"In the name of God, Amen, I, Reuben George of Butler County and the State of Ohio, being weak in body but sound and perfect in mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Esther George, one third of my land with my dwelling house and buildings attached thereto during her lifetime. I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife all my live-stock with my household and kitchen furniture during her lifetime. But at her death, should any be left, it is to go to my two youngest children Isaac and Mary.
I also give and bequeath the two hundred dollars due me from Ismominger and Shields, one hundred dollars due from my son Enoch George, and sixty dollars due me from Harmon Fruite towards finishing my house, but if any of these sums should be lifted during my lifetime, then the residue to go as above stated and for to assist in raising my two youngest children.
I do give and bequeath to my youngest son Isaac, one-third of my land and my youngest daughter, one-third of my land, to go share and share equal during their mother's lifetime, but at her death to be divided equal between the two, Isaac and Mary to share and share equal in all my estate.
I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife my waggon and one hundred and fifty dollars out of the thousand dollars due from Ismominger next March and after paying all my debts out fo the thousand before mentioned, my wife one hundred and fifty dollars as above stated, the ballance I give and bequeath all my heirs that is. I give and bequeath to my son Joshua's heirs his share, my son[s] Reuben and Enoch, my daughter[s] Fanny Johnson and Jane Skyles, and my son Isaac and daughter Mary to all share and share equal in the balance left of the one thousand dollars as above mentioned. And lastly as to the rest of my personal estate, good and chattel of whatever kind and nature soever -- my beloved wife Esther George. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this tenth day of June A. D. one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven.
Signed, sealed, and published. X his mark
Reuben "X" George
Declared by the above named Reuben George to be his last will and testament in the presence of who have here into subscribed their names as witnesses in the presence of the testator.
[source: unpublished family history "The George Family 1775 -- 1942", pages 4-5, by family members who formed a family history committee.]
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