THE WILL OF DRUZILLA STUMP

Will Book II, pages 33-34

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN.

     I, Druzilla Stump, of the town of Grantsville, County of Calhoun, State of West Virginia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do hereby make publish an declare the following as my true last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling any and all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. FIRST. I direct that all my just debts if any and all my funeral expenses, shall be paid by my executor hereinafter named out of the fund hereinafter provided for that purpose. SECOND. I bequeath unto my grand children, Reese Blizzard, Jr., Roy Blizzard, Pearl Blizzard and Ethel Blizzard, the children of my deceased daughter, Lillie Blizzard, the sum of ten dollars, each payable in cash out of the fund hereinafter provided for, for the payment of debts and funeral expenses, such sum so bequeathed to each of them to be in full of all their shares or interest in my estate. THIRD. To my son, Charles Stump, I give devise and bequeath the parcel of about 30 acres of land on the hill, across the road from the property of J. M. Hamilton, which was purchased by me from McConaughey and Company. FOURTH. To my daughter, Esther Austin, I give devise and bequeath, the house and lot on Main Street known as the Stevenson property, at the corner of said Main Street and Florence Alley, which was conveyed to me by E. L. Austin, and which is now occupied by A. J. Huffman. Also the lot on Main Street at the corner of said street and Duck Alley, opposite my hotel property and known as lot No. 14 and being the front half of the large lot now enclosed by me as a whole, the rear one-half of said large lot which rear lot is known as lot No 15, not included in this devise. FIFTH. To my daughter Nettie Stump, I give, devise and bequeath the hotel property including building and lot now owned and

Druzilla (her X mark) Stump.

occupied by me, on the West side of Main Street, in the town of Grantsville, and which lot is known as lot No. 37. Also the lot on Main Alley in the rear of, and opposite the hotel property. I also bequeath to my daughter, Nettie the piano and all the household and kitchen furniture and other personal property used in and about the said hotel property. SIXTH. I have so far made no disposition hereby of lot No. 15 in town of Grantsville, which lies in the rear of one of the parcels devised to my daughter, Esther Austin, which said lot No. 15 is at the corner Duck Alley and High Street and contains one-fourth of an acre. If I shall die without having previously disposed of the said lot No. 15 it shall be the duty of my executor, hereinafter named, and who is hereby duly authorized for that purpose, to make sale of each of the same upon such terms as shall seem to him reasonable and beneficial to my estate, and out of the proceeds of such sale to discharge my funeral expenses and and my just debts which I may owe and the several amounts hereinafter given and bequeathed to the children of my deceased daughter, Lillie, and if any thing shall remain from the proceeds of such sale, such surplus shall be payable in equal shares, to my three surviving children, Charles Stump, Nettie Stump and Esther Austin. Should I make disposition of the said Lot No. 15 in my lifetime then I direct that the funeral expenses and debts aforesaid and the legacies in favor of the said children of my daughter, Lillie, shall be payable out of my personal estate generally, first charging the same however against that part of the said personal estate as shall not have been devised herein to my daughter, Nettie. SEVENTH. if any part of my estate real or personal, shall not have been disposed of by former provisions herein I will devise and bequeath the same to my three surviving children, hereinbefore mentioned, that is, Charles Stump, Nettie Stump and Esther Austin.

Druzilla (her X mark) Stump.

Witnesses: J. M. Hamilton

I hereby nominate and appoint T. R. Stump as the executor of this will and direct that no security be required of him. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my hand and affixed my seal, at my residence in the town of Grantsville, Calhoun County, West Virginia, in the presence of the witnesses whose names are subscribed hereto, and do hereby publish and declare the foregoing writing consisting of three typewritten pages on each of which my signature appears for identification, as and for my true will and testament on this 9th day of June, 1909.

Druzilla (her X mark) Stump.

Witnesses: J. M. Hamilton

The Testatrix, Druzilla Stump, on this day in our presence at her residence in Grantsville, West Virginia, signed, sealed, published and declared the foregoing writing as and for her last will and testament, and we at her request, in her presence, and in the presence of each other do hereby subscribe the same as attesting witnesses. Given under hands on this 9th day of June, 1909.

G. S. Smith
T. S. Stump
J. M. Hamilton

WEST VIRGINIA, TO-WIT:

     In vacation of the County Court of Calhoun County, in the Clerk's Office of said Court at the Court House thereof on Monday, September 20th, 1909.

     A paper writing bearing date the 9th day of June, 1909, purporting to be the last will and testament of Druzilla Stump, deceased, who had a known place of residence in said County, wehrein she died, was this day presented for probate to the undersigned Clerk of said Court, in vacation of said Court by Nettie Stump, in whose custody the said will was left by the said descedent, and thereupon came G. S. Smith, T. R. Stump,and J. M. Hamilton, the subscribing witnesses to the said will, who being duly sworn, deposed that on the 9th day of June, 1909, that being the date of said will and certificate thereto, the said testatrix, Druzilla Stump, signed, sealed, published and declared the said paper writing as and for her last will and testament, and that they then and there at the request of said Druzilla Stump, and in her presence and in the presence of each other, signed the said writing and certificate thereto as subscribing witnesses, and that at the time aforesaid the said testatrix was of sound mind and above the age of 21 years, whereupon the said writing is admitted to probate as the last will and testament of said Drusilla Stump, and it appearing by said will, that the said T. R. Stump, is nominated as the executor thereof, whereupon the said T. R. Stump appeared together with Nettie Stump, Charley Stump and Esther Stump Austin, as his sureties, executed a bond in the penalty of $1500 conditioned according to law, as the executor of said will, which is approved and ordered to be confirmed by the court, and on motion of said will, which is approved and ordered to be confined by the court, and on motion of said executor it is further ordered that James Huffman, Harry Smith and Charles Starcher, be and they are hereby appointed appraisers of the said estate, who shall after being duly sworn appraise the same according to law.

Teste: S. W. McClung, Clerk

A copy teste: S. W. McClung, Clerk.


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