Last   Will  and  Testament  of
lmira  J.  Keaten

Fountaintown, Indiana, November 3, 1915.

          I,  Elmira J. Keaten, a resident of Shelby County, in the State of  Indiana, this to be my last will and testament.
Item 1.  I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and a stone be placed atmu grave then all paid as soon as possible after my decease.  I want the ones that take care of me in my last sickness to be paid a reasonable price for taking care of me.

Item 2.  I give and bequeath to my daughter Ollie M. Rafferty all my beds and bedding and all of my household goods that she wants then if any left to be divided between Carey N. Keaton and Bertha S. Wood [note from typist: here the middle initial and surname of D. Shank was marked out and the initial and surname was changed to S. Wood].

I give and bequeath to Pauline D. Shank one featherbed, two Pillows, two quilts, two comforts, one blanket, Pillow sliP and sheets.  I want Ollie M. Rafferty to take care of the bed and bedding for Pauline D. Shank until she is 18 years old.

I give and bequeath to Bertha S. Wood $50 fifty dollars. Now I want all notes that I give to Carey N. Keaton to be paid all notes that I give to, Ollie M. Rafferty to be paid.

Item 3.  Then all the remaining of my real estate for the best possible price and then divide the proceeds equally begween my four children, Carey N. Keaton,  Ollie M. Rafferty,  Bertha S. Wood,  Cora S. Shank, deceased her share be divided equally between her body heirs her six children  William F. Shank,  Carol P. Shank,  Mae V. Shank,  Anna E. Shank, Grace L. Shank and Pauline D. Shank share and share alike.

Item 4.  I appoint for guardian Marshall N. Little to be guardian for William T. Shank, Carol F. Shank, Mae V. Shank, Anna E. Shank, Grace L. Shank and Pauline D. Shank.

Item 5.  Carey N. Keaten  Bertha S. Wood, Ollie M. Rafferty, share and share alike.

Item 6.  My request for Carey N. Keaten to be executor this my last will and in witness whereof I have Here written set my hand this 3rd day of November, 1915.  This is wrote in mu own hand writing.

Elmira J. Keaten

Witness     Lawrence Wood        
              * Harvey J. Rhue,        

State of Indiana, Shelby County, SS:

          Be ti rememberee that on the 13rd day of March, A. D., 1917 the 2nd Judicial day of the March Term of the Shelby Circuit Court in said year, come into open court Carye N. Keaten and produces in court an instrument in writing purporting th be the last Will and Testament of Elmira N. Keaten, deceased, and now moves the admittabce thereof, and in proof of said Will introduces Lawrence Wo Wood the subscribing witness thereto, who being sworn by the Clerk of this Court on oath, says declares and testified as follows that is to say:  That on the 3rd day of Nov. 1915 he sae thesaid Elmira J.Keaten shgn her name to said instrument in writing and as for her last Will and Testament; and that this depoment at the same time, heard her the sayd Elmira J. Keaten declare the said instrument in writing to be her lat will and Testament, and that the said Instrument in writing was, at the same time, at request of the said Elmira J. Keaten and with her consent attested and subscribed by the said Lawrence Wood and Harvey J. Rhue in the presence of said testator, and in thepresence of each other, as subscribing wintess thereto, and that the said Elmira J. Keaten was, at the time of sign ing and subscribing of said instrument in writing, as aforesaid, of full age (that is, more than twenty-one years of age) and of a sound and disposing mind and memory, and not under any coercion or restraint as the said deponent verily believes, and further deponent sayd not.

X Lawrence Wood

          Sworn to and subscribed by the said Lawrence Wood before me Cecil B. Collins, Clerk of said Court at Shelbyville, Indiana the 13 day fo March 1917.

Cecil B. Collins, Clerk.

          Whereupon it is ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court that said instrument in writing purporting to bethe last will of Elmira J. Keaten, deceased, is the last will and Testament of Elmira J. Keaten, deceased and is hereby admitted to probate and record in this court.

Cecil B. Collins, Clerk.

State of Indiana, Shelby County, SS:
I, Cecil B. Collins, Clerk of the Circuit court of Shelby County, Indiana, do hereby certify that the within annexed will and Testament of Elmira J. Keaten, has been duly admitted to probate, and duly proved by the testamony of Lawrence Wood oneof the subscribing witnesses thereto, that a complete record of said Will, and of the testimony of said Lawrence Wood in proof thereof, has been by me duly made and recorded in Book 7 at pages 202 and 203 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 Indiana, this 13th day of March 1917.

Cecil B. Collins, Clerk.
Circuit Court Shelby County.

Transcribed by Jeanette Crane

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