In the name of the Benevolent Father of all: I, Thomas Cranston of the county of Guernsey
and State of Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament. Item 1st. I give
and bequeath to my beloved son John, five dollars. Item 2nd. I give and bequeath to my beloved
daughter Polly, one hundred dollars. Item 3rd. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Lydia
two hundred dollars. Item 4th. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Matilda, twenty
five dollars. Item 5th. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Sarah, one hundred dollars.
Item 6th. I give and bequeath to my beloved son Thomas, five dollars. Item 7th. I give and bequeath
to my beloved Wesley, one thousand, one hundred and seventy-four dollars.
Item 8th. I give and bequeath to my beloved grandaughter [sic], Elizabeth Ann McClain five
dollars. Item 9th. I give and bequeath to my beloved grand children, [sic] Thomas Blazer, Sarah
Ann Blazer, Nancy Jane Blazer, George Wesley Blazer and James Tipton Blazer, each twenty-five dollars.
Item 10th. I give and devise to my beloved son George Washington, the farm on which I now
reside, situate [sic] in Oxford township, Guernsey County Ohio, containing one hundred sixty acres
more or less, and his heirs forever, upon the following conditions, to wit: that he (George Washington)
pay each and all of the above named legacies within three years from my decease: Provided
that nothing herein contained shall prevent him (the said George Washington) from paying the
above legacies at any time before the expiration of the three years as aforesaid and taking
receipts therefor. [sic] Item 11th. I desire that no appraisement and no sale of my personal
effects take place and that the court so order in pursuance of the Statute made and provided.
And it is my will that my beloved wife Nancy, shall have full possession and control of all
my personal property, goods, moneys and credits during her natural life, and at her decease, I give
and bequeath all of said personal property, moneys, goods and credits to my son George Washington.
In witnes [sic] hereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of August, A.D.
one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five.
Signed and acknowledged by the said Thomas Cranston as his Thos. Cranston
last will and testament in our presence, and signed by us in
his presence. William Borton Jr.
The State of Ohio, Guernsey County, ss:
We, William Borton Jr. and James Kennon, being duly sworn in open court this 6th day
of December, A.D. 1869, depose and say that we were present at the execution of the last will
and testament of Thomas Cranston, deceased, hereunto annexed: that we saw the said testator
subscribe said will, and heard him publish and declare 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, and of sound mind and memory, and not
under any restraint, and that we signed the same as witnesses at his request, and in his presence, and in
the presence of each other.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this day and year William Borton, Jr.
aforesaid, Joseph Johnson, Probate Judge. James Kennon.
In the matter of Thomas Cranstons Will. The State of Ohio, Guernsey County, ss:
Probate Court, December 6th A.D. 1869
The last will and testament of Thomas Cranston, deceased, late of Oxford township, Guernsey County
Ohio, was this day produced in court for probate, and at the same time personally appeared William
Borton, Jr. and James Kennon, the subscribing witnesses thereto, who being first duly sworn in open
court on oath testified touching the due execution of said will, which said testimony was by the
court reduced to writing and by the said witnesses respectively subscribed, and was filed with
said will. And it appearing to the satisfaction of the court from said testimony that said
will was duly attested and executed, and that the said testator at the time of executing the same, was of
full age, and of sound mind and memory, and not under any restraint: It is thereupon ordered
by the court that said will be, and hereby is admitted to probate; and that the same, together with
the testimony and this entry of probate, be recorded.
2001 July 28: First published.