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Calhoun County Wills & Probate List from Wills & Probate Records, 1772-1999
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Name: Foiles, John Sr. Probate Date: Sept. 4, 1859 Executer: James Foiles Index Page: 28
I, John Foiles Sr. of the County of Calhoun in the State of Illinois, do hereby make and declare this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, to wit. First, it's my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid. Second, After the payment of such funeral expenses and debts, I give, devise and bequeath unto my daughter, Elizabeth Foiles, the interest on the one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), which Lewis Swanns owes me and which he now has in his hands and all my household and kitchen furniture and the bay mare now owned by me, known by the name of Nell, also that portion of the farm on which I now reside, know as the Simmons place and known and discribed as follows to wit, The west half of the southwest half quarter of section twenty eight (28) and the southeast foruth of the northeast fourth of section thirty two (32) and the northwest forth northwest thirty three (33) all in the townhsiip Eight of south range two (2) west of the fourth principal meridian in Calhoun County, Illinois tag either with all the approiate names. To have and to hold the above described property to her use and live of during her natural life, and at her death, the property aforesaid, so bequeated or so much thereof as may remain free debt to go to the rest of my heirs and theri assigns forever. Thrid, I give and devise with the rest of fmy heris to wit, James Foiles, Joseph Foiles, John Foiles, Jr, Mary Foiles, Daniel Foiles, Benjamin Foiles, Isaisah Foiles, Sarah Foiles, Eleanor McIntire, Amanda Woodard, Henry Foiles, Margareth Ann Cloninger, Makalah Pepper, all the other property and effects, both personal and real to be equally divided among them the above mentioned heirs, their heirs and assigns forever. Fourth, I further order by this my last will and testament, that the heirs of my daughter Mary Foiles deceased shall not come in possesion of their share of the afore granted property until the youngest one of them becomes of age. And Lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint my son James Foiles, Executer of this my last will and testament, revoking and unwilling all forever wills by me made and ratifying and confirming of this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness here of I the said John Foiles Sr. have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of september in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine (Sept. 4, 1859).

Name: Feidler, John Probate Date: Nov. 5, 1870 Executer: Elizabeth Feidler Index Page: 29
In the name of God, Amen, I, John Feidler of Point Precinct, in the County of Calhoun and State of Illinois of the age of 53 years and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in the manner following, that is to say, First, I give and devise to my wife Elizabeth Feidler that tract and parcel of land siturated and lying in Point Precinct, County of Calhoun and State of Illinois, to wit. Eighty acres of the Souteast quarter of section 5, township 13, range 2, west of the fourth principal meridian, containing the dwelling house, I was alive in, barn and other buildings together with all the belongings to have and to hold during her life. Second, The remainder of my real estate, thirty five acres of the southeast quarter of section 5 in township 13, range 2, west of the 4th principal meridian, I give and devise to my wife to have and to hold during her lifetime, provided she pays my debts. Third, I give and bequeath to my son, Henry Feidler, one colt, next affirming one yar old, and one hog, which he may pick from my hogs. Fourth, I give and bequeath all the rest remainder of my personal estate goods and chattels of what mature of kind to my wife Elizabeth Feidler, to carry on the farm & to support her and my minor children. Fifth. After the death of my wife Elizabeth Feidler, the rest of the real estate and remaining personal property is to be divided equally between my children or their heirs. I hereby appoint my wife, Elizabeth Feidler sole executer of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former will by me made. In witness, where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this fifth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy (Nov. 5, 1870)

Name: Hefner, Henry Probate Date: Jan. 30, 1871 Executer: John Hefner Index Page: 30
Jan. 21, 1871 - To all whom it may concern. Know ye that in this I, Henry Hefner, being in possession of my full mental faculties unbiased by any outside circumstances do here in make my last will and testament as follows. To my wife, Mary Hefner, I do will and bequeath the following described tract of land, so long as she remains as my widow, the North West fraction quarter of Section No. 20 in Township No. 11, South Range No. 2, West of the 4th principal meridian, containing one hundred and thirty acres more of less, the same remain in her full possession so long as she remains my widow and In case of her death or hen, the same described tract of land to be the property of the heir if any should procured from our marriage and in case there should be non, then the same to be the property of my brother John Hefner and his heirs forever. To my brother, John Hefner, I do will an bequeath the following described tract of land to him and his heirs forever. The north west quarter of section No. 29, township No. 11, South Range No. 2, west of the 4th principal meridian. All of the described land being in Calhoun County and State of Illinois. Further request all my personal property to be sold at executors sale, my brother, John Hefner to be the executor of this my last will and testament and the proceeds of the same, together with all other moneys and credits, to be disturbed as follows: After paying all my debts: to Susan Mossier, my sister, two hundred dollars, to my sister, Mary Wilbute, two hundred dollars, to my sister, Catherine Giesbest, two hundred dollars and to my sister, Margaret Hefner, two hundred dollars, to john McDillon, two cows, that were to be exempt from the sale. Al the balance of my personal properties and moneys to my wife & Mary Hefner. Signed: Henry Hefner Witnessed by: David C. Bothel and James R. Douglass of Calhoun County, State of Illinois, that the above named testator being of sound mind and being called upon by the above named testator, do hereby certify that he did sign and declare this his last will and testament. Signed by: James R. Douglass & D. C. Bothel

Name: Pewterbaugh, William L. Probate Date: Feb. 28, 1871 Executer: Slocum Southworth Index Page: 31
I, William L. Pewterbaugh last request , in case of his death, Slocum Southworth is to Administer on his Estate and Settle all his business. Dudly Pewterbaugh is to have property described as follows: two (2) young horses, one (1) yoak of cattle, one (1) cow and 12 Hogs. He is to use as his own and have it free, when he becomes 21 years of age but in case he undertakes to trade or squander the property, then the administrator is to take and sell the property to the highest bidder, the proceeds to go the estate, he is to have the first proceed of the land described in the lease to Robert Ball until he is 21 years of age but if he does not make good use of it, the administrator is to let it out to the highest bidder and the proceeds to go to the estate. Elmer Pewterbaugh is to have the deed here to before made to him known as fractional part of the southwest quarter of Section 23, Township 9, Range 3 west, also all of the land specified in the deed south of the Mozier Creek as all of his part of his father, W. S. Pewterbaugh Real Estate. The rest of the land of W. S. Pewterbaugh is to be divided equally between Dudly Pewterbaugh, Isabell Pewterbaugh and Ella Pewterbaugh, when they become of age. Signed: February 28, 1871 - W. L. Pewterbaugh Witnesses: Sarah Ann Ball, Zebedee Dunbar, Oscar Southworth

Name: Behnen, John Henry Probate Date: Aug. 26, 1871 Executer: John A. Hameken Index Page: 32
In the Name of the holy Trinity, Amen: I, John Henry Behnen of the County of Calhoun and State of Illinois, of the age of fifty eight years and being of sound mind and memory, do hereby declare this my last will and testament in the manner and following to wit,
1. I give and bequeath to my two sons, Herman Henry Behnen and John Bernard Behnen, all my property money and credit of what kind or nature so ever, to be divided equally between them.
2. It is my will, that in case I should die, all my property shall be sold at public sale to the highest bidder and the money earns a lawful interest until y said sons become of the age of twenty-one, at which age each one of my said sons shall have his share.
3. It is my will that John A. Hameken, shall be the Executor of this my last will and testament and also guardian of my said sons, with full power over them, which I, as father of them have over them.
4. And Lastly, I hereby revoke all former wills and testaments by me made, and it is my positive will that this shall be my last will and testament and no other.
5. In witness where of I, John Henry Behnen have here wrote set my hand and seal this 26th day of August A.D. 1871
Witnesses: John F. Notle, Theador Pohlman, Lynard Zuller - all from Calhoun County

Name: Depper, Henry Probate Date: Oct. 30, 1871 Executer: Elizabeth Depper - Wife Index Page: 33
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Henry Depper of Point Precinct of the County of Calhoun and State of Illinois of the age of forty years and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this is my last will and testament, in manner following, that is to say, I give and devise to my children, 1, John Fredrich Peter Depper, 2. Kathanna Fredrike Depper and to my step children, 3. Elizabeth Gries Hammer and 4. Babetta Gries Hammer, my real estate of every name and nature whatever to be divided equally between them, share and share alike. I hereby appoint my wife, Elizabeth Depper sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former will by me made.
In witness where of, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of October in the year of Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-one. (Oct. 30, 1871)
Signed and sealed by Henry Depper
Witnesses: Peter Depper, residing in Point Precinct, Calhoun County, Johan Resman, residing in Point Precinct, Calhoun County, Ernest Meyer J. P., residing in Point Precinct, Calhoun County

Name: Hagen, Gerhard Probate Date: Oct. 26, 1871 Executer: none listed Index Page: 34
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Gerhard Hagen of the County of Calhoun and State of Illinois, of the age of Sixty-three years and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say: First, I give and bequeath unto my wife Christina, all of my real and personal estate, moneys and credits of every kind to do with as she thinks best.
In Witness, where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th day of October 1871.
Signed and Sealed: Gerhard X Hagen, (notation says that the X is his mark)
Witnesses: Joseph Wallendorff, John B. Draego, Bernard Wubben.

Name: Kick, Benjamin Probate Date: Dec. 15, 1871 Executer: John B. Miller Index Page: 35
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Benjamin Kick of Point Precinct in the County of Calhoun and State of Illinois, of the age of sixty-two years and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say: First: after the payment of all debts or balances (if any) that I may owe to any person or persons, I give and bequeath all my personal estate, goods and chattels of what nature or kind so of ever to the Citizens of School District No. (2) Two, Township No. (13) Thirteen, South Range (1) one, West of the fourth principal meridian in Calhoun County and State of Illinois, To be added to the principal of the school fund of said sub-district No.( 2) Two, to be used exclusively as principal so that it may be perpetual fund for the use and benefit of the children of said district forever, provided that the interest accruing from said fund shall be used as other interest for defraying the current expenses of the school or schools of said sub-district. Provided also that the sum of eight hundred dollars be set apart for the term of three years, to be used if necessary to define and maintain the provisions of this will against the claim or claims of all and every person who shall or may attempt to set up ay claims to my estate or any part thereof. And Lastly, I , hereby nominate and appoint my friend, John B. Miller, to be the executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In witness whereof I, have hereunto set my hand and seal this Fifteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Seventy-One (Dec. 15, 1871)
Signed and Sealed: Benjamin Kick
Witnesses: John B. Miller of Deerplain, Calhoun County, Illinois
B. Teede Tarnish of Deerplain, Calhoun County, Illinois
Frances Marshall of Deerplain, Calhoun County, Illinois

Name: Child, Benjamin F. Probate Date: Dec. 29, 1871 Executer: Hellen Childs(wife) Index Page: 36
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Benjamin F. Child of the Town of Hardin in the County of Calhoun and State of Illinois, of the age of sixty-five years and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say: First: I desire all my just debts to be paid as soon after my decease so the money can be collected so to do and having every confidence n my beloved wife Ellen Child, I desire that all my property both real and personal, notes, accounts and moneys to be placed in her hands for the space of two years from my decease, during which time she is to collect and pay over and keep a correct account of all moneys received and paid out and after the expiration of said two years all of the personal property, notes, accounts, moneys that shall remain in the hand of my said wife shall become a part of my Estate during said two years. I hereby give my said wife the Authority to sell and convey all of the real estate, that I now own in the County of Greene in the State of Illinois. Also all of any real estate in the County of Calhoun and the State of Illinois, except the dwelling house in the town of Hardin and grounds or lots upon which it stands, also except the Orchard south of said swelling, also except the vineyard which is north west of said town, also except the north east quarter of the north west quarter of section Twenty-Seven (27) in Township Ten (10) south range two (2) west in said Calhoun County and State of Illinois. At the expiration of the Two years, all of my lands in the County of Greene and Calhoun in said State, remaining unsold, shall be sold at public auction, unless at that time my son George may choose to take the swelling house in Hardin, aforesaid and Orchard and Vineyard aforesaid as part of his estate in my estate. I, desire that my son Stephen so assist his Mother the said Ellen Child in collecting all notes and demand dues my estate, for which I desire that he be well paid. I, hereby require my said wife before she sells any of the lands aforesaid mentioned within the two years aforesaid, hat she be instructed by Asher G. Squier and William Mortland of said Calhoun County as to the best mode of so doing and also as to the balue of the same. Lastly, my said wife, Ellen Child, whom I hereby appoint executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former will by me made. In Wit self, where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this Twenty-ninth day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-one (Dec. 29, 1871)
Signed and sealed by Benj. F. Child
Witnesses: James R. Douglass of Richwoods, Calhoun County, Illinois
Christopher Heavner of Hardin, Calhoun County, Illinois

Name: Jeene, John Martin Probate Date: Mar. 18, 1872 Executer: Mary Magdalena Jenna(wife) Index Page: 37
In the name of God, Amen! I, John Martin Jeene of Carlin Precinct, in the County of Calhoun and State of Illinois, of the age of Fifty-five Years, and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare that my last will and testament, in manner following, that is to say: First: it is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid. Second: After the payment of my funeral expenses and all my just debts, I give and bequeath my beloved wife Maria Magdalena Jenne, all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal estate, goods and chattels of what nature or kind soever, during her natural life, and hereby empower my said wife, Maria Magdelena Jenne, to sell and convey any or all of my personal estate. Third: It is my will, that after the death of my said wife, all the remainder of my estate both real and personal, be equally divided among my children. Lastly: I appoint my said wife, Maria Magdelena Jenna, Sole Executor of this my last will and testament and hereby revoking all former will by me made.
In witness where of I have hereunto seet my hand and seal this Eighteenth day of March A.D. 1872
Signed and Sealed by: John Martin (X) Jenna (notation made that the (x) is his mark)
Witnesses to signature: H. Reithmann, Jacob Brosi
Witnesses to will: Jabob Brosi of Calhoun County, Illinois and H. Riethmann of Calhoun County, Illinois

Name: Red, John Probate Date: July 7, 1872 Executer: John F. Nolte(friend) and Francis H. Red(son) Index Page: 39
In the name of the Holy Trinity, Amen! I, John Red of the town of Hardin, in the County of Calhoun and State of Illinois, of the age of Sixty-Four Years, and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare that my last will and testament, in manner following, to wit:

First: it is my will that my funeral and all my just debts be paid.
Second: It is my Will, further, that the Tax Titles which I own in any lands or town lots, be sold to my Executors at private sale for the best price there can be realized for the same, and therefore give hereby my Executor power to sell and convey the same at any time, and my Estate shall not be closed before said lands are so sold.

Third: I give and bequeath my lot and house in the Town of Hardin being Lot No. 4, in Block No. 2, in said Town, to my two sons, John Red and Francis H. Red for them to do with what they see propert but oe third of the value, they shall pay to my Daughter, Julia Red.

Fourth: It is my Will that all my moneys and credits, real estate not here into fore named, and the proceeds of the Tax Titles be equally divided between my sons, John Red, Francis H. Red, my daughter, Julia Red and the Children of my deceased daughter, Maria Gray, except as hereafter expressed.

Fifth: It is my Will that the father of the children of my daughter, William M. Gray Jr. shall not have the money in his hands, but that the County Court of Calhoun County shall appoint a Guardian for said children of my daughter, Maria Gray, deceased, who shall loan the money paid to him by Executor for said children, and only the interest shall be used for the schooling and educating and the principal and interest shall be paid to them, when they become of the age of twenty-one years.

Sixth: Out of my moneys and credits, there shall be paid to the St. Marys Church in Brussels, Twenty-Five Dollars, to the St Michaels Church, Fifty Dollars and if there is a church built in Hardin, the sum of Oe Hundred Dollars.

Seventh: It is my Will that out of the first moneys coming to the hands of my executor, Fifty Dollars be paid to the Catholic Priest for Masses.
Eighth: It is my Will that out of all my moneys and credits, Two Hundred Dollars be paid to Elizabeth Bourland for waiting upon me. The last named money to be paid to the churches, the Priest and Elizabeth Bourland, shall be taken out before the same is divided between my heirs afor named, and the balance shall be divided in four parts and paid to the parties in No. 4 of this my Will.

Ninth & Lastly: I hereby appoint my son, Francis H. Red and my friend, John F. Nolte, Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills be me made and ratifying and comfirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. In Wit, whereof, I the said, John Red, have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 7th day of July A.D. 1872
Signed & Sealed: John (X) Red (notation made that the (x) is his mark)
Witness to signature: James M. Dewey
Witnesses to Will: F.M. Greathouse, A.J. Perry, Christopher Heavner

Name: Simpson, Daniel F. Probate Date: Feb. 27, 1871 Executer: Samuel A. White Index Page: 40
Know all men by these present: that I, Daniel F. Simpson of the Town of Gilead, County of Calhoun, State of Illinois, aged Fifty-Seven years, being of sound mind do make this my last Will and Testament, in manner as follows, to Wit:

1st: I desire that all of my just debts be paid.
2nd: I have received John D. A. Reo, the sum of five hundred dollars to be paid to his guardian, said guardian to be appointed by the proper on filing Bond. Let interest to be used for his support until he is twenty-one years of when the principal is to be paid to him in case he should die before coming to be of that age the above legacy I give to my step-son, S.A. Write after pay the expenses of Johns last sickness.

3rd: I will to my adopted, Mary Harper, Lots No. 1,2,3,4 x5 in Block No. 4, Town of Gilead being my present homestead together with my household furniture.

4th: I desire all of the balance of my property, both real and personal, should be sold, on the suggestions that my Executor shall think best.
5th: I will and bequeath unto my step-son, Samuel A. White, one equal, one third off of the proceeds of that sale of my property.
6th: I will to my step-daughter, Mary Hefner, one equal, one third of the proceeds of the sale of my property.
7th: I will to my adopted daughter, Mary Harper, one equal, one third of the proceeds of the sale of my property, the legacys to be paid as soon as my Executor can sell and collect the money.
8th: I hereby appoint my step-son, Samuel A. White the Executor of this my last Will and Testament on his filing bond as required by laws.

In Witness, whereby I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 27th day of February, 1871
Signed and Sealed: Daniel F. Simpson
Will Witnesses: Charles Watson residing at Gilead in Calhoun County, Abram (X) Ball, residing at Gilead in Calhoun County, (notation: Attest: Charles Watson that (X) is Abram Balls mark)

Name: Red, Francis H. Probate Date: Nov. 2, 1873 Executer: Stephen McDonald and John D. Red Index Page: 41
In the name of the Trinity, Amen! Known all men by these Present that I, Francis H. Red, in given of the uncertainty of life and being of same mind make this my last Will and Testament.

First, I give to John D. Red the south West quarter of Section six, township thirteen, south in Range one West of the 4 P.M. in Calhoun Count, Illinois

Secondly, Of the money that may be derived on Continental Insurance Policy, No. 13255 on my life, I give five hundred dollars to be held Mary McDonald for ten years to be applied in building a Catholic Church on the South West quarter of section twenty three, township eleven, South Range Two, West 4 P.M., in Calhoun County, Illinois and in case there be no church built on said land during that time, the money is to be given to some Catholic School or Catholic Church in this County.

3rd: and furthermore of money drawn on Policy aforesaid, I give to my brother John D. Red, five hundred dollars to be paid to him as soon as drawn.

Fourthly: I will and bequeath of money derived on Policy aforesaid, five hundred dollars to be applied in paying schooling expense of the children of my sister, Mary Gray, and my request is that they attend a Catholic School.

Fifthly: Of the money drawn on Insurance Policy aforesaid, I give five hundred dollars to be applied in building a Catholic Church at Hardin Illinois.

Sixthly: I give two hundred dollars to the sisters having charge of a Catholic School at Brussels in Calhoun Co., Ill., to be applied by them for the benefit of said school to be given out of my share of my Father, John Reds Estate.

Seventhly: I give one hundred dollars to be applied in the purchase of an organ for St. Josephs Church in Calhoun County, IL, the same to be paid out of my share of my Fathers, John Red, Estate.

Eighthly: Furthermore, I will that the principal and interest of notes signed my Joseph Harrison payable to Francis H. Red be given to a minister of the Catholic Church for attendance at my funeral and saying mass.

Ninthly: I reserve fifty dollars of my interest in my Fathers Estate to purchase stones to be placed at my grave.

Tenthly: I will bequeathing furniture, mare, saddle, cow and all my other property or estate not here afore mentioned or given or willed to John D. Red, my brother to have and to do with except in the case of money being derived from insurance policy about mentioned, the in that case, I will give five hundred dollars to be held in trust by Mary McDonald, for the time and for the purpose hereinto before mentioned to be derived from my share of my Father, John Red, estate.

Eleventhly: I appoint Stephen McDonald and John D. Red, my Executors of my Will and Estate and thereby revoke all former Wills by me made. Witness my hand and seal this the second day of November A.D. 1873.

Signed and Sealed: Francis H. Red
Witnesses of Will: John McDonald, residing in Harding Precinct, Hersuan Queening, residing in Harding Precinct, John Kinese, residing in Harding Precinct, Calhoun County, Illinois

Name: Baltisberger, Jacob Probate Date: Mar 3, 1873 Executer: Mary Baltisberger Index Page: 42
In the name of God, Amen,
I, Jacob Baltisbergr, of the age of Fifty years and being of sound mind and memory, do hereby make public an declare that this, my last Will and Testament, therby revoking all former will by me made.

First: After the payment of All my debts, I give and bequeath to my Dear Wife, Mary Baltsberger, all my personal property of every description also all my real estate for the term of her natural lifetime and at her death, to be divided of equally between my children, according to the provisions of the Statute Law.

Secondly: I do appoint my wife, Mary Baltisberger and my friend, John B. Miller as the Executors of this my Last Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 3rd day of March, A.D. 1873
Signed and Sealed: Jacob Baltisberger
Witnesses to the Will: John B. Miller of Deerplain, John B. Geyene of Deerplain, Westel Hamneken of Brussels, Maria Baltisberger of Deerplain

Name: Sidwell, John Sr. Probate Date: Feb. 7, 1873 Executer: John Sidwell, Jr. Index Page: 45
I, John Sidwell, Sr. of Calhoun County and State of Illinois by occupation a farmer, make this my last Will.
That is to say after all my legal debts are paid and discharged, I give desire and bequeath my estate and property, real and personal as follows that to say:

To my beloved wife, Susanna, I desire the following described real estate, the South half of the South half of North East quarter of section number fourteen in Township number eight, South of Range Three west in County of Calhoun and State of Illinois, containing forty acres more of less, to have and to hold with al the real issues and profits during her natural life, provided, she remains unmarried after my decease and lives upon said land.

And the rest of my Estate, real or personal, to the Heirs of my son William, I give and bequeath the sum of five dollars each and the rest of my Estate to my other children in equal shares.

I appoint my son, John Sidwell, Jr. of Calhoun County and State of Illinois, Executor of this my Will.
In Witness, whereof I have signed, Sealed and published and I declare this instrument as my Will at my residence on this the Seventh day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy three.

Signed and Sealed: John (X) Sidwell
Witness to his mark & Will: Willaim McIntire, C.S. Hunter, John P. Fresh

Name: Baer, Joseph Probate Date: Oct. 26, 1872 Executer: John Zakoli Index Page: 46
In the name of God, Amen.
I, Joseph Baer of Point Precinct in the County of Calhoun and State of Illinois of the age of Sixty Nine years and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and for me following that is to say.

1) My beloved wife, Elizabeth Baer shall receive her dower as specified by the laws of the State of Illinois.

2) If my beloved wife, Elizabeth Baer shall die before I do then I give and bequeath all my personal estate goods and chattels of what nature and kind so ever to my daughter, wife of John Kreamer or her heirs.

3) I give and desire to my daughter, Helena, wife of John Kreamer or her heirs all my real estate under the following conditions to wit, 1, Two years after my death, my daughter, wife of John Kreamer shall pay to my second daughter, Josephine wife of George von der An, living now in the city of St. Louis, State of Missouri, the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars. 2, To the children of my youngest daughter, Elizabeth, wife of Martin Meyer, she shall pay the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars said sum to be divided equally between said children and paid to them when they be of age or as soon as each get married to receive his or her share.

4) I do hereby nominate and appoint my friend, John Zakoli to be the Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of October in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy two.
Signed and Sealed: Joseph Baer

Witnesses: Albert Harman, Louis Fester, Anton Trabolt, All of Point Precinct, Calhoun County, Illinois


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