Submitted by Elizabeth D. Swiger.
Will of John Rodefer, ca 1770-3/1859 Written 14 April 1854, Probated 6 Sept 1859 Marshall County WV Will Book 1, page 255-7 Belmont County OH Will Book I, page 233-5 In The name of God Amen. I, John Rodefer of the County of Belmont and State of Ohio, being of weak and delicate health but of sound mind and memory do make and publish this as my last will and testament. Item 1st. I will that all my just debts be paid as soon after my decease as possible according to the directions hereinafter stated. Item 2nd. I will and desire that my beloved wife Barbary have a liberal and ample support out of my estate and that which one of my children supports and takes care of her shall be liberally paid for the same out of my estate. Item 3rd. I devise to my son Jacob Rodefer the farm on which he now lives, situate in Belmont County Ohio and containing 221 acres more or less and being the same premises purchased by me from John Rose. Item 4th. I devise to my son-in-law Albert Davis the farm on which he now lives in Marshall County Va. containing 300 acres and purchased by me from David Huffman. Item 5th. I devise to my son-in-law Jacob Granstaff a life estate in the real estate he now lives upon and the fee simple equally to his children, Samuel, John, William, Barbary, Adeline Granstaff and Maria Granstaff intermarried with James Down(in)g, said real estate situated in Marshall County Virginia and containing about 300 acres. Item 6th. I devise to my daughter, Eliza Alton, wife of Benjamin Alton, and to her heirs the farm on which they now live containing about thirty three acres. I also bequeath to my said daughter Eliza and her heirs the sum of three thousand dollars to be paid in three equal payments, the first payment to be paid in one year after my death, said payments to be on interest from and after my decease. Item 7th. I bequeath to my son-in-law Joseph Blake the sum of five thousand dollars to be divided into five equal payments, first payment to be paid in two years after my decease, said payments to be on interest from and after my decease. Item 8th. I having deeded to my son John three hundred acres of the farm on which I now live clear of all encumbrances whatever, I devise him said land in full of his share of my estate. Item 9th. I will and devise that my Executor hereinafter named as soon after my decease as practicable sell the balance of the real estate purchased by me of Jacob S. Shriver that is not included in the deed to my son John Rodefer and apply the proceeds to the payment of my debts. If the sum is not sufficient for that purpose that he sell so much of my real estate not herein disposed of as will be necessary for that purpose, that he sell the same at public or private sale as he may deem for the best advantage and on reasonable credit if necessary, and he is hereby fully authorized to make and execute deed or deeds for the same. Item 10th. I will and direct that my said Executor collect my out standing assets and apply the same to the satisfaction of the legacies herein specified. Item 11th. I also will and direct that if, when the real estate is sold for the payment of debts aforesaid that the debts that I owe are not due that the money be placed at interest to meet the same when the same becomes due or that if my out standing assets cannot be made available to pay the legacies as they become due, that the same be applied for that purpose. Item 12th. I hereby nominate and appoint Miller Pennington as the Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me made. In testimony whereof I have this 14th day of April A. D. 1854 set my hand and seal. John Rodefer Seal Signed and acknowledged by John Rodefer as his last will and testament in our presence and signed by us in his presenceand at his request this 14th day of April 1854. Charles De Hass Bell Jane Workman Probate The State of Ohio Belmont County Probate Court September 6th 1859 The last will and testament of John Rodefer late of Belmont County Ohio deceased was thsi day brought into the probate court of said county and presented for probate and it was appearing to this court by the testimony of Charles De Hass and Bell Jane Workman the subscribing witnesses to said will this day taken in open court, reduced to writing and filed that said will was duely attested and executed, that the Testator at the time of executing the same was of sound mind and memory, of full age and not under any restraint. Thereupon the court approve said will and order that the same be recorded with the proof now taken to prove the same. (Miller Pennington, the Executor named in said will is deceased). On motion the court appoint A. W. Anderson administrator with the will annexed and order that letters of administration to him upon his giving bond with security in the sum of four thousand dollars conditioned according to law and John S. Anderson and J. W. Milligan being offered are accepted as such security. The court appoint Robert Merritt, John W. Milligan and James Neal appraisers of the estste and effects of said deceased. Bond filed and letters issued September 13th 1859. Robert Claudy, Probate Judge. [Affidavits from Charles De Hass and Bell Jane Workman, taken in the office of Robert Claudy in his office in St. Clairsville, followed.]