In the name of God amen: I Jonathon S. Hale considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say I give and bequeath all my personal property consisting of stock, household and kitchen furniture to my beloved wife Mary Hale, whom I hereby appoint sole executor of this my last will and testament assisted by my son John Hale during her natural life, after her decease I will and direct that all the property be sold, and its proceeds equally divided among my six children or thier heirs, and Beauke Hale my Grandson, except the mule, which I will that it be the property of John Hale for assisting and taking the oversight of my wife and his mother. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the 9th day of January in the year of our lord 1883.
Jonathon Hale (Seal)
The above instrument of consisting of one sheet, was now here subscribed by Jonathon S. Hale the testator in the presence of each of us, and was at the same time declared by him to be his last will and testament and we at his request sign our names as witnesses.
E.R. Smith Residing in Russell County
G.J. Smith Resideng in Russell County
The last will and testament of Jonathon S. Hale was this day produced in court and proved by the oaths of E.R. Smith and G.J. Smith the two subscribing witnesses thereto, who stated that sain Jonathon Hale acknowledged said will in their presence, and that they the said E.R. Smith and G.J. Smith witnessed said will at his request, and his presence, and in the presence of each other. Whereupon said will was ordered to be recorded.
R.G. Howard D.C.