Submitted by Elizabeth Davis Swiger.
Will of Albert Davis, 1805-1882 Marshall County West Virginia Will Book 2, Pages 155-7 Written 4 March 1879, Probated 9 February 1882 In the name of God Amen. I, Albert Davis, of the County of Marshall and State of West Virginia being of sound and disposing mind and memory and knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make and publish this my last will and testament. Item 1st. I will and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of the first monies that shall come into the hands of my Executor as soon after my decease as possible, from any portion of my estate by this will ordered to be sold, real or personal. I also direct that a valuation or appraisement be made of all my personal property (that is left or remaining after my wife's bequeath is taken out) by three judicious neighbors, and a bill of same made out, and after being signed with their names, that a copy of the same shall be given to my Executor. Item 2nd. I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary all my right title and claim in the home place with all the household and kitchen furniture; also one horse, saddle and bridle, two cows, and one thousand dollars in money or bonds as she may choose, all for her own special use and benefit during her natural life, and no longer, in lieu, and instead of dowry. Item 3rd. I will and direct that all the balance of personal property or estate , that I may be possessed of in right or equity at my decease, be sold at public sale on a reasonable credit, and the proceeds thereof with what money or bonds, that I may be in possession of at my decease, as soon as the same may be collected by my Executor, be paid over to my four children or their heirs, to be divided in such a way and manneras to make share and share alike, with what money or goods I have already given them, or may yet give them, while I am living, a correct account of which may be found in may day book pages 114, 114, 116, 117, which book I give to my Executor for his instructions. Item 4th. I will and desire that there shall be no interest charged on the bond of two thousand dollars that I paid off and two years interest at ten percent, which was four hundred dollars, to reclaim Isaac W. Davis' place from a mortgage given by him to Mrs. King of Peoria Co., which bond I hold with her assignment on the same. And aslo I will and desire that there shall be no interest charged on two notes that I hold on Isaac, one for fifteen hundred dollars and one for five hundred dollars, which notes are now in Peoria Ills. as office papers entered in judgement against the said Isaac W. Davis' farm. Item 5th. I will and bequeath to my son Silas R. Davis what is called the home place on which we now live, containing two hundred and forty two acres by measurement, more or less, under these conditions: The farm or place I value at Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000) and no more. He the said Silas R. Davis is to pay the three heirs, that is to say, Eliza Jane Mooney, Isaac W. Davis' heirs, and Matilda McCoy's heirs, six thousand dollars, two thousand each, and to retain two thousand dollars of the price of the place to himself. Item 6th. It is my will and desire that the said Silas R. Davis is to have four years to pay the said heirs their proportion, of the price of the place, time to commence one year after my decease, or my wife's, as the case may be. - Say four thousand dollars to each per year without interest. Item 7th. If any difficulty or dispute should arise about the division or distribution of any protion of my estate it is my desire that the same be referred for settlement to three honest and capable men for adjustment. Item 8th. I do make constitute and appoint my son Silas R. Davis Executor of this my last will and testament; hereby revoking any and all former wills by me at any time made. In witness whereof I Albert Davis, the Testator, do hereunto set my hand and seal, to this my last will and testament, written on one sheet of paper this fourth day of March in the year of our Lord 1879 . Albert Davis seal Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of David Lutes John Caldwell Hiram McCombs West Virginia Clerk's office, Marshall County Court Feby 9" 1882 In vocation. A paper writing bearing the date March 4" 1879 purporting to be the last will and testament of Albert Davis late of this County, Decd., was this day fully proved before me in my office by the oaths of Jno. Caldwell and Hiram McCombs, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded. And S. R. Davis the Executor therein named who made oath thereto and together with Matthew Hasler, Hiram McCombs and Jno. Caldwell, his securities who qualified as to their sufficiancy entered into and acknowledged their bond in the final sum of $5000, conditioned and payable as the law directs. Therefore a probate of said will is granted the said S. R. Davis in due form. And on motion of said S. R. Davis, James Downing, Alexander Caldwell and George Keltz he and they are hereby appointed appraisers, well and truly to appraise the personal property of said decd., they being first duly sworn for that purpose.