Will  of

 Thomas  Watson

In the name of the Benevolent Father of All.
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.
/s/    Thos. Watson        


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
Edward Davis

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 D 1879
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

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