Will Book C, Page 557-558
Last Will and Testament of Josephus Sanders
In the name
of God, the Benevolent Father of All, I Josephus Sanders, at this time a
resident of the Township of Perry in the County of Martin in the State of
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 Number 1. It is my will that all my just debts be fully
and equitably paid.
Item Number 2. I give and bequeath and devise, after the
payment of my just debts as herein provided, all of my property both real and
personal and mixed, of any and all kinds and description whatsoever, to my beloved
wife Mary Ellen Sanders. The said Mary Ellen Sanders to have the said property
as her own with full power of selling, conveying or encumbering it or any part
of it as she may desire, at any time.
Item Number 3. It is my will that after my death and after
the death of my beloved wife Mary Ellen Sanders that all of our property then
remaining, including both real and personal and mixed, shall be divided
equally, except as noted in Item Number Four herein, between all our eleven
children; Effie, Ila, Edward, Ernest, Fred, Hester, Delpha, James, Ralph,
Florsen and Nellie, each of whom shall receive an equal one-eleventh in value
Item Number 4. It is my will and desire and I hereby devise
unto our beloved daughter, Effie, the sum of Two Hundred ($200.00) Dollars in
addition to her part as provided in Item Number Three (3) herein, this bequeath
being in recognition of her having been the eldest child and having been a
faithful daughter in having cared for our household.
Item Number 5. It is my desire that after my death, and
before our property is divided as above provided that a suitable and
respectable marking shall be placed over the grave of myself and my beloved
Item Number 6. I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved
wife, Mary Ellen Sanders as executrix of this will and I desire that she serve
without bond. However I desire that she advise with our beloved sons, Edward,
Ernest, and Fred, about any important matter concerning our property, and I do
designate them as her advisers.
whereof, I Josephus Sanders, have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed seal
and I do hereby declare the above and foregoing to be my last will and
testament in the presence of James L. McGovern and Thomas K. Shircliff this the
1st day of February 1915.
foregoing instrument, signed, sealed and acknowledged by Josephus Sanders 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 this the 1st day of February, 1915.
State of Indiana, Martin County, SS.
State of Indiana,
Martin county, ss:
Charles Sherfick Clerk of the Martin Circuit Court, personally came T. K.
Shircliff one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and
testament of Josephus Sanders 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 him, also James L. McGovern 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.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 5th day of March,