I James Leamon of Guernsey County and State of Ohio do make and publish 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.
Second. I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Rebecca Leamon in lieu of her dower the plantation on which we now reside situated in Westland township Guernsey County containing about eighty acres during her natural life and all the livestock, horses, cattle, sheep, hogs and by me now owned and kept thereon also all the household furniture and other items not particularly named and otherways disposed of in this will. During her natural life as aforesaid, she however first disposing of a sufficiency thereof to pay my just debts as aforesaid. And that at the death of my said wife, all the property hereby devised or bequeathed to her as aforesaid or as much thereof as may then remain unexpended to my two sons James Leamon and Benjamin Leamon to their heirs and assigns forever.
Third I give and devise to my son James Leamon the stud horse now in his possession.
Fourth. It is my will that of my moveable property so bequeathed as aforesaid a horse be given to my son Benjamin Leamon worth at least fifty dollars.
Fifthly. It is my will that the family all live together on the farm aforesaid and that my two sons James Leamon and Benjamin Leamon take charge of the concerns of the family.
Sixthly. It is my will that my daughter Lydia Leamon shall have a bed and bedding, one cow and two sheep.
Seventhly. It is my will that my daughter Mary Leamon shall have a bed and bedding, one cow and two sheep.
And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my said wife Rebecca Leamon and my son James Leamon to be the executors of this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven. Signed published and declared the above named James Leamon as and for his last will and testament in presence of us, who at his request have signed as witnesses to the same. William Wallar Jun. David Coulter
The undersigned children and heirs at laws of the above named James Leamon and Rebecca Leamon his wife being all present do for ourselves and our heirs forever relinquish all our right title interest and claim of and to the above devised estate for certain considerations it being the . . . . understanding of all parties. In testimony whereof we have here unto assigned our names this first day of August A.D. 1827.
In the presence of David Coulter, William Wallar Junior
The State of Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Guernsey Co. At August term 1827. The foregoing will of James Leamon being brought into court, David Coulter one of the subscribing witnesses thereto being called came into court, and being sworn in open Court, deposeth and saith that he saw the Testator subscribe said Will, that witnessed subscribed said Will as a witness in presence of the testator that the said testator when he subscribed said will was of sound mind and memory of full age and not under any restraint.
At the same time and place came William Wallar Junior another of the subscribing witness to said will and being duly sworn in open court, deposeth and saith that he saw the Testator subscribe said will, that witness subscribed said will as a witness in presence of the said testator, that the said testator when he subscribed said will was of sound mind and memory of full age and not under any restraint.
I hereby certify that the foregoing testimony was taken in open court on the fourteenth day of August A.D. 1827 and was by said court ordered to be recorded.
C. L. Beatty, Clerk
2001 September 16: First published.