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Last Will and Testament of Joseph Manning

In the name of God, Amen; I Joseph Manning of the County of Perry and State of Missouri being of sound and disposing mind, and in my usual health, although weak in body, and not long expecting to live, and being desirous of disposing of the estate which Providence has given me in this world, according to my own pleasure and inclination, I do hereby make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

To wit, I resign my soul into the hands of All mighty [sic] God, and my body I commit to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian like manner, at the discretion of my executors hereinafter mentioned, and my wordly [sic] estate both real and personal I give and desire as follows:

First, It is my wish and desire that all my just and legal debts be paid out of my Estate by my Executors,

Second, I give bequeath and devise to my beloved wife Sarah one third part of all and singular, the real estate I now possess including the mansion-house, outhouses, and improvements attached to the same and now occupied by me in the County and State aforesaid during her natural life.

Also, I give bequeath and desire to said wife, Sarah, absolutely as her own property forever, one third of the amount of the value of my personal estate presented to legal and authorised [sic] appraisers according to law by my executors after my decree, and it is also my desire that she may have the right and privelege [sic] of such articles or portion of any said personal Estate as she may think proper to select and over which the appraisors [sic] put[?] in the same, and it is also my will and desire that my executors assign to her, her dividend of the proceeds of my personal estate aforesaid in notes taken for the same immediately after the sale, as it is to be hers exclusive of any demands against my Estate.

I also give and bequeath unto my son Joseph, the sum of one dollar to be paid to him by my said executors whenever demanded, I also give and bequeath unto my grand children Louis Manning, and Benedict Manning, heirs of Ezekiel Manning, deceased, the sum of two dollars each, and I give and bequeath unto my grandchildren Ezekiel Reddick, Mary Ann Reddick, John Frederick Reddick and Joseph Reddick heirs and children of my daughter Mary Manning deceased, the sum of two dollars each. And I also give and bequeath unto Leander Brewer, son and heir of my daughter Delia Brewer, formerly Delia Manning, deceased two dollars, to be paid to them when they arrive at the age of twenty-one years respectively by my executors.

And I also give and bequeath unto my beloved children Arsiana Manning, Louisa Manning, Catharine Manning, William Manning, and Pius Manning all the Estate both real and personal, which may be left after the payment of all debts due by me, and all legacies which I have bequeathed to my grand children by this my last will and testament, together with all acts[?] attending the executorship and management of my said estate by my said Executors, which should be legally allowed, and the legacy or[?] provision made by my said will for my beloved wife Sarah to be divided between them equally share and share alike;

and I do hereby constitute, nominate and appoint my son Pius Manning, and John B. Moranville, my son-in-law, my executors of this my last will and testament, should they survive me, but should one of them or both of them depart this life before me then and in that event it is my desire that James Brewer act with other of the persons above mentioned, and I hereby appoint him my executor, in the event of one or both of my executors above mentioned dying before me.

In witness whereof I Joseph Manning of the County aforesaid do hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty.

Joseph Manning {SEAL}

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Joseph Manning as and for his last will and testament in presence of us the undersigned witnesses who at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto this 24th day of December A. D. 1840.

Edward M. Holden
Cloditta X Johnson {SEAL}
her mark                    
John Layton, Senr

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Be it Remembered that in this seventh day of November A. D. 1843, then came John Layton, Senior & Edward M. Holden the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Joseph Manning Senior deceased and made oath on the Holy Evangelists of All mighty God, that he did see Joseph Manning Sen., sign his name to the foregoing instrument of writing, and that the said Joseph Manning Sen. then acknowledged the same to be his last will and testament and that the said Joseph Manning Sen. was at the time of so doing of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding to the best of their apprehension and belief. And that they t he said John Layton Senior, and Edward M. Holden subscribed their names as witnesses thereto in the presence of, and at the request of the said Joseph Manning Senior, and in the presence of each other.

John Layton, Sen.
Edward M. Holden

Sworn and subscribed to before me. James Rice, Clerk of the Count Court of the County of Perry on the day first above written

Test: James Rice, Clk

Recorded November the 7th A. D. 1843
Test: James Rice, Clerk of the County Court

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Relinquishment of Sarah Manning, Widow of Joseph Manning, dec’d

Know all men by these Presents that I Sarah Manning widow, and and [sic] one of the legatees under the last will and testament of Joseph Manning, late of Perry County in the State of Missouri, deceased, do hereby relinquish all the rights, credits, property real and personal bequeathed to me in the last will and testament of said deceased, and do also relinquish all claim to any provisions or arrangements therein made for my benefit in any manner whatsoever, and I do hereby make known, that it is my intention to claim and accept such portion of the estate of said deceased, real and personal and such provisions as by law I thereto have been entitled to had said deceased died intestate.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my name and seal this 13th day of November A. D. 1843.

Sarah X Manning {SEAL}
her mark                    

Test: John Layton, Senr
Thomas Riney

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Be it Remembered, that on this thirteenth day of November in the year of Our Lord eighteen hundred and forty-three before me a Justice of the Peace within and for the County aforesaid personally came Sarah Manning who is personally known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the same and severally acknowledged the same to be her act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned. Taken and certified the day and year aforesaid by James.

John Layton, Justice of the Peace

Recorded January the 11th 1844
Test: James Rice, Clerk of the Perry County Court

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