Thursday, June 09, 2011

Will of William Clifford LeMaster (1871-1922)

Record of the Last Will and Testament of W.C. LeMaster, Deceased

Victor, Colorado, July 10, 1922

I, W.C. LeMaster being of sound mind declare this my last will;

I give to my sons Ralph M. and W.C. LeMaster Jr. and my daughter Lella E. LeMaster the sum of one dollar each.

To my wife Pannel Brown LeMaster I will 25 shares of New Isis Theatre stock and M.W. Kersey notes of 600 - interest one half of stock in Foster Oil Co., and one half in J.W. Carruthers Oil stock.

To my daughter Gladys A. Moser all stocks, bonds & property of every description not mentioned above, including Chevrolet car - and, I request all funeral expenses, be paid jointly by my wife and daughter Gladys - as well as hospital bill, first exhausting any money I may have in bank toward same -

I ask the Court to appoint my wife Pannel B. LeMaster & daughter Gladys A. Moser joint executrixs without bond.

Witness my hand & seal this 10 day of July, 1922

W.C. LeMaster

Witnesses: Robert E. Roberts, Chris Larsen

Presented for filing and probate by Pannel B. LeMaster this fifth day of September, A.D. 1922

K.C. Gustin, clerk

This transcription is of the last will and testament of my paternal great-granduncle, William Clifford LeMASTER (1871-1922).  There is much of interest in this will, not the least of which is that he remarried after divorcing his first wife, Lella Edith LEWIS.

In the 1920 census of Victor, Teller County, Colorado, William and his son Ralph were living in the household of Francis Hall, the proprietor of a restaurant.  William's occupation was listed as the proprietor of a theatre.  Also living in the household was 34 year old Pannill W. BROWN, born in Texas, an organist in the theatre.  

Sometime between 1920 and 1922, William and Pannill must have married.  I wrote to the clerk's office in Teller County, but was unsuccessful in obtaining a record.

1 comment:

Grandma Honey said...

Amazing. My grandmother, Lella LeMaster Slinkard was extremely careful about being fair in raising her children, according to my mother, Gaynor Slinkard Rozier. My mother would tell me how her mother's parents always favored their older daughter Gladys...and this will is proof of that. Also, I never knew til now that my great grandfather remarried!