Will of Jonathan Masterson
Record of Wills, Book "A"
Estate of Jonathan Masterson, deceased
In the name of God Amen. I Jonathan Masterson of Monroe Township in the County of Anderson and State of Kansas, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefore make, ordain, 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 the residue of my estate real and personal I give bequeath and dispose of as follow to wit: To my beloved wife all the property that I possess at my decease in Anderson County and State of Kansas both real and personal during the term of her natural life and after her death to be divided equally among the heirs of her body, and whereas I have formerly assisted my children now living in the State of Illinois namely my sons Benjamin F., William H, Charles W., James H, and John S. Masterson and my daughter Emily R. Ringo, and having given the above named children seven hundred dollars or upwards a piece therefore in justice to my other children I cannot give them any more of what now belongs to the estate or of what may be added to the estate.
To my daughter Elizabeth Brady three hundred dollars, to my daughter Catherine F. Mitchel six hundred dollars, to my daughter Mary P. Marshall three hundred dollars, to my daughter Minerva I Emmust one hundred and fifty dollars, the above sums of money not to be paid until my land lying in Menard County and State of Illinois can be disposed of and after paying the above sums to the persons named the remainder to be divided equally among my present wifes heirs.
Likewise I make, constitute and appoint my wife Belinda Masterson to be executrix to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this tenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty one.
Subscribed in presence of
Anderson County, State of Kansas
I certify that the above is a true copy of the last will and testament of Jonathan Masterson now on file in the Probate office of said county and state.
Chas Hidden, Probate Judge
Nov 10th A.D. 1861
County of Anderson
In State of Kansas to all persons to whom these presents shall come. Greeting - Know ye that the last will and testament of Jonathan Masterson deceased hath in due form of law been exhibited proved and recorded in the office of the probate court for Anderson County, a copy of which is hereunto annexed and in as much as it appears that Belinda Masterson has been appointed executrix in and by the said last will and testament to execute the same, and to the end that the property of the testator may be preserved for those who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein and that the said last will may be executed according to the request of the testator, we do hereby authorize her the said Belinda Masterson as such executrix to collect and secure all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits which were of the said Jonathan Masterson at the time of his death in whomever hands or possess in the same may be found and to perform and fulfill all such duties as may be informed upon her by said will so far as there shall be property and in general to do and perform all other acts which are now or hereafter may be required of her by law.
In testimony whereof I Charles Hidden Judge of the Probate Court in and for the said County of Anderson, hereunto sign my name and affix the seal of said Court this 10th day of November A.D. 1861
Charles Hidden, Probate Judge
Transcribed by: Kristin Vaughn