Will of Dr. John Mendenhall, 1844
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Following is the will of Dr. John Mendenhall - son of Stephen and Elizabeth (Rich) Mendenhall. John was born 5 May 1770 - New Garden NC and died on 6 Sept. 1844, Vevay, Switzerland, IN.

THE WILL OF DR. JOHN MENDENHALL

Last Will & Testament John Mendenhall, State of Indiana Switzerland County Be it ____ that at a term of the Probate Court of said County holden at the Court House in the Town of Vevay in said County of the term November of said court to wit, on the 11th day of November AD 1845. The last Will and Testament of John Mendenhall deceased late of said County was produced to said Court and by said Court admited to probate and ordained of record in said court and which Will reads in the words and figures following to wit ; Vevay Ind. Jan 1 - 1835 - "In the name of God amen I John Mendenhall considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and blessed be Almighty God for the same I do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Martha B Mendenhall. the house and lot No. 64 - all appriatances there unto belonging during her widowhood. Then all the real estate I do bequeath to my daughter Martha Elizabeth Mendenhall and lastly as to all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate goods and chattels of kind and nature soever. I give and bequeath the same to my beloved wife Martha B Mendenhall, whom I hereby appoint Sole Exceutorx of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In Witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the first day of January in the year of Lord eighteen hundred and thirty five. John Mendenhall I John Mendenhall do this Second day of January 1835 make and publish this codicil to my last will and testament in manner following that is to say I give to Liza a Black woman a home on the premises and to have sufficiency of food and raiment and lodging. if sick to be taken leave of that is to say as long as she lives. On these conditions if she is willing to stay or live with the family so long but if she of her own will makes choice of any other home and moves off and leaves the above said premises then the abovesaid obligation to void and no further effect as witness my hand and seal this Second day of January eighteen hundred and thirty five. John Mendenhall (seal) I John Mendenhall do this third day of January 1835 make and publish this codicil to my last will and testament in manner following (that is to say) I give Lyzaes son Greenup his freedom on these conditions that is the said Greenup is to serve and be at the disposal of his said Mistress during her natural lifetime, if so be that the said Martha B Mendenhall shall decease previous two ___ years of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty seven the said Greenup is to remain as the servant of my daughter Martha E Mendenhall for the day of her mothers decease to end of the year 1847 as above stated. Then after the said term. the said Greenup is to be set at liberty, and made free of and from all. all of my heirs Administrators ___. In witness whereof I have henceto set my hand and seal this third day of January Eighteen hundred and thirty five. John Mendenhall (Seal) I John Mendenhall do this fourth day of January 1835 make and publish this codicil my last will and testament in manner following. That is to say I give and bequeath to my son Ira Mendenhall the sum of Fifty Dollars. I give and bequeath to my son Miles Mendenhall Ten Dollars. I give and bequeath to my Grand Children Malins, to say the sum of Five Dollars to each one. That is say. John Malin 5. Ira Malin 5. Joseph Malin 5. Ann E Malin 5. which said several legacies or sums of money I will and order shall be paid to the said respective legatees within that is to say my two sones, one year after my decease. and those several sums of money paid to my other legates within three years after my decease. And lastly is my desire that this my present codicil by annexed to and made apart of my last Will & Testament, to all intents and purposes in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred thirty five.

John Mendenhall

State of Indiana Switzerland County S.S.

I Edward Patton Clerk of the Probate Court of said County do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a full, true and complete copy of the last Will 7 Testament of John Mendenhall late of said County deceased. As admited to Probate and ordained of Record by the Probate Court of said County. at the November Term of said Court in the year 1845 In testimony wereof I do here unto set my hand and affix the Seal of said Court at Vevay this 11th day of Nove. AD 1845. Edward Patton Clk

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