In the name of the Benevolent
Father of all,
I Alvah Wilson of the Township of York
Medina County and the State of Ohio Being
of Sound Mind do Make and Publish this
My Last Will and Testament as follows towit
Item 1st It is my Will that all my just Debts and
Charges be Paid out of my Estate
Item 2ond I give and Devise to my Beloved Wife
Anise B. Wilson all my Property both Real
And Personal moneys and Credits to be at
Her Disposal by Will or to Sell and con-
vert to her own use or any other way she
may think Best.
Item 3ird I hereby nominate and appoint my said
Wife Anise B. Wilson Executrix
On this my last will and Testament; and
I hereby authorize her to sell all or any
To make for the same; and I also authorize
Her to adjust settle and compromise any
Debts that may be Due My Estate the same
I could was I living.
Item 4th I devise that my said Executrix be not
Required to give Bail; and that no inven-
tory of my Personal Property be made and that
the probate Court omit the same
according to law.
Item 5th I hereby revoke all Former wills by
In testimony hereof I have hereunto set
My Hand and Seal this 3ird day of November
Alvah Wilson as his last Will and
Testament in our presence and signed
By us in his presence and at his request
This 3ird day of November A.D. 1884
John (?) Pearson
The Will above is exactly as laid out on paper, including the use of “2ond” in place of 2nd and “3ird” in place of 3rd.
In the “Application to Admit Will to Probate,” (file #3757), Alvah’s children & grandchildren were listed, the females by their married surname, as well as their residence.
Name Degree of Kinship Post Office Address
Orange Wilson Son Mallet Creek, Ohio
Amy Swartz Daughter Mallet Creek, Ohio
Phineas Wilson Son Elk Point, Dak
Lewis Wilson Son Black Creek, Wis
Anise Stone Daughter Hudson, O.
Jane Sw??? Daughter Mallet Creek, O.
Alice Baker Granddaughter Mallet Creek, O.
John Lampson Grandson Litchfield, O.
Newton Lampson Grandson Mallet Creek, O.
Cora Miller Granddaughter Stanton, Mich.
Nora Fenn Granddaughter Stanton, Mich.
Amy Wilson Granddaughter Savannah, O.
Bella Colby Granddaughter Mallet Creek, O.
The application was written and signed by Annis B. Wilson on 10 March 1888, and signed by Probate Judge John J. or T. Evans. As I wrote in my Wilson page, Alvah’s wife’s name appears as Annis and Anise. Daughter Salina E., one of my great-great-grandmothers, died 10 March 1873 from a miscarriage.
Of the remaining probate papers, the big puzzle is the Probate Court paper (Docket F, No. 3614) alleging that Alvah had become an “imbecile.” The “affidavit alleging imbecility and necessity for a guardian” was filed 6 October 1886. “Notice to alleged imbecile issued October 6th 1886.” The next line is a “Subpena for Defense, issued Oct 19 1886.” The hearing was continued to October 20th, when it was “dismissed without prejudice and without record.” Maybe he had Alzheimer’s Disease?