Last Will of
Mary E. Blessing
I, Mary E. Blessing of the City of Shelbyville, in Shelby County, Indiana do make, declare and publish the following as my last will and testament.
Item 1. I will and direct that my just debts and funeral expenses be first paid out of my estate.
Item 2. I will and bequeath to my four nieces Anna Baker, Sarah Linville, Mary E. Hendrickson, and Florence LaFils all of the chinaware and dishes which belong to me at the date of making this Will. Also all of the books now owned by me except a copy of Shakespeare and a set of Alden's Cyclopedia of Literature, said excepted books having been given to me by my husband John Blessing. Said chinaware and books so given to my said nieces to be directed equally between them and share and share alike.
Item 3. I will, devise and bequeath all of the residue of my estate to Emma R. Beeks, Jennie Beeks, and Gertrude B. Elliott, daughters of my husband John Blessing in equal proportions and share and share alike.
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of May 1907.
Mary E. Blessing (Seal)
Signed sealed and acknowledged by the said Mary E. Blessing as her last Will in our presence, and signed by us as attesting witnesses thereto at her request, in her presence and in the presence of each other this 8th day of May 1907.
H. C. Morrison Isaac Carter
State of Indiana Shelby County SS:
Be it Remembered that on the 13th day of July 1911 Harry C. Morrison one of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing last Will and Testament of Mary E. Blessing, late of said County, declared, personally appeared before Otto L. Coyle, Clerk 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 8th day of May 1907, he saw the said Mary E. Blessing sign her name to the said instrument in writing as and for her last Will and Testament; and that this deponent, at the same time heard the said Mary E. Blessing declare the said instrument in writing to be her last Will and Testament, and that the said instrument in writing was, at the same time at the request of the said Mary E. Blessing and with her consent attested and subscribed by the said Harry C. Morrison and Isaac Carter in the presence of said testator, and in the presence of each other, as subscribing witnesses thereto, and the said Mary E. Blessing 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 deposing mind and memory and not under any coercion or restraint as the said deponent verily believes and further deponent says not.
H. C. Morrison
Sworn to and subscribed by the said Harry C. Morrison before me, Otto L. Coyle, Clerk of said Court at Shelbyville the 13th day of July 1911.
In Attestation Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of Court.
Otto L. Coyle Clerk
Shelby Circuit Court
State Of Indiana
Shelby County SS:
I, Otto L. Coyle, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Indiana do hereby certify that the within annexed Will and Testament of Mary E. Blessing had been duly admitted to probate and duly proved by the testimony of Harry C. Morrison one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, that a complete record of said Will, and of the testimony of the said Harry C. Morrison in proof thereof, had been by me duly made and recorded in Book C, at pages 41 to 43 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 13th day of July, 1911.
Otto L. Coyle Clerk
Transcribed by Barb Huff