Submitted by Joyce Post.
Will Book 2, pg. 292 & 293, 1887 Lydia A. May's Will I, Lydia A. May of Benwood, Marshall County, West Virginia considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs do therefore publish and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to be. To my beloved husband J. W. May I give devise and bequeath all my estate and property, real and personal, including my undivided interest in my Father's estate and as devised to me by the last will and testament of my Father Hiram McMechen decd late of Marshall County West Virginia. In witness whereof I the said Lydia A. May have hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of June AD 1887. Lida A. May The said Lydia A. May at her home in Benwood on said day, signed sealed and acknowledged this instrument as 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. James Price A. L. Pelley West Virginia Clerks Office Marshall County Court Sept. 19th 1887. A paper writing bearing date on the 23rd day of June 1887 purporting to be the last will and testament of Lydia A. May late of this county and was this day proved by the oath of A. L. Pelley one of the subscribing witnesses thereto before me in my office and further proof thereof continued to some future day. Teste Thos Finn Clk County Court Marshall County WVa West Virginia Clerks Office Marshall County Court Oct 1st 1887. A paper writing bearing date on the 23rd day of June 1887 purports to be the last will and testament of Lydia A. May late of this County decd was this day proved by the oath of James Price on of the subscribing witnesses thereto before me in my office and is thereupon considered fully proved and is ordered to be recorded. Teste, J. W. Manning, Deputy For Thomas Finn, Clerk County Court, Marshall Co, WVa