Last  Will  and  Testament

Piercy  Kitchel,  deceased

          I  Piercy Kitchel, of the County of Shelby and State of Indiana, do hereby make and publish my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time heretofore made.

I directed, first, that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid from the first money that shall come into the hands of my executors from any portion of my estate. After payment of which I direct that all of my estate, both real and personal, be sold for cash in hand or on such credit as my executors shall think most to the interest of those who by this shall be entitled to the proceeds of the same.

I also direct that the net produce of all my estate hereinafter by me directed to be disposed of, be divided as soon as possible among my children or their descendants in the following manner and in the following proportions, to wit: To the descendants of my deceased son, John, I give seven dollars, to my son, Moses, sixty dollars, to my daughter Lucinda, forty-eight dollars, to my daughter, Betsey, thirty-six dollars, to my daughter Harriet, five dollars, to my son, Harvey, sixty-five dollars, to each of my daughters, Cholista,  Phebe, and  Margaret, one hundred dollars. If any remains after the payment of the above named portions, I direct that it be divided equally between my following children, to-wit:  Moses, Harvey, Betsy, Cholista, Phebe, and Margaret, so that they shall share and share alike.

Nothing in the forgoing will shall be so construed as to effect any right to dower my wife may have in my estate if she should survive me. The lands that shall hold as dower during her life shall be sold as quick as convenient after her death and the proceeds thereof be equally divided between my seven last named children so that they shall share and share alike.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this __ day of April, A.D. 1846.
                    Piercy Kitchel (SEAL)

Signed and sealed in the presence of:
    David Stone
    Ira Bailey
    Fortune Lewis Bailey

Admitted into probate April 17, 1848, on testimony of Ira Bailey, one of the subscribing winesses thereto.

Contributed by Mary Patricia Sabogal

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