Joseph  A.  Talbert,  decd --
Last  Will  and  Testament

          I, Joseph A. Talbert of Shelby County, Indiana, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do publish and declare this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made:

          1st.   It is my will that all just debts be fully paid out of my personal estate, excepting debts as are secured by mortgage.

          2nd.  I give to my wife, Alma M. Talbert, all the remaining part of my personal property.

          3rd.  I give and devise to my wife, Alma M. Talbert the FIFTY Acres of land on which the home buildings stand, being the North Half of the South-west Quarter of Section Twenty (20) in Township Fourteen (14) North and Range Eight (8) East, except Twenty (20) Acres off the entire South side thereof and except, also, Ten (10) Acres off the entire east end of the residue thereof.

          4th.  To my two children, Beatrice Audrey Talbert  and  Mary Ellouise Talbert, I give the remainder of my real estate, same being eighty (80) Acres, more or less lying in the south-west Quarter of said Section 20.

          It is my desire and I hereby direct that all of said land be held in common by said devisees for a period of FIVE YEARS from the date of my death and the net proceeds therefrom be applied upon the mortgage indebtedness thereon until such indebtedness is paid. I mean by net proceeds that part of the income from said lands that is left after all expenses are paid and a reasonable living for my said devisees. If any of my said devisees be not living at the end of the said five year period, then the part hereby given to her shall be equally divied between the ones surviving.

          I hereby appoint my wife, Alma M. Talbert, to be executrix of this my last will and testament.

          Witness my hand and seal this 14th day of December, 1918.

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Joseph A.   X   Talbert
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          Signed, published and declared by the said Joseph A. Talbert as and for his last will and testament in our presence, who, at this request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, signed same as witnesses.

Wm. M. Patterson
John B. Hayes    




State of Indiana
Shelby County, SS:
          Be it remembered, That on the 27th day of December, 1918, William M. Patterson one of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing last Will and Testament of Joseph A. Talbert late of said County, deceased, personally appeared before Gordon Thurston of the Circuit Court of Shelby County, in the State of Indiana, and being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Court, upon his oath, declared and testified as follows, that is to say:  That on the 14 day of December, 1918 he saw the said Joseph A. Talbert sign his name to the said instrument in writing as and for his last Will and Testament; and that this deponent, at the same time, heard the said Joseph A. Talbert 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 Joseph A. Talbert and with his consent attested and subscribed by the said William M. Patterson and John B. Hayes in the presence of said testator, and in the presence of each other, as subscribing witnesses thereto, and that the said Joseph A. Talbert 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 deponent says not.

William M. Patterson



Sworn to and subscribed by the said William M. Patterson before me, Gordon Thurston Clerk of said Court, at Shelbyville, the 27th day of December 1918.

          In Attestation Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the seal of said Court.

Gordon Thurston, Clerk Shelby Circuit Court




State of Indiana
Shelby County, SS:
          I, Gordon Thurston Clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Indiana, do hereby certify that the within annexed Will and Testament of Joseph A. Talbert has been duly admitted to probate, and duly proved by the testimony of William M. Patterson one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, that a complete record of said Will, and of the testimony of the said William M. Patterson in proof thereof, has been by me duly made and recorded in Book 7 at Pages 362 and 363 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 27 day of December 1918.

Gordon Thurston ( Seal )
Clerk Circuit Court, Shelby County


Transcribed by Linda Bianchi

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