Will of Silas Rodefer Davis

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.


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