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Last Will and Testament of James Phillips

In the name of God Amen, I, James Phillips of the County of Perry and State of Missouri, being week [sic] in body, of sound and disposing mind and memory, and calling to mind the mortality of mortal body knowing it is appointed the for all men to die do make ordain and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former will by me made that is to say.

First, it is my will and desire that all my just debts be first paid out of my perishable property. And Funeral expenses. The whole of the balances of my perishable after paying my debts I leave to my wife Elizabeth Phillips during her life and also the use of all my lands and tenements during her life time to use and enjoy together with all its rents and profits.

At the death of my said wife Elizabeth Phillips I give and bequeath all my lands to James S. Phillips, and Samuel Marion Phillips they paying to Redman Phillips one third of the whole value of my said lands as his portion of my lands.

At the death of my said wife Elizabeth Phillips I give and bequeath all the perishable property which may then remain to my daughters to wit Levina Freeman, Lucinda Reed, Rebecca Cole, Alvoritta Thorp, Mary Jane Gordon, Acha Preston, Elizabeth Phillips, Nancy Phillips, and Louisa Phillips to be equally divided between them and their heirs except that portion which may be allotted to Lucinda Reed ** [^ it is distinctly understood said Lucinda Reed ?”not her husband William Reed”? shall have power to sell or dispose of that portion of my estate that may be allotted to her said Lucinda Reed hers to have hold and enjoy the interest or benefits] that may arise from such portions as may be allotted to her the said Lucinday Reed and at her death to be equally divided between her children.

In testimony whereof I the said James Phillips has hereunto set my [hand] and affixed my seal this 7th day of July A. D. 1851.

James X Phillips
his mark          

Witnesses
Austin Hogard
Rebecca X Bishop
her mark          

* That section in [brackets] is preceeded by a “^” and is squeezed between two other lines. Some of the words were smudged and unreadable; they are the words followed by “?”.

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Proof of Will

In the County Court of Perry County in the State of Missouri August term 1851.

Be it Remembered that Austin Hogard and Rebecca Bishop the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing will personally appeared before the County Court of Perry County and being duly Sworn deposed and sayeth that they saw the within testator James Phillips sign the within instrument of writing which he published as his last will and testament that 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 they the deponents attested said will as witnesses thereto by subscribing their names thereto in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other which proof is deemed sufficient to establish said will.

Sworn to and subscribed in open Court on this 4th day of August 1851.
Henry S. Caldwell, Clerk
R. J. Waters, Deputy

Austin Hogard
Rebecca X Bishop
her mark          

In testimony hereof I the undersigned Clerk of said Court hereunto subscribe my name and affix the seal of said Court at office this 4th day of August A. D. 1851.

Henry S. Caldwell, Clerk
by R. S. Waters, Deputy

Recorded August 4th A. D. 1851 Test Henry S. Caldwell , Clerk

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Bond of Administratrix

Know all men by these presents that we Elizabeth Phillips, as principal, and Austin Hogard and Perry Evans 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 Sixteen Hundred 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 4th day of August A. D. 1851.

The condition of the above obligation is such, that if Elizabeth Phillips administrator of the Estate of James Phillips deceased shall faithfully administer said Estate, account for, pay and deliver all money and property of said Estate, and faithfully executed the last will and testament of said deceased, pay the debts and legacies so far as the assets will extend and the law directs, render just accounts, and faithfully perform all other things touching said administration required by law, or the order or decree of any Court having jurisdiction, that the above bond to be void and of no effect, otherwise to remain in full force.

Elizabeth X Phillips
her mark          
Austin Hogard
Perry Evans

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Henry S. Caldwell, Clerk of the County Court of said County, By R. F. Waters, Deputy

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed

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

Know Ye, that the said will and testament of James Phillips 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 hereunto annexed and inasmuch as it appears that Elizabeth Phillips has been appointed administratrix with the will annexed by the County Court aforesaid, to execute the same, and to the end that the property of the Testator 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 We the County Court in and for the County of Perry aforesaid, do hereby authorize the said Elizabeth Phillips as said administratrix to collect and secure all and singular the goods and chattels right and credits which were of the said James Phillips deceased at the time of his death in whosoever hands or possession the same may be found, ad to perform and fulfill all such duties as may be enjoined on her by said will so far as there shall be property and the law charge her and in general to do and perform all other acts which now are or hereafter may be required of her by law.

In testimony whereof I Henry S. Caldwell Clerk of the County Court in and for the County of Perry, hereto sign my name and affix the seal of said Court at office this 4th day of August A. D. 1851.

Henry S. Caldwell, Clerk

Recorded August 4th A. D. 1851 Test Henry S. Caldwell, Clerk

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


An inventory of the estate of James Philips [sic] late of Pery [sic]County, Deceased

One lot containing 0141 28/100 acres Being SoW fractional gv. of fractional sec 29n in township 36n N of Perryville & one lot containing 50 acres being part of survey confirmed to Johnathen [sic] Preston.

Personal Estate


One yoke of oxen
One red and white cow
One red and white cow
One yearling
Red and white cow and calf
One red cow and calf
One sow and three pigs
One gray Mare
One black mare and horse
One lot of carpenters tools
3 axes, 2 hoes, Mattock and Bur of Iron
3 saddles and a box of shoe tools
Cary single tree and barshear Plow
One lot of wild hogs in woods supposed to be 10 into...
Wheat fan and sythe and cradle
One day clock and bureau
One dining table & cupboard
One work bench and 9 chairs
One table and Cupboard
One bed stead & small table & chest
New beehives and whip saw
One lot of oxes and barrels
Fro? broadaxe and drawing knife
One box of tools and old irons
Crop cut saw sythe and cradle
Log chain and stone hammer
Set of Plow gears and log chain
Pair double keen? and cary Plow

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