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Wills & Probate Records
The following are abstracts of wills and probate records for Henderson County. If an entry includes a link, the full document(s) are available. Entries that consist of only a link are included on other websites.

Edward Blackstock
Obediah Edmunds Jr.
George Heisler
William Heisler
William W. Sells


Will of OBADIAH EDMUNDS JR. written February 7, 1853 and proved for probate December 19, 1853...my daughter ABIGAIL McKIM...My son IRA...heirs of my daughter HANNAH HEISLER namely SARAH HEISLER and LYDIA HUNTER...my son DANIEL EDMUNDS...my son MARVIN EDMUNDS...my son OLIVER EDMUNDS...my daughter LYDIA PERRY

Witnesses: WILLIAM R. WOLFORD, THOMAS J. WOLFORD, DANIEL WOLFORD, Sworn to by Charles S. Cowan Clerk of County Court

Submitted by
Bernice V. Edmunds

Estate Administration of GEORGE HEISLER...died March 1869 without leaving a will...request for administration made November 7, 1870...MARY A. HEISLER, widow...WILLIAM HEISLER, brother...CHARLES W. HEISLER, Test.

D. C. Hanna, Clerk of Court, Richard W. Richey, Judge.

Will of
WILLIAM HEISLER, dated and signed 17th August, 1878, proved for probate 5th of May, 1879...MARTHA HEISLER, my wife...my 3 daughters, SARAH FORBES, LYDIA HUNTER, and SUSAN FISHER...THOMAS HARVEY and JOHN COOPER, township trustees...my graveyard, for burial purposes only.

Witnesses: BAZZLE HENRY PAUL, JOHN PAUL

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

Of WILLIAM W. SELLS of the county of Henderson and the State of Illinois made and published the third day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand and Eight Hundred and Seventy Two.

In the Name of God, Amen, I William W. Sells of the County of Henderson and state of Illinois of the age of Eighty-Four years, and being of sound and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this my LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT in manner following, that is to say:

FIRST—It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.

SECOND – I give and bequeath to my sons William Sells, James Sells, Benjamin Sells and Miles Sells all my property both real and personal, with the distinct understanding that they shall support and maintain my beloved wife, Pamela Sells, during her natural life.

In the County Court of said County In Probate, December Term A.D. ,personally appeared before me F.W. Froehlich subscribing witnesses to the following instrument of writing, purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of William W. Sells late of Henderson County, deceased, who being duly sworn according to law, do depose and say, each for himself, that the foregoing is the Last Will and Testament of said William W. Sells deceased; that they subscribed their names thereto as the attesting witnesses at the request of the said Testator, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, on the Third day of September A.D. 1872. That he then and there subscribed his name thereto in their presence, and declared the name, to this Last Will and Testament; and the said Testator at the time of executing the same as aforesaid was of full age, and of sound mind and memory, and under no constraint.

G. F. Wm. Froehlich

H.F. McAllister

Subscribed and Sworn to in the open court, this 7th day of January A.D. 1875. D.C. Hamn ,County Clerk.

Submitted by Roger Green



Will of Edward Blackstock

I, Edward Blackstock of the county of Henderson and State of Illinois being mindful of Death and weak in body but of sound mind memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say

First, I give and bequeath my Soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried in a decent Christian manner at the decision of my executor.

Second, To give the first hundred dollars that is collected to Rosena Graham a colored woman

Third, To give the second hundred dollars that is collected to emaline foster a colored woman

Fourth To give the third hundred dollars that is collected to Mary Perigo a widow if she comes in two years after it is collected if not give it to Thomas Gray in Indiana my Sisters son

Fifth, To give the fourth hundred dollars to my Sister Margaret Gray if She is alive if She Should be dead give it to her children in equal portions

Sixth, I give my bed and beding to Thomas Rogers and family

Lastly, I appoint and constute Preston Martin to be the executor for this may last will and testament relinquishing and annuling all former wills buy me made and ratifying and confirming this is no other to be my last will and testament in testimony I have herewith set my hand and Seal this the twentieth day of December eighteen hundred and forty six.

Signed by request in our presense Edward Blackstock
James H. Carmichael
William P. Carmichael

Henderson County, Illinois
Probate Book, 1846-1848, page 211
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