Will Book B, 1863 - 1875
DIMMICK, Lott, dated August 13, 1863, proved September 22, 1863
To wife Mary Ann DIMMICK during her natural life, part of Sec 15 and Sec. 22 in T29 R3E ( in Apple River Township). Also personal property: span of black mares, pair of harness, best Lumber Waggon, two plows, one harrow, the seed sower, Fanning Mill, the Wood Saw, the two horse carriage, five choice cows, 20 sheep, ten choice hogs, and 10 small hogs, all the bees, poultry and household furniture for the support of herself, and the support and education under her guardianship of our youngest son William Oscar DIMMICK. The whole to revert to William Oscar DIMMICK at the death of Mary Ann DIMMICK.
The balance of my estate to my five eldest children to wit: Sophronia DIMMICK, Lucy Jane DIMMICK, Rachael DIMMICK, Daniel W. DIMMICK and George W. DIMMICK.
Executor: Joseph P. BLACK of APPLE River
Witnesses: Wm. LAW, Daniel A. SHEFFIELD (Page 1)
FOWLER, Daniel of the Town of Hanover, age 76 years, dated December 23. 1862, proved September 25, 1863.
To wife Anna FOWLER, the farm as part of Sec 17 and Sec 18 T26 R2E (Hanover Township) and the personal property. At her death to my six children: Harriet E. WHITE, Samantha A. HAMMOND, Emily FOWLER, Hellen FOWLER, Daniel FOWLER and Robert FOWLER
Executor: James W. WHITE
Witnesses: Joseph R. CHAPMAN, Joseph E. MILLIGAN (Page 4)
HEALY, John, of the City of Galena, age 56 years, dated August 19, 1862, proved October 19, 1863.
To son Daniel HEALY, Lot 1 Block 5 in Gear’s Addition to the City of Galena, also a lot in Galena upon which Mary CONDON has a life lease.
Executor: William H. BYRNE
Witnesses: John GALVIN, Dennis ROCHFORD, both of Galena. (Page 6)
HUGHES, John Senior of the Town of Derinda, age 77 years, dated September 1, 1863, proved October 19, 1863.
To son John HUGHES real estate located in Sec 31 T26 R3E (Derinda Township)
To son Edward HUGHES, $150.00
To daughter Mrs. Sarah PASSMORE, $150.00
To daughter Hannah ROGERS, $150.00
To grandson John HUGHES, $200.00 when he reaches 21 years
To grandson Edward H. HUGHES my house and Lots 23 and 24 in Jeffers Addition to the Town of Hanover when he reaches 21 years.
The residue to my son John HUGHES, to son Edward HUGHES, to daughter Mrs. Mary [sic] PASSMORE, and daughter Hannah ROGERS
Executors: John HUGHES, David ROGERS
Witnesses: James B. LEWIS, John McINTYRE (Page 8)
MILLER, Peter of the Town of Guilford, age 62 years, dated September 27, 1863, proved October 20, 1863
To son Nicholas MILLER two horses, one waggon, one sett of harness, three cows, one one horse plow, and one two horse plow
To daughter Sophia MILLER land in Sec 3 T28 R2E (Guilford Township), plus the rest of personal estate
To son John MILLER $200.00 to be paid by daughter Sophia.
To daughters Catharine MARK and Margret GESNER $50 each, to be paid by Sophia
To son Peter Miller $25.00, to be paid by daughter Sophia.
Executors: Friend John Moore and son in law John GESNER
Witnesses: Josiah KISTLE, Dorothy MOORE (Page 10)
FLEGE, Joannas Bernard, dated October 25, 1863, proved November 16, 1863
To wife Maria Adelaide FLEGE all my property except if she remarries, then she is to have one-third, the rest divided my four children Maria Theresia, Anna Maria, Christina and Helena.
As I have bought for my son in law Bernard RICKE eighty acres of land and paid for it (975$), he shall by this my last will be bound to pay back that part of money which is above the share my other children will receive, but as Maria Theresia the present wife of Bernard RICKE, my oldest daughter, has more worked for the welfare of our household she shall receive as a reward for her works $50 more then the other children.
Executor: none named
Witnesses: Clement TEMPI, Bernard H. HULS (Page 12)
McQUELLIN, James, of the Town of Guilford, age forty five years, dated September 4, 1863, proved November 16, 1863.
To Mother Mary McQUELLIN, $100
To sister in law Margaret McQUELLIN, wife of my brother Patrick McQUELLIN, $50
To sister in law Margret McQUELLIN, wife of my brother John McQUELLIN, $50
To sister Jane CALLAHN wife of Michael CALLAHAN, $50
Executor: my brother John McQUELLIN
Witnesses: David SHEEAN, Joseph D. WHITE, both of Galena (Page 14)
PORTER, Thomas, of the Town of Courtland, age 24 years, dated August 12, 1862, proved November 16, 1863,
“Being about to go into the Army of the United States for its defence, and feeling the uncertainty of life. It is my will that if I should fall by disease, or on the Battle field that my body if possible so to do, be returned to Andrews, Jackson County, Iowa, and be buried besides that of my beloved Father and that all necessary expenses of burial, and transportation together with the sum of $25.00 for a tomb stone, be part of my personal effects, from any money on hand at the time of my death or from the first collection made by my Executor hereinafter mentioned.”
To my brother Robert PORTER $5.00
To my sisters Ann PORTER and Mary Altantic PORTER now residents of Lafayette County, Wisconsin the residue and remainder of my personal property.
Executor: John D. PLATT of Warren
Witnesses: Joseph F.H. DOBLER and PETER H. DOBLER, both of Warren. (Page 17)
Note: Thomas PORTER enlisted in Company K of the 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry on August 5, 1862, he died in Tennessee on October 12, 1863.
HUGHLETT, Samuel, dated October 13, 1863, proved January 9, 1864.
Whereas, I own two lead smelting furnaces, with the ground on which the same are situated, and grounds about said furnaces, necessary for the convenience and use of the same. One of said furnaces above the City of Galena and the lands belonging to the same being portions of Sec 17 T28 R1E, Sec 8 T28 R1E, Sec 12 T28 R1W, and Sec 13 T28 R1W. A second furnace is situated on Small Pox Creek about six miles south of the City of Galena.
And whereas I am now engaged in the business of buying & smelting Lead Ore in partnership with my son Thomas B. HUGHLETT; now upon my death, it is my will that all the partnership matters with my son be arranged & settled up by my Executors according to the terms of the agreement of said partnership. It is therefore my will, and I do devise & direct that my Executors hereinafter named, shall upon my death take & hold the above described furnaces & the said land belong thereto as above described, until my youngest daughter Margret Sophia shall arrive at the age of twenty two years. An I further direct that the said business shall be carried on and managed by my son Thomas, the capital for carrying on the said business to the amount of Ten thousand Dollars, to my said son from my estate by my Executors, without interest. The profits derived from said business to be divided as follows: One third to my son Thomas and two thirds to my Executors for the benefit of & to be divded amongest my children as hereinafter provided.
Third.`All my other property & estate Real & Personal & of every kind & nature, I will that my Executors shall take; In Trust, for my children as hereinafter provided, to wit.
My executors are directed to provide from my Estate for the support & maintainance of my children Thomas: Elizabeth: Alice Rebecca: Ellen S. and Margret Sophia & for the education of thsoe whose education shall not be completed: and shall provide for them suitable board, clothing, Doctors attendance & all things necessary for the comfortable support during the period last aforesaid.
In case of the marriage of any one of my daughters before my said daughter Margaret Sophia attain the age of twenty two years: then my executors are authorized to pay over to such daughter, or daughters so marrying from my estate any sum not exceeding five thousand dollars
And upon my daughter Margret Sophia arriving at the age of twenty two years, or in case of her death, upon my daughter Ellen S. reaching the said age of twenty two years, I direct that all my estate real & personal of every kind and nature shall be equally divided amongest my children Mary Ann MATTESON (wife of J. E. MATTESON): Thomas B HUGHLETT, Elizabeth HUGHLETT, Alice R. HUGHLETT, Ellen S. HUGHLETT and Margret Sophia HUGHLETT.
Executors: Son Thomas B. HUGHLETT, Henry CORWITH, Nathan CORWITH and Henry GREEN
Witnesses: Enos C. RIPLEY, Walter FORD (Page 19)
BECKER, Jacob of the City of Galena, age 56 years, dated November 3, 1863, proved January 19,. 1864.
To wife Margaretha BECKER for her whole life time part of lot 14 in the NW !/4 Sec 16 T28N R1E.
After death of wife to my five children: Matthias BECKER, Jacob BECKER, John BECKER, Arnold BECKER and Christian BECKER in equal parts
Executor wife Margaretha BECKER, after her death my son Matthias BECKER.
Witnesses: Henrich SAMPER of Galena, and Gotleib ENGELS of Galena. (Page 24)
PASCOE, Joseph, of the Town of Vinegar Hill, age forty four years, dated November 17, 1863, proved March 22, 1864
To wife, Jane PASCOE for her natural life the undivided one half of the fraction Sec 14 in T29N R1W containing 140.08 acres.
To son Samuel R. PASCOE land in Grant County, Wisconsin: NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec 36 T1N R1W. Also 10.95 acres deeded with above to me by Jefferson Crawford and wife, and the E 1/2 SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec 35 T1N R1W containing 70.95 acres
To son Joseph Wm PASCOE the undivided one half described in the bequest to my wife Jane PASCOE.
Executors: William WOOM, George BARNETT and J. M. CHANDLER. J.M. Chandler declined serving.
Witnesses: H. D. YORK, Joseph CLEMENTON (Page 27)
THOMPSON, Joseph of the Town of Council Hill, age 75 years, dated June 8, 1861, proved March 22, 1864.
To daughter Melissa RAW $5.00
To daughter Ann BELL $150.00
TO son Peter THOMPSON the rest of my money and clothing
Executor: Son Peter THOMPSON
Witnesses: Andrew CONWAY, James BUCK both of Council Hill (page 29)
WILLIAMS, Thomas of the Town of Thompson, age fifty five years, dated March 6, 1863, proved March 22, 1864
To my wife Amalia WILLIAMS, one third of all my property
To my son Thomas WILLIAMS $5.00
To my daughter Grace FLETCHER $40.00
To my daughter Patience WILLIAMS $5.00
To rest to be divided equally to sons William H. WILLIAMS, Richard WILLIAMS, Zacarias WILLIAMS, James WILLIAMS and John WILLIAMS and my daughter Susan Mary WILLIAMS.
Executor: William H. WILLIAMS
Witnesses: Ichabod SAMPSON of Thompson, and Robert L. DANIEL of Thompson (Page 31)
BEALL, Josiah, of the County of Jo Daviess, dated March 13, 1863 , proved April 30, 1864
To wife (not named) during her natural life, the farm located as part of the N 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec 28 T28 R1E (East Galena Township)
After her death the farm is to be sold and the proceeds divided amongst my children:
To son Josiah BEALL, $400
To daughter Leticia BEALL $400
To grandson Josiah S. RIGDON $100 to be paid to him at age 21 years
Executor: Hiram W. FOLTZ of Galena
Witnesses: Michael BYRNE and Wm. CONSALAS (Page 33)
FERGUSON, Phebe, of Missouri late of Kentucky and at present sojourning in the City of Galena, dated August 24, 1854, proved May 26, 1864
To Ann Maria WOOD and Susan WOOD, daughters of Susan A. WOOD deceased, late wife of Benjamin C. WOOD of Lexington, Kentucky, $400 each to be paid out of the estate which I am to receive under the last will and testament of my father the late Walter CARR of Fayette County, Kentucky
To sons William FERGUSON, Bryant FERGUSON, Alaxander [sic] FERGUSON and Thomas J. FERGUSON have all received their full share of my estate, I bequeath nothing to them, or to the chidlren of those of them now deceased.
Son Joseph M. FERGUSON of Franklin County, Missouri, $1000.00
To daughter Elizabeth BURBRIDGE of Lafayette County, Missouri, $1000
Son Walter C. FERGUSON of Lewis County, Missouri, $1000
Son George FERGUSON of Galena all the residue of my estate
Executor: Son-in-law Thomas BURBRIDGE of Lafayette County, Missouri. In case of his refusal, then my son George FERGUSON.
Witnesses: Wm. C. BOSTWICK Daniel WANN of Galena (Page 35)
STAMPS, Clayborne, Nuncupative Will, proved May 26, 1864
Be it known, that on the seventeenth day of May A.D. 1864, at about eight o clock P.M. Clayborne STAMPS (a colored man) aforesaid, was seriously ill of his last sickness at the dwelling of him, said Stamps, in said County in the City of Galena, and the undersigned Richard SEAL and Garrett JOHNSON, were then and there present, the said Richard Seal being present, as aforesaid by request of said Stamps, for the purposes, of writing the last will and testament of said Stamps.
All property to Julia MADDEN, daughter of John MADDEN, a colored girl about fourteen years of age, and she was living with said Stamps at the time of his sickness and previously thereto for some seven years and had been adopted by said Stamps.
Acknowledged by Wm. C. BOSTWICK and Henson BIRD. (Page 38)
TROXELL, Oliver M.of the City of Galena, age forty two years, dated June 7, 1864, proved June 22, 1864.
To wife N. Jane TROXELL all personal property and homestead in the City of Galena.
Executrix: Wife N. Jane TROXELL
Witnesses: D. Wilmot SCOTT, John EDY of Galena. (Page 41)
SCHWIND, Mathias of the City of Galena age thirty six years, dated October 22, 1863, proved July 20, 1864.
To wife Sophy SCHWIND the southern half of the divided lot number five in block number 2 in Upper Galena on Division Street in the City of Galena. Also the undivided one third part of a part of the NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec 22 T28N R1E containing 11.64 acres, also undivided third part of a lot near the same land containing 19.20 acres, also the undivided one third of a lot of the east 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec 21 T28N R1E containing 14 acres (all in East Galena Township). Also to wife all personal estate. Gives her after my death full power to sell all my property whenever she may think it proper for her or my children (not named) benefit.
Executor: none named.
Witnessess: Herman DE JAGER of Galena and Edward SPANIJER of Galena (Page 43)
MOHAN, John of the Town of Guilford age thirty years, dated September 2, 1864, proved with codicil on September 28, 1864
To wife Mary MOHAN during her natural life and as long as she remains a widow the homestead described as lot number 1 on the East part of the SW 1/4 Sec 30 T28N R2E containing 79.41 acres (Guilford Township). If she remarries then one third of a life interest in the real estate
To son James Mohan 79.41 acres after decease of my wife. If James is dead then to my daughter Alice MOHAN.
To sell 120 acres for payment of debts and for support of my family (children James, Alice and Catharine Jane): N 1/4 SE 1/4 and SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec 24 T28N R1E containing 80 acres. Also SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec 24 T28N R1E (all in East Galena Township) containing 40 acres.
To Mother Catharine MOHAN proceeds from renting the orchard on the homestead.
Executor: James Sheridan
Witnesses: David Sheean of Guilford, Michael Foley of Guilford, James Sheridan of Galena.
Codicil dated September 5, 1864
Rents from the orchard on the homestead should go to wife Mary MOHAN instead of to mother. Executor should prosecute all trespassers cutting timber on the homestead.
Executor should eject Hugh MOHAN from my said Homestead if my wife should think fit. Exeuctor shall cut such timber for the purpose of keeping fences in repair as he shall deem necessary.
Witnesses: Louis SHISSLER of Galena, Michael FOLEY of Guilford, James SHERIDAN of Guilford. (Page 45)
TOWNSEND, Sherod Bennit (or Bennet) of the Town of Rush, dated April 15, 1864 , proved November 25, 1864
To wife Matilda Ann TOWNSEND full use and controll of all my property both real and personal until my adopted son Anthoney ROSENBURG shall become 21 years old. At that time that my property both real and personall shall be equally divided between my wife Matilda Ann TOWNSEND and my adopted son Anthony ROSENBURG.
Executrix: wife Matilda Ann TOWNSEND
Witnesses: Holstead S. TOWNSEND and S. H. TOWNSEND. (Will proved only by Holstead S. TOWNSEND. S.H. TOWNSEND does not reside in this part of the county) (Page 49)
IVEY, James, residing on East Fork Joe Daviess County State of Illinois on my own farm, and for upward of twenty years last past has done so, dated July 18, 1864, proved December 9, 1864.
To wife Ann IVEY, all I am possessed of in this world for her own use and benefit.
To Edward IVEY our Son the farm on which we now live and all that can be found on it at my wife’s death.
To son Thomas Eva IVEY the undivided part of 35 acres of wood land, being seventeen acres one half belonging to me bounded on the South by Edward IRWIN land after my wife decease.
Executor: none named
Witnesses: John JOSE, Edward IRVIN (Page 51)
DOWLING, Barny, of the City of Galena, now temporarily residing in Beaver Head County,Montana Territory, dated September 9, 1864, proved December 10, 1864.
To daughters Mary DOWLING and Margaret DOWLING and Catharine CLARRY, all of Galena, Illinois, all of my real estate and personal property to be divided equally.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: D. HUNKINS, Henry A. NELSON, both of Beaver Head County, Montana Territory. The witnesses are in some distant country unknown to the parties interested in said will, and also appeared before the Court Edward T. GREEN, James B. BROWN and Ira A. HILL and proved the signatures of said D. HUNKIN and Henry A. NELSON. (Page 53)
HINKS, Charles D., of the City of Baltimore and State of Maryland, dated November 9, 1863, proved November 22, 1864 in Baltimore.
To be buried in Greenmount Cemetery by the side of my departed wife Josephine.
To wife Amelia C. HINKS $1500, household furniture and stuff for her own use, and property conveyed to me by Michael M. YEAKLE and his wife by deed in Warren Illinois, January 1, 1859 which property is situate in the Town of Warren and was purchased originally for the use of my said wife.
Proceeds from the New York Life Insurance policy to be divided equally between Hollingworth HINKS and Mary V. HINKS to receive interest until he reaches his twenty fifth years or she her twenty first year.
Residue of property to wife Amelia C. HINKS until son Hollingworth has attained his twenty fifth
Executrix: Amelia C. HINKS
Witnesses: M.C. CLARKSON, N. Hynson JENNINGS, E.A. SANORWEIN (Page 54)
TOBIN, Edward of the Town of Guilford, age sixty six years, dated September 27, 1864, proved December 22, 1864.
To wife Mary Ann TOBIN the use and control of all my personal and real estate during her natural life for the purposes of supporting herself and my two children upon my farm.
To son John T. TOBIN real estate: the W 1/2 NE /14 and E 1/2 NW 1/4 Section 17 T28N R2E (Guilford Township).
To daughter Mary Ann TOBIN $400 to be paid after she becomes 21 years of age provided she shall be dutifull and obedient to her mother my said wife, And in case my said daughter shall be disobedient and refuse to follow the instructions and advise of her said Mother and father and shall not follow the advise and guidance of her brother the said John T. TOBIN then it is my desire and I hereby direct that nothing shall be paid to her.
To son John T. TOBIN all the residue
To be buried in the Catholic grave yard near Henry SINGERS in the Town of Guilford.
Executor: None named.
Witnesses: David SHEEAN residing in Galena, James SHEEAN residing in Guilford (Page 58)
HOFFMAN, Philip of Galena, dated July 1, 1858, proved December 19, 1864
To Sophia GERTESS the North part of Lot 6 on the corner of Wann and Bluff streets in the City of Galena (gives metes and bounds description) during her natural life and all the live stock, horses, wagons, cattle hogs & by me owned and kept thereon, also all the hosuehold furniture and other articles of personal property during her natural life, and that her death, all the property aforesaid to her bequeathed or so much thereof as may remain unexpended, to our children after marriage in equality with my daughter now living Anna Maria KOENIG.
If there should be no children between the said Philipp Hoffman and Sophia Gertess after there marriage, then to the children of my daughter Anna Maria KOENIG, its further my will that the said Sophia GERTESS after my death shall not be permitted to sell any of said real estate as above described and not marrie again after my death.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: Richard BARRETT, Nicolaus BAHWELL, Lewis ZOELLER (Page 60)
BURNS, Michael, dated April 5, 1864, proved January 17, 1865. Noncupative will
To wife Mary BURNS all the real estate and personal property.
Written by John A. GAFFNEY
Executor: None named
Witnesses: William FLYNN and Patrick WHALIN (Page 62)
BELFIELD, Mary, of Jo Daviess County, dated November 23, 1864, proved January 28, 1865
To daughter Jane JOHNSON now residing at Redwing, Minnesota, $100.
To daughter Hannah JOHNS, all the residue
My wearing apparal to be divided equally between my daughters
Executor: William FARRAR
Witnesses: Wm. FARRAR, John A. DOUGLASS, Wm. C. BOSTWICK (Page 63)
WILLIAMS, Davis of near Elizabeth, farmer, dated October 31, 1861, proved March 21, 1865
To wife Fanny WILLIAMS all of my personal property and all of my real estate, and she shall be at liberty to sell and to dispose all of my personal property and my real estate as long as she shall remain unmarried and my widow.
At her decease to be divided in equal shares between Hugh WILLIAMS, Ellen WILLIAMS, William WILLIAMS, John WILLIAMS, Elizabeth WILLIAMS, Richard WILLIAMS, Robert WILLIAMS, Daniel WILLIAMS and David WILLIAMS.
Executor: friend John L. JONES
Witnesses: Edward HANCOCK, Richard HANCOCK (Page 65)
SISSON, Nathan B., dated March 25, 1865, proved April 4, 1865.
To my brother Lyman W. SISSON and to my sister Abdel Lobina REWELL all my real and personal estate.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: David SHEEAN, Chas R. BENNETT (Page 67)
BERSIE, Hiram of Galena, now sojourning for a time in the City of St. Louis Missouri, dated October 11, 1859, proved in Scott County on October 7, 1861.
Has no wife nor child and no relations nearer than brother & sister nephew & Nieces.
To sister Philona wife of John PRESLEY now of Scott County, Iowa and her children I give to my worthy friend James ROOD of Galena Illinois Six thousand Dollars to be held and managed by him in trust with the income to go to my said Sister.
To my brother Philemon BERSIE 300 acres of land lying on the Mississippi River in Muscatine County Iowa part of a larger tract of 415 acres known as the Bersie Farm and the lower or southern part of the same containing the dwelling house and barn.
Also to brother Phylomen $1500.
The residue of the above mention tract of land being as I suppose 115 acres, I give and devise to my nephew Hiram BERSIE Jr. and $1000.
To nephew Sherman BEDLE (now of New York) a tract of land containing 160 acres being near to and a little westward of the above tract, this land is unimproved.
To brother Samuel BERSIE $3000
To nephew Echraiel A. BERSIE now of Adams, New York $1000.
To Margret MILLER my faithfull nurse $500
To friend Daniel J. DANLEY $1000
To the Episcopal Church in Galena $500
To Daniel W. BEDLE $500
I have a silver pitcher which was presented to me as an honorary tokento be presented to my sister Philena. Also the brest pin which I commonly ware.
I have other property and estate not specifically mentioned above among which is my interest in certain mills at Galena called the War Eagle Mills, and real estate there and elsewhere and stocks, with regard to all these I give to my Executors discretionary power to sell all or any of them whenever they shall think best
I direct my Executor to purchase a lot in the buring ground at Galena and I earnestly request my surviving relations to cause the remains of my Mother to be removed from my farm in Iowa where they be and cause them to be reburied near to me.
Residue to rightful heirs.
Executors: Sylvester W. McMASTERS and James ROOD, both of Galena
Witnesses: Charles R. DICKSON, Jas. B. EADS. (Page 68)
SCHANK, Charles H. of the City of Galena, a merchant, dated May 8, 1865, proved June 2, 1865
To wife Aseneth A. SCHANK all my personal property
Executrix: wife Aseneth A. SCHANK
Guardian of Children: wife Aseneth A. SCHANK
Witnesses: William FARRAR, Julius GRUMME (Page 74)
WARREN, Lewis D. of the town of Rush, dated May 6, 1865, proved June 19, 1865
To wife Jane Ann the land situated the E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec 29 T28 R4E (Rush Township) and part of Lot one of the NW 1/4 Section 7 T27 R4E (Stockton Township) containing 10 acres. Also all personal property for her natural life.
After her death to be equally divided among my two daughters Lousina C. HANSON and Alzvina H. CLARK and my step daughter Valuira O. COLE. Also to daughters Lousina C. HANSON and Alzvina H. CLARK and Valuira O. COLE the sum of $25 to each.
Executors: William PETTY, George S. WING and Delavan F. ROWE
Witnesses: J. W. JOHNSON, S.W. BOND. (Page 76)
JOHNSON, Franklin J., dated July 12, 1865, proved July 25, 1865, a private in Company B of the 89th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry now lying sick at Galena, Illinois, being absent from Regiment on furlough. and feeling apprehensive that my illness may terminate fatally; and further having due to me from the Government of the United States pay as a soldier for several months past and bounty which I’m desirous should be collected and applied to the payment of all expenses incident to my illness.
When all expenses have been paid if any monies remain to divide such sum among my lawful heirs wherever they may be found.
Executor: Matthias KILOGORE
Witnesses: W. W. HUNTINGTON, S. O. STILLMAN (Page 79)
BURK, Miles, of West Galena, dated May 3, 1865, proved August 21, 1865
To wife Eliza BURK the use improvement and income of my messuage and tract of land in West Galena on which my dwelling house is situated containing 50 acres with all its appurtenances and with all the furniture book ornaments pictures & other property in my said house and all the tools stock and other property upon said tract of land to hold the same during her natural life.
To sons Joseph BURK and Edward BURK or to the survivor of them share and share alike the remainder reversion of all the property real and personal herein devised to my wife Eliza BURK
To daughters Louisa BURK, Agnes BUREK Ellen BURK and Adeline BURK the remainder or reversion of all the property real and personal herein bequeathed to my wife Eliza BURK for life and after her death to my sons Joseph BURK and Edward BURK in fee said property to descend to my said daughters Louisa BURK, Agnes BURK, Ellen BURK and Adeline BURK share and share alike and to their heirs and assigns forever in the event of my said sons dying without issue before they attain their majority or before the decease of my said wife Eliza BURK and not otherwise.
Executors: wife Eliza BURK and my friend Charles GRAY of Galena.
Witnesses: William HOLDER, Patrick MERIGAN, John MARTIN (Page 82)
MILLER, Joseph, of the town of Hanover, age fifty five years, dated October 18, 1865, proved November 20, 1865.
To wife Phebe MILLER $700 in lieu of dower
To nephew John CHAMBERS $400
To nephew Samuel GREER $400
To wife Phebe MILLER all the residue and remainder of real estate, personal estate, goods and chattels
Executrix: wife Phebe MILLER
Witnesses: W. P. CURRIE, John SPEER, both of Hanover (Page 84)
CARROLL, John, of Pleasant Valley, dated April 10, 1865, proved November 20, 1865
To wife Johannah CARROLL the farm on which she now resides being the S 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec 18 T26N R4E (Pleaseant Valley Township) containing 80 acres during her natural life and all the houshold furniture, the two old mares Fan and Fashion, and the cows.
To son Denis CARROLL, fifty cents
To son Cornelius CARROLL, one yearling horse colt
To son Michael CARROLL one three year old mare bay color
To son Robert CARROLL one black colt three year old
To son Jeremiah CARROLL one gray mare seven years old
To daughter Mary SMITH fifty cents
To son Timothy CARROLL fifty cents
To son John CARROLL fifty cents.
To sons Robert CARROLL and Jeremiah CARROLL the farm on which we now reside after the death of my wife Johannah CARROLL
Robert CARROLL is to buy the NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec 18 deed the same to Michael CARROLL.
All of the steers six in number and the hogs fit for market are to be sold in the fall and pay my debts and other necessary expenses. Also eight head of 2 year old cattle four head of yearling cattle one 2 year old colt one yearling colt and also one three year old mare bay color are to go to my son Robert CARROLL to help him buy the land for Michael CARROLL.
Executors: sons Robert CARROLL and Jeremiah CARROLL
Witnesses: Patrick SHERIDAN, John CARROLL (Page 86)
ROUSE, George, of Guilford, dated April 15, 1865, proved November 21, 1865
To wife Susan ROUSE the farm on which we now reside described as the undivided one half of the W 1/2 SW 1/4 and E 1/2 SW !/4 Sec 4 T28N R2E (Guilford Township during her natural life and all the live stock horses, cattle hogs &c, also all the household furniture and other articles of personal property.
At her death all the property to be bequeathed to my two grandsons Howard Alexander ROUSE and William ROUSE forty acres of the above land
Executor: Son James ROUSE
Witnesses: William T. GEAR, S.W. HATHAWAY (Page 88)
BENTZ, Valentine Senior, noncupative will dated September 5, 1865, proved November 24, 1865
The said Valentine BENTZ senior died at his dwelling place in said County on the 5th day of September 1865 at about the hour of eleven oclock P M and about noon of the said day in the presence of Valentine BENTZ junior and at various other times during his last sickness and in expectation of death in the presence of the said Valentine BENTZ junior his son and Magdalene BENTZ his daughter and in their hearing he expressly stated his will to be that Benjamin BENTZ and Annie BENTZ children of Jacob BENTZ deceased, a son of said Valentine BENTZ senior should have equally share and share alike for thier own use and benefit forever, his son Jacob’s share as heir at law of the estate of him the said Valentine BENTZ senior, and on the several occasions above named requested the said Valentine BENTZ junior and Magdeline BENTZ to bear witness to his said wishes and will and charged them to see that his said wishes and will were carried into effect.
Executor: None named
Witness: Wm. BECKER (page 90)
HINCKLEY, William T., formerly of Houston County, Minnesota and now of Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Codicil dated , proved December 6, 1865.
To each daughter Emma Frances HINCKLEY, Lavinia Lewis HINCKLEY, Carrie Ella HINCKLEY and Mary Narcissa HINCKLEY $150 for the purpose of buying a gold watch on arriving at the age of seventeen years. Also $500 to paid to her upon arriving at the age of 18 years to be entirely under her control to be expended by her as she may see fit.
It is also my will and desire that my well beloved wife Hattie A. HINCKLEY shall return to Riceford, Fillmore County, Minnesota and shall occupy my dwelling and lands adjoining said dwelling free of all rent for the period of ten years, said Hattie A. HINCKLEY to pay the taxes on said property and keep the same in good repair said House is to be occupied by my wife as a homestead and situated on the south east quarter of the south west quarter of Section one Town One Hundred & one Range 8 West in Fillmore County, Minnesota. The lands belonging to said dwelling lay north and east of the Brownsville & Preston Road and contains twelve or fifteen acres more or less, and is a portion of said forth above described.
The above is an appendix to my will and testament made at Caldonia, Minnesota Sept 16, 1865
Witnesses: Mary C. VERRAN, Narcissa S. PORTER, S. E. PORTER. (Page 92)
ROBINSON, Mary Ann, of the City of Galena, formerly the wife of Charles ROBINSON, but divorced by a decree of the Circuit Court in and for the County of Jo Daviess, dated May 6, 1858, proved December 19, 1865
To my brother John STROSLER all my estates real personal and mixed in trust for the benefit of my children now living, to wit Mary Ann SCHRADER, Louisa SCHRADER Henry SCHRADER, William T. ROBINSON and Rebecca ROBINSON or the survivors of them .
Appoints John STROSLER guardian of my children.
Witnesses: Christopher E. SANDERS, Wm. C. BOSTWICK (Page 94)
LEHAN, John, not dated, proved December 27, 1865
Bequeaths farm containing 40 acres situated in Rush Township and adjoining brother Tim LEHAN’s farm to my wife Mary LEHAN as long as she remains unmarried, then it to be sold and the shares to be applied for the benefit of my two children James LEHAN and Julia LEHAN. I also bequeath my stock to my wife consisting of two horses, four cows, two heifers, and eight sheep.
Executor: None named.
Witnesses: Joseph K. CAREY, M.D. and Timothy LEHAN (Page 96)
RANSOM, Amasa, of the Town of Elizabeth, dated June 30, 1865, proved January 19,1860
To beloved wife Polly Mariah RANSOM in lieu of her dower all my real estate consisiting of the lot and premises where we now reside in the Town of Elizabeth deeded to my by Joshua PILCHER & wife being a part of the southeast quarter of Section 24 containing .33 of an acre
Also a lot of land deeded by Sarah BACHELDOR on June 16th 1854 situated on Section 24 Town 27 Range 2 East.
Also the farm situate in Long Hollow so called deeded by William GOLDTHROP & Wife, Henry GREEN and Wife and Samuel HUGHLETT on July 30th ;1856.
Also the undivided half of 80 acres timber land being the south half of the southwest quarter of section 34 Township 28 North Range Two East, said 80 acres was deeded by George W. FULLER and wife dated October 10th 1850.
To son James G. RANSOM $1.00
To sons Arthur RANSOM and John A. RANSOM and to my two daughters Hellen BIRD and Charlotte RANSOM and to their heirs and assigns I give and bequeath all the balance of my property at the death of my said wife.
Executrix: wife Polly Mariah RANSOM
Witnesses: Silas MARSHALL, George MARSHALL, John MOORE (Page 98)
McNAMARA, Michael, dated, proved April 28, 1866. The following testimony was taken at the March Term, 1866 in case of HYLAN et al vs McNAMARA et al
Margaret D. EVERATT knew McNamara & Bridget McNAMARA. Bridget died July 17th 1865 I know the land described in Bill it is where the family lived & where Bridget died Michael McNAMARA died there I have read a will shown me by Bridget McNAMARA as the will of Michael McNAMARA I last saw it and read it about 3 years ago perhaps 2 years last June or July Bridget McNAMARA & her family after that made search for the will at different time & it could not not be found they all stated that it was lost. It has never been found since to my knowledge. In the fall of the same year before spoken of the[y] wished me to read the will again & it could not be found The last time I saw the will it was tken out of a small bag & after reading was put in the bag & was carried back to the Bureau as I supposed I had previously saw it in the Bureau that is where it was generally kept Mrs McNAMARA said the will & the other papers in the sack was lost she did not know how but thought the children must have got hold of them & lost them. The will of Michael McNAMARA gave all the property both real and personal to Bridget McNAMARA for her life & specified that she had full right to manage & hire & discharge hand[s] on the place. It gave her the right to sell any & so much property as might be necessary for the support of the family after the deaths of Bridget McNAMARA the property was to be equally divided among hi sown & Hylan’s children then living at the death of the said Bridget it plainly printed out that children of any child dying before the death of Bridget McNamara should not take but it should go to the children living at her death John HYLAN Mary HYLAN (now Mary COLLIGAN James HYLAN Elizabeth McNAMARA & Martin McNAMARA were living at her death Susan KELLEY died before Bridget McNAMARA about 6 years Charles BOZY John HENDERSON & Andrew FRAUN witnessed the will. I have seen all the witnesses write & I recognized the signature of Charles BOZY & Andrew FRAUN & I think John HENDERSON but I am not positive as to John HENDERSON. Michael McNAMARA signed by a cross I never saw him write.
[signed] Margaret D. EVERETT
Elizabeth McNAMARA is one of the defendants. My Father died 14 years ago the 12th of next April was present when the will was executed did not witness its execution the will was drawn by a Lawyer from Dubuque called McKEIZIE or McKEVLEY I have since seen & read the will repeatedly I last saw the will about 4 years ago The will was missed two years ago last August we searched all the house for it several times & it could not be found. The will was never admitted to Probate. There is no copy of the will in existence to my knowledge I was always at home & should have known it had there been a copy The will left all the property in Mothers hands & she was to dispose of it if necessary to support or education us after his death he willed the property to all alike in equal shares. By all I mean John HYLAN James HYLAN Mary HYLAN Susan HYLAN Elizabeth McNAMARA & Martin McNAMARA & Carry McNAMARA Susan HYLAN or Susan KELLEY & Carry McNAMARA died before Mother If any of those named in the will died before Mothers death the property at her death was to be equally divided between those living at her death. Mother supposed the will was taken out by some children living with us & burned or destroyed she did not know how the will was witnessed by Charles BOZY. John HENDERSON & Andrew FRAUN I have seen Mr HENDERSON write also Mr BOZY but I can’t be positive as to their signature they were present when the will was executed this was perhaps a week before his death Father was very low then but was in his right mind up to his death he died of Consumption John HYLAN James HYLAN Mary COLLIGAN the wife of Martin COLLIGAN & Elizabeth McNAMARA & Martin McNAMARA are now living. Martin McNAMARA was 19 years old the 17th of last February Mother died about the 17th of July 1865 I was in my 7 year old when Father died. I was 20 years old October 10, 1865 Martin is at Cairo working dont know what he is a doing He is nearly grown he knows about this proceeding for partition & has been consulted about it I dont think he has any objections to it in fact he desires it to be done.
[signed] Elizabeth McNAMARA
I do certify that the forgoing & written oral testimony was read in evidence at the hearing of the case of John HYLAN et al vs Elizabeth McNAMARA et al in chancery in the Jo Daviess Circuit Court
[signed] Benj R SHELDON cir Judge
I William R. ROWLEY clerk of the Circuit Court in and for said County hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the testimony taken in said Circuit Court at the March Term thereof A.D. 1866 in the case of John HYLAN et al vs Elizabeth McNAMARA et al as the same appears on file in my office.
[signed] W. R. ROWLEY, April 10, 1866
Joseph L. PAPIN a notary public and and for [St. Louis County, State of Missouri] do hereby certify that Charles BOZY who is personally know to my came before me & made oath as follows That he is one of the subscribing witnesses to the will of Michael McNAMARA late of Jo Daviess County Illinois now deceased That it was the same will that is substantially set forth in the foregoing depositions & that the foregoing is the last will and Testament of the said Michael McNAMARA deceased; that he subscribed his name thereto as the attesting witness at the request of the said Testator & in his presence & in the presence I believe of John HENDERSON& Andrew FRAUN on the [blank] day of April 1852 That he then executed the same by making his mark in our presence & declared the same to be his last will and Testament and that the said Testator at the time of executing the same as aforesaid was of full age of sound mind & memory and under no constraint.
April 19, 1866 [signed] Charles BOZY
J. D. B. PRIEST a Notary Public in and for [Vernon County, State of Wisconsin] do hereby certify that John HENDERSON who is personally known to me came before me & made oath as follows That he is one of the subscribing witnesses to the will of Michael McNAMARA late of Jo Daviess County Illinois now deceased. That it was the same will that is substantailly set forth in the foregoing deposition & that the foregoing is the last will and Testament of the said Michael McNAMARA deceased that he subscribed his name thereto as the attesting witness at the request op the said Testator and in his presence & in the presence of Charles BOZT & Andrew FRAUN on the [blank] day of April 1852 That he then executed the same by making his mark in our presence & declared the same to be his Last Will and Testament and that the said Testator at the time of executing the same as aforesaid was of full age of sound mind and memory & under no constraint.
April [blank], 1866 [signed] John HENDERSON [page 101]
MITCHELL, George M. of Jo Daviess County, dated June 27, 1850, proved May 5, 1866
To my beloved wife [not named] all personal property and real estate situated in the State of Illinois and Wisconsin, and to her heirs and assigns forever.
Appoints Ann Jane MITCHELL to be the Executrix
Witnesses: Wm. H. BRADLEY, E. C. RIPLEY, Richard SEAL (Page 104)
ARNOLD, Sarah, of the Town of Nora, age 76 years, dated September 7, 1857, proved May 22, 1866
To my well beloved daughter Ann FELT of the Town of Nora all my estate both real and personal.
Son James ARNOLD reside and live with my daughter Ann FELT and to receive such care and support from her as may be necessary for him in case he should be sick or any other misfortune should happen to him, for the time of his natural life and in case he should survive my daughter Ann FELT then it is well that he shall receive the same necessary support as above provided from the estate aofresaid hereby revoking all former wills by me made;
Executor: Lysander D. FELT of the Town of Nora
Witnesses: Matthew MARVIN, James WILKERSON (Page 106)
GALL, John George of Galena, dated April 25, 1866, proved June 20, 1866
To wife Mary GALL all the estate real personal and mixed during her natural life.
After wife’s decease an administrator shall be appointed to sell all the estate: Lots 6 and 15 in Block 9 in the Bridgeport Addition to the City of Galena. Proceeds to be divided as follows: one-half to John George METZ of Hemmendorf in Kingdom of Baiern in Germany; one-sixth to Rudolph MATTER of Basle Carton Arran Switzerland; one-third to Adolph ROTH of Galena.
Executrix: Wife Mary GALL (she signs executrix oath as Anna Mary GALL)
Witnesses: Edward HAASE of Galena, Edward CLARISSEN of Galena (Page 109)
DIXON, Alfred, of Pleasant Valley, dated May 3, 1859 , proved July 17, 1866
To beloved wife Eve Elizabeth DIXON the farm on which we now reside described as the NE 1/4 Sec 1 T26N R4E during her natural life or remains my widow. She is to use the timber only for improving and keeping up the farm and none to be cut and sold or in any way disposed of . She is to keep the taxes paid on the aforesaid farm to my heirs equally, Hannah Ann FONCE, Phebe Rosetta CHANEY, Rebecca Delinda ASHLEY, George Frederick DIDSON, Alvin Bosly DIXON & Frances Loveless DIXON deceased, his heirs to have his portion when they become of age and if anmy of the aforesaid named heirs should die before they receive their part of the aforesaid estate
Executrix, wife Eve Elizabeth DIXON
Witnesses: Arthur MEHORNAY, Joel AURAND, Benjamin AURAND (Page 112)
BLISH, Henry S., of the city of Galena, age 27 years, dated June 11, 1866, proved July 23, 1866
to my wife Elizabeth F. BLISH all my personal property and real estate.
Executrix: wife Elizabeth F. BLISH
Witnesses: John S. CRAWFORD and Charles E. RICHLE (page114)
BURTON, Edward C. dated July 19, 1866, proved July 28, 1866
Wishes to be buried in the new cemetery in the City of Galena.
All property to be equally divided between my sister Mary Eliza BURTON and Susan BURTON
Executrix: sister Mary Eliza BURTON
Witnesses: Edwd D. KITTOE, J. F. KITTOE, Richard TRESEDDER (page 116)
ADAMS, Grace, of the City of Galena , dated July 30, 1866 , proved August 21, 1866
To my daughter Mary ADAMS all my estate.
Executor: Thomas FOSTER, who declined to act as Executor
Witnesses: John LORRAIN, Ann BEAN, Mary HART, Virginia L. LORRAIN, Flora P. WOODWARD, all of Galena (Page 118).
WILLIAMSON, Robert, dated April 14, 1863, proved August 21, 1866
To son Joseph WILLIAMSON $1.00
To daughter Sarah Ann ANDERSON $1.00
To daughter Mary DAVIDSON $1.00
To daughter Eliza JEFFERS $1.00
All the residue to daughters Martha WILLIAMSON and Susannah WILLIAMSON, as they have remained with me and been faithfull to me.
Executors: James MARTIN and John NESBITT
Witnesses: Robert H. McCLELLEN of Galena and William SANDERSON of Hanover (Page 120)
HAMMER, Bernard Henry, 56 years of age, dated September 25, 1866, proved September 28, 1866
To the German Catholic Church of Galena $200.
To my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth HAMMER all my property both real and personal for her sole use and benefit.
Executrix: wife Elizabeth HAMMER.
Witnesses: John A. BURRICHTER, Galena, Bernard Joseph OADING of Jo Daviess County (Page 122)
HAMMER, Elizabeth, age 54 years, dated September 25, 1866, proved September 28, 1866
To the Sister of my husband and named Elizabeth HAFFER residing near Platteville, Wisconsin - $100
To the German Catholic Society known as St. Mary’s Church on Franklin street in the City of Galena all my property both real and personal
Executor: George SAUDER
Witnesses: John A. BURRICHTER of Galena, Bernard Joseph OADING of Jo Daviess County (Page 123)
PHELPS, William, of the town of Stockton, age 74 years, dated September 9, 1865, proved October 9, 1866
To wife Lydia PHELPS all my personal estate goods chattels and effects during her life time to be used managed and controlled by her during her natural life to be accepted by her in lieu of dower.
After the death of wife Lydia PHELPS, all the goods and chattels to be divided equally to my five sons John W. PHELPS, Alonzo PHELPS, Mgrove PHELPS, Maxon PHELPS and Kelsey PHELPS
Executrix: wife Lydia PHELPS and after her death Samuel BOURN
Witnesses: George JUSTUS of Stockton, Reuben C. BUEL of Stockton (Page 125)
BLAIR, Roxana Alice, of the town of Courtland [Warren], age 66 years, dated September 21, 1864 , proved November 19, 1866
It is my will that my mortal remains be buried on the farm of John WRIGHT, Deceased, by the side of my first husband Ebenezer H. WICKER, being on Section 21 in Township 29 R4 East in said Town of Courtland, being the family burying ground.
All my personal property to Mrs. Helen Maria UNDERWOOD the wife of Oliver P. UNDERWOOD to the Town of Aroca in Iowa County, State of Wisconsin.
Executor: Beri SERVISS the Town of Courtland
Witnesses: John E. WAIT, James BAYNE, both residing at Warren (Page 127)
THOMBER, William of the Town of Elizabeth, Nuncupative Will spoken on March 18, 1866.
Now at this day November 22, 1866 comes Henry GREEN and R. EUSTICE before the court and produce the nuncupative Will of William THOMBER deceased, and the same having been duly proved to the satisfaction of the court by the aforesaid witnesses H. GREEM and R. EUSTICE that said testator was of sound mind and memory at the time of pronounding the same. It is ordered by the court that said Nuncupative Will be approved and admitted to Probate, and is in the words and figures following to wit. “My will is that John STONE be released from the payment of the note for things bought at my sale, amounting to about fifty dollars; and also that he be released from the payment of a hundred dollars that I have loaned him. I want to give him that much. Jeremiah BARTON is to have this Bed, and all belonging to it. The rest of what belongs to me, I want my nephews and nieces to have, there are fifteen or sixteen of them.” (Page 129)
LEEKLEY GEORGE, of the City of Galena, dated October 17, 1866, proved November 28, 1866
TO my beloved wife Tamer LEEKLEY my household furniture of every kind, one horse and pony, carriage and apprutenances and the house and lots connected therewith in the city of Galena now occupied by me as a Homestead for and during the term of her natural life, as a home for the use of herself and my children, and upon her death said homestead property to be sold and the proceeds thereof to go to my heirs at law to be distributed as hereinafter specified.
There shall be no distribution amongst my heirs until my youngest daughter Henrietta Clay LEEKLY shall have reached the legal age of 18 years.
My executors to sell real estate that I own in common with other persons and which may be undivided for such prices and upon such terms as my executors may deem best for the interests of my Estate. Also that real estate in the town of New Diggings, Wisconsin lying in Sectrion 23 and 24 and 26. My executors should lease the balance of my Real Estate upon the best terms they can get; to support my family and to invest the balance.
It is my will that my children be educated and my family supported from the income of my estate. Should any of the children upon reaching their majority wish to receive the sum of $2500 from my Estate, my executors are hereby impowered to pay that sum of each of my children who may so desire it for the purpose of giving them a start in life.
In the event of the death of all my children and their children and of my wife before distribution of my estate as herein provided I devise one fourth of my estate of my nephew John Thompson LEEKLEY, and one fourth to my brother Thomas B. LEEKLEY, and the remaining one half ot my other brothers and sisters, and to the brothers and sisters of my wife that may then be living, equally, and to the descendants of such of my said brothers and sisters
Executors: Brother Thomas B. LEEKLEY and my friend Thomas FOSTER of Galena and my wife Tamer LEEKLEY. They are also to be guardians of my minor children.
Witnesses: Nicholas STAHL, Charles W. HEMPSTEAD (Page 132)
STATHAM, Hannah, of Elizabeth, dated July 1, 1862, proved November 30, 1866
To daughter Matilda Mariah STATHAM a tract of land on the West half of the SW 1/4 Section 28, containing 22.70 acres which I purchased of William GOLDTHORP, Henry GREEN and Samuel HULETT as per deed dated April 8, 1859 recorded in Book NO. 8 page 115 and 116
To daughter Martha STORY 20 acres out of the North half of the East half of the NE 1/4 Sec 1 T26 R2E.
To daughter Sarah Jane CLAPPER, ten acres out of the above named quarter quarter section
To daughter Matilda Mariah STATHAM 10 acres in the above tract so each one shall have an equal share of timber as can conveniently be done.
To my three daughters Sarah Jane CLAPPER, Martha STORY and Matilda Mariah STATHAM all my personal property.
Executrix: Daughter Matilda Mariah STATHAM
Witnesses: Silas MARSHAL and James M. WEIR both of Elizabeth
CODICIL. dated November 1, 1866. Sarah Jane CLAPPER is now married to Franklin W. PIERCE. Wills the 20 acres of time land that was willed to daughter Martha STORY and the ten acres willed to my daughter Sarah Jane PIERCE, I give and bequeath to my son John Thomas STATHAM. The personal property which I willed to daughters Sarah Jane CLAPPER, Martha STORY and Matilda Mariah STATHAM, I hereby declare at my decease to be divided equally among my daughters Ann KNOW, Ellen BARNES, Elizabeth CHRISTY, Mary EADIE, Hannah HARKNESS, Sarah J. PIERCE and Martha STORY.
Executrix: Daughter Elizabeth CHRISTY instead of Matilda Mariah STATHAM
Witnesses: Silas MARSHALL and Benjamin TART both residing at Elizabeth (Page 137)
KNUCKEY, John, of Scales Mound, age 51 years, dated November 23, 1866, proved December 4, 1866
To brother Thomas KNUCKEY $1000.00
To brother William KNUCKEY $1000.00
To nephew James KNUCKEY $1000.00
All the rest residue and remainder to the children of my brother Richard KNUCKEY, deceased.
Executor: None named.
Witnesses: Edward SCHANK and John MOORE, both of Scales Mound. (Page 141)
RICHARDS, Henry, of the town of Council Hill, dated October 4, 1858, proved December 4, 1866
To my beloved wife all my estate both personal and real except $400, which is to be paid to my Mother, and in case my Mother is dead to be paid to my eldest sister Charity, and in case of the death of my wife, her part to be divided equally between my Brothers and Sisters, and in case of the death of any of my brothers or sisters to be divided eqully among their children.
Executors: William OATEY of East Fork and William HARVEY of Council Hill
Witnesses: William OATEY and William HARVEY (Page 143)
ADLER, John of East Galena, age 52 years, dated November 13, 1854, proved December 17, 1866
To each of my children the sum of $1.00
TO my wife Elizabeth ADLER the three lots of ground purchased by me of Alexr C. DAVIS in the Town of Bremen, to wit: Lots 1, 2 and 3 in Block number 1 during her natural life, and after her decease to my children in equaly portions.
All the rest and residue of my estate to my wife Elizabeth ADLER
Executrix: wife Elizabeth ADLER.
Witnesses: Benj. COOMBE of Galena, John BREMDE: of Galena, and Joseph GENZ (Page 145)
MILNER, Richard of the Town of Dunleith, age 48 years, dated November 9, 1866, proved January 21, 1867.
To my wife Elizabeth MILNER during her natural life land that is part of the NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 Sec 21 T29N R2W containing 30 acres.
After the death of my wife the above land to my nephew John Wesley MILNER son of my brother John MILNER.
All the rest of the estate to my wife Elizabeth MILNER.
Executrix: wife Elizabeth MILNER
Witnesses: James GARNICK of the City of Dunleith [East Dubuque] and Patrick CULLIN of Jamestown, Grant County, Wis. (Page 147)
KOHLSAAT, Claus J. of the Town of Woodbine, dated May 5, 1866, proved February 1, 1867
To my two beloved brothers John C. KOHLSAAT and Diederick KOHLSAAT all my estate both real and personal
Executors: My brothers John C. KOHLSAAT and Diederick KOGLSAAT
Witnesses: George MARSHALL and James M. WEIR both of Elizabeth (Page 149)
VICK, Joseph, dated July 14, 1866, proved February 6, 1867
To beloved wife Jane VICK the farm on which we now reside described as the SW 1/4 of Sec 15 and a part of the SE 1/4 Sec 15 in T28N R4E containing 194 acres. Also 18 acres of timber land it being a part of the NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec 19 T28N R4E (all in Rush Township) during her natural life, and all the live stock, horses, cattle, hogs &c by me now owned and kept thereon. Also all the household furniture and other articles of personal property during her natural life.
At her death all the property aforesaid to my four sons Charles J. VICK, Joseph T. VICK, William H. VICK and Orlander J. VICK. My four sons are to pay in money to my daughters Mary Jane WESTERBY and Olive Ann VICK $300 each
Executrix: Wife Jane VICK
Witnesses: Jackson BURBRIDGE, Elias STANTON (Page 151)
GRAAT, William of the Town of Menomonee, age 61 years, dated March 9, 1867, proved March 18, 1867, with codicil.
To my beloved wife Maria Adelaid GRAAT all my real, personal and mixed estate except for $300 bequeathed to St. Mary’s Church of the Town of Menomonee.
Executrix: wife Maria Adelaid GRAAT
Witnesses: Henry KUHL, Clemens BRUNING and John R. GRAY, both residing at Menomonee (Page 154)
Codicil dated March 9, 1867 of William GRAAT. After death of wife Maria Adelia GRAAT, all the real, personal and mixed estate remaining to be dived equally between children Henry ARTS, William ARTS and Mary ARTS, the issue of her first marriage.
Same witnesses as the will. (Page 156)
REED James. of East Galena Township, dated April 27, 1867, proved June 24, 1867
To my three children James REED, John REED and Matilda GILSON wife of John GILSON, all my property.
Executor: David K. ROBINSON and John REED my son.
Witnesses: William BIRBECK, John NAGLE (Page 158)
BEARE, Michael of the town of Guilford, aged 42 years, dated January 12, 1858, proved July 13, 1867
To Henry Baldwin EBERT and George Reinholt EBERT and Amelia EBERT children ofmy beloved with Elizabeth, that tract of land the East 1/2 of Not No. 2 of the NE 1/4 of Sec 1 T28N R2E 4PM. Also the NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec 1 T28N R2E 4PM (all in Guilford Township) and my personal property. It is the express intention to adopt the aforesaid Henry Baldwin EBERT, Amelia EBERT and George Reinholt EBERT as my legal heirs to share eqully with all my other heirs if any which I have hereafter have by my wife Elizabeth BEARE.
To wife Elizabeth BEARE the use and benefit of all my property both personal and real.
Witnesses: Francis VARING, Simon TATTCHIS, Jacob HEUBERGER all residing in Jo Daviess County. (Page 160)
TRAVIS, William of the town of Council Hill, dated June 29, 1867, proved July 20, 1867
To step son Simon BRUNSKILL $1500 to be paid out of my estate five years from this date, upon condition, that he lives with the family and work upon the farm as he has done heretofore, board and clothing included. And in case he neglects or refuses to comply with the above conditions, he shall be paid at the rate of $300 a year for labor performed from this date.
To eldest daughter Elizabeth Ann TRAVIS $650, to my second daughter Mary TRAVIS $500, to my third daughter Emeline TRAVIS $500, to be paid when they become of age.
To my two sons William TRAVIS and Thomas TRAVIS all the residue of my estate.
Executors: my wife Elizabeth TRAVIS and George REDFEARN Senr.
Witnesses: Wm. HARVEY, Hugh S. LAIRD (Page 162)
TREVARRON, William S., of the town of Vinegar Hill, dated July 10, 1867, proved July 31, 1867
To wife Ann TREVARRON the entire of my real and personal estated.
Executrix: wife Ann TREVARRON
Witnesses: John WILLIAMS of Vinegar Hill, Jonathan BOLTON of Vinegar Hill, H. D. YORK of Hazel Green, Wis. (Page 165)
ALLEN, Daniel C. of the town of Warren, dated May 23, 1867, proved August 6, 1867
To my beloved wife Martha Romelia ALLEN town lots number 1 and 2 in block 4 in Whipples addition to the City of Wilmington in Will County, Illinois, plus all my personal property so she can care for my four minor children viz Bradford Clark ALLEN, Emerson Grover ALLEN, Josephine May ALLEN and James Nathan ALLEN. If my wife remarries then she can only retain one third of the balance of my estate with the other two thirds to become exclusively the property of my said children.
Executor: James H. ROGERS of the village of Warren, and my wife Martha Romelia ALLEN
Witnesses: Norman B. RICHARDSON, Harriet S. ROGERS (167)
BEMIS, John M., a citizen of Jo Daviess Co., dated June 1, 1867, proved August 15, 1867
All my property to my five daughters (not named). Property includes: 1 watch, 1 trunk, 1 broad cloth coat, 1 pair pants broad cloth, 1 satin vest, 3 pair boots, 3 pair shoes, 1 axe, 1 hoe, 1 hand saw, a note of $21 on Mr. ANDERSON. George WINTERS Mt. Carroll amount $100, have received $3.00 interest on the above note. One note on Benjamin MYERS $40. I was sick at their house for about 2 weeks, took good care of me for which I want them well paid.
Executor: John CRUMMER
Witnesses: James F. MOREHEAD of Woodland, Carroll County, and John CRUMMER of Pleaant Valley Jo Daviess County. (Page 169)
MORRIS, Elizabeth of Jo Daviess County, dated March 5, 1853, proved August 30, 1867
To Margaret RUFFNER all my right and title to the undivided half of the SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Sec 14 T28N R2E 4PM (Guilford Township) and also all the personal property.
Witnesses: Francis VARIAN and Jacob DURISCH. DURISCH died May 19, 1858. Remy COLINS testifies to the signature of Jacob DURISH., The original will is lost, and Francis VARIAN testifies that the attached copy of the last will and testament is a true copy. (Page 171)
MOHEN, Catharine, of Jo Daviess County, being of old age, dated October 27, 1867,, proved December 16, 1867
My son in law Michael SMITH of Jo Daviess County is indebted to me in the sum of $600. That indebtedness I give unto my grand son James MOHEN, the son of John MOHEN, deceased the sum of $300 together with the interest to be paid to him when he shall have arrived at the age of 21 years proved he shall from hence up to that time conduct himself in a decent proper and orderly manner with Michael FOLEY shall be the judge of such conduct. If his conduct is judged indecent then the bequest to be paid: 1/3 to my daughter Ellen COLLINS, 1/3 to my son Hugh MOHEN, and 1/3 to any charitable purpose that said Michael FOLEY may think proper.
The remaining part of Michael SMITH’s indebtedness to me I give to my daughter Mary SMITH provided that she shall pay and settle all indebtedness thnat may be due from me to her husband the said Michael SMITH.
I give to my son Hugh MOHEN the 3 head of horned cattle now in his possession belonging to me provided that he will erect over my grave and that of his father a respectable grave stone to our memory.
Executor: Michael FOLEY
Witnesses: Thomas J. SHEEAN and James SHEEAN (Page 173)
BLAIR, William of Jo Daviess County, dated December 9, 1863, proved December 13, 1867
To my wife Isabella BLAIR household furniture of every kind.
To my children who may survive me, all my real estate, equally share and share alike, subject to the dower of my wife.
Gives executors power to sell real estate before children reach majority for the benefit of my family.
Guardian of my minor children - wife Isabella BLAIR
Exeuctors: wife Isabella BLAIR and my friend James BARRACK of Galena
Witnesses: Robert H. McCLELLAN, Frederick CHETLAIN
CODICIL to William BLAIR’S will dated August 14, 1866. Appoints Alexander M. FERRIER of Chicago, Illinois as executor since James BARRACK has removed from the State of Illinois.
WITNESSES: Edward A. SMALL, Fred. CHETLAIN. (Page 176)
HOLIDAY, Booker of Galena, dated February 14, 1857, proved December 31, 1867. The will was filed April 21, 1862 and John A. Rawlins one of the subscribing witnesses resides out of the State of Illinois, and a commission having been issued to Nehemiah H. MILLER, Justice of the Peace of the County of Washington and District of Columbia to take the evidence of said John A. Rawlins in reference to the proof or said will and said commission having been completed and returned.
To wife Julia HOLIDAY the lots and premises on which I now reside being lot number 66 and 67 fronting 50 feet each on Elk Street and running back toward Franklin Street for depth about 168 feet in the city of Galena. Also to wife Julia HOLIDAY all my personal estate.
Witnesses: William L. HOPE and John A. RAWLINS (Page 178)
BENNETT, William of Jo Daviess County, dated February 4. 1954, proved January 31, 1868
To wife Elizabeth Bennett all my property both real and personal.
Witnesses: Philip M. WILMARTH and Thomas WONDERS. WONDERS can not be found to prove will. (Page 182)
FITZSIMMONS, John of Pleasant Valley, dated March 13, 1857, proved February 13, 1868.
Gives all my estate real and personal to Thomas DEEDS of Pleasant Valley and James FITZSIMMONS.
To wife Susan FITZSIMMONS the interest, income and revenue of all my estate. Upon her decease to convert said estate into money and to pay to my daughter Delilah FITZSIMMONS the sum of $1.00 it seeming to me best not to give her any larger share and the remainder to divide equally between other nine children namely, Ann FITZSIMMONS, Matilda FITZSIMMONS, Mary FITZSIMMONS, Virginia FITZSIMMONS, Elizabeth Ann FITZSIMMONS, Washington FITZSIMMONS, Abram M. FITZSIMMONS, John FITZSIMMONS, Homer FITZSIMMONS and Franklin FITZSIMMONS.
Trustees: Thomas DEEDS and James FITZSIMMONS as executors. They decline to serve.
Witnesses: John C. VANDELINDER and Wm. S. WILLIAMS, both of Pleasant Valley (Page 184)
BRYSON, John of Galena, dated February 3, 1868, proved February 19, 1868
To wife Isabella BRYSON all the estate, real, personal and mixed. Real estate consists of the undivided one half NE 1/2 SE 1/2 and the undivided 1/2 SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec 1 in T27N R2E 4PM containing 40 acres (Elizabeth Township).
Children mentioned but not named.
Executrix: Wife Isabella BRYSON
Witnesses: Edward A. SMALL, Wm. J. GRAY (Page 186)
COUSIN, John of Scales Mound, dated January 20, 1868, proved March 20, 1868
To wife Ann COUSIN for her natural life the farm on which we now reside described as part of NW 1/4 Sec 22 T29N R2E 4PM containing 58 acres (has metes and bounds description). Also 15.72 acres in the SW 1/4 Sec 22 T29N R2E 4PM (has metes and bounds description all in Scales Mound Township). Also all the live stock, cattle, horses, sheep, hogs now kept thereon. Also all the household furniture and other articles of personal property and all moneys now on hand.
At the death of my wife all to my son John COUSIN.
To daughter Elizabeth INGRAM $500 to be paid one year after my death.
To granddaughter Flora Anna COUSIN INGRAM $100 to be paid at the decease of my wife Anna COUSIN.
To son John COUSIN the sorrel mare and colt.
In case my wife remarries all the property to revert to my son John COUSIN and if he should not be of age to his lawful guardian.
Executrix: wife Ann COUSIN
Witnesses: William VIPOND, Robert ALLIUSON (Page 188)
COYNE, THOMAS of the city of Dunleith [now called East Dubuque], age 60 years, dated May 1, 1868, proved May 20, 1868
To my neice Catharine MEITTEN daughter of Joseph and Ann MEITTEN $300 to be paid on April 17, 1871.
The remainder to James FARNAN of the city of Dunleith.
Executor: James FARNAN
Witnesses: James GARNICK of Dunleith and John TULLY of Jo Daviess County, John STUDEUMEYER (Page 191)
MOREHOUSE, Dickinson B. of Galena, dated November 2, 1866, proved July 22,1868
To daughter Sarah Augusta FRANKLIN my silver pitchers, 2 trunks in E. H. BEEBES warehouse containg clothing silver spoons &c. Also the debt due me from her husband, accounts & note and interest amounting at this time to about $1600. Also to her two children Charlotte and Nathaniel Lyons lots in the city of Galena No. 82, 83 and 84 between Water and Commerce Street the income from said lots to be invested by my executor till they become of age.
To my son Dickinson B. MOREHOUSE lots 47 and 48 between Main and Bench Streets. Also Lot 50 Center Addition opposite the Court House. Also Lots 2, 5 and 6 in Block 36 all in the city of Galena. Also a note of $2000 I hold of L. MOREHOUSE.
To my youngest son Samuel MOREHOUSE eleven acres of land SE 1/4 Sec 2 T28 1W near opposite C.R. BENNETT on the Plank Road. Also in the city of Galena the following, Lot 46 between Main and Bench Street containing two brick stores on Main Street and two brick dwellings on Bench Street. Also lots 5 and 7 in Block 37. Also my undivided half of two owned with B. H. CAMPBELL laying between Water and Commerce Streest (no.s not recolected). Alsos 20 shares of the Merchants National Bank of Galena.
To put up a monument to my Father and Mothers graves, also one to my wife, children, six (names to be all on) and my own not to cost over $1000.
Guardian: Friend Allen C. MILVILL of son Samuel MOREHOUSE
Executor: Allen C. MILWILL
Witnesses: Paul W. GALLUP, Stephen WOODIN, Geo. MORRIS of Rock Island, Ill. (Page 194)
ASHMORE, Joseph of Jo Daviess County, dated October 29, 1860 , proved August 20, 1868
To wife Phoebe ASHMORE in lieu of her dower all my real and personal estate to be held and enjoyed by her during her natural life or until she marries.
To my son Charles ASHMORE $1000 as a consideration for his services since he has been of age, to be raised by sale of personal property.
At the death of marriage of my wife, the land upon which I reside being all my real estate except a mineral lot on Apple River shall belong to my four sons Charles ASHMORE, Henry ASHMORE, Joseph ASHMORE and Bowman ASHMORE, share and share alike. Also $1000 in trust for my daughter Sarah with the interest paid to her as long as her present husband (he is not named) lives, and on his death to be paid to her principal and interest.
The mineral lot adjoining the Scotch lot I give 4/5 to my four sons and 1/5 to Charles ASHMORE as trustee for my daughter Sarah. I expressly prohibit the sale of said 1/5 interest in said mineral ground by the trustee as long as the present husband of my daughter Sarah lives.
Executrix: Phoebe ASHMORE
Witnesses: W. WEIGLEY, James CRUMMER (Page 197)
McGRAINE, Patrick of the town of Stockton, age 67 years, dated October 1, 1868, proved Oct 19, 1868
To wife Catherine Farisee McGRAINE one half of all my estater personal and real estate as long as shne lives and after her death her portion shall go to Joseph McGRAINE my son.
To my son Joseph McGRAINE one half of all my estate personal and real
To my daughter Margaret Jane BOWDEN one cor or $30.00 in money.
To my daughter Catharine Farissee ANGLER one cow or $30.00 in money
Executor: None named
Witnesses: Patrick BOYLE, Murty SUGHRUE, Peter BOYLE (Page 201)
HEER, Christian of the town of East Galena, aged 69 years, dated December 3, 1864, proved December 5, 1868.
To wife Christine HEER the stone house in which we now reside for her natural life together with the furniture and household utensils and the 60 acres of land in the SW 1/4 NE 1/4 and the W 1/2 of the SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec 14 T28N R1E 4PM
To son David HEER land that part of the N 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec 14 T28N R1E 4PM being about 60 acres provided he pays within one year $1000 to my son Henry HEER.
To son Christian HEER SW 1/4 NE 1/4 and the W 1/2 of the SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec 14 T28N R1E 4PM subject to the life interest of my wife, upon the express condition that he return from California during my life or the life of my wife and he pays in one year $100 to my daughter Elizabeth HEER now residing in Europe and also $100 to my son Peter HEER now in the army of the Union
To my daughter Christine NEUSCHWANGER a part of the NE 1/4 Sec 14 T28N R1E 4PM (has metes and bounds description) containing about 12 acres.
Executor: son David HEER
Witnesses: Henry FRICKE and J. Phillip HOFFMANN both of Galena (Page 204)
TEMPERLY, MARY, of the County of Jo Daviess, dated November 7, 1862, proved December 23, 1868.
To my son Thomas TEMPERLY in trust for the use of Mary TOPPLIN (or TOPPLESS), the wife of Samuel TOPPLIN (or TOPPLESS) the sum of $200
To my son Thomas TEMPERLY $300 for use of my daughter Margaret Ann TEMPERLY .
To sons William TEMPERLY, Jacob TEMPERLY, Thomas TEMPERLY and Vickars TEMPERLY the remainder of my estate.
Executor: son Thomas TEMPERLY
Witnesses: Edward A. SMALL and William SPENSLEY both of Galena (Page 207)
PRICE, Rachael of the town of Pleasant Valley, dated October 1, 1867, proved January 18, 1869
To my grand-daughter Phoebe W. PRICE all my personal estate.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: David SHEEAN, John LAUGHRIN (Page 209)
BUTLER, Julia of the city of Galena age 66 years, dated August 6, 1867, proved January 28, 1869
To my son Thomas BUTLER Lot 68 on Franklin Street in the City of Galena except that portion of Lot 68 that the house of my daughter Mary SIMS stands upon.
To my son Thomas BUTLER all the remainder of my estate.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: Wm. FARRAR and Mary MOLOY both residing in Galena (Page 211)
FOLK, John of Elizabeth, dated February 9, 1869, proved March 8, 1869
To my sister Theresa KYLE living in Grant County, Wisconsin, two thirds of my personal property except my hogs which are at my brother Peter FOLKS living in Peoria County, Illinois. Said hogs I give to my brother Peter FOLKS
To my sister Theresa FOLK all my pension money that may be unpaid and due me at my decease.
To my cousin John WEBER who is now furnishing me a house, 1/3 of all my personal property
Executor: My brother in law Adam KYLE of Grant County, Wisconsin
Witnesses: John LONG and Joseph THOMAS both residing at Elizabeth (Page 213)
BOCKIUS, Francis W. of Hanover Township age 66 years the tenth day of December 1868, dated January 18, 1869, proved March 22, 1869
To wife Margaret S. BOCKIUS all my personal property. Also land during her natural life occupied by me being a part of the NE 1/4 and part of the NW 1/4 Sec 33 T26N R2E 4PM and also 40 acres adjoining being the SW 1/4 SW1/4 of Sec 28 T26N T2E all known as the homestead containing 260 acres
At my wife’s decease the heirs viz: Joseph H. BOCKIUS, Thomas B. BOCKIUS, Jacob M. BOCKIUS, Mary F. HARRIS, Elizabeth F. FLISH and Emeline C. BOCKIUS, my sons and daughters now living. Provided son Joseph H. BOCKIUS shall refund the $400 sent by me to him in Kansas in April 1868.
Son Thomas B. BOCKIUS and his family will build a house adjoining or near the house on the homestae to be paid out the general funds belong to the estate. He is to have a general supervision of the homestaed.
Executors: wife Marget S. BOCKIUS and my son Thomas B. BOCKIUS, and my son-in-law Jackson HARRIS
Witnesses: Thomas. COOPER of Carroll County, Ill and Hugh R. BAIN (Page 215)
MANLY, James to the town of Vinegar Hill age 26 years, dated April 22, 1862, proved March 27, 1869
To my father Patrick MANLY all my real estate as long as he lives located the E 1/2 SE1/4 Sec 25 T29N R1W 4PM continaing 48 acres. After his death to my brother Michael MANLEY.
To my sister Margaret MANLY $100.
One horse to my father Patrick MANLEY and a second horse to my brother Michael MANLEY
Executor: father Patrick MANELY and brother Michael MANLEY
Witnesses: James WELDON of Galena, Timothy KENNEDY of Vinegar Hill (Page 218)
DOOLAN, Maurice, of the town of Warren, age 68 years, dated March 20, 1869, proved March 30, 1869.
To brother Michael DOLAN $2,000.
To Mary MURPHY (no relationship given) $100.00
To brother James DOLAN $100.
Executor¨ William C. MATTHEW of Warren
Witnesses: Jesse WRIGHT and John E. STANTON, both of Warren.
Note: Names have various spellings: Morris and Maurice, Dolan and Doolan. The will is signed as Maurice Doolan but this depends on the probate clerk who copied from the originial will to the will book (Page 220)
ERDMAN, Jacob Edenbon, of the City of Dubuque, Iowa, dated August 18 1860, proved in Dubuque on May 7, 1862 copy of the will presented by the Executor to be filed in Record of Wills in Jo Daviess County, date of recording not present.
To wife Catharine ERDMAN the use of my real and personal estate until my youngest child shnall reach the age of 21 years at which period all my property that shall be remaining shall be divided among my children my said wife reserving her dower in my estate.
Executor: wife and brother-in-law James McCARRON and John DEVLIN
Witnesses: John TAGGART and John D. JENNINGS (Page 222)
ROGERS, Abner W.of the town of Wards Grove, dated March 23, 1869, proved April 19, 1869
To wife Cyntha ROGERS the farm on which we now reside described as the NE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec 8 T27N R4E 4PM during her natural life and all the live stock, horeses, cattle, and hogs together with the household furniture and other articles of personal property. Also W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec 16 T27 R5 4PM continaing 80 acres.
At my wife’s death all the above property to my son Walter N. ROGERS
To Walter N. ROGERS the W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec 9 T27 R5E 4PM containing 80 acres, also the W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec 9 T27 R5E 4PM containing 80 acres. Also NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec 9 T27N R5E 4PM containing 40 acres. Also all the real estate owned by me in the Village of Lena, Stephenson County, State of Illinois.
Executrix: wife Cynthia ROGERS
Witnesses: Joseph W. ROGERS, F. M. ROGERS (Page 226)
EHRLER, John, of the town of Guilford, dated November 23, 1866, proved June 3, 1869
To my son Charles EHRLER the farm on which we now reside described as the E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec 24 T28 R2E 4PM, also the SW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec 24 T28 R2E 4PM, and all the live stock horses and cattle.
All of the above is on condition that my said son Charl;es EHRLER will support and take care of me and his mother Magdalena EHRLER during our natural lives.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: William T. GEAR, Michael EHRLER (Page 229)
SCHMITT, Adam of the City of Galena, dated June 7, 1869, proved July 8, 1869
To wife Josephine SCHMITT a farm situated in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess County containing 160 acres.. Also the house and lot on West Street in Galena.
My wife having the management of all affairs John SCHUNK having the privilege of renting said farm as above described according to terms between parties.
Executrix: wife Josephine SCHMITT
Witnesses: Anthony F. MILLER, A. WIERICH (Page 231)
CHOWN, Robert, of Wards Grove, dated July 18, 1861 , proved August 4, 1869. Will was filed in October 1866 and not having been able to prove the same in consequence of the absence of witnesses in the case, the deposition of Sylvester CHURCH of Erie County, Pennsylvania one of the witnesses having been produced. The other witnesses Ranson HOUSE appeared in person.
To my wife Mary Ann the farm on which we now reside during her natural life and all the live stock, horses, cattle, hogs &c, also all the household furniture. At her death or when my youngest son Charles M. CHOWN becomes 21 years of all all the property to my son Charles CHOWN. He is to maintain his mother during her natural life.
To my daughter Emma Maria CHOWN $100.
To my daughter ---? Jane CHOWN 25 cents
To my sons George R. CHOWN, William H. CHOWN, John E. CHOWN, Joseph M. CHOWN and Richard B. CHOWN each 25 cents.
Executrix: wife Mary Ann
Witnesses: Ranson HOUSE, Sylvester CHURCH (Page 233)
NYLAND, Bridget of the City of Galena age about 55 years, dated June 23, 1869, proved August 4, 1869.
To James NYLAND the son of my deceased husband’s brother Parrick NYLAND all my real estate being the S 1/2 of Lot 18 in Block 16 and the N 1/2 Lot 18 in Block 16 in Galena.
To the Roman Catholic Church on Bench Street in Galena $200.00 to be used for the benefit of my soul and that of Michael and Martin NYLAND.
To Reverend WALTER now Parish Priest of Galena $50.00
To the said Church on Bench Street $75.00 for the purpose of putting therein one of the stained glass figured windows, but in case I should put in or bear the expense of putting in said window before my death then this bequest shall be void.
To my brother John BURK now at Louisville, Kentuckey $600.00
To my nephew Peter BURK son of Michael BURK $100.00
To my friend James McENENY? who has nursed me and my deceased husband and who is now living with me $50.00
To my sisters Judy BURK and Ellen BURK daughters of Peter BURK who live at Carmore Parish Clear Galway in the County of Galway in Ireland the sum of $100 in gold to be divided equally among them.
To my brother William BURK now at Louisville, Kentucky $200.00
To residue of my estate to the Church on Bench Street to be used for the benefit of my soul and that of my husband Michael NYLAND and of Martin NYLAND.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: David SHEEAN, J.J. SHANNON, William (X his mark) BURNS (Page 236)
LISA, Mary, of the City of Galena, dated July 20, 1869, proved September 10, 1869
I direct that my body be interred in the lot of the HEMPSTEAD family within the precincts of the Bellefontaine Cemetery near the city of St. Louis, Missouri and my executors are hereby required to remove the remains of my stepson Manuel LISA from Louisiana, Missouri to the cemetery aforesaid.
I give all portraits belonging to me to my adopted daughter Mary Lisa FOSTER.
I give all my wearing apparel and jewelry to my adopted daughter Mary Lisa FOSTER and to my nieces Maria Augusta HEMPSTEAD and Sarah A. STAHL.
I give to Mary Lisa EBY daughter of Madison and Rosalie EBY of St. Claire County, Illinois, $300.00 on her attaining the age of 15 years.
I give the sum of $200 to be used in keeping the Hempstead burial lot in proper repair.
I give to my said adopted daughter Mary Lisa FOSTER, to George Collier HEMPSTEAD, and to Maria Augusta HEMPSTEAD, children of my deceased brother William HEMPSTED the sum of $4,000 each.
To my nephew Edward H. BEEBE $1,000, and to his daughter Mary Lisa BEEBE $400.00 and to Ralph Grant and Alfred children of Edward H. & Mary Eddowes BEEBE $200.00 each in consideration of their mothers kidness to my adopted daughter Mary Lisa FOSTER.
To Christopher Keeney BEEBE and William Hempstead BEEBE sons of Thomas H. BEEBE $500.00 each. To William Hempstead STAHL $400.00. To William Potts KENNETT $400.00. To Luther M. KENNETT $300.00. To Sallie Stahl KENNETT $200.00, the three last named legatees being the children of Mortimer and Mary KENNETT.
I give to William HEMPSTEAD son of my brother Charles $400. To Charles son of my nephew Charles W. HEMPSTEAD $200.00. To William Hempstead Lorimer son of Peter A. & Mary Lorimer $400. To Mary Lisa WASHBURNE, daughter of Elihu B. Washburne and Adele G. Washburne $200.00. To my nephew Charles H. GRATIOT $200.00. To William Hempstead BOUTON, son of Edgar M. BOUTON $100.00. To theSabbath School of the South Presbyterian Church of Galena $50.00.
Executors: Nicholas STAHL, Edward B. BEEBE and Thomas FOSTER all of Galena
Witnesses: William CARY, E.C. RIPLEY, Walter FORD, all of Galena (Page 239)
CHARLTON, William of the Town of Apple River, age 33 years, dated May 7, 1869 , proved September 30, 1869.
To my wife Mary CHARLTON land known as the South part of E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec 23 T29N R3E 4 PM contain 49 acres and also the south part of the W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec 23 T29N R3E 4PM containing 40 acres, and also the E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec 23 T29 R3E 4PM (metes and bounds description) containing 4 acres. Also a part of the E 1/s SE 1/4 Sec 23 T29 R3E 4PM (metes and bounds description) containing 5 acres. Also the land commencing at the SW corner of the NE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec 23 in T29N R3E 4PM thence north 3 chains and 25 links thence west 20 chains to the place of beginning containing 6.5 acres.
To my son Samuel CHARLTON $500 when he arrives at the age of 21 years.
To my daughter Sarah Ann CHARLTON $500.00 when she arrives at the age of 21 years.
Executrix: wife Mary CHARLTON.
Witnesses: Michael CASHMAN, Samuel IRVINE, both of Apple River (Page 243)
RICHARDS, James of the town of East Galena, age 53 years, dated September 21, 1869, proved October 20, 1869
To my wife Elizabeth RICHARDS during her natural life all my real estate being the NE 1/4 Sec 34 T28N R1E 4PM said town and all my chattel property except the horses harness and wagon being an undivided half. The other undivided half now owned by my son William Henry RICHARDS. After my wife’s death the north half of the real estate to my son William Henry RICHARDS and the south half to my other son Pierce RICHARDS.
To my wife all the money due from Anna TREGENZA? of Counnures? Sacramento County Califormia to me now in the hands of Peter HOPPER for collection for the collection of which I have given a power of attorney to Wm. TREGAUZA? of said county in California now amounting to $1775.
To William Henry RICHARDS two horses now used on my farm.
Executor: William VINCENT of East Galena
Witnesses: David SHEEAN, Edward IRVINE, William VINCENT (Page 245)
STEIMLER Julia of Jo Daviess County, dated November 12, 1869, proved November 25, 1869
To my adopted son John Taylor DEPUGH all my real estate inb Galena, also my real estate in the town of Guttenberg, Iowa, also in the town of Danville, Pennsylvania, .
Executor: My adopted son John Taylor DEPUGH.
Witnesses: Louis SHISSLER, Amanda M. UNCAPHER, Mary MATTEY (Page 247)
NEWSCHWANGER, Christina, of Scales Mound, age 50 years, dated November (no day), 1862, proved November 25, 1869.
To my sister Barbara NEWSCHWANGER $100 and all that belongs to me in my house.,
To my husband’s sister Mrs Mary BRUCE $100 and what she has in her possession from me.
To my brother Michael BAAHR and equal share of my estate while he lives, and after his death said estate shall be in possess of my sister Barbara NEWSCHWANGER and my brother Christian BAAHR.
To Barbara HAAR (no relationship given) $50.00
Executor: None given
Witnesses: Jacob HAARE, David (his mark) MUSSLEMAN, John MOORE. (Page 249)
KIRKLY, Sarah, the relict of William KIRKLY, dated February 27, 1868 , proved Dec 20, 1869
She is owner of 401.25 acres of land where she resides in Sec 23 and 26 T28N R1E 4PM. A plat of the land are included in the will and have been marked as Part 1 and Part 2.
To my daughter Sarah and to her husband Mahlon COLEMAN Part 1 of the plat of land.. Also all of my household furniture excepting that in my bed room. Also my brooch and one gold ring.
To my daughter Harriet and her husband George ROUSE Part 2 of the plat of land.. Also 42000 for the purpose only to build upon and improve tract 2. Also one gold ring, my wardrobe with all my wearing apparel and all the furniture in my bedroom.
To my daughter Eliza MILLER in addition to the sum to her furnished by me at various times $3000.
To Richard MILLER, my grandson, Mrs. Francis LACKEY, Hartman TUJCKER, and Annette, wife of Richard LESON to each $100.
Executrixes: daughters Sarah COLEMAN and Harriet ROUSE.
Witnesses: H. H. BIRD, L. R. HEMPSTEAD, C. S. HEMPSTEAD. (Page 252)
KENT, Aratus, dated March, 1869, proved December 21, 1869
To my wife all my property with a confident expectation that at or before her death she shall donate it to the following benevolent Institutions in equal amounts. 1. American Tract Society in N.Y. 2. The Church Erection Fund. 3. the Publication Committee. 4. The Permanent Committee on Education for the ministry. 5. The Presbyterian Committee of Home Missions and 6. The Permanent Committee on Foreign Missions which last 5 are under the direction of the Gen Assembly.
$25 to be paid to each of the persons: Caroline EDWIN and Theodore THOMPSON, DeWitt C. SMITH, Julia JOY, Mary J. Kent and Charlotte C. KENT, Emily L. CLARKE and Caniel CORNING.
Exeuctors: It is my will that Ralph NORRIS and B. Franklin FELT should be associated with Mrs. KENT as counsellors and executors.
Witness: R. H. McCLELLAN and Joshua BROOKES (Page256)
GAFFNEY, John of the town of Menominee, age 73 years last June, dated November 6, 1869, proved December 24, 1869.
To my wife (not named) in lieu of dower, $1000.
To my daughter Bridget HATTAN, wife of Mathew HATTEN (sic) $200.00
To my daughter Mary Ann BUTLER, wife of Patrick BUTLER $200.00
To my daughter Ester HALL, wife of James HALL, $200.00
To my daughter Ann E. REDMOND, wife of William REDMOND, $200.00
To my son John A. GAFFNEY $300.00 in American gold coin
To my son William GAFFNEY $200.00 in American gold coin.
TO my son Miles GAFFNEY $200.00 in American gold coin, in case he be not now living it is my will that the $200.00 to my grand children John MILES GAFFNEY and William Bryne GAFFNEY, the sons of my son John A. GAFFNEY.
To my son John A. GAFFNEY two promissory notes dated September 7, 1869 each for the sum of $200.00 and drawing 8% interest per annum, both signed by my son John A. GAFFNEY. He is to pay the expenses of my last sickness and all my funeral expenses.
Executor: William REDMOND.
Witnesses: David SHEEAN, Pat BREW (Page 258)
DRYNAN, Catharine of Galena, dated May 6, 1868, proved December 31, 1869.
To my son James DRYNAN 59 feet of lot 20 in block 12 corner of Gear and Dodge street with all the building thereon.
To my daughter Josephine DRYNAN 32 feet of lot 20 in block 12 commencing 59 feet from the corner of Gear and Dodge with the house thereon.
To my neice Saraphine STEARNS, daughter of my daughter Mary Ann DRYNAN, late Mary Ann STEARNS, now deceased, 32 feet of lot 20 in block 12 fronting on Gear street running from the line of the lot bequeath to Josephine DRYNAN with the house thereon.
To my son John DRYNAN now of California the remaining 32 feet of lot 20 in block 12 running from the line of the lot bequeath to Sarahphine STEARNS to the line of the lot belonging to David DRYNAN which was sold by him to Joseph WISE it being part of lot 20 in block 12.
It is my request that part of lot 1 in block 14 in corner of Gear and Dodge street fronting on Gear street 46 or 44 feet be sold to pay my funeral expenses &c and what remains with what other effects to be equally divided between James DRYNAN, Josephine DRYNAN and my neice Saraphine STEARNS.
Executor: James DRYNAN
Witnesses: Henry MARFIELD, A. J. JACKSON, Fred HUBER, all of Galena. (Page 261)
NEWCOMB, Clarissa of the town of Nora, widow of the late Hiram K. NEWCOMB of Watertown, New York, age 71 years, dated November 8, 1869 , proved January 11, 1870
To my son George NEWCOMB $10.00
To Julia M. NEWCOMB, wife of James H. NEWCOMB (no relationship given) my set of valuable furs.
To my son James Henry NEWCOMB, lots 11 and 12 in block 4 of the Rail Road addition to the town of Nora. Also the residue and remainder of my estate.
Executor: James Henry NEWCOMB
Witnesses: Martha ORVIS, W. E. JUDSON, W.W. KERLIN, all of Nora (Pager 263)
VIPOND, William of the town of Scales Mound, dated January 3, 1870, proved January 13, 1870.
To my wife Elizabeth VIPOND, all my household and kitchen furniture together with all the stock now on the farm and farming implements of every kind.
To my daughters Mary Ann HARKER and Elizabeth VIPOND each $500.00
To my daughters Sarah Ester VIPOND and Hannah Maria VIPOND shall each when they marry receive $500.00
To my wife all the monies notes bonds and securities now owned by me during her natural life. At her death the principal to be disposed of as follows: to my daughter Mary Ann HARKER $1000, to my daughter Elizabeth VIPOND $1000, and to my daughters Sarah VIPOND, Esther VIPOND and Hannah Maria VIPOND $1000 should they be married, if they are still single then $1500.
The remainder of my estate after the death of wife to my three sons John VIPOND, Joseph VIPOND and William C. VIPOND.
Guardian of minor children: wife Elizabeth VIPOND.
Executrix: wife Elizabeth VIPOND
Witnesses: Ralph DAWSON, W. R. ROWLEY (Page 265)
HANCOCK, Richard of the town of Thompson, age 56 years, dated December 17, 1869 January 18, 1870.
To my wife Elizabeth HANCOCK one third of all my property both real and personal during her natural life. In case she should remarry or at her death, the estate to be divided between my children.
All the residue of my estate to be divided equally between my children: Edward HANCOCK, Julia Ann HANCOCK, Stephen HANCOCK, Richard HANCOCK, Louisa HANCOCK, Mry HANCOCK, George HANCOCK and Corey HANCOCK, not to be sold till the youngest child is of age.
Executor: my friend Philip PARKIN
Witnesses: Edwin ROGERS of Thompson, David ROWE of Elizabeth (Page 267)
DOOLING, William of the town of West Galena, age 72 years, dated February 7, 1870, proved February 21, 1870
To my son Timothy DOOLING of West Galena the whole of my farm on which I am now living, also all of my personal property effects monies goods chattels, also all my other real estate.
Executor: Timothy DOOLING
Witnesses: David SHEEAN, Philip VAUGHAN (Page 269)
VIRTUE, William of West Galena Township, age 58 years, dated February 1, 1870, proved February 21, 1870.
To my wife Elizabeth VIRTUE during her natural life except as hereinafter provided all my personal estate. Also real estate part of SW 1/4 Sec 4 T28N R1E 4PM (gives metes and bounds description) being my homestead. Also SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec 11 T27N R1E 4PM containing 40 acres.
To my children when they reach 21 years.
To my daughter Jane VIRTUE $700.
To my daughter Sarah VIRTUE $700
To my son David R. VIRTUE $700
To my son James B. VIRTUE $700
To my son Francis A. VIRTUE $700
To my daughter Elizabeth VIRTUE $700
After the death of my wife to my son Adam B. VIRTUE the homestead on which I now reside.
After the death of my wife to my sons David R. VIRTUE, James B. VIRTUE and Francis A. VIRTUE the 40 acres of timber land
Executrix: Elizabeth VIRTUE
Witnesses: Andrew SHERRARD, John THOMPSON, both of Jo Daviess County. (Page 272)
STEEL, Scott, of the town of Thompson, age 80 years, dated January 7, 1870, proved February22, 1870.
To my four grandchildren John Thomas STEEL, “Elon” Jane STEEL, Ann Etty STEEL, Alice Lvoney STEEL a son and daughter of my son Robert STEEL deceased, four fifths of all my real estate being the undivided half of the East 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec 1. Also the undivided half of the North half SW 11/4 SE 1/4 Sec 12, all in T28N R3E 4PM.
The remaining one fifth of all my real estate to Susannah STEEL, widow of my son Robert STEEL, deceased during her natural life, and at her death to be divided in equal shares between my four grand children before mentioned.
Executor: my friend Henry ROBERTS of the town of Thompson and my friend William WHITE of the town of Apple River.
Witnesses:Patrick HAYES of Thompson and Edward SWEENEY of Thompson (Page 275)
REED, John Sr., of East Galena Township, dated October 2, 1869, proved March 31, 1870
To my wife Lucy REED the use of all my real and personal property during her life. If she remarries than she shall receive her dower interest. Then all my property shall go to my four daughters Margaret Reed EVANS, Elizabeth Reed CAMPBELL, Emily REED and Josephine REED.
Executor: My brother Alexander REED of Jackson County, Iowa
Witnesses: M. Y. JOHNSON and John G. POTTS (Page 278)
GRAY, Ann of Jo Daviess County, dated October 28, 1868, proved March 7,1870.
My wardrobe to be divided equally between my daughters living and the children of such of my daughters as are deceased.
The residue of my estate to be converted into money and divided into eight equal parts corresponding to the number of my children living and dead. From the one eighth share of my son Joseph GRAY $400 shall be deducted and equally added to the other seven shares. Balance to be divided between my children Thomas GRAY, Henry GRAY, William GRAY and my daughters Isabella TODD and Ann DAY, and to Thomas Henry HEADDEN and Ann Z. HEADDEN. children of my deceased daughter Margaret HEADDEN. And to Thomas STACEY, child of my deceased daughter Mary STACEY and his half brother William STACEY whom I raised.
If my son Thomas GRAY who is in feeble health shall died before me, his share shall go to his daughter Sarah Ann GRAY.
Executor: Thomas B. LEEKLY of Galena
Witnesses: R. H. McCLELLAN, S.P. McMASTER (Page 281)
OLIVER, Nicholas, of the town of Elizabeth, dated March 11, 1857, proved March 21, 1870.
To my wife Prudence OLIVER all my real estate consisting of a house and lots in the town of Elizabeth for her own use and benefit forever. Also all my personal property.
Executrix: wife Prudence OLIVER
Witnesses: James FRAZER and Richard BROWN. Richard BROWN is now a resident of Philadelphia and proves the will by deposition. (Page 284)
STEERE, David, of the County of Jo Daviess, dated March 10, 1870, proved March 25, 1870
To wife Anna STEERE all my household goods and effects.
To my son Thomas Parley STEERE the Packer farm so called being in Christian hollow in the town of Winslow. Also the sum of $1000.
To my daughter Desire Levina COWAN $1500. To my daughter Ellen Mariah PEARCE $1000. To my daughter Ann Eliza LEWIS $1000. This should be deducted from the amount due me on 40 acres in Sec 35 and 80 acres in Sec 36 in T29 R5E in Stephenson County.
To my son William Hardin STEER $100.
To my two sons when they reach 21 years, David Jerome STEERE and Charles Herbert STEERE each one undivided half of the farm situated in Hardin County, Iowa in T289N R21W 5PM known as the Wisner farm it being the farm conveyed to W. Hardin Steer by Lyman F. and Jules A. WISNER by deed dated Oct 29, 1868
Executrix: wife Anna STEERE
Witnesses: William TAYLOR, Desire PACKER, Cyrus PUCKETT (Page 287)
GRAY, Thomas of Vinegar Hill Township, dated December 25, 1869, proved April 22, 1870
To my wife Doratha GRAY land in the NE 1/4 Sec 21 T29 R1E 4PM containing 79.11 acres said lands having been conveyed to myself & S. Hughlett by deed from W.T. Gear and wife recorded in Book N of Deeds pages 275 and 276. Also to my wife $400.00
To my son John W. GRAY $1000.
To my daughter Sarah Ann GRAY $1000.
The remainder of my estate to my wife Doratha GRAY.
Executrix: wife Dorotha GRAY.
Witnesses: John R. GRAY of Menominee Township, William SPENSLEY of Galena. (Page 290)
BATTY, John, of the town of Council Hill, age 75 years, dated February 17, 1870, proved April 26, 1870.
To my nephew John BATTY $50.00.
To my nephew Elijah BATTY $50.00
To my step daughter Mary Ann TAMBLYN $1000.
To Ruth WHITE a promissory note for $170 together with all the interest due (no relationship given).
To my wife Ann BATTY all my real estate comprising lots number 1 and 2 in block number 7 in Council Hill together with the residue of my estate.
Executrix: wife Ann BATTY.
Witnesses: Jonathan ALDERSON and James BUCK, both of Council Hill (Page 293)
EVANS, Caroline of the city of Galena, dated November 9, 1869, proved May 10, 1870.
To my grand-daughter Mary Caroline DAVIS, daughter of William M. DAVIS and Mary DAVIS, all my waring apparel, beds, bedding, carpet and furniture in the room now occupied by me in token of the love I bear her and because of her bearing my name. Also $1000 when she marries or comes of age.
To my son William M. DAVIS $1000 and the use of the $1000 bequeathed to Mary Caroline DAVIS until she marries or comes of age. Plus all the residue of my estate.
To my sons Henry DAVIS and John DAVIS my love and best wishes for their prosperity and welfare having already given to each of them by way of advancement all the property by me intended for them.
Executor: son William M. DAVIS and guardian of Mary Caroline DAVIS
Witnesses: Philip SHUSTER, P. FURRY, A.L. CUMINGS (Page 296)
SMITH, Mathnias of the city of Dunleith (now called East Dubuque), dated May 5, 1870 , proved June 4, 1870.
To my wife Mary SMITH all my household furniture and all my stock of liquors and all other personal property attached to my present dwelling and Hotel. Also the use improvement and income of my dwelling house and hotel situated in the city of Dunleith. Also the real estate Lot 1 Block 1 in the City of Dunleith, and lots 34 and 35 in block 17 in the city of Dunleith and livery stable attached thereto. And the East 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec 28 T29N R2W 4PM. Also land in Grant County, Wisconsin conveyed to me by Horace SMEAD and his wife, and a tract conveyed to me by Thomas MAQUIRE and his wife.
Executrix: wife Mary SMITH
Witnesses: H. SMITH and John A. GROFF (Page 299)
WENZELL, Joham, of the City of Galena, dated July 17, 1870, proved July 23, 1870
To John F. BRENDEL my frame building or habitation situated on the land of homas Hughlett near the English Brewery.
All my monies and personal effects and property to John Henry GRAVE (no relationship given).
Executor: John F. BRENDEL
Witnesses: L. MILLER and Wm. S. METZGER both of Galena (Page 302)
FRANCOMB, Stephen of the town of Thompson, age 55 years, dated April 18, 1870, proved August 15, 1870.
To my wife Caroline FRANCOMB all my property both real and personal.
Executrix: wife Caroline FRANCOMB
Witnesses: Philip PARKIN, David H. EVANS both of Thompson (Page 304)
SHANNON, Patrick, of Jo Daviess County, age 30 years, dated August 15, 1870, proved August 30, 1870.
To my sister Mary SHANNON all my real estate being in the county of Jo Daviess. Also all the residue of my personal estate.
Executrix: Mary SHANNON
Witnesses: William LEVITT, Richard LEVITT, Terry (his mark) DOHERTY, Robert BASTION (Page 306)
WINTER, Andrew, of the town of Thompson, age 58 years, dated August 12, 1870, proved August 30, 1870.
To my wife Gertrude WINTER all my property real and personal. After her death the personal property that remains shall be equally divided among my children as follows: to Anna Margrett BARE one eighth, to Caroline HUESAR one eighth, to Regena DUSTINE one eighth, to Conrad WINTER one eighth, to Mariah SHAP one eighth, to Mary STADEL one eighth, to Martin WINTER one eighth to Barbera WINTER one eighth.
The real estate shall then go to Martin WINTER my son. On the day he takes possession he is to pay the above named children of mine the sum of $100 to each one of them.
Executor: Jacob LIESVELD
Witnesses: Jacob LIESVELD, Conrad WINTER, Jeremiah LEAVITT, J.P. all of Thompson (Page 308)
DRUM, Philip. of the City of Galena, dated August 28, 1870, proved September 5, 1870
To my daughter Florinda MELVILLE the house and lot where I now reside, the south 24 feet of lot 7 in block 22 on the East side of Galena River in the City of Galena.
To my grand daughter Nelly DRUM $100.00
The residue of my property shall be invested with the income to my wife Jane DRUM. At her death the property be equally divided between my two daughters Florinda MELVILLE and Mary A. ROSS.
Executor: Allen C. MELVILLE and trustee for my grand daughter Nelly DRUM.
Witnesses: Henry ARMBRUSTER, E.G. WELSH, W. R. ROWLEY (Page 310)
DEERSTINE, Christian of Guilford, dated July 7, 1870, proved September 12, 1870
To my step grandson Arnst KUHN $200.00
To my daughter Elizabeth WAGNER the interest on the one third of the balance of all my effects. After her death to go to her children.
To my son Christian DEERSTINE and my daughter Eve FRICK the remaining two thirds of all my effects.
Executor: son Christian DEERSTINE
Witnesses: Wm. T. GEAR, Michael EHRLER (Page 313)
NEWHALL, Horatio of the City of Galena, age 72 years, dated September 17, 1870, proved September 24, 1870.
To my daughter Annie E. CUTHBERT $50 to purchase a carpet for her use and comfort.
To my son Edgar B. NEWHALL my gold watrch.
To my son Edward G. NEWHALL my medical library but this is not to include my miscellaneous library. Also I give to Edward the bedstead, feather bed and mattress which he now uses and such bedding as he usually has for the same. Also a bureau which he may select from my furniture after my wife Jane shall have first selected two bureaus for herself thereform and my daughter Nellie shall have selected one herefrom for her use, that is Edward shall have the fourth choice of the bureaus.
To my daughter Nellie V. NEWHALL $40.00 with which to buy herself a watch.
To my wife Jane A. NEWHALL her choice of one bedstead, feather bed mattrass and sufficient bedding for one bed, two bureaus, a table, a washstand and two carpets which wish her to select from my household goods before another disposition is made. Also the marble top table in the drawing room.
To my daughter Nellie V. NEWHALL her choice of a bedstead, feather bed, mattress and sufficint bedding for one bed. Also two flag bottom chairs from the drawing room “set”, and also two chairs out of the “set” of eight crimson or maroon colored chairs in the drawing rooms. Also a washstand, a table, a bureau and a carpet all of which she is to select after my wife has chosen and selected.
To my daughter Adele C. NEWHALL the pianonon in my house.
To my wife Jane A. all the cooking and kitchen furniture; also the dining room furniture including the clock and extension table, all the crockery and queensware and tumblers, all the furniture of her bedroom and of my bedroom, sitting room and library, except such of the same as may have been disposed of under some previous section of this will. Also the furniture in what is called the mano and girls room. Also the knives and forks, also the plated and silver ware, and such other artickles as she desires for keeping house not otherwise herein diposed of.
The life insurance policy for $2000 is to be divided among my wife Jane and my daughter Annie, my son Edward, my daughter Nellie and my daughter Adele.
To my daughter Lucy M. RIPLE $400
To my son H. Cheever NEWHALL $400
To my son Francis B. NEWHALL $400
To my son Edgar B. NEWHALL $400
I wish for my son Francis B. NEWHALL to go on with the drug business in which he is a partner with me. My portion of the profits to be divided among my wife and children.
All the residue of my estate to my wife Jane A. NEWHALL, my daughter Lucy M. RIPLEY, m son H. Cheever NEWHALL, my daughter Annie E. CUTHBERT, my son Francis B. NEWHALL, my son Edward G. NEWHALL, my daughter Nellie V. NEWHALL, my daughter Adele C. NEWHALL and my son Edgar B. NEWHALL
Lists real estate as lot 44 on Main and Bench streets; lots 24 and 25 on the west side of Bench street, lot 1 in Block 1 in Franklin Street addition, Lots 1,2,5,6,9 and 10 in Block 1 in Newhalls Addition, lots 3, 4, and 5 in Block 2 in Newhalls Addition, Lots 13 and 16 in Block 5 in Newhalls Addition, Lots 1,2,3,7,14 and 15 in Block 6 in Newhalls Addition, Lots 3,4,5,7,8 and 10 in Block 7 in Newhalls Addition all the in the City of Galena. Also a part of the SW 1/4 Sec 13 T28 R1W 4PM continaing 15 acres to my wife Jane A. NEWHALL, to my daughter Lucy M. RIPLEY, to my son H. CHEEVER NEWHALL, to my daughter Annie E. CUTHBERT, to my son Francis B. NEWHALL, to my son Edward G. NEWHALL, to my daughter Nellie V. NEWHALL, to my daughter Adele C. NEWHALL and to my son Edgar B. NEWHALL.
Exeuctor: Francis B. NEWHALL and my wife Jane A. NEWHALL
Witnesses: Geo. FERGUSON and Andrew UEHREN all of Galena (Page 316)
HULS, Anna Maria of the town of Menominee, age 68 years, dated September 21, 1870, proved September 28, 1870
To my son John Joseph HULS when he becomes 21 years land the E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec 28 T28 R1W, containing 80 acres. Also land in the NW 1/4 Sec 28 T29N R1E 4 PM (metes and bounds description) containing 22-1/3 acres.
To my daughter Elizabeth STOCKLER and my son in law Bernard STOCKLER land in the SW 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec 28 T29N R1W 4PM containing 40 acres in Menominee Tonwship.
To my daughter Mary Ann KAUFEL and my son in law Bernard KAUFEL, and my daughter Elizabeth STOCKLER and Bernard STOCKER her husband and to my son John Joseph HULS the remainder of my personal estate.
To the St. Marien Church in Menominee $100, and $50 to Mary Ann KAUFEL.
Executors: Bernard KAUPEL and Bernard STOCKLER
Witnesses: Clemens TEMPE and Bernard KAUPEL both of Menominee (Page 321)
HARPER, Mathew of Hanover, age 54 years, dated September 1, 1870, proved October 10, 1870.
To my wife Jane HARPER her dower, that is the one third of my entire estate.
To my son John HARPER two-thirds of my real estate as follows:
W 1/2 SW Sec 1 - 80 acres
W 1/2 NW Sec 1 - 82 acres
E 1/2 NE Sec 2 - 81 acres
E 1/2 SE Sec 2 - 80 acres
W 1/2 NW Sec 12 - 80 acres
W 1/2 SW Sec 12 - 40 acres excepting 50 acres sold to George TOPPING.
To my three daughters Mary Jane HARPER, Eliza Martin HARPER, “Ertee” (Ester?, Erter?) Harper $1000 each to be paid as soon as they become 18 years old.
To my sister Mrs. Ann Henderson HARPER $5.00.
To George TOPPING $150.
All the rest of my estate to my wife Jane HARPER and to my four children
Executors: my wife Jane HARPER and my friend James MARTIN.
Witnesses: J. T. Chapman, Jno Miller, both of Hanover (Page 324)
CARROLL, Michael, of the town of Pleasant Valley, age 47 years, dated July 8, 1870, proved December 2, 1870.
To my brother Jeremiah CARROLL my whole interest in the land in the late will of the late John CARROLL Sr. deceased.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: Henry WINTER, J.P., Henry Harrison JOHNSON, William R. SMITH (Page 327)
PUTNAM, William H. of Warren, dated January 26, 1870, proved December 12, 1870.
To my wife Sacia A. PUTNAM all my estate plus my interest in the estate of my deceased father Henry PUTNAM, late of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
One child mentioned, no name, female.
Executrix: wife Sacia A. PUTNAM
Witnesses: E. A. SMALL, John D. PLATT (Page 329)
FLYNN, William of the town of Stockton, dated May 10, 1869, proved February 15, 1871
My wife Bridget FLYNN shall have the whole property belonging to me and shall have the whole management of the place.
And my son William FLYNN shall have the joint share with her.
My daughter Bridget FLYNN $500
My daughter Mary FLYNN $500.
I give $500 each to my sons Thomas FLYNN, Patrick FLYNN and Daniel FLYNN after the place is paid for.
William FLYNN to get $500 and a private gift from his father a horse, saddle and bridle.
Daughter Bridget FLYNN shall receive as a gift from her father a gray mare named NELL with saddle and bridle.
Executor: None named.
Witnesses: Patrick (his mark) GRENANN, James GRACE, Thomas M. SMITH, all of Stockton (Page 332)
GENZ, Joseph, of the city of Galena, dated March 11, 1871, proved May 12, 1871.
To my wife Margaretta GENZ during her natural life or until she shall again marry all my real and personal estate.
After the decease of my wife or her remarriage I bequeath equal shares to my children (not named)
Executrix: wife Margaretta GENZ.
Witnesses: Ferdinand DeVRY, David SHEEAN (Page 334)
WARD, Constantine, of the town of Rice, dated April 26, 1871, proved May 20, 1871.
To my wife Nancy WARD the farm on which we now reside known as the E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec 1 T27 R1E 4PM during her natural life and all the live stock, horses, cattle, hogs &c. Also all the household furniture and other articles of personal property
Executrix: wife Nancy WARD.
Witnesses: William R. VIRTUE, Joseph WATSON (Page 336)
BUCKLEY, Walston LaFayette of Rush Township, dated May 6, 1871, proved June 6, 1871.
To wife Anna Jane BUCKLEY all my estate real, personal and mixed, including my farm of 153 acres in Sec 11 T28 R4E.
Executrix: wife Anna Jane BUCKLEY.
Witnesses: William TAYLOR, C.J. PUCKETT, Wm. H. PUCKETT, all of Nora (Page 338)
HERZ, Frank of the city of Galena, age 57 years, dated June 27, 1871, proved July 1, 1871.
To my son Xaviar HERZ all my property both real personal or mixed.
Executor: Xaviar KAMMERER
Witnesses: Valentine DIETZ, Adolph HEITFELD (Page 340)
DUNCAN, Michael of the city of Galena, dated August 6, 1871, proved August 8, 1871.
To my wife Ann DUNCAN during her natural life for her and my adopted daughters use all my real and personal estate.
After the death of my wife Ann DUNCAN to my brother Thomas DUNCAN all that lot tract or brick house and lot situated on Elk Street in the city of Galena.
After the death of my wife to my nephew Peter DUNCAN the frame house and lot at present my dwelling house situate on Franklin Street between Franklin and Meeker Street in Galena. Also the frame house and lot situated on the north side of Meeker Street at present occupied by S. TILBERT.
Executor: nephew Peter DUNCAN.
Witnesses: J. H. BARRY, J.P., John CARROLL, Anton KREUGEL, all of Galena (Page 342)
STILLMAN, Nelson, of the city of Galena, dated January 27, 1859, proved September 18, 1871.
All of my estate to Robert H. McCLELLAN, Benjamin F. FELT and Augustus ESTEY all of the City of Galena, the homestead with the land situated on Bouthilier Street in Galena together with all the household furniture, horses and carriages. Also one third of the net residue of my estate. All for the maintainance of my wife Louisa STILLMAN as long as she remains unmarried and to be in lieu of dower.
One-tenth of the residue to the following benevolent societies to wit: The American Board of Commissioners for foreign missions located in Boston, The American Tract Society in New York, The American Home Missionary Society in New York.
One half of the residue of my estate to my daughter Mary Louisa STILLMAN during her natural life. At her death to revert to her children if she has any.
All the residue to my son Charles Phelps STILLMAN when he shall have attained the age of 30 years.,
Guardians: The above trustees
Witnesses: Jno EDDOWES, J. K. EDDOWES all of Galena
Codicil #1 of Nelson STILLMAN dated October 4, 1862,.
Instead of one-tenth of the estate, the societies to be paid $500.
To my sisters Mrs. Minena DEXTER of New York, Mrs. Merilla LAFOGG and Mrs. Sarah COOK of Bookhamsted Conn., Mrs. Mary Ann BARTHOLOMEW of Minnesota the net interest on Rail Road mortgage bonds. And Mrs. Emeline FENTON and Mrs. Clarissa COWLES of Ohio to receive one half of the remaining income.
Witnesses: Joshua BROOKS, J. R. EDDOWES, all of Galena
Codicil #2 of Nelson STILLMAN dated August 9, 1867
Mrs. LaFOGG of Bookhamsted, Conn. is deceased. Her portion to be equally divided between Mrs. Emeline FENTON and Mrs. Clairssa COWLES.
Witnesses: Walter FORD and Enos C. RIPLEY (Page 344)
EVANS, Richard, of the town of East Galena, age 74 years, dated September 1, 1870, proved October 4, 1871.
To my son Evan D. EVANS land situated in East Galena known as the N 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec 15 T28N R1E 4PM containing 80 acres being the farm on which I now reside. The mortgage for the sum of $500 given to Willliam ENNOR is to be paid by said Evan D. EVANS.
To my wife Hannah EVANS one third part of the crops and produce of the farm annually by my son Evan D. EVANS. Also my household furniture.
Executor: John WESTWICK and my son Evan D. EVANS
Witnesses: Louis SHISSLER, G.W. FULLER (Page 356)
SCHMIDT, Leonhard of the town of Menominee, age 41 years, dated October 20, 1871, proved November 15, 1871
To my wife Dorothea SCHMIDT all my property and estate.
Executrix: my wife Dorothea SCHMIDT.
Witnesses: David SHEEAN, Adam F.E. SANDERS (Page 359)
HILEMAN, Michael Sr., of Wards Grove, dated May 24, 1869, proved January 23, 1872.
To my son Michael HILEMAN of Warren: the amount of indebtedness due me from my son John GILEMAN of Wards Grove. Also the money loaned to Mrs. Sarah HILEMAN, the wife of John HILEMAN. Also 3 sans?, one set bench tools, 3 bead plains, 1 steel square, 1 chest and contents, 1 piece of cloth cost $25.00 except what I may use for myself, one bed and bedding, 1 feather bed.
Witnesses: Edward L. BEDFORD, Andrew B. VANSICKLE (Page 362)
HUNT, William R. of the town of Warren, age 49 years, dated August 6, 1871, proved February 1, 1872.
To my wife Adaline HUNT for her natural life the homestead property on which I now reside being situated in the Town of Warren. At her death to my two children Charles H. HUNT and Nora J. HUNT.
Also the real estate to my wife and two children the undivided one half of the Agricultural Ware House property located on Main Street in the Town of Warren now occupied by HUNT and CONLEE.
Executors: my wife Adaline HUNT and my son Charles H. HUNT.
Witnesses: Manly ROGERS, James M. CONLEE both of Warren (Page 364)
TAMBLYN, Elizabeth of the town of Council Hill, about 72 years, dated November 8, 1870, proved February 3, 1872.
To my son John TAMBLYN the undivided one third of land located in the SE 1/4 Sec 31 T29 R2E.
To my other son James TAMLYN another undivided one third in the above land.
To my grandsons Richard TAMBLYN and William TAMBLYN the children of my other son Richard TAMBLYN, deceased, the other one third part.
Executors: None named
Witnesses: David SHEEAN, Mary A. TAMBLYN, Isaac GEORGE (Page 368)
HOPKINSON, John, of the Town of Elizabeth, dated February 17, 1872, proved February 27, 1872.
To my stepson Thomas WOOLLEY all my property.
Executor: Martin WISHON
Witnesses: John BENNETT, Ben ARMITAGE both of Elizabeth (Page 370)
SCHMIEDESKAMP, Frederick, of the town of Berreman, age 45 years, dated August 27, 1871, proved Feburary 27, 1872.
To my wife Sophie SCHMIEDESKAMP all my real estate being 80 acres in T26N R5E valued at $2000, and all my personal property during her natural life. At her death to my five children. (not named).
Executrix: my wife Sophie SCHMIEDESKAMP
Witnesses: Christian ORTMEIER of Berreman and Heinrich GERKA of Jefferson, Stephenson County (Page 372)
SPENSLEY, John R. of the City of Galena, aged 32 years, dated January 9, 1872, proved March 12, 1872.
To my wife Mattie E. SPENSLEY the interest of two life insurance policies invested at best possible rate. Also the pension I am now drawing from the United States Government. All my household furniture.
To my brother James SPENSLEY of the city of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, $2000 as I am now owing him that sum.
Executor: my brother William SPENSLEY
Witnesses: R. W. SPENSLY of Warren, Illinois, and R. M. SPENSLY of Vinegar Hill, Illinois. (Page 374)
BLACKLOCK, Ann, of Galena, age 68 years, dated April 24, 1871, proved March 12, 1872.
To my daughter Mary Ann HOCKING all my personal property including my household furniture, wearing apparel. All my real estate Lots 1 and 2 in Block 37 on the West side of Galena River, Galena, Illinois,
To my daughter Mrs. Susan CHAMPION the $200 I advanced to her.
Executrix: my daughter Mary Ann HOCKING.
Witnesses: John A. LEEKLY and William SPENSLY both of Galena (Page 377)
LITTLE, Wallace A., of the Town of Elizabeth, dated December 30, 1871, proved March 22, 1872.,
To my daughter Galena WALACE $2000
To my adopted son Charles Y. $200.
To my wife Charlotte B. LITTLE all the rest of my estate.
Executor: my son in law John Steele WEIR
Witnesses: Herbert BARRETT, John Q. ROBINSON, both of Elizabeth. (Page 380)
SALE, Thomas, of the Town of Guilford, dated November 5, 1869, proved March 25, 1872.
To my wife Mary SALE, all my estate.
Executrix: my wife Mary SALE.
Witnesses: Geo. S. AVERY, William AVERY (Page 383)
TIPPET, Benjamin of East Galena Township, age 62 years, dated February 3, 1872, proved April 20, 1872.
To my son Joseph TIPPET the homstead upon which I now reside described as part of the West 1/2 Sec 12 T28N R1E 4PM (metes and bounds description) containing 156.24 acres together with all the farm machinery, horses, wagons, sleighs, hogs,cattle, harness, etc.
To my brother William TIPPET Senior during his natural life the right to remain on and be maintained and property supported out of the lands above described and devised to my son Joseph TIPPET.
To my wife Elizabeth TIPPET in lieu of her dower the interest on all monies bonds notes or other evidence of debt. At her death, the above is to go to my son William H. TIPPET and my daughter Johanna S. THOMAS, wife of Thomas E. THOMAS, formerly Johanna S. TIPPET.
Executrix: my wife Elizabeth TIPPET
Witnesses: James ROBERTS, William SPENSLEY (Page 385)
VAUGHN Edward, of the town of THOMPSON, age 60 years, dated March 12, 1872, proved May 28, 1872.
To my wife Elenor VAUGHAN during her life time all my real estate being the W 1/2 NE 1/4 NW 1/4 SE 1/4 SE 1/4 NE 1/4 SE 1/4 NW 1/4 and the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 all lying and being in Sec 36, T28N R3E 4PM containing altogether 240 acres.
After the death of my wife I give to my son Edwin VAUGHAN all the real estate above described. He shall deliver to his brother William VAUGHN seven notes each for $200 payable in succeeding years.
To my son Richard VAUGHAN $200
To my daughter Mary VAUGHN $200.
To my daughter Elizabeth VAUGHN $1000
To my daughter Elenor VAUGHN $1000
To my daughter Margaret VAUGHN $1200
Executor: my son Richard VAUGHAN
Witnesses: George JUSTUS of Stockton, and John L. JONES of Woodbine (Page 390)
BERRY, John of West Galena Township, age 60 years, dated May 2, 1872, proved June 7, 1872.
To my son Thomas F. BERRY the farm on which I now reside located W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec 15 T28N R1W 4PM containing 80 acres.
To my son Edward John BERRY Lot 40 on Franklin Street on the SW side thereof in the City of Galena.
To my daughter Emeline MANLY formely Emeline BERRY, the undivided half of lot 1 in Block 2 west of Galena River in Galena.
To my daughter Catharine A. BERRY the undivided half of lot 1 in Block 2 west of Galena River plus the sum of $500.
To my son Edward John BERRY the west half of lot 3 in Block 2 west side of Galena River in the city of Galena.
To my daughter May L. BERRY, now a sister of Mercy in Ottawa, Illinois, $100.
To my son Thomas F. BERRY one span of horses and the farm machinery now on the farm plus all my househnold furniture.,
The residue of my estate to my daughter Catharine A. BERRY and my son Edward John BERRY.
Executor: None named.
Witnesses: B. MARTIN, Willliam SPENSLY (Page 393)
MOYER, Mary Ann of Waterloo, Blackhawk County, Iowa, dated February 12, 1872 , proved June 11, 1872.
To my son John J. CHOUN $150.
To my son Richard B. CHOUN $200
To my daughter May J. FOSTER $50
To my daughter Emma DALY my cow.
To my son Charl;es M. CHOUN my feather bed two pillow one bolster and two quilts.
To my son George R. CHOUN all my remaining property.
Executor: my son George R. CHOUN.
Witnesses: Samuel TYRRELL, H. F. HASTINGS (Page 396)
READ, Sarah of the Township of Rice, age 67 years, dated October 11, 1871, proved May 7, 1872.
It is my will that my son David READ shall repair and renew the railing around the grave of his father in Weston, and at that time erect a monument therein.
To my son David READ all of my estate including land upon which I now reside and all the cattle horses stock.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: David SHEEAN, Thos J. SHEEAN (Page 399)
BUTCHER, Robert, dated May 10, 1871, filed December 14, 1871, recorded June 24, 1872. Case in the Circuit Court, May Term 1872, of Charles L. BUTCHER, Executor of the Last Will and Testament of Robert BUTCHER, deceased, vs. Frank E. MUNGER and Julia MUNGER. Judge William BROWN found that the will produced on the trial is the will of Robert BUTCHER and order that the will be held and be probated in this court and that the same be returned to the County Court.
To my son Charles L. BUTCHER the lot on Main Street in the City of Galena: Part of lot 50 fronting 28’6” on Main street and running westerly 75 feet, bounded south by lot formerly owned by Mathias C. COMSTOCK and north by lot owned by N. T. HEAD with a three story brick store thereon.
To my three daughters Linnie C. BUTCHER, Mary A. BUTCHER and Nettie W. BUTCHER $102.21 a years until the youngest of my daughters shall arrive at the age of 18 years..
The residue of my property to my four (sic) daughterrs.
Executor: my son Charles L. BUTCHER
Witnesses: John ADAMS, H. H. HOUGHTON (Page 401)
KENT, Caroline C., dated September 1871, July 15, 1872
All my property which is in money, as bank stock, United States Bonds, or notes to be collected shall at my death be given to the Benevolent Institutions named in my husband’s will.
The house in which I live and the two other houses, one next door, and one on Prospect street with the barn and all the grounds to Edward P. THOMAS and his wife Mary, also the furniture and contents of my house.
The legacies of $25 to individuals named in my hsbands will my executors will pay. I give to William B. FIELD $1.00, should he make any claim.
Executors: Ralph NORRIS and B. F. FELT.
Witnesses: Franklin SMITH, Edward G. NEWHALL, M.D. (Page 403)
SNIDER, John of the City of Galena, dated November 29, 1869, proved July 30, 1872
My wife Francis SNIDER all my household furniture. Also all monies belong to or arising from my estate consistinf of about $1500 at present secured by deeds of trusts and notes on real estate described.
Executrix: wife Francis SNIDER.
Witnesses: Joseph H. BARRY, J.P., G. RICHARDSON (Page 405)
CHASE, William W. of Galena, age 63 years, dated May 25, 1872, proved August 10, 1872.
To my daughter Eliza CHASE real estate situated on the west side of Broadway street known as lots 35 and 36 being the same property on which the large frame building is situated in which I now reside and the two story frame building is situated heretofore occupied by Mrs. Sarah SCOTT, said lot 36 being on the corner of Meeker and Broadways streets. Also all my personal estate.
Executor: Ralph S. NORRIS
Witnesses: Louis SHISSLER, William R. ROWLEY, both of Galena (Page 408)
CHETLAIN, LOUIS of Jo Daviess County, dated January 22, 1861, proved September 2, 1872.
To my wife Julia CHETLAIN all my estate during her natural life.
After the death of my wife, to my four sons Augustus CHETLAIN, Frederick CHETLAIN, Charles CHETLAIN and Henry CHETLAIN my farm where I now reside described as the E 1/2 NW 1/4 and the NW 1/4 NE 1/4, and the W 1/2 NW 1/4 all in Sec 14 T28 R1W 4PM.
After the death of my wife, the residue of my estate to my daughters Louisa, Adelle, Julia and Cecelia and my son Charles.
Executor: William C. BOSTWICK
Witnesses: Frank BOSTWICK, Henry C. PARK. Henry C. Park resides in Chicago who proved the will by deposition on August 28, 1872.
Codicil of Louis CHETLAIN dated January 22, 1861.
When my son Frederick comes into possession of the homestead, he shall set aside of portion of 40 acres for my son Henry.
To my son Frederick my lots in the City of Galena and one lot in the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota.
Executor shall be my son Frederick instead of Wm. C. BOSTWICK.
Witnesses: W. WEIGHLEY, R.S. NORRIS (Page 411)
HENRY, David, dated January 19, 1872, proved August 29, 1872
To my third daughter Jannett HENRY my house and two lots in Boggess Addition to the City of Galena lately occupied as a home by me. If she marries in 5 years, she is to pay my second daughter Mrs. Agnes UPSON $100.00
To my second daughter Mrs. Agnes UPSON the family clock and rocking chair. The rest of the household furniture to third daughter Jannett HENRY.
To my second son James HENRY his note for $100 given to me for a horse sold by me to him and which note I now hold.
To my first daughter Mrs. Margaret ROBINSON $100.00
$100 to be used for a headstone to be placed at the head of the graves of myself and wife.
The residue of my estate to my second son James HENRY. The notes due me from my second son James HENRY on account of the sale of my farm to him, it is my wish that my executors give him all reasonable time in the payment of said notes.
To my eldest son Robert HENRY for whom I have provided in years past, I give a fathers blessing.
Executor: D. Wilmost SCOTT
Witnesses: Margaret HENRY, Ann Eliza SCOTT (Page 417)
PEAVEY, John W. of the town of Nora, dated September 18, 1871, proved October 23, 1872.
To my wife Martha PEAVEY, all my estate.
Executor: Holstead S. TOWNSEND of Warren.
Witnesses: Theodore DREW of Nora and W.A.LITTLE of Elizabeth. LITTLE is now deceased. His signature was verified by William R. ROWLEY. (Page 420)
REARDON, John of the City of Galena, dated September 26, 1872, proved October 25, 1872.
To my wife Catharine REARDON all my estate during her life. After her death to be divided between my children except as follows.
To my son Michael REARDON after the death of his mother the house and lot on Hnigh Street, Lot 8 Block 13, City of Galena
Executrix: Catharine REARDON
Witnesses: Henry MARFIELD, Daniel KELLY, Martin (his mark) GRIMES (Page 423)
RODIUS, John of the Town of Menominee, age 50 years, dated February 8, 1870, proved November 21, 1872.
To my wife Maria RODIUS the undivided one half of all the personal property.
The other one half iof my personal property to my sons Bartholomew RODIUS and John RODIUS Jr. and daughter Margaret RODIUS.
My real estate to my sons Bartholomew RODIUS and John RODIUS Jr. and my daughter Margaret RODIUS.
Executor: None named.
Witnesses: John M. DAGGET and A. SWITZER, both of Dunleith. (Page 425)
RAW, Anthony, of the town of Council Hill, died at his home September 20, 1872, dated April 11, 1872, proved November 22, 1872.
To my wife Melissa RAW all my personal property except about $1500 of notes which are to be applied to the payment of notes which are held against me.
All my real estate to my children (not named).
Executrix: my wife Melissa RAW and my son Joseph RAW.
Witnesses: B.J. EWING and Wm. HARVEY, both of Council Hill (Page 427, also page 430)
WILLIAMS, Charles, of West Galena, died at his home on November 18, 1872, age 52 years, dated October 14, 1872, proved December 2, 1872.
To my wife Christina WILLIAMS all my property during her natural life.
After the death of my wife, to my son Frederick WILLIAMS $300
The residue to be divided equally tween my children: Frederick WILLIAMS, Lena LAY, Elizabeth WILLIAMS and Charles WILLIAMS.
Executrix: my wife Christina WILLIAMS and my daughter Elizabeth WILLIAMS Witnesses: H.W. FOLTZ of the City of Galena, John KLOCK of West Galena.(Page 431)
IRVINE, Edward, of East Galena, died at his home December 12, 1872, will dated July 29, 1871, proved December 16, 1872.
To my wife Catharine IRVINE all my estate.
Executrix: my wife Catharine IRVINE.
Witnesses: Louis A. ROWLEY, J.C. GLENAT, R.S. NORRIS (Page 434)
NOLAN, Patrick, died at his home in the town of Guilford on December 1, 1872, will dated November 19, 1872, age 55 years, proved December 20, 1872.
To my wife Ann NOLAN all my estate.
Executrix: wife Ann NOLAN
Witnesses: William FLEMING, James SHERIDEN (Page 437)
BLACKMAN, Lucius, died at his residence in Nora on January 4, 1873, will dated November 8, 1871 , age 63 years, proved January 13, 1873.
To my son Nathan Gould BLACKMAN $100.00
To my wife Sarah Amelia BLACKMAN with my son Charles David BLACKMAN the residue of my estate.
Executors: my wife Sarah Amelia BLACKMAN and my son Charles David BLACKMAN.
Witnesses: Myron H. BURR, Theodore DREW, G.P. WARNER all of Nora (Page 440)
GOLDSWORTHY, Susannah, died at her residence in West Galena on January 7, 1873, will dated April 18, 1871, proved January 15, 1873.
To my grandson Edward JOHNS my third part of the farm on which we now reside known and described as the Johns Brewery.
If my son Edward JOHNS father of my said grandson Edward JOHNS should be living and should ever return then all of the above interest shall belong to my son.
To my granddaughter Susannah STEPHENS one feather bed and “piler” and claw center table.
TO my grandson Edward JOHNS all the household furniture, one half of a horse which I now own, and all hogs etc. Also $750 in U.S. Gold Coin.
To my son Edwin JOHNS $100 in U.S. Gold Coin.
To my grandson Edward Johns GEORGE $100 to be paid to him by his mother Mary Ann WATERS my daughter out of the amount Mary Ann WATERS is now owing and indebted to me. The remainder of the debt to my daughter Mary Ann WATERS.
Executor: my friend John FIDDICK of the City of Galena.
Witnesses: Joseph H. BARRY, James CAMPBELL (Page 443)
SINCOCK, William, of the Town of Guilford, a farmer by occupation, dated June 26, 1872, proved December 16, 1872.
To my wife Grace SINCOCK all my estate so long as she remains my widow or until the youngest child is of age. Then all my estate except the household furniture which I bequeath to my wife, to my children.
To my son William C. SINCOCK over and above his portion with my other children $500, providing he remains with the family three years after my decease.
Executrix: my wife Grace SINCOCK.
Witnesses: John COMBELLICK Jr., Edwin SINCOCK, John SINCOCK (Page 445)
MARTIN, Bridget, died at her home in West Galena on Mar 1, 1873, will dated March 1, 1873, proved March 3, 1873.
Desires to be buried in the St. Michaels cemetery with as little expense as possible.
To my son Thomas MARTIN all my estate.
Executors: Michael CASSERLY and Frank MARFIELD, both of Galena
Witnesses: Henry MARFIELD, Ellen (her mark) FLARITY (Page 449)
CLARK, George, died at his home in Guilford on March 5, 1873, will dated June 11, 1870, proved March 12, 1873.
To my wife Milcah CLARK one half of all my personal property except $300.00
To my daughter Angeline ODGERS the other one half of my personal property.
To my three grand daughters Evaline Angeline ODGERS, Luetta Jane ODGERS and Clara Etta ODGERS, each $100 when they become of age.
To my daughter Angeline ODGERS real estate located the North part SW 1/4 Sec 7 containing 87.66 acres. Also the NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec 7, all in T28N R2E 4PM.
Executors: my wife Milcah CLARK and Joseph ODGERS
Witnesses: W. F. GEAR, John BASTIAN, Thomas BASTIAN (Page 452)
WISE, Frederick, died at his house in Berreman Township on March 2, 1873, will dated February 17, 1873, age 53 years, proved April 5, 1873.
To my wife Ester WISE all my estate, however no land is to be sold until the youngest child arrives at the age of 21 years.
Executors: none named.
Witnesses: George BECHLER, Nicholas GLASER and Jacob B. KLUMP (Page 454)
CLAREY, Stephen of East Galena died at his residence on April 24, 1873, will dated April 1, 1873, age 60 years, proved April 28, 1873.
To my daughter Fannie CLAREY $1000
To my wife Mary CLAREY all the residue of my estate. At her death to be divided between Annie CLAREY, Agnes CLAREY, James CLAREY and Margaret CLAREY.
Executrix: My wife Mary CLAREY
Witnesses: Thomas J. SHEEAN, John BEALL (Page 457)
IVEY, Edward, died at his residence in Elizabeth on November 27, 1872, will dated May 3, 1866, age 66 years in his will, proved May 12, 1873
To my wife Mary IVEY all my real estate consisting of two town lots in the village of Elizabeth being my homestaed property. Also all my personal property.
Executrix: My wife Mary IVEY.
Witnesses: G.W. FULLER, Franklin SMITH, W. WAGDIN, all of Galena. (Page 462)
WILSON, Joseph W. died at his home in Pleasant Valley on April 16, 1873, will dated April 14, 1873, age 25 years, proved June 12, 1873.
To my wife E. A. WILSON, one buggy, two mares and harness. Also land located NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec 32 T27N R5E 4PM.
Executrix: my wife E.A. WILSON
Witnesses: Joseph B. SAGE, Isaiah BEIGLEY, both of Pleasant Valley (Page 463)
BENNETT, Joseph of the town of Hanover, dated February 5, 1868, proved June 12, 1873.
To my wife Mary BENNETT all of my estate.
Executrix: My wife Mary BENNETT
Witnesses: Richard SEAL, John W. LUKE (Page 466)
KRISE, John died at his home in Berreman Township on June 28, 1873, will dated June 27, 1873, age 72 years, proved July 12,1873.
All my estate to my wife Susana KRISE.
Executors: my wife Susana KRISE and son-in-law William MAUREY.
Witnesses: Daniel R. CLAY, Henry C. HOY, both of Berreman. (Page 469)
HUTCHISON, Margaret died at her home in Elizabeth on June 22, 1873, will dated January 27, 1873, proved July 8, 1873.
To my husband James HUTCHISON the lot and building where we now resident in the village of Elizabeth being lot 12 in block 7 during his natural life and all the live stock by me now owned. Also all the store goods and household furniture.
Executor: my husband James HUTCHISON
Witnesses: George MARSHALL, John HUTCHISON (Page 472)
IMHOLT, Henry, died at his home in Menominee on July 12, 1873, will dated March 8, 1873, age 52 years, proved August 13, 1873.
To my wife Mary Anna IMHOLT during her natural life while she remains unmarried, all my estate.
To give to my children which are from this date unmarried $300 to be paid at the time of their marriage.
After the death of my wife, the residue to my children, share and share alikie.
Executrix: My wife Mary Anna IMHOLT.
Witnesses: Benard H. WUBBEN of Menominee, and Barnard IMHOLT of Grant Co., Wisconsin. (Page 474)
SILZER, Jacob died at his home in East Galena July 28, 1873, will dated July 23, 1873, proved August 9, 1873.
To my wife Maria SILZER the undivided interest in 27 acres of land in East Galena near Horse Shoe Mound of which land I and Michiel PENDERGAST own.
To my daughters Magdalina SILZER and Anna SILZER $1000 being the amount specified in a certain life insurance policy of the Germania Life Insurance Company of New York City.
All the residue of my estate to my wife Maria SILZER.
Executor: Edward CLAUSEN of the city of Galena.
Witnesses: Conrad RECHT, Anton F. LUNNING, both of Galena (Page 477)
BEIHL, George died at his home in Thompson July 30, 1873, will dated March 20, 1872, age 78 years, proved August 25, 1873.
To my grand children Anna WINTER, Louisa WINTER, Caroline WINTER, Herman WINTER land located in the SE 1/4 SW 1/4 and the SW 1/4 SE 1/4 of Sec 30 in T28N R3E 4PM to be divided equjally when they shall become of age. Also my personal estate.
Should my wife Anagalin BEIHL survive me, she is to have her maintainece out of the said property named above so long as she may live.
Executor: Jacob LIEVELD
Witnesses: Jacob LIEVELD, Jeremiah LEAVITT, John WINTERS, all residents of Thompson (Page 480)
McDONALD, Ada C., died at her residence in Warren on August 4, 1873, will dated February 5, 1873, proved September 20, 1873.
To my sister Sacia A. PUTNAM as a mark of my unreserved confidence and affection, and also in return for her love and care for me, all my estate. If she marries then my property to be used according to her judgment and direction to aid such members of my family as may by sickness or accident need pecuniary help. By my family I mean my father and my own brothers and sisters.
Executrix: my sister Sacia A. PUTNAM.
Witnesses: E. T. SANDOE, A.B. SANDOE (Page 483)
HERON, Samuel B., of the City of Galena, age 57 years, will dated September 12, 1873, proved September 24, 1873.
To my wife Jane HERON all my estate during her natural life.
After the death of my wife I give and devise unto my children all my estate (not named).
Executrix: My wife Jane HERON
Witnesses: H.W. FOLTZ, William SPENSLY both of Galena (Page 486)
CLARK, Enoch, died at his residence in Warren on October 10, 1873, will dated August 16, 1873, proved October 21, 1873.
To my wife Charlotte E. CLARK all my estate (Charlotte’s middle initial may be “C.”)
To my sons Stephyen Hubby CLARK, Philip Weaver CLARK and Walter Armstrong CLARK $100 each. The amounts should be kept on interest until they are 21 yearws of age.
Executrix: my wife Charlotte E. CLARK and William C. DeLONG.
Witnesses: Manly ROGERS, Edward L. BEDFORD, both of Warren (Page 489)
HYDE, Julia Ann, died at the residence of H.V. BROWN in Warren on September 1, 1873, will dated June 7, 1862, aged 66 years at the time of writing the will, proved October 23, 1873.
To my two daughters Marietta H. OLMSTEAD and Augusta M. BROWN all my estate to be divided equally between them.
Executor: Harvey V. BROWN
Witnesses: Thomas H. FAMER and Joseph LEVERETT, both of Warren (Page 492)
PRYOR, Samuel, of Scales Mound, age 62 years, dated November 27, 1871, proved November 28, 1873.
To my wife Mary PRYOR all my estate for her natural life.
At the death or marriage of my wife Mary PRYOR, I give to my eldest daughter Ann Pryor ROBERT $1000.
To my second daughter Mary Jane Pryor $1500.
To my third daughter Elizabeth Pryor TREZIRE $1000.
To my fourth daughter Thomasina PRYOR $1200.
To my fifth daughter Grace Pryor BERRYMAN $1000.
To my eldest son Thomas Henry PRYOR $2000
To my second son Samuel D. PRYOR $2000.
To my third and youngest son John D. PRYOR $2000
Executor: Thomas Henry PRYOR
Witnesses: Henry MARTIN, S. B. FUNK. Mr. FUNK lives in Montgomery County, Kansas and gives deposition to prove will. (Page 496)
ATKINSON, John, died at his home in Apple River on November 26, 1873, will dated October 4, 1873, when he is 54 years of age, proved December 15, 1873.
To my wife Elizabeth C. ATKINSON all my estate except what I bequeath to my daughters.
To my daughter Dinah ATKINSON $700
To my daujghter Elizabeth Atkinson $700.
Executrix: my wife Elizabeth C. ATKINSON
Witnesses: William LEVITT, John LEVITT, both of Apple River (Page 501)
KRAEHMER, Robert of the City of Galena, age 58 years, will dated June 18, 1873, proved December 18, 1873.
To my son Oscar KRAEHMER $400 when he arrives at the age of 21 years without interest.
To my wife Anna KRAEHMER my real estate in the City of Galena and all the rest of my estate.
Guardian of Oscar KRAEHMER until he is 21 years - my wife Anna KRAEHMER.
Executrix: wife Anna KRAEHMER
Witnesses: Anton BAHWELL, William E. METZGER both of Galena (Page 504)
FLEHARTY, William L., dated April 22, 1869, proved December 16, 1873.
To my wife Martha FLEHARTY household furniture, books and papers and the use of my homestead farm during her natural life.
To my son William H. FLEHARTY the NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec 27 T29 R4E
To my two sons W. H. FLEHARTY and George L. FLEHARTY $200 each.
After the death of my wife all the personal estate to my two sons W. H. FLEHARTY and George L. FLEHARTY and my two daughters Eveline M. FARNHAM and Margaret A. KING.
After the death of my wife the homestead farm shall be equally divided among my children.
Executor: William H. FLEHARTY
Witnesses: Jacob MATHEW, Laura WOOD (Page 506)
HOW, Abby of the City of Galena, age 56 years, dated November 26, 1873, proved December 16, 1873.
The real estate belonging to my late husband be equally divided between my two children William HOW and Catharine HOW plus the residue of my estate.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: Henry MARFIELD, Thomas McDONNELL, Daniel KELLY (Page 509)
age 60 years of Jo Daviess County, dated March 10, 1873, proved December 22,
To my wife Mary Ann TOTTEN all of my real estate being in the Sylvester Burnett third Addition to the Town of Warren consisting of 4 lots with the improvements being the premises in which I now reside with my family. Also the household goods and other personal property.
My wife should give my children Albert Henry TOTTEN and Emma Cora TOTTEN when they come of age some of my personal property as she sees fit.
Executrix: my wife Mary Ann TOTTEN
Witnesses: Manly ROGERS, James BAYNE, both of Warren. (Page 511)
COMBELLICK, John, age 73 years, died at his residence in the town of Guilford on January 2, 1874. will dated October 14, 1871, proved January 19, 1874.
To my wife Grace COMBELLICK in lieu of her dower the privilege of residing in my dwelling house with the use of the garden. Also $100 a year.
To my son William COMBELLICK parcels of land in the Town of Guilford: N 1/2 and S 1/2 Sec 6 T28N R2E 4PM. Also part of the NW 1/4 Sec 6 T28N R2E 4PM (has metes and bounds description) containing 25 acres. Also SE 1/4 W 1/2 NW 1/4 and the SE 1/4 W 1/2 NW 1/4 and S 1/2 N 1/2 W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec 28 T28N R2E 4PM. Plus thne residue of my estate.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: William PASSMORE, R. E. JAMES, both of Council Hill (Page 513)
O’CONNOR, Owen died at his home in Nora on January 18, 1874, age 42 years, will dated January 10, 1874, proved January 22, 1874.
To my wife Rosa O’CONNOR the homesteaqd in which we now live being part of the NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec 4 T28 R5E. Also the two fractional lots, two and three of block 22 of Rail Road addition to the town of Nora. Together with all the residue of my estate.
Executor: Joseph SHOWALTER
Witnesses: William TAYLOR, Jane CROWELL, Joseph SHOWALTER all of Nora (Page 516)
HUCK, Ernst died at his home in the City of Galena on February 1, 1874, age 60 years, will dated December 20, 1873, proved February 17, 1874.
To my wife Johanna HUCK and my youngest daughter Mina HOOR, wife of Peter HOOR, residing in Dubuque, Iowa, lots 6 and 19 in block 65 in Townsends Alteration of lots number one, two, three, four and five in block 62 (has metes and bounds description) in the City of Galena.
All myt personal estate to my wife Johanna HUCK.
Executrix: my wife Johanna HUCK.
Witnesses: Anton STEIMLE, B. POHL both of Galena (Page 520)
SUTTER, Maxamillian, died at his residence in Dunleith January 29, 1874, age 38 years, will dated Octobe5r 20, 1873, proved February 23, 1874.
To my wife Mary Teressa SUTTER all my estate.
Executrix: my wife Mary Teressa SUTTER.
Witnesses: Edward McNULTY, George LOBSTEIN (Page 526)
REITZ, Paul, died at his residence in Galena on March 3, 1874, will dated February 16, 1874, proved March 16, 1874.
Mr. Peter REITZ and Paul REITZ having the Cooper Shop in Company, each has a half interest. By the will made by Paul REITZ this day the house and shop and all therein contained to be the possession of Peter REITZ $2100.00 cash on hand of which Peter REITZ is entitled to fully oine half, the other half to be divided equally between Peter REITZ and Adam REITZ. 311 pork barrels on hand this day and 45 lard tieres & staves and hoop poles. Peter REITZ being entitled to one half of the pork barrels, also one half of the 45 lard turces and also one half of the staves and hoop poles, the other half to be equally divided between Peter REITZ and Adam REITZ. The above statement made by George HOUY, Jr.
Witnesses: Paul REITZ, John RITTSCHER, Michael METZGER (Page 528)
HOUY, George, died at his residence in East Galena on January 24, 1874, age 62 years, will dated November 7, 1873, proved March 16, 1874.
To my wife Margaretha HOUY, the Union House Property in West Galena.
To my son in law Michael METZGER and my daughter Mary METZGER, wife of Michael METZGER, all the residue of my estate. The Michael Metzger Seniors Brewery Property in East Galena.
Guardian of my children William HOUY, Frederick HOUY, Philip HOUY to my wife Margretha HOUY.
Executrix: my wife Margretha HOUY.
Witnesses: John MORER, Jacob HURST (Page 530)
BERTHOLD, Ernst Gotlob died at his residence in Galena on March 7, 1874, age 65 years, will dated October 28, 1873, proved March 18, 1874.
To my wife Johanna BERTHOLD all my estate.
Executrix: my wife Johanna BERTHOLD
Witnesses: Chas SCHEERER, Frederick ROSENTHAL both of Galena (Page532)
FROMM, Philip died at his residence in Galena on March 24, 1874, age 65 years, will dated May 16, 1873, proved March 25, 1874.
To my wife Margaretta FROMM the interest, income and profit of all my said money, notes, accounts, property and effects during her natural life.
After her death to my son in law Richard HELLER all of my property.
Executor: Valentine DEITZ of Galena
Witnesses: Thomas J. SHEEAN, David SHEEAN (Page 535)
ENGLE, David, died at his house in the town of GUILFORD on March 30, 1872 (sic), will dated January 17, 1871, proved April 21, 1874.
To my son Victor ENGLE the farm on which we now reside, a part of the NE 11/4 Sec 8 T28N R2E 4PM and all the live stock, horses, cattle, hogs &c by me now owned. Also all the househnold furniture and other articles of personal property.
Victor ENGLE is to take care of his mother, to pay to his brother Francis ENGLE $25.00, to pay to his brother Anton ENGLE $500 when Anton is 22 years of age, to his sister Elizabeth ENGLE $400 when she is 22 years of age, to pay his brother Vincent ENGLE $400 when he is 22 years, and one cow and calf to his sister Philipene ULRICH.
Executor: son Victor ENGLE
Witnesses: William T. GEAR, Henry SINGER (Page 536)
MARTIN, William, died at his home in Scales Mound April 13, 1874, will dated April 10, 1874, proved April 28, 1874.
To my wife Mary Grace MARTIN one third part of my entire estate.
To my eldest daughter Elizbeth Jane MARTIN $150. when she is of age.
The residue of my estate when the youngest is of age to be divided among all my children: Elizabeth Jane MARTIN, Grace Ellen MARTIN, William Charles MARTIN, Anna Mary MARTIN and James Henry MARTIN.
My watch to my son William Chalres MARTIN.
Executrix: my wife Mary Grace MARTIN.
Guardians of children: Chalres BERRYMAN and James MARTIN
Witnesses: Joseph ROBERTS of Apple River, Harris GLEASON of Scales Mound, Charles BERRYMAN of Scales MOUND (Page 539)
CAREY, Joseph K. died at his residence in Apple River on May 10, 1874, will dated January 7, 1874, age 51 years, will proved May 18, 1874.
To my wife Sophia A. CAREY all my estate.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: Joseph P. BLACK, M. CASHMAN, both of Apple River (Page 541)
BAUR, Charles, died at his residence in the Town of Derinda on May 27, 1874, will dated May 26, 1874, age 33 years, proved June 15, 1874.
To my wife Amelia BAUR all my personal property in lieu of dower.
To my daughter Amelia Caroline BAUR all my real estate situated in Derinda Township. If she should died before her 18th birthday, then said real estate to my sister Mary RANDEKER children.
Executrix: wife Amelia BAUR
Witnesses: Christopher A. GROZINGER, Michael GOUSE, both of Derinda (Page 543)
OLD, James died at his residence in the town of Elizabeth February 10, 1874, will dated January 22, 1874, proved June 15, 1874.
To my wife Elizabeth OLD the rents of my farm situated in the town of Woodbine and the personal property on the farm. After her death to be equally divided between my children: Grace TOUNING, Henry W. OLD, William OLD, John OLD, Charity HUGHS and Sarah A. EVANS.
To sell the dwelling house in which I now reside in the village of Elizabeth. and deliver the deed to my wife Elizabeth. May not wish to occupy said dwelling house as a residence and a home.
Executor: John OLD
Witnesses: William DANIEL, William H. EUSTICE both of Elizabeth. (Page 546)
YOUNG, John Thomas died at his residence in the town of Elizabeth on May 24, 1874, will dated September 27,1873, proved June 16, 1874.
To my wife Nancy Jane YOUNG all my estate.
Executrix: Nancy Jane YOUNG
Witnesses: Richard SEAL, W. R. ROWLEY, both of Galena (Page 548)
WETZELL, Sebastian died at his home in the town of Thompson on June 19, 1874, will dated June 16, 1874, proved July 20, 1874.
To my wife Klara WETZELL all my estate during her natural life. At her death or remarriage to be divided between my children (not named).
Witnesses: Hugh GUNN, James JAGGER, both of Jo Daviess County (Page 551)
DEEDS, Thomas died at his home in Pleasant Valley on June 27, 1874, will dated June 27, 1874, proved August 6, 1874.
To my wife Delilah DEEDS my home farm of 600 cards during her natural life. Upon decease the home farm to my brothers Joseph DEEDS and Philip DEEDS.
To my brother Joseph DEEDS all my lands in the State of Minnesota.
To my nephew Oscar DEEDS all my lands in the State of Iowa.
My farm in Carroll County Illinois known as the Hackett or John DEEDS farm shall be sold to pay my debts. And for the same purpose my real estate in the City of Mount Carroll and at the Mount Caroll Depot be sold.
Executor: my friend David SHEEAN Esq of Galena
Witnesses: John LAUGHRIN, George H. FORBES (Page 553)
THOMAS, John Sr. died at his home in Elizabeth on August 21, 1874, will dated November 27, 1873, proved August 29, 1874.
To my oldest daughter Mary now residing in Wales and by me supposed to be the wife of Robert JONES, the sum of $200.
To my son John THOMAS Jr. the residue of my estate.
Executor: my son John THOMAS Jr.
Witnesses: William HEMPSTEAD of Galena, John CRAWFORD and William CRAWFORD of Woodbine (Page 555)
THOMPSON, Ellen, died in East Galena on August 28, 1874, will dated July 27, 1874, age 53 years, proved September 1, 1874.
To my brother William L. HOPE all my estate.
To Mrs. Anna JORDAN all my beds and bedding except enough which shall be given to Mrs. Clementine HOLTCAMP to replace those which I have spoiled in my present sickness.
Executor: my brother William L. HOPE.
Witnesses: Mary HOLTKAMP, Clementine HOLTKAMP both of Galena (Page 558)
WAKEFIELD, Joseph died at his residence in the City of Galena on September 12, 1874, will dated September 9, 1874, age 57 years, proved September 16, 1874.
To my wife Elizabeth WAKEFIELD all my estate.
To my daughter Sarah Jane WAKEFIELD now Mrs. Thomas NICHOLS after her mothers death the land on which my dwelling house is now located.
To my daughter Fanny(?) Elizabeth or Mrs. Thomas MENADUE after her mothers death two lots situated in North Galena. Also the north part of Lot 21 West Main street. Also that portion of the E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec 12 T28N R1W 4PM containing 7.17 acres. Also lots 3 and 4 in block 7 and lot 3, 4, 20, 21 in block 5 in North Galena.
To my daughter Phebe Ann WAKEFIELD after her mothers death: 11 feet on Lot 27 and 9 feet of lot 26 on Main Street, Galena.
Executrix: my wife Elizabeth WAKEFIELD
Witnesses: John N. BARRY, John S. LOWES both of Galena (Page 561)
BROOKS, Daniel died at his home in the town of Rush August 5, 1874, will dated January 13, 1874, age 73 years, proved August 10, 1874
To my wife Mary BROOKS during her natural life all my estate and at her decease to be divided among my children: Mary Ann BROOKS HIRST, Sophia Elizabeth BROOKS STIDWORTHY, Joseph H. BROOKS, Daniel BROOKS, John D. BROOKS and James L. BROOKS.
Executors: my sons John D. BROOKS and James L. BROOKS
Witnesses: Henry ROBERTS of Thompson, John SHEA of Rush (Page 563)
POINCIN, Peter died at his residence in Galena on October 24, 1874, will dated February 7, 1867 at that time residing in Bellevue, Jackson County, Iowa, proved October5 29, 1874.
To my wife Margaret POINCIN during her natural life a mortgage given to me by John GOCKE and Margaret GOCHE his wife to secure the sum of $820 on a lot 54 in Bellevue.
After the death of my wife, the balance of the mortgage to my daughter Margaret wife of Adolph MEDINGER, and Catharine wife of Nicholas DAX.
Executor: my wife Margaret POINCIN
Witnesses: G.W. McNULTY, Sebastian MANDERO, Peter KASS (Page 565)
KUERST, John Gotleib, died at his home in the City of Galena on November 26, 1874, will dated September 23, 1873, age 63 years, proved December 2, 1874.
To my wife Fredericka Wilhelmina KUERST real estate in West Galena during her natural life and after her death to be divided equally among my children: Louisa KUERST, Guitar KUERST, Emelia KUERST and Charles KUERST. If she marries she shall then only have one third of my real estate.
All the residue of my estate to my wife Fredericka Wilhelmina KUERST.
Guardian of Emilia KUERST and Charles Kuerst: Frederickaw Wilhlemina KUERST
Executor: None named.
Witnesses: Ernst FUTZNER of Fondulac, Fondulac County, Wisconsin, and W. SEUBERT of Galena. (Page 567)
MILLER, Frederick C. of Hanover, age 65 years, dated March 2, 1871, proved December 3, 1874.
To my wife Christenia MILLER $800 in lieu of dower. Also four cows.
To my daughter Rosy MILLER $900 .
To my daughter Christenia FRANK $800.
To my grand children Charles MILLER and John Miller $150 each
To my son William G. MILLER land situate the NE 1/4 SW 1/4. Also the W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec 36 T26 R2E 4PM containing 120 acres. Also the SW NW Sec 1 in Carroll County containing 39.48 acres. Also the SW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec 1 T25 R2 in Carroll County conmtaining 39..40 acres. He is to provide my wife with a comfortable home and give her one fourth of all the crops raised on the farm and also one fourth of the hnogs.
All the residue to my son William G. MILLER.
Administrator: my son William G. MILLER
Witnesses: David ROGERS of Derinda, and William McKINLEY (Page570)
CLYMA, Francis of Apple River, dated February s, 1872, proved December 3, 1874.
To my wife Frances CLYMA one third of all my estate.
To my nephew Francis GRUBB $150.
To my sister Mary Ann $100. (Surname not given)
To my daughter Susan SMITH and Alice WILLIAMS 20 acres of timber land in Lafayette County, Wisconsin.
All the remainder to my eight children: Jane WOODS, Maria HAMSBER, William N. CLYMA, Elizabeth RUNDLE, Francis CLYMA, Susannah SMITH, Thomas CLYMA and Alice WILLIAMS. Elizabeth RUNDLE’s share shall be equally divided amongst her 6 children.
It is my will Frances CLYMA shall occupy the place where we still live on lots 8, 9, 10 block 10 in the Rail Road Division to the town of Apple River. After her death it shall be divided amongst my children.
Guardian of Elizabeth RUNDLE’s children: Mr. Porter Wealthy.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: William LEVITT and Samuel WOOLLAM, both of Apple River (Page 573)
BERMINGHAM, Patrick died at his home in East Galena on October 1, 1874, will dated July 13, 1874, proved December 7, 1874.
To my wife Ellen BERMINGHAM all my estate during her natural life.
To my daughter Anne BERMINGHAM the use of my estate after the death of my wife.
The proceeds of the sale of estate to my daughter and my sons Thadeus BERMINGHAM, Michael BERMINGHAM and Thomas BERMINGHAM.
Executor: son Thadeus BERMINGHAM
Witnesses: John FURY, D. Wilmot SCOTT (Page 575)
BARROWS, Phila A. died at Galena on December 8, 1874, will dated March 17, 1865, proved December 12, 1874.
To my son Daniel A. BARROWS of the City of Galena all my estate to be held by him in trust for the uses following to wit. I have assumed the indebtedness of Daniel A. BARROWS to Sally BRACKENRIDGE for $1150. To Theodore BRAKENRIDGE $1150. To Sarah BRAKENRIDGE $200. To Frances Homer BRAKENRIDGE $215. To Elizabeth SAFELY $2800.
All of the residue to be held in trust for my grandchildren, the children of the said Daniel A. BARROWS to wit: Frances BARROWS, Jane E. BARROWS, Mary E. HAINES wife of Wm. P. HAINES, Maria A. BARROWS, Anna A. BARROWS and Daniel F. BARROWS.
Executor: son Daniel A. BARROWS
Witnesses: Louis SHISSLER, John WEINBERGER all of Galena (Page 578)
PARKIN, Thomas died at his residence in Apple River on July 3, 1874, will dated September 9, 1868, proved December 15, 1874. Note: This surname is spelled both as
“Parkin” and “Parkins”
To my wife Jane PARKIN all my estate. At her death to my children as follows:
To daughter Mary Ann EVEREST $75
To daughter Jane GROVES $100
To daughter Sarah RUNTON $100
To daughter Margaret $100 (no last name given)
Residue of estate to Robert PARKIN and Thomas PARKIN and William PARKIN
Executors: Sons Robert PARKIN, Thomas PARKIN and William PARKIN
Witnesses: William LEVITT, Ann LEVITT (Page 582)
PRATT, Samuel C. died at his residence in Elizabeth on September 16, 1870, will dated August 9, 1866, proved December 15, 1874.
To my wife Jane ROGERS 32.5 feet off the east side of lot 2 and 10 in block 19 in the town of Elizabeth.
Executor: Joseph CRUMMER
Witnesses: George W.F. LEE and Samuel C. PRATT both of Elizabeth (Page 584)
GORMAN, John died at his home in Galean on Decmeber 4, 1874, will dated November 23, 1874, proved December 10, 1974.
To my youngest son Thomas GORMAN all my estate.
Guardianship of child Thomas GORMAN with my friend John CLORAN until he is 20 years.
Executor: John CLORAN
Witnesses: John LENEHEN, Michael BURKE both of Galena (Page 585)
BLACK, William, age 65 years, will dated October 17, 1874, proved January 15, 1875.
To my daughter Eliza HALL all my estate during her natural life. After her deceas to her daughter Lillian HALL.
Executor: David SHEEAN
Witnesses: Thomas J. SHEEAN, James W. SCOTT, Wm. S. METZGER (Page 588)
BOLITHO, Henry, died at his residence in East Galena on January 8 1875, will dated April 28, 1873, proved January 16, 1875.
One-third of my estate of James BOLITHO, my son living in Iowa.
Two-thirds of my estate of John BOLITHO, my son.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: John JORE and Henry HICKS (Page 590)
SPIEKER, Henry H. died at his residence in Vinegar Hill on February 2, 1875, will dated January 30, 1875 age 54 years, proved February 16, 1875.
To my wife Caroline SPIEKER all my real esate in the town of Vinegar Hill as long as she remains a widow. Else shall be divided among my children (not named).
All my personal estate to my wife Caroline SPIEKER.
Executrix: wife Caroline SPIEKER.
Witnesses: J.A. BURRICHTER of Galena and Clemens FLEEGE of Menominee (Page 592)
ZINK, Romanna died at her home in Derinda on February 22, 1875, will dated February 15, 1875 age 66 years, proved February 26, 1875.
A tombstone to be put on my grave equal to that on my husbands grave.
To my nephew George DECKER all my estate.
Executor: My friend William HAAS
Witnesses: Jacob SCHAIBLE, Adam BOHM both of Derinda (Page 594)
O’ROURKE, Dennis of the City of Galena, died at his home on January 22, 1875, will dated September 15, 1873, proved March 1, 1875.
To my wife Mary O’ROURKE lots 7 and 8 in block 9 in Gears Second Addition to the City of Galena. Also all other real estate. Also my personal estate.
Executrix: wife Mary O’ROURKE
Witnesses: Louis SHISSLER, Robt. Brand (Page 597)
ZINK, John died at his house in Derinda on May 18, 1874, will dated November 18, 1872, proved 22 March 1875.
To my wife (not named) the farm known as the SEYFERT farm on the Savanah Road lying in the town of Derinda.
After her death $300 to my son Andrew ZINK.
Executor: William HAAS
Witnesses: George DITTMAR, Martin SCHINK, both of Derinda. (Page 599)
FOLEY, Margaret of Beetown, Grant County, Wisconsin, will dated February 9, 1872, proved at Lancaster, Grant Co., Wisconsin, April 20, 1874. Recorded in Jo Daviess Countyon March 1, 1875.
To my son Patrick FOLEY $1.00
To my son John FOLEY $1.00
TO my son Richard FOLEY $1.00
TO my daughter Margaret LEANY the remainder of my estate.
Executor: Patrick McNAMARA of Bloomington, Grant County, Wisconsin.
Witnesses: Jesse BROOKS, Patrick DONOHUE, Mary DONOHUE, all of Bloomington, Grant Co., Wisconsin. (Psage 601)
SANDOE, Enoch T. died at his residence in Warren on February 20, 1875, will dated January 8, 1875 age 53 years, proved March 2, 1875
TO my wife Ann B. SANDOE all my personal property, dwelling house and the ground on which the house is situated in the village of Warren known as my residence. Also the real estate in the city of Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa consisting of 3 lots.
To my wife Ann B. SANDOE and my son William A. SANDOE the lands in Hamilton County, Iowa in Sec 16 T86 R23W 5PM. Also 10 acres in the E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec 3 T39 R13 in Cook County, Illinois known as blocks 4 and 12.
Executrix: my wife Ann B. SANDOE
Witnesses: John D. PLATT, Manly ROGERS both of Warren (Page 603)
CLARK, Alvin died at his residence in Warren in January 1875, will dated January 4, 1871, proved March 2, 1875
To be buried with little expense or ostentation.
To my wife Anice Caroline CLARK the real estate upon which I now reside being lot 2 block 3 in S. BURNETTS third Addition to the Town of Warren, during her naturakl life. Also the household goods, furniture, books, pictures. Also one third of all other personal property. At my wife’s death the homestead to go to my children.
To Helen CLARK daughter of Mortimer P. CLARK, deceased, my eldest son $30.00
The remainder of my estate:
To my eldest daughter Helen M. FRANCISCO two fifteenths
To my second daughter Mary R. CLARK two fifteenthns
To Willie L. CLARK, son of William L. CLARK, deceased, my second son, two fifteenths.
To Orson B. CLARK my third son three fifteenths.
To Lucy Jane AUSTIN my third daugher three fifteenths.
To Chauncey L. CLARK my fourth son three fifteenths
Executor: Manley ROGERS of Warren
Witnesses: Manly ROGERS and James BAYNE both of Warren (Page 606)
CODICIL for Alvin CLARK dated December 29, 1874, leaves the homestead in Warren to his wife under her absolute control and ownership.
Witnesses: Manley ROGERS, James BAYNE both of Warren
MOREHEAD, Robert, died at his home in Hanover on July 4, 1874, will dated June 18, 1872, proved March 13, 1875.
To my wife Hannah MOREHEAD during her natural life with remainder in fee to Hannah Isabella MOREHEAD and Jane MOREHEAD, minor childrenk of Thomas MOREHEAD late of Jo Daviess County, deceased the following land: SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec 14 T26N R2E 4PM.
To each of my two daughters Jane FARRELL and Barbara MOREHEAD $5.00.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: Joseph H. WILEY, William DAVIDSON. (Page 610)
YOHN, John of West Buffalo Township, County of Union, and State of Pennsylvaqnia, farmer, will dated May 3, 1869, proved in Union County, PA on March 8, 1871. Record in Jo Daviess County March 19, 1875
I give to my son Peter YOHN, daughter Margaret intermarried with Henry FOUST, Susanna intermarried with Jacob FOUST, Elizabeth intermarried with William BECHLER both parents decd. that is, it is my will that thne one equal share shall be put upon interest for the “suport” of John BEACHLER a lunatic a son of said Elizabeth and William BEACHLER decd. during his natural life, and at his death the principal to be divded among the other heirs of said Elizabeth BEACHLER decd share and share alike. Sarah intermarried with Elias BENFER, my son, Solomon, Hannah intermarried with George BEACHLER, the heirs of John YOHN Jr decd, Mary intermarried with Ira KENMAN, Esther inter with Robert TAYLOR all share and share alike. (above is an exact transcription)
Executor: son Solomon YOHN
Witnesses: G. N. YOUNGMAN, J.S. BEAVER (Page 612)
SULLIVAN, Dennis, of Guilford township, will dated Pctpber 23. 1874, proved April 1, 1875.
To my wife Mary SULLIVAN during her life. If any estate remains at her death to my two daughtrers Mary Ann SULLIVAN and Eliza GRIFFIN.
My wife is to procure a proper tombstone and have my grave property enclosed.
Executor: None named.
Witnesses: S.W. HATHAWAY, John TOBIN (Page 616)
MAY, Alfred of the town of Hanover age 78 years, will dated June 9, 1874, proved April 9, 1875.
To my wife Amand MAY all my estate during her life. After her death to each of my daughters Julia E., Sarah E., Margaret A. Amanda J. and Matilda A. $5.00 each.
The remaining estate to my five sons Balaam, Alfred, James, Joseph and Zachary F. MAY
Executor: son Balaam MAY
Witnesses: J. R. CHAPMAN, John SCHAIBLE (Page 617)
SAAM, Henry Sr. of Guilford Township age 73 years, will dated March 17, 1875, proved April 14, 1875.
To my wife Mary SAAM $1500 and the following real estate: Lot 7 in block 32 in the town of Scales Mound. Also lots 5 and 6 in block 32 in the town of Scales Mound. Also part of the W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec 35 containing 18 acres in T29N R2E 4PM
To my sons Henry SAAM Jr. and John SAAM real estate: SE 1/4 Sec 2 T28 R2E 4PM containing 158 acres. Also the NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec 11 T28N R2E containing 40 acres. Also the SW 1/4 SW 1/4 of Sec 11 containing 40 acres. Also the N 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec 111 T28N R2E 4PM containing 80 acres. Also the S 1/2 SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec 24 T28 R2E 4PM.
Executor: None named
Witnesses: Francis VARING, J.P., and name written in German translated as John HAZELBACKER. (Page 619)
MASSUIR, Leopold, died at Galena on April 20, 1875, will dated January 23, 1868, proved April 22, 1875. An earlier will dated February 25, 1841, proved May 21, 1875 is page 626.
In body of will name is written as Leopold DE MASSSUIR. Lists his assets as $1500 in American gold coin in deposit with N. CORWITH & CO. Has United States bond drawing interest of $6100. Also has cash of $1750.
Gives to the Rev. William BALLY, pastor of the German Catholic St. Marys Church on Franklin street in Galena all of the above monies to be used for charitable purposes and the benefit of the German Catholic Church.
Executor: Rev. William BALLY
Witnesses: John H. HELLMAN, J.A. BURRICHTER, Valentine DEITZ, Anton KISHBAUM (Page 621)
APPLE, John died at his residence in Thompson township on April 3, 1875, will dated July 13, 1870 age 70 years, proved May 15, 1875.
To my wife Eva APPLE during her life and widowhood all my estate.
To Barbary APPLE now Barbary GERLICK the sum of $5.00
To my other daughter Lena DINTER formerly Lena APPLE the sum of $5.00
After the death of my wife Eva APPLE all the estate remaining to my children: Joseph APPLE, Valentine APPLE, Peter APPLE, Marie Apple, Lescelle APPLE now SAWLER, Odell APPLE now Odell SAMM
Executor: my son in law Christian SAMM
Witnesses: Henry MARFIELD, Valentine DEITZ both of Galena (Page 624)
HEMPSTEAD, Charles S. died at his residence in Galena on December 10, 1874, will dated February 20, 1871, proved May 27, 1875.
To my wife the dwelling house on Bench Street with the lots 3 and 4 during her natural life. Also all my household furniture, plate and all other personal property on our homestead property, excepting my library, family portraits &c.
Also to my wife $1200 to be paid quarterly.
To my son William HEMPSTEAD my miscellaneous library,.
To my soin Lewis Reyburn HEMPSTEAD my law library and such works in my miscellaneous library as relates to the law and lawyers.
A sealed note to my executors in regard to deposition of the family portraits.
The residue of my property to my four sons: Edward HEMPSTEAD, Charles HEMPSTEAD, William HEMPSTEAD and Lewis Reyburne HEMPSTEAD.
Executor: my wife Eliza HEMPSTEAD and sons Edward Hempstead, Charles W. HEMPSTEAD, William HEMPSTEAD and Lewis Reyburne HEMPSTEAD
Witnesses: Chas. C.P. HUNT, John ROSS (Page 630)
Our thanks to Marjorie Smith for transcribing and contributing this will data to the Jo Daviess Co. USGenWeb site.