler and Lucy Ann Stockwell married Luther Walker.


Nathan P. Treat Probate Record

Contributed by Jay Treat

Geauga Co., Ohio. Will Book B, Pgs 196-197

Nathan P. Treat Estate

Proof of Will & ct ý

Be it remembered that at a Probate Court held at the Probate office in Chardon within and for the County of Geauga and State of Ohio on the fourth day of August in the year of our lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy five by and before Henry H. Smith Judge of said Court the Last Will and Testament of Nathan P Treat deceased was presented for Probate and Record and William F Nichols and E R Thompson the subscribing witnesses to said will appearing were sworn and examined in open Court ??lching the execution thereof and their testimony reduced to writing and signed by them and placed on file and is in the words and figures following to wit

The State of Ohio

Geauga County ý

In the Probate Court at Chardon in and for said County on the fourth day of August AD 1875. Testimony and proof of the last Will and Testament of Nathan P Treat deceased late of the Township of Middlefield in said County William F Nichols and E R Thompson the subscribing witnesses to the last Will and Testament of said Nathan P Treat deceased being duly sworn and examined in open court on the day and year aforesaid depose and say that the said testator at the time of executing his said last will and Testament was of full age and sound mind and memory and not under any restraint and that they signed as witnesses to said Will in the presence of said Testator and by this special request and also in the presence of each other and that said testator executed said Will in their presence. Which said Testimony was reduced to writing and signed by said witnesses in open Court this 4th day of August AD 1875.

E R Thompson

Wm F Nichols

Attest W. K. Smith Judge

On consideration whereof the Court finds the said Will was duly executed and attested and that said testator at the time of executing the same was of full age and sound mind and memory and not under any restraint and the court thereupon approve and establish said will as the valid last Will and Testament if said Nathan P Treat deceased and order the same with the testimony to be recorded which said Will is in the words and figures following to wit

In the name of the Benevolent Father of all I Nathan P Treat, of the Township of Middlefield County of Geauga and State of Ohio do make and publish this my last Will and Testament

First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Phydilia Treat all my real Estate situate in said Township of Middlefield and known as part of lot No Thirty one and contains about sixty acres of land which I give and bequeath all to my said wife absolutely and forever to use and control as her own after my decease.

Second I give and bequeath to my said wife all my stock of every kind and all farming tools and all household goods of every kind whatsoever and all money notes bills and book accounts which I may have at my decease.

Third I do hereby authorize my beloved Wife to pay all debts that may be unpaid at my decease and I also empower her to collect all my unpaid credits that may be due me at my decease.

Fourth I desire that no appraisement and no sale of my personal property be made and I hereby respectfully request that the court of Probate direct the omission of the same in pursuance of the statute. In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty first day of March in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Two.

Signed and Acknowledged by Nathan P. Treat Seal

said Nathan P. Treat as his last will and Testament in our presence and signed by us as Witnesses in his presence Wm F. Nichols, E R Thompson and thereupon came Phydilia Treat the executrix named in said Will and signifying his acceptance of said Will and the execution thereof was hereupon committed to her and she required to give bond in the sum of Five Hundred dollars conditioned according to law. Bond files and approved.

Attest H K Smith Probate Judge


Justice Miner

Deceased. Pleas before the Cout of Common Pleas within and for the County of Geauga and State of OH, began and held at the Court HOuse in Chardon on the twenty ninth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty. Be it remembered that at the October term last aforesaid, the last will and testament of Justice Minor late of the township of Chester in the County of Geauga was brot into court and offered for the probate and proved by the oaths of James Stephenson one of the subscribing witnesses thereto the other subscribing witness viz Johathan Covert having remved out of the state and it appearing to the court that the testator was of sound desposing mind and memory do order the same with the proof thereof to be recorded which will and proof is in the words and figures following to wit:

In the name of the Benevolent - Father of all. I Justice Minor of Chester township in the County of Geauga and state of Ohio do make and publish this my last will and testament

Item 1st I give and devise to my beloved daughter Charlotte Sheffield the farm on which we now live. Situate in the township of Chester in the State of OH, which is also in the County of Geauga it being my entire real property; together with all my personal property of which I may die seized of whatever nature to her sole use. The fee and sole ownership of all the above named property. I do solely vest in her my said daughter, Charlotte Sheffield, to hold in her own right - reserving enough to discharge all my first debts should any there be at my decease.

I do hereby revoke all other wills by me previously made

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 29th day of Jan. 1850.

Justice Miner

Contributed by Cathy Kuhl


 

The following information comes from Gloria Hall of Tuscola Co., MI, found while transcribing estate records for Tuscola County:

George (L or S) Bartlett had real estate in Tuscola County, MI. His estate [number 13] says he is "late of Newberry, Geauga County, OH", and died in TN in 1862. Heirs named are Georgianna and Sarah J of Newberry, Geauga County, OH.

This estate file is for the purpose of selling that real estate, which was done in 1867.

This indicates to me that he died in the Civil War in TN.

Gloria has no further information on this person.


The following wills and probate records were transcribed and submitted by Mary David Baker

James Dutton's Last Will & Testament

Probate Court Ledgers of Geauga County, Ohio

Will Book A, Pages 168-170

James Dutton's } Be it remembered that at a Probate Court held at the Probate Office in

Will, Probate of, etc. } Chardon within and for the County of Geauga in the State of Ohio, on the Twenty Seventh day of April in the year of Our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty nine, by and before Milton C. Canfield Probate Judge of said County, came Clarissa Dutton and Charles O. Dutton, and presented to the Court the Last Will and Testament of James Dutton deceased late of Auburn in said County and asked to have the same admitted to Probate and Record. And Anson Matthews and Betsey A. Matthews, the subscribing witnesses to said will, appearing, were sworn and examined in open Court touching the execution of the same, and their testimony reduced to writing and signed by them and place on file. On consideration whereof the Court found that said will was duly executed and attested, and that the said testator at the time of executing the same was of full age and of sound mind and memory and not under any restraint. And the Court thereupon approves and establishes said will and orders that the same with the testimony be recorded - Which said will is in the words and figures following to wit:

"In the name of the Benevolent Father of All: I, James Dutton of Auburn in the County of Geauga and State of Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st - I will that out of my estate all just charges against me, and all legal debts be paid.

Item 2nd - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Clarissa Dutton, in lieu of her Dower, all my personal property in and about the house, including household goods, furniture, wearing apparel, provisions, etc, also what may be due to me on book-account not exceeding fifty dollars. Also the use of the horse, buggy and harness, and the cow, and fifty dollars in cash for her sole use. And further I give to my said wife all or so much of the interest of my estate after deducting the above, as she may deem necessary for her support, use and benefit, and also for the support of her mother during her life, and should her said mother outlive my said wife, then so much of said interest to be used as may be necessary for the support of her said mother during her life as aforesaid.

Item 3rd - I give and bequeath to the heirs of my deceased son John H. as follows: To my grandson James B. fifty dollars. To my grandson Frederick, one hundred dollars. And to my granddaughter Helen, one hundred dollars, to be paid by my executor after the decease of my wife and her mother. But should all or any of my above named grandchildren die before the decease of my said wife or her mother, then the amount bequeathed to such of them as shall not survive my said wife or her mother to revert back to my Estate.

Item 4th - I give and bequeath to my sons, Charles O., William C., Rufus, James T. and George E., and to my two daughters, Betsey H. and Lucy Ann, A., all my estate except as before bequeathed, the sons to have in the division five dollars each, to the daughters three dollars each. All my estate going to my sons and daughters as specified in this item except Eight hundred (100) dollars to be divided by executors as soon after my death as circumstances will allow, among those and in such manner or proportion as specified in this item, and each heir (12th) to pay annual interest on his or her proportion, the sons to pay seven percent, and the daughters six per cent. And my executors to put said Eight hundred dollars at interest in such hands properly secured, and at such rate as they may think proper, and in paying the necessary amount of interest to supply the demands of my said wife and her mother each to pay his or her proper proportion. Said Eight hundred dollars after the decease of my wife and her mother, to be equally divided among my said heirs, and said grandchildren to constitute one heir. My said wife and her mother first to use the interest on the said Eight hundred dollars, and then for what is further necessary for their support as above to be paid by the heirs as before specified.

Item 5th - I hereby alter the specification in item third as follows. My executors to pay to my grandson James B. the amount bequeathed to him as soon as consistent in the Settlement of my Estate, and to pay to the other two at such time and in such sums as they or either of them may need to aid in their support or education, and the balance if any when they shall arrive at age.

Item 6th - I hereby nominate and appoint my wife Clarissa and my son Charles O. Executors of this my Last Will & Testament, hereby authorizing and empowering them to compromise and adjust in such manner as they deem proper the debts and claims due me, and to fully settle all my Estate without appraisal or sale at public vendue, and to do all and singular in the premises to fully carry out these my specifications without entering into bonds for the same. And further, I hereby require that duplicate schedules of my estate be made out, and wish said schedule to be made out by Rufus Pettibone and Peter O. Hall, and if they decline, then by some other two competent disinterested persons, and one copy kept by said Pettibone or Hall and the other by the Executors. And I desire that my executors have a just and fair recompense for such service as they may render the business of said Estate. In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of May in the year 1858, hereby revoking all former wills made by me.

 

James Dutton {seal}

Signed and acknowledged by said James Dutton as his last will and testament in our presence and signed by us in his presence. The word annual interlined [sic] in Item 4th line 12th before signing.

Anson Matthews, Betsey A. Matthews"

The State of Ohio } In the probate court at Chardon, in and for said County, on the 27th day

Geauga County SS } of April A.D. 1859.

Testimony in proof of the Last Will and Testament of James Dutton, deceased, late of the Township of Auburn in said County: Anson Matthews and Betsey A. Matthews, the subscribing witnesses to the Last Will and Testament of said James Dutton, deceased being duly sworn and examined in open Court on the day and year aforesaid, depose and say that the said Testator at the time of executing his said last will and Testament, was of full age and of sound mind and memory, and not under any restraint, and that they signed as witnesses to said will in the presence of said Testator and by his special request, and also in the presence of each other, and the same was signed and sealed by said Testator in our presence.

Anson Matthews, Betsey A. Matthews

Which said testimony was reduced to writing and signed by said witnesses in open Court, this 27th day of April A.D. 1850. Attest, M. Canfield Judge.

And thereupon the said Clarissa Dutton and Charles O. Dutton appearing and signifying their acceptance of the trust reposed in them by said Will, the Court appoint them Executors of the said last will and testament of the said James Dutton, dispensing with Bond and appraisal in accordance with the wish of the Testator as expressed in said will. And letters testamentary thereupon issued out of said Court under the Seal thereof, in the words and figures following to wit: "Geauga County, Ohio - SS Milton C. Canfield, Judge of the Court of Probate in and for the County of Geauga aforesaid, in the name and by the authority of the State of Ohio: To all whom these presents shall come greeting: Know ye that at a Probate Court began and held at the office of said Judge of Probate, on the twenty seventh day of April in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine, the last will and testament of James Dutton, late of the County aforesaid deceased, (a true copy of which is hereunto annexed,) was duly proved, and approved by said Court. And the said James Dutton deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his death, devised goods, chattels and credits within said County, the proving and registering of said will, and the granting Administration of said goods, chattels and credits doth belong to us. And the administration of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased, and all matters concerning said will is committed to Clarissa Dutton & Charles O. Dutton, the Executors therein named. And I do require you the said Clarissa Dutton & Charles O. Dutton well and truly to perform the said will as far as the goods, chattels and credit of the said James Dutton deceased will extend and the law charge you, and that you render a just account when thereunto requested. In testimony of which I have caused the Seal of said {seal} Court to be hereunto affixed. Witness Milton C. Canfield Judge of Said Court, at Chardon, the said County, the 27th day of April, in the year of Our Lord, One thousand Eight hundred and Fifty Nine.

Milton C. Canfield, Probate Judge

Which said Letter, with a duly certified copy of said will thereto annexed, was then and there delivered to said Executors and they fully authorized in the premises. Attest Milton C. Canfield Probate Judge

Clarissa Dutton } Be it remembered that at a Probate Court, held at the Probate

Widow. Election. } Office in Chardon, within and for the County of Geauga in the State of Ohio, before Milton C. Canfield Judge of said Court, on the 27th day of April A.D. 1859 personally came Clarissa Dutton widow of James Dutton deceased late of said County, and the Court having fully made known and explained to her the provisions of the will of her deceased husband and her rights under said will and also her rights by law in the event of her refusal to take under said will, she then and there made and declared her election to take under the provisions of the will of her said deceased husband, in lieu of the provisions made for her by law, and asked to have her said election entered of Record, and it was there upon ordered by the Court that the same be recorded.

Attest Milton C. Canfield, Probate Judge

 

Original - Probate Court Ledgers of Geauga County, Ohio

Will Book A, Pages 168-170

Geauga County Archives

470 Center Place Building 8

Chardon, OH 44024

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James Dutton - Will Proven

 

Probate Court Ledgers of Geauga County, Ohio

Probate Journal A, Page 400

 

James Dutton's Estate } April 27th A.D. 1859

Will proved, etc. }

This day Clarissa and Charles O. Dutton presented to the Court the Last Will and Testament of James Dutton dec'd late of Auburn in said County, and asked to have the same admitted to probate and record. And Anson Matthews and Betsey A. Matthews, the subscribing witnesses to said will appearing were sworn and examined in open Court touching the execution of the same, and their testimony reduced to writing and signed by them and placed on file. On consideration whereof the Court finds that said Will was duly executed and attested and that the said Testator at the time of executing the same was of full age and of sound mind and memory and not under any restraint and the Court does thereupon approve and establish said will and orders that the same with the testimony be recorded. And thereupon Clarissa Dutton and Charles O. Dutton the Executors named in said will appearing in open Court and accepting said trust, the Court appoint the said Clarissa Dutton & Charles O. Dutton Executors of the Estate of the said James Dutton, deceased, dispensing with Bond, appraisment [sic] and sale such being the wish of the Testator as expressed by the terms of said will. Letter issued.

 

Clarissa Dutton } April 27th A.D. 1859

Widow Election } This day personally came Clarissa Dutton widow of James Dutton

deceased late of said County and the Court having fully made known and explained to her the provisions of the will of her deceased husband and her rights under said will and also her rights by law in the event of her refusal to take under said will. She then and there made and declared her election to take under the provisions of the will of her said deceased husband, in lieu of the provision made for her by law, and asked to have her said election entered of record, and it was thereupon ordered by the Court that the same be recorded.

Original - Probate Court Ledgers of Geauga County, Ohio

Probate Journal A, Page 400

Geauga County Archives

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Chardon, OH 44024

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Peter O. Hall's Last Will & Testament

Probate Court Ledgers of Geauga County, Ohio

Will Book C, Pages 129-131

Peter O. Hall's Estate }

Will and proof of same } Be it remembered that at a Probate Court held at the Probate Office at Chardon within and for the County of Geauga in the State of Ohio, on the 16th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty four by and before H. K. Smith Judge of said Court an instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Peter O. Hall deceased. It was thereupon ordered by the Court that due notice thereof and of the application to admit the same to Probate and record be given to Lewis S. Hall, Zack Hall, Corwin Hall, Wallace W. Hall and Lucina H. Fowler next of kin of the testator resident of the State of Ohio. That said application will be for hearing before this Court on the 21st day of July AD 1884 at 10 O'Clock AM and a notice was issued to said heirs in the words and figures following to wit:

"The State of Ohio }

Geauga County ss. } In the matter of the last will and testament of Peter O. Hall deceased

To Lewis S. Hall, Lucina Fowler, Corwin Hall, Wallace W. Hall and Zack Hall. You are hereby notified that on the 16th day of July AD 1884 an instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Peter O. Hall late of Auburn township in said County deceased was produced in open Court and an application to admit the same to probate was on the same day made in said Court. Said application will be for hearing before this Court on the 21st day of July AD 1884 at 10 O'Clock AM.

H. K. Smith Probate Judge

Dated at Chardon O this 16th day of July AD 1884

 

Afterwards to wit on the 21st day of July 1884 pursuant to said continuance, said notice was returned into open Court endorsed in the words and figures following to wit:

We the undersigned persons within named do herby acknowledge service of the within notice this 17th day of July AD 1884.

 

LS Hall

WW Hall

Lucina H. Fowler

Corwin Hall

 

And the Court being satisfied that the heirs and next of kin of the deceased have been duly notified of the pendency and time of hearing thereof, this matter came on to be heard and SL Wadsworth and Hellen A Chapman the subscribing witnesses thereto appearing were sworn and examined in open Court touching the deed execution and attestation thereof and their testimony reduced to writing, signed by them and placed on file, which testimony is in the words and figures following to wit:

The State of Ohio Geauga County ss

In the Probate Court at Chardon in and for said County on the 21st day of July AD 1884. Testimony in proof of the last will and testament of Peter O. Hall deceased late of the township of Auburn in said County. S.L. Wadsworth and Hellen A. Chapman the subscribing witnesses to the last will and testament of said Peter O. Hall deceased, being duly sworn and examined in open Court on the day and year aforesaid, depose and say, that the said testator at the time of executing his said last will and testament, was of full age and of sound mind and memory and not under any restraints and that they signed as witnesses to said will in the presence of said testator and by his special request, and also in the presence of each other and that said testator executed said will in their presence.

 

Much testimony was reduced to writing SL Wadsworth

And signed by said witnesses in open Court Helen A. Chapman

This 21st day of July AD 1884 Attest HK Smith Judge

On consideration whereof the Court find that said will was duly executed and attested and that said testator at the time of executing the same was of lawful age, of sound mind and memory, and under no undue nor unlawful restraint. The Court thereupon approve and establish said will as the true and valid last will and testament of Peter O. Hall deceased, and order that the same with the testimony be recorded which said will is in the words and figures following to wit:

"In the name of the Benevolent Father of All. I, Peter O. Hall of Auburn, Geauga County, Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament.

 

Item 1st - I give and devise to my beloved wife in lieu of her dower the farm on which we now reside situate in Auburn, Geauga County, Ohio, containing two hundred and ten acres of land during her natural life (except an undivided interest in said farm valued by me at two thousand five hundred dollars which I give and devise to my son Wallace W. Hall in order to make his interest in my estate equal with each of my sons, Lewis S. Hall, Zack Hall, Corwin Hall and with my daughter Lucina Fowler, each of them having an undivided interest of two thousand five hundred dollars as this day valued by me in other lands hereinafter mentioned) and all money in my possession or on deposit to my credit and all notes due or to become due together with all stock, household goods, furniture, provisions and other goods and chattles [sic] which may be on said farm at the time of my decease. I give and bequeath to my said wife absolutely, she however selling so much thereof as may be sufficient to pay all my just debts. At the death of my said wife the real estate aforesaid, after deducting therefrom the two thousand five hundred dollars above bequeathed to my son Wallace W. Hall and its proportionable increase in order with the rest of the farm at the time of the decease of my said wife. I give and devise to my son[s] Lewis S. Hall, Zack Hall, Corwin Hall, Wallace W. Hall and my daughter Lucina Fowler and their heirs forever to be divided equally between them.

 

Item 2nd - All other lands except those mentioned in item 1st which which [sic] I may own at the time of my decease, I give and devise to my sons Lewis S. Hall, Zach Hall, Corwin Hall and my daughter Lucina Fowler and their heirs forever; to be divided equal between them.

 

Item 3rd - I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife and my brother in law William C. Dutton Executors of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing 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 shall become necessary in order to pay my debts to sell by probate sale, 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 purchases to execute, acknowledge and deliver in fee simple. I desire that no appraisement and no sale of my personal property be made, and that the Court of Probate direct the omission of the same in pursuance of the statute.

I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made. I[n] testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of April 1884

 

Peter O. Hall

Signed and acknowledged by said Peter O. Hall as his last will and testament in our presence and signed by us in his presence.

SL Wadsworth

Helen A. Hall [sic]

 

The State of Ohio }

Geauga County ss } I HK Smith Judge of the Probate Court within and for said County,

hereby certify the foregoing to be a true and complete record of

the last will and testament of Peter O. Hall deceased and the testimony of witnesses to prove the same, together with the orders and entries of probate in said Court, made concerning the same.

 

Attest HK Smith, Probate Judge

Original - Probate Court Ledgers of Geauga County, Ohio

Will Book C, Pages 129-131

Geauga County Archives

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Chardon, OH 44024

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Russell Hall's Last Will & Testament

 

Probate Court Ledgers of Geauga County, Ohio

Will Book A, Pages 263-266

Russell Hall } Be it remembered that at a Probate Court held at the Probate Office in Chardon

Will of, etc. } within and for the County of Geauga in the State of Ohio, on the twenty fourth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty one, by and before Milton C. Canfield Judge of said Court, the last will and testament of Russell Hall deceased late of Auburn in said County, was presented for probate and record, and Anson Matthews and Hiram Silvernail, the subscribing witnesses thereto appearing, were sworn and examined in open Court touching the execution thereof and their testimony reduced to writing and signed by them and placed on file, in the words and figures following to wit:

"The State of Ohio In the Probate Court at Chardon, in and for said County, on the 24th day of

Geauga County ss. } April A.D. 1861.

Testimony in proof of the last will and testament of Russell Hall deceased, late of Auburn in said County, Anson Matthews and Hiram Silvernail the subscribing witnesses to the last will and testament of said Russell Hall deceased being duly sworn and examined in open Court on the day and year aforesaid, depose and say, that the said testator at the time of executing his said last will and testament, was of full age and of sound mind and memory, and not under any restraint, and that they signed as witnesses to said will in the presence of said Testator and by his special request, and also in the presence of each other, and that said testator signed his name at the end thereof, in our presence.

Anson Matthews"

Hiram Silvernail"

"Which said testimony was reduces to writing

and signed by said witnesses in open Court this }

24th day of April A.D. 1861. Attest M. C. Canfield Judge"

On consideration whereof the Court find that said will was duly executed and attested and that said Testator at the time of executing the same was of lawful age and of sound mind and memory and not under any restraint, and the Court thereupon approve and establish said will as the true and valid last will and testament of the said Russell Hall deceased, and order that the same, with the testimony be recorded. Which said will is in the words and figures following, to wit:

"In the name of the Benevolent Father of All. I, Russell Hall of Auburn in the County of Geauga & State of Ohio, do make & publish this my last will & testament.

Item 1st - I will that all my legal debts and funeral charges be paid from my personal estate.

Item 2nd - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife in lieu of her dower, the avails of my personal estate, after paying the debts & charges as stated in item first, Also the income on profits of the farm. The Stock, farming utensils etc. to be sold by my Executor and the avails with the money on hand and the income of the farm to constitute a fund in the hands of my executor for her support, giving her a good & ample support without her labor, enabling her to live with any one of her children as she may choose, to have money for religious & charitable purposes. The fund arising from the above mentioned sources to be kept at interest for her support by my Executor, or such part as remains unexpended from time.

Item 3rd - I give and bequeath to my daughter Minerva Silvernail and to her husband Peter Silvernail the use of five hundred dollars from the death of my wife so long as either of them live, then said sum to be divided between my sons Peter O. Hall & Russell Hall jr, or between their heirs, that is, giving one half to the heirs of each.

Item 4th - I give and bequeath to the children of my daughter Almira Woods, to wit, Lorin Woods, Almeda Woods, Edward Woods & Trephena Woods each the sum of twenty five dollars payable at the decease of my wife.

Item 5th - I give and bequeath to my two sons Peter O. Hall & Russell Hall jr my farm situate in the township of Auburn in the County of Geauga & State of Ohio, giving to each an equal undivided interest in said farm.

Item 6th - I do hereby nominate and appoint Peter O. Hall Executor of this my last will & testament, hereby authorizing & empowering him to compromise, adjust, release & discharge in such manner as he may deem proper the debts and claims due me. I do authorize & empower him if it shall become necessary in order to pay my debts to sell at private sale or otherwise and upon such terms for the interest of my estate as he may think proper all my real and personal estate without schedule or appraisal. I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Second day of April A.D. 1861.

 

Russell Hall {seal}

 

Signed and acknowledged by said Russell Hall as his last will and testament in our presence & signed by us in his presence.

Anson Matthews"

Hiram Silvernail"

And the said Peter O. Hall the Executor named in said will, appearing and signifying his acceptance of said trust, the execution thereof is committed unto him, the Court requiring him to give Bond to secure the faithful performance of the same, in the sum of Two thousand dollars, with Russell Hall and Anson Matthews as sureties. An appraisal of said decedents estate, dispensed with in accordance with the wish of the Testator as expressed in said will. And the said Peter O. Hall, with his said sureties here in Court execute and file their Bond in the words and figures following to wit:

"Know all men by these presents, that we Peter O. Hall as principal and Russell Hall and Anson Matthews as sureties are held and firmly bound unto the State of Ohio in the penal sum of Two thousand dollars, to the payment of which well and truly to be made, we and each of us, do hereby bind ourselves our heirs, executors, and administrators, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated the 24th day of April A.D. 1861. The condition of this obligation is such, that if the above bound Peter O. Hall, Executor of the last will and testament of Russell Hall deceased, Shall: First - make and return to the Court of Probate of Geauga County, in the State of Ohio, within three months a true inventory of all the money, good and chattles [sic], rights and credits of the testator which are by law to be administered, and which shall come to his possession or knowledge; and also, if requested by the Court, an inventory of the real estate of the deceased. Secondly, Shall administer according to law, and the will of the Testator, all his goods, chattels, rights, credits and the proceeds of all his real estate, that may be sold for the payment of his debts or legacies, which shall at any time come to the possession of the Executor or to the possession of any other person for him, and Thirdly, Shall render upon oath a just and true account of his administration, within eighteen months, and at any other times when requested by the Court or the law, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue in law.

Peter O. Hall {seal}"

Russell Hall {seal}"

Anson Matthews {seal}"

 

Which Bond and Sureties are accepted and approved by the Court, and a letter testamentary is issued under the seal of said Court, in the words and figures following to wit:

 

"The State of Ohio Milton C. Canfield, Judge of the Court of Probate in and for the County of

Geauga County ss } Geauga aforesaid, in the name and by the authority of the State of Ohio:

To all to whom these presents shall come greeting: Know ye, that at a Probate Court began and held at the Office of the said Judge of Probate, on the 24th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty one, the last will and testament of Russell Hall late of the County aforesaid, deceased, a true copy of which is hereunto annexed, was duly proved, and approved by said Court. And the said Russell Hall deceased, having whilst he lived, and at the time of his death, devised goods, chattels and credits within said County, the proving and registering of said will and the granting administration of said goods, chattels and credits, doth belong to us. And the administration of all and singular, the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased, and all matters concerning said will is committed to Peter O. Hall the Executor therein named. And I do require you the said Peter O. Hall well and truly to perform the said will as far as the goods, chattels, credits and estate of the said Russell Hall deceased, will extend and the law charge you; and that you render also a just account when thereunto required.

 

{Seal} In testimony of which I have caused the seal of said Court to be hereunto affixed. Witness M. C. Canfield, Judge of said Court, at Chardon in the said County, the 24th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty one. Milton C. Canfield, Judge of Probate for Geauga County"

Which letter with a duly certified copy of said will annexed, was then and there delivered to said Executor and he fully authorized in the premises.

Attest Milton C. Canfield Probate Judge

 

Polly Hall } Be it remembered that at a Probate Court, held at the Probate

Widow Election. } Office in Chardon, within and for the County of Geauga in the

State of Ohio, on the fourth day of May in the year of our Lord one

thousand eight hundred and sixty one, by and before Milton C. Canfield Judge of said Court, personally came Polly Hall, widow of Russell Hall deceased late of Auburn in said County, and the Court having made known and explained to her the provisions of the will of her said deceased husband and her rights under the same and also her rights by law in the event of her refusal to take under said will, she thereupon made and declared her election to take that provision made for her in and by said will and asked to have her said election recorded, which was ordered to be done.

Attest Milton C. Canfield, Probate Judge

Original - Probate Court Ledgers of Geauga County, Ohio

Will Book A, Pages 263-266

Geauga County Archives

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Last Will and Testament of Lucy Ann Hall

 

Last Will and Testament

I, Lucy Ann Hall, of the Township of Auburn, County of Geauga and State of Ohio, being about seventy-five years of age, and being of sound and disposing mind and memory, Do Make, Publish and Declare this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making null and void all other Last Wills and Testaments by me made heretofore:

First. - My Will is that all my just Debts and Funeral Expenses shall be paid out of my Estate as soon after my decease as shall be found convenient.

Second. - I Give, Devise and Bequeath to my four surviving children Lewis S. Hall, Lucina Fowler, Corwin Hall, and Wallace W. Hall in equal proportions, share and share alike all the real estate now owned by me, the same being the undivided one fifth part of two hundred and ten and one half acres of land in Auburn Township, Geauga County, Ohio, formerly owned by Peter O. Hall deceased and said on fifth part thereof in common was purchased by me from the administrator of Zack Hall deceased; said land to be theirs and their heirs in fee simple.

Item 3rd I do give devise and bequeath to my above named four surviving children and to the children of my deceased son Zack Hall, to wit Ella E. Hall, Ellis E. Hall, Betsey A. Hall, Alena G. Hall and William Peter Hall all my personal estate of of [sic] whatsoever name or nature including money and credits of which I may die possessed, or may own at the time of my decease in the following proportions to wit To Lewis S. Hall, Lucina Fowler, Corwin Hall and Wallace Hall each one equal fifth part thereof and to the children of my deceased son Zack Hall above named one equal one fifth part thereof to be equally divided between them share and share alike. And I hereby direct my executor hereinafter named to invest in such manner as he may deem to be for the best interest of the said children of Zack Hall deceased the portion of my estate above devised to them and retain possession and control of the same until they respectively arrive at their majority, and on their becoming of full age to pay the same and all accruing interest therein to them respectively. And in case any of said children shall die before arriving at full age then their share shall go to their surviving brothers & sisters.

I hereby nominate and appoint William C. Dutton, Esq. of Auburn aforesaid to be the 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.

In Testimony Whereof, I have set my hand to this, my Last Will and Testament, at Auburn, this the 3rd day of June, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and ninety two.

Lucy Ann Hall

 

The foregoing Instrument was signed by the said Lucy Ann Hall in our presence, and by her published and declared as and for her Last Will and Testament, and at her request, and in her presence, and in the presence of each other, we hereunto subscribe our Names as Attesting Witnesses, at Auburn this the 3 day of June, A.D. 1892.

Clement Messenger, resides at Auburn O

Mary E. Messenger, resides at Auburn O

Last Will and Testament of

Lucy Ann Hall

Dated June 3d AD 1892

Aug 3

Filed proved and admitted to record this 3d day of Aug AD 1895

Recorded Book D page 375

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Will of Nathaniel Clark
March 21, 1825; Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio

Geauga County Probate Records

Book A 1806 – 1835 p. 595 on microfilm at the Western Reserve Historical Society

At the court of Common Pleas begun and held at Chardon in and for the county of Geauga and State of Ohio on the twenty-first day of March anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five before the Honorable George Tod President and Vene (?) Stone, John W. Scot and Solomon Kingsbury, Esquire appellate judges sitting as a court of probate.  Freeman Clark and Jason Clark, executors of the last will and testament of Nathaniel Clark, late of said Chardon, deceased, bring into court the last will and testament of the said Nathaniel Clark in the words and figures following—to wit—

In the name of God, amen.  I Nathaniel Clark of Chardon in the County of Geauga and theState of Ohio, being weak and low in body, but of sound mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, do make, constitute, ordain and publish this my last will and testament, that is to say

1              I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife, Sarah, all my household furniture, beds and bedding, two cows, and ten sheep and all the flax on hand.

2ndly     I give andbequeath to each of my sons Freeman and Jason fifty dollars to be paid to them or their heirs respectively at the expiration of five years after my decease.

3rdly      I give and bequeath to Lorain (Loring) Clark Stebbins, Laura Losina Stebbins and Julius Stebbins (childe of my late daughter Polly Stebbins) ten dollars each to be paid to them respectively when they shall come of age.

4thly      I give and bequeath to Charlotte Keith (daughter of my late daughter Rachael Keith) forty dollars to be paid when she comes of age.

5thly      I give and bequeath to my daughters, Martha Force, five acres of land to be taken and set off of the south west corner of my homestead farm, to extend twenty-five rods on the road.

6thly      I give and bequeath to my daughters, Philena and Abigail fifty dollars each, to be paid them respectively when they come of age; and, also, a home in my mansion house during their pleasures; and, also, a comfortable support and suitable schooling till they come of age respectively.

7thly      After paying all my just debts, funeral expenses and the above mentioned legacies, I give and bequeath all the remainder of my property both read and personal to my daughter Arathasa Keith and her husband Charles Keith.

8thly      It is my will and direction that Freeman and Jason Clark be appointed executors to carry into effect this my last will and testament.

 

Signed, sealed, published and declared at Chardon aforesaid this sixteenth day of February A.D. eighteen hundred and twenty-fixe in the presence of Joseph Felton, Elisah Foster.

 Which said being duly proved, is approved by the court and ordered to be recorded.  And the said Freeman and Jason, executors appointed to carry said will into effect were sworn as the law directs and letters testamentary were there upon granted to them. The court appointed David T. Bruce, Elisha Foster and Luther Thwing appraisers to appraise the estate.

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