Thursday, October 09, 2008

Will of George Wright (1853), Brown County, Ohio

Source : Brown County, Ohio Probate Court, Georgetown, Ohio, Will Book 3, page 99.


This day the last Will and Testament of George Wright late of Brown County Ohio deceased was produced in open Court and was duly proved by the oath of James Crawford one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and John J. Gregory and Joseph T. Gregory the other subscribing witnesses to said Will having departed this life their hand writing was duly proved by the oaths of William Tatman and James Crawford which testimony was reduced to writing and signed and it appearing from the Testimony that said Will was duly attested and executed and that said testator was at the time of executing the same of full age and of sound mind memory and sight and under no legal restraint it is ordered by the Court that said Will and Testimony be recorded. And Samuel P. Wright and Joseph Wright two of the Executors named in said Will declines to accept the trust of executing said Will and John Wright the other Executor having signified his acceptance of the trust of Executing the said Will. It is therefor ordered that Letters testamentary be issued to him on his giving bond in the sum of six hundred dollars, with Samuel P. Wright and Joshua Bratten his secure & conditioned according to law. The Court appoint Lewis Calvin, Noah Hite and Joseph McFadden appraisers of the personal estate of the said Testator.


Will: In the name of God, amen.
I George Wright of Washington Township Brown County Ohio being in health of body and sound mind and memory calling to memory calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and the possible suddenness of death do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I do recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the Earth and touching such worldly interest wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form first it is my will that my wife Elizabeth shall have possession of one of the rooms of the house that I now reside in so long as she remains my Widow also I bequeath unto her all the household furniture to dispose of as she thinks proper and shall also draw sufficient rent of my farm for her support during her natural life or so long as she shall remain my widow lest if she marry she shall relinquish her claim to the room and rent all lands that I possess at my death I give unto my two sons John Wright and Samuel P. Wright to be equally divided between them Samuel is to possess the house in which I now live and Samuel to own the wagon that I bought of James Higgins. I bequeath my two daughters all the personal property that I have at my death it is also my will that my two sons shall pay my daughter Susanna ten dollars a year for three years which will make her thirty dollars. It is also my will that my two sons shall pay my daughter Sarah ten dollars a year for two years which will make her twenty dollars. Lastly I constitute and appoint my two sons John and Samuel and my brother Joseph Wright Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke and disavow all former Wills by and made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and seal this 12th day of August A.D. 1845. George Wright


Signed and published and pronounced by the said George Wright as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have set our names
John J. Gregory
James Crawford, his mark
Joseph S. Gregory


Proof : State of Ohio Brown County:
This day came into open Court William Tatman who being duly sworn says that he was well acquainted with John J. Gregory in his lifetime and that he departed this life in the month of December 1850. He states that he was and is acquainted with the handwriting of said Gregory both by seeing him write and from instruments of writing acknowledged to be the genuine hand writing of said Gregory and as a witness to the last Will and Testament of George Wright deceased and from his knowledge of the handwriting of said Gregory he believes the signature of said Gregory as a witness to said Will to be his proper and Genuine hand writing and further says not. Wm. Tatman


Sworn to and ascribed before me this the 22nd day of August 1853
John J. Higgins, Probate Judge


State of Ohio Brown County :
This day came into open Court James Crawford one of the subscribing witnesses to the last Will and Testament of George Wright, deceased, who being duly sworn says that George Wright subscribed the paper writing purporting to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of this affiant and in the presence of John J. Gregory & Joseph S. Gregory the other subscribing witnesses thereto who are now both dead, that at the time he acknowledged the said papers writing to be his last Will and Testament, and was over twenty one years of age was of sound mind memory & judgement and under no restraint whatever and that this affiant and John J. Gregory and Joseph S. Gregory subscribed the said Will as witnesses thereto in the Presence of each other and in the presence of the said Testator and at his request James Crawford, his mark
Sworn to and ascribed before me this the 22nd day of August 1853
John J. Higgins, Probate Judge
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