Josephus Sanders
Courtesy of Cathy Clark Beard
Transcribed as written with no intentional corrections or changes.

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 thereof.

 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 wife.

 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.

             In witness 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.

                                                Josephus Sanders, (SEAL)

             The 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.                                             James L. McGovern.

                                                T. K. Shircliff.

State of Indiana, Martin County, SS.


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State of Indiana,
Martin county, ss:

             Before me 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.

                                                T. K. Shircliff,

 Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 5th day of March, 1929.

                                                Charles Sherfick, Clerk