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The Will of Captain John Damron
of Virginia, Tennessee & Illinois
The will of "Captain" John Damron, of VA, TN & IL
son of Moses Damron & Aggie Owl
(The digital images on this page have been "cleaned-up" in order to make them more legible.)
Transcription of the Will of John Damron, 1835
Transcription of the Will of John Damron, 1835 "IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I JOHN DAMRON of Franklin County and the State of Illinois being through the abundant mercy of God, Tho“ weak in body yet of a sound and perfect understanding and memory do constitute this my last will and testament and desire it may be received by all as such: FIRST . . . I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker, beseeching His most gracious acceptance of it through the all sufficient merits and mediation of the adorable Redeemer Jesus Christ who gave Himself to be an atonement for my sins and in able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him, and Who I trust will not reject me, when I come to him for mercy; in that hope and confidence I render up my soul with comfort, humbly beseeching the most gracious merciful and holy Lord God to prepare me for the time of my Dissoulution and then to take me to Himself into that abode of peace and life which he hath prepared for all that love and fear His holy name, Amen.
"I give my body to the earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection from thence at the last day; as to my Burial, I desire it may be decent and at the discretion of my dear wife and my executors here after named who I doubt not will manage it with all requisite prudence . . . As to my worldly Estate I will and positively order that all my debts be paid, and first I give to my son JOSEPH DAMRON, the sum of One Dollar, and to each of my children, BETSEY, JUDITH, WILLIAM, GEORGE, POLLY, NOBLE LADD, ANNE, MOSES, CONSTANTINE LADD, AND HULDAH, the like sum of One Dollar. To my son JOHN I give my large Family Bible--
"And I also give to the Heirs of my son DAVID DAMRON, One Dollar--to each of my daughters, AGNES and ELVIRA, the like sum of One Dollar--
"SECONDLY, I give to MALISSA, one Feather bed with its necessary furniture and a cow and calf.
"THIRDLY, I give to my dear wife all the residue of my property my improvements Household furniture, farming utensils and stock of every description with the intent and expectation that she will raise my youngest son, NOAH THOMPSON, and my will further says, that during her life or the continuance of her widowhood she enjoy and use all of the remainder of my property, but at her death or marriage my will is that my son NOAH THOMPSON shall have all that there may remain.
"I do here by appoint my wife as Executrix and my son John Damron, and my worthy friend Joseph Kuykendal1 Executors of this my last will and testament firmly believing that they will faithfully see that my wishes as herein expressed will be fully executed after I am gone. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5th day of September, 1835.
(SEAL) JOHN DAMRON (SEAL)
JESSE (X) APLING;"
(The will was found in Estate Box 56 at the Johnson County Courthouse, Vienna, Johnson Co., Illinois.)
(In some cases, the digital images on this page have been "cleaned-up" in order to make them more legible.)
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19 August 2013