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Will of Joseph Dennis, Benton and Hickory Counties, Missouri
 Benton County, MO
Last Will and Testament of Joseph Dennis
   I, Joseph Dennis of the County of Benton in the State of Missouri, do make and publish this my last will and testament . . . manner and form following that is to say.  First it is my will that my funeral expences and all my just debts be fully paid.  Secondly - I give devise and bequeath to my wife, Anny Dennis in liew of her dower, Gin the black woman I now
own and Ben her child during her natural life and all the livestock horses, cattle and by me now owned, also all the household furniture and other items not particularly named and otherwise disposed of in this will during her natural life as aforesaid.  She however first disposing of a sufficiency thereof to pay my just debts and aforesaid and at the death of my said wife
Anny Dennis all the property hereby devised and bequeathed as aforesaid or  . . . such therof as may then remain unexpended to my four sons, Neely McCan Dennis, Jonathan Dennis, Joseph Dennis and Audley Dennis and also my
three daughters, Polly Edde, Anny Dawsey, and Hannah Neal and also my two granddaughters, Martha I McCormack, and Nancy Douglas and to their husbands and assigns forever also I direct that all my property unexpended of as
aforesaid be equally divided between my four sons and three daughters above named and also my two granddaughters above named to have one eighth part of all the property or the value thereof.  Also I direct that my daughter
Rachel Pippin shall have thirty dollars of said property and further I direct that Audley Harrison my son in law shall have five dollars of the said property.  And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my said wife, Anny Dennis and my said Audley Dennis to be the Executor to this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and
certifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
   In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of September 1843.
                     His  Joseph Dennis  (Seal) 
   Signed published and declared by the above named Joseph Dennis as and for his
last will and testament in presence of us who he requests have signed as witness to the same.     
        Septha Culbertson  McCormack
[Contributed by a Dennis Researcher- submitted by: Phyllis Hill -2008]


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