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

For ease of researching, I have alphabetized the records.  It takes nothing away from the original transcription.  

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Transcribed by Conni McDaniel Hall for Dallas County IAGenWeb, completed August 2013


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Will dated 11 mar 1854, proven 16 Jun 1854.

To my wife Matilda Vancleave, my personal property & $300.

To my son John P Vancleave and my son-in-law Preston Vancleave,

$200, which I have now paid.  To my sons Joseph Warren, 

Benjamin T & Thomas T and my son-in-law Allen Moore, $200.

To my sons Samuel G, Solomon M & Cornelius T, dau Margaret

Jane, son Stephen A, & gr dau Matilda B, $200 each.

Executrix:  Matilda Vancleave, wife.

Administrator:  Samuel Grimes Vancleave, son.

Witnesses:  George Davis, John F Jones.




JOSEPH W VANCLEAVE, of Otter Creek Twp, Vigo Co, Ind.

Will dated 27 Mar 1855, proven 6 Jul 1863.

all of my estate to my wife and whatsoever heirs of her body

shall be living at my death.

Witnesses:  Bassel Evans, C T Noble.




JULIA VAN LEUVEN, of Perry, Dallas County.

Will dated 24 Nov 1899, proven 30 Aug 1904.

To my dau Nellie Van Leuven, of Perry, all my estate.

Executrix:  Nellie Van Leuven, dau.

Witnesses:  L B Thornburg, Jennie Weaber.



AMANDA K VAN METER, of Van Meter Township, Dallas County.

Will dated 7 Aug 1901, proven 2 Sep 1902.

To my son E H Van Meter for his lifetime the N1/2 NE 1/4, Sec 30,

and the SE 1/4 and S 1/2 NE 1/4, Sec 19, all T 78 N, R 27 W, and after

his death to his wife Clara B Van Meter a life estate in 1/3

of property then to William J Van Meter son of E H Van Meter.

To my grandchildren:  Fletcher Van Meter, Doris M Van Meter

and Julius N Van Meter, children of my desceased son

Alphonso Van Meter the N 1/2 NE 1/4, Sec 19 and the N 1/2 SW 1/4 and

the NW 1/4, all Sec 20, T 79 N, R 27 W.  To the children of my

sons 1/2 and SE 1/4, Sec 20, T 78 N, R 27 W.  The following

real estate has been sold, reserving coal rights and mining

privileges:  the N 1/2 NW 1/4, Sec 29, and the S 1/2 SW 1/4, Sec 20, and

the W 1/2 SW 1/4 and the NE 1/4 SW 1/4, all Sec 21, T 78 N, R 27 W, with

1/2 interest in such rights to the children of my sons.

Witnesses:  H C Van Meter, J E Goar.

Codicil added 29 Jul 1902.

Bequests of personal effects to grandchildren and royalties

in the Van Meter Coal Co to the Christian Church at DeSoto.




J J VAN METER, of Dallas County.

Will dated 2 Mar 1887, proven 14 Sep 1894.

To my wife Amanda K Van Meter all my estate.

Witnesses:  W A Pryor, John B White.







JOSEPH H VAN METER, of Dallas County.

Will dated 19 Jun 1880, proven 13 Dec 1887.

All of my real estate situated in Bartholomew Co, Ind, being

the W 1/2 SW 1/4, Sec 19, 80 acres and the S end NW 1/4, Sec 19, 53

acres, T 10 N, R 6 E; and the SE 1/4, Sec 24, 160 acres, and

the SW 1/4 NE 1/4, Sec 24, 40 acres, and S part SE 1/4 NE 1/4, Sec 24,

27 acres, T 10 N, R 5 E, subject to the rights of my wife Sarah

S Van Meter, I give to my children:  Jacob R Van Meter, Julius

J Van Meter, Hugo G Van Meter and Susan G Haycraft, 1/6 each.

To Jacob R Van Meter the remaining 2/6 of my estate in trust

to support my daughter Elizabeth Durbin and her children and

my daughter Mary E Pruitt and her children.

Witnesses:  William Payton, G S Mitchell.





FREDERICK LUDWIG VON SCHENK, of Dexter, Dallas County.

Will dated 16 May 1892, proven 21 Mar 1899.

I, Ludwig von Schenk (my full name being Baron Ludwig

August Friedrich Philipp Schenk zn Schweinsberg), give to

my wife Theirse von Schenk nee Lauge all my estate including

the sum of 6550 Mark which became due and payable on death

of my step-mother Elizabeth Schenk zn Schweinsberg of Cassel

Germany, also 1000 Mark more or less being my share of

proceeds from a collection of oil paintings; also my library

of books, manuscripts and works of art, etc.

Executrix:  Theirse von Schenk, wife.

Witnesses:  A D Guief, Davenport, Iowa; Chr W Otto, Atlantic,





HENRY VOAS, of Dallas County.

Will dated 13 Jan 1903, proven 10 Apr 1905.

To my wife Eliza Emily Voas all my estate.

Executrix:  Eliza Emily Voas, wife.

Witnesses:  D S Grossman, H E Boyd, of Minburn.

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