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Last Will and Testament of Ezekiel Cissell

I, Ezekiel Cissell of Perry County, Missouri, being of sound mind do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.

1st, I give and bequeath my soul to God and my body to the earth,

2nd, I give, bequeath and devise unto my wife Louise Cissell all my right, title, interest and claim in the Real and personal Estate of and to educate and support my Seven children.

3rd, I give and bequeath to my wife Louise Cissell all my personal Property which she is to expend in payment of my debts if any all left after the bequest above is expended and remainder of both requests if there be a remainder is to be used for the support of herself and the maintenance of our Seven children.

I hereby appoint my wife Louise Cissell as solo Executor of this my last will and Testament and desire that she shall not be required to give bond and that she have full power and control of my Estate.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 16th day of January 1893.

Ezekiel X Cissell {Seal}
his mark                        

Attest: Wm. M. Layton

We attest the above and foregoing will by Subscribing our names hereto as witnesses in the presence of Ezekiel Cissell the Testator this 16th day of January 1893.


Samuel Rankin
Charles S. Graff

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State of Missouri
County of Perry
Missouri State Seal

Proof of Will

In the Vacation of the Probate Court. On this 11th day of February A. D. 1893, before me Judge of the Probate Court within and for the County and State aforesaid, personally appeared Charles S. Graff and Samuel Rankin who being duly sworn on their oaths say that they were present and saw Ezekiel Reddick [sic] sign the foregoing instrument, purporting to be his last will and Testament, by making his mark thereto, and heard him publish and declare the same to be his last will and Testament, and that at the time of signing and publishing the same, the said Ezekiel Cissell was of ...

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The Rankin Family History Project began in 1997 with a simple 3 generation family chart.  When our grandmother found out we were researching our family tree, she loaned us her copy of Maryland Catholics on the Frontier by Timothy J. O'Rourke which helped us discover our St. Louis & Perry County roots.  We are also doing research in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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