1802 - 1881
Be it remembered that I Alden Sherman farmer of Township of Watertown County of Tuscola and State of Michigan Esquire, do make this my last will and testament in following manner. That is to say - I order and direct that all my just debts shall be paid with convenient speed.
To my wife Mary Ann Sherman her heirs & assigns I give devise and bequeath all my estate and property real and personal namely my farm on which I live in the Town County & State afforesaid, all my farming implements household furniture horses sheep cattle and hogs and also all debts due me from all sources whatsoever, except the two debt below mentioned.
Be it also remembered that I do not forget my children and relatives but of my own considerate intention will them nothing except Margaret Sherman my sons widdow whome I give ninety dollars owed by my son Elihu to my estate and Harvey Sherman my grandson whome I give fifty dollars ($50.00) owed my estate by Wm Sherman my son. I also will my child oldest daughter Martha Aeby $150.00.
I appoint Mary Ann Sherman my wife and William Wilsey farmer of Town County State afforesaid of this my will.
In witness whereof I have signed and sealed and published and declared this instrument as my will at Watertown on the 15th day of Aprill A.D. 1878.
Alden Sherman (his mark)
The said Alden Sherman at said Township of Watertown County and State afforesaid on said 15th day of April 1878 signed and sealed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for his last will.
And we, at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto written our names, as subscribing witnesses. Benjamin____________, Eli Raymond, Alonzo Raymond, _________________. (Probate Court, Tuscola County, Caro Michigan #1-690).
Administrator. Wife Mary Ann Sherman & son-in-law Wm Wilsey. Inventory. Appraisers Thomas W Briggs & Henry Sprague. 80 acre farm, S 1/2 of NW 1/4 of Sec 1
5 tons hay
25 bu wheat
65 bu oats
1 lumber wagon
$120 Note to Allison Bryant (judged no value)
Mary Ann Sherman age 72, widow, Watertown Michigan.
Martha Aeby (spelling unsure), former daughter prior this marriage
aged about 57 years. Residence not given.
Charles E Sherman age about 52, son, E Oxford Ontario.
David D Sherman age about 50, son, Norwich Ontario.
Nancy A Wilsey age 44, daughter, Watertown Michigan.
Wm Sherman age 43, son, Watertown Michigan.
Charles W, Mary & Loretta Sherman, grandchildren, Watertown Michigan.
James and Henry Sherman, grandchildren, Watertown Michigan.
Marietta Sackrider, daughter, N Branch Michigan, Lapeer Co.
Catherine Cameron, daughter, Watertown Michigan.
Sarah age about 25, daughter, Watertown Michigan.
All property went to wife Mary Ann. No mention was made to his oldest daughter Martha, other than in the will and in the list of heirs apparent.
(Probate Court, Tuscola County, Caro Michigan #1-690).
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