Submitted By: Linda Carpenter
I, James Stevenson do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby renouncing and making void all other wills by me made at any time.
First: I direct that my funeral expenses and debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my executor.
Secondly: To my daughter Isabella Zucarello I give and bequeath one thousand dollars in payment of which she is to receive a note which I hold against her husband S. Zucarello for one thousand dollars, bearing date Jan. 1st 1881.
Thirdly: To my sons James F. and David Stevenson I give and bequeath one thousand dollars each. In payment of which they are to receive the notes which I hold against them respectively for one thousand dollars. Each said notes bear date of James Nov. 3, 1882 and David's Nov. 1, 1882 and I direct that no accounts be made of any interest that may be due on either of the above notes, at the time of my death.
Fourthly: To my two grand Children Mary and Johnie Writesman Heirs of my deceased daughter Anna Writesman, I give and bequeath the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty dollars each to be paid out of a note due me by their father John Writesman, for Five Hundred dollars, Bearing date of Oct. 1, 1882, and should said note be paid before my death, then the above amounts of Two Hundred and fifty dollars each is to be paid out of any other money that may come into the hands of my executor.
Fifthly: To James McKnight, Maggie McKnight and Isabella McKnight. Heirs of my Deceased Daughter Martha McKnight I give and bequeath the sum of Two Hundred dollars to be divided as follows, James One Hundred, Maggie Fifty, and Isabelle Fifty.
Sixthly: After all the preceding Bequests have been Paid, All other moneys remaining or that may be realized from the collection of debts due me, I give and Bequeath to my Three Children James F. Stevenson, David Stevenson & Isabella Zucarello to be divided equally.
Seventhly: My other personal property consisting of furniture beds & I give to my son David Stevenson.
Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint B. J. Farrar my executor, In witness where of I do to this will, set my hand and seal This 4 day of Jan. 1884. Signed sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names here of in the presence of the testator this 4 day of Jan. 1884.
Witness J. C. McClendon A. H. Brent
He died at age 87, cause of death old age.