The Last Will and Testament
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ of ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ in the County
and State of Illinois
made and published
in the year of our Lord One Thousand
Eight Hundred and Seventy Seven .
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN, I,
of the ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ of ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ in the
and State of Illinois
of the age
of about 63
years, and being of sound mind and memory, do hereby
make, publish and declare this 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 - I give and bequeath
Bible Society the sum of Fifty Dollars
Third - I give and bequeath to Catharine Della Neill, daughter of James R. and Catharine Neill the sum of Fifty Dollars
Fourth - It is my will that all my money, rights, credits and effects not otherwise herein disposed of, shall be reduced to cash effects, and all of said cash
to be divided equally between the following named persons my own dear sons and daughters. Margaret, now Wife of James Woodside; Elisabeth S.,
now Wife of John Orr. Catharine, now wife of James R. Neill; William Cunningham and Andrew Todd Williams, son born previous to my marriage
with William Cunningham, Sr. Each of the above five persons to share equally with the other - one-fifth to each.
Fifth - The feather bed on which I am now lying and which is in the house of James R. Neill shall be given to my son Andrew T. Williams, just as it is
and not sold.
Sixth - My Rocking chair now at the house of James R. Neill shall remain there and be the property of of my daughter Catharine, now wife of James
Seventh - My two woolen blankets I wish given, one to my daughter Margaret wife of James Woodside, the other to my daughter Elisabeth S. wife
of John Orr.
Eighth - My large New Testament I give to my son William Cunningham.
Ninth - My executors herein after appointed shall make division of my effects as above indicated and before division of money shall first pay the
expenses of their executorship.
LASTLY - I hereby nominate and appoint James Walker
and James R. McKelvey ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
to be the Executors 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 the 24th
day of August
in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred
and Seventy Seven .
The above Instrument, consisting of
sheets, was now here
subscribed by the mark and certification
the Testator, in the presence
of each of us; and was at the same time declared by
her to be
Last Will and Testament, and we, at
request, sign our names hereto
presence as attesting witnesses.
|Rev. Robert Hunter||of||Coulterville, Ills.|
|James Walker||of||Perry County|
|John R. McFie||of||Coulterville, Ills.|
|State of Illinois
In the county Court in Probate, October Term 1877.
Personally appeared in open court, John R. McFie and James Walker, subscribing witnesses to the annexed instrument of
writing purporting to be be the last will and testament of Catharine Cunningham late of said county deceased who being duly
sworn according to law do depose and say each for himself that hey were present and saw the said Catharine Cunningham
sign her name by mark to said will, and that they believe that said testatrix was of sound mind and memory of lawful age and
under no constraint when she signed said will|
subscribed and sworn
to in open court
this 29 day of
October, A. D. 1877
W. S. D. Smith
John R. McFie