Submitted by Lynne Modranski.
(Received from Frances Bruce, granddaughter of Bernard Pyles, s/o Michael Pyles.)
Wetzel County, West Virginia
May 15, 1878
In the name of God amen, I Michael Pyles of Center District, Wetzel Co and state of W. Va., being of sound mind and memory, blessed by almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament.
Item 1st: I will that after all my lawful debts and funeral expenses are paid, that my estate, both real and personal, be disposed of, in manner following to wit.
Item 2nd: I will and bequeath to by beloved wife Martha Pyles two hundred dollars in hand either in money or personal property as she may choose. Also I will to her the farm on which we now live during her natural life or as long as she remains my widow and at her death or marriage, I will that the said farm be equally divided between my two sons James Lindsey and Hubbard Clark Pyles who at my decease shall have the charge and care of the farm and care for my widow, the said James to pay to the said Hubbard C. one hundred dollars to equalize them for what he the said James L. has already got.
Item 3rd: I will to my daughter Mary June (Jane?) who is married to Frederick Wise two hundred dollars to be paid in the (illegible).
Item 4th: I also will to my daughter Catherine who is married to Henry H. Showalter one hundred dollars out of the money which he the said Showalter owes me.
Item 5th: I also will to my daughter Sarah E. (illegible) who is married to Ira Miller two hundred dollars to be paid in one year after my decease.
Item 6th: I will to my daughter Martha D. Flora who is married to William DeBolt one hundred dollars to be paid in one year after my decease.
Item 7th: I will to my daughter Susan C. (illegible) Pyles one hundred dollars to be paid in one year after my decease with interest until she becomes to be of age.
Item 8th: I will to my daughter Dora M. Pyles two hundred dollars with interest from one year after my decease until she come to be of twenty one years of age.
Item 9th: I will to my son Felix Pyles what he has already got in his hands.
Item 10th: I will to my son Bernard A. C. Pyles three hundred dollars in addition to what he has already got to be paid in one year after my decease.
Item 11th: I will to my son Jacob B. Pyles five hundred dollars out of the money he owes.
Item 12th: I will to my son John Alfred Pyles what he has got of me excepting what he got of Jacob B. Pyles on my account.
Item 13th: I will that James L. P. keep what he has already got in addition to what is mentioned in item 2nd.
Item 14th: I will to my son Dennis Jordan Pyles my farm on M_______ Marshall Co., W. Va. to be his share in full of my estate real and personal.
Item 15th: I will that all my personal property be appraised and said ___six____tax (?) after my decease.
Item 16th: I will that after the aforementioned sums are satisfied if there should be any (?) over----that------- ---- divided between my six sons namely Felix, Bernard A. C., Jacob B., John Alfred, James Lindsey, and Hubbard C. Pyles to be my executors of this my last will and testament in testimony; whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. AND Publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in the presence of the witnesses named below this fifteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight signed sealed and delivered by the said Michael Pyles as and for his last will and testament.
In the presence of us who at his request and in his and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names thereto before signed. Jeremiah R. Long and Silas Merrill Wetzel Co. West Virginia Clerk's Office Circuit Court
The foregoing last will and testament of Michael Pyles deceased was on this 8th day of April A.D. 1880 proven in open court and by the oaths of Jeremiah R. Long and Silas Merrill attesting witnesses, and ordered to be recorded.
W. Herman, clerk of the court, Wet. Co. W.Va.