Stark County Illinois  History and Genealogy
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John Adams

Daniel O. Addis

Simon V. Addis

Jarvill Chaffee

Ann Cox

Charles Henry Cox


Joseph Cox

Rosanna Dixon

Barnabas Frail

 John Francis

Daniel Gingrich

James Graves

Mariah Graves

Susan Newcomer

Andrew Oliver

Mary A. Stargel

Eliza Timmons

Seven E. Timmons

Thomas Timmons

Edward Trickle

John Turnbull

Elizbeth Whitten

William H. Whitten

The Last Will and Testament of John Adams
Filed May 18, 1893
Proven May 18, 1893

In the name of God Amen. I John Adams of the Town of Penn in the County of Stark and State of Illinois of the age of Seventy-Eight 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 bequeath to my wife Sarah Jane Adams the Homestead Eighty acres located on section Sixteen being the South West half of the south west quarter of Section sixteen in the Township fo Penn Thirteen (13) North seven (7) East of the fourth (4) principal meridian and after her death to go to my son Samuel B. Adams and my wife to have the House and Lots in the town of Castleton located on Lots 1 and 2 Block (3) after her death to be sold and divided amongst my heirs equally and the balance of the real estate to be divided amongst my heirs equally and to John Imes one two year old colt, and my son Samuel B. Adams to take the corn and sell it and pay my debts.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety three.
John Adams
The above instrument consisting of two sheets was at the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Adams, 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 thereto.
A. S. Johnson, Residing at Castleton, in Stark County
James W. Fleming, Residing at Castleton, Stark County, Illinois

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The Last Will and Testament of Daniel O. Addis

I, Daniel O. Addis, of the City of Toulon, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, do hereby make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, in manner and form following, to-wit:
First. It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid.
Second. I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Nancy Margaret Addis the homestead where we now reside, which was conveyed to me by Samuel Burge, in deed dated October 28, 1901, and described in said conveyance as Lot No. Eleven (11) of the Assessor's Subdivision of the South West Quarter of Sec. 19, in Township Thirteen North, Range Six East of the 4th P.M., and Lot No. Eighteen (18) of the Assessor's Subdivision of the South East Quarter of Section No. 24, in Township Thirteen (13) North, Range Five (5) East of the 4th P.M., excepting from the first lot a strip 14 feet wide by 178 feet long off the South side thereof, reference being had to the assessor's plat recorded in Plat Record Book No. 1 pages 260 and 261 respectively; all situated in the City of Toulon, in the County of Stark an State of Illinois. To have and to hold the same to her and her heirs and assigns forever. I also give, devise and bequeath to my said wife all of my personal property, including money, notes and mortgages household furniture and fixtures, and any and all other personal property of any kind and nature, to use and enjoy as she may desire during her natural life; and if any portion thereof be left at her death, the same shall go to my four children in equal parts. And I also devise and give to my wife all rents from my real estate that may be uncollected at the time of my death. I also give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, for and during her natural life only, the following real estate: The South Half of the South East Quarter of Section 10 (10), and the North West Quarter of Section Twenty-Three (23), all in Township No. Twelve (12) North, Range No. Five (5) East of the 4th P.M., in Stark County, Illinois. The above bequests to my wife to be accepted by her in lieu of dower, widow's award and homestead, and subject to the payment of debts and funeral expenses; and also on the condition that she pay to my sister the sum of One Thousand Dollars as hereinafter stated.
Third. I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my son, Frank V. Addis, the South East Quarter of Section Nine (9) in Township Twelve (12) North, Range Five (5) east of the 4th P.M. in Stark County, Ill.
Fourth. I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, Florence O. Boyd, the South East Quarter of Section Three(3), in Township Twelve (12) North, Range Six (6) East of the 4th P.M., in Stark County, Illinois, for and during her natural life only, and the remainder to her child or children, in equal parts, share and share alike.
Fifth. I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, Eva B. Kayser, the North West Quarter of Section Eight (8), in Township No. Twelve (12) North, Range Five (5) East of the Fourth P.M., in Stark County, Illinois, for and during her natural life, and the remainder to her child or children, in equal parts, share and share alike.
Sixth. I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, Pearl H. Grange ,the North Half of the South East Quarter of Section No. Thirteen (13), and the South Half of the South Half of the North East Quarter of Section No. Thirteen (13), in Township Twelve (12) North, Range Five (5) East of the 4th P.M., in Stark County, Illinois, for and during her natural life, and the remainder to her child or children, in equal parts, share and share alike.
Seventh. I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my sister, Sarah M. Smith, the sum of One Thousand Dollars, the same to be paid her by my wife out of the personal property bequeathed to her.
Eighth. After the death of my wife, it is my will that the land bequeathed to her for and during her natural life, viz: The South Half of the South East Quarter of Section Ten (10), and the North West Quarter of Section Twenty-three (23), all in T. 12 N., R. 5 E. in Stark County, Ill., be sold and the proceeds divided equally among my children, Frank V. Addis, Florence O. Boyd, Eva B. Kayser, and Pearl H. Grange. And if any one or more of my said children shall die prior to the death of my wife, leaving children or a child, then such surviving child or children shall take the parents' share in equal parts.
Ninth. I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my executors hereinafter named the following lands, viz: Sections Thirty-four (34) and Thirty-five (35) in Block Forty-three (43) Township Two (2) South, in Ector County, Texas; and an undivided half-interest in the North East Quarter of Section Twenty-six (26) in Township Six (6) North, Range Fifteen (15) W.I.N. in Kiowa County, Oklahoma, (the other half being owned by Andrew F. Stickney of Toulon, Ill.) in trust, for the following purposes: To enter into, take possession of, receive, hold, manage ,control, collect, sue for, improve, sell, lease and convey the same or any part thereof, and to make, execute and deliver necessary deeds of conveyance for said premises, or any portion thereof. And to use their judgment and decide when said lands or any part thereof shall be sold.
Tenth. After the sale of said lands as set forth in clause nine, I direct, devise and bequeath that from the proceeds realized from the sale of said lands, there be paid to my daughter, Florence O. Boyd, the sum of One Thousand Dollars, and to my daughter, Pearl H. Grange, the sum of One Thousand Dollars. And that the remainder of said proceeds be divided equally among my four children, Frank V. Addis, Florence O. Boyd, Eva B. Kayser and Pearl H. Grange, share and share alike.
And lastly, I hereby nominate and appoint my wife, Nancy Margaret Addis, and my son, Frank V. Addis executors of this my last will and testament, and request that they be permitted to qualify and serve without giving bond.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 25th day of September, A.D. 1909.
Daniel O. Addis (Seal)
This instrument was, on the day of the date thereof, signed, published and declared by the said Daniel O. Addis as and for his last will and testament, who, at his request, and in her presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
L. L. Long, M. D.
E. B. Packer, M. D.
A. P. Miller

Whereas I, Daniel O. Addis, of Toulon, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, having made my last will and testament, bearing date September 25th, A.D. 1909, and have thereby bequeathed and devised to my son, Frank V. Addis, the South East Quarter of Section Nine (9) in Township Twelve (12) North, Range Five (5) East of the 4th P.M., in Stark County, Illinois, in fee simple. Now, I do, by this my writing, which I hereby declare to be a codicil to my said will, to be taken as a part thereof, change the terms of the above devise, and bequeath to my said son, Frank V. Addis, the same Quarter-Section of land as above described, for and during his natural life only, and the remainder to his children in equal parts, share and share alike. And lastly, it is my desire that this my present codicil be annexed to and made a part of my last will and testament, to all intents and purposes.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of November, A.D. 1909.
This instrument was on the day of the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Daniel O. Addis as and for his codicil to his last will and testament, in presence of us, in his presence and in the presence of each other, and at his request, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
L. L. Long, M. D.
E. B. Packer, M. D.
A. P. Miller
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The Last Will and Testament of Simon V. Addis

WILL OF SIMON V. ADDIS
Filed: April 29, 1889
Proven: April 29, 1889

I, Simon V. Addis of the town of West Jersey, County of Stark and State of Illinois, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, considering the uncertainty of Continuance in life and desiring to make such a disposition of my worldly estate as I deem best, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, in manner and form following towit:
First. It is 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 and bequeath unto my wife, Elizabeth Ann Addis, all live stock, horses, cattle, hogs, &c by me owned at my demise, also all household furniture and other articles of personal property not herein enumerated including notes and money, during her natural life, and that at her death, after having disposed of a sufficient amount to pay and discharge the expenses and debts aforesaid, all the property to her bequeathed, or so much thereof as may remain unexpended, to my four sons and two daughters, their heirs and assigns forever.
Third. It is my will that as soon as it may be deemed expedient after the demise of my wife, Elizabeth Ann Addis above named, that all the property to her bequeathed and unexpended at her death shall be equally divided among each of my children ,in manner following towit: To my daughter, Mary E. Anderson, one sixth part. To my son John S. Addis, one sixth part. To my son Daniel O. Addis, one sixth part. To my daughter Sarah M. Smith one sixth part, and to my son Irvin Addis, one sixth part. And it is further provided in this will that in case any property above bequeathed cannot be equally divided among my children as above set forth, I direct that the Executor of this will whom I hereafter appoint shall have full power to sell the same, either at public or private sale and upon such terms as he may deem most advantageous and divide the proceeds equally among my children above named, share and share alike. And lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint John H. Anthony, Executor 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 have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of September, A.D. 1887.
Simon V. Addis

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Jarvill Chaffee, Last Will and Testament

I, Jarville Chaffee of Wyoming in the County of Stark and State of Illinois of the age of Sixty seven years of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking any and all former wills by me at any time made.
First: I give and devise to my son George W. Chaffee the South seventy two and one half acres of the North East Quarter of Section number Twenty seven (27) Also the East thirty acres of the Forty acres owned by me in the South East corner of the South East quarter of Section number Twenty two (22) situated in Essex Township Stark County Illinois to have and to hold the same unto the said George W. Chaffee his heirs and assigns forever.
Second: I give and devise to my daughter Elmira Chaffee the North Eighty acres of the North East quarter of section number Twenty seven (27). Twelve and One half acres off the North West corner of the North West quarter of Section number Twenty six (26). Also the west ten acres of the Forty acres owned by me in the South East corner of the south east quarter of Section number Twenty two (22) except the timber growing thereon situated in Essex Township, Stark County and State of Illinois to have and to hold the same unto the said Elmira Chaffee, her heirs and assignee forever.
Third: I give and devise to the heirs of my deceased daughter, Ealey Ann Whitcher the North Eighty acres of the North West quarter of section number Twenty seven (27) situated in Essex Township Stark County and State of Illinois to have and to hold the same unto the said heirs, their heirs and assigns forever.
Fourth: I give to my son George W. Chaffee the timber on the ten acres situated on section number Twenty two (22) devised to my daughter Elmira. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of March in the year A.D. 1897.
Jarvill Chaffee

The above instrument of one sheet was at the date thereof declared to us by the testator Jarvill Chaffee to be his last will and testament and he then acknowledged to each of us that he has subscribed the same and we at this request sign our names thereto as attesting witnesses.
E. B. Hamilton Residing at Wyoming, Illinois
F. L. Hamilton Residing at Wyoming, Illinois

Filed Aug. 15, A.D. 1899
Proved and admitted to Record Sept. 6, A.D. 1899

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Will of Ann Cox
In the name of God Amen
I Ann Cox Widow of the late Nathan Cox of the county of Stark and State of Illinois being of sound mind do make and constitute this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Drummond one feather bed. I give and bequeath to Jeremiah W[?] Cox four sheep. And my house hold furniture live and dead stock all money is due to me or that that [sic] has have willed to me my share of this growing crop and residue of my property of all and every kind wheresoever found after my just debts and funeral expences [sic] are paid I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Ann wife of Thomas Graves and I hereby appoint the said Thomas Graves sole executor of this my last will and testament.
Ann Cox
Signed sealed and delivered as the last Will and Testament of Ann Cox before us this sixteenth day of May One Thousand Eight hundred and forty four.
Thomas Hall
Thomas Colwell
Enoch Cox
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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF CHARLES HENRY COX DECEASED

I, Charles Henry Cox, of the township of Essex, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, of the age of Sixty-Two years, and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, in manner following, that is to say:
1st. I direct that all of my just debts be fully paid.
2nd. I give and bequeath to my wife, Sarah A. Cox, all of my personal effects, of every kind and nature, including money, notes and mortgages, for her sold benefit forever, to be accepted by her in place of dower or widow's award.
3rd. I give and devise to my said wife, Sarah A. Cox, all of my real estate, of every kind and nature whatsoever, for her benefit and use during her lifetime, and to go to the heirs of my body at her death.
4th. I hereby appoint my wife, Sarah A. Cox, to be the Executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made, and I hereby direct that my said wife shall not be required to give bond or security.

In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this 10th day of August, A.D. 1906.
--Charles Henry Cox

This instrument, consisting of one sheet, was at the date thereof, signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Charles Henry Cox, 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 thereto.
A. G. Hammond, Wyoming, Ills.
T. W. Cox, " "
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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOSEPH COX, DECEASED

I, Joseph Cox of the town of Essex, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois of the age of eighty years, and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, in manner following, that is to say
1st - I give and bequeath to my daughter Arvilla Sumner the sum of One Thousand Dollars, to be paid to her within one year from the date of my death for her benefit and use forever.
2nd - I give and bequeath to my grandson Edwin E. Cox, the notes I now hold against him to be delivered to him at my death.
3rd - I give and bequeath to Martha M. Cox, the sun of One Hundred Dollars to be paid to her within one year from the date of my death for her benefit and use forever.
4 - I give and bequeath to my two granddaughters Maude and Kate Cox, the sun of One Hundred Dollars each, to be paid to them within one year from the date of my death and also my new buggy and harness and mare called Topsy to be delivered to them at my death for their use and benefit forever.
5th - I give and bequeath to my grandson Lloyd J. Cox my gold watch to be delivered to him at my death.
6th - I give and bequeath to my son Charles Henry Cox ,my mare Daisey and my two cows to be delivered to him at my death.
7th - all of the remainder of my read and personal estate of every kind and nature whatsoever including all money on hand or loaned out, I give bequeath and devise to my three sons, Nathan Monroe Cox, Charles Henry Cox, and Thomas Walter Cox, their heirs or assigns, for their benefit and use forever to be divided equally between them, share and share alike and to be paid and turned over to them within one year from the date of my death.
8th - Lastly I hereby appoint my friend Augustus G. Hammond to be the Executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of December A.D. 1895
Joseph Cox

The foregoing instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Joseph Cox as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
S. R. Perkins
Alonzo Wilkinson

Filed September 6th, A.D. 1897
Proved and admitted to Record Oct. 4, A.D. 1897

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Last Will and Testament of Rosanna Dixon
Filed Oct. 5, 1885
Proven Oct. 12, 1885

I, Rosanna Dixon, of the County of Stark and State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of life do make ordain and establish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say:
First. It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid.
Second. Being desirous of leaving to my orphaned grandchildren William Alday, Martha E. Alday and Susan Alday some testimonial of my interest and affection for them, in addition to what they would be entitled to as legal heirs of my estate, I hereby give and bequeath to them respectively as follows: It being my will that the bequests herein made shall not prevent my said grandchildren from receiving their distributive share of my estate proportionally with the other heirs, in addition hereto.
Third. I hereby give and bequeath to my said grandchildren William Alday son of Abner Alday one horse to be selected by him from my horses which I may have at my death and in case I have no horse or horses then I give and bequeath to him the sum of Seventy five dollars to be paid to him as soon after my death as the interest of my estate will permit.
Fourth. I give and bequeath to my grandchild Martha E. Alday, daughter of Abner Alday, one bed, bedstead and sufficient bedding therefor to be selected from those I may leave at my death by my said granddaughter or her guardian. Also I give and bequeath to my said granddaughter Martha E. Alday my bureau and the clothing and all other articles contained therein, and upon the same, at my death, also one cow and one calf to be selected in manner above stated.
Fifth. I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Susan Alday my kitchen safe and the contents thereof at my death. Also one bed bedstead and sufficient bedding to be selected by her or her guardian from those which I leave at my death after the said Martha E. Alday shall have made her selection.
Sixth. All the rest and residue of my estate of every description I desire may descend and be distributed in the same manner that intestate estates are distributed by the laws of the State of Illinois at the time of my deceased. And it is my desire further that the County Court or Court having jurisdiction of the settlement of estates shall appoint some fit and proper person to enforce and carry out the provisions of this will. And I do hereby ratify and confirm this as my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me made.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of July A.D. 1871.
The words "And upon the same" in 39 th line interlined before signing)
Her
Rosanna X Dixon
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Signed sealed published and declared by the said Rosanna Dixon as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names at the request of the said testator as witnesses thereto.
-William W. Wright
- Miles A. Fuller

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Will of Barnabas Frail
Filed March 24, 1893
Proven April 3, 1893
I, Barnabas Frail, of the town of Goshen in the County of Stark, and state of Illinois of the age of eighty one years and being of sound mind and memory, do hereby make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following: Hereby revoking all other wills by one made.
First. It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.
Second. I give to my sons James and Thomas Frail and my daughter [sic] Kate and Margaret Frail, jointly the South One hundred acres of the South West quarter of section numbered twenty six: (26) in Township numbered Thirteen (13) north of the base line, and in Range Numbered Five (5) East of the fourth principal meridian in the County of Stark, and state of Illinois, for a home for my unmarried children, and that neither one shall ever give any mortgage or other lieu to encumber the same, nor shall either one ever sell the same or an part thereof, except to a brother or sister or to the child of a brother or sister.
And to Susannah Jackson, (wife of John Jackson) Mary E. Bevier, John Frail and Sarah J. Graves (wife of John Graves) I give the north sixty acres of the quarter section of land above described, to be held by them jointly, never to be encumbered by mortgage or otherwise, and never to be sold by either one or any part thereof, except to a brother or sister or the child of a brother or sister, each to enjoy one fourth of the rent thereof.
Third. It is my will that the household and kitchen furniture remain in the home for the use of those who occupy in that the farming implements, that are necessary, remain on the place as they may be at my death. The balance of the personal property to be sold in a reasonable time by my executors, or the survivor of them, at public sale giving a credit of twelve months, or such terms as they may deem best for the interest of all concerned the money when collected to be paid to my children equally, and to be all closed up within fifteen months after said sale if it can be done without loss.
Fourth: It is my will that the debts and funeral expenses mentioned herein, shall be born by those to whom I gave the one hundred acres mentioned herein.
Fifth These bequests to be in full for all labor and money expended previous to my death on said premises or for me or for my care in any manner.
Sixth. It is my will that Thomas Frail pay to his brother and two sisters owning jointly with heirs the south one hundred acres mentioned herein, a yearly rent of Two hundred dollars for the use of said land, and to keep up the fences and pay the taxes thereon, and to allow them pasture and feed for two cows and one horse, and the house garden out houses yards barn stabling &c and grounds as at present located or located at my death. Except that Thomas shall have the use of the stabling that is not wanted.
Seventh. It is my will that if either James, Kate or Margaret Frail shall die unmarried their share shall go to the survivors or survivor of them and it is my further will that at the death of all these parties named in this article 7th die unmarried their interest shall all go to my son Thomas Frail his heirs and assigns forever.

And lastly. I hereby constitute and appoint my son James Frail and my son-in-law Abraham Bevier, the executors of this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and ratified, and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said Barnabas Frail have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of September A.D. 1890. his
Barnabas [X] Frail
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Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the said Barnabas Frail as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence, and in the presence of each other and at his request, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. An the word "Bevier" written over our erasure on 27th line, first page: and the Word "South" written over an erasure in 26th line second page and the words "of all these" interlined above 5 line on third page. All done before signing.
Patrick W. Blair
Walter T. Hall
Oliver Whitaker


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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN FRANCIS

I, John Francis, of the age of seventy six years, of the town of Wyoming, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament that is to say:
1st - From the proceeds of my real estate I give and bequeath to my three daughters, to wit - Nancy M. Hamilton, Clarinda Benayls[?] and Rosa M. Stevenson, their heirs or assigns the sum of eight hundred dollars each to be paid to them within two years from the date of my death for their use and benefit forever.
2nd - I give and bequeath to my son Alonzo Francis, his heirs or assigns from the proceeds of my real estate the sum of six hundred dollars to be paid to him within two years from the date of my death for his use and benefit, forever provided that in case my said son Alonzo shall not appear and claim this legacy within five years from the date of my death, I then give and bequeath the same to his children by his first wife, their heirs or assigns for their use and benefit forever.
3rd - From the proceeds of my real estate I give and bequeath to three of my grandchildren, towit - Nora Nye, Elizabeth Cox, and Lucretia Brown, their heirs or assigns the sum of one hundred dollars each to be paid to them within two years from the date of my death, for their use and benefit forever. I also give and bequeath the sum of one hundred dollars to my granddaughter Mary Winn to be paid to her within two years from my death.
4th - I give and bequeath the proceeds of all the remainder to be received from the sale of my real estate to my son Thurman H. Francis his heirs or assigns to be paid to him within two years from the date of my death, for his benefit and use forever upon the condition that - my said son Thurman H. shall pay all claims against me or to come against my estate for funeral expenses or a suitable monument or any cost that may arise in the settlement of my estate. Or in lieu of the first part of this section I give and devise to my said son Thurman H. Francis his heirs or assigns all of my real estate together with all the her… and appurtenances thereunto …… or in any wise appertaining for his benefit and use forever upon the condition that my said son Thurman H. Francis shall first pay all the legacies specified in section 1, 2 and 4 of this will and shall also pay the claims, expenses or costs specified in the first part of this section.
5th -I give and bequeath any personal property I may have at the time of my death to my three daughters towit - Nancy M. Hamilton, Clarinda Beusyl, and Rosa M. Stevenson their heirs or assigns for their use and benefit forever to be equally divided between them.
6th - I hereby appoint my son Thurman H. Francis to be the executor of this my last will and testament revoking all other wills by me made.
In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this 14th day of December A.D. 1894.
John Francis

The foregoing instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Francis as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto:
Augustin [or Augustus] G. Hammond of Wyoming, Ills
William E. Gray of Wyoming, Ills.

Where as I John Francis, have made my last will and testament in writing bearing date the 14th day of December SD 1894, and whereas I have since married my present wife Emily Francis.
1st - Now therefore do by this my writing, which I hereby declare to be a codicil to my last will and testament, and to be taken as a part thereof, order and declare that my will is that my said wife Emily Francis shall have the use of one third of my real estate during her lifetime to be set apart to her in real estate as she may select or to be set apart for her use in money from the sale of my real estate in which latter case it shall be taken from the share I have bequeathed to my son Thurman H. Francis and at the death of my said wife, her share either in money or land shall revert back again to my said son Thurman H. Francis his heirs and assigns for his benefit and use forever.
2nd - I order and declare that in the payment of the widow's award to which my wife will be entitled, that after she has selected any or all of my personal effects that she may want at heir appraisal value the remainder of said award shall be paid pro… from the respective shares I have in my will bequeathed to my children and grandchildren.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal as and for a codicil to my last will and testament this 9th day of August AD 1897.
John Francis

The foregoing instrument or codicil consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Francis as and for a codicil to his last will and testament in presence [sic] of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Alfred Duckworth, Wyoming, Ills.
A. G. Hammond, Wyoming, Ills.
Filed Sept. 6th, AD 1897
Will and Codicil proved and admitted to record Oct. 4th, AD 1897
W. W. Fuller, Clerk

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Daniel Gingrich Last Will and Testament
Filed Sept. 2, 1885
Proven Sept. 5, 1885

I, Daniel Gingrich, of the Town of Essex, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit;
First, It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.
Second, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lucinda Gingrich, the west half of the South West quarter of Section Thirty (30) on which we now reside, and twenty (20) acres off from the West-side of the South West quarter of section Thirty one (31), both of said tracts in township in Twelve (12) North of the base line, and in range of Six (6) East of the fourth principal Meridian, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, to have, hold, use, enjoy and control the same for her maintenance and support, for and during her natural life, and at her death my executors are hereby empowered to sell the same at public auction and the proceeds to be divided equally between my legal heirs, and they, or the survivor of them, to make execute and deliver the necessary deeds, one or more for the proper conveyance of the same, with or without warranty.
I also give to my said wife three cows, to be selected by her from my stock on the farm; Also ten hogs to be selected by her, and all the household and kitchen furniture except the Piano. I also bequeath to her Two hundred dollars to be paid to her by my executors, soon after my death.
Third. I give and bequeath to my son Alvarado A. Gingrich, thirty five acres off from the South end of the West-half of the North East quar [sic] of section Twenty-five (25) in Township of Twelve North of the base line and in Range of Five (5) East of the fourth principal Meridian; Also the East-half of the West-half of the West half of the South West quarter of section thirty one (31) in Township of Twelve (12) North of the base line and in Range No. Six (6) East of the fourth principal Meridian containing 20 acres, be the same more or less. Also Lot no One (1) in Block of Twenty (20) in Henderson & Whitaker addition to the Town of Toulon, And lots in One (1) and Four (4) in Block No. Fifteen (15) in the Old Town of Toulon, all in Stark County, Illinois.
Fourth - I give and bequeath to my sons Alexander E. Gingrich and David H Gingrich and to their heirs and assigns forever, the East-half of the South East quarter of Section Twenty-five (25) in Township No. Twelve (12) North of the base line, and in range No. Five(5) East of the fourth principal Meridian, on condition however, that they pay to my daughter Mary M. Gingrich, or to her guardian for her support, the yearly income from said land, or so much thereof as may be necessary for that purpose. And it is my will that my Executor act as guardian of my said daughter Mary M. Gingrich and any property unexpended at her death, be equally divided among her brothers and sisters; And I also give and bequeath to my said sons, The one third interest in Lot No. Nine (9) in Block No. Two (2) in the Town of Toulon. All of said bequests being in Stark County, Illinois.
Fifth - I give and bequeath to my son Daniel P. Gingrich, the West-half of the South East quarter of the North West quarter of section Thirty (30), and twenty three and three fourth (23 3/4) acres off the North End of the West Half of the West half of the South West quarter of section Thirty two (32), all in Township No. Twelve (12) North of the base line, and in Range No. Six (6) East of the fourth principal Meridian, and in the County of Stark and State of Illinois.
Sixth - I give and bequeath to my daughter Ophelia C. Hotchkiss, the West-half of the East-half of the West half of the South West quarter of section Thirty-One (31) in Township No. Twelve (12) North of the base line, and in range No. Six (6) East of the fourth principal Meridian, in Stark County, Illinois.
Seventh - I give and bequeath to my daughter Estella D. Addis, Twenty (20) acres off from the East-side of the West-half of the South West Quarter of section Thirty-One (31) in Township No. Twelve (12) North of the base line, and in range No. Six (6) East of the fourth principal Meridian, in the County of Stark, and State of Illinois.
And lastly. I hereby appoint my son Alexander E. Gingrich and my son in law, Arthur Hotchkiss, Executors of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and ratified, and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. And it is my further will, that my personal effects not devised in this will be sold at public sale, and the proceeds together with all moneys on hand at my death, and all demands for money which remain after paying my just debts and funeral expenses, be divided equally among my legal heirs.
In Witness whereof, I the said Daniel Gingrich have hereunto set my hand and seal; this ninth day of August AD 1883.
--Daniel Gingrich

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the said Daniel Gingrich as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence, and in the presence of each other, and at his request, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, and we certify that the words, "I also bequest to her Two Hundred Collards to be paid to her by my executors soon after my death" at the bottom of the first page was written in before signing. And the words, "Block No. Fifteen (15) in" on 14 line from the top of the second page, were interlined before signing.
--Orlando Brace, Toulon, Stark co., Ills
-- B. F. Thompson, Toulon, Ills.
--Oliver Whitaker, do do

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Will of James Graves

I James Graves of the age of sixty six years, of Sound mind and memory, of Essex township in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.
First. It is my wish and desire, that myself and my wife Maria Graves and each of us shall during our natural lives have a good comfortable home and supported at our old homestead and farm where we now reside and have resided for many years, the said farm now consisting of about eight acres and situated on the southwest quarter of section No. fourteen (14) in Said Township, County and State. And it is further my desire and wish that my daughter Anna Graves and who is now at home residing with me and my wife shall remain at home and continue to reside with me and my wife as long as we and each of us lives: And it is further my desire and wish that my said daughter Anna Shall during the life time of myself and wife and the life time of each of us give my wife and I suitable and proper care and attention in our old age, provide us with suitable and proper necessaries of life including board, clothing medical aid and attendance and in face all the necessaries of life to make us comfortable. And at the death of myself and my wife to give us And each of us suitable and proper burial; and in case my said daughter Anna Shall carry out comply and perform with all my desires and wishes as herein before set fourth, then in consideration thereof and for the love and affection I bear to her, I hereby will, give, devise and bequeath to my said daughter Anna all my household furniture and effects and the said eight acre homestead farm together with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging to be her absolute property forever, but in case my said daughter Anna fails neglects or refuses to carry out and perform the matters and things hereinbefore mentioned towards and for myself and wife, then it is my will and wish that my son Benjamin shall do, keep, fulfill and perform all the said matters and things hereinbefore mentioned and required of my said daughter Anna towards and for myself and wife (Except he shall not be obliged to actually reside in the same house with myself and wife unless he so desires) and in case my said so shall so keep do and perform all such requirements and matters and things toward and for myself and wife, then I hereby will, give, devise and bequeath to my said son the said eighty acre homestead farm with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging as his absolute property forever; provided however that in case the said homestead shall fall unto my said Benjamin's hand as herein provided, that he shall pay to my said daughter Anna the sum of one thousand dollars. And in case my said daughter Anna shall die before I do and leave no children then in that case my said [sic] shall pay to my said daughters Frances L. Cox and Matilda J. Thomas each the sum of five hundred dollars.
Second. I also own one hundred and fifteen acres of land on section No. Twenty three in said township more particularly described as follows to wit: The west half of the north west quarter of Said Section No twenty three and the north east quarter of the South west quarter of Said Section No. Twenty three. Excepting that part laying and being South of Spoon river. And I hereby give devise and bequeath the said one hundred and fifteen acres of land as follows, to wit: To my daughter J. Thomas wife of George Thomas the undivided one fourth part thereof being 28 3/4 acres, to my daughter Francis L. Cox wife of M. R. Cox the undivided one fourth part thereof being 28 3/4 acres. To my said son Benjamin Graves the undivided one half thereof being 57 1/2 acres.
Provided however - that my said son shall pay in consideration of the last above bequest, the sum of One hundred dollars to each of the children as they arrive of age of my deceased daughter Mary E. Cox late wife of Simon Cox. And provided further that in case my said son shall refuse to pay the above named legacies of $100 each to the children of my said deceased daughter, then in that case ,my said son Benjamin Shall only have and be entitled to the undivided one fourth part of said one hundred and fifteen acres being 28 3/4 acres. And the said children of my deceased daughter shall have and be entitled to the other undivided one fourth part thereof being 28 3/4 acres.
In witness whereof I James Graves, have hereunto set my hand the 25th day of February A.D. 1885.
-- James Graves
In witness thereof I James Graves have hereunto set my hand the 25th day of February A.D. 1885.
-- James Graves

The name of the said James Graves was in our presence signed to the foregoing will and his signature was acknowledged by him in our presence to be his act and deed and we have attested the same in his presence.
-- Thomas Nicholas Essex Township Stark Co. Ill.
-- Marshall Graves Essex Township Stark Co. Ill.

The insertion on the margin at the end of the first section, and denoted by a # was made inserted and written before before [sic] the said will was signed by the said James Graves or the witnesses.
Given under my hand and natorial seal this 20th day of February A.D. 1885.
--John E. Dicker, Notary Public

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Last Will and Testament of Mariah Graves

I, Mariah Graves, of Wyoming, State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of life, do therefore make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, that is to say; -
First: ----. After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, I give to and bequeath to my daughters, Frances Cox, Anna Crone, and Matilda Thomas the sum of One Hundred Dollars to be divided equally between them, share and share alike.
Second: ----. I give and bequeath to my son, Benjamin F. Graves, the residue of all my moneys, notes and accounts for the payment of money.
Third:----. I give and bequeath to my son, Benjamin F. Graves, and to my three daughters to wit; Frances Cox, Anna Crone and Matilda Thomas, all my household goods, wearing apparel and all other property not herein enumerated, to be divided equally, share and share alike.
Fourthly:----. I hereby appoint my son Benjamin F. Graves, to be executor without being require to give bond, of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed my seal this 5th day of February, 1894.
her
Mariah X Graves
Mark

The within and foregoing instrument was subscribed by the said Mariah Graves in our presence, and acknowledged by her ro[sic] each of us; and she at the same time declared the above instrument so subscribed to be her last will and testament; and we at her request have signed our names as witnesses hereto, in her presence and in the presence of each other.
Witnesses. )Zimri Dixon.
) Frank A. Kerns.

Endorsed: Filed: Sep 27 AD 1901 W. W. Fuller, Clerk
Proved and admitted to Record Oct. 21st AD 1901

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Last Will and Testament of Susan Newcomer
Filed April 19, 1887
Proven May 2nd 1887
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT O SUSAN NEWCOMER
I, Susan Newcomer of the Town of Toulon, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, desiring to make provision for my beloved daughter Lucinda who has been so unfortunate as to be deprived of her hearing, do make ordain and establish this to be my last will and testament, in manner following that is to say.
First: It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be fully paid.
Second: I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Lucinda Newcomer the lot or tract of land on which I now reside with all the buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging being a part of lot No. Four (4) in Block No. Twenty Seven (27) in Henderson & Whitakers Addition to the Town of Toulon, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois. More particularly described in a certain deed of conveyance executed by Martin Keran and wife to me, dated October 27th 1866, and recorded in the recorder's office of Said Stark County on the 31st day of October 1866 in Book No. Twenty-Seven (27) on page 55, reference being thereto had will more fully appear, together with all other real estate, personal property, money, promissory notes or other evidences of indebtedness, goods and chattels, and all property owned by me or in which I have any interest at the time of my decease to have and to hold the same to her own proper use and to her her[sic[ heirs and assigns forever.
Third: I do hereby appoint Miles A. Fuller of Toulon, Stark county, Illinois, to be the executor of this my last will and testament, and it is my desire and I request that my said executor will advise and counsel with my said daughter, and will assist her in the transaction of any business that she may be incompetent to to [sic] transact on account of her deafness, that he will aid and advise my said daughter in collecting my moneys that may be due me at my decease and which are hereby bequeathed to her, and that he advise and assist her in reloaning or investing any such money in Government or other interest-bearing securities, in such matter as my said executor and my said daughter shall think will be for the interest of my said daughter. And that my said executor will aid and assist my said daughter in selling the lot herein devised to her when ever they shall think it will be for my said daughter's interest to sell the (--?--). And further that he will aid advise and assist my said daughter in the transaction of any other business that may become necessary in the management of the property herein devised and bequeathed to my said daughter. I do hereby request and desire my said daughter to consult and advise with my said executor in the loaning or investing any money or in the sale of the said lot if she shall think it advisable to see the (--?--), or in the transaction of any other business that may become necessary in the management of her said property.
I do hereby ratify and confirm this to be my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me made, and particularly a certain will heretofore made and executed by me beating date the fifteenth day of February AD 1867, and witnessed by Miles A. Fuller, Patrick M. Blair and John Black, and ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty-first-day of January AD 1871.
Susan Newcomer

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Susan Newcomer, to be her last will and testament, in the presence of us, who in the presence of the said testatrix, Susan Newcomer, and at her request have signed our names as witnesses hereto in the presence of each other.
Benjamin C. Follett
John Berfield

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Last Will and Testament of Andrew Oliver
Filed Feb. 12th, 1895
Proven Feb. 13th 1895

I, Andrew Oliver of the County of Stark and State of Illinois, realizing the uncertainty of this life do make, publish, and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following to wit:
First - It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.
Second - I give, devise and bequeath to my three daughters Mary Oliver Belle M. Oliver and Agnes J. Oliver the following described real estate to wit: The West-half of the North west quarter and the South west quarter of Section No. Thirty-one (31) in Township No fourteen (14) North of Renge No. Six (6) east of the Fourth Principal Meridian in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, and the East half and the East half [sic] of the North-west quarter of Section No. Thirty-six (36) and also the south west quarter of the South east-quarter of Section no. No. [sic] Twenty five (25) all in Township No. Fourteen 914) North of Range No. Five (5) East of the Fourth principal Meridian in the County of Henry and State of Illinois in equal parts share and share alike.
Third - I give devise and bequeath to my four daughters Mary Oliver, Esther A. Grieve, Belle M. Olive rand Agnes J. Oliver all the remainder of my estate whether Real or Personal or what kind or nature (--?--) of which I may die seized and possessed, provided however that my said debts and funeral expenses shall be first paid out of my personal estate. And that then my said four daughters shall have the remainder of my estate last afore mentioned in equal parts share and share alike.
Lastly - I hereby constitute and appoint my nephew George T. Oliver and my daughter Belle M. Oliver executors of this my last will and testament without bond hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and ratified and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness where of I the said Andrew Oliver have hereunto set my hand and seal this Fourth day of December A.D. 1894.
-Andrew Oliver

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Andrew Oliver as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
-Donald Murchison
-James Kinney
-Henry H. Oliver

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Mary A. Stargel, Last Will and Testament

Filed March 12, 1894
Proven March 12, 1894

In the name of God Amen.
I Mary A. Stargel of the Town of West Jersey, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, of the age of 38 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:
In the first place my will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my Estate by my Executor hereinafter named as soon as my decease as shall by him be found convenient.
Item 1st - I give devise and bequeath to my husband James A. Stargel, all my Real Estate I now leave or may have at my decease to have and to hold as his absolute property forever to use and dispose of as he may desire with full power to convey the same and give good title thereto.
Item 2nd. I also give and bequeath to my husband James A. Stargel all my personal property and effects at my decease of every kind and nature whatsoever as his absolute property forever to use and to do with as he may desire fully intending hereby to give him the benefit of all my property I may died seized of - of every kind and nature whatsoever.
Item 3rd. My will and desire is that the executor of either my husband or myself shall procure a suitable monument not to exceed two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) to be paid for and erected out of the proceeds of our respective estates.
And lastly I do hereby appoint and nominate my husband James A. Stargel as sole 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 10th day of October AD 1892
Witness W. J. Winchester Her
Mary A. X Stargel
Mark
The above instrument consisting of three sheets was at the date thereof signed sealed and published and declared by the said Mary A. Stargel as and for her last will and testament in presence of us who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
W. J. Winchester, residing at Elmore, Peoria Co. Illinois
W. H. Winchester, residing at Elmore, Peoria Co. Illinois

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Last Will and Testament of Eliza A. Timmons
I, Eliza A. Timmons, of the Village of Wyoming, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, of the age of seventy three years, and being of sound mind and memory, do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner following that is to say:
1st. I give and bequeath to my nephew Theodore H. Davis the sum of One Hundred Dollars to be paid to him from my personal estate, within one year after my death.
2nd. I give and bequeath to my niece Eliza Campbell Davis, the sum of One Hundred dollars to be paid to her from my personal estate within one year after my death.
3rd. I give and bequeath to my niece Lillis L. Ennis, the sum of One hundred dollars to be paid to her from my personal estate within one year after my death.
4th. I give and bequeath to Eliza M. Eagleston all of my beds and bedding and all of my silver knives, forks and spoons for her use and benefit forever.
5th. I give and bequeath to my two sisters Martha Stancliff and Adeline Ellis all of my wearing apparel of every kind to equally divided between them, for their use and benefit forever.
6th. After the payment of the legacies aforementioned, I give and bequeath two thirds of my remaining personal estate to Charles Eagleston, Eliza M. Eagleston, Maud and Jennie Eagleston to be divided equally between them share and share alike and to be paid to them within one year after my death.
7th. I give and bequeath to my nephew Ananias Timmons the remaining one third part of my personal estate, as mentioned in Section 6, to be paid to him within one year after my death.
8th. I hereby appoint Augustus G. Hammond 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 on this 24th day of December A.D. 1897.
Eliza A. Timmons

The foregoing instrument consisting of one sheet, was at the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Eliza A. Timmons, as and for her last will and testament in presence of us, who at her request, and in her presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Leona Ellis, Wyoming, Ills.
Millie J. Hammond, Wyoming, Ills.
Harry O. MacClyment, Wyoming, Ills.

Endorsed:
Filed June 6th, A.D. 1898, W. W. Fuller, Clerk.
Proved and admitted to Record June 27th A.D. 1898, W. W. Wright, County Judge

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Last Will and Testament of Seven E. Timmons

Filed Jany 4, 1895
Proven Jany 8, 1895

In the name of God Amen.
I, Seven E. Timmons being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declare this my last will and testament that is to say.
First. That all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid.
Second. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Eliza A. Timmons for her entire use during her life time all the real and personal property of which I may die seized or possessed.
Third. After the death of my said wife whatever property there may be left shall be divided as follows. Two thirds of the whole amount both real and personal shall be divided equally between the two children of Eliza Eagleston viz. Abbie Maud and Jennie Pauline Eagleston and their mother Eliza Mary each having 1/3 of the 2/3 and in case of the death of either of them before that of my beloved wife, there to be divided equally between the surviving ones.
Fourth. The balance of one third of all my property remaining after the death of my wife Eliza A. Timmons, shall go to Ananias Timmons.
Witness my hand and seal this seventh day of March A.D. 1894.
Seven E. Timmons
We each of us do attest that Seven E. Timmons subscribed the foregoing instrument in our presence and published the same as his last will and testament, and that we in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request witnessed the same and signed our names and place of residence hereon.
Witness George W. Scott, Wyoming, Illinois
Witness George S. Rakestraw, Wyoming, Illinois

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Thomas Timmons - Last Will and Testament
Thomas Timmons
Filed April 24, 1893
Proven April 24, 1893

In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Timmons of the town of Essex in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, of the age of Seventy years next January the 14th 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 bequeath to my wife Lucy Ann Timmons all my lands except ten acres of pasture land in the north west of the twenty eight acre lot north of the road running east and west past my residence so long as she stays my widow at the time of her death or if she should marry again then the said land except the aforesaid ten acres I give to my grandson Thomas Timmons son of Ananias Timmons. The ten acres that is excepted I give to my son Ananias Timmons at my death when Thomas Timmons my grandson comes in Possession of the land given to my wife Lucy A. Timmons then he shall pay my grandson William E. Timmons the sum of Two Hundred Dollars, and to my step son William H. Graves all my chattel property at his mother's death.
In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of October the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty-six.
His
Thomas X Timmons
Mark

Witnesses:
John M. McMillen
Charles f. Hamilton

The foregoing instrument consisting of one sheet of long-legal cap. Paper was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Timmons as 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 thereto the foregoing instrument consisting of one sheet of long legal cap. Was at the date thereof declared to us by Thomas Timmons the testator therein mentioned to be his last will and testament and at the same time acknowledge to us and each of us that he signed and sealed the same and we therefor at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other signed our names thereto as attesting witnesses.
John M. Miller residing in Wyoming, Stark Co., Illinois
Charles F. Hamilton residing in Bradford, Stark Co., Illinois

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Last Will and Testament of Edward H. Trickle

I, Edward H. Trickle, of Toulon in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, do make, ordain, declare and publish this as, for and to be my last will and testament - hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me made - that is to say.
1st. I give and bequeath to my wife, Malinda Trickle, all personal property of every kind and nature - including moneys and credits, notes and accounts, and choses in action, of which I may be possessed at the time of my death, the same to become and to be her own property, absolutely.
2d. I give and devise to my said wife, Malinda Trickle, the North Half of the South West Quarter of Section Nineteen (19), and thirty (30) acres off the North side of the South East Quarter of said South West Quarter of Section Nineteen 919), situated in Township Number Twelve (12) North and Range Six (6) East of the Fourth Principal Meridian, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, - to have and to hold the same unto the said Malinda Trickle, and to enjoy the use and rents and profits thereof, for and during her lifetime; and at her death I give and devise the said described real estate, in fee simple, to my nephew Clyde Shults, the son of my sister Nancy E. Shults, to him and to his heirs and assigns forever.
3d. All the rest, residue and remainder of my real estate, of every kind and description, and wherever situated, which I may own or possess at the time of my decease, I give and devise, in fee, to my said wife, Malinda Trickle, and to her heirs and assigns forever.
4th. I nominate and appoint my said wife, Malinda Trickle, executrix of this my last will and testament, and request that she may not be required to give any bond as such executrix.
Witness my hand and seal, at Toulon, this fifteenth day of August, A.D. 1903
Edward H. Trickle
The foregoing instrument in writing was signed, sealed, published and declared, by the said Edward H. Trickle, to be his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, and at his request, subscribe our names hereto as witnesses, this fifteenth day of August, A.D. 1903.

Joseph Chase }
W. E. Nixon } Witnesses
Erle W. Thompson}

Filed February 15, A.D. 1911 W. E. Nixon
Proved and admitted to Record March 13, A.D. 1911 B. F. Thompson, County Judge

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Last Will of John G. Turnbull
Filed June 25/94
Proven June 25/94

I, John G. Turnbull of Elmira in the Count of Stark and State of Illinois. I do make and devise this to be my last will and testament.
1st I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.
2nd I give and devise all my personal and Real estate to my beloved wife Helen Turnbull with the exception of one quarter section in Henry County State of Illinois which I give to my son John Irvine Turnbull and to my daughter Cora Turnbull I give and bequeath the sum of Two Thousand Two Hundred Dollars, my daughter Anna has received her portion, on the death of my wife or at my own death if I survive her I give and bequeath all the residue of my property Real and Personal of every description to my children Thomas R. Turnbull, Margaret I[?] Pask, Henry M. Turnbull, Charles A. Turnbull, Anna R. Turnbull and the two daughters of my daughter Catherine E. Pask, Mertie L. Pask and Catherine Pask, equally share and share alike except to my son Thomas R. Turnbull I have given the sum of $6300 - Six Thousand Three Hundred Dollars which is to be deducted from his Share and except to my daughter Margaret I. Pask I have given $3810. Three Thousand Eight Hundred and ten Dollars which is to be deducted from her share and to my Grand Daughters Mertie L. Pask and to Catherine Pask I give each one half share making one equal share. I hereby appoint my wife Helen Turnbull executrix of this my Last will and testament revoking all other wills made by me.
In witness my hand and seal this Sixteenth day of December AD 1893.
John G. Turnbull
The above will was signed by John G. Turnbull in our presence and attested in our presence.
Chas. N. Good
Wm. Stevenson
John M. Hatch

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Probate of Elizabeth Whitten

Paraphrase:
May 17, 1899, William Whitten presents the will of Elizabeth Whitten, deceased. The heirs are named: William Whitten, Mary J. Graves, Ellen Gingrich, Malinda Trickle, Clara Gingrich, Hattie Atkinson, Lewis E. Whitten, Theodore E. Whitten, Ernest Hazen, Earl Hazen, Olive Miller, Anna Scott, Ruth Woodrow.
She died at Toulon on 11 May 1899.

Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Whitten

I, Elizabeth Whitten, of the County of Stark and State of Illinois, being of Sound mind and memory, and realizing the uncertainty of this life, do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, in manner and form following to-wit:
First:--- It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.
Second:--- I tive and bequeath to my grandsons, Ernest Hazen and Earl Hazen, the sum of Three Hundred Dollars each.
Third:--- I give and bequeath to my children who shall be living at the time of my death, all of my household goods and household effects.
Fourth:--- I give, devise and bequeath all the remainder of my estate of which I may die seized and possessed whether real or personal of what kind and nature soever to my children, William Whitten, Mary J. Graves, Ellen Gingrich, Malinda Trickle, Clare Gingrich, Lewis E. Whitten ,Theodore E. Whitten and Hattie Atkinson and in case of the death of either of them to their children or their descendants if any there may be to be divided equally between my said children or their descendants should any be dead share and share alike.
Lastly:--- I hereby constitute and appoint my son William Whitten and my son in law Joseph Graves Executors of this my last will and testament - revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and ratified and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof, I the said Elizabeth Whitten have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of October A.D. 1896.
Elizabeth Whitten

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Elizabeth Whitten as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us, who in her presence and in the presence of each other and at her request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Donald Murchison
Charles P. Dewey
George S. Walker
Filed May 17th A.D. 1899 W. W. Fuller, Clerk
Proved and admitted to Record June 12th A. D. 1899 W. W. Wright, County Judge

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Last Will and Testament of William H. Whitten, Deceased

I, William H. Whitten, of Castleton, in the County of Stark and State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, declare this to be my last Will and Testament.
After my just debts and funeral expenses are paid, I bequeath all my personal property to my beloved wife, Ellen Whitten. Also devise to her the use of all my real property of whatever description or kind, during her natural lifetime, or so long as she remains my widow.
2nd. At the death of my wife or at the time of her remarrying again, if she should remarry, in either of these events I will that my property then be divided among my heirs according to the laws of the State of Illinois made for the division of the property of an intestate.
3rd. I will that my wife shall pay all taxes assessed against said property and keep it in as good repair as it is at my death. If she does not do this, then the devise made to her shall be null and void, and the property divided at once as stated in Section Two of this will.
4th. The foregoing devise is made to my wife upon the following condition: That the devise is made in lieu of all interests the devisee may have in my estate, such as award, dower, interest, etc., and provided if my wife at my death should claim her widow's award or dower interest, then and at that time my estate shall be also divided as stated in Section Two of this will.
5th. I do hereby nominate and appoint Ira J. Whitten of Castleton, Ill., to be my executor oft his my last Will and Testament, revoking all former wills by me made.
In Testimony Whereof, I, the said William H. Whitten, have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 25th day of September, A.D. 1896.
William H. Whitten
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said William H. Whitten as for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request, and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
James W. Lesan; of Bradford, Ill.
Sewell P. Fairbanks, of Bradford, Ill.
Cyrus Bobock, of Bradford, Ill.

Filed February 1 A.D. 1904 W. E. Nixon, Clerk
Proved and admitted to Record march 7th A.D. 1904 B. F. Thompson, County Judge

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