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1845 Will of John Mendenhall – Switzerland County, Indiana

The following is a transcription from:
“Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999,” Ancestry (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9045 : accessed 7 Aug 2017); Switzerland > Probate Order Book, 1841-1843; Probate Order Book, 1843-1849; Probate Order Book, 1849-1853 > image 165, 1843-1849, p. 111-112.

May Term 1845

Ira Mendenhall, Miles Mendenhall, John W. Malin, Ira N. Malin, Joseph Malin Jr., Julius Dufour and Ann E. Dufour late Ann E. Malin his wife, and Martha E. Mendenhall by Jos. C. Eggleston her Guardian ad litem vs. Martha B. Mendenhall} application to Establish a Will

Comes said Martha B. Mendenhall the person named as Executor of John Mendenhall Dec’d and offers for Probate as and for the last will and Testament of said John Mendenhall Dec’d the following will and Codicil viz: “Vevay Ind. January 1st. 1835

In the name of God, Amen. I John Mendenhall considering the uncertainty, of this mortal life, and being of sound mind &c blessed be Almighty God for the same I do make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner and form following that is to say First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Martha B. Mendenhall, the house & lot No. 64 all appurtenances thereunto belongin, during her widohood then all the real estate I do bequeath to my Daughter Martha Elisabeth Mendenhall, and lastly as to all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal Estate goods & chattels of kind and nature soever, I give and bequeath the same to my said beloved wife Martha B. Mendenhall, whom I hereby appoint sole executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the first day of January in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Thirty five.

[signed] John Mendenhall {Seal}

I John Mendenhall do this Second day of Jan 1835 make and publish this codicil to my last will and testament, in manner following (that is to say) I give to Liza a black woman, a home on my premises and to her suffishency of food reament & loding if sick to be taken care off (that is to say) as long she lives , on these conditions, if she is willing to stay or live with the family so long, But if she, of her own will makes choise of any other home, and moves off, and leaves the above said premises, then the above said obligation to void and no further effect, as witness my hand & seal this seccond day of January Eighteen Hundred & thirty five

[signed] Jno Mendenhall {Seal}

I John Mendenhall do this Third day of January 1835 make and publis this codicil to my last will and testament in manner following that is to say I give Lyzaes Son Greenup his freedom on those Conditions, that is the said Greenup is to serve and be at the disposel of his Mistress during her naturel lifetime if so be that said Martha B Mendenhall should deceased previous two the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and forty seven he said Greenup is to remain as the servent of my daughter Martha B Mendenhall from the day of her mother death to the and of the year 1847 as above stated, Then after the said term the said Greenup is to be set at liberty, and made free of and from all all of my heirs Administrators &c. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this third day of January eighteen hundred and thirty five

[signed] Jno Mendenhall {Seal}

I, John Mendenhall do this fourth day of Janr. 1835 make and publish this codicil my last will and testament in manner following, That is to say I give and bequeath to my son Ira Mendenhall, the sum of Fifty I give and bequeath to my son Miles Mendenhall ten dollars I give and bequeath to my Grandchildren Malins to say the sum of five dollars to each one that is to say John Malin 5, Ira Malin 5, Joseph Malin 5, Ann E Malin 5 which said several Legasies or sums of money I will and order shall be paid to the said respective legatees within (that is to say, my two suns, one year after my deceased, And those several sums of money paid to my other legatees within three years after my Decease and lastly is my desire that this my present codicil be annexed to and made a part of my last will and testament to all intents and purposes In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day January in the year of our Lord &c One thousand eight hundred thirty five.

[signed] Jno Mendenhall

And thereupon come said plaintiff and object to the Probate of said paper as and for the last will and testament of said John Mendenhall dec’d and make and file the following allegation against the validity or proof of said supposed will here insert therein. And it appearing to the Court that said plaintiffs are all the Children or their decendants of said John Mendenhall deced, and the persons interested in the Estate which was of said John Mendenhall decd and by agreement said Joseph C Eggleston is appointed Guardian ad litem of said Martha E Mendenhall who is a minor under the age of 21 years, and the Court now here proceed to hear the proofs and allegations of said parties without the intervention of a Jury which is waved. And the Court after hearing the testimony and due deliberation had thereon, do find and adjudge that said writing produced is not the last will and testament of siad John Mendenhall decd and do therefore refuse to admit the same to Probate as such, and from said Judgment said Martha B Mendenhall prayes an appeal to the Switzerland Circuit Court which is granted, by her entering into Bond in the sum of Fifty dollars with security to be approved by the Clerk within the time prescribed by law, conditioned as the law directs.

Guardianship of Pomp – 1831

From the May 1831 Term of the Switzerland County, Indiana Probate Court.

The following is a transcription from:
“Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999,” Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9045 : accessed 19 June 2017); Switzerland > Probate Order Book, Vol 1, 1814-1824, 1831-1837 and 1837-1841 > image 161, 1831-1837, p. 7.

Comes Thomas Armstrong and prays that Charles Henderson of Switzerland County be and he is hereby appointed Guardian of the Person and property or estate of Pomp a boy of color aged about seventeen years, who was brought to Vevay by a certain Jacob R Evertson late of Vevay, said Pomp is said to be a native of the state of New York. On said Charles Henderson entering into bond and security as the law directs with Thomas Armstrong his security in the sum of one hundred dollars within ten days after rising of this court.

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Will of Jonathan Lewis of Switzerland County, Indiana – 1826

The following is a transcription of:
“Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9045 : 23 May 2017), Switzerland > Probate Record Vol A, 1827-1834 > image 106; p. 44.

In the name of God, Amen. I, Jonathan Lewis of the County of Switzerland State of Indiana, being in a low State of health, but of Sound Mind, do make ordain this my last Will & Testament as follows (Viz) My body I wish to have a Christian burial, my soul I commit to the God who gave it, my funeral expences [sic] and all other lawful debts I direct first to be paid. I give bequeath one dollar a piece to the following persons (Viz) Jessey Lewis, Joseph Lewis, Rebechcah Elles, Abraham Lewis, Hester Green, Ann Miles, Susannah Elles, Rachel Miles, Isaac Lewis, Polly Christy, Sally Bristo, Martha Lewis, Lovey Lewis, James Lewis & Elizabeth Lewis. I also give bequeath all the ballance [sic] of my personal property & moneys to my mother Sally Lewis, also I give bequeath one negro man named Arch to said Sally Lewis my mother. I do appoint and ordain my truly friend Isaac Lewis Executor of this my last Will and Testament Authorizing him conveyances & do all such other acts as may be necessary and agreeable to Law in the premises. In Testimony hereof therunto Set my hand & affix my Seal this 3rd day of February 1826.

Jonathan Lewis {Seal}

Ralph N. Wykoff}
Cornelius A. Voris} [witnesses]

[Will admitted on 27 March 1826.]

Archibald Lewis Certificate of Freedom – 1832

Switzerland County, Indiana, Circuit Court Order Book J, p. 317.

Switzerland County SS.

Be it remembered that on the 8th day of June AD 1839, Archibald Lewis a person of colour filed in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County, a Certificate of his freedom which Certificate reads in the words and figures following to wit:

This is to certify that on the 4th day of October in the year One thousand eight hundred and thirty, that I Sarah Lewis of Pleasant township Switzerland County and State of Indiana, did on the same day in the town of Vevay according to law, Liberate and set free one negro man by the name of Archibald, said Archibald being my property previous to said date, according to the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and I further certify that by said liberation, I relinquished all my right and claim to his services, and by said act I fully intended, that he said Archibald should enjoy all and every privelege, that free people of colour, did enjoy under the constitution and laws of this Commonwealth or State of Indiana.

Given under my hand Seal this 23rd day of April 1832.
[Signed] Sarah [her X mark] Lewis {Seal}

Attest} David Henry, Isaac Lewis

Subscribed and sworn to before me on the 23rd day of April AD 1832.
Henry Rogers, a justice of the peace

Fanny Burton Freedom Papers – 1839

Switzerland County, Indiana, Circuit Court Order Book J, p. 211.

James Harwood also freed Molly Emery in 1839.

Fanny Burton Freedom Papers

Switzerland County, SS.
Be it Remembered that on the 1st day of March AD 1839 Fanny Burton a woman of Colour filed in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County, a Certificate which reads in the words and figures following to wit.

Indiana Switzerland County Sct
I hereby Certify that Fanny Burton a woman of colour was permitted by me to come from Virginia to this state, so that she may enjoy her freedom. The Clerk of the aforesaid County and State is hereby authorized to issue her papers. Given under my hand this 28th day of February 1839.
James Harwood

A true copy of the above certified for the said Fanny Burton on the first day of March AD 1839.
Edward Patton Clerk

 

Molly Emery Freedom Papers – 1839

Switzerland County, Indiana, Circuit Court Order Book J, p. 206.

James Harwood also freed Fanny Burton in 1839.

Molly Emery Freedom Papers

State of Indiana, Switzerland County} SS.
Be it rembred [remembered] that on the 20th day of February AD 1839 Molly Emery a Woman of Color filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County The following Certificate Viz:

Indiana, Switzerland County to wit}
This is the certify that Molly Emery a woman of colour has been from a child my own property, and I have permitted her to come from Virginia to This State in order That she may enjoy her freedom. The Clerk of The aforesaid County is hereby authorized to issue papers to that effect.

Given under my hand This 20th day of February 1839.
James Harwood

A True Copy of the above Certified for the Said Molly Emery on the 20th day of February AD 1839.
Edward Patton, Clerk