Below is the will of Samuel Montgomery, 1743 VA- 1819 Gibson Co IN. I am descended from his son James and would greatly appreciate accurate information on his ancestors.
I received a photocopy of the will from cindy Anderson of Wheatland WY.As noted below, some text was apparently cut off during the copying process.If anyone from Gibson Co can provide me with the missing text, I will be glad to correct this version.Thank you! ***********
Will of Samuel Montgomery 1743 VA-1819 Gibson Co IN
Written 12 September 1817; Recorded 15 November 1819, Princeton, Gibson Co IN by John [J?] Neeley, Clerk in Book B, page 18.
[Transcriber's note:This document contains two instances of words made illegible by apparent inkstains.However, in both instances the word immediately following the stain makes sense within the sentence, suggesting that the stains are crossouts by the clerk.Also, at least one line of text is missing -- apparently cut off in the photocopying process.All transcriber's notes or comments will be in [ ] square brackets.]
Family members named in the will are : Samuel's wife Mary (Polly McFarland) Montgomery David Swope, spouse of Mary 'Polly' Montgomery Smith Mounce/Mounts, spouse of Rachel/Rachael Montgomery Thomas Alcorn, spouse of Catherine 'Katy/Caty' Montgomery Thomas Stone, spouse of Dorcas Montgomery James Montgomery Benjamin Montgomery John Montgomery Samuel Montgomery Robert Montgomery deceased
In the name of God amen.I Samuel Montgomery of the County of Gibson Indiana State being weak of body but sound of mind calling to mind the mortality of all men, do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following:First it is my will that at my decease my wife Mary Montgomery should have all my household furnature consisting of two featherbeds bedsteads and there furnature, one cupboard and one table and there furnatures one chest one brown mare Saddle and bridle and two hundred dollars.
Second I give and bequeath to David Swope that portion of my Estate already in his hands and five dollars at my [word stained or crossed out] decease.
Third I give and bequeath to Smith Mounce, Thomas Alcorn and Thomas Stone the amount of a bond that I hold on John Barker for four hundred & sixty dollars should the same ever be [word stained or crossed out] obtained to be equally divided between them.
Fourth it is my will and desire that at my decease the whole of my property not above disposed of should be disposed of at Public Sale and the [amount thereof?] together with the bonds I have now in my possession be equally divided between my following heirs my son-in-law Smith Mounce my son-in-law Thomas Alcorn the heirs of my son Robert Montgomery deceased my son James Montgomery my son Benjamin Montgomery my [page break-- at least one line of text apparently cut off in photocopying process] Montgomery & my son Samuel Montgomery.
Fifth, is is my wish and desire that my sons James Montgomery John Montgomery & Samuel Montgomery should act as Executors of this my last will and Testament.In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 12th day of September in the year of Lord 1817. [Sic]
[signed] Samuel Montgomery (seal)
Teste: Walter C Montgomery Richard (x) Davis (his mark) Hugh Montgomery
[In the section following, the Clerk’s handwriting is smaller and the photocopy is quite shadowed.Some words which may be quite legible in the original are not legible in the copy.]
The State of Indiana Gibson County Be it remembered that on the 15th day of November AD 1819Before me John [J?] Neely Clerk of the Gibson Circuit Court (duly authorized by law to [illegible] the Probate of Wills) Personally appeared Walter C Montgomery Richard Davis & Hugh Montgomery Subscribing witnesses to the written will of Samuel Montgomery Deceased who made oath that the said Samuel Montgomery deceased did [seal?] and execute the [said?] instrument and [desired?] that they might witness the [same?] [2-3 words stained or crossed out] they did subscribe the same as witnesses in presence of the said deceased and each other.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and append my seal of office at Princeton the day and year above written.
(Seal) John [J?] Neely Clk GCC [Gibson Circuit Court]