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Last Will and Testament of Leo Klump

In the name of God, Amen, I Leo Klump of the County of Perry and State of Missouri , being of sound and do make and publish this my last will and testament, as follows:

1st. I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my personal property. --

2nd. I give and bequeath to Cletis E. Klump my beloved son the sum of Two Hundred dollars and to my beloved son Jerome F. Klump the sum of Two Hundred Dollars out of my personalty notes and money.

3rd. All the rest and residue of my personal property -- goods chattels, moneys notes and effects -- I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sophia M. Klump absolutely in consideration of fifteen hundred dollars of her money in my hands and the property allowed her by Law as my widow.

4th. I give and devise all my real estate, whereever [sic] situated, owned by me, at the time of my death to my beloved wife Sophia M. Klump to have and to hold for and during her natural life -- and at her death to pass ex feo sienple to my beloved children Cletis E. Klump and Jerome F. Klump share and share alike. --

Lastly. I appoint my beloved ex fe Sophia M. Klump Executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this 28th day of September 1904.

Leo Klump

The foregoing instrument was at the date thereof signed and declared by the said Leo Klump to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

Charles A. Killian, Perryville, Mo.
Peter Hoffman, Perryville, Mo.

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Proof of Will

In the vacation of the Probate Court .

On this 12th day of October 194 before me Judge of the Probate Court within and for the County and State aforesaid personally came Charles A. Killian and Peter Hoffman, who being by me duly sworn on their oaths say that they were present and saw Leo Klump sign the foregoing instrument, purporting to be his last will and testament and heard him publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament; and that at the time of publishing the same the said Leo Klump was of sound and disposing mind; and that these deponents subscribed their names thereto as witnesses to the same in the presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other.

Charles A. Killian
Peter Hoffman

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th day of October A. D. 1904. In Testimony whereof witness my name and the seal of said Court hereto affixed the day and year last above written.

Chas. A. Weber
Judge of Probate

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Certificate of Probate

In the vacation of the Probate Court

I, Chas. A. Weber, Judge of the Probate Court within and for the County and State aforesaid, having examined the foregoing instrument purporting to be the last will and Testament of, and signed and executed by Leo Klump late of Perry County Missouri on the 7th day of October 1904 deceased and having heard the Testimony of Charles A. Killian and Peter Hoffman the subscribing witnesses thereto, in relation to the Execution of the same, do declare and adjudge said instrument to be the last will and Testament of the said Leo Klump late of Perry County deceased.

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at office in Perryville, County and State aforesaid this 12th day of October 1904.

Chas. A. Weber
Judge of Probate

Recorded October 12th 1904
Attest: Chas. A. Weber, Judge of Probate

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