In the Name of God Amen
Ely Gholson of the county of Hamilton and State of Illinois being weak in
body but of sound mind and memory do make, ordain, and establish this to be
my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all overs and I do hereby appoint
John Douglas??? to be the executor of this my last will and testament,
it is my will that all just debts be paid and that my undivided half of the
Mills? And land belonging to them lying in the County of Hamilton and known
as the South West forty of the North West quarter Section No. 15 Township No.
7, Range No 7 east should be sold and payments made. If the above named
Mills and land should be insufficient, it is then my Will that my executor
shall sell a sufficient of my personal property.
Second, after the payments
of all my just debts and funeral expences I do hereby devise
and bequeath to
my beloved wife the farme and improvements thereon which I now
live on, known
as the north east quarter of Section No. 17, Township No. 7, Range 16 East.
Also the west half of the north west quarter Section No. 16, Township No. 7,
Range No. 7 each containing in them too ??? Hundred and twenty acres more or
less during her continueing my widow or till the youngest child becomes of
age at which time it is my will that the above land shall be equally divided
between my legal heirs to have and to hold the Same unto them and their heirs
and assigns forever. To my wife I give all my household and kitchen
furniture, farming utencels and all other of my personal properties after my
debts is paid.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this
26th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty
Signed and acknowledged before us.
O. B. Morris
State of Illinois}}
At a court of probate held at the probate Office in McLeansboro on the 24th
day of July 1841 being a special term, this day personally appears before me
Robert Edwards, Probate Justice of the Peace in and for said county, in open
court. O. B. Morris and James Gholson, two credible witnesses who being by
me duly sworn on their oaths, depose and say that they were present and saw
the above named Ely Gholson sign the above last will and testament in their
presence that they believe and still believe that the said Ely Gholson was of
sound mind and memory at the time of signing the same & that they attended
the signing of the said last will & testament in the presence and by the
request of the said Ely Gholson and in the presence of each other.
In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand & private seal this 24th
day of July 1841.
(seal) R. Edwards (PJP)