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EggerMatilda M. Egger

FrankOscar Frank (also spelled Oskar Franck and other variants)

Gray – John Gray

HaneyCora Icedora Haney

HendershotHarvey  Murry Hendershot

JonesJames Jones

LattaJohn II Latta

Morris – Thomas B. Morris

Morris – Wilson Henry Morris

Nesbitt – James Nesbitt

Schaub – Catherine Elisabeth Schaub

Schell – Andrew Schell

Schell – Andrew Schell

SchoonoverDaniel Schoonover

SchoonoverJohn Schoonover

Shell/SchellGeorge Schell, Sr.

Shell/SchellGeorge Adam Shell

Shell/SchellGeorge Adam Shell (More complete version of above will)

Shell/Schell – J. S. Schell

Strickling – William Strickling

Sycks – David Sycks

Wise – Elizabeth J. Wise

Wise – Washington W. Wise

 

 

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The last will and testament of Oscar Frank of Wayne Township in the County of Monroe "and State of Ohio," In the name of the Benevolent father of all,"

 

I the said Oscar Frank being of sound and disposing mind and memory, "Considering the uncertainty of Continuance in life," and desiring to make such disposition of my Worldly Estate as I deem best, "do make publish and declare," This to my last will and testament." hereby revoking and annulling any and all former will or wills.  Whatsoever by me made,"

 

ITEM 1st    I desire all my just debts and funeral expenses to be paid as soon as possible after my decease

 

ITEM 2nd  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Caroline Frank, all my real and personal property of every description that I may own at my decease, which she is to take possession of at my decease without inventory or appraisement hereby given her power to sell any and all of said property, and apply the proceeds as follows,

 

ITEM 3rd   Pay to Henry Frank (Deceased) his heirs, one hundred dollars each," to be paid in two years after, the sale of the above real estate and personal property and without interest.

 

ITEM 4th   I have this day executed a quit claim deed to Matilda A. Frank wife of August Frank, in full of his share of said estate.

 

ITEM 5th   Pay to my son Oscar J. Frank One thousand dollars, said amt to be paid in two years after the sale of the above real estate and personal property of said estate without interest.

 

ITEM 6th   Pay to my Daughters Flora Frank wife of John Pohlmann Two Hundred Dollars," Mollie Frank, wife of Michael Young, Two Hundred Dollars, Caroline Frank wife of George Feiock Jr. Two Hundred Dollars, Rosa Ann, Frank wife of Elmer Cronin Two Hundred Dollars, Hattie Frank two Hundred Dollars, the above amounts to be paid in two years after the sale of the real estate and personal property of said estate, and without interest.

 

In testimony whereof I, Oscar Frank Testator aforesaid, have hereunto set my hand and seal at his residence in Wayne Township, Monroe County Ohio, this 28th day of May A.D. 1890

 

[The will appears to have been signed with a mark (X) and his name spelled Oscar Franke signed for him.]

 

Signed, sealed and acknowledged as his last will and testament in our presence "and we have, at his request signed the same, as witnesses in his presence, and in the presence of each other,"

 

                   [I can not make out the signatures of witnesses]

 

The date of the application of Probate of Will executed 30 June, 1890.  This application of Probate of Will reads as following:

 

"Your petitioner respectfully represents that Oscar Franke late a resident of the Township of Wayne in said County, died on or about the 4 day of June A.D. 1890, leaving an instrument in writing, hereto attached, purporting to be his last will and Testament:  That the Said Oscar Franke died leaving Caroline Franke, his widow and the following name persons his only next of kin resident of the State of Ohio:

 

August H Franke          son              Lewisville, Ohio

Charles F Franke          son              Griffith, OH

Flora Pohlman              daughter     Woodsfield, OH

Mollie Young                 daughter     Lewisville, OH

Hattie Franke                daughter     Lewisville, OH

Caroline Feiock             daughter     Lewisville, OH

Rosa Cronin                  daughter     Edwina, OH

Oscar J. Frank              son              Lewisville, OH

Oscar Franke                grandson    Harrietsville, OH

Katie Franke                 granddaughter     Harrietsville, OH

Henry Franke                grandson    Harrietsville, Oh

Jacob Franke                grandson    Harrietsville, OH

Christ Franke                grandson    Harrietsville, OH

Clara Franke                 granddaughter     Harrietsville, OH           

 

According to the Probate Court records relating to the probation of Oscar's will, the property of Oscar Frank who died June 4, 1890 sold for $4,200.  Widow Caroline Brubach Frank received $1,493.  The remainder of the $4,200 was distributed in accordance to his will.

 

Oscar Frank was buried in the Lewisville German Evangelical Protestant Church cemetery in Lewisville, Ohio.  His tomb stone is one of the larger monuments in the newer part of the cemetery.  His wife, Caroline Brubach Frank, who lived another 22 years, was also buried in the same cemetery although not next to Oscar.  This was not all that unusual at that time.  It probably suggests that the family had not purchased burial lots at the time of Oscar's death and that only a single lot was purchased for Oscar as opposed to buying multiple lots for other members of family.

 

[Submitted by R.E. Harrington, Richard Harrington on July 1, 2002.]

 

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"In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, Amen.  I, Daniel Schoonover, of the township of Lee, County of Monroe, and state of Ohio, being of lawful age, and being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills made by me.

 

First: My will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid out of my estate as soon after my decease as shall be found convenient. 

 

Second: I give, divide and bequeath to my sons George Schoonover, and H. S. Schoonover each five dollars ($5.00) and to James F. Schoonover our wagon which he received in the year 1909.  To my daughter Sarah M. Hayes, my buggy and my watch. To my daughter Miney E. Schoonover all my household goods, also all personal property and moneys left after my funeral expenses, doctor bills and all other debts are paid.  My daughter Eliza Jane Stover received twenty-five dollars about 1909 from me.  My daughter Mary Miranda Howell received twenty five dollars about 1909 from me.  I desire that my son James F. Schoonover shall be the executor of this will, without ___.  In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand at Sardis, R. F. D., Ohio, this eleventh day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand, nine hundred and twelve.   Daniel Schoonover.   Witnesses:  Charles W. Right, Cora R. Wright and J. W. Rush.

 

Daniel S. Schoonover, a Civil War veteran, was born 2 May 1836 in Monroe County, Ohio to John and Mary (Shuman) Schoonover.  Daniel’s first wife, Marinda Hoskinson, died in 1860.  He then married Elizabeth Stewart in 1861.  Daniel died 20 June 1912 in Monroe County. 

 

[Submitted by Karen Romick , 2002.]

 

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Last will and Testament of John Schoonover.  In the name of our benevolent Father of all, I, John Schoonover, of Monroe County, Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament.

 

Item 1st: I give and devise to my beloved wife in lieu of her dower, one bed and beding, one table and dishes, one yearling calf. In the estate one third of the proceeds of the land during her natural life leese now residing in Lee Township contains 57 ˝ acres, one third of the proceeds of 17 acres. Second.  I devise and bequeath my sons W. E. Schoonover, Daniel Schoonover, John Schoonover and Sarah J. Schoonover have got there dower. Third, I give and bequeath my son Jesse one horse and cow one cupboard stand clock one set _____.  The three boys, Jesse Benjamin Wesley divide these things equal between them with these exception my wife have use of the thing and house so long she stay her equal divide after debts are settled up. 3rd I devise and bequeath to my daughter Nancy our bureau. Fourth I nominate my son Benjamin as administrator appointed by me. I desire that the probate have no appraisement and no sale of my personally property be made and that the court of probate direct the omission of the same in the pursuance of the statue I do hereby revoke all former will by me made.  In testimony hereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 10th day of March A. D. 1888.  John Schoonover (seal)  Witnesses:  Theodore W. Martin and W. M. Stewart

 

John Schoonover was born 29 Nov 1811 in Lewis County, WV, the son of Henry and Mary Canfield Schoonover.  John married Mary Shuman in 1833 in Lewis County and the following year moved to Monroe County, Ohio.  Following Mary’s death in 1873, John married Elizabeth Mowery.  John died 5 Apr 1888 in Wetzel County, WV. 

 

{Transcribed as written by Karen Romick 2002)

 

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In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I James Jones of Monroe County, Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament. 

 

1st: I give and devise to my beloved wife the farm on which we now reside situated in Adams Township, Monroe County, Ohio, containing about seventy eight acres during her natural life and all the stock, household goods, furniture, provisions, and other goods and chattels which may be thereon at the time of my decease during her natural life as aforesaid. She however selling so much thereof as may be sufficient to pay my just debts. At the death of my said wife the real estate aforesaid I give and devise to my sons Daniel O. C. Jones, Stephen A. Jones and James S. Jones and their heirs and they are to pay my daughters twenty dollars each, Phebe Walters, Elizabeth Windland, A (blank space) J. Windland, Clarinda T. Schriver. Phebe Walters being dead, I want her twenty dollars paid to Milton J. Walters. If however any of my sons should die before the decease of my said wife leaving no children living at the decease of my said wife, then I devise and bequeath said property after the decease of my said wife to my two sons, Daniel O. C. Jones and Stephen A. Jones and their heirs. If my said wife should not survive me, then I devise and bequeath the property aforesaid to my sons and their heirs aforesaid.

 

2nd: I devise and bequeath to my son James S. Jones and his heirs all the household goods at the decease of my said wife, except one bedd which I devise and bequeath to Stephen A. Jones and his heirs.

 

Item 3: I do hereby appoint Lenard Twinem executor of this last will and testament, hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise, adjust and release and discharge in such a manner as he may deem proper the debts and claims to me. I do also authorize and empower him to if it shall be necessary in order to pay my debts to sell by ____ sale on in such manner upon such items of credit or otherwise as he may think proper all or any part of my property and deeds to purchasers to execute acknowledge and deliver in fee simple. I desire that no appraisement and no sale of my personal property be made and that the court of probate direct the omission of the same in pursuance of the statue. I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made.  In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of August in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy.  James Jones (seal)  Witnesses: Geo. W. Bracy, John Howell.

 

James Jones was born 14 Oct 1800 in Monroe County, Ohio.  He married Catharine Drips in 1825.  James died in Monroe County on 28 August 1870.  

[submitted by Karen Romick  2002]

 

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Harvey Murry Hendershot last will and testament

 

 

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MONROE COUNTY, OHIO WILL ABSTRACTS COMBINED EDITION, BOOK ONE & TWO

p 65

 

SYCKS, DAVID

of Monroe Co., Ohio

Will book One, page 253

Signed:  9 March 1874;     Probated:  16 May 1874

Witnesses:  Ebenezer White, William A. Keyer (?), Harrison Coulter

Spouse:  Beloved wife, not named

Devisees:  David, son, wife Ruth

                Lewis, son

                Milton, son

                Louisa Hurd, daughter

                Moriah Ganos, daughter

                Mary Grists (Hein)?

                Henry, son

                Hannah Adams, daughter

                Sarah McFarland, daughter

                Amy Wilson, daughter

Executor:  David Sycks

Note:        Will is detailed as to land descriptions, tombstones, funeral expenses.

 

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This is from MONROE COUNTY, OHIO WILL ABSTRACTS, COMBINED EDITION, BOOK TWO, p 31.

 

WISE, ELIZABETH J.

of Summit Twp., Monroe Co., Ohio

Will Book Two, page 91

Signed:  2 November 1879;  Probated:  9 April 1880

Witnesses:  Alexander Buchanan, Rinehart Rice

Spouse:  Not mentioned

Devisees:      Cardelia A. Norris

                    William L. Norris

                    Nancy J. Schultice

                    Louis Schultice

                    Janet K. Duvald (Jannet)

                    Dr. Simon Duvald

                    Mary C. Hamilton

                    James A. Wise

                    Sarah O. Wise, daughter

Executor:      John A. Devoe

Note:  R. K. Walton was Probate Judge.

 

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WISE, WASHINGTON W.

of Summit Twp., Monroe Co., Ohio

Will Book Two, pages 58-59 to 63

Signed:  Not listed;  Probated:  14 November 1879

Witnesses:  Alexander Buchanan, Henry J. Bender

Spouse:  Not mentioned

Devisees:    James A. Wise, due of legaters, made application to admit will to Probate

                  William L. Norris and Cordelia A. Wise

                  Louis Schultice and Nancy Schultice

                  Dr. Simon Devaul and Jennette K. Devaul

                  James A. Hamilton and Mary C. Hamilton

                  Sarah O. Wise and James A. Wise

Executor:    Not named

Note:  This was an interesting will in that several neighbors and relatives were questioned in detail in Probate Court as to the mental state of mind of Mr. Wise.  The will was probated.

 

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Wilson Morris of the Township of Washington County of Monroe and State of Ohio do make and Publish this my Last Will and Testament.

First:----My Will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my Estate, as soon after my decease as may be found

convenient.

Second:----I Give, Devise, and Bequeath to My son James Morris the one half of the remainder of all my property both personal and real the one half of the remainder of the residue (or l/4) of all to Frank Morris my son the one half of the remainder or (l/8) to My Daughter Evalina Williams  To my son Jacob Morris one sixteenth part of all my property after all my debts and funeral expenses are paid and to my son Newton Morris the one sixteenth of the remainder of my property after my debts and funeral expenses are paid.

I do hereby nominate and appoint Marion Griffin as Executor of this my Last Will and Testament

I hereby revoke all other Wills by me heretofore made.

Testimony Whereof, I hereunto subscribe my name at Rinards Mills O.R.T.D.N 1 this 4th day of May 1921.

Wilson Morris

 

The foregoing instrument was signed at the end thereof by the said Wilson Morris in our presence and we heard him acknowledge the same as his Last Will and Testament, and at his request and in his presence, we hereunto respectively subscribe our names as attesting witnesses, at his residence, this 4th day of May 1921

G. W. English, resides at Lower Salem O, Route 2

Jacob Williams, resides at Rinard Mills O, Route 1

[Submitter's note:  It looks to me as though Wilson wrote the will out himself because it seems to be in the same handwriting as his signature.]

 

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Last Will and Testament

IN THE NAME OF THE BENEVOLENT FATHER OF ALL I, Cora

Icedora Haney of Rinard Mills, County of Monroe and State of Ohio,

being of full age and of sound mind and memory, and not under

restraint, do make, publish and declare this to be my Last Will and

Testament, hereby revoking all Wills by me heretofor made.

ITEM I

I direct that all just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of

my estate as soon as practicable after the time of my decease.

ITEM II

All the property, Real and Personal, of every kind and description,

wheresover situate, which I may own or have the right to dispose of at

the time of my decease, I give, bequeath and devise to my husband James

Oliver Haney during his natural life, or so long as he remains my

widower. After the death of my said husband, or in the event of his

remarriage, I give, bequeath and devise all of my said property to my

children, James A,. Haney, Carrie B. Boney, Ralph F. Haney, Grace E.

Cline, Anna E. Piatt, Leslie L. Haney and Violet E. Ring equally, share

and share alike. It is my Will that any monies advanced to any of said

children by me shall be deducted from his or her share upon distribution.

I further give, devise and bequeath to my said husband the absolute

right to dispose of and encumber any or all of my said property during

his life or so long as he remains unmarried.

ITEM III

I make, nominate, and appoint my said husband, James Oliver Haney,

to be the executor of this, My Last Will and Testament. I request that

no bond be required of my said executor.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand at Woodsfield, Ohio,

this 23rd day of October, 1956. Cora Isadora Haney

Testatrix

Signed by said, Cora Icedora Haney, who at the same time published

and declared the same as and for Her last Will and Testament, in the

presence of us who, in Her presence, and in the presence of each other,

and at Her request, have subscribed our names at witnesses.

Geo F. Burkhart Resides at Woodsfield, Ohio

Hazel Ebert Resides at Clarington, O.

 

 

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Will of George Schell Sr.

Source: Monroe County, Ohio, Will Book Vol #4, p 47

 

          In the name of the Benevolent Father of all: I George Schell sr.* of Miltonsburg,** Monroe County, Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item first:  I give and devise to my son Josephas Schell and to my son Vance Schell and to my daughter Emeline Schell the farm of 51 acres situated in Section 10 and Section 16 in Malaga township Monroe County Ohio and adjoining the town of Miltonsburgh:**

Item Second: If any of my childrens*** named in the above item should die before me, then the remaining one living at the time of my death shall get the land properly: Item 3rd I give and devise to my son Josephus Schell, Vance Schell and Emeline Schell after my debts and funeral expenses are paid, all my personal property that is household furniture, farming implements, cattles,*** horses, and all others*** personal property that I may own at the time of my decease: Item 4th I give and devise to my childrens*** as follows Josephus Schell, Vance Schell, George Schell Jr, Emeline Schell, Elisabeth Schell, and to my grand dauther*** Viola Schell all the balance of my real estate to be equally divided amongst them all: I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made, in testimony hereof.  I have hereunto  set my hand and seal this 5th day of March 1887.

                                                     George          HIS MARK            Schell sr.*

                                                                           X

Signed and acknowledge by said George Schell as his last will and testament, in our presence; and signed by us in his presence.

                                                      Alex Hardesty, Sml. Groux

 

SUBMITTER’S NOTES

 

*It appears as though the Sr. was added as an afterthought.

**Miltonsburg was spelled differently within this document.

*** This is how the word appeared.

 

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SOURCE:  Will Book 1 page 152

George Adam Shell

of Malaga Twp, Monroe Co., OH

Signed 19 February 1865; probated 19 February 1866 (?)

Witnesses: Lewis Yockey; Samuel A. Miller

Spouse: Mary

Devisees: Mary, wife

Lydia Sunker [SIC should be Zangger or Zanker]

Andrew Shell, son

John Shell, son

George Shell, Jr., son

Jacob Shell, son

Henry Shell

Barbary Kizmon

Christian Shell

Executor: John A. Schwab, Adm

Note: The testimony of Samuel A. Miller stated that he signed the will in Monroe Co., on 26 August 1871, John L. Dew, JP Also, the state of Iowa, Woodbury Co., did on 1 Aug 1871 take the testimony of Lewis Yockey, Wm. McDonald, J.P.

 

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Will of George Adam Shell

Source: Monroe County, Ohio, Will Book I, p 152

 

In the name of the Benevolent Father of all: I George Adam Shell, of Monroe County, State of Ohio, do make and publish this my last Will and testament.  I give and devise to my beloved children as follows:

Item 1st Tis my will that my funeral and tomb stone expenses be paid out of my estate, remaining on hand at my decease.

Item 2nd I give and devise, and release five hundred dollars to Daniel Shell that is included in a mortgage given by Daniel Shell and Wife to me March the 29th 1857, Payable three years after my death  I therefore do release five hundred dollars of the within included mortgage.

Item 3rd I give and devise to Mary Shell, wife of Daniel Shell my Bed and bedstand and bedding hereto belonging.  Item 4.  I give and devise to Lydia Sunker* my chest and all the contents exception of my violin that is in the chest.

Item 5th Tis my will that my violin be deposited with me in my grave at my death.  Item 6th I give and devise the residue being on hands** equally among the rest of my children,  Andrew Shell one equal part John Shell one equal part George Shell (Jr.) one equal part Lydia Sunker one equal part of the residue.  Jacob Shell one equal part Henry Shell one equal part Barbary Kizmon one equal part Christian Shell one equal part Elizabeth Peters one equal part.  Item 7th I do hereby appoint John A. Schaub, my Administrator and for him to adjust and settle my matters as herein stipulated.  Item 8th I do however that all charges and court charges be first paid out of my estate.  Item 9th I also do revoke the testament  made on the twelfth day of May1865 and the receipts passed me and some of my children.  Item 10th I desire that no appraisement no sale of my personal property be made and that the Court of Probate direct the omission of the same in pursuance of the statute I do hereby revoke former wills by me made  In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of February in the year 1866.

                                             George X [His mark] Adam Shell

Signed and acknowledged by said George Adam Shell as his last Will and testament in our presence, and signed by us in his presence Lewis Yockey, Sam A. Miller.

 

SUBMITTER’S NOTES:

* Lydia Sunker’s name has also been spelled as Lydia Zannger or Zanker.

** “Hands” is the wording used in the document.  The punctuation (lack of punctuation) throughout this document is the same as appears on the cursive xeroxed copy from which this was typed.

 

 

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SCHELL, ANDREW

of Monroe Co., Ohio

Will Book Two, page 15

Signed: 7 March 1876

Spouse: Elizabeth Schell

Devisees:             Elizabeth Schell, wife

                           Henry A. Schell, son

                           Lucinda Buchanon, daughter

                           Mahala Miller, daughter

                           Polly Christman, daughter

                           Lydia Goodbellet, daughter

                           Henry Schaub }*

                           George Schaub } Three children of daughter

                           Andrew Schaub } Hannah J. Schaub.

Executor: Elizabeth Schell, wife

 

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Will of Andrew Schell

Source: Monroe County, Ohio, Will Book, Vol. 2, p 15

 

In the name of the Benevolent Father of all I, Andrew Schell, of Monroe County, Ohio, do make and publish this my last Will and testament.–Item 1st–I give and devise to my beloved wife Elisabeth Schell the farm on which we now reside situate in Monroe County Ohio containing about one hundred and forty-nine acres as long as she remains my widow & all the stock, household goods and chattles* which may be thereon at the time of my decease (as long as she remains my widow as aforesaid, at the death of my wife aforesaid the real estate aforesaid I give and devise to my son Henry A. Schell and his heirs.  The said Henry A. Schell to pay to my daughter Lucinda Buchanan the sum of two thousand dollars in six years after the death of my wife aforesaid in payments as follows to wit: five hundred dollars the first year–four hundred dollars the second year–Four hundred dollars the third year   Three hundred dollars the fourth year Two hundred dollars the fifth year & two hundred dollars the sixth year the same to be without interest.  The said Henry A. Schell is also to pay to my daughter Mahala Miller the sum of two thousand dollars in six years after the death of my wife aforesaid in payments as follows to wit, Five hundred dollars the first year, four hundred dollars the second year four hundred dollars the third year, three hundred dollars the fourth year, two hundred dollars the fifth year and two hundred dollars the sixth year the same to be without interest.–Item 2nd–The moneys & good & chattles* that may be left at the death of my wife I give to my three children Henry A. Schell Lucinda Buchanan & Mahala Miller to be divided equally between the three.  To my Daughters Polly Christman and Lydia Goodbellet I have given to each of them their full share and hold their receipts for the same which reads as follows, Received of Father Andrew Schell three hundred dollars for which I relinquish all claims as an heir to his estate being satisfied with said portion now and forever.  Witness my hand this 7th day of June A. D. 1862.  Polly X [her mark] Christman–Attest. George Huber.  June 7th A.D. 1862.  Received of my father Andrew Schell three hundred dollars for which I relinquish all claim as an heir to his estate being satisfied with said portion now and forever.  Witness my hand the day as above (signed) Lydia X (her mark) Goodbellet–Attest: Charles C. Cady.  To Henry Schaub, George Schaub, and Andrew Schaub, children of my Daughter Hannah J. Schaub I give the sum of one dollar to each to be paid to them by my son Henry A. Schell–Item 3rd–I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife Elisabeth Schell Executrix of this my last Will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering her to compromise adjust, release and discharge in such manner as she may deem proper the debts and claims due me.  I desire that no Appraisement and no sale of my personal property be made and that the Court of Probate direct the omission of the same in pursuance of the Statute.  I desire that my Executrix be not required to give bond.  I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me made.  In testimony hereof I have hereonto set my hand and seal this Seventh day of March in the year 1876       Andrew Schell [seal]--signed and acknowledged by said Andrew Schell as his last Will and testament in our presence and signed by us in his presence and at his request.  (Signed) Christian Roth–J.T. Culverhouse.

 

SUBMITTER’S NOTE:

* Punctuation (and lack of punctuation) and spelling are all as shown on the xeroxed copy of the handwritten will.

 

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May the 27th 1867 In the name of God Almighty Amen. I Thomas B. Morris being in reasonable good health and knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of life do by these presents [SIC] make this my last will and testament.  First and principally my body to be buried in a plain decent manner and my debts to be paid out of what I have and then I begin with my beloved wife Jane and to her I wish and bequest all of my real estate and all my personal property to have and to hold as long as she shall live for lovingly we labored for it and it pleased God to prosper our efforts and we gained it and now we have enjoyed it together and when I am gone I wish her to enjoy it as long as she may live and then I wish it to be divided equal amongst my children.

Thomas B. Morris

Attest J. B. Carpenter

        John Morris

 

Will of Thomas B. Morris repeated with full data

 

SOURCE:  Monroe County, Ohio Will Abstracts, Book 1, p.  49:

          MORRIS, THOMAS

          of Seneca Twp., Monroe Co., Ohio

          Will Book One, page 45

          Signed:  27 May 1867; probated; 9 December 1868

          Witnesses:  J. B. Carpenter, John Morris

          Spouse:  Jane

          Devisees:  Wife, as long as she lives, then

                                 "to be equally divided amongst my children"

          Executor:  No one named

 

SOURCE: Handwritten copy of his will dated May the 27th 1867

In the name of God Almighty Amen. 

I Thomas B. Morris being in reasonable good health and knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of life do by these presents make this my last will and

testament.

First and principally my body to be buried in a plain decent manner and

my debts to be paid out of what I have and then I begin  with my beloved

wife Jane and to her I wish and bequest all of my real estate and all my

personal property to have and to hold as long as she shall live for

lovingly we labored for it and it pleased God to prosper our efforts and

we gained it and now we have enjoyed it together and when I am gone I

wish her to enjoy it as long as she may live and then I wish it to be

divided equal amongst my children.

Thomas B. Morris

Attest J. B. Carpenter

             John Morris

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SCHAUB, CATHARINE ELISABETH

of Summit Twp., Monroe Co., Ohio

Will Book Two, page 54

Signed 6 June 1878:  Probated:  27 Oct 1879

Witnesses:    Samuel Groux, Jno. W. Gramlich

Spouse:      Husband not mentioned

Devisees:    David Schaub, son

                  Michael Schaub, son

                  Henry Schaub, son

                  Elizabeth Their, daughter (Wisconsin)

                  Caroline Smith, daughter

                  Margaret Lappert, daughter

                  Catharine Fordesect

Executor:    Not named

Note:    David H. Schaub, custodian 

 

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SOURCE:  Monroe County, Ohio Will Abstracts, Book 1, p.  49:

          MORRIS, THOMAS

          of Seneca Twp., Monroe Co., Ohio

          Will Book One, page 45

          Signed:  27 May 1867; probated; 9 December 1868

          Witnesses:  J. B. Carpenter, John Morris

          Spouse:  Jane

          Devisees:  Wife, as long as she lives, then

                                 "to be equally divided amongst my children"

          Executor:  No one named

 

SOURCE: Handwritten copy of his will dated May the 27th 1867

In the name of God Almighty Amen. 

I Thomas B. Morris being in reasonable good health and knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of life do by these presents make this my last will and

testament.

First and principally my body to be buried in a plain decent manner and

my debts to be paid out of what I have and then I begin  with my beloved

wife Jane and to her I wish and bequest all of my real estate and all my

personal property to have and to hold as long as she shall live for

lovingly we labored for it and it pleased God to prosper our efforts and

we gained it and now we have enjoyed it together and when I am gone I

wish her to enjoy it as long as she may live and then I wish it to be

divided equal amongst my children.

Thomas B. Morris

Attest J. B. Carpenter

             John Morris

 

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Last Will and Testament of Matilda M. Egger

 

I, MATILDA M. EGGER, of the Village of Lewisville, Monroe County, Ohio, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do hereby make, publish an declare this to be my Last Will and Testament, revoking hereby all former Wills and Testaments made by me.

 

ITEM 1:   I desire that all of my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my Executrix out of my estate as soon as deemed practicable.

ITEM II:  subject to the foregoing item, I do give and bequeath to St. John’s Evangelical Church (known as Middle Church ) of Summit Township the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500).

ITEM III:  I do give and bequeath to the Methodist Church of Lewisville, Ohio, the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).

ITEM IV: I do give, devise and bequeath one-half (1/2) of the balance of my estate, real, personal and mixed of whatever kind and nature owned by me at the time of my death to be divided equally among the children of Jacob Egger, Rosan Schell, Rev. Samuel Egger, L.P. Egger and Anna Matz, all of whom were either brothers or sisters of my beloved, deceased husband.  If any shall not be living at the time of my decease (and I know certain ones are not living at the time of making this Will) the share which he or she would have taken if living shall be distributed equally among his children surviving at my death, the share which he or she would have taken if living shall go to the remaining beneficiaries, per stirpes and not per capita.

ITEM V:   I do give, devise and bequeath the remaining one-half (1/2) of the balance of my estate, real, personal and mixed of whatever kind and nature owned by me at the time of my death; twenty percent (20%) to Lucetta Baker; forty percent (40%) equally to Lydia Peters, Nile Egger, Walso** Egger and Sarah Harper; and forty percent (40%) equally to Mabel M.M.E. Hankison, Hazel Linn, Irene Young, Wilma Christman, Melba Breting Stouse, Frederick Geldmacher, Raymond Geldmacher and Glen Geldmacher.  If any of the said named beneficiaries shall have predecease me, the share which he or she would have taken, if living, shall be distributed equally among his or her children per stirpes and not per capita; if any of the said named beneficiaries shall have predeceased me leaving no heirs of their body surviving, the share which he or she would have taken, if living, shall go to the remaining beneficiaries per stirpes and not per capita.

ITEM VI:  For reasons of my own I am specifically eliminating certain of my relatives.

ITEM VII: I do hereby nominate and ask the Probate Court to appoint Lydia Peters as Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament and she shall further act without being required to put up bond.  If for any reason the said Lydia Peters shall not be able to act or shall cease to act as Executrix I do nominate and appoint Irene Young as Executrix upon the same terms and conditions.  My Executrix shall have the power to compromise and adjust all claims for or against my estate and shall further have the right to sell any and all property of my estate on such terms and conditions as she shall deem advantageous to the estate, whether for the payment of debts or bequests and shall further have the power to execute the necessary legal conveyances and instruments required therefore, and these powers shall be without the order or consent of any court or without the consent of any beneficiary, it being my intention to give to my Executrix the same power in and to said property as I might have exercised if living.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,  I have hereunto set my hand to this my Last Will and Testament, in duplicate, this 17th day of August in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Forty-eight (1948).

                                                          Matilda M. Egger

 

BE IT REMEMBERED THAT on this 17th day of August, 1948, the above named MATILDA M. EGGER, in our presence and in the presence of each of us, did sign the foregoing instrument and in our presence and in the presence of each of us did acknowledge the same to be her Last Will and Testament and requested us and each of us to act as witnesses thereto, and that thereupon, in her presence and in the presence of each other, we have hereunto subscribed our names as attesting witnesses.  We do further certify that in our opinion Matilda M. Egger was of sound and disposing mind and memory at the time of the execution of this Will.

 

Troy A., Fiebel     residing at 135 _________rd. Columbus, Ohio

Margaret Rozenman   residing at _____________rd Columbus, Ohio

 

 


**Submitter’s Note: It might be possible that WALSO is a typo but this is as it was given to me.  I thought it might be WALDO but as of July, 2004, have not found the answer.

 

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Abstract of the Will of J.S. Schell

Will Book 16, Page 214, Woodsfield, Monroe Country, Ohio  Will of J. S. Schell  Leaving no spouse

 

Signed:   11 Nov 1936;  Probated:  7 April 1939

 

Devisees:  1-Bertha Schell, adult, Sister in law, Martins Ferry, Ohio 2-Mrs. John H. Schell, Niece, Fla 3-Barbara Schell, Sister in law, Quaker City, Ohio 4-Daisy Jones, Niece, Martins Ferry, Ohio 5-Alice Baker, Niece 6-Viola Ramsey, Niece, Barnesville, Ohio 7-Frank Couglin, Nephew, Wheeling, WV 8-Elmer Couglin, Nephew, Wheeling, WV 9-Regina Marguart Couglin, Niece, Wheeling, WV 10-Sarah Louise Couglin, Grand niece, Wheeling, WV 11-Kathryn Hatch, Grand Niece, Wheeling, WV 12-Fern Debow, Niece, Barnesville, Ohio  13-Clem Merill, Nephew, ?

 

Applicant was Minnie Burkhart. Bequeath to Minnie Burkhart and Mary Burkhart.

 

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Will of William Strickling (1800-1870)  son of John Strickling and Elizabeth Timmons

 

In the name of the benevolent father of all, I William Strickling of Monroe Co., Ohio do make and publish this my last will and testament.

1st it is my will that all my just debts and charges be paid out of my estate.

2nd I give and bequeath to my brother Joseph Strickling, the sum of one hundred dollars.

3rd I give and devise to my grandson ,Samuel Walker Strickling, the sum of 700 dollars, to be paid to him by my executor Joshua Strickling when he arrives at the age of 21 years, then that sum is distributed according to law.

4th I devise and bequeath to my friend and relative, Joshua Strickling and his heirs my farm situated in Wayne Twp. Monroe Co Ohio, containing about 50 acres and allthe stock. household goods, furniture and other goods and chattle which may be therein at the time of my decease.

5th I do hereby nominate and appoint Joshua Strickling Executor of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such measure as he may see proper the debts, to sell by private sale or in such matter upon sch terms of creditor oherwise as he may see proper all or part of my real estate and deed to excecute acknowledge and deliver in fee simple. I desire that no sale of my personal property be made and that the court of probate direct the ommissi0n of the same in purssuance of the Statute and also that my executor be required to give bond in testimony thereof. I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of January in the year 1870. His x. William Strickling. Witnessed by J.W.Morris and Daniel Baker 

 

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Will

James Nesbitt

June 19, 1893

Monroe County, Ohio

Book #4 pp. 157-159

 

Probate of Will

Be it remembered that on the 19th day of June A.D. 1893, an instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will of James Nesbitt late of Lee Township, in this County, deceased, was produced in open Court for Probate, and it is now ordered that the said Will be filed, and that due notice thereof an of the application to admit the same to Probate and record be given, in writing there being no widow to all the next of kin of the testator, resident of the State of Ohio, five days prior thereto, that said application will be for hearing before this Court, on the 14 day of July A.D. 1893, at 10 o’clock am.

Hearing

And Afterward to wit: on the 14th day of July AD 1893, it now appearing to the Court, that due notice of the filing of said Will and of the application to admit the same to Probate and record has been given to the widow and all the next of kin of the testator, resident of this State, pursuant to the former order of this Court. Thereupon came John Morrow one of the subscribing witnesses, the other witness A. R. Bridgeman being deceased, to said Will, who was duly sworn and examined according to law, and his testimony being received to writing, was subscribed by him and filed.

In the name of the Benevolent Father of all I James Nesbitt of the County of Monroe and State of Ohio being of a Sound and disposing mind and memory do make execute and publish and declare this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me heretofore made:

Item First

It is my will that all of my just debts may be fully paid out of my estate.

Item Second

Being desirous that my children who now reside with me shall have a house while they live and occupy the Homestead. It is therefore my will that my said children to wit, Susan M. Nesbitt, James D. Nesbitt, Eva M. Nesbitt, Dora A. Nesbitt, Margaret S. Nesbitt, shall have the full use and the benefit and profits of all my real estate with all the Buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging during all the time that they my said children shall use and occupy the same as a Homestead, and if at any time after my decease any one or more of my said children above named shall either die or remove therefrom and cease to occupy the same as[illegible word] to the others remaining thereon and occupying the same shall still have the full use of the aforesaid Real Estate and Homestead during the time they or any of them may chose so to do: "Except so much of my home farm as I give and devise to my son James D."

Item Third

I give and devise to my beloved son James D. Nesbitt that part of my home farm bounded and described as follows to wit

Beginning at the corner of section no 33 thence south 144 rods on the section line Thence about 4 rods to the public road Thence with the public road in an easterly course to a stone in the [illegible word] Thence then 2 ˝ [illegible word] rods to a stone in the section line Thence west with the section line 64 rods to the beginning supposed to contain 55 acres more or less, to have and to hold the same in fee simple forever.

Item Fourth

It is my will that after my children aforesaid shall no longer occupy and use the aforesaid Real estate and the appurtenance as a Homestead, and as such Homestead shall be abandoned by each and all of them; then it is my will that the said real estate may be sold and the proceeds of such sale equally divided between my [illegible word] children to wit: Mattie Wells, Elizabeth Richardson, Susan M. Nesbitt, Margaret S. Nesbitt, [illegible name] Theis, James D. Nesbitt, Eva A. Nesbitt, Jonathan P. Nesbitt, Dora A. Nesbitt share and share alike;

Item Fifth

It is my will that all the household and kitchen furniture, farming implements, cattle, horses, sheep and hogs not necessary to be sold to pay my just debts shall be and remain on my farm aforesaid in the case and custody and for the use of my said children Susan M. , James D., Eva A., Dora A. and Margaret S. Such at any time it may be used best my children aforesaid may sell the same or any part thereof and have the proceeds thereof.

 

Item Sixth

I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved son James D. Nesbitt and my beloved daughter Susan M. Nesbitt executors of this my last will and testament and hereby direct that they shall not be requested to give bond, as such, nor shall appraisement be made of my personal estate.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of August AD 1890.

Jas Nesbitt

The Above and foregoing instrument was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared by the said James Nesbitt as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have signed and subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

John Morrow Sardis, O

A. R. Bridge man Sardis, O

Testimony of Witness

The State of Ohio

Monroe County

In the matter of proving the instrument of writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of James Nesbitt late of Lee township, Monroe County, Ohio deceased.

Personally appeared in open Court, John Morrow one of the subscribing witnesses to said instrument and being by me first duly sworn, according to law, in answer to the following minterrog.....purported...to him by the Court, and doth depose and say a follows:

Question 1

Did you sign that instrument, and if so is that your signature? Having to the witness the paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of James Nesbitt deceased, and earing date the 20 day of August AD 1890,

Answer

It is, Yes Sir.

Question 2

Were you present at the execution of the instrument now shown to you?

Answer

Yes Sir.

Question 3

Did you see the said James Nesbitt now deceased sign said instrument

Answer

Yes Sir

Question 5

Did you hear James Nesbitt now deceased, acknowledge this instrument to be his last Will and Testament?

Answer

Yes Sir

Question 6

Who requested you to sign your name as a witness?

Answer

James Nesbitt the testrtix.

Question 7

Did you sign the same in the presence of the said James Nesbitt now deceased.

Answer

Yes Sir

Question 8

Was the decedent, at the time of his signing this instrument, upwards of twenty-one years of age.

Answer

Yes Sir

Question 9

Was the decedent, in your opinion, at the time of his signing said instrument, of sound an disposing mind and memory?

Answer

He was.

Question 10

Was the said deceased, at the time of his so executing this instrument, under any undue influence or restraint?

Answer

No Sir.

Question 11

Who is the other witness to that instrument?

Answer

A. R. Bridgeman.

Question 12

Is A. R. Bridgeman the other subscribing witness living now.

Answer

No Sir he is dead.

Question 13

Did you see A. R. Bridgeman sign that will as a witness.

Answer

I did.

John Morrow

subscribed and sworn to in open Court this 14 day of July AD 1893.

[illegible name] Hamilton Probate Judge

Probate

And afterward to wit: on the 14th day of July AD 1893 Whereupon the Court finds that the said will was duly executed and attested, and that the said testator, at the time of signing the same, was of lawful age of sound mind and memory, and not under undue restraint, the Court now admits the said will to probate and orders the same together with the testimony so taken, entered of record in accordance with the statute.

The State of Ohio

Monroe County

[illegible name] Hamilton Judge of the Probate Court within and for said County of Monroe hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct record of the last Will and Testament of James Nesbitt deceased. Together with the testimony to prove the same and the entry of the Probate thereof as the same remain on file and on record in this court.

M....Hamilton

Probate Judge.

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Will

J. D. Nesbitt

February 15, 1929

Monroe County, Ohio

Book #12 pp. 223-226

The application for probate of the will notes that J. D. Nesbitt died February 9, 1929, and left no widow. His next of kin were listed as:

Dora N. Moore sister Sardis, Ohio

Louisa N. Mason niece Nebraska City, Nebraska

J. J. Richardson nephew Washington, D.C.

Homer Richardson nephew New Martinsville, WV

H. N. Richardson nephew Shenandoah, Iowa

James Wells nephew Moundsville, WV

Rollie Wells nephew Proctor, WV

Charley Wells nephew Proctor, WV

J. J. Nesbitt nephew Burlington, Iowa

Henry Theiss nephew Middlebourne, WV

James Theiss nephew Pittsburgh, WV (probably should be PA)

I, J. D. Nesbitt, of the Town of Sardis of Monroe, and State of Ohio, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my LAST WILL and TESTAMENT, hereby revoking and making null and void all other last Wills and Testament by me made heretofore re:

First:

My will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my Estate, as soon after my decease as may be found convenient.

Second:

I give, devise and bequeath, to a special cemetery fund Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), the interest from which shall be used to take care of the Nesbitt lots in the Sardis cemetery.

Third:

I give, devise and bequeath to my sister, Dora N. Moore, all the rest and resedue of my property, both real and personal.

I do hereby nominate and appoint Dora N. Moore executrix of this my last Will and Testament, without bond and without appraisement, and in the event of her death prior to fulfilling this appointment, I hereby nominate and appoint Homer Richardson Executor of this my last Will and Testament, without bond and without appraisement.

In witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal at Sardis, Ohio, aforesaid, this 29th day of Sept., nineteen hundred and twenty eight.

Signed and sealed by said J. D. Nesbitt who at the same time published and declared the same as and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us who, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, and at his request, have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Signed:

J. D. Nesbitt

John Burkey witness

Raymond E. Drum witness

Rose Lowe witness

[note: John Burkey and Rose Lowe were sworn in Sept. 29, 1929 to say they had witnessed the will]

submitted by Sara Richardson Kelly

 

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Will of John Gray, Sr.

Submitted by

Alice Gray Walls

 

 

Probate Judge,

 

John Gray, Senior’s , Will.  (transcribed as best I could, Alicia Gray Walls)

 

I John Gray senior, of the township of Wayne, County of Monroe and State of Ohio, being weak in body but of sound and deposing mind and memory, desiring to make a disposition of the worldly goods that it has pleased God to intrust me with do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say: First I direct that after my decease my body be buried at Woodsfield near the grave of my deceased wife Hannah and that suitable grave stones be put up by my Executors and paid for out of my Estate. Second. I will and devise that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my personal Estate. Third, I will and direct that the farm on which I now reside near three hundred acres be divided by a line following the middle of the Little Muskingum Creek that runs through it from North to South. Fourth, I will and devise all that part of said farm lying on the East side of said Creek to my son Arthur Gray, and his heirs assigns charged as hereinafter stated. Fifth I will and devise to my son Samuel Gray all that part of said farm lying on the West side of said Creek to him, his heirs and assigns forever. Sixth, I will and desire that the tract of land I purchased from William Hawkins, deed recorded in Vol. 15 Page 503, containing 72 acres be sold by my Executives hereinafter named at private sale for the best price they can obtain for same on such terms of credit as they may agree upon and I authorize them to convey the same by deed, Sale to be made at private sale. Seventh, I also direct that my said Executors sell my personal estate not herein disposed of at private sale. Eighth, As I value the East side of the Creek, of my said farm above devised to my son Arthur to be worth more than the West side, I will and direct that Arthur’s stand charged with the maintenance of my wife Sarah from the  time of my decease until the death of my said wife Sarah, my said __  Arthur to furnish her with a comfortable home and maintenance during her life or as long as she remains my widow.  Ninth, I will and desire to my daughter Hessy Daughtery and her heirs the some of Eight hundred Dollars out of the proceeds, of the sale of said 72 acres tract of land, the same to be put on interest by my Executors and (furnish?) a paid interest paid to her as she may need same from time to time and any that may remain to be paid to her children.  Tenth.  I will and devise to Rebecca Baily, my Grand daughter all her clothing, _____and, bedstead and bedding and cupboard, ____  that she owns and now in my possession, also the sum of six hundred dollars to be paid to her out of my estate directed to be sold by my Executors.   Eleventh, I will and devise to my wife Sarah all the property she brought here that remains on hand at my decease, also the (report?) herein before provided for her.  Twelfth, I will and devise that all the unnamed (remaining?) of my Estate not herein before devised that remain shall be equally divided between my daughter Hester Daugherty and my Grand daughter Rebecca Baily. Thirteen. I direct that if I survive my wife Sarah, that Arthur hold her devise free from change.  Fourteenth, I appoint my sons Arthur Gray and Samuel Gray Executors of this my last Will and I revoke all former Wills, Witness my hand and seal  April 27, 1866. John Gray

 

Signed, sealed, published and declared this 27 of April 1866 into our presence: William Okey  - Alexander McConnell?

 

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