Will Book C, Pages 540-541
Last Will and Testament of Clara L. McClellan
I, Clara L. McClellan, of Decatur, in the County of Macon and State of
Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of
this frail and transitory life, do therefore, make, ordain, publish and
declare, this to be my last Will and Testament;
is my Will and I hereby direct that my executrix hereinafter named, shall sell
and dispose of, a soon as may be within one year, all of my property both real,
personal and mixed, for good current money, and after the payment of all my
just debts and funeral expense, it is my Will and desire that the remainder of
my money from said sale be divided among my following named heirs;
my beloved daughter, Dessie M. Constant, one eighth share of the proceeds of
such sale or sales; to my beloved son, Charles C. McClellan, one-eights share
of said sale or sales; to my beloved daughter, Bertha B. Fry, one-eighth share
of said sale or sales; to my beloved son, Ernest F. McClellan, one-eighth share
of said sale or sales; to my beloved daughter, Ethel F. Meyer one-eighth share
of said sale or sales; to my beloved son, Wesly T. McClellan, one-eighth share
of said sale or sales; to my beloved grand-daughter, Clara A. McClellan,
one-eighth share of said sale or sales; and to my great grandchildren, Melba D.
Anderson, Leon Anderson, and William Anderson, children of my deceased
grand-daughter, Ester Anderson, each one-twenty-fourth share of said sale or
further my will and I hereby direct that in case of the death of either of the
above named great-grandchildren, that their share shall go to the surviving
great-grandchildren in equal shares.
nominate and appoint Bessie M. Constant to be the executrix of this my last
Will and Testament.
revoke all former wills and codicils by me made.
WHEREOF, I have hereto subscribe my name, this 14th day of December, in the
year of our Lord, One thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty-five (A.D. 1925).
F. McClellan (SEAL).
instrument, consisting of two pages, was on the day of the date thereof signed,
published and declared by the said testatrix Clara L. McClellan, to be her last
Will and Testament, in the presence of us who at her request and in her
presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribe our names hereto as
PROOF OF PROBATE OF WILL:
Indiana, Martin County, ss;
Clerk of the Martin Circuit Court, personally came Edgar T. Laughlin, and being
duly sworn on oath says that Annabelle Anderson, Martin E. Morthland, and James
E. Henson, were present at the execution of the last will of Clara L. McClellan;
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
Annabelle Anderson, Martin E. Morthland, and James E. Henson, to sign said will
as witnesses 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 16 day of August, 1927.
State of Indiana, Martin County, SS;
Harding, Clerk of the Martin Circuit Court, do hereby certify that the above
and foregoing last will and testament of Clara L. McClellan, late of Macon
County, State of Illinois, deceased, was this day duly admitted to probate and
record, and the proof thereof duly made by E. T. Laughlin, and James E. Henson,
one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, which said will, together with such
proof, have been duly recorded in Record of Wills, No. “C”, Page 540, in this
name and the seal of said court, this 16 day of August, 1927.