Will of James W. Riley

(Tim’s 4th great-grandfather on his mother’s side)

I , James W. Riley of the county of Adams and state of Illinois, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. That is to say

1st it is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.

2nd. I give devise and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Riley in lieu of her dower the use of the farm on which we now reside situate in the Town of Houston in the county of Adams and State aforesaid, to wit, One individual half of forty-seven acres off the North end of the West side of the South East Quarter of Section No.Thirty in Township No. Two North of the Bass and Range six West. Also all my personal estate consisting of household goods, farm stock and cash and cash notes or so much of them as she may choose to retain in her possession during her natural life.

3rd. I give to my son Elijah Riley the farm above described, he to come into possession of the same upon the death of my said wife Elizabeth Riley.

4th. I direct that at the decease of my said wife whatever may remain of my personal estate shall be sold and the proceeds be equally divided between my children William Riley, Elizabeth Walters wife of Ezekiel Walters, Sarah Groves wife of Jacob Groves, Elijah Riley, Minerva Vannes heir, John Riley and Nathan Riley.

And lastly I constitute and appoint Stephen Groves to be the Executor of this my last will and testament ratifying and confirming the same. In Testimony of which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2nd day of June A.D. 1857.

James W. Riley [seal]

Signed published and declared in presence of us by James W. Riley who acknowledges the same as his last will and testament and requests us to sign as witnesses to the same.

Stephen Groves
Joseph Groves

Signed acknowledged and sealed before me this 2nd day of June A.D. 1857

Lewis Mcfarland, J.P. [seal]

(Transcribed from handwritten original found in Box 50, Registry of Wills, Adams County Courthouse, Quincy, Illinois.)

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