The Will of John Darley

Probate File – Hamilton Co., Ill; Div B, Book 54, File No. 7; filed September 4, 1896
Transcribed by Carol Lee Yarbrough


Last Will of John Darley

In the name of God Amen - I John Darley of the village of McLeansboro County of Hamilton and State of Illinois by occupation house painter and paper hanger being of sound mind do make this my last will and testament.  First, I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid out of my estate.  I give, devise and bequeath all my estate and property real and personal of any kind whatsoever that I now possess or of which I may die seized unto my dearly beloved wife Mary Ann Darley for her exclusive use as long as she lives - my present real estate being lot no. one (1) in Block eighteen (18) in S. H. Marshalls second addition to McLeansboro and lost no. forty seven (47) in Block eighteen (18) in Heard's Third addition to McLeansboro all in the county of Hamilton - State of Illinois.  After the death of my said wife the remainder of my said estate shall be divided equally between my four (4) children namely - Angelo Darley - Charles Fredrick Stevens, Lemuel Crawford Darley, and Willie Claton Darley.  In case any of my said four children should die before my said wife having no children then the said remainder shall be equally divided among the survivors of my said four children if any children are left then said children shall inherit their fathers portion of said remainder - share and share alike.  I appoint my said wife Mary Ann Dailey executor of this my last will and testament and desire that no bond be required of her for the performance of her duties as such executed.

In witness whereof I have signed and sealed and published and declared this instrument as my last will and testament at McLeansboro on the 11th day of March in the year of our lord One thousand eight hundred and eighty five.

Signed: John Darley [SEAL]

The said John Darley at said village of McLeansboro one said 11th day of March A. D. 1885 signed and sealed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for his last will and testament -- And we at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto written our names as subscribing witnesses:  Joshua S. Sneed of McLeansboro, Illinois; Joseph F. Marshall of McLeansboro, Illinois; John W. Buck of McLeansboro, Illinois.

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Mary Ann Darley being duly sworn, deposith and saith that John Darley late of the City of McLeansboro in the County of Hamilton and State aforesaid, departed this life at his residence in said county, on or about the Third day of September A. D. 1876, and that he died leaving his last will and testament to the best of her knowledge and belief subscribed and sworn to before me.  Mary Ann (her mark) Darley

This 14th of September A. D. 1876, Frank Lockett, County Clk

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