The  Last  Will  and  Testament  of
Wilford   Carter

Be it remembered that on the 6th day of January AD 1858 an Interment of writing was filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Shelby Co. purporting to be the last will of Wilford Carter in which will reads as follows to wit. I Wilford Carter of Shelby Co. in the state of Indiana do make and publish my last will and testament.  First it is my will that my just debts and all claims be paid out of my estate.  Second it is my will that there be as set of good Tomb Stones put at my grave and also at the grave of my deceased wife and be paid out of my estate. Third it is my will that all the residue of my estate be sold and converted into cash by my executors here in after to be appointed by me either at public or private sale as he may this be best and the proceeds after paying the expenses of attending the administration and settlement of my estates be divided among nine (9) of my heirs as follows to which namely one ninth part of to Hardin Carter, one ninth part of to Mary Fields , one ninth part of the heirs of Allen Carter, (desceased), one ninth part to Nancy Campbell, one ninth part to John W. Carter, one ninth part of the heirs of Elizabeth Harrison , (desceased), one ninth part to Lydia Dood, one ninth part of to James Carter , one ninth part of to Sarah Coffey, likewise I make constitute and appoint my son John W. Carter to be executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me heretooafter made. In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of November in the year 1857.

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Wilford Carter       X          
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Signed and acknowledged by said Wilford Carter as his last will and testament in our presence and signed by us in his presence and also in the presence of each other.
Joseph O'dell X [his mark]
Isaac O'dell

( ) ( State of Indiana Shelby Co. Before me Alexander Miller, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of said county of Shelby, personally came Isaac O'dell one of the subsribing witnesses to the fore- going instrument of writing being by me deedly sworn says he saw an heard Wilford Carter, who is now deceased, sign, seal, and publish and declare the said instrument of writing to be his last will last will and testament and that he was of sound mind and memory at the time of its execution and not under restaint in the presence of said testutor and his request and in the presence of each other and futher says not.

Isaac O'dell

Subscribed and sworn to before me January 6, 1858

Alexander Miller,
Clerk

State of Indiana Shelby Co.   I Alexander Miller, Clerk of the court certify that the noting of the will of Wilford Carter deceased has been duly admitted to probate that it's due execution was this day proven by Isaac O'dell whose proofs together with such will has been recorded in Probate Order Book No. 2
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affirmed the seal of said court this 6th day of January 1858

Alexander Miller, Clerk

Transcribed by Janet Franklin

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