Josepth S. Gootee
Courtesy of Cathy Clark Beard

Will Book C       Page 565
Transcribed as written with no intentional corrections or changes.

Last Will and Testament of Joseph S. Gootee                                                Deceased.

             I, Joseph S. Gootee, at this time a resident of 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. 

            Item 2: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Maggie A. Gootee, all of my property of every nature whatsoever, real estate, personal property and mixed property, wheresoever located, of which I may die seized. 

            Item 3: I constitute and appoint my beloved wife, Maggie A. Gootee, executrix of this will.

             Witness my hand and the seal this the 2nd day of August 1928, at Martin County, Indiana.

                                                                                    Joseph S. Gootee.

             The foregoing instrument, signed, sealed and acknowledged by said Joseph S. Gootee 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 subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, this the 2nd day of August 1938.

                                                                                    J. L. McGovern,

                                                                                    Frank H. Walker.

State of Indiana, Martin County, SS; 

            Before me, Charles Sherfick, clerk of the Martin Circuit Court, personally came James L. McGovern one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Joseph S. Gootee 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 James L. McGovern and Frank H. Walker to sign said will as witness thereto, which they accordingly did in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses thereto.

                                                                                     James L. McGovern,

             Subscribed and sworn to before me this 11th day of September, 1929.

                                                                                    Charles Sherfick, Clerk.