This is to certify that Catharine A. [Porter] Earhart deceased did according to the tenor of her will bearing date the 29th of Sept. 1856 make the following bequests & declarations in our presents on the 3 & 4th days of Dec 1856. That s[h]e gave to her brother Edward Porter her watch & thirty dollars in money to come out of her estate. To her Mother Catherine [Gaffney] Porter her buggy & her roan mare Kit for her own special benefit as long as she lives (or ?) at the death of her Mother Catharine Porter it is her will that Daniel Gingrich shall have the mare & Lucinda [Porter] Gingrich the buggy provided that the said Gingrich shall and does keep the said mare & buggy in readyness for the said Catharine [Gaffney] Porter to go when & where she pleases & should the said mare go blind or any accident happen (to) her so that she would not be safe or fit for her Mother to use & the said Gingrich gets or furnishes her another good safe & quiet beast for her use & if the said Gingrich keeps the buggy in good running order & repair it is her will that the said Daniel & Leucinda [Porter] Gingrich have them as above specified but if the said Gingrich should not keep the mare in readiness or another critter that is as safe or should let the buggy be or get out of repair then it is her will that A. J. Finly shall have the said Kit mare & Hanah Emery have the buggy. It was her will & request that Aaron Porter her brother shall have the first colt that her Kit mare has. It was her will & request that Leucinda Gingrich should have her Bureau & money enough to buy herself a small rocking chair & each of her children a small chair. It was her will & request that Mrs Eliza Lorance have money enough with what wheat Jackson Lorance has in his possession belonging to her to buy her a bureau like the one she gave to Leucinda [Porter] Gingrich the money to come out of her estate. It was her will & request that W. P. Finley take what corn he has of hers in his possession & buy Cynthia F. & Pricilla J. Finley each of them a dress. It was her will & request Amanda J. Emry & M.J. Finly have money enough out of her estate to buy each of them a dress equal to Cynthia J. & Pricilla J. Finleys.
In the name of God Amen
I Catharine A. Earhart [formerly Catharine Ann Porter] of the County of Stark and State of Illinois being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament. First it is my Will that all my just debts be paid. Second I give and bequeath unto Daniel Gingrich the following described real estate to wit the East half of the North East quarter of Section No. Twenty seven in Township Twelve North of Range five East in the County and State afore said also the south half of the West half of the North West quarter of section No. two in Township Eleven North of Range No. five East in the County of Peoria and State of Illinois and it is also my will that all the personal property or money that I shall be in possession of at my death shall be given to any person or persons that I may request it to be given to, and to be devided as I may so direct before my death. I also apoint and constitute A.J. Finley my Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In witness where of I have here unto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this twenty ninth day of September AD 1856.
....................Catharine A. Earhart (Seal)....................
The foregoing instrument of writing was subscribed by the said Catharine A. [Porter] Earhart in our presence and acknowledged by her to each of us and she at the same time published and declared the foregoing instrument so subscribed to be her last will and testament and we at the testator request and in her presence have signed our names as Witnesses her to, and written opposite our names our respective places of residence.