Will and Testament of Matthew Clarke.
Matthew Clarke, at this time a resident of Loogootee, Martin County Indiana and
being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make publish and declare this
to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made;
Item 1. I desire that all my just
debts be paid as soon as practical after my death.
Item 2. I give and bequeath unto St.
Johns Catholic School in Loogootee Indiana the sum of six hundred dollars.
Item 3. I give and bequeath unto
Reverend Sylvester Eisenman O.I.B. the sum of two hundred dollars to be used by
him for the benefit of the Indian Missions.
Item 4. I give and bequeath unto
Josephine Eisenman, the wife of Leonard Eisenman of Loogootee Indiana the sum
of One hundred dollars to be used by her to prepare a room in her home for the
use of her husband’s three brothers who are Catholic priests, when they visit
Item 5. I give and bequeath unto Reverend
Joseph F. Gerdon, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church in Loogootee Indiana, or
to his successor as such pastor the sum of Fifty Dollars as an offering for
masses for the repose of the souls of the Clarke family; also fifty dollars as
an offering for masses for the repose of the souls of the McNalley family.
Item 6. I give and bequeath unto
Reverent Joseph F. Gerdon, pastor of St John’s Catholic Church in Loogootee,
Indiana, or his successor as such pastor all the residue of said estate to use
as he deems proper.
Item 7. In case my estate would not
be sufficient at the time of my death to provide for all of the above bequests
I direct that after the payment of my debts as herein provided the balance be
distributed on a pro rata basis as herein provided.
Item 8. I do hereby nominate James
L. McGovren, Loogootee, Indiana, as the executor of this will.
The foregoing instrument, signed
sealed and acknowledged by me as and for my last will and testament this
October 8, 1925.
The foregoing instrument was signed,
sealed and acknowledged by said Matthew Clarke as and for his last will and
testament in our presence who at his request in his presence and in the
presence of each other have attached our hands a witnesses thereto this the 8th
day of October 1925.
of Indiana, Martin County, ss;
Before me, Elmer Harding, Clerk of
the Martin Circuit Court, personally came James L. McGovren, one of the
subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Matthew Clarke
late of Martin County, Indiana, deceased, and being duly sworn on oath says
that he was present at the execution of said last will; that the same was duly
executed, that at the time of the execution thereof, said testator, was of full
age to devise his property, of sound mind and memory and not under any coercion
or restraint, that said testator requested this affiant and Mrs. Nellie Madden,
to sign said will as witnesses thereto, which they accordingly did in the
presence of each other as subscribing witnesses thereto.
Subscribed and sworn to before me
this 7 day of April, 1926.