Last  Will  and  Testament
Viola  Skillman

          I  Viola Skillman  of Fairland Shelby County Indiana do hereby make, declare and publish the following as my last will and testament.

Item 1.  I will and direct that all of my just debts, funeral expenses and the expenses of Administration of my estate by first paid out of my estate by my executor hereinafter named.

Item 2.  I will, devise and bequeath to my daughter  Gertrude Skillman  one half in value of all the property both real and personal of which I may be the owner at the time of my death, the real estate to be held by her in fee simple, and the personal property to be held and owned by her absolutely.

Item 3.  I Will and devise and bequeath to my daughter  Bertha Powers  for and during the term of her natural life and for that term only, one half in value of all the property other real and personal of which I shall be the owner at the time of my death, upon the death of my said daughter the remainder in said property shall then rest in the children of my said daughter then living if any, in equal proportions, share and share alike; but if my said daughter shall not leave any children surviving her, then said remainder shall then to, to, and rest absolutely in my daughter Gertrude Skillman.

Item 4.  I hereby nominate and appoint  Robert Smith  of Fairland as Executor of this my last will and testament.

          In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th day of November 1902.

Viola Skillman   [ SEAL ]

          Signed, sealed and acknowledged by the said Viola Skillman as her last will in our presence and signed by us at her request as attesting witnesses thereto in here presence and in the presence of each other this 25th day of November, 1902.


                    Be it remembered that on the (blank) day of April, A.D., 1918 the Judicial day of the March Term, of the Shelby Circuit Court in said year, come into open court Meiks & Hook, attorneys and produce in Court an instrument in writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Viola Skillman, deceased, and now moves the admittance thereof to probate and record, and in proof of said Will introduces Harry C. Morrison the subscribing witness thereto, and being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Court, on oath, declare and testify as follows, that is to say: That on the 25th day of November, 1902 he saw the said Viola Skillman sign her name to said instrument in writing as and for her last will and Testament; and that this deponent, at the same time, at the request of the said Viola Skillman, and with her consent attested and subscribed by the said Harry C. Morrison and Caroline G. Zollezze in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other, as subscribing witnesses thereto, and that the said Viola Skillman was, at the time of the signing and subscribing of said instrument in writing, as aforesaid, of full age (that is, more that twenty one years of age) and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and not under any coercion of restraint, as the said deponent verily believes, and further deponent says not.

H. C. Morrison

          Sworn to and subscribed by the said Harry C. Morrisons before me Gordon Thurston, Clerk of said Court, at Shelbyville, Indiana the (blank) day of April, 1918.

Gordo Thurston, Clerk

          Whereupon it is ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court that said instrument in writing purporting to be the last Will of Viola Skillman deceased, is the last will and Testament of Viola Skillman deceased, and is hereby admitted to probate in this Court.

Gordon Thurston, Clerk


          I, Gordon Thurston, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Indiana, do hereby certified that the within annexed will and testament of Viola Skillman has 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 said subscribing Harry C. Morrison, is roof thereof has been by me duly made and recorded in Book 7 at page 291 of the record of Wills of said County.

          IN  ATTESTION  WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said court, at Shelbyville, Indiana this (blank) day of April 1918.

Gordon Thurston, Clerk Circuit Court,
Shelby County

Transcribed by Sandra Cassidy

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