Shelby County, Indiana
Probate Order Book 1
In the name of the benevolent Father of all I William Jones of the County of Shelby and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament.
First I give and devise to my beloved wife Susan Jones in lieu of her dower the farm on which now reside situate in the County of Shelby and State of Indiana containing about seventy five acres more or less during her natural life and widowhood and further bequeath to my said wife all my personal property and affects during her life and widowhood with the exception of enough of said general property to pay my just debts. I also appoint my son J.W. Jones Guardian to sell as much of my personal property as to satisfy my just debts at the death of my wife the real estate aforesaid to be divided as follows.
I give and devise to myGrandson John Wesley Mills one half of said farm to be divided north and south and said John Wesley to have the east half of said farm and if said Susan Jones die before John Wesley become twenty one years of age, I appoint my son James W. Jones his Guardian and if said John Wesley die without heirs the said real estate to fall to the heirs of James W. Jones. I also bequeath the balance of said lands at the death of my wife to be equally divided between the heirs of my son James W. Jones. I also divide after the death of my wife Susan Jones all the property if any remaining unconsumed and expended to be equally divided between John Wesley Mills my grandson and the heirs of my son James W. Jones.
I do hereby nominate and appoint James W. Jones executor of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise adjust release discharge in such manner as he may deem proper the debts and claims due me. I do also authorize and empower him if it shall become necessary in order to pay my debts to sell by private any part of my personal property as he may think proper to pay my debts. I hereby revoke all former wills by me made. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of September 1855.
William Jones (SEAL)
Signed and acknowledged by said William Jones as his last will and testament in our presence and signed by us in his presence.
Jas. Manlove William Barger Reuben Bowen his X mark
State of Indiana
Before the undersigned Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of said County personally came William Barger and Reuben Bourne two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing and being by me duly sworn say they saw and heard William Jones who is now deceased sign seal publish and declare the said instrument of writing as witness by them as his last will and testament that they verily believe he was of sound mind and memory at the time of its execution and not under restraint or coercion and that he was capable of devising his property that he signed his name thereto in their presence and that they signed thereto as witnesses in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other.
William Barger Reuben Bourne
Subscribed to and subscribed before me Oct 1st 1855 J. Vernon Clerk
I Alonzo Blair Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of said County certify the foregoing to be a full true and complete record of the last will and testament of William Jones late of County deceased together with the probate thereof and my attestation thereof.
Given under my hand this 11th day of August 1860 Alonzo Blair Clerk
Transcribed by Barb Huff
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