Will Book C, Pages 4-6
In the name of the Benevolent Father: I Hannah Hilbert of
the County of Martin, in the State of Indiana, being of sound mind and
disposing memory, do hereby and declare this my last Will and Testament, hereby
revoking and making all former Wills Codicils thereof by me at any time
heretofore made void.
First, I order and direct that out of the money or personal
property on hand at the time of my death, all my just debts, and expenses of
last sickness and funeral expenses be paid as soon as practicable after my
Second, I give and bequeath to my step daughter, Mrs. Martha
E. Kruse, my personal property, including all my household and kitchen
furniture, beds, bedding and clothing, including wearing apparel, also all
money, notes, leases, mortgages, after the payment of debts and expenses as set
forth in the first item.
Third, I will and bequeath to Jacob H. Hilbert, the Twenty
Dollars which he now has borrowed from me, and direct that this bequeath shall
operate as a discharge of said debt due from him.
Fourth, I hereby nominate and appoint my trusted friend William Kreusel of Shoals, Martin County, in the State of Indiana, the sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, and direct that no bond shall be required of him as such Executor.
The above and foregoing instrument was at the date thereof signed, published and declared by this said Hannah Hilbert, as and for her last Will and Testament and as a revocation of all former Wills and Codicils thereof heretofore made by her, in the presence of us, who at her request, and in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as Witnesses. Frederick Vogel
Thos. M. Clarke
Be it remembered that on the 9th day of January 1896, Thomas M. Clarke, one of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing last Will and Testament of Hannah Hilbert late of said County, deceased, personally appeared before the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Martin County, in the State of Indiana and being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Court, upon his oath, declared and testified as follows, that is to say: that on the 24th day of October 1893, he saw the said Hannah Hilbert sign her name to said instrument in writing as and for her last Will and Testament, and that this deponent, at the same time he and the said Hannah Hilbert declare the said instrument in writing, to be her last Will and Testament and that the said instrument in writing was at the same time at the request of the said Hannah Hilbert and with her consent attested and prescribed by the said Thomas M. Clarke, in the presence of said testator, and in the presence of each other, as subscribing witnesses thereto and that the said Hannah Hilbert was at the time of the signing and subscribing of said instrument in writing as aforesaid, of full age, (that is more than twenty one years of age) and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and not under any coercion or restraint, as the deponent verily believes and further deponent says not.
Thomas M. Clarke
Geo. W. Gates Clerk
In attestation whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name
and affixed the seal of said Court.
State of Indiana, Martin County, SS:
I Geo. W. Gates, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Martin
County, Indiana, do hereby certify that this within annexed Will and Testament
of Hannah Hilbert has been duly admitted to probate and duly proved by the
testimony of Thomas M. Clarke one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, that a
complete record of said Will, and of the testimony of the said Thomas M. Clarke
in proof thereof has been by me duly made and recorded in book “C” at pages 4,
5, & 6 of the Record of Wills of said County.
In attestation whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name
and affixed the seal of said Court at West Shoals this 30th day of January
Geo. W. Gates
Clerk Circuit Court Martin County