Will  of
William  S. Ensley

Know all men by these presents that I  William S Ensley  being infirm in body but sound in mind do hereby make and publish this my last Will and Testament

Item 1st    I will and devise to my son  Willie Ensley  a certain three year old bay colt now on my farm near Flat Rock Indiana.

Item 2nd    I will and bequeath to my son  Eddie Ensley  the sum of sixty dollars as an amount equal in value to said above mentioned colt.

Item 3rd    I will and devise to my daughter  Ellie M. Ensley  my piano now in the house where we reside.  Also I will to said Ellie one red cow, and spotted calf belonging to a different cow, both now on my said Flat Rock farm.

Item 4"    I will and devise unto my son  Andrew J Ensley  on two horse wagon, and one set of wagon harness now in his possession, also all balances due me on accounts for service of my stallion "Stockbridge-Chief" for the year 1880, also the free use for the year1881 of Twenty acres of my said farm and the house situate on said farm wherein he now resides, said 20 acres being the same land occupied by him during last year.  All rent free as aforesaid.
I also give to said Andrew my gold headed cane heretofore presented to me by the citizens of Shelby County.

Item 5'        I will and devise to my wife  Elizabeth K Ensley  all the remainder of my property both real and personal of every kind, character and description whatever, and hereby appoint her as my executrix, to serve as such without giving bond & under the following directions:  [1"]  I direct that my body be properly interred, and that all expenses of my last sickness and interment be paid by my said executrix out of the said property bequeathed to her.

    2"    I direct that my executrix pay out of the first moneys that come into her hands of said property bequeathed to her to,  Mrs. Mary Stine  all of my indebtedness to said Mary Stine, said indebtedness being evidence by a note now held by her against me.

    3"    To the end that my debts all be speedily paid I hereby authorize my said executrix to sell any portion of my Real Estate or personal property without application to court for an order for such sale, and I would prefer that my pike stock in the Shelbyville Flat-Rock, and Norristown Turnpike company be sold first, and the proceeds paid on indebtedness now due and not secured by mortgage and also to be applied to interest due and to become due on my mortgaged indebtedness.

    4"    I desire that my debts to become due should be paid as they mature if possible.

    5"    I direct that the sale of my real and personal property be made by my executrix public or private sale as her sound discretion may dictate & she is hereby authorized to make, execute and deliver deeds of Conveyance to all or any portion of my Real Estate that may be sold by her for the purpose of paying my just debts the same as I could do if I were living.  I hereby revoke all former Wills.  In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand seal this 15' day of January 1881.
Wm S Ensley   {{seal}}     

Signed in the presence of each of the undersigned witnesses by William S Ensley and signed by said witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other this 15" day of January 1881.
Ed K Adams     witness            
Edwin P Ferris
Hugh Dobbins

State of Indiana    Shelby County ss
        Be it remembered that on the 18' day of April 1881 the 37 judicial day of the March Term of the Shelby Circuit Court in said year, come unto open Court Elizabeth K Ensley and produces in Court an instrument in writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of William S Ensley deceased and now moves the admittance thereof to probate and record and in proof of said Will introduces  Ed K Adams and Hugh Dobbins the subscribing witnesses thereto who being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Court on oath, declare and testify as follows, that is to say:  That on the 15' day of January 1881 he saw the said William S Ensley sign his name to said instrument in writing as and for his last Will and Testament; and declare the said instrument in writing to be his last Will and Testament, and that the said instrument in writing was at the same time, at the request of the said William S Ensley and with his consent attested and subscribed by the said Hugh Dobbins and Ed K Adams in the presence of said testator, and in the presence of each other, as subscribing witnesses thereto, and that the said William S Ensley was at the time of the signing and subscribing of said instrument 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 and coercion or restraint, as the said deponent verily believes and further deponent says not.

Ed K Adams        
Hugh Dobbins        
Sworn to and subscribed by the said Deponents before me     Fred H Chueden  Clerk of said Court, at Shelbyville the 18" day of April 1881
Fred H Chueden   clerk

Whereupon it is ordered, adjudged and decreed by the Court, that said instrument in writing purporting to be the last Will of William S Ensley deceased, is the last Will and Testament of William S Ensley deceased, and is hereby a admitted to probate and record in this Court

State of Indiana    Shelby County SS:

I Fred H Chueden,  Clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Indiana, do hereby certify that the within annexed Will and Testament of William S Ensley has been duly admitted to probate and duly proved by the testimony of Ed K Adams & Hugh Dobbins, the subscribing witnesses thereto, that a complete record of said Will and of the testimony of the said Deponents in proof thereof, has been by me duly made and recorded in Book 1 at Page 583, 584, 585 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 18" day of April 1881.
Fred H. Chueden    Clerk
Circuit Court of Shelby County
Transcribed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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