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Will of David C. Downing (written 6 Aug 1909)
Transcribed from Lincoln County, MO Will Book 7, page 417 and provided by Laurie Downing Wilcox, 2000 .
I David C. DOWNING of the county of Lincoln and the State of Missouri on this 6th day
of August A.D. 1909 being more than of Twenty One years of age, and of sound mind, do make
and execute the following as and for my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking any former
wills hertofore by me made.
1st. It is my will that my executors hereinafter appointed pay any and all debts by me owing at the time of my death including my burial expenses, and erect such grave stones to my memory as they shall select to be paid from any property that may come into their hands as executors of my estate. And after the payment of the above amounts, then it is my will and I dispose of direct and bequeath, that all the remainder of my property of any and all kinds and charachter and where situate, that I shall die possesed of or belong to me at the time of my death be divided as follows.
To my beloved wife Drucilla F. give devise and bequeath to be hers absolutely an undivided one third of all the property real personal or mixed
that I may die possesed of, subject to its proportionate part of the payment of the items mentioned in the first clause of this will, the above bequest of to be in lieu of all dower homestead and exemption rights, which she the said Drucilla F. shall have as my widow.
The remaining two thirds of my estate I give and bequeath in equal parts to my son Louis B. and my daughter Vecye L. to be theirs absolutely, after the payment of the items in the first clause of this will.
For the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this will I make constitute and appoint as executors my wife Drusilla F. DOWNING my son Louis B. DOWNING and my daughter Vecye L. DOWNING and I give them full power and authority to sell and convey all the property disposed of by this instrument, being all the property I shall own at the time of my death, and it is my desire and direction that they be not required to administor my estate in the Courts or any Court, nor shall they be required to give bond as such executors.
I am now Guardian and Curator of Kitty GLADNEY a person of unsound mind and should I die while administering such trust I do not desire that this fact should make an administration of my estate necessary as I have kept a true account of her estate as shown by my Annual Statements in the Probate Court of this county, and my executors are authorized to turn over the property and belongings to said Kitty GLADNEY which shall remain in my hands ... to such person who may by proper authority be appointed to succeed me. My Attorney O.H. AVERY having made settlements for me and is thoroughly cognizant of the condition of said estate and will aid my executors in disbursing to Kitty GLADNEY or such person as may be appointed to represent her, all property due her as my ward as shown by the records of the Probate Court of Lincoln County, Missouri and my
account with her.
In witness whereof I have this 6th day of August 1909 signed my name and attached my seal to this instrument for and as my last Will and Testament.
David C. DOWNING
September 25, 1916
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