Submitted by Maryanne Butler Walsh
WILL - made 23 Aug 1840 and probated 31 May 1847:
In the name of God Amen. I William Butler being yet
of sound mind and memory yet laboring under sore affliction and feeling
my bodily strength failing and believe my end near of my natural life do
by the duty imposed on me as a husband, parent and citizen make, constitute
and ordain this my last will and testament. That my wife Sarah have and
retain possession of all my lands and possessions on which we now live
during her natural life or widowhood and that all or so much as is necessary
of all my other
Sworn and subscribed before me this 31st day or May 1847
C. Halshausen, Judge of Probate
March 9, 1847 - Sarah Butler widow of William Butler petitioned for letters of administration and was appointed May 31. She filed an inventory of estate July 25. That modest inventory did not contain anything to indicate he farmed more that enough to support his family and had only a minimal amount of stock. However, he was a beekeeper having 23 hives.
Sarah Butler died Nov. 1849 according to the Polk Co 1850 Mortality
Schedule (age 50 - born in KY)
COURT DOCKET - County Court, July Term 1851 Application for final settlement & C.
Whereas James Winn, Administrator of said Estate having presented to the Court his final exhibit and account of said Estate for final settlement, and the Court being satisfied that the notice herein ordered has been given proceeded to examine said account and exhibit, and after careful examination, audits and settles the same and ordered that the vouchers presented to be filed and recorded by the Clerk and after payment of all the debts against the Estate, the sum of four hundred and twenty five 20/100 dollars is left in the hands of Admin. and subject to distribution & partition among the heirs of said Estate and from enquiry & testimony, the heirs of said Estate found to be: John Childress & wife, Susan; Edward Irons & wife, Mary; Stephen Butler, Henry Butler, John Butler, Elisha Irons & wife, Delila; Silas M. Butler, Leander Butler, Kessiah Butler, who are adults & Elizabeth Butler, a minor, who are each entitled to one tenth part of said sum above named and Wm. S. Vance having presented to the Court transfers duly authenticated by the above name adult heirs, to him for their interest in said Estate. It is therefore ordered by the Court that Jas. Winn, administrator of said Estate, pay to W. S. Vance the sum of Three hundred and Eighty two 68/100 Dollars, being the interest of the said nine adults heirs, which leaves the sum of the minor Elizabeth of Forty-two 52/100 Dollars in the hands of said Winn, Admin. It is therefore ordered by the Court that James Winn be and is hereby appointed guardian Ad.Litem of the said minor & it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that said administrator has accounted for all the assets -that has come into his hands and that all debts against the same have been paid, also the distributive shares of all the adult heirs. It is therefore ordered by. the Court that James Winn, Administrator of the Estate of Wm. Butler Dec'd. be and is hereby discharged from all further liability or responsibility of the same and is discharged from his trusts as aforesaid.
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