Submitted by Brooks Hill.
Will of William Clouston (Jun 27, 1797 - Jul 25, 1877) In the name of God amen. I William Clouston of Marshall County [West] Virginia being in normal health of body and sound disposing mind do make this my last will and testament. I will that after all my just and lawful debts and my funeral expenses met. I will that my Grand daughters Jane, Margaret Ann and Lucinda Clark each have two hundred dollars to be paid when they come of age. I will that the remainder of my personal property and real estate remain in the possession of my wife Jane for her use during her natural life to be at her disposal. By this my last will and testament I appoint my son James M Clouston as my Executor. In testimony whereof I herewith I set my hand and seal this. Signed with my seal this 6th day of May 1868 William Clouston |seal| Signed and acknowledged in our presence who in the presence of each other read in the presence of the testator and at his request have signed the same as witnesses. B Parkinson John H Dickey West Virginia clerks office Marshall County Court July 27th 1877. A paper writing bearing date May 8th 1868 purporting to be the last will & testament of William Clouston decd was this proven by the oath of John H Dickey one of the subscribing witnesses and it appearing that B Parkinson the other attesting witnesses thereto resides out of this state to wit: in Washington County Iowa. Therefore on motion of James M Clouston the Executor therein named a commission is awarded to be directed to A Anderson a Notary Public of said County to take and certify the attestation of said B Parkinson. Teste Thms Fure[?] clk West Virginia clerks office Marshall County Court Sept 26th 1877. The paper writing bearing date May 8th 1868 purporting to be the will of William Clouston late of this County decd was returned to me in my office togather with the commission thereto awarded for taking the attestation of the m[u]tuals therein named and the certificate under the hand & seal of A Anderson a Notary Public of Washington County Iowa of the execution of said commission & thereupon the said certificate being seen and dispatched by me. It is ordered that the said writing be granted as the true last will & testament of Wm Clouston decd and James M Clouston the Executor in said will named who under oath thereto as required by law & togather with George Edwards his security who qualifies as his sufficeairy[?]. Entered into & acknowledged their bond the percal[?] sum of $500 conditioned & payable as the law directs. Thereupon certificate is granted to said James M Clouston for obtaining a probate of said will in due form. Teste Thms Fure[?] clk Unless otherwise noted, the text is copied as written with spelling, punctuation errors, etc. Brooks Hill August 27, 2000