Will Book I, pages 71-72
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
I, Catharine Divers of the County of Calhoun, State of West Virginia Being of sound mind and memory do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament To wit:
First I bequeath to my children as follows:
I Want personal property enough sold to pay my funeral expenses and Doctor Bills.
Sect., I want the land equally divided between the two boys William D. Divers and Kester Divers, but I am to hold full possession of land as long as I live.
3d , I want W. D. Divers & Kester Divers to pay Maggie Divers Twenty five dollars one year after my death, also Emma McCartney my Daughter to be paid Twenty five Dollars in two years after my death and pay for Icy M. Divers the same when she becomes of age, I want the boys to clothe board and keep Viola my infant daughter until she is 16 years of age and when she is 21 years of age pay her Twenty five Dollars.
4th, I want the Mare to be kept on the place until she raises another Colt, and then for Willie to take one and Kester the other then I want the Mare sold and enough money taken from said sale to fix mine and my Husbands Grave decently, then if there should be any debts remaining unpaid to settle them off with the remainder of said mare
5d I want the double coverlet to be Kesters and one bed to be kept on the place as long as the boys remain here and then when they leave for said bed to become Violies and the cooking utensils to be kept on place and the boys to have 5 knives & forks, 6 plates, 3 Tea cups and saucers, 2 vegetable dishes & 2 glass tumblers.
6d I want Ferman Fur (Fier?) to have two dollars worth of property,
7d I want the boys to keep five covers as long as they keep house and then to go to Violie,
8d I want the remainder of my bedding to be equally divided among the other three Girles Magie, Emma and Icy M. Divers
9d I want after the boys get their dishes the remainder to be equally divided among the 3 Girles, and the clock to be kept on the place as long as the boys keep house - then sell it, the remainder of my household goods to be divided equally among the 3 Girles.
10d I want the children to remain on the place this winter and use the corn and meat and the other things for their maintenance and if there should be anything left for it to be sold and apply on my debts.
11d I nominate and appoint W. T. Keener as my executor of this my last Will and testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 3 day of November 1892.
Catherine (her X mark) Divers (Seal)
In the presence of each other and in her presence the testator, We have at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other signed our names as witness hereto.
E. B. Wright
H. D. Riddle
In vacation of the County Court of Calhoun County, in the Clerk's Office of said court on this 27th day of January 1893.
A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Catharine Divers deceased, who had a known place of residence in the County of Calhoun wherein she died, was this day presented to the undersigned Clerk of the County Court at the Clerk's Office of the said Court by E. B. Wright (illegible) and H. L. Riddle the subscribing witnesses thereto with whom the same was left by the Testatrix for safe keeping and thereupon came E. B. Wright & H. L. Riddle the subscribing witnesses to said writing and after being duly sworn say that at the time of the execution of said writing, the said Catharine Divers was of sound and disposing memory and over the age of 21 years. That she signed the writing in their presence and published and declared the same as and for her last will and testament and that they at the same time at the request of the Testatrix and in her presence and in the presence of each other subscribed the said writing as witnesses, whereupon the said last will and Testament of the said Catharine Divers, is admitted to record.
Teste: L. H. Trippett, Clerk
A copy teste:
L. H. Trippett
Clerk Calhoun Co Ct.