I found the Last Will and Testament of Penelope GIDDINGS at the Quincy, Adams County, Illinois courthouse, Will Box 45. This was all there was in this document. Does any one know anything about this family? Judi Rogers Gilker
State of Missouri County of Marion In the name of God Amen. I Penelope GIDDINGS widow of the late Rev. George P. GIDDINGS of said County and State being of advanced age, but of sound mind and memory, do make and ordain this as my last will & testament revoking all others.
Item 1st: It is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be just paid out of what estates and effects I may leave at my decease.
Item 2nd: It is my will and desire that all the estate and effects real and personal of which I may die seized or possessed in law or equity, shall go to and be vested in my adopted daughter, Charlotte Sophia GIDDINGS now residing with me. To whom I hereby devise and bequeath all my estate real and personal of which I may be the owner at the time of my death.
Item 3rd: I hereby nominate constitute to and appoint Henry KEMP and Seth C. SHERMAN ( could be HERMAN) executor and the said Charlotte Sophia GIDDINGS and said adopted daughter Executrix of this my last will and testament authorizing them to carry out the provisions of this my last will and testament according to its sprit and true intent.
In Testimony where if I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this 13th of Aug. 30th day of June A. D. onthousand eight hundred and sixty six. Signed sealed and published in the present of witnesses A. H. WOODRUFF H. KEMP Penelope GIDDINGS (Seal)
State of Illinois Adams County County Court of Adams County, in probate. In the matter of the Last Will and Testament of Penelope GIDDINGS deceased. At a regular term of said Court for Probate Business, on the 24th day of November A. D. 1875, personally appeared before me J. C. THOMPSON Judge of said Court, the above named Anethrssa(?) H. WOODRUFF & Henry KEMP two credible witnesses, who being duly swore, on their oaths, depose and say they were present and saw the above named Penelope GIDDINGS sign the above last will and testament in their presence, that they believed, sound mind and memory at the request of the same; and they attested the signing of the said last will and testament, in the presence, and by the request of the said Penelope GIDDINGS and in the presence of each other. In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court, this twenty fourth day of November A. D. 1875. J. C. THOMPSON County Judge.