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David Strickland
Ashtabula Co., OH
Vol. 1, pg. 623
Be it remembered , that I, David Strickland of Andover Township, Ashtabula County and state of Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following; that is to say,
First – I give, devise, and bequeath to my wife Abigail in lieu of dower, one third of all my real estate including the whole of my now dwelling house and barns standing near said house. To have and to hold the said devised premises during the term of her natural life. I also give and bequeath to my said wife Abigail all my household furniture and wearing apparel, provisions for one year together with one third of all my other personal property.
Second – I give and devise to my sons Warren and Edwin Strickland, on condition that they shall within three years from the time of my decease pay to my son Bidwell Strickland, in {illegible}, leather, and stock at cash value the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars – my sawmill in said Andover and the mill yard as now occupied and all privileges appertaining thereunto – each an equal share – and their heirs and assigns forever.
Third, I give and devise to my daughter Ellis Root ten acres of land in said Andover bounded east by the west line of the farm on which I now live and west by a line running south from the southwest corner of land formerly deeded by me to the said Ellis Root and extending far enough south to include the said ten acres of land; likewise a small strip of land lying between land of David Parker and land formerly deeded by me to said Ellis Root and to her heirs and assigns forever.
Fourth, I give and bequeath and devise to my son Jeremy Strickland swamp lot No. twenty-six lying in the east half of original lot No. forty-two in said Andover and also ten acres of land in the west part of the farm on which I now live and bounded as follows: Beginning on the east line of land on which S.S. Enos now lives and four rods of said Enos southeast corner ; thence east three rods; thence first south and then west to my west line so as to contain ten acres of land; and to his heirs and assigns forever.
Fifth, I give and devise to my son Warren Strickland thirty-five acres of land, Viz., swamp lot Number nineteen in the east half of original lot number forty-three in said Andover, and to his heirs and assigns forever.
And of all my real estate not herein before disposed of or devised and all remainders I direct as follows – that my said estate shall be divided into six parts or lots of equal value, one of which I devise and bequeath to my daughter Mary Strickland and one each to my sons Peter Strickland, Henry Strickland and Edwin Strickland and Wesley Strickland; and one part or lot as aforesaid to be equally divided between my son Wheeler Strickland and my daughter Amelia Strickland , to them and their heirs and assigns forever.
And so much of my personal property as remains after payment of my debts, and which is not herein before disposed of, I give to the aforesaid Mary, Peter, Henry, Edwin, Wesley, Wheeler and Amelia, to each an equal share.
And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my son Warren Strickland and William Brigden of Andover aforesaid to by the executors of this my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I have set my hand and seal this second day of October in the year of Our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six.

David Strickland

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named David Strickland as his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence have signed as
Witnesses to the same.
Eleazer J. Risley
William Fisk

[Transcribed by Nan Lambert Starjak from original family researched documents]




Elvira Strickland
In the name of the Benevolent Father of All. I, Elvira Strickland of Ashtabula County, Ohio, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, but mindful of the uncertainty of life, do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament.
Item 1st. After the payment of my just debts, expenses of my last sickness and funeral charges, and the legacies hereinafter mentioned, all the remainder and residue of my estate both real and personal, of whatsoever kind or nature, I do hereby give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Artinette A. E. Strickland to have and to hold the same unto her and her heirs and assigns forever.
Item 2nd. I do hereby give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Marion Vaughn, wife of Charles R. Vaughn the sum of Five ($5.00) Dollars, and also the personal property which she has in her possession and for which property she gave me a receipt, as I let her have all of said property under the agreement and understanding that it was to be so much in payment of her share of her father's real estate which I was then intending to purchase but never have.
Item 3rd. I give, devise and bequeath to my grandchildren Alice Vaughn & {illegible} C. Vaughn, children of Marion E. & Charles R. Vaughn the sum of Five Dollars to each, to be paid by them by my executor when they are fifteen years old.
Item 4th. I give, devise and bequeath to my grandchildren Clyde A. & Arthur S. Strickland, sons of my son Harrison L. Strickland, the sum of Five Dollars each, to be paid to them when they arrive at the age of fifteen years.
I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made, and do nominate and appoint Artinnette A. E. Strickland Executrix of this my last will and testament. I do not wish my said Executrix to give bond and direct the Court to omit the same and I desire no appraisement and sale of my personal property be made, and that the Court of Probate direct the omission of the same in pursuance of the estate.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of July, in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight.

Elvira Strickland {seal}

Signed and acknowledged by said Elvira Strickland, as her last will and testament, in our presence, and signed by us in her presence, and in the presence of each other and at her request.
Edward H. Fitch
Elizabeth A. Culver

[Transcribed by Nan Lambert Starjak from original family researched documents]

Jeremy D. Strickland
Ashtabula County Probate Court case #9305

In the name of the Benevolent Father of all. I, Jeremy D. Strickland of the township of Andover, County of Ashtabula and State of Ohio, being of sound mind and memory do hereby revoke and wholly annul all former wills and codicils to wills made by me and I do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item: First. It is my desire and I hereby direct that all my honest debts be first paid out of my personal estate.

Item: Second. I hereby will, give, grant, and bequeath to my beloved wife Leonora H. Strickland during her life all the rents, profits, and the entire use and control of all the real estate of which I may die seized, and I devise to her a life estate in said real estate to terminate with her life. I also give, grant, and bequeath to my said wife the entire use, control, rents, profits, and benefits of the use of all personal property during her life, including all notes, claims, and demands, and cases in action, and it is my desire and I hereby authorized her to dispose of any of said personal property and reinvest the same as she may deem for the best interest of the estate and she may collect any and all claims, notes, and demands and reinvest the same and in the event she desires for her support more than the rents, profits and use of said real estate, and the rents, profits, and use of said personal property and interest in claims for her support and comfort, then I hereby give, grant, and devise to her the right to sell any of said personal property and use the same for her comfort and support during her life. But it is my desire and I hereby disclose that the provision for my said wife is to be in lieu of and to cut off all claim to a years support and right to dower in said real estate and all other allowances under the statutes of Ohio.

Item. Third. I hereby give, grant, and bequeath to my beloved daughters Mary E. Strickland and Nellie I. Strickland, at the death of my beloved wife, all my real estate in fee simple to be equally divided between them, and I also give and bequeath to them all the personal property rights, claims, and cases in action which may belong to my estate at and after the decease of my said wife, to be also equally divided between them.

I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Leonora H. Strickland executrix upon my estate and I hereby authorize and empower her to settle, compromise, and adjust all claims and collect the same as she may deem best and I desire that no appraisement or sale be made of any of my property, and I hereby request the court to direct that the same be omitted in [illegible] of the statute.
In witness whereof I hereto set my hand and seal on this 5th day of December, A.D. 1885 as my last will and testament.
J. D. Strickland {LS}

Signed by said testator Jeremy D. Strickland in our presence and acknowledged by him to be his last will and testament on this 5th day of December, A.D. 1885 and signed by each of us in his presence and in the presence of each other at his request [?} at the date above mentioned.
W. P. Howland
G. W. Stevens


APPLICATION FOR PROBATE OF WILL And Journal Entry, Orders for Filing, Notice and Hearing
Probate Court, Ashtabula County, Ohio
In the matter of the Last Will and Testament of Jeremy D. Strickland Application to Admit to Probate, Deceased

To the Probate Court of Said County:
Your petitioner respectfully represents that Jeremy D. Strickland, late a resident of the township of Andover in said County, died on or about the 2nd day of October, A.D. 1911, leaving an instrument in writing, herewith produced, purporting to be his last Will and Testament.
That the said Jeremy D. Strickland died leaving Leonora H. Strickland his widow who resides at Andover, and the following named persons his only next of kin, to-wit:

Name, Degree of Kinship, P.O. Address

May Creesy, daughter, Ashtabula O.
Nellie Baker, ", Traverse City, Mich.
Homer Strickland, son, unknown
Watson Strickland, ", "

Your petitioner offers said Will for probate, and prays that a time may be fixed for the proving of the same, and that said above persons residents in this State may be notified according to the law of the pendency of said proceedings.
Leonora H. Strickland, Petitioner

The State of Ohio, Ashtabula County, ss.
The above named Leonora H. Strickland, being first duly sworn, says that the facts stated and allegations in the foregoing application contained, are true as she verily believes.
Leonora H. Strickland
Sworn to before me and signed in my presence this 9th day of October 1911.
Clara Pease
Dep. Clerk, Probate Court

We, the undersigned widow and next of kin of the within named testator, resident of the State of Ohio, hereby waive further notice, and consent to the probate of said Will.
Dated this _______ day of ____________, A.D. 1911.
Leonora H. Strickland
Nellie Baker
May Creesy

PROOF OF SIGNATURE OF WITNESS TO WILL
Probate Court, Ashtabula County, Ohio

In the matter of The will of Jeremy D. Strickland Testimony, Deceased.
The State of Ohio, Ashtabula County, ss.
Personally appeared in open Court Fred Williams who being first duly sworn to testify to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, in the matter of the Will of Jeremy D. Strickland deceased, deposes and says, that G. W. Stevens whose name appears as one of the subscribing witnesses to the Last Will and Testament of Jeremy D. Strickland deceased, hereunto annexed, as, since the date of the said Will, December 5th, 1885, deceased; that I am well acquainted with the handwriting and signature of said deceased witness, and that the signature of said G. W. Stevens purporting to be his, as one of the subscribing witnesses to said Will, is the true and genuine signature of the said deceased witness G. W. Stevens.

Fred Williams
Sworn to before me and signed in my presence, in open Court, this 28th day of October, 1911.
Chas. C. Babcock, Probate Judge

[Transcribed by Nan Lambert Starjak from original family researched documents]

Henry Strickland
Written: August 15 1892
In the Name of the Beloved Father of All: Amen. I, Henry Strickland, of the Township of Kingsville, County of Ashtabula and State of Ohio, being about seventy-three years of age, and being of sound and disposing mind and memory, Do Make, Publish and Declare this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making null and void all other Last Wills and Testaments by me made heretofore: First: - My Will is that all my just Debts and Funeral Expenses shall be paid out of my Estate, as soon after my decease as shall be found convenient. Second: - I Give, Devise and Bequeath to my sister Mary S. Morley one thousand dollars Third: - To my brother Jeremy Strickland one thousand dollars.
Fourth: - To my brother Wesley Strickland two hundred dollars. Fifth: - To my niece Eva M. Strickland fifteen hundred dollars. Sixth: - To my nephew Wade B. Strickland one thousand dollars. Seventh: - To my niece Katie E. Strickland one thousand dollars. Eighth: - In case there should be a balance left belonging to my Estate after the payment of all of my just debts and funeral expenses, and the legacies mentioned in Items Second, Third Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh, it is my will that such balance or remainder be paid to and distributed among the Legatees mentioned in said Items Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh, of this my Last Will and Testament prorata. Ninth: - Having on or about the 21st day of June 1892, paid and turned over to my wife Lydia G. Strickland eight thousand three hundred and fifty dollars worth of personal property, and conveyed by deed real estate to her in fee simple of the value of one thousand dollars or more to her full satisfaction in lieu of her right of dower, and any and all right or rights which she may or might have under the laws of the State of Ohio as my widow (in case she survives me), in any and all property of every nature and kind, of which I may die siezed and possessed of, and which may belong to my estate at the time of my death; Wherefore I do give, devise, and bequeath to my said wife Lydia G. Strickland nothing in this my Last Will and

Testament. Tenth: - I do hereby nominate and appoint John Jones of South Kingsville, Ashtabula County, Ohio, Executor of this my Last Will and Testament.
In Testimony Whereof, I have set my hand to this, my Last Will and Testament, at Ashtabula Ohio, this fifteenth day of August, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety Two. Henry Strickland

The foregoing instrument was signed by the said Henry Strickland in our presence, and by him Published and Declared as and for his Last Will and Testament, and at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, we hereunto subscribe our Names as Attesting Witnesses, at Ashtabula Ohio, this 15th day of August, A.D. 1892.
Nathaniel Stanton, resides at Ashtabula Ohio.
R. W. Calvin, resides at Ashtabula Ohio.

[Transcribed by Nan Lambert Starjak from Ashtabula Co. Genealogical Society documents]


Wallace C. Strickland
Ashtabula Co., OH, Vol. A2, pg. 336

In the matter of Wallace C. Strickland’s Will
Be it remembered that heretofore to wit at the Court of Probate held at the court house in the town of Jefferson in the County of Ashtabula and State of Ohio on the tenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine the Last Will and Testament of Wallace C. Strickland late of Morgan in said County was produced in Court and it appearing that John B. Morris, David Clough and Mary C. Smith the subscribing witnesses to the said will being absent from this state and residents of Wilberham (?) in the County of Hampden and state of Massachusetts, it is ordered by the Court that a commission be issued, with the will attached, to William P. Chaffee of the said town of Wilberham in the County of Hampden, State of Massachusetts, to take the depositions of the said John B. Morris, David Clough and Mary C.
Smith, and return the same attached to said Will and commission to this court with all convenient speed. Thereupon a commission with the will attached issued, which said Commission is in the words and figures following, to wit:

The State of Ohio, Ashtabula County
To William P. Chaffee, Esq. Wilberham, Mass.,
Greeting. Know ye that in confidence of your prudence and fidelity I have appointed you and by these presents do give to you full power and authority to examine and take the depositions of John B. Morris, David Clough and Mary C. Smith the subscribing witnesses to the last Will and Testament of Wallace C. Strickland hereto annexed, late of Morgan, Ashtabula County, and State of Ohio deceased. And therefore you are hereby commanded that at a certain day or days, and place or places to be appointed by you, you cause the said John B. Morris, David Clough, and Mary C. Smith, to be brought before you and then and there examine them upon their corporeal oath or affirmation first taken before you touching the due execution of said Will of the said Wallace C. Strickland, particularly whether the said John B. Morris, David Clough and Mary C. Smith were present when the said Wallace C. Strickland signed said Will; whether the said testator at the time of executing the same was of sound and disposing
mind and memory, and more than twenty-one years of age; whether the said testator executed the said will freely and voluntarily being under no restraint; and whether the said John B. Morris, David Clough, and Mary C. Smith attested the said Will in the presence of the said Wallace C. Strickland and of each other, and that you reduce such examination to writing and return the same with this commission and the said Will of the said Wallace C. Strickland hereto attached, closed up under your seal unto the Court of Probate of said County of Ashtabula with all convenient speed. Witness my hand and official seal at Jefferson this 10th day of June AD 1859. W.A. Plumb (?)
Probate Judge by C. G. (or S) Bushnell Deputy Clerk {LS} Which said commission, Will and testimony attached was afterwards to wit on the Twenty fourth day of August in the year last above mentioned was returned into the Probate Court under seal. Which said testimony and return is in the words and figures following, to wit:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Hampden County SS. I hereby certify that before me, William P. Chaffee to whom the above Commission was directed, the above
named John B. Morris, David Clough and Mary C. Smith were duly sworn and their several depositions were taken by me at Wilberham in Hampden County on the
11th day of July Eighteen hundred and fifty nine. William P. Chaffee {LS}
Testimony:
In the matter of the Last Will and Testament of Wallace C. Strickland late of the Town of Morgan in the County of Ashtabula and State of Ohio. We the subscribing being duly sworn depose and say that we were present when the said Wallace C. Strickland signed said Will, and that he was at the time of sound and siposing mind and memory and more than twenty-one years of age, and that he executed the same freely and voluntarily being under no restraint and that we attested said Will in the presence of said Wallace C. Strickland and of each other. John B. Morris, David Clough, Mary C. Smith, sworn to and subscribed before me the 11th day of July AD 1859. William P. Chaffee.
Which said Will is in the words and figures following, to wit:

Be it remembered that I Wallace C. Strickland of Morgan, Ashtabula County, State of Ohio, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, and in manner and form following, viz.:
I give, devise, and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Ann Strickland, her heirs and assigns forever, all my estate both real and personal of which I may die seized, after paying my just debts and funeral expenses. And I hereby nominate and appoint my wife Mary Ann Strickland executor of this my last Will and testament, revoking all others. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine(?).
his
Wallace C. X Strickland
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Signed, sealed, and published and declared by the said Wallace C. Strickland in the presence of us who subscribed the same as witnesses thereto in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other.
John B. Morris
David Clough
Mary C. Smith

Attest: Henry Tapett (?) Probate Judge

[Transcribed by Nan Lambert Starjak from original family researched documents]




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