Last Will and Testament
Newton S. Jones
I, Newton S. Jones being of sound mind and disposing memory do make this to be my last will and testament.
I will, devise and bequeath, in trust all my real estate to my brother John L. Jones, that he may hold, or invest or put at interest for the use of my beloved wife Caroline, for and during her natural life. At her death my said brother John L. Jones shall divide equally such property moneys, or other belongings of my said real estate, among my bodily heirs or their natural descendants.
He, John L. Jones, shall pay all my just debts and funeral expenses, all of which shall be a charge against my said estate.
I further desire that he give bond for the performance of this will and in case of his death prior to my said wifes death, the family may select some one to fulfill his duties.
I will and devise to my beloved wife Caroline all of my personal property to hold or use as she may think best.
Signed by Newton S. Jones
We the Undersigned, at his request, and in his presence witness this signature and disposition of his said estate.
Eliza E. Grace
Signed and witnessed this 21st day of November 1902
State of Indiana, Shelby County, S.S.
Be it remembered that on the 16th day of October A.D. 1915, the Judicial day of the Term of the Shelby Circuit Court in said year, come into open Court, John L. Jones and produces in Court an instrument in writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Newton S. Jones, deceased, and now moves the admittance thereof to probate and record, and in proof of said Will introduces Elijah S. Carter of Bartholomew County, a son-in-law of said Testator, who being duly sworn upon oath, declared and testified as follows, that is to say: That the signature of said Will is that of Newton S. Jones, deceased, signed in his presence and in the presence of the subscribing witnesses J.B. Grace, now deceased and Eliza E. Grace; who now resides in Baltimore, Maryland and is physical unable to be present.
The deponent further says, he saw the said Newton S. Jones sign his name to said instrument in writing as and for his last Will and Testament, and at the same time, heard the said Newton S. Jones, 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 Newton S. Jones, and with his consent attested and subscribed by the said J.B. Grace and Eliza E. Grace, in the presence of said testator, and in the presence of each other, as subscribing witnesses thereto, and that the said Newton S. Jones was, at the time of the signing and subscribing of said instrument in writing, as aforesaid, of full age, and sound and disposing mind and memory and not under any coercion or restraint, and as the deponent verily believes, and further deponent says not.
Elijah S. Carter
Sworn to and subscribed by the said Elijah S. Carter before me Cecil B. Collins Clerk of said Court, at Shelbyville Indiana, the 10 day of Oct 1915
Cecil B. Collins Clerk
Whereupon it is ordered, adjudged and decreed by the Court that said instrument in writing purporting to be the last Will of Newton S. Jones deceased, is the last Will and Testament of Newton S. Jones deceased, and is hereby admitted in probate and record in this Court.
Cecil B. Collins Clerk
State of Indiana Shelby County, SS:
I, Cecil B. Collins Clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Indiana do hereby certify that the within annexed Will and Testament of Newton S. Jones has been duly admitted to probate, and duly proved by the testimony of Elijah S. Carter of the witnesses thereto, to the signature of witnesses that a complete record of said Will and of the testimony of the said Elijah S. Carter in proof thereof has been by me duly made and recorded in Book 7 at Pages 65 and 66 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 Indiana, this 16 day of October 1915
( SEAL ) Cecil B. Collins Clerk
Circuit Court Shelby County
Transcribed by Barb Huff