This will was transcribed and contributed by
Barbara Byram Milman, [email protected], and Virginia Turley Willis, [email protected]


In the name of God, Amen, I Stewart Willis of Hanover township Butler County and State of Ohio being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory. Thanks be to God for this blessing but calling to mind the certainty of death but the uncertainty of the time. thereof do think it proper to make this my last will and testament in manner and form following first I recommence my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be decently burried at the direction of my Executors and of touching such real and moveable property wherewith it has pleased God to Bless me with in this life. I gave will and bequeath in the manner following. First after my funeral expenses and all Legal debts are discharged, I do will and bequeath fifteen dollars unto each of my three daughters Mary Shellhouse late Mary Willis Rachel Willis and Catharine Willis to be paid to each of them of my Executors in twelve months after my decease, and the residue of my real and personal property I do will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Willis for her support during her natural life and at her decease to be divided share and share alike between my five sons James Willis, Amasa Willis Robert Willis John Willis and Samuel Willis. Also I make constitute and ordain my two sons James Willis and Amasa Willis Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eleventh day of October in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirtysix.

Signed in presence of
Samuel Gray (Signature)
John McDanel (Signature)
The State of Ohio Butler County
Stewart Willis (Signature) Seal

Be it known that a special County Common Pleas of the County of Butler aforesaid holders Hamilton in the said county of Butler on the fourth day of November one thousand eight hundred and thirtyseven. Before the Honorable Daniel Millikin, Squire Lettele (?) and Fergus Anderson Esquire associates judges of the said county of Common Pleas the within written last will and testament of the within named Stewart Willis now deceased being presented for probate by James Willis and Amasa Willis the Executors therein named and Samuel Gray and John McDanel the subscribing witnesses thereto. Appearing in their proper persons and being duly sworn depose and say and each of them for himself deposeth and saith that in his and their presence the said Stewart Willis the testator signed and acknowledged the within writing as and for his last will and testament and that at this request and in his presence they the said Samuel Gray and John McDanel subscribed their names as witnesses thereto and that at the time of signing and acknowledging the said Stewart Willis was of sound mind memory and judgment under no restraint and full age.

Sworn & subscribed
in open court
John Reily clerk (Signature)Samuel Gray
John McDanel (Signature)