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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Proof of Will

In Vacation of the County Court.

Be it remembered that on the 30th day of December A. D. 1861 personally appeared before the undersigned Charles C. Ellis, Clerk of the County Court, of the County and state aforesaid, John Bridgman and F. Schliesser, the subscribing witnesses to the annexed will of Phillip Doerr and being by me duly sworn, depose and say, that the said Phillip Doerr, the testator subscribed the same in their presence, and published the said will or instrument of writing as his last will, that he, the said testator was at the time of publishing his said will of sound mind, and more than twenty one years of age, and that they the said deponents, attested the said will as witnesses thereto, by subscribing their names to the same, in the presence of said testator.

John Bridgman
F. Schliesser

In witness whereof, I Charles C. Ellis Clerk of the County Court of the County of Perry, have hereto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said Court, at office, in the County aforesaid this 30th day of December A. D. 1861.

Ch. C. Ellis, Clerk

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Certificate of Probate

I, Charles C. Ellis, Clerk of the County Court, within and for the County aforesaid, do hereby certify, that the foregoing proof is held by me sufficient to establish the within and foregoing instrument of writing, as the last will and testament of Phillip Doerr deceased, and is therefore accepted as such.

In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal of office, this 20th day of December A. D. 1861.

Charles C. Ellis, Clerk

Recorded December the 30th A. D. 1861
Attest: Charles C. Ellis, Clerk

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Bond of Augustus Doerr, Adm. of Phillip Doerr, dec'd.

Know all Men by these presents. That We Augustus Doerr as principal and Francis Rice, Richard J. Hammet and Charles C. Brown as Securities of the County of Perry and State of Missouri are held and firmly bound to the State of Missouri in the Sum of Ten Thousand Dollars of lawful Money for payment whereof Well and truly to be made and done. We bind our heirs, executors and administrators jointly and Severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals this second day of January A. D. One thousand eight hundred and sixty two.

The conditions of the above obligation is such that if the said Augustus Doerr Adm. with the will annexed of Phillip Doerr, dec'd. Shall faithfully administer said Estates, account for, pay and deliver all money and property of said Estate, and faithfully execute the last Will and testament of said deceased: pay the debts and legacies as far as the assetts will extend, and the law directs, condsider just accounts, and faithfully perform all other things touching said executorship required by law or the order or decree of any court having jurisdiction, then the above bond to be void and of no effect otherwise to remain in full force.

Augustus Doerr {seal}
Francis Rice {seal}
Richard J. Hammett {seal}
C. C. Brown {seal}

Signed Seal'd and delivered in the presence of Charles C. Ellis, Clerk of the county Court of said County.

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Letters of Administration with the Will annexed

To all to whom these presents shall come, Greetings:

Know ye that the last Will and testament of Phillip Doerr, deceased, hath in due form of law been exhibited, proved and recorded, in the office of the Clerk of the County Court for Perry County, a copy of which is hereto annexed, and in as much as Augustus Doerr has this day been by me Charles C. Ellis, Clerk of the Court, appointed to execute the same and to the end that the property of said testator, Phillip Doerr, may be preserved for those who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, and that the said last will and testament may be executed according to the request of the testator, I ,Charles C. Ellis, Clerk of the County Court in vacation do hereby authorize him the said Augustus Doerr as such Administrator, with the will annexed, to collect and secure all and singular, the goods and chattels, rights and credits, which were of the said Phillip Doerr at the time of his death, in whosoever hands or possession the same may be found and to perform and full fill [sic] all such duties as may be enjoined him by said last Will, so far as there shall be property and the law charges [him; and in general to do and perform all other acts which are now or may be hereafter required of him by law.

In testimony whereof, I Charles C. Ellis, Clerk of the County Court in and for said County have hereunto signed my name and affixed the seal of said Court at office in Perryville this 2nd day of January 1862.

Charles C. Ellis, Clerk of County Court]

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