Will and Testament of
ary  A. Woodward

I  Mary A. Woodward of Shelby County, Indiana, being of sound mind and disposing memory do hereby make and publish this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

Item 1.   I will and direct that all my just debts, including expenses of my last sickness and funeral, be paid by my executor.

Item 2.  I will devise and bequeath to my husband  Henry Woodward, for and during his natural life only all of my property both personal and real.

Item 3. I will, devise and bequeath to my son Orville F. Woodward, for and during his natural life, subject to his life (or the) life estate of my said husband, and the payment of by debts as provided in item one of this will, all of my property both personal and real.

Item 4.  I will, desire and bequeath to my grandchildren Rebecca Woodward  and  Alfred Woodard, children of my said son Orville F. Woodward all of my property absolutely and in fee simple subject to the provisions of item one, two and three of this will the same to be held by said grandchildren share and share alike.

Item 5.  I hereby appoint my nephew William M. Fix, as executor of this my last will and testament.  In witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 31 day of March 1911.

Her signature
Mary M. Woodward

The above will was signed, sealed, and acknowledged by the said Mary A. Woodward as her last will and testament in our presence and in the presence of each other.  We subscribe our names hereto as witnesses this 31 day of March 1911.

Geo H. Meiks
Claude F. Fix
Melissa Ralston

State of Indiana
Shelby County, Indiana,
be it remembered that on the 6th day of April A. D., 1911 the 22nd judicial day of the March term of the Shelby Circuit Court in said year came into the Court William M. Fix and produces in court an instrument in writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Mary A, Woodward, deceased and now asks admittance as thereof to probate and record proof of said will.  Now introduces George H. Mieks the subscribing witness, being duly sworn by the clerk of the said court, on oath declare and testify as follows: that is to say: that on the 31st day of March 1911, that Mary A Woodward declares 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 A. Woodward and with her consent attest and subscribe by the said George H. Meiks, Claude Fix, and Mellisa Colston in the presence of said testator, and in the presence of each other, as subscribing witness thereto and that the said Mary A Woodward was, at the time of 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 deposed verify believes and further deponent says not.

Will Record # 6 at pages 8 & 9 of the records of wills of said counties.
Transcribed by Lora.

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Election of Widower - Henry Woodward

The undersigned, Henry Woodward, widower of  Mary Woodward, late of Shelby County, in the State of Indiana, who died testate, and whose last will and testament has been duly admitted to probate and record in the Shelby Circuit Court, Shelby County, in the State of Indiana, hereby makes election as such widower to hold and retain his right to one third of the land of which his said wife died(?) seized, not with standing the terms of the said will, and he refuses to accept any devise or provision whatsoever made for him in the said will.
Henry   X   Woodward

State of Indiana
County of Shelby SS:

Before me, the undersigned, Notary Public, in and for the County and State aforesaid, this 15th day of April, 1911, personally appeared Henry Woodard, widower, of Mary A. Woodard, deceased, late of Shelby County, Indiana, to me well known, and having had explained to him the contents of the above and foregoing instrument, acknowledged the execution of the same as his voluntary act and deed.
Witmess my hand and seal this 15th day of April 1911.
George H. Meiks
Comm. Exp. Aug. 2./1914             Notary Pub.

Transcribed by Pat Lorentzen

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