Will of John E. Riley

(John E. Riley was Tim’s 3rd great-grandfather on his mother’s side)

I, John Erastus Riley of Bowen, in the County of Hancock, and state of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory do hereby sign, seal and declare this instrument as and for my last will and testament in the manner following, that is to say:

I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses and expenses of administration of my estate be fully paid by the executor of this will out of my estate.

I recognize my inability to dispose of my property and estate so as to defeat the interest of my wife, Lucinda Riley therein in the event she should survive me, but she having ample property of her own to fully provide for her as long as she shall live I, at her suggestion and request, give no part of my property or estate to her, but do hereby give, devise and bequeath all my property and estate of whatsoever nature and kind, (except our homestead property in Bowen hereafter referred to, in the event my wife survives me,) and wherever situated to our three sons now living, viz., Elijah Riley, John F. Riley and Solomon H. Riley, and to our two grand-children, John H. White and William A. White, children of our deceased daughter, Savannah White, each of our said sons to receive the one fourth part thereof and our said two grand-children together to receive the other one fourth part thereof after the payment of my debts, funeral expenses and cost of administration aforesaid. In the event any of our said sons and grand-sons should die before I do, then the portion which said deceased child or grand-child would have taken shall go to his heirs.

For the purpose of enabling the executor of this will to make the said distribution among our said three sons and two grand-sons, I hereby authorize the executor of this will hereinafter named to convert all of my property and estate into money as soon after my death as practicable, and to that end I hereby authorize the said executor to sell any and all real estate that I may own at the time of my death, either at public or private sale as to him shall seem best and hereby give him full power to convey the said real estate by proper deed of conveyance to the purchaser or purchasers thereof.

In the event that my said wife, Lucinda Riley shall survive me, then nothing in this will shall be taken or construed to include our estate of homestead in Bowen, including the lots and buildings and improvements where we live in Bowen, and in the event she survives me I hereby give, devise and bequeath the same or my interest therein to her to hold as her own absolute property forever, but in the event I should survive my said wife, then in that event I desire that this homestead property pass under and be controlled by the said second clause of this will.

I hereby nominate and appoint my nephew, George Harris, executor of this my last will and testament and give him full power and authority in the premises to execute the same.
In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of November, A.D. 1907.

John E. X Riley

The above and foregoing instrument was this day signed and sealed by the said testator, John E. Riley, in our presence; whereupon at the same time, we at the request of said testator and in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed our names hereto as attesting witnesses to said will, and thereupon the said John E. Riley, testator aforesaid, acknowledge to each of us in his presence and in the presence of each other that said writing was his last will and testament.

In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands this 8th day of November, A.D. 1907.

Evaline Crawford
T. J. Kirby
Hollis W. OHarra

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