Submitted by Barbara Blake Goddard.
Will of James A. Blake, 1836-1899 Marshall County Will Book 3, Page 292 I, James A. Blake, being aware of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, do make ordain and publish this my last will and testament in the manner and form following. 1st I hereby order and direct that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid. 2nd I hereby give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Teressa J. Blake all my property of every kind, both personal property and real estate for her use and support during her natural life time. 3rd After the death of my beloved wife what remains of my property is to be equally dived [divided] among my children. 4th I hereby constitute and appoint my wife Teressa J. Blake my executor and direct that no appraisement or sale of property be made. Witness my hand and seal, this 17th day of August, 1887. James A. Blake (seal) Signed sealed published and declared by the testator James A. Blake as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses, this 17th day of August, 1887. W.H.H. Showacre J.M. Turner West Virginia Marshall County Court Clerk’s Office May 22nd 1899 A paper writing bearing date August 17, 1887 and purporting to be the last will and testament of James A. Blake, dec’d, late of Washington District, this county is this day partly proved before me in my office upon the testimony of W.H.H. Showacre one of the subscribing witnesses thereto. Test: J. F. Alley, Deputy Clerk West Virginia Marshall County Court Clerk’s Office May 23rd 1899 A paper writing bearing date August 17th 1887 and purporting to be the last will and testament of James A. Blake deceased late of Washington District this county is this day fully proved before me in my office upon the testimony of J. M. Turner one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and is admitted to probate and ordered to be recorded as and for the true last will and testament of the said James A. Blake dec’d the testimony of W.H.H. Showacre the other witness having been heretofore taken and no bond being required Viz. Teressa J. Blake the Executrix named in said will is granted leave to qualify as such Executrix at the Expiration of thirty days from this date. Teste: J. T. Alley, Deputy Clerk