Will Book C, pages 535-536
Last Will and Testament of George H. Sterling
In the name
of the Benevolent Father, I, George H. Sterling, being of sound and disposing
mind and memory, and being aware of the uncertainty of life and the certainty
of death do make and publish this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking
all wills by me heretofore made.
It is my will that after my decease my remains shall receive interment in a
manner suitable to one of my station in life and that as soon thereafter as is
convenient all the expenses of my last illness and my interment, together with
my just debts, be paid.
Second; I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Maggie J. Sterling all the
property of which I may die seized, real, personal or mixed she to make such
disposal thereof at her death as may seem suitable and meet, reposing full
confidence in her ability and fairness.
I make no bequests to my children as they are all in comfortable circumstances
and are so situated in life and so provide with this world’s goods that no
provision is necessary to be made by me, farther than that I have already made
for them by help and assistance I have heretofore given them, and such help and
assistance as I may give them during the remainder of my allotted time.
Fourth; I hereby nominate my wife Maggie J. Sterling as executrix of this will
Whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty second day of November, One
thousand Nine Hundred and twenty three.
George H. Sterling.
the above testator George H. Sterling in our presence and acknowledged as his
last will and testament and signed by us in his presence and in the presence of
each other, to witness, at the special instance and request of said testator,
this November 22, 1923.
H. Sterling, of Martin County, Indiana, being of sound and disposing mind and
memory, and having heretofore executed my last will and testament, bearing date
November 22, 1923, do now make, publish and declare this to be a codicil
Item 1. I
will and bequeath to my sons Fielding H. Sterling and John Benjamin Sterling,
at the death of my said wife Maggie J. Sterling, the fee simple title to all
real estate which may by this will descend to her from me, it being the
intention of Item Second in said will to vest in my said wife Maggie J. Sterling
only a life estate in said real estate, and by this codicil to vest the remainder
interest thereof in said Fielding H. Sterling and John Benjamin Sterling, my
other respects I reaffirm the provisions contained in said last will and
my hand and seal this 21st day of April, 1924.
sealed and acknowledged by said George H. Sterling, as a codicil to his last
will and testament, who, at his request, in his presence and in the presence of
each other have subscribed our names as witnesses this 21st day of April, 1924.
PROBATE OF WILL.
State of Indiana, Martin County, ss;
Elmer Harding, Clerk of the Martin Circuit Court, personally came Carlos T.
McCarty, one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and
testament of George W. [H]. Sterling, 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 this
affiant and Eunice Jackman, 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.
and sworn to before me, this 23 day of March, 1927.