Will Book I, page 6
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
In the name of God Amen. I, Peter Coutz of Calhoun county and State of West Virginia being of sound and desposing mind and body do make this to be my last will and testament as follows: that is to say I desire that my body may be berried at the direction of my executor hereafter named and I direct that all my just debts be paid out of my estate as soon after my decease as may be convenient. first I give and bequeath to my dear wife Martha Ann Coutz in testimony of my sincere regard and affection for all of my persoal property that I may own at the time of my decease, also the farm on which I now reside being in said county and state and containing about Ninety acres to have and to hold as long as she lives and to dispose of the same as she sees propper after my decease for her own use and benefit. And I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife Martha Ann Couts to be my executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said Testator Peter Couts hereto this my last said will set my hand and affix my seal this 19 day of August 1886.
Peter (his X mark) Couts (Seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the testator Peter Couts as for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have hereinto subscribed our names as witnesses.
Isaac B. Easely
Isaac L. Simers
In the Clerks office of the County Court of Calhoun County in the vacation of said court on Tuesday the 18 day of October 1887 came Martha Ann Coutz widow of Peter Coutz deceased and presented to me the undersigned clerk of the said court a paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Peter Coutz deceased for probate in the said office as required by law and thereupon came Isaac B. Early and Isaac L. Simers the subscribing witnesses thereto who after being duly sworn by me proved that the said Peter Coutz deceased had a known place of residence in this County wherein he died that at the time of the execution of said will and testament said decedent was of sound mind and disposing memory and over the age of twenty one years that the said decedent signed the said will in their (said witnesses) presence and declared the same as and for his last will and testament, and that they at the same time and at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed the said will as witnesses whereupon the said Will is hereby duly admitted to probate as the true and last will and testament of the said Peter Coutz deceased.
Attest: George W. Silcott Clerk