Will Book C, Pages 542-543
Last Will and Testament of Serilla A. Jones
I, Serilla A. Jones, 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.
Item 2. I desire that a monument costing approximately one
hundred dollars be placed at my grave.
Item 3. 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 to be used for masses for the repose of
my soul; I also bequeath unto him the further sum of twenty dollars for masses
for the souls in purgatory.
Item 4. I give and bequeath unto Reverend C. W. Burkhart,
pastor of St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Martin County, Indiana, or to his
successor as such pastor the sum of eleven dollars for masses for the repose of
the souls of my parent, John Mills and Mary Mahala Mills and also the sum of
nine dollars for masses for the repose of the soul of my deceased husband John
Item 5. I give and bequeath unto my brother Barney A. Mills,
or to his sisters if he then be deceased, an unplatted tract of land in
Loogootee, Indiana, lying east of Kentucky Avenue and adjoining property
conveyed to me by his wife Anna Mills; I also bequeath unto him the sum of four
hundred dollars cash, on some condition that it goes to my sisters if he is
Item 6. I give and bequeath unto my sister Theresa Downey
the sum of four hundred dollars.
Item 7. I give and bequeath unto my sister Mahala Ann Mills,
now residing at the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Indianapolis Indiana the sum
of One hundred dollars.
Item 8. I give and bequeath unto my sister Isabelle Carrico
certain property located in the city of Loogootee, Indiana, described as a part
of the south-east quarter of section twenty-four (24) township three (3) north
range five (5) west more particularly described as follows; commencing on the
south-east corner of lot number one hundred seven (107), in Loogootee, Ind.
and, thence south-east along the south line of Court Street in said city ninety-one
feet, thence in a westerly direction to a point on the south line of said lot number
one hundred seven (107) forty-one feet west of the south-east corner thereof, a
distance of one hundred three feet, thence east forty-one feet to the place of
8. I give and bequeath the residue of my estate, if any, to
my brother Barney A. Mills and my sisters Theresa Downey and Isabelle Carrico,
share and share alike.
9. I constitute and appoint J. L. McGovren of Loogootee,
Indiana as the executor of this will.
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 9th day of August, 1927.
A. (her mark) Jones.
foregoing instrument signed, sealed and acknowledged by the said Serilla A.
Jones as and for her last will and testament in our presence, who at her
request, in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our
names as witnesses hereto this the 9th day of August, 1927.
J. L. McGovren,
PROOF OF PROBATE OF WILL.
State of Indiana, Martin County, ss;
Elmer Harding, Clerk of the Martin Circuit Court, personally came J. L.
McGovren, one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and
testament of Serilla A. Jones, 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 testatrix was of full age to devise her property, of sound mind
and memory and not under any coercion or restraint, that said testatrix requested
this affiant and A. F. Kennedy to sign said will as witness thereto, which they
accordingly did in the presence of said testatrix and in the presence of each
other as subscribing witnesses thereto.
and sworn to before me, this 30 day of August, 1927.