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

 

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QUIGLEY

O'CONNER

O'MALLEY

NASH

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.

RATIGAN

McCOLL

SAUM

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.

REDFIELD

WOLF

ARMFIELD

CURTIS

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

bequests.

REDFIELD

ANGELL

THOMAS

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.

REDFIELD

PATTY

CURTIS

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.

REEVES

SIERLEY

SWAYNE

PERKINS

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.

REICHARD

MILLER

BARR

RUSSELL

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.

REILLY

HICKEY

MALONE

COFFEEN

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.

REPASS

CONWAY

STANLEY

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.

REPP

BADGER

MILLS

HOLLING

ROBERTS

HOYT

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

and children.

Executors:  Clinton Dewitt Repp, Joseph Mills.

Witnesses:  John P Roberts, H A Hoyt, both of Perry.

REYNOLDS

KEEFER

FICKES

BANDY

MOORMAN

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.

RHOADS

WOODS

SPENCER

HARLOW

THOMAS

CRAFT

McCRACKEN

PERRY

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.

RHODE

SIMPSON

CELLEY

SEVER

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.

RICHART

WRIGHT

LINN

BRYAN

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

of age.

Witnesses:  Oscar Linn, Des Moines, Iowa; J E Bryan, Van Meter

RIDGWAY

PALMER

HOLTMAN

CARTER

CHASE

WARREN

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.

RINEHART

ROBERTS

BARR

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.

RISSER

GRAHAM

REED

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.

ROBBINS

STONER

PURINTON

NEWELL

RUSSELL

COLE

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.

ROBERTS

CHAPPELEAR

PIERCE

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.

ROBERTS

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.

ROBINS

BENNETT

OITEL

HAWBAKER

THORNLEY

SHEAR

FRENCH

THORNBURG

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.

ROCHELLE

ALLEN

HINSHAW

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.

RODGERS

CROWLEY

UTZ

DINGWELL

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,

each 2/9.

Executor:  F E Utz

Witnesses:  F E Utz, E W Dingwell.

ROLAND

SCHROEDER

SMITH

BLANCHARD

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.

ROLAND

GORMAN

STELZER

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.

ROWE

STEWART

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.

ROWLEY

BATES

BURREL

WATTS

CAYLOR

CONGER

PARKS

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.

ROYER

BURKHOLDER

WISE

MILLER

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.

ROYER

NORTH

NICHOLS

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.

RUDROW

PARKER

WRIGHT

MILLER

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.

RUSSELL

DAVIDSON

RICH

LOEHR

GAROUTTE

LEACH

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.

RUSSELL

KROHN

COFFIN

WITTER

GUINN

AHRENS

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.

RUSSELL

DAVIDSON

RICH

LOEHR

LEACH

GAROUTTE

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,

$5.

Executor:  M A Loehr.

Witnesses:  Robt L Leach, Ida B Garoutte, both of Adel.

RUSSELL

PAYNE

BARR

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

provided for.

Executor:  E R Payne.

Witnesses:  R S Barr, C A Barr, P.O. Adel.

RUSSELL

FIELD

HARLAN

MOORE

TYRE

DIDDY

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.

RUSSELL

FAHEY

STELTZER

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

S Russell.

Executors:  G A Russell, James Russell, sons.

Witnesses:  W H Fahey, Harry I Steltzer.

RUSSELL

DYER

BENNETT

COOPER

ROUSE

OGDEN

HOYT

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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