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
SYLVENUS PALMER, of Dallas County.
Will dated 26 Jul 1865, proven 4 Nov 1867.
All my estate to son Walter W Palmer of Dallas County.
Witness: Nancy A McKean.
Will dated 17 Jan 1875, proven 19 Apr 1875.
All my real estate 205 1/2 acres to my four children: Pleasant
Parker, Melvina Salsbury, Louisa Harden and Clifford Parker.
All my estate to my wife Margaret Parker and my dau Sally
Parker during their life and then to the others. Codicil
mentions son Melvin.
Witnesses: M C Thomas, Pleasant Parker
ISAAC PARMENTER, of Spring Valley Twp, Dallas County.
Will dated 3 Jul 1895, proven 4 Sep 1900.
To my wife Cornelia Parmenter all household goods and
furniture. To sons Smith Parmenter, A W Parmenter and daus
Ollie Ames and Carrie Ellison and adopted dau Myra Parmenter
shares of $100 each in stock in Iowa Central Bldg & Loan of
Des Moines. To my old time friend J T Davis of Perry, my
Executor: J T Davis.
Witnesses: Daisy Johnston, L M Stoops, H A Hoyt, Perry.
Codicil to above 21 Jul 1898.
The above shares having been sold and wife died since
above will was drawn the following changes are made: Adopted
dau Myra Parmenter to have $100 of household goods and furni-
ture, she having cared for wife during her last sickness.
Residue of estate to be divided between above 5 children.
WILLIAM G PATTERSON, of Woodward, Dallas County.
Will dated 25 Feb 1892, proven 29 Mar 1893.
To my wife Edith N Patterson my residence in Woodward and
$150 annually from my farm in Fayette Co, Pa, and $150
annually from my farm in Dallas County. to my son Samuel S
Patterson of Fayette Co, Pa, my farm of 141 1/2 acres in that
county provided he make annual payments to my wife. Mentions
daus Mary E Elliott and Minerva C Stevens to receive my
farm of 200 acres in Des Moines Township, Dallas County.
Executors: William S Craft, Woodward; Samuel S Patterson,
Fayette County, Pa.
Witnesses: J E Woods, William Dake, both of Woodward.
JOHN PAYTON, of Union Township, Dallas County, a farmer.
Will dated 25 Nov 1876, proven 7 Nov 1895.
To my wife Elizabeth Payton all my estate.
Executrix: Elizabeth Payton, wife.
Witnesses: David Bailey, M C Thomas.
JOHN F PAYTON, of Van Meter, Dallas County, a farmer.
Will dated 16 Oct 1905, proven 9 Jan 1907.
To my wife Charlotte Payton, Lots 5 & 6, Block A, Chenowiths
Addition to Van Meter, and 1/3 or all estate and all residue
after bequests to children: William E Payton, $1000, Ariminna
E Clayton, $600; Rosa C Torode, $600; Warren B Payton, $1000,
Byron W Payton, $1000; Della G Thornton, $600; Emma L Clayton,
$600; and son Roy D Clayton, $1000.
Executor: E J Goar, of Van Meter.
Witnesses: O V White, Clarence Dunn.
ELWOOD PEACOCK AND NAOMI PEACOCK, husband and wife, of
Will dated 17th day of second month 1897, proven 3 Sep 1901,
both testators deceased at this date.
Our homestead being the NE 1/4 NW 1/4, Sec 31, T 78 N, R 28 W,
40 acres to daus Emma E Thorn (widow) and Rosa Peacock. To
Emma E Thorn and son John W Peacock, $100 each. After above
settlement legal heirs to share equally in estate.
Executor: Josiah H Maxwell but court appointed A L Peacock.
WILLIAM H PECK, of the Town of Xenia, Dallas County.
Will dated 30 Apr 1864, proven 2 Apr 1866.
To my wife Zedina L Peck and our children, Nancy Abigail G
Peck, Sarah Ann Peck, Lanora Isabel Peck, George W Peck,
Mary Ann Peck, and Frances Virginia Peck, my farm in the
NW 1/4 NW 1/4 E 1/2 SE 1/4, Sec 4, R 26 N, T 81W.
Executors: James W Ince, Daniel Rhoads.
Witnesses: John Sharp of Xenia, Henry Platt of Xenia and
John Hunt of Des Moines Twp.
DAVID PEDDICORD, of Dallas County.
Will dated 13 Sep 1886, proven 3 Dec 1886.
To my wife Susan Peddicord all my estate and after her death
to be divided among my children: James Perry Peddicord,
David Elwood Peddicord, Margaret Elizabeth Hawk, Douglas S
Peddicord, Gaylord Peddicord, Elias Peddicord and Arthur
Executrix: Susan Peddicord, wife
Witnesses: W H Chandler, E R Aiken, both of Perry.
JEREMIAH PERKINS, of Adel, Dallas County.
Will dated 2 Oct 1879, proven 18 Dec 1879.
To my daus Jeannette Perkins and Carrie Perkins, Lots 5 &
6, Block 4, Adel known as my Homestead, also my store
building and Lot in Adel, described in Village Record E, p
16 and Record C, page 60, Dallas County Deed Records, Balance
of my estate to be divided between my children as follows:
All Perkins, Charles Perkins, Lincoln Perkins, Mrs Loretta
Kenworthy, Mrs Mattie Newlan and Carrie Perkins a minor.
Executor: Jeannette Perkins.
Witnesses: Robert S Barr, T J Caldwell, S J Garoutte
PETER JAMES PETERS, of Perry, Dallas County, age 66 years.
Will dated 22 Jan 1889, proven 21 May 1889.
To my son James Emory Peters my watch and chain. tomy wife
Mary Peters all my household goods and estate which is to go
to children after her death. Children: Martha Comfort Roop,
Francis Eliza Stiles, Louisa Jane Henderson, Julia Hellen
Maulsby, James Emory Peters, Bethena Janette Hubbs, David
Executor: Mary Peters, wife.
Witnesses: J B Bennington, J M Steele, both of Perry.
ANDREW PETERSON, of Minburn, Dallas County, age 81 yrs.
Will dated 10 Feb 1900, proven 10 Apr 1905.
To my wife Katrina Sophia Peterson all my estate including
Lots 1, 2 & 3, Block 17, Minburn.
Executor: D F Rogers, Minburn.
Witnesses: Miss Nellie Peterson, C D Luellen.
THOMAS M PIERCE, of Washington Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 7 Mar 1904, proven 31 Aug 1904.
To my wife Elizabeth Pierce while she lives the S 1/2 NE 1/4, Sec 2,
T 80 N, R 28 W, 80 acres, and then to my son Arthur James
Pierce. Remainder of estate to be sold and from the proceeds
to Abbie Jane Stout, $200, provided she remains with my
wife to age 18. Rest of estate to my legal heirs: Peterson
Pierce; Mrs Mary Eliza Myers, Mrs Nancy Ann Randall; and
Mrs Mary Pierce, widow of Charles Pierce.
Executor: D S Grossman, Minburn.
Witnesses: A F McQuie, E R McElderry, of Minburn.
Will dated 20 Nov 1874, proven 20 Dec 1875
To my wife Martha M Platt my farm being the E 1/2, Sec 23,
T 81 N, R 26 W. To my oldest son Albert Platt a colt. To
my second son Charles Platt, a colt.
Witnesses: O D Smally, Isaac Platt, Wm Platt.
NORMAN PLATT, of Perry, Dallas County.
Will dated 13 Apr 1886, proven 8 Nov 1906.
To my wife Katherine E Platt all my estate.
Executrix: Katherine E Platt, wife.
Witnesses: H A Hoyt, Walter E Norwood, of Perry.
HERMAN POHLE, of Dexter, Dallas County.
Will dated 11 Sep 1906, proven 8 Jan 1907.
To my wife Johanna Pohle all my estate for her lifetime then
to be divided among my children - unnamed.
Executor: E B Pohle, son.
Witnesses: J W Piper, Allen T Percy, Dexter.
ELIZABETH POWERS, of Peoria, Illinois.
Will dated 29 Jan 1898, proven 23 Mar 1898.
To brother Joseph Jackson, of Perry, $1300 and all household
goods. To nephew John L Powers of Kansas City, Mo, husbands
gold watch and chain. To Joseph Jackson, of Perry, residue of
estate during his lifetime and then to nephews and nieces:
David R Jackson, Halsey Jackson, Janette Wasson, Josephine
Boyle and Erminsine M Jackson, all of Perry; Flora Haverly,
Des Moines; Alice Piester, Blanchard, Iowa; Francis Oman,
Executor: Joseph Jackson, Perry.
Witnesses: J A Sullivan, W T Matt, of Perry.
ELISHA J PRATT, of Adel, Dallas County.
Will dated 12 Nov 1884, proven 10 Feb 1885.
To my wife Maria A Pratt all my estate.
Executrix: Maria A Pratt, wife.
Witnesses: T J Caldwell, J Willard Russell, D W Wooden, all
F B PRESTON, of Adel, Dallas County.
Will dated 30 Sep 1909, proven 15 Mar 1910.
Directs the sale of the E 32 ft of the W 44 ft, Lot 2,
Block 16, Adel. To my grand nephew Stewart Merrick, the W 1/2
of the W 46 ft 11 inches, Lot 4, Block 16, Adel and the W 1/2
of the double bldg thereon. To my grand niece Helen Merrick
the E 1/2 of the above described property. To my cousin James
Hutchens the E 1/3 of Lot 6, Block 13, Adel and the double
bldg thereon. To my cousin Patrick Henry Hutchens, my
butcher tools, desk, books and papers. Mentions Phoebe
Hutchens. To my niece Ormie Preston Merrick, beds and bedding.
To Mrs Lucy Taylor, $100. To Miss May Hoeye, $50. My
remaining property being the E 22 ft of Lots 7 & 8, Block
13, Adel to James Hutchens, Patrick Henry Hutchens and
Executor: S M Leach.
Witnesses: Robt L Leach, E W Dingwell.
Codicils added 20 Oct 1909 and 22 Nov 1909 making numerous
small changes in the provisions of the will.
SUSAN M PRESTON, a widow, of Perry, Dallas County.
Will dated 5 Feb 1902, proven 3 Sep 1902.
To my son Franklin Rufus Preston my house and lot being Lot 1,
Block 91, Perry. All my personal property to be distributed
among my heirs at law. S E Cross to be guardian of my son
Franklin Rufus Preston.
Executor: S E Cross.
Witnesses: Theo F Johnson, Allen Harvey, G E Waggoner.
WILLIAM PRICE, of Dallas County.
Will dated 6 Aug 1895, proven 4 Nov 1903.
To my sister Mary Price, of Dallas County, 2/3 of my estate.
To my niece Kittie Copeland, of Dexter, 1/3 of my estate.
Executor: Richard Price.
Witnesses: Helen Leghtner, Silas Leghtner.
HENRY PRITCHARD, of Van Meter, Dallas County.
Will dated 16 Mar 1905, proven 2 Sep 1908.
To my wife Melinda Pritchard the residue of my personal
property after paying to my children: Mary Elizabeth Welch,
Susan Martha England, Sarah Emma Davis and Henry A Pritchard,
$5 each. To my wife all my real estate. Should she not
survive me all my estate is to go to my son Elias Pritchard
subject to above bequests.
Executor: L W Clayton.
Witnesses: L W Clayton, N P Summers.
JOHN PUFFER, of Wiscotta, Dallas County, aged 62 years.
Will dated 5 Mar 1872, proven 7 Aug 1882.
To my wife Harriet J Puffer all my estate. To my son Charles
A Puffer, $10. To my dau Nelly Jane Puffer, $10.
Executor: Harriet J Puffer, wife.
Witnesses: J S Morgan, E K Jameson.
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