In the name of the Benevolent Father of All.
I Thomas Watson of Shelby County and State of Indiana make
and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills
made by me.
1st I hereby will and bequeath to Hannah
Watson wife of my son William and her heirs, ten
acres of land at my death to be set apart in a square in the south west corner
of the North east quarter of
the North east quarter of section two (2) in Township eleven (11) North of range
Six (6) east.
2nd And that the remainder of my real estate be equally
divided (in value) between all of my children except my son William.
3rd That my personal property at my death go into the hands of
an executor to be by him sold at public sale and with the proceeds and money on
had or owing me my debts be all paid and if there is money remaining the same be
equally divided between all my children, their children or heirs. Should
any of my children not survive me to count as one heir in all division or
distributions except in the event of the death of my son William before me his
children not to share in the division of lands.
4th I hereby appoint James V. B. Fix
executor of this my last Will & Testament
Signed and acknowledged by the said Thomas Watson as his last Will and testament
in our presence and signed by us in his presence this 23d day of August 1879.
Jacob X Taylor
||Edward L Davison
State of Indiana Shelby County SS
Be it remembered that on the 10th day of October 1879 the 11th Judicial day of
the October Term of the Shelby Circuit Court in said year came into open
court John Watson a device under the said will and produces
in court an instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament
of Thomas Watson deceased and now more the admittance thereof to probate court
& record and in proof thereof of said will introduce Jacob
Taylor and Edward L. Davison the subscribing
witnesses thereto who being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Court on oath
declare and Testify as follows that is to say that on the 23d day of August 1879
they said the said Thomas Watson sign his name to said instrument in unity as
and for his last will and Testament and that these deponents at the same time
heard the said Thomas Watson 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 Thomas Watson and with his consent attested and
subscribed by the said Jacog Taylor and Edward L Davison in the presence of Said
Testator and in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses thereto and
that the said Thomas Watson 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 to the said deponent truly believes and further
deponents say not.
|(attest B S Sutton)
||Jacob X Taylor
Sworn and subscribed by the said Subscribing witnesses before me Bell
S Sutton Clerk of said Court at Shelbyville the 10th day of October A
Bell S Sutton Clk
Whereupon it is ordered adjudged and decreed by the Court that said instrument
in writing purporting to be the last will of Thomas Watson deceased is the last
will and Testament of Thomas Watson deceased and is hereby admitted to probate
and record in this Court.
State of Indiana Shelby County SS
I Bell S. Sutton Clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby County Indiana do hereby
certify that the within annexed Will and Testament of Thomas Watson has been
duly admitted to probate and duly proved by the testimony of Jacob Taylor and
Edward L Davison the subscribing witnesses thereto that a complete record of
said Will and of the testimony of the subscribing witnesses thereto in proof
thereof has been by me duly made and recorded in book 1 at pages 544 & 545
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 10th day of October 1879.
Bell S Sutton Clk S.C.I.
Recorded Book 1 - pages 544-545
Transcribed by Phyllis Miller Fleming