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Last Will and Testament of Myrtle Griffin Leland

I, Myrtle Griffin Leland of the City of Tuscaloosa, State of Alabama, do hereby make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking any and all Wills which may heretofore have been made by me;

Item 1.

It is my will that all of my just debts and Funeral expenses be paid out of my estate as soon after my decease by the Executors of this Will as soon as can be conveniently done.

Item 2.

I give and bequeath to my niece, Doris Griffin that certain diamond ring given me by my aunt, Mrs. Sarah Brantley, should the same be owned by me and in my possession at the time of my decease.

Item 3.

I give and bequeath to my sister, Mrs. Lela Griffin Houser, and my brother E. Lyle Griffin absolutely, and to my sister, Mrs. Pearl Griffin Borum, and Mrs. Maude Griffin Durham, and my sister-in-law, Mrs. Gertrude Griffin, for the rest of their natural lives, share and share alike, all of the personal property, except my clothes, furniture, and other household furnishings, including any money that I may have or which may be due me at the time of my decease and which may be left in the hands of my Executors after the preceding Item of this Will shall have been complied with.At the death of any of the holders of a life estate in said personal property, namely, Mrs. Pearl Griffin Borum, Mrs. Maude Griffin Durham, and Mrs. Gertrude Griffin, the remainder of her share in said personal property will go to Elizabeth Ayers Homan, now a resident of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama; if any of the above-named holders of a life estate in said personal property should predecease me, her share of said personal property will go to said Elizabeth Ayres Homan absolutely. If my sister, Mrs. Lela Griffin Houser, should predecease me, her share of said personal property will go to said Elizabeth Ayers Homan absolutely.If my sister, Mrs. Lela Griffin Houser, should predecease me, I give and bequeath her share of my personal property to my niece, Ruby Farmer Clements. If my brother, E. Lyle Griffin should predecease me, I give and bequeath his share (of) said personal property to my sister-in-law, Mrs. Lula Mellon Griffin, and my niece, Phyllis Griffin Oser(sp) and Doris Griffin, share and share alike.I give and bequeath to said Elizabeth Ayres Homan all my clothes, furniture, and other household furnishing.

Item 4.

I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Ayres Homan the remaining proceeds from the sale to Charles D. Davis, Sr., of my undivided one-fifth (1/5) interest in those farms or plantations known as the “Potter Place” and the “Leland Places” located on or near the Warrior River in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, said proceeds at time of sale being the sum of $7,000.00 has been invested in stocks, bonds, real estate or in other property. I give and bequeath the property representing said investment to Elizabeth Ayers Homan.

Item 5.

Should Elizabeth Ayres Homan not survive me then it is my will that all of the property I may own at the time of my decease wheresoever located and whether real or personal, which shall be remaining after items 1 & 2 of this Will shall have been complied with by my Executors shall be and become the property of my brother, E. Lyle Griffin, my sister-in-law, Mrs. Gertrude Griffin, and my sisters, Mrs. Lela Griffin Houser, Mrs. Pearl Griffin Borum and Mrs. Maude Griffin Durham; share and share alike, to have and to hold to them absolutely.Should either of them, however die prior to my decease, it is my will that his or her part of said property be and become the property of his or her heirs and be distributed among said heirs in accordance to the statutes of descents and distributions as now provided by the laws of Alabama.

Item 6.

I give and bequeath to Mrs. Ella Leland Faulk of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, one (1) United States Savings Bond of the maturity value of Fifty Dollars ($50.00).

Item 7.

I hereby nominate and appoint Elizabeth Ayres Homan and George A. LeMaistre, or the survivor of them, to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament, and it is my will that they not be required to give any bond.It is also my will that none of the Courts of this or any other state shall have any control over them in any way whatever except simply to probate this Will and grant to them letters testamentary.

In Testimony Whereof I, the said Myrtle Griffin Leland, have to this my last Will and Testament which is contained on this and the two preceding pages, subscribing my name and affixes my seal on this the 18th day of December, 1950.

Myrtle G. Leland (Seal)

Signed sealed and declared by the said Myrtle Griffin Leland as her last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who at her request and in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

M. T. Urmond 

                                                                 Filed July 11, 1951
Gorden Rosen
 

Chester Walker, Judge of Probate

Tuscaloosa County, Alabama

State of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, County

I, Chester Walker, Judge of the Probate Court in and for Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, hereby certify that the instrument of writing hereto attached which purports to be the Last Will and Testament of Myrtle Griffin Leland, deceased, has on this the 10th day of August, 1951, been duly and legally proven to be the true, genuine and legal Last Will and Testament of Myrtle Griffin Leland deceased, that the said Will has been admitted to probate and record in the said Probate Court of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, and that the said Will and also the proof have been duly and legally recorded in the probate record of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, in Book of Wills 14 Page 168.

Given under my hand and official seal on ………………………..