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Elizabeth Hodgkins Will
Pleas held at the Courthouse in Georgetown in the County of Brown and State of Ohio before William Anderson, James Finley and Robert Brickenridge, Esquire associate Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County aforesaid on the seventeenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight.
This day the last will and testament of James Hodgekins senior late of Brown County deceased was produced in open Court by James Hodgekins junior the executor therein named and proven by the oaths of Henry Chapman, James Allen and Michael Sellers the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded together with the proof thereof; whereupon came personally into open Court here this said James Hodgekins junior together with Henry Chapman and Michael Sellers his securities and entered into our acknowledged bench in the usual? sum of six hundred dollars undiliened? as the law directs which bond is approved by this Court & therefore certificate is granted the said James Hodgekins jun for obtaining probate of said will in due form of law, and he thereupon took the oath prescribed by law, Which said will is in the words following to wit:
In the name of God Amen
I James Hodgekins of the County of Brown and State of Ohio being weak in body but sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form? following that is to say, first I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Hannah Hodgekins the plantation wherein I now live until my son Jesse Hodgekins comes of lawful age, then he is to have two thirds of said plantation and my wife the one third until her death and on her death my son Jesse Hodgekins is to have all the plantation to himself - I do also give and bequeath unto my oldest son James Hodgekins the sum of ten dollars I also give and bequeath unto my oldest grandson James Hodgekins the sum of one hundred dollars - I also give and bequeath unto my two grand daughters Ellen and June Hodgekins the sum of fifty dollars each - I also give and bequeath unto my daughter-in-law Martha Hodgekins the house and ground where she now lives during her widowhood and the use of firewood for herself and family - but if she should remain a widow after her oldest son comes of lawful age then she is not to have the possession of the aforesaid land any longer - I also will that all my personal property be sold at public sale and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided between my five herein after named daughters Elizabeth Hall, Susannah Mefford, Nancy McConnell, Ellen Mefford and Hannah McConnell all of the money that is herein bequeathed to my grandchildren is to be paid to them as soon as they come of lawful ages - I will unto my deceased Mary Ellis four children eight dollars to be paid unto them as soon as they come of lawful age. I hereby appoint my son James Hodgekins my sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of December 1828.
Signed sealed, published and declared by the above named James Hodgekins to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator.
State of Ohio Brown County
Personally appeared in open Court James Allen Michael Sellers and Henry Chapman subscribing witnesses to the instrument of writing here produced purporting to be the last will and testament of James Hodgekins late of Brown County deceased who being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith that the said James Hodgekins signed the said instrument of writing in their presence as his last will and testament that they signed the same as subscribing witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request that the said James Hodgekins was of sound mind memory and judgement at the time of signing, sealing and publishing the said instrument of writing as his last will and testament that he was more than twenty one year old at the time of doing the same and was not under any legal restraint at said time.
Sworn to and subscribed in open Court this 17th day of December A.D. 1828
Wm Shepherd Clk
Brown County, Ohio Willbook Vol. 1, page 111, on microfilm #6588, at San Jose Family History Center library (19 Nov 1996Transcribed by T. Bodkin)