THE WILL OF JOHN P. BELL

Will Book I, pages 65-67

Typed by Larry Heffner.
(Hard copy provided by Linda Fluharty.)

In the name of God Amen
I John P. Bell of the County of Calhoun and State of West Virginia being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declair this to be my last will and Testament hereby revokeing all former wills by me at any time heretofore made, and as to my worldly estate and all the property both Real and Personal or mixed of which I shall die siezed and posessed as to which I shall be entitled at the time of my Death or Decease I devise and bequeath and dispose of in the following manner to wit:

I give and devise and bequeath to my beloved son Johnson L. Bell my mansion house and a lot bounded as follows. Beginning at the River at the mouth of Old house Run comes on a small sycamore, thence with said Old house Run to mouth of Stable Run and with said Run to an ash, thence a Straight line a cross the point or ridge to a sycamore in Old house Run. Thence with said Runs meanderings, to corner in said Run in John Rafferty line. Thence with said John Rafferty line to the end of the fence that is running up the Ridge above the house and where the said fence comes to the aforesaid J.H. Raffertys lines. Thence with the aforesaid fence running toward the house to a poplar corner in said fence. Thence a Strait line to a Beech in the Run back of Garden near maison house Thence with said Run drean to an Elm corner at mouth of Run at the upper corner of Orchard near end of hedge fence at the river thence the river and its meanderings to the Beginning at mouth of Old house Run including mansion hous and being lot No. 1.

I also give and devise and bequeath unto my beloved son Hiram C. Bell the Remainder of my home farm and bounded as follows to wit: Beginning at the mouth of the river or drean Johnson L. Bells corner at upper corner of orchard and with said run to Beech back of the garden, and thence a strait line to poplar in fence running up the ridge from the house Thence with said fence to line between the lands of John H. Rafferty and the lands of John P. Bell, thence with said line to the were oposit the mouth of Lorel Creek, and thence with the meanderings of the River down to the Biginning at mouth of aforesaid Run, Corner to Johnson Bell at upper corner of orchard. Also a piece or parcel of land on the lower end of plaice Bounded as follows, Beginning at the mouth of Old house Run, sycamore corner to Johnson L. Bell and running with meanderings of the river to line of John P. Bell corner, Standing on the bank near the corner of G. Rice land. Thence with the lower line of John P. Bell to the line of John H. Rafferty land, thence with said John H. Rafferty Line to the Beach standing on the bank of Old house Run, thence Run and its meanders to sycamore corner thence a cross Ridge to ash corner on the Bank of Stable Run. Thence with said Run to mouth of Old house Run to sycamore corner at the Beginning Also a lot of Thirty eight acres more or less known as the Jane Rice Lot. I also give and bequeath and devise to my son Hiram C. Bell with its appertinances to have and enjoy for ever, it being situated also near the mouth of Island Run in the aforesaid County and State. And to my son Henry E. Bell, I give and bequeath two one hundred dollar notes endorsed by John W. Kelley and two hundred dollars in money to be paid him by my sons Hiram C. Bell and Johnson L. Bell to be paid equally by them. And to my grandson A.G. Bell I bequeath and give two notes one calling for one hundred dollars and one for one hundred and forty five dollars endorsed by John H. Kelley. And to my son Grandville Bell, I give and bequeath two hundred and fifty dollars to be paid to him by my two sons Hiram C. Bell and Johnson L. Bell, to have and enjoy for life and to my Daighter Matilda C. Rafferty I give and bequeath Five Dollars to be paid by my sons Hiram C. Bell and Johnson L. Bell and to my Daighter Susan Mcartney I give and bequeath Five Dollars to be paid by my sons Hiram C. Bell and Johnson L. Bell.

And to my Daughter Ella F. Bell, I give and bequeath Five Dollars to be paid by my two sons Hiram C. Bell and Johnson L. Bell And to my Daighter Arzana Bell Five Dollars and one good bed and sowing machine the one that is now in the house to have and controle and enjoy for ever.

And to my Daughter Cela Walker heirs, I give and bequeath One Dollar to be paid by my two sons Hiram C. Bell and Johnson L. Bell and lastly I do nominate and appoint my two said two sons Hiram C. Bell and Johnson L. Bell to be the executors of this my last will and Testament. In Witness whereof, I the said John P. Bell have to this my last will and Testament consisting of three sheets of paper, subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 20th day of March in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety one.

Signed, sealed and published and declared by the said John P. Bell as his last will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto.

John P. Bell (Seal)

William S. Holland Witness
W. F. Plank

In vacation of the County Clerk of Calhoun County on the 7th day of May1891.
A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of John P. Bell deceased who had a known place of residence in the County of Calhoun wherein he died, was this day presented to the undersigned Clerk of the County Court of Calhoun County at the Clerks Office of the said Court, in the vacation thereof by William S. Holland one of the subscribing witnesses thereto with whom the same was left by the testator for safe keeping and thereupon came William S. Holland and W. F. Plank, the subscribing witnesses to said writing and after being duly sworn, that at the time of the execution of said writing, the said John P. Bell { } of sound mind and disposing memory and over the age of twenty one years. That he signed the said writing in their presence and published and declared the same as and for his last will and testament And that they at the same time at the request of the testator And in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed the said Will as Witnesses. Whereupon the said last will and testament of the said John P. Bell deceased, is admitted to probate.

Teste: L. H. Triplett Clerk


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