Petition for Letters Testamentary subscribed and sworn to by Samuel W. Downing, filed October 19th, 1866, represents that Samuel Downing departed this life, testate, on or about August 2nd, 1866, leaving surviving him no widow, and Sarah Culp, Thomas Downing, Mary Reese, Saml. W. Downing, John C. Downing, Heirs of George Downing, decd., and heirs of Wm. N. Downing.
Will filed September 27th, 1866; October 19th, 1866, Will proven in open Court, admitted to probate and ordered recorded; recorded in Will Record No. 1, page 190, is as follows:
In the name of God, Amen. I, Samuel Downing in the County of Logan and State of Illinois, being infirm in body but of sound and perfect memory blessed be Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say:
1st. All my property both real and personal I desire to have divided according to law, the heirs of my son George Downing deceased having already received five hundred dollars having; been paid by my for their benefit, I desire that they received their proportion less the five hundred dollars, which five hundred dollars I desire divided among my other heirs. I desire that one of my surviving sons shall be my executor of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 28th day 0f April, 1866.
Letters Testamentary issued October 19th, 1866, to Samuel W. Downing.
Adjustment Day had the third Tuesday in February, 1867.
Inventory on file; approved December 19th, 1866; recorded in Inventory Record 2, page 483, inventories: (Among other real estate)
Roland Birks conveyed the following Real Estate to Dec'd by General Warranty Deed of date Deptember 30th viz:The NE¼ of NW¼ of Sec. 4 T 18 N R 2 W of 3rd P. M. 39.41 A.
Samuel Martin & Wife conveyed the following described Real Estate to Dec'd d by General Warranty Deed of date Sept 30th 1846 viz:The SE¼ of SW¼ of Sec 33 T 19 N R 2 W of 3rd P.M. 40 A.
The said Samuel Downing Decd. in his lifetime towit, on the 12th day of December A. D. 1863 conveyed out of the above lands the following tract to Samuel W. Downing viz:
The above lands after deducting the last above described tract is all the Real Estate of which Samuel Downing died seized.
original transcription by: Logan County Title Company, Successor to Lynn R. Parker, Abstracter, Lincoln, Illinois, from the abstract of Title to Henry N. Downing Lands from day of entry from the United States [April 30, 1836] until July 22, 1931
Document provided by Roy D. Downing and transcribed by Cheryl L. Rothwell, both ggggrandchildren of Samuel Downing.