Charles R. Hotz
Courtesy of Cathy Clark Beard
Transcribed as written with no intentional corrections or changes.

Will Book C, Page 459

Last Will and Testament of Charles R. Hotz. 

            I, Charles R. Hotz a resident of Martin County, in the State of Indiana, realizing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, and being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, revoking any and all wills by me heretofore made:

             Item One. I hereby authorize and direct my executrix hereinafter named, as soon after my death as possible, to pay all my just debts including the expense of my last sickness and burial.

             Item Two. In the event I do not leave sufficient moneys with which to pay said debts then it is my will and I hereby direct my executrix to sell such of my personal property as may be necessary to secure a sufficient amount of money with which to pay said debts.

             Item Three: I hereby give and bequeath all my personal property which I shall own at the time of my death and which shall after the provisions of Items One and Two of this will have been complied with, to my beloved wife Sarah Hotz to be hers absolutely.

             Item Four: I hereby give and devise all of my real estate of which I shall die seized and which said real estate is situate in Section Nine (9) and Sixteen (16) in township three North of range four (4) west, in Martin County, Indiana, to my beloved wife Sarah Hotz in fee simple.

             Item Five. In the event that my beloved wife Sarah Hotz should die before my decease, then it is my will and desire and I hereby devise and bequeath all of my property both real and personal, to my beloved children share and share alike; and in the event that any of my said children should die leaving issue then such issue shall take the share hereby devised and bequeathed to its parent.

             Item Six. I hereby appoint my beloved wife, Sarah Hotz, executrix of this my last Will and Testament.

             Witness my hand and seal this 21st day of August, 1920.

                                                                        Charles R. Hotz          (Seal)

             Signed, sealed and acknowledged by said testator, Charles R. Hotz, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses his 21st day of August, 1920.

                                                                        Bernard A. Ackerman

                                                                        Orville W. Hubbard

 State of Indiana, Martin County, SS:

             Before me, Sherman McPherson, Clerk of the Martin Circuit Court, personally came Orville W. Hubbard one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Charles R. Hotz 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 Bernard A. Ackerman and Orville W. Hubbard to sign said will as witnesses thereto, which they accordingly did in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses thereto.

                                                                        Orville W. Hubbard.

             Subscribed and sworn to before me, this the 9th day of March, 1921.

                                                                        Sherman McPherson, Clerk.