Will Book C, Pages 20-22
Last Will and Testament of William Wilds Sen.
In the name
of the Benevolent Father of All.
Wilds, of Shoals, County of Martin, State of Indiana, being of sound 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 One, I will and direct that all just and obligations
that may be outstanding against me at the time of my death be paid and
discharged out of such available means, as I may leave including expenses of
last sickness and funeral expenses.
Item Two, I give and devise unto my nephew, William Wilds
Jr. That certain Lot in the Town of Shoals,
Martin County, Indiana, situate and adjoining the Lot
upon which stands the Catholic Church in said Town.
Item Three, I will and devise unto my beloved niece Ellen
Kavanaugh, all Real Estate owned by me wheresoever situated, with the buildings
thereon and improvements except that disposed of in item two. And I do also
will give and bequeath unto the said Ellen Kavanaugh, all and irregular of every
species and kinds my personal Estate, including, monies in land accounts,
notes, chosen in action, securities, bonds, and other valuables, together with
my household furniture and effects after payment of debts as aforesaid.
Item Four, I do hereby appoint my said niece, the said Ellen
sole Executrix of this my said last Will, requesting that no bond be required
of here, she being fully empowered to carry out the provisions hereof.
hand and seal this 2nd day of May 1895.
Wilds Sen. (Seal)
In the presence of the Testator, and in the presence of each
other at Testator’s request we the undersigned subscribe ourselves as attesting
witnesses to the execution of the foregoing Will, this 2nd day of May 1895.
The State of Indiana, Martin County,
Be It Remembered, That on the 12th day of April 1897, I.
Nutt Plummer, one of the subscribing witnesses, to the within and foregoing
last Will and Testament of William Wilds Sen., late of said County, deceased,
personally appeared before Geo. W. Gates, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Martin
County in the State of Indiana, and being duly sworn by the Clerk of said
County, upon his oath, declared and testified as follows; that is to say: That
on the 2nd day of May 1895, he saw the said William Wilds Sen. sign his name to
said instrument in writing as and for his last Will and Testament; and that
this deponent, at the same time, heard the said William Wilds Sen. declare the
said instrument in writing to be his last Will and Testament, and that the said
instrument in writing was, at the same time at the request of the said William
Wilds Sen. and with his consent attested and subscribed by the said I. Nutt
Plummer, Jas. T. Rogers and Geo. W. Gates, in the presence of said Testator and
in the presence of each other, as subscribing witnesses thereto, and that the
said William Wilds Sen. was, at the time of the signing and subscribing of said
instrument in writing, as aforesaid of full age, (that is more than twenty-one
years of age) and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and not under any
coercion or restraint, as the said deponent verily believes, and further
deponent says not.
Sworn to and subscribed by the said I. Nutt Plummer before
me Geo. W. Gates, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Martin County, at West Shoals
the 12th day of April 1897.
W. Gates, Clerk
In attestation, whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name,
and affixed the seal of said Court.
W. Gates, Clerk
State of Indiana, Martin County,
I Geo. W. Gates, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Martin
County, Indiana, do hereby certify that the within annexed Will and Testament
of William Wilds Sen. has been duly admitted to probate, and duly proved by the
testimony of I. Nutt Plummer, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, that a
complete record of said Will, and of the testimony of the said I. Nutt Plummer
is proof thereof, has been by me duly made and recorded in book “C” at pages
20, 21 & 22 of the Record of Wills of said County.
attestation whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the seal
of said Court, at West Shoals, this 12th day of April 1897.
W. Gates Clerk