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Source: Film #1316625, "Will Record 4 Aug. 1897 Oct. 1901," Logan County, Illinois, p. 95

Know all men by these presents that I John W. Hawes of the City of Atlanta County of Logan and State of Illinois Being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declare this to be my last will and Testament Revoking all other wills made by me.

First it is my will that my Executor hereinafter named pay out of my Estate all of my just debts and funeral expenses.

Second. I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Myra F. Hawes all of my household goods and kitchen furniture forever and our house situated on lot No (13) Thirteen in Gills East addition to the town (now City) of Atlanta in the County and State above named to have and to hold the same during her natural life. I also will that my Executor collect the rents as they become due on my store building situated on lot No (4) four and Block (41) forty one in said City of Atlanta, and pay the same to my said wife, less the amount necessary to pay the taxes insurance and repairs on said building and also that my Executor collect and pay to my said wife all of the amount of dividends accrueing from the thirty five shares of Bank stock which I hold in the Atlanta National Bank of Atlanta Illinois as the same becomes due, so long as she lives and if the above named store building should be destroyed by fire that my Executor collect the amount for which it is insured and pay the same to my said wife in yearly payments of three hundred dollars per annum. I also will that my Executor collect and pay to my said wife all of the interest accrueing from notes that I may hold at my death as said interest becomes due, as long as she lives. I also give devise and bequeath to my two grand daughters Dell Mountjoy and Nellie Hawes ten shares each of my above mentioned Bank stock to have and hold the same as their own after the death of my said wife. And I further will and direct that my said Executor pay the taxes insurance and repairs on the above named premises out of the rents or any other funds set apart for the use of my said wife, and if in case the income from the above named sources should become inadequate to the support of my said wife that my Executor make good the deficiency out of my notes that I may have at the time of my death.

And all of the rest and residue of my property real and personal and mixed reservations and remainders of whatsoever nature or wheresoever found or situate I will devise and bequeath to my son Henry Clay Hawes.

In Probate April Term, A. D. 1900.

On the 26th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and…

NOW on this day comes Henry C. Hawes and presents to the Court a petition, of John W. Hawes deceased, now on file in said Court, be admitted to Probate.

It appearing to the Court from said petition that the said John W. Hawes died at Atlanta, Ill. on or about the 21st day of April A. D. 1900 and at the time of his death resided at Atlanta in the County of Logan and State of Illinois, and that the names of the heirs at law and legatees as set forth in said petition, are as follows, to-wit:

Myra F. Hawes, widow and Henry C. Hawes, son; Eva D. Mountjoy, grand daughter and Nellie F. Hawes, grand daughter…

Transcribed and submitted by Sue Ridenhour.