B. PALMER'S WILL. HOW AN ECCENTRIC OLD GENTLE-MAN DIVIDES HIS
IMMENSE ESTATE—ONE SON RECEIVES A DOOR-PLATE FOR HIS SHARE.
Through the kindness of the County Clerk, A.H. Brown, who furnished our
reporter a concise and comprehensive abstract of the will of the late
N.B. Palmer, we are unable to give it to the public in a brief and
understandable form. Some idea of the length of the original document
may be had in the information that the will, with its codicils,
contains more than twenty-eight thousand words.
Since this will was made the testator's first wife, two sons and a
daughter have died; this, with his disposition of the Palmer House
property, some time since, necessitated the several codacils.
The following disposition is made of his property:
The valuable property located on the west side of Illinois street,
between Maryland street and the first alley south, contains twelve
lots. Of these his daughter Louisa S. McDougal gets three, on condition
that at her death they are to go to her sons, George P. and Frank
McDougal; two are given to his son Edward L. Palmer; one to Sophronia
Duvall, daughter of Betsey Nelson, his "only own sister," two are given
jointly to his children Louisa S. McDougal, Blackford M. Palmer,
Marshall E. Palmer, and Edward L. Palmer; one to his
grand-daughter Carrie Lack, daughter of Jennie M. McDougal: one to
Frank McDougal, son of Louisa S. McDougal; one to his grand-daughter
Susan Tilghman, (daughter of Jennie M. McDougal), and one other lot was
given to James W. Dunn, of Logansport, husband of Amelia, the
testator's oldest daughter, but as both died before the testator this
lot falls to the general estate.
Of (he subdivision known as Palmer's addition, which lies in (he south
part of the city, near the Jcffersonville railroad, the following
disposition is made: Louisa S. McDougal, seven lots; Henrietta Horn
(daughter of his daughter Minerva), two lots; Emma Anderson (another
daughter of Minerva), three lots; Latham McDougal, William McDougal,
Lillie McDougal, (children of Jennie M. McDougal), three lots each;
William Palmer, three lots; Frank Palmer, three lots; William Dunn,
three lots; six other lots were bequeathed to two grand-children who
are now deceased, and these lots belong to the general estate. Of lands
west of White river and adjoining West Indianapolis a strip twenty rods
wide is given to his grandchildren, Susan Tilghman, Latham McDougal,
Carrie Lack, Wm. McDougal, jointly, except that Blackford M. Palmer is
to have use and occupancy of the same for four years. Antother portion
of same size is given to Wm. S. Palmer, Frank Palmer, Catherine Hunter
(daughter of his oldest son Wm. S. Palmer), and Chloc Palmer (daughter
of his son Marshall E.)jointly.
Some land in Taylor county, Iowa, arc bequeathed to James W. Dunn, but
as he was dead before the death of the testator the bequest is a
The following bequest of money and other personal effects are made: To
George P. McDougal, $500; Carrie Lack, $1,000; Howard Palmer, $50; Wm.
Alex. Morrison, $50; door-plate to Blackford M. Palmer; Mary H. Palmer
(daughter of Edward L. Palmer), $1,500; his second wife, Julia A.
Palmer, all of the household furniture, except such articles as are
otherwise specially bequeathed to others, and also the occupancy and
use of the homestead for one year.
The will further provides that having disposed of all of the Palmer
House property the testator directs that all moneys of his estate after
paying all legacies provided for in the will and all of his just debts,
shall be equally portioned among his children then living, except an
amount of $8,000, to be deducted from Blackford M. Palmer's portion and
to be divided equally among the following grandchildren: Susan
Tighlman, Carrie Lack, Latham McDougal, Willie McDougal, and Lilly
The testator, in one of the codacils to his will, bequeathed to his
heirs all of his stock in the First National Bank of Indianapolis,
amounting to 100 shares, but this he subsequently revoked by an item in
a later codicil. Rev. Samuel T. Gillet, a half-brother of the testator,
is made the sole executor.
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