Submitted by Elizabeth Davis Swiger.
Will of Silas Rodefer Davis, 1837-1922 Written 6 November 1919, Probated 19 June 1922 Ohio County WV Will Book 13, pages 401-2 I, Silas R. Davis, of Elm Grove, Ohio County, West Virginia, being in my usual health and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and hereby revoking all former wills, do make and declare this as and for my true last will and testament in manner following: First; I hereby direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my executor hereinafter named, as soon as practicable after my decease, and direct that at least the sum of Five Hundred dollars be expended for a monument to my memory. Second; I hereby give and devise to my wife, Pauline Waldon Davis, the parcel of real estate in the town of Elm Grove, Ohio County, West Virginia, known as lot number twenty-eight (28) on the map of Loring Place to be hers absolutely. I make this devise to ratify the marriage settlement with my said wife, dated September 4, 1915, so far as it concerns said property. Third; I hereby direct and empower my executor to convert all my estate, both real and personal and mixed, except the property involved in the marriage settlement with my wife, Pauline Waldon Davis hereinbefore referred to, into cash as soon as same can be done to the best advantage of my estate, and to pay out of the same within one year after my decease the following sums of money to equalize with amounts heretofore given by me to my children, viz; He shall pay to my daughter, Julia S. McCausland, wife of Joseph E. McCausland, deceased, the sum of One Thousand Dollars, and to my son Harry A. Davis One Thousand Dollars. It is not my meaning or intention that these legacies will give the same amount exactly to each of my children, but that it will give to each the amount that he or she deserves. After the above said sums have been distributed, I hereby give and devise all the remainder or residue of my estate, with the exception of the sum of Three Thousand Dollars, to my four children, viz; Julia S. McCausland, (wife of Joseph E. McCausland, deceased), Harry A. Davis, Eugene List Davis and Lucy G. Winters, (wife of M. B. Winters) to be divided equally among them, share and share alike, notwithstanding anything contained in said marriage settlement limiting my said wife in the amount of my estate that she can claim. I hereby expressly declare that it is my desire that she shall receive in addition thereto all the income on the said sum of Three Thousand Dollars, after payment of taxes, commissions and other necessary expenses, as long as she shall remain my widow. To that end, I hereby give, bequeath and devise unto my executor the said sum of Three Thousand Dollars, to be by him kept invested in good interest bearing securities, with full power without the intervention of any court to change the investment whenever he considers it advisable; after the payment of all taxes, commissions and other necessary expenses, he shall pay over to my said wife, Pauline Waldon Davis, periodically as most convenient the net income on said sum of Three Thousand Dollars, until her death or remarriage, which ever shall happen first, and her receipt for such payments shall be his sufficient acquittance therefor. Upon the death of my said wife, in case she shall not have remarried in the meantime, I direct my said executor to provide for her a suitable funeral, according to his own discretion, and to pay the expenses thereof, and of her last illness out of the principal fund of the said Three Thousand Dollars. Upon the death or remarriage of my said wife, which ever shall happen first, I direct my said executor to divide all of the residue of said Three Thousand Dollars in his hands equally among my four children; Julia S. McCausland, Harry A. Davis, Eugene List Davis, and Lucy G. Winters, and in the case of the death of any of them, their children shall inherit the deceased parents share. I hereby nominate and appoint George H. Grodhaus, Elm Grove, Ohio County, West Virginia, the executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I have set my hand and seal this 6th day of November 1919. Silas R. Davis Seal Signed, sealed and declared by Silas R. Davis, Testator, as his true last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence, at his request, and in the presence of each other, all present together, have hereto signed our names as witnesses. A. E. Crider Ray G. Naylor Teste: John H. Wells, Clerk (Probated June 19, 1922) For order see Order Book 19 Page 55.