(This will was transcribed and contributed by Valerie, [email protected])
Butler County, Ohio Record of Wills
NWB3
P. 578

Thomas Wall Deceased Will, Oct. 26 A.D. 1880

In the name of the benevolent Father of All.

I Thomas Wall farmer of Fairfield Township Butler County Ohio being in reasonably good health and of sound mind and memory and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs and directing how my estate be disposed of after my decease and after the decease of my wife Hannah Wall and while I have the capacity so to do, do make and publish this my last will and Testament.

Item 1st I desire that all my just debts be first paid.

Item 2nd I will and bequeath to my beloved Hannah Wall to have and to hold during her lifetime the farm we now reside on situate in Section 20 in Fairfield Township Butler County Ohio. And also the Lime(?) Stone frame house situate and being on Chestnut Street between fourth and fifth streets in the City of Hamilton Ohio. And all the rents and profits of the above described property during her life time.

Item 3rd And after the decease of my wife or myself it shall be the duty of my executor to sell all the above described property to the best and make disposition of the proceeds of the sale of the same as I shall further direct in this instrument of writing.

Item 4th I authorize my Executor first out of the proceeds of the property hereinbefore described to heave erected over my and my wife's graves a good and suitable monument. The cost of the same not to exceed Five hundred dollars.

Item 5th I will to my son William Wall in addition to what I have already given him One hundred dollars and no more.

Item 6th I will to my son Thomas Wall in addition to what I have already given Three hundred dollars.

Item 7th I will to my Son Edward Wall in addition to what I have already given him Three Hundred dollars.

Item 8th I will to my Son Salmon Wall in addition to what I have already given him the one equal fifth part of the remaining money referred to in Item 14.

Item 9th I will to my Son Perry Wall in addition to what I have already given him the one equal fifth part of the remaining money referred to in Item 14.

Item 10th I will to my Son Louis Wall in addition to what I have already given him the one equal fifth part of the remaining money referred to in Item14.

Item 11th I will to my two Grand children John and Kate Weidney each Two hundred dollars and no more.

Item 12th I will to Mrs. Minerva Wiles Fifty dollars.

Item 13th And I further direct that after the decease of myself and my wife that my Executor Proceed to sell all the property heretofore described in Item two and three and first apply the proceeds to the payment of all the Special bequests heretofore named in this instrument.

Item 14th And after the payment of the above items whatever money there may be and remaining in the hands of my Executor shall be equally divided between my sons Thomas, Edward, Perry, Salmon and Louis Wall.

I do hereby appoint and make John Nicholas my Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 20th day of September 1878.

(Signed) Thomas Wall
Signed and acknowledged by said Thomas Wall as his last will and Testament in our presence and signed by us.

(Signed) A. C. Stephenson
(Signed) Solomon Schertz
The State of Ohio Butler County ss
Probate Court within and for the County of Butler and State of Ohio.
Be it Remembered That at the Probate Court in the County of Butler aforesaid holden at Hamilton in the said County of Butler on the 26th day of October One thousand eight hundred and eighty before the Honorable B. F. Thomas Judge of said Court of Probate: the within or before written last Will and Testament of Thomas Wall who is now deceased being presented for Probate by John Nicholas the Executor therein named. And A. C. Stephenson and Solomon Schertz the subscribing witnesses to the said last Will and Testament appearing in their proper persons in said Court and being duly sworn ____erally depose and say and each of them for himself depose and saith that in his and their presence the said Thomas Wall the Testator subscribed acknowledged and declared the written or before writing as and for his last Will and Testament and that at the time of said signing and acknowledging the said Testator was of sound and disposing Mind, Memory and Judgment over twenty one years of age and under no restraint as they verily believe and that at the request and in the presence of the said Testator they the said A. C. Stephenson and Solomon Schertz subscribed their names as witnesses to the said last Will and Testament.
(Signed) A. C. Stephenson
(Signed) Solomon Schertz

Sworn to and Subscribed in said Court this 26th day of October A. D. 1880.

(Signed) B. F. Thomas
Probate Judge

Probate and Election
Probate Court October 26, 1880

Thomas Wall Deceased
Application having been heretofore to wit: On the 22nd day of October A. D. 1880 made to adusit(?) to probate the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Wall Late of Butler County Ohio deceased and notice of the time of hearing of said application having been given as ordered by the Court to the widow and next of kin of the testator, resided in the State of Ohio and said application now coming on to be heard thereupon said Will was duly proved by the oaths of A. C. Stephenson and Solomon Schertz subscribing witnesses thereto who were duly sworn and examined in open Court and the testimony reduced to writing and filed as above and it appearing to the Court from the testimony of all(?) witnesses that such Will was duly attested and executed "and that the testator at the time of executing the same was of full age and of sound mind and memory and not under any restraint." It is now here ordered that said Will be admitted to probate and filed, and ________ same, together with the testimony so taken and reduced to writing as aforesaid be __________. B. F. Thomas Probate Judge

This day came into Court in person Hannah Wall widow of Thomas Wall late of this County deceased and made application to elect under the Will of her deceased husband and thereupon the Court explained "to her the provisions of the Will: her rights under it, and by law, in the event of her refusal to take under the Will" and who then made her desire to take under the Will and her said election is now here entered of record.