Submitted by Joyce Post.
Will Book 2, pg. 267 & 268, 1886 John May's Will I, John May of Meade District Marshall County West Virginia farmer being of sound mind make this my last will this tenth day of January Eighteen Hundred and Eighty five = I give devise and bequeath my estate personal and real as follows that is to say = To my beloved wife Elizabeth I give all my stock horses, cows sheep and hogs to have and hold & possess during her natural life and at her death to go to my son John G. May. To my son Levi I give three hundred dollars. To my daughter Margaret Utter I give three hundred dollars. To my grandson Joseph H. Richmond I give three hundred dollars to be to my son, daughter, and grand son above named as follows, that is to say, one hundred dollars to each within one year of my decease, one hundred dollars to each within two years of my decease, and one hundred dollars to each within three years of my decease. Making in all three hundred dollars to each. All my real estate I give to my son John G. to have and to hold so long as he keeps my wife Elizabeth (his mother) in comfort and supports and cares for her, but if from any cause she should be neglected or well cared for, then she is to take one third of my said real estate into her possession to have and to hold during her life time. But at her decease it shall revert back to my son John G. or to his children if he should not then be living. I appoint S. R. Hanen of Meade District Marshall Co WVa my Executor of this my will in the fourth line from the bottom of the page opposite the word "not" was interlined before signing this instrument. John May (seal) The said John May at his home in Meade District and on the said 10th day of January 1885 signed and sealed this instrument and published and declare the same ____ and for his last will. And we at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto written our names as Subscribing witnesses. Witnesses ) J. A. Chambers ) S. F. Chambers West Virginia Marshall County Court December 14th 1886. A paper writing bearing date on the 10th day of January 1885 purporting to be the last will and testament of John May late of this county decd was this day fully proved in open Court by the oaths of J. A. Chambers and S. F. Chambers the subscribing witnesses thereto & is ordered to be recorded & leave is given S. R. Hanen the Executor therein named to some future day to qualify and give ___as such. A copy Teste Thos Finn County Court