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Last Will and Testament of Robert Wimsatt

In the name of God, Amen. I Robert Wimsatt being of Sound and disposing mind but weak in body and knowing that it is ordained that all must die, I do therefore make and establish this to be my last will and testament.

In the first place, I desire that my body should -- buried in a decent christian like manner and I give my soul to God. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Drucilla Wimsatt all my personal property including slaves, after my just and honest debts are paid, to be disposed of by her or so much thereof as she may think necessary for her support during her natural life; and after her death it is my will and desire that my negro boy John and Negro Girl Luvicy[?] should decend [sic] to my youngest Child Nancy Wimsatt; it is my will and desire that my Negro Girl Ellen should descend to my two daughters, Susannah Wimsatt and Catharine Wimsatt and should my Negro woman Jane have another heir, I desire also that the same should descend to Susannah and Catharine Wimsatt.

It is my will and desire that my other slaves (to wit) Reuben and Jane should descend to my other children to be equally divided amongst them to share and share alike, that is to say to Magdalin McCauley, wife of John McCauley; Louisa Moore, wife of Nicholas Moore; Isabella Tucker, wife of Isadore Tucker; Rose Ellen Cissell, wife of William Cissell; Joannah Tucker, wife of Hillary Tucker; and Caroline Wimsatt.

It is my will and desire should my youngest child Nancy Wimsatt die before she arrives at lawfull age to dispose of the property [devi]sed to her, it is my wish that her portion named in this will should decend [sic] to my two daughters Catherine Wimsatt and Susannah Wimsatt.

I appoint Joab M. Burgee my Executor to this my last will and testament.

Robert X Wimsatt
his mark        

Witnesses present George X Blanford
his mark        
Columbus Luttrell [?]

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Proof of Will

Be it remembered that on this 27th day of February A. 1854 personally appeared before me Henry T. Burns, Clerk of the County Court within and for the County aforesaid, George Blanford one of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing last will and testament of Robert Wimsatt deceased, late of Perry County; and being by me duly sworn, deposeth and sayeth that he saw the said Robert Wimsatt sometime in the month of September A. 1849 sign the within and foregoing instrument of writing which he then published as his last will and testament; that he the said testator was at the time of so doing of sound and disposing mind and over the age of twenty-one years; and that deponent attested said will as subscribing witness thereto by subscribing his name to the same at the request of said Testator and in presence of the testator and in the presence of Columbus Luttrell, the other subscribing witness thereto; and that deponent saw the said Columbus Luttrell subscribe his name to said will as a witness to the same in the presence of the testator and at his request and in the presence of this deponent.

George Blanford

Sworn and subscribed before me this 17th day of February 1854.
Henry T. Burns, Clerk

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Proof of Will

Be it remembered that on this 27th day of February, A. 1854, before me Henry T. Burns, Clerk of the County Court within and for the County aforesaid, personally appeared Joab M. Burgee who being by me duly sworn disposeth and saith [sic] that [t]he deponent wrote the within and foregoing last will and testament of Robert Wimsatt, late of Perry County and at the request of said Wimsatt that deponent was present wheather [sic] said Robert Wimsatt some time in the month of September 1849 Executed and published the same as his last will and testament; that deponent saw Columbus Luttrell one of the subscribing witnesses to said will subscribe his name to said will as a witness in the presence of George Blanford the other subscribing witness; that the said Columbus Luttrell has since that time departed this life; that he is acquainted with the hand writing of the said Columbus Luttrell and from deponent knowledge of his hand writing and from having seen said Columbus Luttrel subscribe his name to said last will and testament as a witness, deponent reasons that his said signature thereto is his, the said Columbus Luttrell, own proper hand writing and is his genuine signature; deponent further states that at the time the said deceased published the within and foregoing instrument of writing as his last will and testament that at the time of so doing he was of Sound mind and over the age of twenty one years and that deponents attested said will as witnesses thereto by Subscribing their names to the same in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of Each other, which proof is by me deemed sufficient to establish said will.

Charles C. Ellis
Michael Hahn

Sworn to and Subscribed in open court the day and year just aforesaid.

In testimony whereof I the undersigned Clerk of said County Court hereto set my hand and affix my official seal at the office in the town of Perryville this 13th day of December 1853.

Henry L. Caldwell, Clerk
by R. J. Waters, D. C.

Recorded January 18, 1854
Test Henry T. Burns, Clerk

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Bond of Administrators

Know all Men by these presents that we, Drucilla Wimsatt and Stephen Wimsatt as principal, and Henry Bellsha, William Allen and Henry L. Caldwell 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 six thousand dollars of lawful money, for payment whereof well and truly to be made and done; we bind ourselves, our heirs, Executors and administrators jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals this Fourteenth day of March A. One thousand Eight hundred and fifty four.

The condition of the above obligation is such that of Drucilla Wimsatt and Stephen Wimsatt administrators with the will annexed of Robert Wimsatt deceased, shall faithfully administer said Estate, account for, pay and deliver all money and property of said Estate, and faithfully execute this last will and testament of said deceased, pay the debts and legacies, accounts, and faithfully perform all other things touching said administration 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.


Drucilla Wimsatt {Seal}
Stephen Wimsatt {Seal}
Henry Bellsa [sic] {Seal}
William Allen {Seal}
Henry L. Caldwell {Seal}

Signed, Sealed and delivered in presence of Henry T. Burns, Clerk of the County Court of said county.

Recorded March 14th 1854
Test: Henry T. Burns, Clerk County Court

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