WILLS: 1851 - 1910
Dallas County, Iowa
Source: Dallas County Records, Vol. II compiled by Howard E. Snedden and Barbara A. Snedden, 1972
The will abstracts that follow include all those to be found in Record of Wills, Volumes 1 & 2, Clerk of Court, Dallas County Courthouse, Adel, Iowa
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Transcribed by Conni McDaniel Hall for Dallas County IAGenWeb, completed August 2013
DAVID DANIEL, of Dallas Center, Dallas County.
Will dated 9 Feb 1872, proven 17 Sep 1872.
To my wife Mary Daniel all household furnishings. My farm the
SW 1/4, Sec 2, T 79 N, R 27 W, to be divided, the W 1/2 to dau
Mary Jane Justice, the E 1/2 to my son Sylvester A Daniel, provided
1/3 of all produce is delivered to my wife. Each to pay $700
part of which to provide educational fund for my grandson
David Daniel who now resides with us. Children named: Basil
J Daniel, Cyrus C Daniel, Sylvester A Daniel, Catharine
Wilson and Mary Jane Justice.
Executor: Robert S Barr of Dallas Center.
Witnesses: P B Stouffer, B H Criley.
S A DANIEL, of Dallas Center.
Will dated 13 May 1909, proven 5 Jan 1910.
To my wife Elizabeth Daniel all my estate.
Witnesses: Robert Whitaker, Clyde E Brenton.
WILLIAM DARMER, of Perry, Dallas County, age 64 yrs.
Will dated 29 Jun 1901, proven Jan 1903.
To my wife Martha A Darmer all my estate for her lifetime
and then to my 8 children: Harriet Emily Deotley, Sarah
Jane Kinder, John R Darmer, James E Darmer, Ida D Trovinger,
William A Darmer, Martha E Darmer and Mary Edith Darmer.
Executrix: Martha A Darmer, wife.
Witnesses: E R Aiken, E J Cole, both of Perry.
JOHN DAVENPORT, of Adams Township, Dallas County
Will dated 28 Apr 1884, proven 18 Sep 1884.
To my wife Amanda M Davenport all my estate. To pay debts
she is empowered to sell 30 acres of timber land being the
E 3/4 NE 1/4 SE 1/4, Sec 8, T 78 N, R 28 W. After my wifes death
to son Joshua H Davenport and daus Julia Ann Davenport and
Nettie Jane Longmire, all my remaining estate.
Executor: Thomas Bilderback, my friend and neighbor.
Witnesses: T R North, Attorney, Adel; Joseph A Couch and
Wiliam A Crowl, farmers, Adams Township.
GEORGE W DAVIS, of Dallas County.
Will dated 7 Apr 1855, proven 4 Sep 1855.
To my wife, Martha Davis, all of my estate except $60 to my
sister Catharine Davis.
Executor: Thomas E Horber.
Witnesses: Daniel A Grubb, Ellis Pickering.
ISAAC J DAVIS, of Linden, Dallas County, age 70 years.
Will dated 10 Feb 1887, proven 13 Dec 1887.
To my brother Job H Davis, $500. Remainder of estate to my
wife Sophia Davis.
Executor: Sophia Davis, wife.
Witnesses: Geo M Young, A U Holloway, both of Linden.
WILLIAM DENSMORE, of Grant Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 19 aug 1883, proven 13 Dec 1887.
All my estate to my wife Julia Densmore. Real estate being
the W 5/8 N 1/2 NE 1/4, Sec 30, T 80 N, R 26 W.
Witnesses: Wm M Gillham, Robert Scott.
WILLIAM DICKEY, of Redfield, Dallas County.
Will dated 20 Apr 1886, proven 28 May 1889.
All my estate to my wife Caroline D Dickey and at her death
to my dau Bell V Perry, and son William P Dickey.
Executrix: Caroline D Dickey, wife.
Witnesses: A N Porter, Des Moines; Lydia A Adams, Redfield.
Codicil added 1 Jan 1889
Bell V Perry named Executrix and Trustee for W P Dickey.
JESSE DILLON, of Van Meter, Dallas County, age 51 years.
Will dated 31 Oct 1882, proven 28 Aug 1883.
To my son John F Dillon, $875; son Wm David Dillon, $825
also my 2/3 interest in the Roan Stallion; to my dau Martha
Alice Dillon, the SE 1/4 NE 1/4, Sec 28, T 78 N, R 27 W. To my
wife Sarah Dillon the balance of my estate being in Secs 33
and 34, T 78 N, R 27 W, now occupied by me as a home.
Mentions dau Hannah Dillon, a minor; dau Mary Dillon; son
Geo L Dillon, a minor.
Executor: Abram Golden
Witnesses: Geo E Trindle, Darius B Mitchell, Nathan Moore.
JULIA A DILLON, of Dallas County.
Will dated 10 Feb 1897, proven 30 Mar 1897.
All my estate to my husband W H Dillon including Lots 3 & 4,
Block 17, DeSoto, with improvements.
Executor: W H Dillon, Husband.
Witnesses: Ruth Gross, Hannah Hill.
MARY L DINNELL, of Dallas County.
Will dated 23 Feb 1901, proven 16 Apr 1901.
To my husband W H Dinnell all my estate except my watch and
Chautauqua books to my sister Emma Weber.
Executor: W H Dinnell, husband.
Witnesses: A M Miller, Mrs W A Applegate.
MARGARET DODGE, widow of John M Dodge, of Dallas County.
Will dated 2 May 1884, proven 16 Apr 1901.
To my dau-in-law E B Dodge, wife of R D Dodge, the NE 1/4 NE 1/4,
Sec 7 and 10 acres off the E side of NW 1/4 NE 1/4, Sec 7, also
10 acres off the S side of SE 1/4 SE 1/4, Sec 6, all T 78 N, R 27 W.
Residue of personal property to son and his wife, R D & E B Dodge.
Executor: R D Dodge, son
Witnesses: J Willard Russell, D W Woodin, Dallas County.
W E DOIDGE, of Dallas County.
Will dated 1 May 1895, proven 23 Mar 1898.
To dau Lettie Jane Doidge $300 in addition to any other
bequest. Residue of my estate to be distributed to my children
as follows: W H Doidge; C E Doidge; A M Doidge; R E Doidge;
S B Doidge and Lillie Jane Doidge, 1/7 share each. To the
children of my deceased dau Rosetta Mary Mason, being 7 in
number, the remaining 1/7 share as they become of legal age.
Executor; C E Doidge, son.
Witnesses: W W Cardell, H G Giddings, of Perry, Iowa.
JOHN A DOOLEY, of Jackson Twp, Madison County, Iowa.
Will dated 21 Dec 1894, proven 29 Aug 1899.
To my wife America W Dooley all furniture and household
goods and life estate in all real estate. From residue of
personal property after payment of debts to dau Carrie Dooley,
$100 and dau Dora A Yaple, $50. Balance to be divided among
my children as follows: the heirs of my deceased son Samuel
P Dooley, Harriet Stone, Mary Hardenbook, Elizabeth F
McCammon, James P Dooley, John W Dooley, Andrew J Dooley,
Addie Ewing, Dora A Yaple, Carrie Dooley, Dick Dooley. After
death of wife residue of estate to be divided among heirs
Executors: C T Stone, son-in-law; Andrew J Dooley, son.
Witnesses: John Henshaw, W O Lucas.
W J DORMAN, of Dallas County.
Will dated 23 Sep 1890, proven 1 Apr 1892.
To my wife Emma Dorman all my estate.
Executrix: Emma Dorman, wife
Witnesses: John Shortley, Kate Otis.
Will dated 14 Mar 1883, proven 13 Feb 1889.
To my dau Martha Ellen Doty the home farm where I now reside.
To my dau Elizabeth A Thompson, $1150, remainder of estate to
be divided among all my children.
Witnesses: R N Baylies, E W Males.
MARTHA E DOTY, of Dallas County.
Will dated 9 Nov 1908, proven 15 Jan 1909.
To the children of my brother Lorenzo H Doty, the children
of my brother Ezra Doty, and the children of my brother
Hiram Doty, $50 each. To the children of my sister Elizabeth
Avalon Thompson, $100. To my sister Elizabeth Avalon Thompson,
$2500. To S Logan Doty, my nephew, the remainder of my estate.
Executor: S Logan Doty, nephew.
Witnesses: S C Brumfield, E W Dingwell.
JAMES DOUGLAS, of Van Meter Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 19 Apr 1880, proven 29 Jan 1883.
To my wife Catharine Douglas all my estate and at her death
to my son W H Douglas, except the E 1/2 SW 1/4 SE 1/4, 20 acres, Sec
17 and NE 1/4 NE 1/4, 40 acres, Sec 18, T 78 N, R 27 W, which
I desire to be divided between my other five children:
James A Douglas, Charles T Douglas, John M Douglas, Sarah M
Mozena and Adeline E Forrester.
Executors: W H Douglas, oldest son; John W Forrester.
Witnesses: Joseph Otterman, Adel; Joseph Beaver, DeSoto.
ELLEN DRAKE, of Van Meter Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 24 Mar 1879, proven 16 Jun 1879.
To my sister Matilda J Ross all my rights under the will of
John Rickabaugh, also the following property: one house and
lot of the N side of Main Street in Van Meter.
Executor: James B Semans
Witnesses: Jno F Curran, J B Ruberson, B F Goar, all of
FRANK R DURFEE, of Perry, Dallas County.
Will dated 21 may 1890, proven 3 Sep 1890.
To Mrs Sarah J Holmes, $800; to my friend Mrs C R BEnsley,
$800; to Miss Olive McHenry, my silk bed-quilt; to Mrs P C
Rude an oil painting; to my uncle George R Durfee, my gold
watch; balance of my estate to Henry J Holmes and Albert
Executor: H J Holmes
Witnesses: O Mosher, John Shortley
VALENTINE DURKES, of Adel Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 15 Jun 1876, proven 28 Jan 1879.
To my wife Catharine Durkes the farm on which we now reside
being in the SE 1/4 of Sec 3, T 79 N, R 27 W, 68 acres, also
5 acres in the SW 1/4 SE 1/4, Sec 30, T 80 N, R 27 W.
Witnesses: Wm Durkes of Dallas Center, Igmatz Aigner of Adel.
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