Submitted by B. Carlisle Bowling.
Marshall County, West Virginia, Will Book 3, Pages 137 and 138.
I, Ann Evans of Benwood Marshall County West Virginia, Being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, do therefor publish and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following towit:
First, I direct that all my just debts and the expense of my last sickness and funeral expences be paid.
Second: To my daughter Margaret Kennady I give Five hundred dollars; to my son David O. Evans I give five hundred dollars, one feather Pillow, my best bedstead and mattress, one dressing case, and one large box in which I kept my bed clothes.
To my grand daughter le(??)a Taylor I give fifty dollars and my best feather bed.
To my grand daughter Ella Watt I give one feather bolster and one feather Pillow.
To my grand daughter Annie Raks I give one feather bed.
To my daughter Ellen Taylor I give my front room carpet and my best wash stand.
To my daughter Margaret Kennady I give one feather Pillow.
Third I direct that the remainder of my household goods and effects be divided equal among my children David O. Evans, Margaret Kennady, and Ellen Taylor and should there be any money of my estate left after paying the bequests hereinbefore named, I direct that the same be divided equal between my children David O. Evans, margaret Kennady, and Ellen Taylor.
In the year of 1894, I give my daughter Ellen Taylor five hundred dollars cash in money which will account for my not giving her a like sum in this my last will.
I do hereby constitute and appoint Josiah Sinclair of Benwood Marshall County W. Va. to be the executor of this my last will.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd day of June A. D. 1896.
Ann (Her X Mark) Evans
The said Ann Evans at her residence on said day signed sealed and acknowledged this instrument, and published and declared the same as and for 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 witnesses:
J. S. Edwards John W. Davis
West Virginia Marshall County Court, Clerk's Office, August 29, 1896.
A paper writing bearing daye June 22, 1896, and purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Ann Evans, deceased, late of this county is this day fully proved before me in my office upon the oaths of J. S. Edwards and John W. Davis the subscribing witnesses thereto and is admitted to probate and ordered to be recorded as and for the true last Will and Testament of said Ann Evans deceased and leave is hereby granted Josiah Sinclair the Executor in said Will named to qualify and give bond as such Executor at some future date:
Teste: E. M. Lewis, Clerk
West Virginia Marshall County Court Clerk's Office Sept. 7, 1896
Josiah Sinclair the Executor named in the Will of Ann Evans deceased which Will was duly admitted to probate on the 29th day of August 1896, this day took the oath as such Executor and together with Chatham Sinclair his surety who first qualified as to his sufficiency entered into and acknowledged a bond in the personal sum of three thousand ($3000.) dollars, conditioned and payable as the law directs. Therefore certificate is granted the said Josiah Sinclair for obtaining a probate of said Will in due form and upon motion of said Executor, J. S. Edwards, J. W. Davis, and Thos. P. Dugan are appointed appraisers of the personal property of said Ann Evans, deceased, they to be first duly sworn for that purpose.
Teste: E. M. Lewis, Clerk
This will has been transcribed from a copy of the original handwritten document on December 30, 1997 by B. Carlisle Bowling and submitted to the Marshall County, WV GenWeb Wills page by that transcriber.