Will Book I, pages 58-59
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
I, Catharine Norman, the wife of Alphus Norman of Big Bend Calhoun County, West Virginia make this my last will. I give devise and bequeath my estate and property real and personal as follows to wit - I devise my farm at Big Bend Calhoun County West Virginia situate on the Bank of the Little Kanaw River, adjoing the farm of T. J. Blackshire - and Alexander Pettet farm being the same land conveyed to one by deed from Alexander Bennett & wife dated on the 25" day of April 1876 containg seventy eight acres: To my husband Alpheus Norman during his lifetime. And at his death the said farm to go to and to be the property of my gran-daughter Senetty Goldsmith - I bequeath all of my personal property to my husband Alpheus Norman during his lifetine, and at his death to be the property of my gran-daughter Senetty Goldsmith Except that U. M. Conley and E. Blackshire each are to have one bed and beding provided each or either of them shall remain with my husband until they become of age or shall marrie and need them. In witness whereof I have signed and sealed and declared This instrument as my last will this the 11" day of December 1884.
Catharine (her X mark) Norman
The said Catharine Norman the wife of Alpheus Norman of Big Bend Calhoun County WVa on the said 11" day of December 1884 signed and sealed this instrument and declared the same to be her last will and we at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto written our names as subscribing witnesses.
E. J. Jeffreys
In the clerks office of the County Court of Calhoun County in the vacation of the said court of Calhoun County on Friday the 15" day of July 1887. A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Catharine Norman deceased (late wife of Alpheus Norman) who had a known place of residence in this county wherein she died, was this day presented to me, the clerk of said court for probate in my said office in vacation of said court by Albert Gainer and Elizabeth Jane Jeffreys the subscribing witnesses to said will, who after being duly sworn by me proved that at the time of the execution of the said will, the said Catharine Norman the testator was of sound mind and disposing memory and over the age of twenty one years; that she signed the said will in their presence and declared the same as and for her last will and testament and that they at the same time and at her request and in her 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 last will and testament of the said Catharine Norman deceased.
Attest George W. Silcott Clerk
A copy teste GW Silcott