LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT AND CODICIL THERETO ATTACHED, OF R.M. WELSH, DECEASED.
I, R. M. Welsh, of Bakerton, in Jefferson County, West Virginia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all other will or wills heretofore made by me.
FIRST. I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my executor hereinafter named as soon after my death as is convenient for him to do so.
SECOND. After the payment of all my just debts, funeral expenses, and the proper costs of administration, I will, devise and bequeath to Miss Rose L. Cockrell, of Bakerton, W. Va., my entire interest in the joint bank account at the Farmers and Merchants Deposit Company of Charles Town, W. Va., or in any other bank in Jefferson and Berkely Counties, where said bank account is joint at the time of my death, and all money invested in Government bonds, whether coupon or registered bonds, likewise owned by me at my death.
THIRD. I will and bequeath to my Nephew, Lowell H. Hetzel, my New Ford Five Passenger Sedan, and to my Niece, Helen R. Hetzel, my cedar ward-robe.
FOURTH. All the rest and residue of my property, wheresoever situated and of every kind and description, real, personal and mixed, I will, devise and bequeath, in equal share, and one fourth to each, to my nephew, Lowell H. Hetzel, and my nieces, Virginia E. Welsh, Helen R. Hetzel, and Wander Dae Gerry.
FIFTH. I appoint my nephew, Lowell H. Hetzell, executor of this my last will and testament, and direct that he be allowed to qualify and administer on my said estate without giving bond and security.
WITNESS my signature and seal, this 19th. day of February, 1930.
R. M. Welsh (SEAL)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by R.M. Welsh, testator, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, two competent witnesses, who, at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of one another, all present at the same time, have hereunto subscribed our names as attesting witnesses.
July 21st, 1931,
6th. To Helen Ruth Hetzel my Bungalow and 1/4 Acre Ground, without any right away through this tract. Said Tract leading to the main right-away of my estate Roy M. Welsh, this tract to include fronting on Main right-away on the West Side: and thence from the Wire fence on the concrete base on the North Side: the the right away on the South Side: extending back East far enough to make 1/4 Acre. Including all wrights to above mentioned wright-aways.
7th. To Rose L. Cockerel my original Home Place of Roy M. Welsh in case that I die before her: she shall have the say over this property untill her death. In case Rose L. Cockerel is in need this property is to be sold by Court to provide for her. At Rose L. Cockerel’s death this property is to be sold by Lowell H. Hetzel, and equally divided between my living Nephew, Lowell H. Hetzel and living Neices. If Nephew or Neices die before this will is executed they do not share but this share or shares is to be divided among the living Ones.
8th: Any person or persons of the 4th Paragraph of this will who have deceased are not eligible to their share but this is to be divided among the living ones.
Witness my signature & seal, this
Witness P.S. Millard
State of West Virginia, County of Jefferson, Sct.:
IN THE CLERK’S OFFICE OF THE COUNTY COURT: SEPTEMBER 28th, 1932
A paper writing bearing date of February 19th, 1930, purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of R. M. Welsh, late of Bakerton, Jefferson County, West Virginia, was this day, September 28th, 1932, offered for probate in said office, and on the same day in said office, said writing was fully proved by P.S. Millard and M. D. Welsh, the subscribing witnesses thereto, who made oath in due form of law that the aforesaid testator, in their presence, published and declared said writing as and for his Last Will and Testament, that they subscribed their names as witnesses thereto at the request of the said testator, in his presence and in the presence of each other, all signing at the same time, and that to the best of their knowledge and belief, said testator was of sound sense and memory at that time.
A second paper writing, bearing date of July 21st, 1931, purporting to be a Codicil to and made a part of the aforesaid instrument, was this day, September 28th, 1932, offered for probate in said office, and on same day in said office, said codicil writing was fully proved by P. S. Millard and M. D. Welsh, the subscribing witnesses thereto, who made oath in due form of law that the aforesaid testator in their presence, published and declared said writing as and for a codicil to his Last Will and Testament, dated as aforesaid, that they subscribed their names as witnesses thereto at the request of the said testator, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, all signing at the same time, and that to the best of their knowledge and belief, said testator was of sound sense and memory at the time of so doing.
Thereupon it is ordered that said writings bearing dates as aforesaid, be and they are hereby admitted to record as the true Last Will and Testament, and Codicil thereto attached, of the said R. M. Welsh, deceased.
Chas. A. Johnson, Clerk of said Court.
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