Will  and  Testament

Elizabeth  Witmer

I,  Elizabeth Witmer of the County of Shelby State, of Indiana being deeply impressed with the speediness and uncertainty of Human life and desirous of making the best provisions for my Estate and being moreover of sound mind, make, ordain and publish this my last Will and Testament.   After the payment of all my just debts and Funeral Expenses and putting up my Tombstone, over my grave agreeable to my station in life.

I give and devise all my property both personal and Real Estate of every description to my beloved Brother, Jacob Witmer in fee simple absolutely his forever, I do hereby nominate and appoint my Brother Jacob Witmer Executor of this my last Will and Testament Within my hand and Seal this 21 day of Sept 1909.
Elizabeth Witmer
( Seal )      

Signed and acknowledged by the said Elizabeth Witmer as her last Will and Testament in our presence and Signed by us in her presence.
Lewis D. Reed   ( Seal )
John Stainm   ( Seal )

State of Indiana, Shelby County S.S.
          Be it remembered, That on the 19th day of February 1912 Lewis D. Reed, and of the subscribing witnesses to the within and forgoing last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Witmer late of said County, deceased, personally appeared before Otto L.Coyle, clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby Co., in the State of Ind., and being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Court, upon his oath declared and testified as follows, that is to say That on the 21st day of Sept. 1909 he saw the said Elizabeth Witmer sign her name to the said instrument in writing as and for her last Will and Testament and that this deponent at the same time heard the said Elizabeth Witmer and with her the same time, at the request of the said Elizabeth Witmer and with her consent attested and susbcribed by the same Lewis D. Reed and John Stainm in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses, thereto, and that the said Elizabeth Witmer was at the time of the signing and subscribing in writing as aforesaid of full age (that is more than twenty-one years of age) and of sound and disposing mind and memory and not under any coercion or restraint as the said deponent verily believes and further deponent says not.
Lewis D. Reed

          Sworn to and subscribed by the said Lewis D. Reed before me Otto L.Coyle, clerk of said court at Shelbyville 19th day of Ebruary 1912.
          In Attention Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the seal of said Court.
Otto L.Coyle,      
Clerk of Shelby Circuit Court.

State of Indiana, Shelby Co. SS: -
          I  Otto L. Coyle Clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Indiana, do hereby certify that the within annexed Will and Testament of  Elizabeth Witmer has been duly admitted to probate, and duly proved by the Testimony of  Lewis D. Reed one of the subscribing Witnesses thereto that a complete record of said Will, and of the testimony of the said  Lewis D. Reed in proof therof, has been duly made and recorded in Book 206 [? - appears to have been lined through] at pages 119-20 of the record of Wills of said County.  In Attestation Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the seal of said court, at Shelbyville, this 19th day of February 1912.
Otto L. Coyle,      
Clerk Circuit Court, Shelby County

Transcribed by Pat Lorentzen

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