George H. Sterling
Courtesy of Cathy Clark Beard
Transcribed as written with no intentional corrections or changes.

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.

             Item First; 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.

             Item 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.

             Item Third; 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.

             Item Fourth; I hereby nominate my wife Maggie J. Sterling as executrix of this will and testament.

             In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty second day of November, One thousand Nine Hundred and twenty three.

                                                                                    George H. Sterling.

            Signed by 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.

                                                                                    Eunice Jackman,
                                                                                    Carlos T. McCarty.


             I, George 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 thereto;

             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 sons.

             In all other respects I reaffirm the provisions contained in said last will and testament.

                                    Witness, my hand and seal this 21st day of April, 1924.

                                                                        George H. Sterling.

             Signed, 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.


                                                                                    Eunice Jackman,
                                                                                    Carlos T. McCarty.


State of Indiana, Martin County, ss;

             Before me, 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.

                                                                                    Carlos T. McCarty,

                                                Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 23 day of March, 1927.

                                                                                    Elmer Harding, Clerk