of Stephen Wilson
Lawrence County Probate Court
Monday October 2nd AD 1871.
Pleas in the Probate Court
in and for the county of Lawrence and State of Ohio, before Peras R. Polley,
Judge of said court, at a session thereof, held in Ironton, on the second day
of October in the year Eighteen hundred and seventy one.
Be it remembered that on the second day of October in the year
one thousand and eight hundred and seventy one; There was produced in open
court, for the Probate, an instrument of writing purporting to be the last will
and testament of Stephen Wilson, late of said Lawrence County, deceased, which
will reads in the words and figures following:
In the name of the Benevolent Father of all and State of Ohio,
do make and publish this my last will and testament.
Item 1st It is my will and devise that the
store in Burlington, owned by my son John G. Wilson and myself, in equal proportions,
and now carried on in the name of S. Wilson & Son, be continued
after my death in the same manner that the business is now conducted, and that
my wife Sarah Wilson,
to own the interest in said store and business owned by me at the time of my
death, and shall receive benefits and profits arising from said business in the
same manner, and to the same extent that I could were I then living.
Item 2nd I devise and bequeath to my said son John G. Wilson, the farm
with all the privileges and immunities thereto belonging situate immediately
above Burlington, and known as the Bryan and Wilson farm containing
fourteen and one half acres more or less.
Item 3rd I devise and bequeath to my son, Robert S. Wilson, the
farm of Solada Creek heretofore conveyed to him by John Ballard, now in
his possession and known as the Ballard farm containing two hundred
acres more or less together with a forty four acre lot adjoining the same and
known as the Old Billy McKee place. The last above mentioned devise is
made on condition that my said son Robert S. Wilson, will pay to my son DeWit Clinton Wilson the sum of Five
hundred dollars within five years from the date probate of this will, without
Item 4th I devise
and bequeath to my said son DeWit
Clinton Wilson, one thousand dollars in Bank Stock owned by me in the
Second National Bank of Ironton, together with all the recover___ funds
belonging thereto with all the accruing profits belonging to and growing out of
Item 5th I devise and bequeath to my daughter Emila Jane Morris, three
thousand dollars to be paid by my executor herein after named out of the
residue of my estate not herein above devised in instalments of not less than
five hundred dollars per annum without interest.
Item 6th I devise and bequeath to my beloved
wife Sarah Wilson
all the residue of my estate Real and Personal not hereinbefore devised, after
payment of my just debts and funeral expenses to hold as her own property
during her natural life; and after her death all of the property and effects both
real and personal above devised to my said wife Sarah Wilson, to be equally divided
between all my said children, or their heirs and survivors according to the law
of the State of Ohio.
Item 7th I do hereby nominate and appoint my
said wife Sarah Wilson,
and my said son John G.
Wilson, Executors of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing
them to compromise, adjust release and discharge, in such manner as they may
deem proper, the debts and claims due me.
I do also authorize and empower them, if it shall become necessary in
order to pay my debts, to sell by private sale or in such manner and upon such
terms of credit or otherwise as they may think proper all or any part of my
real estate, leaving the lands herein before devised as the last, and to
execute and acknowledge deeds therefor in fee simple. I do hereby revoke all former wills by me
In testimony whereof I have
hereunto set my hand and seal this 16th day of August in the year
Signed and acknowledged by said Stephen Wilson as his
last willand testament in our presence, and signed by us in his presence.
George W. Thompson
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