Shelby  County,  Indiana
Courthouse  Records

Last  Will  &  Testament
Joseph  P.  Newton

Be it remembered that on the first day of December in the year 1854 an instrument of writing perporting to be the last will and testament of  Joseph P. Newton  was filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Shelby County for probate and record, which said will reads in the words and following towit.  In the oft said Amen, I Joseph P Newton of the County of Shelby and State of Indiana being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make or claim publish and declare this to be my last will and testament that is to say. First after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged the residue of my Estate real and personal I give and bequeath to my beloved wife during the term of her natural life and after her death to be divide equally among my three youngest children.  John Henry, Sarah Elizabeth  and  Constantine.  Likewise I make consitute and appoint my beloved wife to be executor after my last will and testament hereby revoking all former will by me made.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this third day of November the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty four.

/s/  Joseph P. Newton

The above written instrument was subscribed by the said Joseph P Newton in our presence and acknowledged by him to each of us and he at the same time published and declared the above instrument so subscribed to be his last will and testament and we at the Testaters request and in this presence have signed our names as Witnesses hereto.

/s/  David K. Newton
/s/  John Zell

PMF note: I am not sure yet with which estate bundle this will belongs. It was found loose in filebox 92. Perhaps it was used for supporting evidence in the guardianship of Constantine, or perhaps I will find that it belongs with the estate of papers of his "beloved wife".
Transcribed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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