Last Will And Testament Of



Jonathan Woods


Know all men I, Jonathan Woods, knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and being of feeble and failing health, but of sound and disposing mind and memory do hereby make and publish and declare this my last Will and Testament.


Item First - It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be first paid out of my estate.


Item Second After the payment of said debts and funeral expenses, it is my will that my wife, Mary Elizabeth Woods shall have the use and enjoyment of all the property both real and personal of which I may die seized aforesaid, so long as she shall remain my widow.


Item Third Upon termination of widowhood of said wife Mary Elizabeth Woods I give and bequeath all of my said property and estate of whatever kind and description to my son Joseph N. Woods to be his own absolute property forever, in addition to the natural love and affection which I bear my said son Joseph N. Woods. I desire to state here that a further consideration for the bequest I herein make to him is that my said son has been of great assistance to me in my old age in furnishing me means for living, and as I can never repay him for all that he has done for me I desire to do all that I can for him by giving him all my earthly possessions after making the provisions set forth in items one and two above.


In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of May, 1886.


Jonathan (X) Woods


The above instrument of writing was signed by Jonathan Woods and acknowledged by him in our presence and in the presence of each other to be his last will and testament this 19th day of May, 1886.


Hiram E. Hadley

Louis Pruett






Proof of Will

State of Indiana, County of Parke:

Hiram E. Hadley personally appeared before the clerk of Parke Circuit Court and being duly sworn says that Jonathan Woods signed his name by mark to the above writing of date of 19th day of May, 1886, as and for his last Will, and that the same was attested and subscribed by said official and Louis Pruett and witnesses thereto in the presence of the testator and by his request, and that said testator declared the same to be his last will and that said testator was not at the time of execution of said will, an infant or of unsound mind or under coercion.


Hiram E. Hadley


Subscribed and sworn to before me this 1st day of June 1889. Attested the hand and seal of t he office of said Clerk the date last aforesaid.


J. H. McCoy, Clerk


State of Indiana, County of Parke:

I, J.H. McCoy, Clerk of the Parke Circuit Court certify that the within last will of Jonathan Woods, late of said County, deceased has been duly admitted to probate; that its due execution was this day proved by Hiram E. Hadley whose proof, together with such will have been duly recorded on page 444 of record No. 3 of wills in our office.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed seal of said court this 1st day of June, 1889.


J.H. McCoy







From a Xerox copy of page 444 book 3 Parke County Clerks Office made May 2008.

Transcribed by Mike Woods 9-10-2008