SAMUEL FRED'S WILL
In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I, Samuel Fred of Franklin County, State of Indiana, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.
Item 1st: I do hereby give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Fred, her interest in my estate both Personal and Real Estate, as the law directs the same to be divided.
Item 2nd: It is my Will that after the bequest in Item First is fully satisfied, the residue of my estate is to be equally dvided between my children and their representatives, towit:
The heirs of my deceased son George, named as follows: George Fred, Adie Fred, Emlis Fred, my grandchildren, ;to share and share alike their father's share of my estate.
The heirs of my son James, deceased, grandchildren named as follows, Emory Fred, Rhoda Smith, Sarah Olverstat (Halberstadt), to share alike their father's share of my estate:
My son Thomas Fred, to have his full share of my estate.
The heirs of my deceased daughter, Mary Ann, Grandchildren, named as follows, Rosetta Doty, Eldora B. Clark, Samuel W. Doty, to share, share and share alike their mother's share of my estate.
The heirs of my deceased son, William Fred, grandchildren named as follows; William H. Fred to have his father's full share of my estate.
My daughter, Rebecca J. Schuck to have her full share.
My son, Enoch F. Fred to have his full share of my estate.
Item 3rd I hereby appoint my esteemed friend William Blackburn as Executor of this my last Will and Testament, and after paying all my just debts, I direct that he shall pay the bequest as above stated.
In testimony thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of May 1884.
(signed Samuel (his mark) X Fred
Witnesses Jno P. T. Davis; Michael Insprucher
Unfortunately, Samuel's personal property was evaluated at $6.85. It was sold for $6.60 cents, "except for one old plow worth about $.25 which didn't sell."
The 1880 census says he was "unable to attend his business for two years" He died 1891. Apparently, his estate went into supporting him and Sarah for those 13 years.
Found land sales after Samuel's death.
11-16-1891 Samuel Fread by Philip J. Gilleman, Executor, for $2300.00
Sold PT SE 25-8-2 1 1/3
PT SW 25-8-2 27 acres
PT NW 36-8-2 84 acres
PT NE 36-8-2 13 1/2 acres
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