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From: Gateway to the West, Vol. I, Allen Co.,
Will Abstracts, 1836-1844, p. 57
STANDIFORD, Elijah: dated September 8, 1840; recorded (not given), Wife: Rebecca, Son: John F., Daughter: Provy Black. Signed: E. Standeoford. Wit: John Alexander, Jr. and T. K. Jacobs.
Skelton Standiford - 1855:
"In the name of the Benevolent Father of all,
I, Skelton Standiford, of the County of Muskingum and State of 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, the farm on which we now reside, situated in Harrison Township, Muskingum County, Ohio, containing about eighty acres more or less, during her natural life; and all the stock, household goods, furniture, provisions, and other goods and chattels which ay be thereon, at the time of my decease, during her natural life, as aforesaid. She, however, selling or disposing of the same as she may see proper. At the death of my said wife, the real estate aforesaid, and so much of the said personal property or the proceeds thereof, as may then remain unconsumed and unexpended, I give and devise to my daughters, Elizabeth Barton, Caroline Standiford (alias Winn), Ellen Dutro, Sarah Spanger and Mary A. Baker and their heirs, it being surely understood that Caroline Standiford (alias Winn) is to have one hundred dollars at my decease; and then at the death of my wife, all five daughters are to have equal shares, it being my desire that Elizabeth Barton, wife of Samuel Barton, have her portio paid to herself or in case of her death, then to her heirs, as I do not design her husband to have any control of the same. Also, I design Caroline's portion to be paid to herself or in case of her death, then to her heirs (if any) as I do not wish her husband, Henry Winn, to have control or part in the premises.
I do hereby nominate and appoint David Dutro and John Plants, Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby authorizing and empowering them to comptomise, adjust, release and discharge, in such manner as they may deem proper, the debts and claims due me and at the decease of my said wife, to sell my real estate and whatever personal property may then be unexpended and divide the proceeds thereof as before named.
I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of October A.D. 1855.
Skelton (his mark) Standiford
Signed and acknowledged by said S. Standiford as his last will and testament in our presence, and signed by us in his presence: John Plants and James Seright"
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