Will of Henry Sockman

Submitted by Kay L. Mason.

Marshall County Will Book II, page 46

In the name of God, Amen.

I, Henry Sockman of the county of Marshall, and state of West Virginia, being of sound mind and disposing meruory(?) and knowing the uncertainty of this life, and the certainty of death and desireing(sic) to dispose of my property do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

First - I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of the proceeds of the personal property hereinafter directed to be sold.

Second - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Mary, all my household and kitchen furniture, including all by beds, bedding, furniture, wares and fixtures of every kind purtaining to my household affairs. Also one cow - her choice -

Third - I direct that all my personal property be sold by my executor excepting that given to my wife and after paying all debts and funeral expenses as above directed. I desire that one hundred dollars be paid to my granddaughter, Frances Salene Knight, which I hereby give and bequeath to her

Fourth - I direct that if there should be any residue of the proceeds of my personal property that the same be equally divided between all my children or their heirs excepting my daughter, Martha Ann McDowel.

Fifth - In cosideration of labor and assistance heretofore rendered me by my daughter Martha Ann McDowel, and her husband, Hezekiah McDowell and money loans to my by them as well as natural love and affection. I do hereby give and bequeath and devise unto my daughter Martha Ann McDowel and her heirs, forever all my real estate, being the farm on which I now reside containing one hundred acres to have and to hold for their own proper use and benefit resolving however to my beloved wife Mary the use occupation and benefit of the one third part thereof, including the mansion house and orchard (?) her natural life.

Should there not be sufficient funds in the hands of my executor, ariseing out of the proceeds of the personal property to pay the one hundred dollars bequeather to my granddaughter, Frances Salene Knight, the I direct that the same amount be a charge upon the real estate devised to my daughter Martha Ann McDowel and that the said sum of one hundred dollars be (?) my said granddaughter by my said daughter Martha Ann McDowel, within one year from my decease.

Seventh - I do hereby nominate and appoint my son in law Hezekiah McDowel as the executor of this my last will and testament, this 29th day of August AD 1873 Witnef(sic)my hand and seal -

Henry Sockman

Signed by the testator, Henry Sockman in our presence and declared by him to be his last will and testament and at his request signed and witnessed by us in the presence of each other and in the presence of the said testator, this 29th day of August 1873 -

A.O Baker
J.L. Parkinson

West Virginia Clerk's office. Marshall County Court May 28th 1875 A paper writing bearing date August 29th 1873 purporting to be the last will and testament of Henry Sockman late of this county died was this say fully proved by the oaths of A.O. Baker & J.L. Parkinson the subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered to be seconded & Hezekiah McDowel the executor in said will named who made oath thereto & together with Jerry Mason, his security who qualified as to his sufficiency entered into and acknowledged their bond in the (?) sum of one hundred dollars conditioned & (?) able as the law directs. Thereupon certificate is granted the said H. McDowel for obtaining a probate of said will in the due form & on motion of said H. McDowel it is ordered that Job Mason, Jacob Richmond, and Henry Mason be & they are appointed appraisers of said dec'd's personal estate. They being first duly sworn for that purpose, and return their appraisement according to law.


A true appraisement of the goods and chattles which were of Henry Sockman deceased at the time of his death. To-with-
1 saw, 1 plow, 1 spade and shovel--2.00
1 saw & auger, 1 pair pliers--1.80
1 cleaver, 1 cockel seive--1.50
1 post hold digger & crow bar--1.75
1 hop pole sitter & steelyards--1.75
1 dirt shovel & box of iron and ground hoe--2.32 1/2
1 copper kettle & old keg and bee ?--2.25
1 big iron kettle & bee string--6.00
pot , 1 log chain-- .75
shot gun-- 1.00
about 15 bushels wheat at 1.10 per bu.-- 15.40
......................36.52 1/2
Taken and appraised by us this 2nd day of June AD 1875.

Henry Mason
Jacob W. Richmond
H. McDowel - executor

West Va. Marshall County to wit:
On the 2nd day of June 1875. Before me the subscriber one of the justices of the Peace in and for said county came the above named appraisers who being qualified according to law do declare that the above inventory is a just appraisement of the goods and chattle of the said Henry Sockman dec'd. So far as the same came to their knowledge. Witness, my hand and seal the day and date above written. Hardesty Long J.P.
Admitted to record
July 12th 1875...............A copy teste........(illegible)

Sale bill of the personal property of Henry Sockman dec'd sold on the 12th day of June 1875 by H. McDowell executor of the last will & testament of said deceased.
1 pocket book .50..... H. McDowell
1 grind stone 2.00.... Joseph Neeley
1 box & contents .50..... H. McDowell
rasp & cleaver 1.50..... Josephus Calvert
copper kettle 1.10..... Alex Miller
1 hand saw .10.....Morgan Blake
1 scoop shovel .45.....Henry Mason-- bal. on acct. .12
1 dirt shovel .10.....Cris Young
1 spade .05.....Orloff McD.
1 pole sitter .50.....H. McDowell
1 post digger 1.27.....Orloff McD.
1 log chain .27.....Henry Mason
.......... .55.....O McD.
1 drawing knife .10.....Jno Booth
1 inch auger .17..... " "
steelyards .75.....Alex Miller
cross saw 1.00.....Josephus Calvert
1 gun .75.....O. McD.