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Will of William Craig | Will of E.B. Jones

Will of William Craig
In the name of God, Amen.
I William Craig of Edgar County and State of Illinois being weak in body but of sound mind and memory and feeling the necessity that every man should so arrange his business as to give as little trouble to his heirs as possible feels it necessary and doth make make this my last will and testimony in the manner following. viz:

Item 1st, as the mill tract and ___(? Slu) would go to decay, as one third of said property belongs to John Craig my son, I wish the said property to be sold and as it is agreed that the whole should be sold to the highest bidder, one hundred dollars to be paid by the 1st day of April next, the balance to be paid as follows; the one half on the first ____ _____ (?) 1834, the other half to be paid in one year from that date, also all my stock, household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils do I will that they shall be sold on a credit of twelve months from the day of the sale with the exception of one bed and bedding which I bequeath to my daughter Polly also my saddle I leave to Linsey (Lindsey) my son also the colt which he claims, to my son William I require that he shall have the amount of the sucking colt or the price that it may bring extra. To my daughter Mariah I request that she may have twelve dollars extra, to James I leave ten dollars extra also to Polly (Mary) forty five dollars extra, the balance after all my just debts shall be satisfied I request and wish to be divided as follows between John, Polly, Linsey, William, James, Mariah, Wesley (John Westley) and Tilford (Daniel T.) my heirs it is also my wish in the division that Frederick Craig deceased that his son shall have a part of as fifty dollars is to one hundred and to that proportion. I also request that John Craig and Robert Gill shall be and they are hereby appointed my executors and administrates the within property and effects.
In witness whereof I have sit my hand and affixed my seal this 14th day of September one thousand eight hundred and thirty two 1832.

Witness William (his mark X) Craig [seal] Rily (his mark X)
Rodgers Matthew Rogers Edgar Probate Court October term 1832
The last will and testament of William Craig ______ ______ _______ the seal of Matthew Rogers

September A.D. 1834
At a Court of Probate held for the County of Edgar at the Court House in Paris on the 15th day of Sept. 1834.
Present J. Mays (or Mayo)
John Craig was chosen guardian by William Craig and James Craig over 14 years of age and appointed by the court for Wesley Craig and Tilford (Daniel T.) Craig minor heirs of William Craig deceased and together with Dan Horton and James Earl his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of one thousand dollars conditional according to law
And thereupon, letters of guardianship are granted to him in the form of law
Court adjourned J. Mays (Mayo)

Added Information
This is the will of William H. Craig, son of John W. Craig and Elizabeth Huffman Craig of Mercer/Anderson County, Kentucky.
The Jessamine County Census of 1810 show William and Peggy with 2 males under age 10 (Frederick and John) one male 16 to 26 and one female 16 to 26 (William and his wife who were still under 26) The is significant because it indicates that both John and Frederick were born earlier than 1810 but NOT BEFORE 1800. The marriage of William and Peggy in April of 1805 further indicates that the range of their birth dates is limited to the 1806 - 1810 time frame. John was born first and indications are that he was born in either 1806 or 1807. Frederick is thought to have been born in 1807/08 time frame. These dates are critical when researching John's branch of our family tree, later on, in Edgar County, Illinois. Sometime after 1813 William and family moved to Putnam County, Indiana and appeared to be there until after the 1830 Census. We also find the Dorrells there, in Putnam County. However, by 1832, when his will was probated, William, Peggy and some of their children appear to have moved on to Paris, Edgar County, Illinois. William had land upon which there was a large mill that was mentioned in his will. Upon Williams death the family seemed to split and go in many directions, some had married while in Indiana and remained there. Some stayed in Illinois, others headed west and a few returned to their prior home in Kentucky. Of key significance is the fact that Lindsey (David Lindsey) returned to Kentucky, since he is one of the forefathers of our line and his later marriage to Mary Jane Robertson is an important element in the way our family history plays out. His middle initial (H.) is reflected in his will filed in Edgar County, Illinois.
Submitted by G. D. Craig

Last WILL & Testament of E. B. Jones
In the name of God amen
I Ephraim B. Jones of the city of Paris, County of Edgar and State of Illinois of the age of Seventy-one years and being of sound mind and memory do make, publish and declare this my last WILL & TESTAMENT in maner flowing that is to say;

First I give and bequeath to my wife Martha R. Jones the use of all my property both Real & Personal during her natural life at her death after paying all funeral expenses and all other debts against my estate. I give and devise all the rest residue and remainder of my Real and Personal Estate of names and nature whatsoever to my said sons and daughters Sarah E. Shawhan, Helen Johnson, Martha A. Jones, Daniel C Jones, Owen S. Jones and the heirs of John F. Jones (Deceased) to be divided equally between them. Share and share alike Nevertheless should my grandson Henry C Beasly become a sober man to the satisfaction of the minds of a majority of the above named heirs -he shall receive- during the course of the settlement- of my Estate- one hundred and fifty dollars, $150.00 out of each share of the above named heirs. But-should the said Henry C. Beasley continue to be intoxicated- three years after the signing of this instrument- he thenby forfeits forever all claims against my estate save one #1.00 which shall be paid to the said Henry C. Beasley by my executors out- of my estate- and I hereby appoint my sons Daniel C Jones & Owen S. Jones sole executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills bye me made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5 day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-one.

Ephraim B. Jones (seal)
The above instrument-consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof signed, sealed published and declared by the said Ephraim B. Jones as and for his last will and testament in presance of us who at his request and in his presance and in the presance of each other have subscribed our names as witness thereto Jackson M Sheots residing at Paris Edgar Co., IL; Fiddem S. Kester residing at Paris Edgar Co., IL

[SOURCE: Will of Ephriam B. Jones #3 entered at Paris Courthouse, Clerks Office, Edgar Co., Illinois, Edgar Co., Il Will Book 4 Pages 31 & 32 Estate of Ephraim S. Jones- Paris, Illinois Will written May 5, 1871 Ephraim was then 71 yrs old.]


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