WILL OF THORNTON FLEEK

I, Thornton Fleek of Cabin Run District, Mineral County, WV, being of sound mind, memory and understanding, recognizing the uncertainty of human life, do make publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made, that is to say:

FIRST: I desire all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid as soon after my death as convenient.

SECOND: I give, devise and bequeath to my wife Hannah Margaret Fleek all my real estate to have, hold and enjoy during her natural life, after her death, I want all of my real estate divided equally between my two children, Jacob M. Fleek and Sarah Jane Steedman. And after their death I want it to go to Harry Jackson Fleek and Thornton Frank Steedman.

THIRD: I also give and bequeath to my wife Hannah Margaret Fleek all my personal property which she desirees to keep the balance is to be sold, out of which one dollar is to be to each of the heirs of Wm. D. Fleek vis: Hattie Whiteman, Ida Patterson and Delia Fleek, if anything remains after the payment of said heirs, it is to be equally divided between my two children, Jacob M. Fleek and Sarah Jane Steedman.

I nominate and appoint my son Jacob M. Fleek to be the Executor of this my last will.

Given under my hand and seal this 7th day of November, 1902.

Thornton Fleek.

CODICIL

I, Thornton Fleek, do hereby make the following codicil to my last will, that is to say, I desire that Section Two of said will be changed to read as follows:

SECOND: I give, devise and bequeath to my wife, Hannah Margaret Fleek, all the real estate of which I may die seized to have, hold and enjoy as long as she lives. After her death, I give, devise and bequeath to my son Jacob M. Fleek to have and hold and enjoy the same during his life and at his death to my grandson Harry Jackson Fleek, the son of said Jacob M. Fleek, the other part I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Jane Steedman to have hold and enjoy during her life and at her death to go to her children. In all other respects my said will is to remain unchanged.

Given under my hand, seal this 28th day of March 1914.

Thornton Fleek

 

IN THE COUNTY COURT OF MINERAL COUNTY

On this 11th day of April 1916, a writing bearing date the 7th day of November 1902, purporting to be the last will and testament of Thornton Fleek, dec’d, with a codicial thereto bearing date March 28th, 1914, was presented to the Court for probate and record, said will was proven by the oaths of J V Bell and L R Warner two of the subscribing witnesses thereto to have been signed, sealed, acknowledged, published and declared by the said Thornton Fleek as and for his last will and testament and that they at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other, subscribed their names thereto as witnesses that at the time of so during they considered him of sound mind memory and understanding ad capable of executing a vaild instrument, said Codicil was proven by the oaths of A A Jordan and May Davis, the subscribing witnesses thereto have been signed, sealed, acknowledged, published and declared by the said Thornton Fleek in their presence as and for the codicil to his last will and testament, nd that they at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed their names thereto as witnesses; that at the time of so doing they considered him of sound mind memory and understanding and capable of executing a valid instrument. Said writing andn codicil are therefore admitted to probate and record as the last will of the said Thornton Fleek dec’d.

SUBMITTED JULY 16, 2001 BY PATTI MCDONALD

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