Submitted by Elizabeth Davis Swiger.
Will of Allen Davis, 1808-1890 Written 31 August 1886, Recorded date 28 June 1890 Ohio County West Virginia Will Book 7, pages 252-4 I, Allen Davis, of Ohio County West Virginia, do make ordain and declare this to be my last will and testament. Item first. I hereby order and direct that all my just debts including my funeral expenses, be paid by my ecexctors hereinafter named. Second. I give and bequeath to my good wife Elizabeth Davis the sum of one ($1000 00/100) dollars, and also give her such articles of household furniture, beds, bedding &c as she may desire. I also give her the right to occupy and live in free from rent, the house &c in which we now reside near the town of Elm Grove for the period of one year from the date of my death. Third. I direct my executors to have erected at my grave a monument, with suitable inscription, and not to exceed in cost the sum of two hundred and fifty ($25000) dollars. Fourth. To Lizzie Finley who has lived with us for a number of years, and who has always been faithful and attentive, as a domestic and friend, I give and bequeath the sum of two hundred ($20000) dollars. Fifth. When the foregoing clauses of this will have been carried into effect and at the expiration of one year from the date of my decease, or sooner if my wife so elects, I order and direct my executors to sell and convey to the best advantage my property near Elm Grove, and I also direct them to sell any stocks which I may own, and to collect any sum or sums of money which may be owing to me at that time, and they are to convert the same into cash or its equivalent, and when the aggregate is ascertained, I order and direct that it shall be divided into three equal parts, and disposed of as follows that is to say, to my good wife, Elizabeth Davis, I give and bequeath the one third, and to my daughter Mary Jane Davis the wife of Silas Davis of this County I give and bequeath one third, and to my two grandchildren, W. D. Sutherland, and Mary G. Sutherland, children of my deceased daughter Juliet and now resident of the state of Illinois I give and bequeath the remaining one third in equal shares or proportions. Sixth. I nominate and appoint my son-in-law Silas Davis and my wife Elizabeth Davis, Executors of this will. In witness whereof I have hereunto signed my name and affixed my seal this 31st day of August 1886. Allen Davis Seal Signed, sealed, and acknowledged by the Testator in our presence whose names are signed as attesting witnesses, who signed the same at his request in his presence, and in the presence of each other this 31st day of August 1886. Wm. A. Love Jno. C. Ziegenfelder R. A. Bird D. Z. Phillips W. Z. Ziegenfelder Thos. OBrien For orders see Book 6, pages 470 & 476. Teste George Cook Clerk