ANDERSON COUNTY, KANSAS
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.
Anderson County, State of Kansas
County of Anderson
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
Transcribed by: Kristin Vaughn
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