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Last Will and Testament of Thomas Twyman

I Thomas Twyman of the County of Perry and State of Missouri being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make Publish and declare this to be my Last will and testament hereby revoking and making null and void all former wills and testaments by me hereby made, my will is first --

I give and devise to my beloved wife Susan Twyman the three negroe [sic] women that she owned when I married her (viz) Lotisha, Jemima and Margaret, and the increase of said negroes if any, and I also give her all of my Interest in the farm that she owned and lived uppon [sic] when I married her.--

I also give her two horses of her own choise [sic], also one yoke of oxen three cows and calves and all the geese and chickens on the farm I now live on, eight head of sheep, two head of hogs, four beds and bedding, one waggon [sic], two plows, one large and one small ---? and two sets of gears, and all the household and kitchen furniture that she brought with her when she became my wife, the above items I give to her absolutely --

And I also give her the farm that I now reside on containing one hundred and sixty acres together with the thrashing machine and wheat fan, I give to her the said Susan during her natural life - provided the said Susan uppon [sic] twelve months reflection is not satisfied to live on said farm it shall be sold on twelve months credit to the highest bidder and she the said Susan shall have Eleven hundred dollars ($1100) of the proceeds of said sale absolutely and the balance to be divided between my heirs as hereafter stated, --

And also it is my will that the said Susan should have one yrs provision for her family and feed for her stock after my decease, and also One hundred dollars in cash to be paid from the proceeds of the sale, and it is also my will and desire that all my personal Estate which I may die ------ of ------ except that which is bequeathed to my wife as above stated shall be sold on a credit of twelve months and if that is not sufficient to pay all my just debts then it is my will that the farm I purchased of Shaner and Sillivan shall also be sold on a credit of twelve months and if that is not sufficient then a negro girl named Emily shall be sold.

I will to my grand children Robt. W. Ellis and Mary Julia Young each Three hundred Dollars -- and further it is my will that the balance of the slaves be hired out annually for the term of three years and at the expiration of that time all the property and money not bequeathed to my wife and two grandchildren shall be equally divided between my three children (viz.) Joseph Thomas, Harriett Louisa, and Charles William Twyman, with the exception of Charles William Twyman in the consequence of his youth it is my will that he have one hundred and fifty dollars more than either of the other two.

Joseph Land
Harriett L. Twyman
Thomas Twyman

In testimony whereof I Thomas Twyman have here subscribed my name and affixed my seal this first day of September A. D. 1854.

Signed sealed and declared by the said Thomas Twyman to be his Last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto in the presence of each other.

Mathew Smith
Nancy A. Smith
Robt. Manning

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Proof of Will

In vacation of the County Court of Perry County in the State of Missouri. May the 14th A. D. 1855 --

Be it remembered that on this 14th day of May 1855 -- personally appeared before the undersigned Clerk of the County Court within and for said County of Perry, Mathew Smith and Nancy A. Smith who being duly sworn according to law depose and say that they saw the within named Testator sign his within annexed instrument of writing which he published 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 hereto 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.

Mathew Smith
Nancy A. Smith

Sworn to and subscribed to before me Henry T. Burns Clerk.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of office in Perryville this 14th day of May A. D. 1855.
Henry T. Burns Clerk

Recorded May the 14th 1855. Clerk Henry T. Burns, Clerk
By Francis Rice, Deputy

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Bond of Charles C. Ellis, Joseph T. Twyman, Adms. with the will annexed.

Know all men by these presents, that we Charles C. Ellis and Joseph T. Twyman as principal, and Reuben Shelby, Richard J. Waters &, Bernard Cissell as securities, of the County of Perry in the State of Missouri, acknowledge ourselves indebted and firmly bound unto the State of Missouri in the sum of fifteen thousand dollars, for the 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. Signed and sealed with our seals this (fourteenth) day of May A. D. 1855.

The condition of the above bond is that if Charles C. Ellis and Joseph T. Twyman, administrator with the will annexed of the Estate of Thomas Twyman deceased, shall faithfully administer said Estate account for pay and deliver all money and property of said Estate and perform all other thing touching said Administration required by law or the order or decree of any Court having jurisdiction, then the above bond to be void otherwise to remain in full force. ---

Charles C. Ellis {Seal}
Joseph T. Twyman {Seal}
Reuben Shelby {Seal}
Richard J. Waters {Seal}
Bernard Cissell {Seal}

Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of Henry T. Burns, Clerk Court
Recorded May the 14th 1855.
Attest: Henry T. Burns Clerk by Francis Rice, Deputy

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Letters Testamentary

To all persons to whom these presents shall come: Greeting --

Know Ye that the last will and testament of Thomas Twyman deceased, hath in due form of law been exhibited, proved and recorded in the office of the Clerk of the Court for Perry County, a copy of which is hereunto annexed, and in asmuch as it appears that Charles C. Ellis, & Joseph T. Twyman have been appointed Administrators with the will annexed (to) execute the same, and to the end that the property of the testator Thomas Twyman may be preserved for those who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, and that the said last will may be executed according to the request of the testator, I Henry T. Burns Clerk of the County Court within and for the said County of Perry in the State of Missouri in vacation of the Court do hereby authorize them the said Charles C. Ellis & Joseph T. Twyman as such Administrators to collect and secure all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of the said Thomas Twyman at the time of his death in whosesoever hand or possession the same may be found, and to perform and full fill (sic) all such duties as may be enjoined on them by said will, sofar as their (sic) shall be property and the law charge them and in general to do and perform all other acts which now are or hereafter may be required of them by Law.

In testimony whereof, I Henry T. Burns, Clerk of the County Court in and for the County of Perry hereto sign my name and affix the seal of the said Court at office this 19th day of May A. D. 1855 --
Henry T. Burns, Clerk Co Court By -- Francis Rice Deputy

Recorded the 19th day of May, 1855.
Attest: Henry T. Burns by Francis Rice, Deputy

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