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
JAMES QUIGLEY, of Perry, Dallas County.
Will dated 5 May 1903, proven 29 Mar 1906.
To my son John H Quigley and my dau Ellen O'Conner, $1 each,
they having already received their share of my estate. to
my daus Julia M Quigley and Margret A Quigley the remainder
of my estate including the SW 1/4, Sec 7, T 80 N, R 28 W.
Executrix: Margret A Quigley, dau.
Witnesses: J E O'Malley, H A Nash.
MARTIN RATIGAN, of Dallas County.
Will dated 6 Jun 1906, proven 20 Nov 1906.
To my wife Sarah Ratigan the SE 1/4 SE 1/4, Sec 19, T 81 N, R 26 W.
To my nephew Martin Ratigan and his wife Dora Ratigan, the
SW 1/4 SE 1/4, Sec 19, and the NW 1/4 NE 1/4, Sec 30, and the NE 1/4, NE 1/4,
Sec 30, T 81 N, R 26 W.
Executor: A M McColl.
Witnesses: A M McColl, J B Saum.
A M REDFIELD, of Dallas County.
Will dated 1 May 1905, proven 4 Sep 1907.
To my son Thomas M Redfield Lots 16, 17 and 18, Sec 3,
T 78 N, R 29 W. To my dau Martha H Wolf Lots 13 and 14,
and the W 1/2, Lot 20, Sec 3, T 78 N, R 29 W. To my dau Mary
L Redfield Lots 3 and 4, Block 12, Harris Addition, Redfield.,
and a life interest in Lots 15 & 19 and the E 1/2, Lot 20,
Sec 3, T 78 N, R 29 W, also household goods.
Executors: Martha H Wolf, dau; Mary Redfield, dau; and
Thomas M Redfield, son.
Witnesses: G W Armfield, G W Curtis.
Codicil added 20 May 1907. Rearranges distribution of above
ELIZA A REDFIELD, widow Luther Redfield, late of Greenburg,
Westchester County, New York
Will dated 18 Nov 1878, proven 18 Mar 1884.
To my dau Mary E Redfield, wearing apparel, jewelry, silver
pictures, books and household furniture. All my real estate
to my three children: Amasa A Redfield, son; Mary E Redfield,
dau; J Ward Redfield, son. Mentions that my son Ward is and
long has been an invalid.
Executors: Amasa A Redfield, son; Mary E Redfield, dau.
Witnesses: Amasa R Angell, 132 East 30th St, New York City,
Louise C Redfield, 68 West 48th St, New York City.
Codicil added 19 Jun 1879.
Specifies $12,000 be invested for the use of Mary E Redfield.
My husband having given in his lifetime 120 acres of land in
Dallas County to my son J Ward Redfield, I know give to my
dau Mary E Redfield, Lot 8, Sec 4, T 78 N, R 29 W and to my
son Amasa A Redfield, Lot 7 of same Sec.
Witnesses of Codicil: M C Thomas, Pauline Redfield.
2nd Codicil added 6 Mar 1880.
Clarifies power of executors:
Witnesses: T M Redfield, Pauline Redfield.
J WARD REDFIELD, of Redfield, Dallas County.
Will dated 30 Sep 1893, proven 2 Sep 1896.
To my wife Pauline Redfield all my estate.
Witnesses: D S Patty, G W Curtis.
STACY T REEVES, of Greenfield, Warren Co., Iowa.
Will dated 16 Jan 1882, proven 29 Jan 1883.
To my wife all my estate during her life. The land owned in
Audubon County, Iowa to be hers to dispose of as she wishes.
Executrix: Wife, unnamed.
Witnesses: Albert Sierley, I I Swayne, I I Perkins, all of
Norwalk, Warren County, Iowa.
JACOB A REICHARD, of Dallas Center, Dallas County.
Will dated 3 Apr 1895, proven 18 Sep 1900.
To my wife Susan A Reichard all my estate including any
rights in the estate of my late father Jacob Reichard of
Washington Co, Maryland, except for $700 to David L Miller,
now residing with me for his business education.
Executrix: Susan A Reichard, wife.
Witnesses: Robert S Barr, J W Russell.
MICHAEL REILLY, of Dallas County.
Will dated 21 May 1903, proven 8 Sep 1906.
To my dau Jane Reilly, $500. To my wife Mary Reilly all my
estate for her lifetime and then to be divided between my sons
William Reilly and Frank Reilly. To my sons James Reilly,
John Reilly, Thomas Reilly, Edward Reilly and Joseph Reilly,
$5 each. To my dau Alice Hickey who received her portion upon
her marriage to Peter Hickey, my affection.
Executor: William Reilly.
Witnesses: H V Malone, Andrew Coffeen.
D P REPASS, of Dexter, Dallas County.
Will dated 8 Feb 1909, proven 20 Sep 1909.
To my wife Lizzie A Repass all my estate for her lifetime
and then to my children: Harry D Repass, Fred C Repass,
Maurice A Repass, Robert E Repass and William F Repass.
Executrix: Lizzie A Repass, wife.
Witnesses: W H Conway, W A Stanley, both of Dexter.
GEORGE REPP, of Washington Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 7 May 1900, proven 25 Sep 1909.
To my wife Mary Jane Repp the W 1/2 Sw 1/4, Sec 10, T 80 N, R 28 W,
being our home place, and after her death sold and the proceeds
distributed among my children and as follows: Noah Morgan Repp,
9/40; Charles Henderson Repp, 4/40; Hannah Cletus Badger,
10/40; Sarah Ellen Mills, 9/40; and Clara Eveline Holling,
8/40. To my son Charles Henderson Repp the W 1/2 NW 1/4, Sec 9
T 80 N, R 28 W. To my dau Hattie Belle Repp the SW 1/4 NW 1/4,
Sec 10, T 80 N, R 28 W. The money derived from the sale of the
sale of the SE 1/4, Sec 7, T 105 N, R 46 W, Pipestone County,
Minnesota be divided among my children as follows: Hannah
Cletus Badger, 3/19; Sarah Ellen Mills, 6/19; Clara Eveline
Holling, 6/19; and Clinton Dewitt Repp, 4/19. My son Clinton
Dewitt Repp has already received from me $2400. My son Noah
Morgan Repp, has already received from me $1350. My dau
Hannah Cletus Repp has already received from me the sum of
$300. The residue of my estate to be divided between my wife
Executors: Clinton Dewitt Repp, Joseph Mills.
Witnesses: John P Roberts, H A Hoyt, both of Perry.
JANE REYNOLDS, of Redfield, Dallas County.
Will dated 26 Jun 1902, proven 24 Mar 1903.
To my children: Arminta Keefer, Elmina Fickes and Elvin
Reynolds, $10 each. Remainder of my estate to my husband
Levi M Reynolds for his lifetime and then to my children.
Mentions the E 1/2, Lot 2, Block 5, Original Town of Redfield.
Executor: Levi M Reynolds, husband.
Witnesses: Hattie Bandy, Allen Moorman.
DANIEL RHOADS, of Des Moines Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 6 Oct 1883, proven 11 Feb 1884.
To my dau Hannah my homestead lying south of the C M & St P
R R in the SW 1/4 SW 1/4, Sec 4, T 81 N, R 26 W. To my son Louis,
$10; to my granddau Ollie Rhoads, a good feather bed. All
else to: Susan Woods, wf of Jno Woods; Permelia Spencer, wf
of David Spencer; Rhoda Harlow, wf of Stephen Harlow; Enos
Rhoads; Jno Rhoads; Elizabeth Thomas, wf of Wm Thomas; Louis
Rhoads; Jane Thomas, wf of Geo Thomas and Hugh Rhoads.
Executor: Enos Rhoads, son.
Witnesses: William S Craft, J W McCracken, John Perry.
HENRIETTA RHODE, of Dexter, Dallas County.
Will dated 3 Nov 1903, proven 12 Nov 1907.
To my grandchildren: Lena Simpson, Eva Simpson, Emil Simpson
and Carl Simpson, $100 to be share equally. To my grandchildren
Mary Celley, Jennie Celley, Ruth Celley and John Celley, $100
to be share equally. To son Albert Rhode, $100; to son Hugo
Rhode, $100. Residue of estate to my 4 children: Hulda
Simpson, Sophia Celley, Albert Rhode and Hugo Rhode.
Witnesses: P L Sever, Gus Simpson.
SARAH A RICHART, of Dallas County.
Will dated Mar 1891, proven 9 Sep 1891.
To my father George Wright of Dallas County all my estate
to be held in trust for my son Joseph H Richart, an infant.
The estate to be converted to cash and then loaned, the
accumulation to be paid to Joseph H Richart when he becomes
Witnesses: Oscar Linn, Des Moines, Iowa; J E Bryan, Van Meter
JOSEPH D RIDGWAY, of Dallas County.
Will dated 7 Dec 1893, proven 15 Jan 1895.
My estate to be sold and the proceeds divided as follows:
to my dau Trella Palmer, wf of Henry Palmer, residing in
Dallas County, 1/6; my dau Naomi Holtman, wife of Peter
Holtman, residing in Dallas County, 1/6; to my dau Della
Carter, wife of Charles C Carter, residing in Boone County,
Iowa, 1/6; to J A Chase as trustee for my three minor sons
Jessee Ridgway, Otho Ridgway and Roy Ridgway, 1/2.
Executor: J A Chase of Boone County, Iowa.
Witnesses: F L Warren, M J Chase.
HENRY RINEHART, of Adel, Dallas County.
Will dated 12 Jan 1906, proven 18 Mar 1908.
To my wife Nancy E Rinehart all my estate.
Executrix: Nancy E Rinehart, wife.
Witnesses: Wm Roberts, Robt S Barr, of Adel.
JOHN RISSER, of Adel, Dallas County.
Will dated 28 Oct 1884, proven 16 Jan 1894.
To my wife Stella R Risser our homestead in Adel, and other
property in Adel. to my son Julius O Risser a 3/4 interest in
my store building on Main Street and my entire interest in
the business of J Risser & Son.
Witnesses: M J Graham, A R Reed.
ISAAC ROBBINS, of Des Moines Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 15 May 1873, proven 17 Dec 1873.
To my wife Nancy Robbins 1/3 of my estate. To my children:
James Robbins, $600; Daniel W Robbins, $100; Sophia Stoner,
$200; Mary Purinton, $1; Elizabeth Newell, $575. Also
mentions sons Thomas Robbins and Edward Robbins.
Executors: Daniel W Robbins, A C Newell.
Witnesses: James T Russell, John H Cole.
DAVID I ROBERTS, of Perry, Dallas County.
Will dated 7 May 1890, proven 3 Sep 1890.
To my wife Margaret Roberts all my estate.
Executrix: Margaret Roberts, wife.
Witnesses: H E Chappelear, Nelson W Pierce.
E S ROBERTS, of Woodward, Dallas County.
Will dated 5 Apr 1884, proven 31 Aug 1886.
To my wife Asenath N Roberts all my estate consisting of two
dwelling houses in Woodward, also the S 1/2, Sec 3, and the
NW 1/4, Sec 10, T 76 N, R 32 W in Adair County, Iowa.
Executrix: Asenath N Roberts, wife.
Witnesses: C C Roberts, Eunice Roberts.
HENRY ROBINS, of Perry, Dallas County.
Will dated 27 Aug 1906, proven 15 Mar 1910.
To Harriet Bennett of Woodbury County, Iowa, my step-dau,
$200. To my 3 grandchildren of Woodbury County: George
Oitel, Frank Oitel and Ed Oitel, $100 each. Remainder of
my estate to my 5 living children: John D Robins, George A
Robins, Ann Hawbaker and Emma Thornley, all of Dallas County,
and May Shear, of Montana.
Executor: John D Robins, son.
Witnesses: L A French, L B Thornburg.
PETER ROCHELLE, of Grant, Dallas County, age 83 last Nov 1885.
Will dated 25 May 1886, proven 4 Apr 1891.
To my son George Rochelle all my estate after the death of
myself and my wife Adaline Rochelle.
Witnesses: Wm T Allen, Wm Hinshaw, both of Dallas Center.
M T RODGERS, of Adel Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 27 Feb 1901, proven 16 Apr 1901.
My estate to be converted to money and divided as follows:
to my youngest son Thomas Rodgers, 1/3; to my other three
children: Mary Crowley, Mathias Rodgers and James Rodgers,
Executor: F E Utz
Witnesses: F E Utz, E W Dingwell.
JACOB G ROLAND, of Adel, Dallas County.
Will dated 30 Mar 1897, proven 8 Nov 1897.
Mentions Sarah J Roland; wife; and children: Joseph M Rolland,
Daniel Z Roland, Mary C Schroeder, Clarence W Roland, Jacob
LaVern Roland and Elenora J Roland. Mentions land in Edmunds
and Walworth Counties, South Dakota.
Executrix: Sarah J Roland, wife.
Witnesses: Joseph Smith, Danl A Blanchard, both of Adel.
M J ROLAND, of Dallas County.
Will undated, proven 31 Mar 1902.
To my wife Magdelina Roland the house and lot which is now my
residence. To sons Martin H Roland and George W Roland equal
shares in $2000 insurance policy.
Executrix: Wife, Magdelina Roland.
Witnesses: Mrs J T Gorman, Mrs Addie Stelzer, both of Perry.
MARTIN ROWE, of Grant Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 17 Jan 1894, proven 12 Jan 1899.
To my wife Anna Ida Rowe all my estate for her lifetime and
in case no children are born to said wife and myself, then
after her death residue to be divided between my parents and
her parents equally.
Executrix: Anna Ida Row, wife.
Witnesses: W J Stewart, E A Stewart.
ELNATHAN ROWLEY, of Woodward, Dallas County.
Will dated 12 Jul 1901, proven 2 Sep 1902.
To my children: Mary Salom Bates, of Troutdale, Oregon,
$200; George W Rowley, of Troutdale, Oregon, $200; Elisa J
Burrel, Woodward, $275; Anna M Watts, Beatrice, Nebraska,
$270; James Ward Rowley, of Woodward, $340; Eugene K Rowley,
Woodward, $315; Ellen Caylor, Woodward, the remainder of my
estate for her care of me.
Witnesses: S O Conger, John H Parks.
DANIEL ROYER, of Sugar Grove Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 22 Jan 1887, proven 4 Oct 1887.
To my wife Sarah Royer 1/3 of all my estate for her lifetime
and then to: Christian B Royer, David B Royer, George B
Royer, John H Royer, Jacob P Royer, Daniel C Royer and Sarah
B Burkholder together with the remainder of estate, except
$800 to be set aside for Sarah B Burkholder (dau of Sarah
B Burkholder nee Royer), a minor.
Witnesses: Andrew J Wise, D K Miller.
SARAH ROYER, of Sugar Grove Township, Dallas County.
Will dated 26 Oct 1887, proven 1 Sep 1897.
All my estate to be divided equally among my sons: Christian
B Royer, David B Royer, George B Royer, John H Royer, Jacob
P Royer and Daniel C Royer.
Executor: George B Royer, son.
Witnesses: T R North, Edmund Nicholas, attorneys, Adel.
W S RUDROW, of Dallas County.
Will dated 24 Feb 1902, proven 2 Sep 1902.
To my dau Mary Parker personal items including the family
Bible and her mother's picture. To my present wife Lovina
Rudrow remainder of estate for her lifetime and then to
my children or their heirs: E V Rudrow, W W Rudrow, Hannah
Parker and Mary Parker.
Executor: Wesley Wright, of Adel.
Witnesses: Frank Miller, Matilda Wright.
ABBIE A RUSSELL, of Adel, Dallas County.
Will dated 28 Jan 1909, proven 22 Nov 1909.
To my husband Charles A Russell all my estate for his life-
time. Mentions daus Nettie Davidson and Delila H Rich.
Executor: M A Loehr.
Witnesses: Ida B Garoutte, Robt L Leach, both of Adel.
ADELGIRTHA RUSSELL, of Perry, Dallas County.
Will dated 25 Jan 1893, proven 5 Jan 1898.
To the children of my son William Russell: Kattie Russell,
my piano; to Chester D Russell, $100; to Ward A Russell,
property in Perry; to William Burton Russell, profits and
income from property in Perry. To Hannah Krohn, $100. To
grandson George Fletcher Russell, son of my deceased son
George P Russell, gold watch, chain and ring. To dau-in-law
Florence Ankeny Russell, white china, etc and property in
Perry to be held until son George Fletcher Russell is of
age. Residue of estate to son William J Russell.
Executors: Florence Ankeny Russell, dau-in-law; Walter E
Coffin, David F Witter.
Witnesses: J A Guinn, J F Ahrens.
CHARLES A RUSSELL, of Adel, Dallas County.
Will dated 28 Jan 1909, proven 31 Aug 1909.
To my wife Abbie A Russell all my estate for her lifetime
and then to my dau Nettie Davidson. To my dau Delila H Rich,
Executor: M A Loehr.
Witnesses: Robt L Leach, Ida B Garoutte, both of Adel.
ELIZABETH RUSSELL, of Adel, Dallas County.
Will dated 8 Apr 1906, proven 7 Sep 1906.
To my dau Flora E Payne all my estate. No provision for my
son James Russell or grandchildren, they having been already
Executor: E R Payne.
Witnesses: R S Barr, C A Barr, P.O. Adel.
SMITH RUSSELL, of Perry, Dallas County.
Will dated 17 Jun 1891, proven 31 Aug 1898.
Bequests of personal items to children: Mary Field, Sarah
Jane Harlan, Milton Russell, Logan Russell, Frank L Russell
and Gilbert Harvey Russell. Mentions great grand children:
Florence Moore's little girl and Sarah Cole's little boy.
Requests a four generation picture given on Golden Wedding
by grandchildren be returned to them. Remainder of estate to
wife Elizabeth Russell for her lifetime and then to children.
Executors: Elizabeth Russell, wife; and sons Milton Russell,
of Des Moines, and Gilbert Harvey Russell of Perry.
Witnesses: J M Tyre, J W Diddy, both of Perry.
T J RUSSELL, of Dallas County.
Will dated 11 Jul 1902, proven 27 Mar 1903.
Mentions children: Anna E Russell, Ella Russell, Thomas J
Russell, John H Russell, G A Russell, James Russell and William
Executors: G A Russell, James Russell, sons.
Witnesses: W H Fahey, Harry I Steltzer.
WILLIAM S RUSSELL, of Perry, Dallas County.
Will dated 20 Nov 1909, proven 30 Aug 1910.
To my wife Lizzie Russell all my estate for her lifetime.
Mentions property in Perry. After her death the income to
be used to support and educate my 2 youngest children,
Emma Russell and Edward Russell until they reach legal age.
At that time remainder of my estate to be divided among:
Waldo Irving Russell, Louceil Russell Dyer, David Harrison
Russell, Emma Irene Russell, Edward Russell, J K Bennett
and Pearl Bennett Cooper.
Executor: Howard Rouse, of Perry.
Witnesses: Autsin W Ogden, H A Hoyt, of Perry.
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