Submitted by Barbara Blake Goddard.
Will Book 2, Page 358. I, Abner Black of Union District - Marshall County, West Virginia, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills at any time made. 1st It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid. 2nd I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, Rosana Elizabeth Grandstaff and her heirs the sum of Five Hundred and Sixty Four dollars, she having received already the sum of Four Hundred and Thirty Six dollars out of my estate. 3rd I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, Margaret Ann Pierce and her heirs, the sum of One Thousand dollars, and it my will that the above sum shall be expended by my Administrators in purchasing a piece of ground and house and have the same deeded to her and her children for a Home of theirs. 4th I give, devise and bequeath to my son, George W. Black, the sum of Seven Hundred and Ninety Two dollars and 50 cents, he having already received Two Hundred and Seven Dollars and 50 cents out of my estate. 5th I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, Amanda Wolf, the sum of One Thousand Dollars. 6th I give, devise and bequeath to my son, John H. Black, the sum of Seven Hundred and Ninety Eight dollars, he having received Two Hundred and Two dollars out of my estate. 7th I give, devise and bequeath to my son, Hugh N. Black, the sum of One Thousand dollars. 8th I give, devise and bequeath to the children of my daughter, Sarah Downing, now dead, the sum of One Hundred dollars each. Their names: James, John, Albert, Rosa and Mary Downing. 9th I have given my son, Isaac D. Black, the sum of One Thousand dollars and this amount is deducted out of the price of a piece of land I have this day sold to him as is witnessed by an article of this date, leaving a balance of Two Thousand dollars to be paid by him to my administrators or executors and to be paid by them to my legal heirs as is directed in this my will, the same to be paid within two (or ten?) years by Isaac D. Black without interest. 10th I have given my son, James D. Black, the sum of One Thousand dollars, and this amount is deducted out of the price of a piece of land I have this day sold to James D. Black, as is witnessed by an article of agreement of this date, leaving a balance of Four Thousand dollars to be paid by him to my administrators or executors and to be paid by them to my legal heirs, as is directed in this my will, the same to be paid within ten years from this date, without interest. 11th It is my will and desire that if there is any money left after paying the aforesaid heirs as directed in the above will and , settling all expenses, that my administrators shall pay whatever is left to my Grand Child, Charlie Black. I nominate and appoint my three sons Hugh Black, John Black and James D. Black to be the Executors of this my last will, no bond or security required of them. In Witness thereof, I the said Abner Black do subscribe my name this 20th day of July 1887. His Mark Signed sealed published and declared by the said Abner Black as and for his last will in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witness (?) W. H. Bumgardner Henry Behemes (?) West Virginia Clerks Office, Marshall County Court, Aug 5th 1889 A paper writing bearing date on the 20th day of July 1887 purporting to be the last will and testament of Abner Black late of this County, deceased, was this day fully proved before me in my office by the oaths of W.H. Bumgardner and Henry Behemes (?) the subscribing witnesses thereto, and is ordered to be recorded. Hugh Black, John Black and James D. Black, the executors in said will named, qualified as such by taking the oath as required by law, no bond or security being required by the terms of said will. Thos. Finn (?) Clerk County Court Marhsall Co WVa Note: From Marshall County Cemetery Page, I got the following information: Abner Black -- Dec 23, 1811-May 18, 1880 (Which canít be correct, since he signed his will in 1887.) Mary Black - Dec 29, 1818-Mar 12, 1898 wife of Abner Black I havenít personally seen the tombstones, so I wonder if the death years are reversed for them, since his wife isnít mentioned in his will either.