Will & Testament
State of Indiana, County of Shelby
Pages 144, 145 & 146
11 December 1911
I, George Copple of Shelby County Ind being of Sound mind and disposing memory do make and publish this my last Will and testament hereby revoking all former Wills be ~ at any time by me made.
Item One, I hereby direct that all my just debts including my funeral expenses and cost of my last sickness be paid by my Executor as soon after my death as the same can be paid without injury to my estate and after the paying of my debts and expenses as above provided I direct that my executor shall purchase and erect a monument at the head of my grave.
Item 2. I direct that my personal property shall be converted to cash and after paying all my just debts funeral expenses and the monument as provided in Item - One and after paying the expenses necessary in settling my estate the residue thereof shall be given to my beloved wife Abagail Copple except that the household goods as hereby given to her and the executor shall not have any right or interest in them, and provided further that if my said wife shall desire any of my personal property before it is sold she shall have the right to take the same as its appraised value It being the intention of this will to give to my beloved wife all of my personal property of which I may die seized except as above provided.
Item 3. I will devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Abagail Copple for and during her natural life all the real estate of which I may die the owner and at her death I direct that my real estate shall be disposed of as follows:
Item 4. To my Grandson Omer Howery I will and devise (40) Forty acres off of the South end of the following described real estate to-wit, the East half of the South West quarter and 20-1/4 acres off of the East side of the West half of the South West quarter all in Section 16 ~ township 14 north in Range 7
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East to have and hold the same for and during his Natural life and at his death the same to go his children, the intention of this will being that the said Omer Howery is to have and hold only a life estate ~ in said Forty (40) acres of Real Estate and the fee simple to go to his children.
To my daughter Emma Winton I Will and devise all of the residue of my real estate of which I may die the owner she to have and hold the same in fee simple.
I hereby nominate and appoint A. E. Lisher as my executor of this my last Will and Testament and direct the he shall honestly and economically settle my said Estate.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 12" day of December 1911.
/s/ George W. Copple
Signed, sealed and acknowledged by George W. Copple as his last Will and testament in our presence and signed by us as attesting witnesses at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other.
Dated this 12" day of December 1911
/s/ A. E. Lisher
/s/ Wm M Pierson
State of Indiana, Shelby Co. S.S.
Be it remembered, That on the 22" day of April 1912: A. E. Lisher one of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing last Will and Testament of George W. Copple late of said County, deceased, personally appeared before Otto L. Coyle, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby County in the State of Indiana and being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Circuit Court upon his oath declared and testified as follows, that is to say That on the 12 day of December 1911 he saw the said George W. Copple sign his name to the said
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instrument in writing as and for the last Will and testament, and that this deponent at the time heard the said George W. Copple 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 George W. Copple and with his consent attested and subscribed by said A. E. Lisher and Wm A Pierson in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other, as subscribing witnesses thereto, and that the said George W. Copple 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 any coercion or restraint as the said deponent verily believes and further says not.
/s/ A. D. Lisher
Sworn to and Subscribed by the said A. E. Lisher before me, Otto L. Coyle, Clerk of said Court at Shelbyville the 22 day of April 1912.
/s/ Otto L. Coyle
Clerk Shelby Circuit Court
State of Indiana Shelby Co. S.S.
I, Otto L. Coyle, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby Co. Indiana do hereby certify that the within annexed Will and testament of George W. Copple has been duly admitted to probate and duly proved by the testimony of A. E. Lisher one of the subscribing Witnesses thereto, that a complete record of said Will and of the testimony of the said A. E. Lisher in proof thereof has been by me duly made and recorded in Book 6 at pages 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 22. day of April 1912.
/s/ Otto L. Coyle
Clerk of Circuit Court
Transcribed by Antoinette Waughtel Sorensen
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ELECTION OF THE WIDOW OF GEORGE W. COPPLE
The undersigned widow of
George W. Copple deceased, late of Shelby County, Indiana who died testate and whose last Will and Testament has been duly admitted to probate and recorded in the Shelby Circuit Court of said County and State, hereby elects to take and accept the provisions made by said Will in her favor, in lieu of her Statutory right as such widow of the lands and other property of which her said husband died seized and which statutory provisions in consideration of her provisions under said Will are hereby relinquished and released.
State of Indiana Shelby County SS:
On the 26" day of February 1913 personally appeared before me the undersigned a Notary Public in and for said county and State Abigail Copple widow of George W. Copple deceased, to me well known, and who having the contents of the foregoing instrument fully explained to her acknowledged that she executed the same as her voluntary act and deed.
Witness my hand and seal this 26" day of February 1913.
A. E. Lisher
Com Ex Oct 23rd - 1913
Transcribed by Barb Huff