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Know all men by these presents that I, William Van Burkleo, do this day, in the name of Almighty God, do make this my Last Will and Testament.First, I do appoint my wife Charity Jane, to carrie out all my business, which I have commenced in making arrangements to go to Texas, and when she gets to Texas, to buy land to settle on with her children, furthermore I devise and give to my wife, Charity Jane, and my daughter, Rebecca Jane, and my son, Harrison, and my son, Lee, the balance of my property after she has settled in Texas, and paid for the same, an equal share among them. I also invest her with power to draw of any of my funds as she may stand in need of it. Done under my hand this 5th day of March,1867.
Be it remembered that on this 21st day of March,1867, before me the undersigned Clerk of St. Charles Probate Court, was produced the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of William Van Burkleo, dec'd, and Henry Grove, and Jasper Havenner, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto, personally appeared before me and being by me duly sworn upon their oath depose and say that the said testator Wm Van Burkleo executed the said instrument of writing by signng his name thereto in their presence and declaring the same to be his last Will and Testament, that the said Henry Grove and Jasper Havenner in the presence and at the request of the testator signed their names thereto as witnesses and that at the time of the execution and attestation of said Last Will said testator was of sound mind and more than twenty-one years of age. W.N.H., H.G. Subscribed and sworn to before me the day and year last aforesaid. In witnesses whereof I hereto set my hand and affix the seal of said Court this 21st day of Mar.1867. Jos. Maher,Clerk.
Filed - Mar.21st,1867. Jos.Maher,Clk.
I, Mary Gaty of the County of Saint Charles and State of Missouri, being old and infirm of body but sound and disposing mind and memory and believing that I shall not live long, do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows: viz: 1st, I give and bequeath to my daughter Angeline P. Mills, my featherbed and its furniture and also I give to my said daughter Angelina my bureau- 2nd, I give and bequeath to my daughter Rebeckah Ezzele my trunk. 3rd, It is my will and desire that my four daughters, Viz: Rebeckah Ezzell, Jarusha Gaty, Polly Jones and Angelina P. Mills divide my wearing apparel equally between themselves. 4th: It is my will and desire that any money which I may have on hand together with any monies which may be oweing to me or to my estate after my death be divided amongst my children and grandchildren in manner following to wit: One sixth part to my son William van Burkleo, one sixth to my son Samuel Van Burkleo, one sixth to my daughter, Rebeckah Ezzell, one sixth to my daughter, Jarusha Gaty, one sixth part to be equally divided between the following of my grandchildren(who are daughters of my daughter Polly Jones)(to-wit) Eleanor Robison, Mary Robison and Engelina P. Robison, and one-sixth part to be given to my daughter Angelina P. Mills. 5th, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son William Van Burkleo, my executor of this my last will and testament. Given under my hand and seal this 17th day of January,1833, signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of John Wells, Francis Hostetter and James Wells.
Benjamin E. Van Burkleo. Now at this day Benjamin E. Van Burkleo who is now of age appears in Court, and acknowledges to have received from William Van Burkleo his Guardian full payment and satisfaction of all the moneys due him on account of said Guardianship.
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