I Elias Hale of the county of Mercer and State of West Virginia considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and disposing memory do make and publish this as my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. That is to say, First: I desire that all my debts be paid. Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Eliza Hale, one hundred and ten acres of land, be it more or less, in the bounds known as the Hammer tract of land so long as she remains my widow and in case of her death or marriage then the said land to be equally divided between my two infant children, Elias and Rhoda Jane. I also give to my wife, Eliza, two cows; also one horse of the value of seventy five to one hundred dollars; I give to my son Elias, eighteen hundred dollars with legal interest therein from my death, until he shall attain the age of twenty one years.
I give to my daughter Rhoda Jane, the sum of twelve hundred dollars, with legal interest therein from the time of my death until she attain to the age of twenty one years. I desire that the sum given to my infant children Elias and Rhoda Jane be retained or placed in the hands of my sons Charles A. and Rufus A. as Guardians chosen or appointed by me in lifetime, to control said sums until said infants arrive at the age of twenty one years.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Julia the sum of nine hundred dollars. I have paid for my son Charles A. the sum of nine hundred dollars for land which I gave him. I have paid for my son Conrad P. nine hundred dollars for land which I gave him.I have given to my daughter Mary land which I estimate of the value of nine hundred dollars. I give and bequeath to my daughter Ardelia and the heirs of her body, the tract of land I bought of Davis Calfee and A. A. Chapman containing one hundred and thirty six acres, be the some more or less, which land I estimate of the value of nine hundred dollars. I have deeded to my son Rufus A. and John C. the land on which I live, which I gave them except the value of twelve hundred dollars for which I hold their bond, which amount I desire not to be collected from them for two years from the time of my death unless they desire to pay it sooner., they paying interest on said sum from the time of my death. I give and bequeath to my sons Charles A. and Conrad P., my daughters Mary & Julia each to have three hundred dollars. I give and bequeath to my daughter Ardelia and the heirs of her body three hundred dollars. I desire that after paying the bequests heretofore devised in this will, whatever balance of estate I may have, be equally divided between my sons Charles A., Conrad P., Elias, my daughters Mary, Julia, Ardelia and XXXXX amount falling to my infant children, Elias & Rhoda Jane , be placed in the hands of my sons, Charles A. & Rufus, until the said infants reach the age of twenty one years. My said sons using the said sums or a portion of it if necessary in educating said infants. I desire that my Executors, hereafter mentioned, shall so soon as convenient after my death, sell all my personal property (except that herein devised) on twelve months credit and to collect all that may be owing to me and pay over and arrange the amounts devised in this will so soon as they can conveniently. I hereby constitute and appoint my sons Charles A.Hale and Rufus A. Hale , Executors of this my last Will and Testament. Given under my hand and seal this February the 22nd day 1873.
Signed and acknowledged in presence of the subscribing witnesses:
J. Mosby Davis
John T. Linkous
Elias Hale ---- SEAL
West Virginia: At County Court held for the County of Mercer on Tuesday the 8th day of April 1873. the last Will and Testament of Elias Hale, deceased, was presented in Court, proven by the oaths of James Calfee and John T. Linkous subscribing witnesses, thereto, and ordered to be recorded. And on motion of Charles A. Hale and Rufus A. Hale, the Executors therein named, they have leave to qualify; Whereupon they executed a bond with J. E. Hale, A. A. Belcher, Hugh D. Dudley and John M. Bailey, their securities, in the amount of $15, 000 conditioned according to law.
Teste: B. G, McNutt, Clerk
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