Last Will and Testament
John Parkinson

          In the name of God Amen. I John Parkinson of the County of Shelby and State of Indiana being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory I make and publish this my last will and testament its manner and form as follows to wit.
          I bequeath unto my beloved wife all my goods and Chattels lands tenements to be disposed of by her as she may see proper for her maintenance support and education of my children.  I wish my wife to dispose of my property as she may think best for the benefit of herself and Children at her discretion.  Secondly, I wish my children to remain with my wife that they may aid and assist each other for their common support.  Thirdly I do not wish any letters testamentary to be taken out from the Court of Common Pleas while my wife lives and at her decease I then wish that my land may be sold to the best advantage and the proceeds then to equally divided among my Children who may then be living and in case of the death of any of them the share that would accrue to such to his loyal representive Family.  The goods and Chattels that may be possession of my wife at her death I wish her to dispose of in same manner among my Children as she may deem proper the bequeaths where made to wife Avis Parkinson is in leiu of her dower but should she here after marry, then in that case I wish her to retain her in my estate and no more.  Anything in the above to the contrary notwithstanding I here by appoint my wife Avis Parkinson Executrix and Robert Harford Executor of this my last will and testament.  Hereby revoking all former wills by me made. in witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 3rd day of August 1860.

signed sealed published and declared by the above named John Parkinson to be his last will and testament in the presence of

Green F. Burgess. /s/
Robert H. Worland, /s/

John     Parkinson  Esquire  

State of Indiana
Shelby County Courthouse
Probate Order Book Common Pleas 4
June 1861- Mar 1864

Will  Records, Shelby County, Indiana
Book 1, Pg. 40-41

Submitted by Robert Parkison

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