Shelby  County,  Indiana
Courthouse  Records

Andrew  Hensley

            I,  Andrew Hensley  of Marion County in the State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making nil all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.
            Item 1.  I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my Estate and situation in life and as by such worldly estate and has pleased God to intrust me with  I dispose of the same in the following manner to wit:  I direct that first of all my just debts and funeral expenses by paid as soon after my decease as possible and of the first moneys that should come to the hands of Executors from my portion of my estate real or personal.  I also direct that a fair valuation or appraisement by made by three [?] neighbors of all my said Estate including my household furniture and after being signed with their names that a copy of the same be given by them to each of my Executors and to effectuate this my intention.  I hereby vest my widow with full and ample manner and with power to collect  a rears by law and receive any money coming to me is as full and complete manner in every respect as I could myself do if living.  I also direct that the whole of my household furniture be and remain the absolute property of my wife if she shall be living at the time of my decease but if she should not survive me then that the same shall be given and distributed equally between my and my wifes children share and share alike and to be apportioned by three impartial neighbors mutually chosen by said heirs for that purpose.  I also direct that the moneys which is coming to me be laid out for lands for the use of my wife and children and that my wife is to have all the use benefit and profits of said land during her life and after her decease to be equally divided between my seven[?] children and to share alike and I hereby make and ordain my worthy and esteemed friend  James Sharp  Executor of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof 
[the copy ends here].

From probate records in Marion County, Indiana, we know that Andrew's estate was opened in September of 1842.

Transcribed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Susan Gayle.

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