Last Will and Testament of Aaron Powers

Last Will and Testament of Aaron Powers:
This last Will and Testament of Aaron Powers of Warren County and State of Illinois.  I, Aaron Powers being of sound mind do make and publish this my last will and Testament, in manner as follows:
          First    It is my will that my Son in law, A.G. Pearce be the Executor of this my will.
          Second    It is my will that all sums of money that I have paid to any or either of my children heretofore as I may hereafter make a fair and true statement of the amount and to whom paid or of all sums that I may after the date of this will pay to any of my children as may be shown by receipts, the sum shall be reckoned as a part of each recipients share as money then on hand, so that there may be an equalizing in the final division of my property.
     I, Aaron Powers have paid to my son Joseph C. Powers ($750.00) Seven hundred and fifty dollars, and I have paid to my son John M. $284 Two hundred and Eighty four Dollars, and I have paid to Benjamin A. $735 Seven Hundred and Thirty five Dollars, and I have paid to Daniel D. $365 Three Hundred and Sixty five Dollars, to my Daughter Eliza $93 Ninety three Dollars, I have paid to my son Colby deceased $144, One Hundred and forty four Dollars and to be a part of my Grand son James share - I have paid to my son Aaron deceased $300 Three Hundred Dollars and to be a part of his children's shares - I have paid by Solon deceased $300 Three Hundred Dollars and to be a part or all his two children's shares. I have paid to Martha Jane my daughter deceased $125 One Hundred and Twenty five Dollars, and to be reckoned in the account of her Daughter Eliza Jane's portion.
          Third    It is my will that my Executor sell at public sale so soon as may be after my decease a all my Estate real and personal of which I shall be possessed and on such terms of payment as may be most advisable and my Executor shall dispose of the proceeds of said Sale when collected to paying expense debts and legacies hereinafter named.
It is my will that one third the money arising from the Sale of my property be put at interest during the life time of my wife and she to recover the annual interest after meeting the expense of its supervision and after her death the said one third to be divided among my children and grand children as the other two thirds shall hereafter be directed to de divided.
It is my will that the remaining two thirds of my Estate be divided among my children and grand children as follows: I give unto my son Joseph C., John M., Benjamin A., Daniel D. Powers my four sons and Eliza Pearce and Mary G. Starr my two daughters equal shares of my estate and to their heirs and assigns. And to my daughter Phebe I give or order to be put at interest for her support during her life a sum equal to three times that given to either of my six children first named and at her death to be divided as my other property. And to the Children of my son Aaron dec'd, and to the children of my son Solon deceased, and to the child of my son Colby deceased, and to the child of my daughter Martha Jane deceased, I give each child (being my grand children) a sum equal to one sixth (1/6) of either or anyone of my six children first named, making the portion of each of these my grand children equal to one sixth of Joseph C. Powers.
                In witness I have hereunto put my hand and seal this seventh day of August in the year One Thousand and Eight Hundred and Fifty Seven
                            Aaron Powers {Seal}
      The above Instrument consisting of one sheet was here subscribed to by Aaron Powers testator in the presence of each of us and was at the same time declared by him to be his last Will and Testament and we at his request sign our names hereto as attesting witnesses.

                Attest        R. A. Saunders
                        George Snapp.
Foxie,

If you have a place to put wills of people who died in Warren, Illinois on your web site, here is the will of Aaron Powers.  Thanks for all of your help.

Ken Powers