Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

Calhoun County Will Book I, pages 27-28.

     Know all men by these presents that I Thomas J. Blackshire of Sheridan Township, County of Calhoun, and State of West Virginia, being weak in body but of sound and disposing memory, do make and publish this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

     And as to my worldly estate and all the property real and personal or mixed of which I shall die seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease I devise, bequeath and dispose of in the manner following to wit: first My will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall by my executor hereinafter named be paid out of my estate as soon after my decease as shall by him be found convenient.

     Item first - I bequeath unto my three daughters Alcinda Blackshire, Elisabeth Blackshire & Sarah Blackshire all my household & kitchen furniture to be equally divided between the said three girls except one bedstead and bedding reserved for Benjamin Franklin Blackshire.

     And I further bequeath to the above named daughters each one hundred and fifty dollars in money to be paid to them by my executor at and after they arrive at the age of eighteen or they shall marry sooner.

     2nd I give & bequeath to my four sons Benjamin Francis Blackshire, John Rainor(?) Blackshire, Charles J. Blackshire and Ebenezer Blackshire the residue of my estate both real and personal to be equally divided between the above named four sons to be paid to them when each arrives at the age of twenty one years, and I further order and direct my executor to sell all my lands after advertising the same as he may think best for one equal moisty(?) in hand and the residue on such time he may elect and the proceeds of said sales to my four sons heretofore named, that is all my estate to be divided equal amongst my four sons only that portion heretofore set aside and bequeathed to my three daughters before named.

     And lastly I do nominate and appoint Ebenezer B. Criss to be the Executor of this my last will and testament and Guardian also for Benjamin F. Blackshire, John R. Blackshire, Charles J. Blackshire, Ebenezer Blackshire, Alcinda Blackshire & Sarah Blackshire and Elizabeth Blackshire, with full power to control them in any county city or town in the State of West Virginia.

     In testimony where of I the said Thomas J. Blackshire have to this my last will & testament signed sealed published the foregoing to be my last will and testament in the presence who at the request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have suscribed our names as witnessed there this 4th day of June 1870.

Th. J. Blackshire (Seal)

H. R. Ferrel
Thornton F. Ferrel
G. W. Blackshire

Recorders Office Calhoun County West Va
On the snd Monday in September on the 12th day of the said month I John C. Campbell, Recorder of the said County of Calhoun in the State of West Virginia do certify that forgoing will of Thomas J. Blackshire was this day presented in said office by Ebenezer B. Criss, Executor and was proven by H. R. Ferrel, Thornton F. Ferrel and G. W. Blackshire and admitted to record in said office.

Teste - John C. Campbell


Recorder's Office, Calhoun County, West Virginia
On the 2nd Monday in September 1870-

     Ebenezer B. Criss of Calhoun County this day presented in this office a paper writing purporting to be the last will of Thomas J. Blackshire deceased which writing is purporting to be the last Will of said Thomas J. Blackshire was witnessed by H. R. Ferrel, Thornton F. Ferrel and G. W. Blackshire, and the said witnesses being now present were called and after being duly sworn according to law, upon their oaths say, that they signed their name to the writing here presented at the request of Thomas J. Blackshire, that they signed the same in his presence, and in the presence of each other. That the said Thomas J. Blackshire acknowledged the said writing dated the 4th day of June in the year 1870 to which his name is signed and now here presented, to be the last will and testament, and request them to witness the same as his will and they further say that they believe the said Thomas J. Blackshire was at the time of making and signing the said will, of sound and disposing mind - Whereupon J. John C. Campbell Recorder of the County of Calhoun, in the State of West do now order that the said Will of the said Thomas J. Blackshire, so proven as aforesaid be now admitted to Record in this office.

Teste: John C. Campbell Recorder.