Will Book II, page 35
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
I, H. B. Cooper, possessing my usual mental faculties, do make this my last will & testament, as follows, viz: FIRST. I direct that such of my estate as may be necessary shall be appraised to the payment of any obligation of legal character existing at the time of my death. SECOND. I hereby will & bequeath all the residue of my estate both real & personal to Betty Cooper, my wife, for the term of her natural life, and at her death to be divided between my children, viz: Howard C. Cooper, Lizzie Cooper & Rosa Cooper, either or any of them dying without issue, then the surviving heir or heirs inherits the portion or portions of the estate which would have been asssigned to him or her had they survived the death of their mother, Betty Cooper. THIRD. I hereby make, constitute and appoint my wife, Betty Cooper, as my executrix, without bond being required of her. FORTH. I furthermore waive appraisement of my estate & direct that no appraisement be made. In witness hereof I have hereunto set my name this 23 day of October, 1909.
H. B. Cooper.
Harriet V. Stump
We, the above named witnesses, do hereby certify that H. B. cooper signed the foregoing paper in our presence & that subscribed to the same as witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other. Given under our hands this 23d day of October, 1909.
Harriet V. Stump
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 Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1909.
A paper writing, bearing date the 23rd day of October, 1909, purporting to be the last will and testament of H. B. Cooper, deceased, who had a known place of residence in said County, wherein he died, was this day presented for probate to the undersigned Clerk of said Court, in vacation of said Court, by Betty Cooper, whose custoday the said will was left by the said decedent, and thereupon came Howard Cooper and Harriet V. Stump, the subscribing witnesses to the said paper writing, and who after being duly sworn, proved at the time of the execution of said will, the said H. B. Cooper was of sound mind and disposing memory, and over the age of 21 years, that he signed the said will 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 his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, subscribed their names to the said will as witnesses, whereupon the said will is hereby duly admitted to probate, as the true last will and testament of said H. B. Cooper, deceased.
Teste: S. W. McClung, Clerk
A COPY Teste: S. W. McClung Clerk