Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
In the Name of God, Amen.
I, Wesley Starcher, of the County of Calhoun and State of West Virginia, a farmer, being weak in body but of sound mind, memory and understanding, but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner and form following:
That is to say, it is my will that my funeral shall be conducted without pomp and unnecessary parade or ostentation and that the expenses thereof, together with all my debts fully paid.
I give and bequeath one dollar to be paid to the estate of my son George L. Starcher, deceased, in good and lawful money, and likewise one dollar to each one of my sons and daughter, namely, William R. Starcher, Edwin Starcher, Charley Starcher, Clay Starcher, Evert Starcher, Guy Starcher and Florence Starcher. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Julia Starcher, all of my property, including live stock, moneys, accounts, notes, together farming utensels, house hold goods and kitchen furniture and other items not particularly named, otherwise not disposed of in this my last will, during her natural life. She disposing first, however, of a sufficiency thereof to pay my just debts as aforesaid, and last, I hereby appoint my said wife, Julia Starcher to be the executrix of this my last will and testament, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seals this 13" day of August, 1905.
Wesly Starcher (Seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Wesley Starcher as his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence and at his request have hereunto set our names as witnesses, Aug. 13, 1905.
C. Connolly, M.D.
G. G. Stump.
WEST VIRGINIA, TO WIT: At a county court held for the county of Calhoun at the Court house thereof of Tuesday, July 3, 1906. Present: Wm. Knotts, President, M. W. Hoskins and G. W. Maze, Commissioners of said court.
It appearing to the court that C. C. Starcher, one of the children and heirs at law of Wesley Starcher, deceased, filed his petition among other things praying that process may be awarded against the parties interested to appear before this court, or the clerk thereof in vacation, to show cause if any they can, why the last will and testament of the said decedent shall not be probated and recorded, that a suitable person may be assigned to act as guardian ad litem for the infants interested to protect their interests herein; that said decedent had a known place of residence in Calhoun county and died therein on the 16th day of August, 1905, that allthe adults interested herein had notice of the filing of said petition, and the court appointed S. W. McClung guaridan ad litem for the infants, Samilda Starcher and Georgia Starcher, and the court certifies that the said S. W. McClung produced in court a paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of the said Wesley Starcher, deceased, bearing date on the 13 day of August, 1905, and the same was proved by the oaths of C. Connolly, M. D., and Arthur Hickman, witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of Julia Starcher, the executrix therein named, who made oath thereto, and together with C. C. Starcher, her surity, entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $500.00, conditioned according to law, which bond is approved, whereupon the said Julia Starcher took the oath required by law as such executrix.
It is therefore ordered that said paper writing proven as aforesaid be and the same is hereby probated as and for the last will and testament of the said Wesley Starcher, deceased.
A copy from the record. Teste: S. W. McClung, Clerk.