Submitted by Barbara Blake Goddard.
Will of Robert H. Blake (1802-1868) Marshall County Will Book 1-A, p. 138 In the name of God Amen I, Robert BLAKE, of the County of Marshall in the State of West Virginia, being of sound and disposing mind and body, do make, ordain and publish this to be my last will and testament, as follows, I desire that my body shall be buried at the discresion of executor herein after named, and I direct that all my just debts & funeral expenses be paid out of my estate, including a suitable monument or head and foot stones for myself & wife as soon after my decease as may be convenient. I give and devise all my real estate including 230 1/2 acres of land on which I now live and a house and lot in Moundsville, and also all my personal property and estate including one Share of Stock in the 1st National Bank of Wheeling unto my dear wife Nancy BLAKE for life and from and after her decease I give and devise the said real estate, and all the residue of my personal property, if any shall remain, to my Children Joanna GRINDSTAFF, the wife of John GRINDSTAFF, Mary BLAKE, James BLAKE, Harrison BLAKE, Joseph BLAKE, Warren BLAKE, and Wilson BLAKE, and their descendants in equal shares and proportions, excepting Joseph BLAKE, who is to be charged with Twelve hundred ($1200) Dollars on his share and proportion of my said estate for advancements heretofore received by him. The twelve hundred dollars is first to be deducted from Joseph's share and proportion, but without interest thereon, and the balance is to be paid to him as within provided for. I further direct that the share of my daughter, Mary BLAKE, in my said estate shall be held and used an enjoyed by her for and during her natural life, and upon her death that the same shall go to and vest in Orange Lemon BLAKE, her son, as and for his absolute property if he lives so long otherwise to my children. I further direct and order that the share and proportion of my daughter Joanna GRINDSTAFF in my said estate is to be held in trust by my executor herein after named for the sole and separate and exclusive benefit and behoof of my said daughter with remainder to her children, wholly exempt from all claims, control or liabilities of her said husband, with full power and authority hereby given to and vested in him, the said executor or other person, who in his stead may execute the provisions of this Will to invest the same in real estate. She (is) to have the choice of location and the legal title to be conveyed to her for her life - wholly exempt from all claims or liability on the part of her said husband with rem (?) to her children. I further direct that upon the termination of my wife's life estate (?) that all my real estate and also all personal propery which may remain shall be sold by my executor herin after nominated and (?) of the proceeds thereof shall be made by him among the parties entitled thereto, according to the preceeding directions of this will (provided from any cause then existing sale or partition thereof cannot be then made by the parties themselves, thereto entitled.) and if sale be made by my said executor, his commissions shall not exceed one per centurn on the amount administered by him. I hereby nominate and appoint James BLAKE Executor of this my last will and testament and direct that no security shall be required of him and further also that no appraisement of my estate shall be made, and that a full inventory of the Same real and personal, with the proceeds thereof if sale by him, made and submitted to the heirs, without recordation, or any Settlement with a Commissioner shall be sufficient. In witness whereof, I the said Robert BLAKE have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this 27th day of May (Yr?). Signed and sealed and delivered by the testator Robert BLAKE as a (?) for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as subscribing witnesses: R.C. HOLLIDAY S.P. DAVIDSON West Virginia, Marshall Circuit Court September 1968. September 1st 1868 The last will and testament of Robert Blake, deceased was this day proved by the oaths of R.C. Holliday and S.P. Davidson, the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered and recorded; and on the motion of James BLAKE, the executor therein named, who is to act without giving security (?) said will and who made oath thereto enter (?) into and acknowleded a bond in the penalty of $1200 dollars conditioned and payable according to law certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of said will in due form. Walter Evans, Clerk