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Albert, John

Albright, Albert A.

Billman, John

Brackett, William H.

Brooks, Mary E.

Brown, James C.

Brown, John A.

Brown, John W.

Buhler, Nancy

Busick, Mathias K.

Chapman, Emily C.

Chapman, Thomas

Chapman, Washington

Chapman, William

Chapman, William I.

Cherry, Mary E.

Clutter, L.L.

Connor, Wesley

Cramer, R.N.

Crane, Mary

Crouse, Andrew

Culbertson, Smallwood R.

Curl, Harriett

Davee, Grant

Eberhardt, George

Estes, Laura

Fisher, Margaret

Foltz, Mann

Foster, Ezra

Hatcher, James

Hendricks, Samuel will

Higgins, Margaret

Hoggins, Benjamin

House, Charles E.

Huddlestun, Stephen A.

Hume, John B.

Isley, Malinda

Ives, Charlotte

Jackson, Cynthia

Jackson, Peter

Jones, Nancy J.

Jones, William J.

Jones, William N.

King, Eli

Lane, Ida M.

Mathews, Thomas

McCormick, Robert

McDaniel, Sarah A.

Michl, Frank H.

Miller, Mary

Miller, Messalinas

Monroey, George Letters of Admin and land sale

Newlin, Jasper

Reed, Loomis J.

Roberts, Alexander

Roberts, John

Russell, Mary A.

Rutherman, George W.

Senesac, Isaac

Shamhart, T.L.

Sibbitt, Samuel L.

Smith, James C.

Spears, Nathan -- will and estate sale
[this is an off-site link to Andy Peplow's family website]

Spitzer, Philip

Stifle, George P.

Thierse, Anton

Toland, B.F.

Upton, Grover

Vanderhoof, Richard

Wetherholt, Maddison M.

Wetherholt, Mary F.

Yager, Joseph

Yager, P.M.


Will of Benjamin F. Hoggins

Last will and Testament of Benjamin F. Hoggins, Deceased

I, Benjamin F. Hoggins, of the County of Jasper, State of Illinois being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time, made.
It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be my executrix hereinafter named, be paid out of my estate so soon after my decease as by her shall be found convenient.
I hereby give, device and bequeath all of my estate, real, proven and mixed, of whatsoever kind of nature and wheresoever situated, whether owned by me now or acquired by me hereafter to my wife Allie Hoggins in fee simple and nominate and appoint her to be my sole executrix, without bond.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 1st day of November A.D. 1901.
Benjamin F. Hoggins [seal]

The above instrument, consisting of one sheet, was at the date thereof, signed, sealed, published and declared, by the said Benjamin F. Hoggins, as and for his last will and testament, in presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses there to believing the said Benjamin F. Hoggins to be at the time so subscribing our name as witnesses as aforesaid of sound mind and memory.

[signed] Ruth M. Stewart, residing at Willow Hill, IL
[signed] Wm. Coverstone, residing at Rose Hill, IL

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Probate Papers of Alexander Roberts

Letters of Administration for Solomon Roberts

In the Jasper County Court in Probate, October Term, 1870 [page 244]
On Tuesday the 18th day of October A.D. 1870
County Court Sitting for the transaction of judicial business at the Court House in the town of Newton Present the Hon
James E. James, Robt Leach Clerk.

1. AND NOW, ON THIS DAY, in said Court, comes SOLOMON ROBERTS and duly files his Petition to the Judge of said Court in Probate, representing on Friday the 26th day of August A.D. 1870 ALEXANDER ROBERTS, late of the town of Grandville in the County of Jasper and state of Illinois, (blank) departed this life, intestate, and so far as said Petitioner knows or believes, or suspects no Will, Testament, Codicil, or other Writing, relating to the disposal or distribution of the Estate of said deceased, or any part thereof, has been found or discovered by Petitioner or by any other person or persons whatever, and This Petition further shows that the said ALEXANDER ROBERTS died seized and possessed Real and personal property. consisting of Mules, Cattle, Hogs, Sheep & Household furniture estimated to worth about $800.00; that said deceased left surviving him his Widow; That your petitioner (being Brother of said deceased,) and believing that said Estate should be immediately Administered as well for the proper management of said Estate for the prompt collection of the assets, by virtue under the night under the stiletto. Therefore pray that your Honor will grant Letters of Administration to SOLOMON ROBERTS in the premises. Which Petition being sworn to by and said Petitioner And it is thereupon ordered that the same be filed by the Clerk of this Court

2. It being duly proved that ALEXANDER ROBERTS named in the foregoing order as having deceased, has departed this life, and no person having appeared to oppose the granting of letters of administration upon the estate of said deceased, or to object to the appointment of said SOLOMON ROBERTS as Administrator of said estate, or to show cause why the prayer of said petitioner should not be allowed, it is ordered that the same be granted, provided the said SOLOMON ROBERTS first file in this Court his bond as such administrator in the form required by law, in the penal sum of Sixteen hundred $1600.00 Dollars with security or securities therein, to be approved by the Court.

3. Pursuant to the last foregoing order, the said SOLOMON ROBERTS comes and presents said Court, for the approval and acceptance of said Court his bond as Administrator of the estate of said deceased, in the penal sum of Sixteen hundred $1600.00 Dollars, signed by himself as Principal and by HARRISON ROBERTS as security and said bond appearing to be in due form of law, and the security therein being deemed sufficient and satisfactory, it is thereupon ordered that the same be, and it is hereby approved and accepted.

4. The said SOLOMON ROBERTS then in said court took and subscribed an oath of office in the form required by law, well and truly to perform all duties as administrator as foresaid, as follows: I do solemnly Swear that I will and truly administer all and singular the goods and chattles, rights, credits and effects of ALEXANDER ROBERTS deceased, and pay all just claims and charges against his estate, required of me by law, to the best of my knowledge and abilities.

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 30th day of
August A.D. 1870 in Clerk of Court, [signed] SOLOMON ROBERTS
Robt. Leach Clerk of Court. [signed] SOLOMON ROBERTS
And it is thereupon ordered that the same be placed on file.

5. ORDERED, That the aforesaid SOLOMON ROBERTS be and he is hereby appointed Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights, credits and effects of ALEXANDER ROBERTS deceased, and that the Clerk issue letters of administration, under his hand and the probate seal of this court, to SOLOMON ROBERTS as said Administrator and record the administration bond, and the said letters.

State of Illinois ADMINISTRATOR'S BOND
Jasper County In County Court Oct. 1870

Know all Men by these Presents, that we, SOLOMON ROBERTS and HARRISON ROBERTS of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, are held and firmly bound unto the People of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of Sixteen hundred $1600.00 Dollars, current money of the United States, which payment well and truly to be made and performed, we and each of us, bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, jointly, severally and firmly, by these presents. Witness our hands and seals, this 30th day of August A.D. 1870.

The Condition of the above Obligation is such, That if the said SOLOMON ROBERTS Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits of ALEXANDER ROBERTS deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits of the said deceased, which shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of him the said SOLOMON ROBERTS as such administrator or to the hands of any person or persons for him and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited in the County Court for the said County of Jasper agreeably to law, and such goods and chattles, rights and credits do well and truly administer according to law and all the rest of the said goods and chattels, rights and credits which shall be found remaining upon the accounts of the said administrator of said estate the same being first examined and allowed by the County Court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as may be legally entitled thereto, and, further do make a just and true account of all his actings and doings therein, when thereunto required by the said Court; and if it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the deceased, and the same be proved in Court, and letters testamentary or of administration be obtained thereon, and the said SOLOMON ROBERTS do, in such case, on being required thereto, render and deliver up the letters of administration granted to him as aforesaid, and shall in general do and perform all other acts which may at any time be required of him by law, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and
virtue.
Sealed and Delivered in Presents of
[signed] Robert Leach [signed] SOLOMON ROBERTS
Clerk of County Court [signed] HARRISON ROBERTS

LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION.
STATE OF ILLINOIS
Jasper County. The People of the State of Illinois, to All to whom these Presents shall Come, GREETING:

Know ye, That whereas ALEXANDER ROBERTS late of the County of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, died intestate, as it is said, on or about the 26th day of August A.D. 1870 having at the time of his decease, personal property in this State, which may be lost, destroyed, or diminished in value, if speedy care be not taken of the same. To the end, therefore, that said property may be collected and preserved for those who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, we do hereby appoint SOLOMON ROBERTS of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattlels, rights and credits which were of the said ALEXANDER ROBERTS at the time of his decease; with full power and authority to secure and collect the said property and debts, wheresoever the same may be found in this State, and in general to do and perform all other acts which now are, or hereafter may be required of him by law.
WITNESS Robert Leach Clerk of the County Court, in and for the said County of Jasper at his office in Newton this 30th day of August A.D. 1870 and Probate Seal of said Court hereunto affixed.
[signed] Robt Leach Clerk of the County Court

6. Ordered that James Leamon, Septer Grove and Joseph Louis be and they are hereby appointed to appraise the goods, chattles and personal estate of ALEXANDER ROBERTS deceased, known to them, or to be shown by the administrator and that the Clerk issue a warrant to said appraisers, under his hand and the probate seal of this court.

7. The said SOLOMON ROBERTS then filed in said Court a notice that he doer thereby appoint the next September term of this court, on the 3rd Monday in September next, for the settling and adjusting all claims against the said decedent, and it is thereupon ordered that the said term be assigned for the hearing of claimants against said estate.
[not signed] ----------------- Judge of the County Court

Contributed by Brenda Boyer (source #26)

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Probate Papers for John Roberts

Administrative Papers for Jonathan Roberts

ESTATE OF JOHN ROBERTS Deceased
State of Illinois ADMINISTRATOR'S BOND [page 19]
Jasper County In County Court April 25th 1862

Know all Men by these Presents, that we, JONATHAN ROBERTS, HENRY WILLES and DAVID ROBERTS of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, are held and firmly bound unto the People of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of Six Hundred Dollars, current money of the United States, which payment well and truly to be made and performed, we and each of us, bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, jointly, severally and firmly, by these presents. Witness our hands and seals, this 25th day of April A.D. 1862.

The Condition of the above Obligation is such, That if the said JONATHAN ROBERTS Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits of JOHN ROBERTS deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits of the said deceased, which shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of him the said JONATHAN ROBERTS as such administrator or to the hands of any person or persons for him and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited in the County Court for the said County of Jasper agreeably to law, and such goods and chattles, rights and credits do well and truly administer according to law and all the rest of the said goods and chattels, rights and credits which shall be found remaining upon the accounts of the said administrator the same being first examined and allowed by the County Court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as may be legally entitled thereto, and, further do make a just and true account of all his actings and doings therein, when thereunto required by the said Court; and if it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the deceased, and the same be proved in Court, and letters testamentary or of administration be obtained thereon, and the said JONATHAN ROBERTS do, in such case, on being required thereto, render and deliver up the letters of administration granted to him as aforesaid, and shall in general do and perform all other acts which may at any time be required of him by law, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Sealed and Delivered in Presents of
[signed] THOMAS S. ROBERTS [signed] JONATHAN ROBERTS
appointed to me this 25th [signed] HENRY WILLES
Day of April 1862 [signed] DAVID ROBERTS
W. S. Lea

_________________________________________________________________

LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION.
STATE OF ILLINOIS

Jasper County. Set The People of the State of Illinois, to All to whom these Presents shall Come, GREETING:

Know ye, That whereas JOHN ROBERTS late of the County of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, died intestate, as it is said, on or about the 21st day of March A.D. 1862 having at the time of his decease, personal property in this State, which may be lost, destroyed, or diminished in value, if speedy care be not taken of the same. To the end, therefore, that said property may be collected and preserved for those who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, we do hereby appoint JONATHAN ROBERTS of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattlels, rights and credits which were of the said JOHN ROBERTS at the time of his decease; with full power and authority to secure and collect the said property and debts, wheresoever the same may be found in this State, and in general to do and perform all other acts which now are, or hereafter may be required of him by law.
WITNESS E.W. Curtiss Clerk of the County Court, in and for the said County of Jasper at his office in Newton this 22st day of April A.D. 1862 and Probate Seal of said Court hereunto affixed.
[signed] E.W. Curtiss Clerk of the County Court

6. Ordered that Edmond Griffey, Richard Guinn and Lewis L. Lanter be and they are hereby appointed to appraise the goods, chattles and personal estate of JOHN ROBERTS deceased, known to them, or to be shown by the administrator and that the Clerk issue a warrant to said appraisers, under his hand and the probate seal of this court.

7. The said (blank) then filed in said Court a notice that (blank) do (blank) thereby appoint the next (blank) term of this court, on the (blank) Monday in (blank) next, for the settling and adjusting all claims against the said decedent, and it is thereupon ordered that the said term be assigned for the hearing of claimants against said estate.
[signed] W. S. Lea Judge of the County Court

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Claim Against the Estate of R.N. Cramer

Probate Court Record First day September Term 1879 September 15th 1879

Septer Grove
vs Claim filed $390.00 note
Israel Jared, Administrator of the Estate of R.N. Cramer deceased

On this day comes Septer Grove and moves the Court for the allowance of his claim against the Estate of R.N. Cramer deceased, Whereupon Israel Jared administrator of said Estate being three times solemnly called came not anyone for him but make default herein, and the Court having heard the Evidence in the premises and being sufficiently advised concerning the same doth find that said Estate of R.N. Cramer deceased is justly indebted to said Septer Grove claimant in the sum of $402.10. It is therefore ordered and decreed by the Court that Septer Grove claimant aforesaid have and recover from paid estate of R.N. Cramer deceased Four Hundred and two dollars and ten cents & cost. As Seventh class claim to be paid out of the assets of paid Estate in due course of administration.

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Probate Papers for William Chapman

Administrative Papers for Washington Chapman

Probate and Will In the Jasper County Court in Probate, December Term, 1862 [page 24]

On Friday the 24th day of October A.D. 1862 County Court of Said County Sitting for the transaction of judicial business at
the Court House in the town of Newton in Said County Present the Hon. William S. Lea and E. W. Curtiss Clerk and Wm Shup Sheriff.

1. AND NOW, ON THIS DAY, in said Court, comes WASHINGTON CHAPMAN and duly files his Petition to the Judge of said Court in Probate, representing on or about the 5th day of October A.D. 1862 WILLIAM CHAPMAN late of the town of Grandville in the County of Jasper and state of Illinois, (blank) departed this life, intestate, and so far as said Petitioner knows or believes, or suspects no Will, Testament, Codicil, or other Writing, relating to the disposal or distribution of the Estate of said deceased, or any part thereof, has been found or discovered by Petitioner or by any other person or persons whatever, and Leaving about $800. dollars worth of personal property in this County which may be lost destroyed or diminished in value if administration were not granted on the Same that said decedent left him surviving JEMIMA CHAPMAN as his widow and that said petitioner is a brother of Said deceased and prays that to him letters of administration on the estate of the said WILLIAM CHAPMAN deceased be granted to him which Petition being sworn to by and said Petitioner And it is thereupon ordered that the same be filed by the Clerk of this Court

2. It being duly proved that WILLIAM CHAPMAN named in the foregoing order as having deceased, has departed this life, and no person having appeared to oppose the granting of letters of administration upon the estate of said deceased, or to object to the appointment of said WASHINGTON CHAPMAN as Administrator of said estate, or to show cause why the prayer of said petitioner should not be allowed, it is ordered that the same be granted ,provided the said WASHINGTON CHAPMAN first file in this Court his bond as such administrator in the form required by law, in the penal sum of sixteen hundred Dollars with security or securities therein, to be approved by the Court.

3. Pursuant to the last foregoing order, the said WASHINGTON CHAPMAN comes and presents said Court, for the approval and acceptance of said Court his bond as Administrator of the estate of said deceased, in the penal sum of Sixteen hundred Dollars, signed by himself as Principal and by THOMAS CHAPMAN as security and said bond appearing to be in due form of law, and the security therein being deemed sufficient and satisfactory, it is thereupon ordered that the same be, and it is hereby approved and accepted.

4. The said WASHINGTON CHAPMAN then in said court took and subscribed an oath (blank) in the form required by law, well and truly to perform the duties as administrator as foresaid, as follows: I do solemnly Swear that I will and truly administer all and singular the goods and chattles, rights, credits and effects of WILLIAM CHAPMAN deceased, and pay all just claims and charges against his estate, required of me by law, to the best of my knowledge and abilities.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of October A.D. 1862 in Clerk of Court,

[signed] WASHINGTON/his mark/ CHAPMAN
E. H. Curtiss Clerk of Court.
And it is thereupon ordered that the same be placed on file.

5. ORDERED, That the aforesaid WASHINGTON CHAPMAN be and he is hereby appointed Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattles,rights, credits and effects of WILLIAM CHAPMAN deceased, and that the Clerk issue letters of administration, under his hand and the probate seal of this court, to WASHINGTON CHAPMAN as said Administrator and record the administration bond, and the said letters.

6. Ordered that Henry G.Robinson, Greenup Wilson and Alfred Martin be and they are hereby appointed to appraise the goods, chattles and personal estate of WILLIAM CHAPMAN deceased, known to them, or to be shown by the administrator and that the Clerk issue a warrant to said appraisers, under his hand and the probate seal of this court.

7. The said (blank) then filed in said Court a notice that (blank) do (blank) there by appoint the next (blank) term of this court, on the (blank) Monday in (blank) next, for the settling and adjusting all claims against the said decedent, and it is thereupon ordered that the said term be assigned for the hearing of claimants against said estate.
[signed] William S. Lea Judge of the County Court


ESTATE OF WILLIAM CHAPMAN Deceased [page 24]
State of Illinois ADMINISTRATOR'S BOND
Jasper County In County Court Oct 24th 1862

Know all Men by these Presents, that we, WASHINGTON CHAPMAN and THOMAS CHAPMAN of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, are held and firmly bound unto the People of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of Sixteen Hundred Dollars, current money of the United States,which payment well and truly to be made and performed, we and each of us, bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, jointly, severally and firmly, by these presents. Witness our hands and seals, this 24th day of October A.D. 1862.

The Condition of the above Obligation is such, That if the said WASHINGTON CHAPMAN Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits of WILLIAM CHAPMAN deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits of the said deceased, which shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of him the said WILLIAM CHAPMAN as such administrator or to the hands of any person or persons for him and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited in the County Court for the said County of Jasper agreeably to law, and such goods and chattles, rights and credits do well and truly administer according to law and all the rest of the said goods and chattels,rights and credits which shall be found remaining upon the accounts of the said administrator the same being first examined and allowed by the County Court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as maybe legally entitled thereto, and, further do make a just and true account of all his actings and doings therein, when thereunto required by the said Court; and if it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the deceased, and the same be proved in Court, and letters testamentary or of administration be obtained thereon, and the said WASHINGTON CHAPMAN do, in such case, on being required thereto, render and deliver up the letters of administration granted to him as aforesaid, and shall in general do and perform all other acts which may at any time be required of him by law,then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Sealed and Delivered in Presents of
[signed] E.W. CURTISS

[signed]WASHINGTON/his mark/CHAPMAN

[signed] THOMAS/his mark/CHAPMAN

Contributed by Brenda Boyer (source #26)


Probate Papers for William I. Chapman

Administration Papers for Enoch Chapman

ESTATE OF WILLIAM I. CHAPMAN Deceased [page 85]
State of Illinois ADMINISTRATOR'S BOND
Jasper County IN VACATION(?) 1864

Know all Men by these Presents, that we, ENOCH CHAPMAN and JAMES CHAPMAN of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, are held and firmly bound unto the People of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of Thirteen Hundred Dollars, current money of the United States,which payment well and truly to be made and performed, we and each of us, bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, jointly, severally and firmly, by these presents. Witness our hands and seals, this 9th day of July A.D. 1864.

The Condition of the above Obligation is such, That if the said ENOCH CHAPMAN Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits of WILLIAM I. CHAPMAN deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits of the said deceased, which shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of him the said ENOCH CHAPMAN as such administrator or to the hands of any person or persons for him and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited in the County Court for the said County of Jasper agreeably to law, and such goods and chattles, rights and credits do well and truly administer according to law and all the rest of the said goods and chattels, rights and credits which shall be found remaining upon the accounts of the said administrator the same being first examined and allowed by the County Court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as may be legally entitled thereto,and, further do make a just and true account of all his actings and doings therein, when thereunto required by the said Court; and if it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the deceased, and the same be proved in Court, and letters testamentary or of administration be obtained thereon, and the said ENOCH CHAPMAN do, in such case, on being required there to, render and deliver up the letters of administration granted to him as aforesaid, and shall in general do and perform all other acts which may at any time be required of him by law, then this obligation to be void,otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Sealed and Delivered in Presents of
[signed] E.W. CURTIS [signed]ENOCH/his mark/CHAPMAN
Clerk of County Court [signed] JAMES/his mark/ CHAPMAN

LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION.
STATE OF ILLINOIS

Jasper County. The People of the State of Illinois, to All to whom these Presents shall Come, GREETING:

Know ye, That whereas WILLIAM I. CHAPMAN late of the County of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, died intestate, as it is said, on or about the 2nd day of June A.D. 1864 having at the time of his decease, personal property in this State, which may be lost,destroyed, or diminished in value, if speedy care be not taken of the same. To the end, therefore, that said property may be collected and preserved for those who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, we do hereby appoint ENOCH CHAPMAN of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattlels,rights and credits which were of the said WILLIAM I. CHAPMAN at the time of his decease; with full power and authority to secure and collect the said property and debts, wheresoever the same may be found in this State, and in general to do and perform all other acts which now are, or hereafter may be required of him by law.
WITNESS E.W. Curtiss Clerk of the County Court, in and for the said County of Jasper at his office in Newton this 9th day of July A.D. 1864 and Probate Seal of said Court here unto affixed.
[signed] E.W. Curtiss Clerk of the County Court

6. Ordered that --------- be and they are hereby appointed to appraise the goods, chattles and personal estate of -------- deceased, known to them, or to be shown by the administrator and that the Clerk issue a warrant to said appraisers, under his hand and the probate seal of this court.

7. The said (blank) then filed in said Court a notice that (blank) do (blank) thereby appoint the next (blank) term of this court, on the (blank) Monday in (blank) next, for the settling and adjusting all claims against the said decedent, and it is thereupon ordered that the said term be assigned for the hearing of claimants against said estate.
[not signed] ----------------- Judge of the County Court

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Probate Papers for Washington Chapman

Administrative Papers for Joseph Chapman

In the Jasper County Court in Probate, October Term, 1867 [page 175]
On Wednesday the 23rd day of October A.D. 1867

Court Sitting for the transaction of judicial business at the Court House in the town of Newton in Said County Present the Hon
James E. James and E. W. Curtiss Clerk.


1. AND NOW, ON THIS DAY, in said Court, comes JOSEPH CHAPMAN and duly files his Petition to the Judge of said
Court in Probate, representing on or about the 4th day of October A.D. 1867 WASHINGTON CHAPMAN late of the town of Grandville in the County of Jasper and state of Illinois, (blank) departed this life, intestate, and so far as said Petitioner knows or believes, or suspects no Will, Testament, Codicil, or other Writing, relating to the disposal or distribution of the Estate of said deceased, or any part thereof, has been found or discovered by Petitioner or by any other person or persons whatever,and
that Said deceased left about Five hundred dollars worth of personal property in this State which, may be lost if _____ be not granted on the sum.which Petition being sworn to by and said Petitioner And it is thereupon ordered that the same be filed by the Clerk of this Court

2. It being duly proved that WASHINGTON CHAPMAN named in the foregoing order as having deceased, has departed this life, and no person having appeared to oppose the granting of letters of administration upon the estate of said deceased, or to object to the appointment of said JOSEPH CHAPMAN as Administrator of said estate, or to show cause why the prayer of said petitioner should not be allowed, it is ordered that the same be granted, provided the said WASHINGTON CHAPMAN first file in this Court his bond as such administrator in the form required by law, in the penal sum of one thousand Dollars with security or securities therein, to be approved by the Court.

3. Pursuant to the last foregoing order, the said JOSEPH CHAPMAN comes and presents said Court, for the approval and acceptance of said Court his bond as Administrator of the estate of said deceased, in the penal sum of one thousand Dollars, signed by himself as Principal and by AMOS CHAPMAN as security and said bond appearing to be in due form of law, and the security therein being deemed sufficient and satisfactory, it is thereupon ordered that the same be, and it is hereby approved and accepted.

4. The said JOSEPH CHAPMAN then in said court took and subscribed an oath (blank) in the form required by law, well and truly to perform the duties as administrator
as foresaid, as follows: I do solemnly Swear that I will and truly administer all and singular the goods and chattles, rights, credits and effects of WASHINGTON CHAPMAN deceased,and pay all just claims and charges against his estate, required of me by law, to the best of my knowledge and abilities.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 23rd day of October A.D.1867 in Clerk of Court, [signed]WASHINGTON/his mark/ CHAPMAN
E. H. Curtiss Clerk of Court.
And it is thereupon ordered that the same be placed on file.

5. ORDERED, That the aforesaid JOSEPH CHAPMAN be and he is hereby appointed Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights, credits and effects of WASHINGTON CHAPMAN deceased, and that the Clerk issue letters of administration, under his hand and the probate seal of this court, to JOSEPH CHAPMAN as said Administrator and record the administration bond, and the said letters.
ESTATE OF WASHINGTON CHAPMAN Deceased [page 175]
State of Illinois ADMINISTRATOR'S BOND
Jasper County In County Court Oct. 1867

Know all Men by these Presents, that we, JOSEPH CHAPMAN and AMOS CHAPMAN of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, are held and firmly bound unto the People of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of one Thousand Dollars, current money of the United States, which payment well and truly to be made and performed, we and each of us, bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, jointly, severally and firmly, by these presents. Witness our hands and seals, this 23rd day of October A.D. 1867.

The Condition of the above Obligation is such, That if the said JOSEPH CHAPMAN Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits of WASHINGTON CHAPMAN deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits of the said deceased, which shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of him the said JOSEPH CHAPMAN as such administrator or to the hands of any person or persons for him and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited in the County Court for the said County of Jasper agreeably to law, and such goods and chattles, rights and credits do well and truly administer according to law and all the rest of the said goods and chattels, rights and credits which shall be found remaining upon the accounts of the said administrator the same being first examined and allowed by the County Court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as may be legally entitled thereto,and, further do make a just and true account of all his actings and doings therein, when thereunto required by the said Court; and if it shall here after appear that any last will and testament was made by the deceased, and the same be proved in Court, and letters testamentary or of administration be obtained thereon, and the said JOSEPH CHAPMAN do, in such case, on being required thereto, render and deliver up the letters of administration granted to him as aforesaid, and shall in general do and perform all other acts which may at any time be required of him by law, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Sealed and Delivered in Presents of
[signed] E.W.CURTIS [signed]JOSEPH/his mark/CHAPMAN
Clerk of County Court [signed] AMOS CHAPMAN

LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION.
STATE OF ILLINOIS

Jasper County. The People of the State of Illinois, to All to whom these Presents shall Come, GREETING:

Know ye, That whereas WASHINGTON CHAPMAN late of the County of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, died intestate, as it is said, on or about the 4th day of October A.D. 1867 having at the time of his decease, personal property in this State, which may be lost,destroyed, or diminished in value, if speedy care be not taken of the same. To the end, therefore, that said property may be collected and preserved for those who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, we do hereby appoint JOSEPH CHAPMAN of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois, (appointed) Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattlels, rights and credits which were of the said WASHINGTON CHAPMAN at the time of his decease; with full power and authority to secure and collect the said property and debts, wheresoever the same may be found in this State, and in general to do and perform all other acts which now are, or hereafter may be required of him by law.
WITNESS E.W. Curtiss Clerk of the County Court, in and for the said County of Jasper at his office in Newton this 23rd day of October A.D. 1867 and Probate Seal of said Court hereunto affixed.
[signed] E.W. Curtiss Clerk of the County Court

6. Ordered that [signed Jackson Turnupseed, Edmond Phillips and Samuel Garrett be and they are hereby appointed to appraise the goods, chattles and personal estate of WASHINGTON CHAPMAN deceased, known to them, or to be shown by the administrator and that the Clerk issue a warrant to said appraisers, under his hand and the probate seal of this court.

7. The said (blank) then filed in said Court a notice that (blank) do (blank) thereby appoint the next (blank) term of this court, on the (blank)Monday in (blank) next, for the settling and adjusting all claims against the said decedent, and it is thereupon ordered that the said term be assigned for the hearing of claimants against said estate.
[signed] J. E. James Judge of the County Court

Contributed by Brenda Boyer (source #26)

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Conservatorship Papers for Emily C. Chapman

Probate Court Record First day of July Term 1879 July 20th 1879 [page 527]
In the matter of the Conservatorship
Of
EMILY C. CHAPMAN Final Report

Now on this day comes JAMES CUMMINS conservator of EMILY C. CHAPMAN and presents to the Court his final report as such conservator and also files proof of due notice of publication given fixing this day for the final settlement as such conservator and the court having fully examined said report and being sufficiently advised in the premises doth order that said report be approved and entered of record and it is further ordered by the court that JAMES CUMMINS conservator aforesaid be discharged from all further trust and liability as such conservator upon the payment of cost.

Probate Court Record First day March Term 1878 March 18th 1878 [p.318]

Contributed by Brenda Boyer (source #26)

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Guardianship Papers for heirs of Margaret Higgins

In the Matter of the Guardianship
of Report
the minor heirs of MARGARET HIGGINS decd.


Now on this day comes WILLIAM HIGGINS guardian of the minor heirs of MARGARET HIGGINS deceased and presents to the court a report of his acts and doings as such guardian and the court having examined said report and being sufficiently advised concerning the same it is.

Ordered and adjudged by the Court that said report of WILLIAM HIGGINS guardian aforesaid be approved and entered of record, it is further ordered by the Court that said Guardian WILLIAM HIGGINS, be discharged from further liability as guardian of DORA HIGGINS.

Contributed by Brenda Boyer (source #26)

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VERDICT OF JURY IN THE INQUEST
ON DEAD BODY OF GRANT DAVEE


State of Illinois
County of Jasper
For the people an inquisition taken for the people of the State of Illinois at the house of John Knotts in the township of Granville in said county of Jasper on the 15th day of July 1874 before Lewis J. Ryan a Justice Of The Peace in and for said county upon the view of the body of Grant Davee, there and there lying dead upon the oaths of John Benson, Jacob F. Hiles, William J. Swope. A.L. Phillips. S. Boyd. Z.H. McCubbins, N.S. Bridgman, John J. Foutz, T.S. Odell, William Eyers, Jeniah Harper, and B. W. Metheny, good and lawful men of said county who being duly sworn to inquire on the part of the people of the state of Illinois into all circumstances attending the death of said Grant Davee and by whom or what the same was produced and in what manner and when and where the said Grant Davee came to his death do say upon their oath that the said Grant Davee was on the 15th day of July 1874 in the county afore said and in the township afore said was killed by a stroke of lightning.
Of which stroke of lightning said Grant Davee there and then died and so the jury afore said upon their oaths afore said do say that the afore said Grant Davee in the manner and by the means afore said casually and accidently and by misfortune came to his death and not otherwise.
In witness whereof the jurors afore said have to this verdict set their hands on the day of this inquision afore said.

John Benson
Jacob F. Hiles
W.F. Swope
A. T. Phillips
Sylvestor Boyd
Z. H. M. McCubbins
D.N.S. Bridgman
John J. Foutz
T.S. Odell
William Ares
James Harper
B.W. Matheny

The within verdict was made up signed and delivered to me this 15th day of July 1874
Lewis S. Bryan J.P.
contributed by Barbara Ziegenmeyer (source #37)

Transcript of the Probate of the estate of Gabriel Davee.....

ADMINISTRATOR'S BOND
State of Illinois }
….Jasper…. County } In County Court …..March Term….. 1888

Know all Men By These Presents, that we Armstead Ward, William Shup, and William Trainor Of the County of Jasper and the State of Illinois, are held and firmly bound unto to people of the State of Illinois, In the penal sum of Five Hundred Dollars current money of the United States, which payment, well and truly to be made and performed, we and each of us bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, jointly, severally and firmly by these presents
Witness our hands and seals this 29th day of March A.D. 1888

The Condition of the above Obligation is Such, that if the said Armstead Ward Administrator of all and Singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of Gabriel Davee deceased, do make, or cause to be
made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits, of the said deceased, which shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of him the said Armstead Ward as such Administrator or to the hands of any person or persons for him ; and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, in the County Court for the said County of Jasper agreeably to law, and such goods and chattels, rights and credits, do well and truly administer according to law, and all the rest of the said goods and chattels, rights and credits, which shall be found remaining upon the accounts of the said Administorthe same being first examined and allowed by the County Court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as they may be legally entitled thereto, and further, do make a just and true account of all his actings and doings herein, when thereunto required by the said Court; and if it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the deceased, and the same be proved in Court, and letters testamentary or of administration be obtained thereon, and the said Armstead Ward do, in such case, on being required thereto, render and deliver up the letters of administration granted to him as aforesaid, and shall in general do and perform all other acts which may at any time be required of Him by law, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue. Sealed and Delivered In the Presence of } Armstead Ward Seal

H.K. Powell } William Shup Seal
Clerk of the County Court } William Trainor Seal
State of Illinois }
County of Jasper } I, H.K. Powell County Clerk
do Hereby Certify That Armstead Ward, William Shup, And William Trainor

Who are such personally known to me to be the same persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing document appeared before me this day, in person and acknowledged that they signed, sealed and delivered said instrument as their free and voluntary act for the uses and purposes as therein set forth
Given under my hand and seal, this 29th day of …..March ……A.D. 1888
H. K. Powell
County Clerk



LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION
STATE OF ILLINOIS, }
Jasper County, } The People of the State of Illinois, to all to whom these Presents shall come—GREETING:
Know Ye, That, Whereas Gabriel Davee of the county of Jasper And the State of Illinois, died intestate, as it is said, on or about the… Fourth ….day of ….March….. A.D. 1888 , having at the time of his decease, personal property in this State, Which may be lost, destroyed or diminished in value, if speedy care be not taken of the same. To the end Therefore, That the said property may be collected and preserved for those who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, we do herby appoint Armstead Ward Of the County of Jasper and the State of Illinois, Administrator of all the singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits, which were of the said Gabriel Davee at the time of His deceased; with full power and authority to secure and collect the said property and debts, wheresoever the same may be found in this State, and in general to do and perform all the other acts which now are or hereafter may be required of… Him … By law.

Witness, H. K. Powell ……Clerk of the County Court, in and for the said
SEAL County of …Jasper….. at his office in…….Newton …….This…. 29th….
Day of …….March…. A.D. 1888, and the Probate Seal of said Court hereunto affixed,
H K Powell, Clerk of County Court.

Ordered, That …….Samuel Wilkins, Perry Musgrove, William P. Andrews be and they are hereby appointed to appraise the goods, chattels, and personal estate of ……….Gabriel Davee… deceased, know to them, or to be shown by the administrator. .and that the Clerk issue a warrant to them said appraisors , under his hand and the Probate Seal of this Court. 7. That said Armstead Ward then filed in said Court a notice that … he …does whereby appoint the next…June…. term of this Court on the… first…. Monday in ..June.. next, for the settling and adjusting all claims against the said decedent, and it is thereupon Ordered that the said term be assigned for the hearing of claimants against said estate .
………………………..
Judge of the County Court Administor’s Record.

In the …Jasper….. County Court, in Probate, March Term, 1888
On….Monday… The Fifth… day of……. March Term… A.D. 1888
Pleas Before the Hon. James P Jack judge of the County Court of Jasper County in the State Of Illinois and presiding Judge of the County and of Jasper County at a regular term thereof; began PRESENT: and held at the court house in the city of Newton Illinois, in the first Monday (being the 5th day) of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight
Present: Hon. James P Jack County Judge. H. K. Powell County Clerk, H. F. Ross Sheriff.
Court duty of [??? ] by proclamation according to law.
1. AND NOW; ON THIS DAY. In said Court, come Armstead Ward and duly file his petition to the Judge of said Court, in Probate, representing that on….. Sunday…. The 4th day of March A.D. 1888, …Gabriel Davee…….late of the County of Jasper, and State of Illinois departed this life, intestate, and so far as Petitioner know or believe ,or suspect, no Will, Testament, Codicil, or other writing, relating to the disposal or distribution if the Estate of deceased, or of any part thereof has been found or discovered by Petitioner or by any other person or persons whatever, and petitioner further
shows that the said Gabriel Davee died seized and possessed of Personal estate, Consisting chiefly of one Span of small mules, one wagon, one cultivator, household and Kitchen furniture, all of said personal estate being estimated to be worth about $220.00 dollars. That said deceased left surviving him Mary F Davee his widow, and Tellie Davee and Harry Davee his children as heirs. That your petitioner (being father in law of said deceased) and believing that the said estate should be immediately administered as well for the proper management of therefore pray that your Honor will grant Letters of administration to him in the promises upon his taking the oath proscribed by the statute, and entering into bond in such sum and with securities, as may be approved by your Honor.
Which Petition is duly sworn to by said Petitioner
And it is thereupon ordered that the same be filed by the Clerk of this court.
2. It being duly proved that Gabriel Davee Named in the foregoing order as having deceased,has departed this life, and no person having appeared to oppose the granting of letters of administration upon the estate of said deceased,
or to object to the appointment of said Arnstead Ward as administrator of said estate, or to show cause why the prayer of said petitioner should not be allowed, it is ordered that the same be granted, provide the said Armstead Ward first file in this Court his bond as such administrator in the form required by law, in the penal sum of Five Hundred Dollars, with security or securities therein, to be approved by the Court.
3. Pursuant to the last foregoing order, the said Armstead Ward came and present in said Court, for the approval and acceptance of said court His bond as Administrator of the estate of said deceased, in the penal sum of Five hundred
dollars, signed and sealed by Armstead Ward as principal and by William Shup and William Trainor as securities , and said bond appearing to be in due form of law, and the security therein being deemed sufficient and satisfactory, it is
thereupon ordered that the same be, and it is hereby, approved and accepted.
4. The said Armstead Ward Then in said Court took and subscribed an oath in the form required by law, well and truly to perform the duties as administrator as aforesaid, as follows;
I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR, that I will well and truly administer all and singular the goods and Chattels, rights, credits and effects of Gabriel Davee deceased, and pay all just claims and charges against his estate, so far as his goods, chattels and effects shall extend, and the law charge me; and that I will do and perform all other acts required of me by law, to the best of my knowledge and abilities.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 29th day of } Armstead Ward
…..March… A.D. 1888, in the County court. }
…………H. K. Powell…Clerk of the Court }
And it is thereupon ordered that the same be placed on file,
5. Ordered, That the aforesaid Armstead Ward that he is hereby appointed Administratorof all and singular the goods and Chattels, rights, credits and affects of Gabriel Davee deceased, and that the clerk issued letters of administration to Armstead Ward

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Subject: Will of
Samuel Hendricks

Contributed by Barb Ziegenmeyer (source #37) who says --- "This is the Will of my great great great grandfather
Samuel Hendricks' daughter Malinda Hendricks, who married first David Sebastian, then Armstead Ward.

Copy of the last will and testament of Samuel Hendricks, deceased

I Samuel Hendricks of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois do hereby make and declare this my last will and testament in the maner and form as follows to wit.
1. First It is my will that my funeral expenses and all of my just debts be fully paid.
2. Second After the payments of such funeral expenses and debts, I give (devise) and bequeath unto my much beloved wife MARY HENDRICKS and my son LEWIS HENDRICKS
the farm on which we now reside situated in said county and known and described as follows to wit; the West half of the Northeast Quarter of Section Ten also the West Half of the
Northeast Quarter of Section Eleven in Township Eight North of Range Ten East containing one hundred and sixty acres more or less during the natural life of my wife
MARY HENDRICKS and all the livestock herein described; one cow and calf, one (clay sunk) mare by me now owned and kept thereon. Also all the household furniture and other
articles of personal property not herein enumerated or otherwise disposed of in this will during the natural life of my wife MARY HENDRICKS after having disposed of a sufficient
amount to pay and discharge the expenses and debt aforesaid and at the death of my beloved wife MARY HENDRICKS all of the property aforesaid to her bequeathed (or as much)
thereof as remains unexpended to my son LEWIS HENDRICKS and his heirs and assigns forever.
3. I give and devise unto my daughters ANGELINE WILKINS and ELIZABETH CANNON one note on Silas Moore in Hancock County State of Indiana due in the year (A.D. 1869)
calling for one thousand dollars to be equally divided between them when collected.
4. I give devise unto my daughter MALINDA C. SEBASTIAN two hundred and fifty dollars and to my granddaughter ROSEY A. SEBASTINE two hundred and fifty dollars to be
paid out of a certain note on Silas Moore calling for one thousand dollars due in the year 1860 and the remaining five hundred to be paid to AARON HENDRICKS my son.
5. I give devise unto my daughter MARY RANDLES five hundred dollars inmoney and (fifteen) dollars to my daughter (JANE ELERLEROY) the above money to be paid out of a
one thousand dollar note on Silas Moore due in the year 1861 or as soon as collected and the balance of said note four hundred and thirty dollars I give and devise unto my wife
MARY HENDRICKS.
6. My will is the amount of money now due me on several notes taken by me for a sale of property made in Hancock County Indiana amounting to some seven or eight hundred
dollars is to be paid to the executrix of this my last will and testament.
Lastly I hereby consititue and apoint my said wife MARY HENDRICKS executrix of this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and ratifying
and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I the said Samuel Hendricks here have with set my hand and seal this the first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight.
Samuel his (X) mark Hendricks

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Samuel Hendricks as and for his last will and testament in present of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other
and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Henry (Dueger) Charles (Teston)

Copy attests this 10th day of December A.D. 1858
E.W. Curtis, Clerk State of Illinois Jasper County December Ten A.D. 1858
Count Court of Jasper County

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Petition of Emeline Monroney
In the matter of the Estate of George H. Monroney, deceased, for Letters of Administration.

To the Hon. James E. James Judge of the County Court of Jasper County, in the State of Illinois.
The Petition of the undersigned, Emeline Monroney respectfully represents that George H. Monroney late of the County of Jasper aforesaid, departed this life at Nashville Tenn, on or about the 22nd day of June A.D. 1864, leaving no last will and testament as far as your petitioner knows or believe.
And this Petition further shows that the said George H. Monroney died, siezed and possessed of Real and Personal Estate, consisting chiefly of Horses, Cattle, Hogs, Sheep, household furniture all of said personal estate being estimated to be worth about five hundred dollars. That said deceased left surviving him your Petitioner, his widow, and William A., James, Mary C., Elizabeth, George F. & Susan Monroney his children, as heirs. That your petitioner (being the widow of said deceased, and) believing that the said estate should be immediately administered, as well for the proper management of said estate as for the prompt collection of the assets, by virtue of her right under the Statute therefore pray that your honor will grant Letters of Administration to her in the premises, upon her taking the oath prescribed by the Statute, and entering into Bond in such sum, and with securities, as may be approved by your honor. her mark
Emeline X Monroney

State of Illinois
Jasper County
Emily Monroney being duly sworn, disposes and says, that the facts averred are true, according to the best of her knowledge, information and belief.
Sworn to and Subscribed before me,
E. W. Curtiss
Clerk of the County Court of Jasper County, this 11th day of July A. D. 1864
E. W. Curtiss, Clerk



File box 387, County Court, Jasper Co., Illinois; November 17, 1873
Abraham G. Cox, guardian of Mary C. Monrony, George F. Monrony & Susan Monrony, minor heirs of George H. Monrony late of Jasper Co. petitions to sell real estate in Jasper Co. The above 3 children are owners in 1/8 undivided interest in the N 1/2 of the SE quarter of the SE quarter of section 18 and S 1/2 SW NE quarter of section 19, township 8N, range 11 east also a part of the W 1/2 of SW quarter of section 18, township 8 N, range 11W to wit: 2 acres in the NW corner of the S 1/2 of said lot and all fo the N 1/2 of said lot, reserving 2 acres on the south side of said N1/2, containing 83 acres not to be sold for less than $112.00.

Submitted by: oleo1@verizon.net

James C. Smith
Last Will and Testament of James C. Smith deceased
The last will and testament of James C. Smith of the County of Jasper and State of Illinois.
I, James C. Smith considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory blessed be Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament.
First: I hereby constitute and appoint Daniel Coner to be Sole Executor of this my last will directing my said executrix to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses with a respectable set of tombstones and the legacies hereinafter giving out of my estate.
Second: after the payments of my said debts and funeral expenses. I give to James Conner, William Connor, Daniel Conner, George Connor, Eli Conor two thirds of my personal and real estate to be divided equally between them. I give Susan Walker Christenor-Smith, Mary Oldam, Nancy Hendricks, Elizabeth Devee, Beca Ann Conor alias or hart the one third after giving Becca Ann twenty five dollar more then the others girls to be divided equally between them to be paid to each of them as soon after by decease, but within one year as conveniently may be done.
Third: and for the payments of the legacies aforesaid I give and devise to my said executrix all the personal estate owned by me of my decease in adition to the said personal estate herein given to pay the said Legacies.
In Testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in the present of the witnessed named below this day of ___ in the year One thousand eight hundred and ___

James C. Smith
Aaron Swick
Aaron Hendricks

Copy Attest }
Eli Curtiss Clerk}

Note: there was no date on this other than 18?? but James C. Smith died December 14, 1862
[Transcribed by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

Richard Vanderhoof
April 23, 1861
Last Will and Testament of Richard Vanderhoof of Jasper County in the State of Illinois do make and publish this my last will and testament.

First: it is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid after which being done, I give and bequeath to my wife Mary Vanderhoof all my estate both real and personal to her own use and to be subject to such disposition as she may think proper to make of it, and I do so because all the children of my first marriage are settled in life, and the only minor heirs I have are those the issue of my second marriage and the children of my said wife Mary and therefore think she is the proper person to make division amongst my heirs and it is my will that she should do so.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name this twenty third day of April AD 1861
Richard Vanderhoof

Signed by the said Richard Vanderhoof as his will in the presence of us both present at the same time and we have witnessed and subscribed this said will in the presence of said testator Richard Vanderhoof and of each other.
Nathan H. Spears
George E. Hoare

Copy Attest}
Eli Curtiss Clerk}

I Richard Vanderhoof

[Transcribed by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

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