JOHN RISDEN BAILEY
Transcribed and Contributed by Richard A. Couch
CITY OF MORRISON, WHITESIDE COUNTY, IL
Record of Wills, Pg 306, Roll 4, #1148, Ex. 198:
11 Oct 1813, Ticonderoga, Essex Co. NY
25 Dec 1839, Weybridge, Addison Co. VT, Lora Elizabeth DOUGLASS
d. 13 May 1876, Morrison, Whiteside Co., Illinois; bur. Grove Hill Cem.
A brother of Bela C. “Beely” BAILEY, Jr., res. Whiteside Co., c. 1858-1884
Parents: Bela C. Bailey, 1767MA-1841NY & Eliz. “Betsey” Rich, 1783-1842NY
Having lived his Appointed Days may he be forever at rest in Heavenly Peace.
In the name of God amen. I John R Bailey of the city of Morrison in the County of Whiteside and State of Illinois of the age of Fifty nine years and being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declare this my last will and testament.
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lora E Bailey all my real estate and personal property of what nature or kind soever and I hereby appoint my wife Lora E. Bailey sole executrix of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Eighteenth day of July A D 1873 . /s/ John R Bailey (seal)
The above instrument was at the date thereof declared to us by John R Bailey the testator therein mentioned to be his last will and testament and he at the same time acknowledged to us and each of us that he had signed and sealed the same and we therefore at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other signed our names thereto as attesting witnesses
Ed B Warner residing at Morrison, Illinois
Martin P Warner residing at Morrison, Illinois
PROBATE OF WILL SIGNED BY TESTATOR
WHITESIDE COUNTY, COUNTY COURT,
May Term A. D. 1876
In the matter of the last Will and Testament of John R Bailey DECEASED
Filed in the County Court this 10th day of June A. D. 1876. E W Payne, Clerk
STATE OF ILLINOIS, WHITESIDE COUNTY
Martin P Warner being duly sworn, deposeth and saith That John R Bailey late of the Town of Mt Pleasant in the County of Whiteside and State aforesaid, departed this life at Morrison in said County, on or about 13th day of May A. D. 1876, and that he died leaving his last will and testament to the best of his knowledge and belief. /s/ M P Warner.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 10th day of June A. D. 1876.
E W Payne, Clerk by (W A?) Payne
STATE OF ILLINOIS
WHITESIDE COUNTY, IN THE COUNTY COURT OF SAID COUNTY.
In Probate May Term, A. D. 1876. Personally appeared in open Court Edward B Warner and M P Warner subscribing witnesses to the annexed instrument of writing, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of John R Bailey late of said county, deceased, who, being duly sworn according to law, do each depose and say, that he was present and saw the said John R Bailey sign said instrument as and for his last Will and Testament in their presence, and they at the same time, at the request and in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other subscribed said Will as witness to the execution thereof, and that they believe that the said testator was of sound mind and memory, of lawful age, and under no constraint when he signed said Will. /s/ Ed. B. Warner M P Warner
Subscribed and sworn to in open Court this 10th day of June A. D. 1876
E W Payne, County Clerk By (W A?) Payne Dep
State of Illinois
Whiteside County ss
I E W Payne clerk of the county court of said county do hereby certify that the foregoing instrument was this day duly proven in open court admitted to probate and ordered to be recorded in the record of Wills in and for said county as and for the last will and testament of John R Bailey deceased late of said county
Witness my hand and the seal of said court at my office in Morrison this 10th day of June A D 1876
E W Payne County Clerk By W A Payne Dep
JOHN DEETS Jr.
1841 - 1913
The will of the late John Deets, Jr., of Genesee has been admitted to probate in the office of the probate judge, William Blodgett. Mr. Deets was sixty four years old at the time the will was made. This was in June 4, 1907. He died, June 11, 1913. J. F. Hessling and V. S. Ferguson were witnesses to the instrument. The deceased wished in his will that sixteen hundred dollars be given to his son George Deets of Lanark, and the rest of whatsoever nature be divided equally between his two children, George and his daughter Mrs. Margaret Crom of Coleta. He appointed his son and daughter as executor and executrix of the estate. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds from Sterling Evening Gazette, August 7, 1913, page 2, column 2]
LUTHER T. DIR
State of Illinois - County of Whiteside
Estate of Luther T. Dir deceased
To Catherine A. Dir, Elizabeth Brown, Rena Childs, Mrs. F.R. Cornelius, Eva Onslow, Fred Cornelius, Charles Cornelius, R.L. Halsted, Ed Dir
Ed Dir, Executor of the Last Will and Testament of Luther T. Dir, Dwight L. Dir, Isaac Dir, Samuel Dir, Joseph Dir, Isaac W. Dir, W.W. Moore, Mrs. Grant Pinkerton, Ola Nichols, Wesley Nichols, Daisy Montgomery, Ellen Brannon, Hattie Smith, Cassie Wood, Ameliz Bell, Arthur Dir, Myrtle Clark, Edna Carter, Winnie Harkins, Minnie Heron, Opal Dir, Mildred Dir, Thaddeus Dir, Cari Dir, Malcolm Dir a minor, Dion May Dir, a minor, Gertie Olson, Isab Brown, Nellie A. Inman, Nettie Seibert, Dewey Myers, Grant Dir, George Dir, Edna Sigler, Rose Skinner, Etta Herendeen, William C. Shinkle, Charles H. Shinkle, R.C. Shinkle, Luther F. Shinkle, Belle Chamberlain, Rhoda E. Luing, Lester Shinkle, Albert S. Shinkle, Floyd Shinkle, Minnie Mae Shinkle, Lela Shinkle, Mrs. L.E. Gunderson, Velma Shinkle, a minor, Calvin S. Tracy, Harley Tracy, Harry Tracy, Walter Tracy, John Tracy, Oscar Tracy, Mary Jewitt, Harry Milton Cox, Allen Wesley Cos, a minor, George Francis Cox, a minor, Ethel Lotus Cox, Lindley S. Cox, J.M. Olsson, Jed Badgley and L.E. Smith, Trustees of the Tampico Cemetery Association of Tampico IL, Minnie Gettle, Nellie Thome, Margaret A. Meek, Claude Dir, Harry Dir, Lelia Ozburn, Florence Warntz, Mable Dir, a minor, Lola Dir, a minor, Rose Dir, Frank T. Brown, surviving husband of Nora Brown, deceased, and Frances Sisson, Bertrice Sisson and Hazel Eldrenkamp, all of the surviving children of said Nora Brown, deceased, said husband and said children being the sole and only surviving heirs of said Nora Brown, deceased and Frances Sisson, Beatrice Sisson & Hazel Eldrenkamp, Executors Est. Nora Brown, deceased, Widow, heirs, distributees, devisees, legatees and beneficiaries of said Estate - [Contributed by Sue Nesland]
ALLEN J. GETTLE
State of Illinois ss. Whiteside County
In the County Court of said County
In the matter of the petition for the probate of the last will and testament of Allen J. Gettle, deceased.
Public notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in the County Court of Whiteside County, Illinois, showing that Allen J. Gettle, late of Rock Falls in said county, departed this life leaving an instrument purporting to be his last will and testament. That said decedent left him surviving the following named persons as heirs, legatees and devisses: Eunice Minnie Gettle; Myrtle Evelyn Little: Paul W. Gettle; Earl F. Gettle: Sue Gettle: Lola Gagin and Aaron G. Gettle. That it is not known whether Aaron G. Gettle be living or dead, and in case of his death, the following named persons are heirs, legatees and devisees of said decedent: Robert Gettle, Jennette Mallette and William Gettle.
Notice is hereby given to the above named persons and to all whom it may concern, that said instrument will be offered for probate, and hearing had on said petition by said County Court, in the County Court room in the Court House, in the City of Morrison, Whiteside County. Illinois, on Monday, the 17th day of February A. D. 1941, at the hour of ten o'clock a. m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard at which time and place you are hereby notified to be present to show cause if any you have, why said instrument in writing should not be admitted to probate as the last will of said Allen J. Gettle, deceased.
Dated at Morrison, Illinois this 14th day of January A. D. 1941.
Joseph Mann / Clerk of the County Court. Jacob Cantlin, attorney for petitioner. Jan. 16, 23, 30
WILLIAM F. GOULD
I, William F. Gould, of the City of Sterling, County of Whiteside and State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be by last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all wills by me heretofore made.
First Clause: I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.
Second Clause: I give and bequeath unto by grandson, Frank E Gould, Jf., of Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars to be given to him for his education and as it is needed for the same in the opinion of my executor hereinafter named.
Third Clause: I direct that my executor, hereinafter named, shall have the care and control of all the redisue and remainder of my property and pay the income therefrom to my wife, Mary A Gould, of Sterling, Illinois, for and during her natural life, in lieu of dower, widow's award and all other rights to which she might otherwise be entitled under the statutes of this State, and that he shall keep the personal property conservatively invested.
And I hereby empower and direct my executor, thereinafter named, to sell any part of said estate that he may deem advisable in order to provide her, my said wife, with the nesessities and comforts of life in case the income of all of said real and personal property should, in his opinion, not be sufficient.
Fourth Clause: After the death of my said wife I hereby empower and direct my said executor, hereinafter named, to sell and dispose of all my property, real and personal, then remaining, at such time and upon such terms and conditions as in his judgement will best subserve the inereests of asid estate, and to divide the proceeds thereof equally between bu two sons, Charles W Gould, of Seattle, Washington, and my son Frank E Gould, of Chicago, Illinois, and I hereby empower my said executor to make, execute and deliver any and all necessary deeds of conveyance.
Fifth Clause: It is my wish and I hereby direct that if any of my heirs should contest the p;robationg of this will or file a bill to have it declared null and void, or set aside, or in any way seek to thwart my wishes herein expressed, such heir or heirs shall receive nothing under thiw will, but in such case I hereby direct that the share oif such heir shall go to my remaining heirs according to the statute of descent of the State of Illinois.
Sixth Clause: I hereby nominate and appoint John E Philips, of Sterling, Illinois, executor of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of December, A D 1912
SIGNATURE and SEAL
The forgoing insturment was on the day of the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by the testotor, William F Gould, to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request and in his sight and presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as attesting witnesses the day and date last above written, we believing the said testator to be of sound and disposing mine and memory.
J J Serdens, residing at Sterling, Illinois
Walter Stage residing at Sterling, Illinois
[Contributed by Sheila Smith]
I, Eli C. Hess, of Sterling, Illinois, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.
FIRST. I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid.
SECOND. All the rest, residue and remainder of my property, real and personal and mixed and wheresoever located, I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Clara Hess of Sterling, Illinois.
Third. I hereby nominate and appoint Earl L. Hess of Van Patten, Ill. executer of this will and request that no bond be required of him as such executer.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of March, 1920.
Eli C. Hess (Seal)
The foregoing instrument was on the date thereof signed, published and declared by the tesato, Eli C. Hess to be his last will and testament in the presence and sight of us, who at his request and in his sight and presence have subscribed our ames as witnesses thereto this 31st day of March, 1920.
Nannie R. Wilson
John M. Slager
[Contributed by Tom Hess]
JEREMIAH E. HESS
I, Jeremiah Hess of the village of Lyndon, in the County of Whiteside and State of Illinois, hereby declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills and testamentary instruments of every kind by me made.
1. After the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses, and Two hundred dollars ($200.00) to the East Science Ridge Mennonite Church, I give bequeth and devise all my estate, real and personal, of every kind and nature to my three daughters, Ida M. Dawson, Maggie M. Peterson and Lizzie M. John to be divided equally.
2. I appoint Rev. A. C. Good as executer of this my last will and testament(and require that they give no bond for the faithful performance of their trust).
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this 9th day of July 1934.
On this 9th day of July, A.D. 1934, at Lyndon, Illinois, the above named testator, subscribed the foregoing instrument in the presence of us and each of us, and at the same time declared the same to be his last will and testament, and we, at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have signed our names hereto as attesting witnesses, we further certify that at the time of subscribing the same testator was of sound and disposing mind and memory.
Theodore E. Blagg residing at Lyndon, Illinois
Ovillain C. Parkhurst residing at Lyndon, Illinois
A. C. Good residing at Sterling, Illinois
[Contributed by Tom Hess]
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN:
I, Michael Hess, of the Town of Jordan, County of Whiteside, Sate of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
First, I request my executers, hereinafter named, to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses out of my estate as soon as may be after my death.
Second, I give and bequeath to my son, Jeremiah Hess, the sum of Five Dollars ($5.00), which is all that he shall receive out of my estate, he having already received his share in full.
Third, I give, devise, and bequeath all the rest of my estate to my children and grandchildren, said grandchildren to receive the share that their father, Benjamin Hess, would have received should he be living, share and share alike: that is to say, Eli Hess, Zachariah Hess, Ephriam Hess, Emanuel Hess, Jacob Hess, Mary Stauffer, Susannah Trouth, Emma Mellinger and Theodore Hess, each to receive a one-tenth interest of my estate; and Clayton Hess, Emma Hess, and Walter Hess, children of my deceased son, Benjamin Hess, to receive a one-tenth interest in my said estate, after the payment of all my debts and said sum devised to Jeremiah Hess, as aforesaid, except my daughter Mary Stauffer shall receive Forty Dollars ($40.00) less than the rest of my children, on account of having received that amount out of my estate here before.
Lastly, I hereby nominate and appoint my sons Eli Hess and Theodore Executers of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 31st day of August 1898.
Michael R. Hess
[Contributed by Tom Hess]
Prophetstown Illinois June 7, 1907
I James Reiley of the town of Prophetstown in the county of Whiteside and State of Illinois bring of sound mind and memory do make (illegible) and (illegible) this my last will and testament in (illegible) and form following that is today.
FIRST I do hereby desire and give to my children Jennie Reiley Clegg, Joseph Reiley, Frank Reiley and Charles Reiley share and share (?) alike, all the real and personal propery of which I may (illegible) subject to the life use of the same by my wife Mary Reiley so long as she may survive. This provision I (illegible) for my wife to (illegible) of all the rights to my estate.
SECOND I do hereby (illegible) and appoint Mary Reiley sole executor of this my last will and testament without bonds hereby revoking any and all other wills by me made.
Witness him (illegible)
Hugh M. Halligan
John J. Halligan His Mark X
James Reiley (Seale)
The forgoing instrument consisting of this one sheet was at the date hereof duly signed, sealed, published and dec (illegible) by the sub(illgegible) to be his last will and testament and who acknowledged to us that he signed and delivered the (illegible) of this (illegible)
[Transcribed and Contributed by Stormy Reiley]
DENNISON A. REXFORD
A will containing only 16 words, the shortest ever filed in for probate in Whiteside County Court at Morrison was recorded Friday afternoon. The document was the testament of Dennis A. Rexford, who left his estate valued at more than $3,500 to his brother Frank who died two weeks ago.
"Everything that belongs to me I leave to my brother Frank Rexford. So help me God"
Written on an ordinary sheet of stationary, the will was written Feb. 22, 1941 at East Lynn, a summer resort area on the Mississippi River across from Clinton Ia. Dennison A. Rexford died Dec. 1, 1944 and his brother Frank died March 14, 1946. Surviving relatives are two other brothers William and Henry Rexford. The four brothers operate a fishing resort at East Lynn. The business was established by their parents many years ago and the sons took over when their parents died. The will was written in long hand and is one word shorter than the will of the late Clarence Darrow, famed Chicago Criminal Lawyer, who made a will containing 17 words. [Dixon Evening Telegraph March 30, 1946]
[Additional Info: ** Dennison Rexford was the son of Dennison & Anna (Parkhurst). He was married to Adeline Henderson (26 Jan 1870 - 1899). His children were Mabel Rexford Crawford, Courtland Rexford and Ethel "Ella" Rexford.]
PETER J. SPERONI
Esther Speroni, Sterling, was the victor in a contested will in a decision given today by Judge Ray I. Klingbiel, in circuit court at Sterling. In the ruling, Judge Klingbiel stated that Ester Speroni should receive all of the property owned by Peter J. Speroni, estranged husband, at the time of his death.
Peter Speroni's heirs contested the will, alleging that Speroni was murdered as the result of a conspiracy between Esther Speroni and ex-convict James Murphy. Murphy married Speroni after her divorce from Peter. Murphy was tried for the murder of Speroni Oct. 2, 1940 and was convicted. He is serving a life sentence in IL State Penitentiary, at Menard. After the death of Speroni, a will was unearthed dated January 19, 1932. Peter and Esther Speroni were living together as man and wife at that time.
This will resulted in court proceedings that were pending in circuit court of Whiteside County for several years.
Peter and Esther Speroni operated a carnival throughout the southwest for a number of years. Peter J. Speroni was a brother of John E. Speroni Sterling, who was recently enjoined by a decision of the Appelgate Court from operating a gambling house in Sterling. Two of the lawyers in the case died since the case started. The late Sim J. Lee, Sterling, deceased, formerly U.S. District Attorney and Robert L. Bracken, of Dixon, represented Esther Speroni. Arthur H. Shay, Sterling, deceased of Ward and Ward, Sterling and Sheldon and Brown of Sterling represented the heirs of Peter J. Speroni. [Dixon Evening Telegraph May 13, 1949]
I, Sansom Wink, of the town of Hopkins in the County of Whiteside and State of Illinois declare this to be my last Will and Testament.
Having already given to my wife Elizabeth Wink, eighty acres of land by a good and sufficient Warranty deed I hereby bequeath to her, in lieu of dower, widows allowance. Homestead rights and all other rights and interests in my estate the following described personal property.
One span of good horses with harness for the same. Six good cows. One good road wagon and one carriage, one good plow, and one harrow and all of the household-goods and effects.
I give, devise, and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal property both present and after acquired of every name and nature whatsoever after the payment of all my just debts to these my children as tenants in common, namely to--Jacob J Wink, Sarah R Delp, Hulda Jane Lane, Thomas H Wink, Samantha McVicker, Celestia H Yeager, Wesley C Wink, Axaphia B Wink, C Alice Wink, Howard L Wink, Elmer W Wink, Corena B Wink, Olive Wink, and Charles A Wink.
I hereby appoint my wife Elizabeth Wink the sole executrix of this my last Will and Robert Lane and my said wife to be the guardians of all my minor children.
It is my desire and wish that my heirs shall use my property and keep it together until my debts are all paid.
In witness whereof I, Sansom Wink, have to this my Last Will and Testament subscribed my name this 17 day of March 1883.
Subscribed by the testator in the presence of each of us and at the same time declared to be his last will and testament and there upon we at the request of the testator and in his presence of each other sign our names hereto as witnesses this 17th day of March 1883 at Sterling, Whiteside Co. Illinois.
Geo W Chamberlin, John V Emmitt
State of Illinois )
Whiteside County )
I, E W Payne, Clerk of the County Court of said county hereby certify that the foregoing last will and testament of Sansom Wink was this day duly proved in open court and admitted to probate herein and ordered to be recorded in the record of wills in and for this county.
Witness my hand and seal of said court at my office in Morrison this 11th day of March 1889.
E W PAYNE
[Contributed by Jayne Kennedy Sweger]
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