Will of Abraham Richmond

Submitted by Karen Hucko.

Meighen, W.Va., November 14, 1904

I, Abraham Richmond, of Meade District, Marshall County, West Virginia, being of legal age and of sound mind and disposing disposition do make this my last will and testament in the following manner that is to say,
1st   To Elizabeth Young, my oldest daughter, I hereby give and bequeath to her one hundred dollars in money.
2nd   To Mary Ann Eller, my second daughter, I hereby give and bequeath to her one hundred dollars in money.
3rd   To Rebecca Jane Hall, my third daughter, I hereby give and bequeath to her one hundred dollars in money.
4th   To Cassy Emily Huggins, my fourth daughter, I hereby give and bequeath to her one hundred dollars in money.
5th   To Rachael Siburt, my fifth daughter, I hereby give and bequeath to her one hundred dollars in money.
The one hundred dollars to each of my daughters as herein provided shall be due and payable after my death and within one year or as soon after my death as possible, but in no case to exceed one year from my death.
6th   To Nelson Richmond and Jocephus Richmond and William P. Richmond and Jasper W. Richmond, deceased and John J. Richmond, my sons, I hereby devise and bequeath and give my realestate situated on Fish Creek in the County Of Marshall and State of West Virginia consisting of one hundred acres of land together with the timber building and improvements thereon except that to Jocephus Richmond I hereby will that portion of my realestate that lies on the south side of Fish Creek and adjoining lands now owned by the said Jocephus Richmond as his individual share of the said realestate and to the said Nelson Richmond, William Richmond, Harley Richmond heir at law of Jasper Richmond deceased and John J. Richmond all that portion of my realestate situated on the north side of the said Fish Creek to each of them equally.
7th   I hereby will and direct that as to oil and gas that any oil or gas found on my said realestate either on that portion willed to Jocephus Richmond individually or on that portion willed to the said Nelson W., William P., Harley, heir at law of Jasper W., deceased, and John J. Richmond shall be shared alike by each of my said sons.
8th   I further will and direct that my realestate be held and not sold or disposed of until the said Harley Richmond my grandson shall become of age or 21 years old and I hereby will and direct that in case I die before that said Harley Richmond becomes of legal age that my sons Jocephus, William P., and John J. Richmond shall take charge of the said realestate and collect all rents and profits therefrom until the said Harley Richmond shall become of legal age.
9th   I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my four sons and one grandson namely Nelson, William P., Jocephus, John J.and Harley, heir at law of my son Jasper W. Richmond deceased the five sixth (5/6) of all the oil or gas saved or produced from my realestate coming to me by virtue of the lease which I have given on said realestate and the one sixth of said oil or gas to be shared equally by Elizabeth Young, Rebecca Hall, Cassy Emily Huggins, and Rachael Sibert, my daughters until each of the above named four daughters shall receive one hundred and then I will and direct that the one sixth shall be shared equally by the said four daughters and Mary Ann Eller so long as oil and gas or either of them are produced in paying guantities.
10th   I hereby will and direct that any money or goods of value of any kind left after my funeral expenses are paid shall be divided equally among my sour sons and one grandson and five daughters. In witness whereof, I have signed and sealed and published and declared this instrument as my last will and testament at the residence of my son Jocephus Richmond this 14th day of November A.D. 1904.

Abraham Richmond seal

The said Abraham Richmond at Jocephus Richmondís residence this 14th day of November 1904 did sign and seal this instrument and published and declared the same as and for his last will. And we at his requeast and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto written our names as subscribing witnesses.

Eugene E. Kelley and George B. Alley


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