Shelby County, Indiana
Jeremiah Joseph Stillwell
I, Jeremiah Stillwell of Jefferson Township in Elkhart County and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament. First, I deem that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted according with my estate and situation in life, and such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same in the following manner to wit: I direct first that all my just debts be paid and funeral expenses paid out of the first of my goods and of the balance of my goods, I give and bequeath to my son John S. Stillwell one dollar and to my son Samuel one dollar, and to my son William Stillwell heirs, one dollar; to my daughter Sophia Bryan [or Shaton] one dollar; to my daughter Louisa Wyland one dollar, to my daughter Elizabeth Woodward one dollar, to my daughter Mary Bonner one hundred and twenty dollars; and all the balance to my son Jeremiah J Stillwell. And I hereby make and ordain Jeremiah J Stillwell my Executer of this My last will and testament: In witness whereof I Jeremiah the testator have herein set my hand and seal this 10th Day of May in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight-hundred and fifty three.
Jeremiah Stillwell X his mark Seal
Signed Sealed published and declared by the above make Named Jeremiah Stillwell as his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunder subscribed our names as witnesses thereto and in the presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other.
Elijah Adams seal
John Banks seal
Will Record Vol 1, 1845-1871.
Transcribed by Robert Covey
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