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In the name of God, amen. I, John Amberg of Lincoln in the county of Logan and state of Illinois being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefore make, ordain, publish, and declare this to be my last will and testament.
First, I order and direct that my executor hereinafter named, pay all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon after my decease as conveniently may be. Second, After the payment of such funeral expenses and debts, I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Katherina Amberg all of my property real and personal of whatever kind and description to have and hold same for her use exclusively.
(Next paragraph makes reference to what happens after Katherina dies and how his estate will pass to his children and grandchildren, but the copy is too faint to read.)
Lastly, I make, constitute, and appoint John Amberg, Jr. to be the executor of this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof, I have hereto subscribed my name and affixed my seal, the 9th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one.
This instrument was on the day of the date thereof, signed, published, and declared by the said testator John Amberg to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request have subscribed our names hereto as witnesses, in his presence, and in the presence of each other.