William Elliott will
transcribed by Pat O'Dell: (email@example.com)
at Taylor co, Iowa courthouse: Will Book A page 345
Last Will and Testament of William Elliott. I, William Elliott of Jefferson township, Fayette County State of Pennsylvania being afflicted in body but of sound mind memory and understanding considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof do make and publish this to be my last will and direct that my body shall be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my executor.
Item. I will until my wife Eliza Jane my home farm to have hold and enjoy during her natural life. She is to keep up all repairs and pay the taxes on the same.
Item. I will and bequeath unto my wife Eliza Jane all my household goods two horses three cows (her choice) two sets farm harness one two horse farm wagon, one plow and borrow my buggy and harness 25 head of sheep (her choice) the dividends accruing on twenty one (21) shares of stock in the First National Bank of Brownsville ($2000) two thousand dollars life insurance policy in the New York Life Insurance Company absolute provided she remains my widow but if she should get married then in that event the personal property heretofore willed to her shall at her decease shall be disposed of by my Executor.
And after paying her just debts and funeral expenses the equally divided between my children herein after named.
Item. I will and bequeath to my son James Stockley Elliott the farm he now lives upon situate in Jefferson township Fayette county, Pennsylvania known as the Laughlin Farm.
Item. I will and bequeath to my son James Stockley Elliott my gold watch and chain. The residue of my estate both real and personal and mixed of every kind which I have herein before disposed of. I will and direct shall be disposed of as follows Viz 1st I will and direct that after my decease my executor shall sell all my live stock grain farming utensils and machine not herein before specified and willed by me
2nd I will and direct that my executor shall sell the land that I own in Taylor County State of Iowa within two years after my decease
3rd I will and direct that my executors shall after my decease pay all my just debts and funeral expenses out of the first monies that shall come into his hands
4th The residue of my estate not hereinbefore by me specifically willed including monies that I may have on hands at my decease The expenses of the sale of property as above directed all my Stocks Bonds Life Insurance policies and all other debts and obligations that may be coming to shall as they may be collected converted into money and become due be equally divided between my children herein named share and share alike Viz: James Stockley Elliott Annie Mary intermarried with Robert Abranis (?) Margaret D., Matilda B intermarried with Wm T. Cragt. Virginia B. intermarried with Wm P. Allan Sarah Ema and Louisa . Provided however my executor shall use his discretion and not be completed to sell my stocks and bonds at a discount in the market
5th I desire that at the decease of my wife Eliza Jane my executor shall sell at public sale my home farm and divide the proceeds of the sale thereof (after paying the expenses of the sale) equally among all my children above name.
Lastly I nominate constitute and appoint Gibson Benns and my son James Stockley Elliott my Executors hereby revoking all former wills that I may have made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in presence of these my witnesses this 4th day of March A.D. 1878. [signed] William Elliott
witnesses: Jacob Wolf, Wm T. Patterson
I Wm Elliott the willing testator do hereby make and publish this codicil to be added to and taken as part of the Last will and testament made by me which bears date the 4th day of March 1878. Item In addition to what I have therein willed to my wife, I will and give her all the boards posts and lumber that is on the farm for to use in keeping up the repairs
Item I will to my wife my corn planter wheel corn plow and gale plow.
Item I will in addition to what I have willed to my son J. Stockley Elliott my clover huller
Item I will to the parsonage of the little redstone Presbyterian church the sum of one hundred dollars.
Item I will and direct that my executor shall give to the proper officers of the Little Redstone Presbyterian church the note I hold against it with out collecting any part of it. Lastly I do revoke that part of my said Will that appoints Gibson Benns one of my Executors. And do hereby appoint my son James Stockley Elliott my sole executor. I do hereby ratify all my said will with that exception
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 24th day of Jun 1878. [same witnesses]
William Elliott died Aug 14, 1878 and the estate was settled.