Will of John Poe

Transcribed and submitted by Jean Kinzalow

The last Will and Testament of John Poe, dec'd.


I, John Poe, do make and publish this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking, and making void all other wills by me made.  First I direct that my funeral expenses, and all my debts be paid, as soon after my death as posible out of any moneys that I may die posesed of, or may first come into the hands of my Executors. Secondly [underlined], I give and bequeath to my wife Rebecca one milk cow and to my daughter Nancy one milk cow, and they Rebecca and Nancy to have wagon and oxen, also two hundred and fifty dollars each - and my son James Calvin Poe to have one hundred and sixty dollars, besides the amount which I owe him, my son John L. Poe have one hundred dollars, and all the other children fifty dollars. Also, I want my wife and my daughter Nancy to live on the land, and have the rents of said farm until August eighteen hundred and sixty seven; then land to be sold to the highest bidder; then the proceeds to be divided as aforesaid and if the proceeds should fall short or over reach the sums, then then [this word is repeated] to be divided in proportion to the amount specified. Also all other loose property to to [this word is repeated] remain in the care of my wife, and, Nancy, then to be sold when the land is sold.

Lastly, I do hereby nominate, and appoint Christian C. Sheton, my Executor in witness whereof I do to this my will, set my hand and Seal this 3rd day of May Eighteen hundred and Sixty four


John (his mark) Poe   {Seal}


Signed Sealed and published in our presence, and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator this 3rd day of May 1864. Green B. Stone  Hugh A. Boyd

a true copy R. H. Guthrie Clk.