Last Will and Testament of

John Brown



Warren County, Illinois

Will Book B-2, p. 321

I John Brown of Ellison township in the County of Warren and state of Illinois do hereby make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit

First - It is my Will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid

Secon[d]  After the payment of such funeral expenses and and [sic] debts I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Margret Brown one half of the cupboard ware also one bed and one half of the bed clothing also the rent of (20) twenty acres of land situate in said county and known and described as the South East corner of north half of South West Quarter of Section Eight in township nine (9) and range three (3) during her natural life Said land containing 80 rods E[a]st and west and 40 rods north and south

Third I give and devise unto Rebecca Brown and her heirs One mule One wagon one cow one cider mill 23 hogs one Set harness[e]s all the bees and hives also one bed and one half the bed[d]ing and one half the cupboard ware two bedsteads and one half of the chiars [chairs] and all the corn on hand one cook Stove and all my books espesily [sic] Scots comments and the large Atlas Map also all my farming utencils Also ten acres of timber land situate in said county and known and described as Lot No (6) Six Section (20) twenty township nine and range three (3)

And Last I hereby constitute Rebecca Brown executrix of this my last will and testament and ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament

In witness whereof I the said John Brown have hereunto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy three

                                                                               John Brown {Seal}

Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Brown as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto

                                                                                       Philo Baldin Howard F. Baker

State of Illinois }                                               In the County Court of said County

Warren County }                                              In Probate - August Term A.D. 1873

                     Personally appeared in open Court Philo Balding and Howard F. Baker subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of John Brown late of Warren 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 the said John Brown 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 12th day of March AD 1873  That he then and there subscribed his name thereto in our presence and declared the same to be his last Will and Testament and that the said Testator at the time of executing the same was of full age of sound mind and memory and under no constraint

Subscribed and sworn to in open Court this 12 day of September 1873       Howard F. Baker

                                                                                                                  Philo Balding

                                                            W. G. Bone  County Clerk

 Email from John and some Info on his family Thanks for contributing John.

Hi Foxie,

This is John. (Linda's not involved in genealogy just now, and the Browns are my line.)

After some thought, I'd prefer that our email address not be listed. So far, spammers don't seem to have this address, and I don't want to risk their picking it up through an automated search.

I don't have photographs of John Brown, or any of his family in the Warren County area. His first marriage, which produced 10 children, was in South Carolina, and he lived for many years in Alabama. His first wife died in 1843, and he and most of the family seemed to drop out of sight about then. For years we had no idea what had happened to him. And then I discovered him in the 1860 and 1870 censuses of Warren County! One of his sons, Addison, was - in 1860 - living in the next house. John Brown had remarried there - Margaret Moore, in 1845. Addison died in the 1860's, and Rebecca (King) Brown, Addison's widow, and their children are mentioned along with Margaret in John's will. John and Margaret Brown are buried in Section B of Ellison Cemetery. (She's listed as Margaret Kleckner Moore, "wife of Andrew," reflecting the fact that she had also had an earlier marriage.

Thanks again for your help!


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