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Last Will and Testament of Robert L. Phillips

In the Name of God, Amen. I, Robert L. Phillips of the County of Perry in the State of Missouri being of Sound and disposing mind do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form as follows.

1st, It is my will that all my just debts shall be paid.

2nd, I give, devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary E. Phillips the following, described real estate the following described real estate absolutely [sic], to wit: The dwelling house in which we now live and the adjoining lots except the storehouse and shoe shop and the ground upon which they stand, also the tract of land known as the saw yard tract except five acres, which five acres is to include the tan yard and all the building and also the track of land known as the Metzner tract.

3rd, I give, devise and bequeath unto my beloved son George Phillips the following real estate to wit: The five acres above excluded and reserved together with all the buildings and improvements thereon, also the tract of land known as the old tan yard tract situated at the top of Bois Brule Bottom, Perry County, Missouri, and land adjoining purchased of D. Meredith, and also (46 3/100 acres) forty-six acres of land near Isidore Moore’s in said County all absolutely.

4th, I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved son Thomas Phillips the following real estate absolutely to wit: The store house and shoe shop and the ground upon which the same stand above excluded and reserved and the farm known as the Hoasos? farm and also 48 16/100 acres in Sect. 16, T. 35, R 11 E.

5th, I give, devise and bequeath unto my beloved daughters, Laura Smith? and Louis {Phillips jointly and absolutely the following real estate and personal property to wit: The Piano now in my dwelling house, ----- the house and two lots owned by me in Lebanon, Kentucky.

6th, I give, devise and bequeath unto my said wife Mary E. Phillips and unto my said children George, Lunnette, Laura, Louise and Thomas absolutely share and share alike all the residue of my property real and personal, due regard to be had to the value of the property herein before devised to each in the following manner:

It is my will that my Executor herein after named shall as soon as possible call proceed to value the property herein before devised to each of my heirs according to its real value to the best of their judgment. And in the distribution of the personal property above devised due regard shall be had to that valuation so as to make the share of each of my said heirs equal throughout.

7th, It is my will that N. T. Berry of Lebanon, Kentucky be appointed Guardian of the persons and estates of my said son George and my said daughters Lunette, Laura and Louise and that each of them and their estates shall be transfered [sic] to the State of Kentucky as soon as practicable.

8th, It is my will that Henry L. Caldwell be appointed Curator for the estate of the said Thomas Phillips.

9th, It is my will and desire that the County Court shall proceed as soon as practicable to make distribution of my estate according to this will without waiting for three years to expire as required by the State of Missouri.

10th, It is my will and desire that all the gold and silver on hand at my death belonging to my estate shall be held by the Guardians of he estates of my said children as above named until such time as they may deem it beneficial to the interest of my said children to dispose of the same, and said Guardians are not to be charged any interest on same until disposed of for the benefit of said children.

11th, It is my will and desire that the colored woman, Theodesia now living in my family shall receive annually out of the proceeds of my estate the sum of Twenty-five dollars as long as she shall remain with my said wife, Mary E. Phillips.

12th, It is my will and desire that if the colored boy Bill now living with me shall work out the present stock of leather on hand in the tan yard he shall receive out of my estate the sum of Seventy-five dollars and his freedom when said work is completed.

13th, It is will and desire that the colored boy Charles now living in my family shall receive annually out of the proceeds of my estate the sum of fifteen dollars as long as he shall remain with my said wife, Mary E. Phillips.

14th, It is my will & desire that my beloved wife Mary E. Phillips have all my house hold goods.

15th, It is my will and desire that my beloved daughter Louise Phillips have her mother’s gold watch.

16th, I hereby constitute and ----- Henry L. Caldwell of Perry County, Missouri and N. T. Berry of Lebanon, Kentucky Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

Witness my name and seal hereto affixed this 22nd day of November A. D. 1864.

R. L. Phillips {Seal}

Signed and sealed after interlincations? in the presence of us.

Francis Rice
R. F. Henderson

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Proof of Will

In vacation of the County Court,

Be it remembered that on this 28th day of November A. D. 1864, before me Charles A. Weber, Clerk of the County Court of said County, personally appeared Francis Rice and R. F. Henderson who being by me duly sworn depose and say that they were present and saw R. L. Phillips sign the foregoing instrument purporting to be the last will and testament of the said R. L. Phillips and heard him publish and declare the same to be his last will and Testament and that at the time of signing the same the said R. L. Phillips was of sound and disposing mind and that these deponents subscribed their names t hereto as witnesses to the same in the presence of the Testator and of each other and at the request of the said R. L. Phillips.

R. F. Henderson
Francis Rice

Sworn & subscribed before me date above.
Chas. A. Weber, Clk
By J. C. Noell, D. C.

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


I, Charles A. Weber, Clerk of the County Court of Perry County, having examined the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of said? signed by R. L. Phillips and the Testimony of Francis Rice and R. F. Henderson, the witnesses above named, do adjudge and declare the said instrument of writing to be the last will and testament of R. L. Phillips deceased.

Witness my name and official seal at office in Perryville, November 28th 1864.

Chas. A. Weber, Clk
By J. C. Noell, D. C.

Recorded November 28th 1865. C. A. Weber, Clk.
By J. C. Noell, D. C.

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal


Know all men by these presents, that we Henry L. Caldwell as principal, and Richard C. Waters, Mary E. Phillips, Sepe? Fox?, R. M. Brewer, James Burgee as securities of the County of Perry and the State of Missouri, are held and firmly bound to the State of Missouri in the sum of Fifty thousand dollars of lawful money...

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