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Samuel McCracken Probate Records

At a Court of Probate held in Greenville in the County of Bond and State of Illinois on the 12th day of September 1835, the instrument of writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Samuel McCreaken late of the County of Bond and the State of Illinois, Deceased, was brought into Court, and was proven as the Law Directs. Ordered that said Will be put on record of this court which was done, and is as follows, viz-

In the Name of God, Amen: I Samuel McCreaken of the State of Illinois in the County of Bond, being mindful of my mortality do this eighthe day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirtyfive; make and publish my Last Will and Testament in manner following:
first, I will and bequeath unto my two sons Ephraim and Eli McCreaken my Deeded land and waggon, to be equally divided; they being bound to pay all my just Debts;
Second unto my beloved wife Margret my improvement where I now live also all my household furniture and beding: also one cow and Calf;
Third unto my son Eli I will and bequeath one Mare and Colt, two yoke of Cattle also two cows and calves and farming utensils.
In testamony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this day and year first above written SAMUEL MCCREAKEN (SEAL)

Signed sealed published and Declared by the said Testator as and for his Last will and testament in our presence who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto.
Thomas Cline (seal)
John H. Hunter (seal)

The people of the State of Illinois to all whom these presents shall come greeting
Know ye that whereas Samuel McCracken Late of the County of Bond and State of Illinois died on or about the ____ day of _____ AD 1835 as it is said,
After having duly made and published his last will and testament: A copy whereof is hereunto annexed; and having at the time of his Decease personal property in this state, which may be lost, destroyed, or diminished in value, if speedy Care be not taken of the same; To the end therefore that the said property may be collected and presented for those who shall appear to have a legal right or Interest therein: We do appoint Ephraim and Eli McCraken of the county of Bond and State of Illinois; Administrators with the will annexed; of all and Singular the goods, Chattels rights, and Credits which were of the said SAMUEL MCCRACKEN at the time of his Decease with full athority to secure and Collect the said property and Debts wheresoever the same may be found in this State; And in general to do and perform all other acts which now are, or hereafter may required of him by Law-
Witness John Gilmore Judge of the Probate in and for said County of Bond at his office in Greenville this ____ day of ____ AD 1835
John Gilmore Judge, PC, of Bond County

I do hear by Cietify that I in testify Decline Adinitering on the Esate of my Deast husband Samuel McRacking given under my hand this 15th of September 1835
Margaret MCrackent

We do soemly sweare that this writing contains the true last will and testament of the within named Samuel McCrackin deceast so fare as We know or believe, and that We will well and truly exicute the same by paying first the Debts and then the legacies mentioned therein as fare as his goods and chattles will thereto extend and the law charge us and that we will make a true and perfect inventory of all such goods and chattles rights and credits as may come to our hands or knowledg and abilities so help us God.
Ephraim M Cracken
Eli M Cracken

Administered by me Sept 15th 1835 John Gilmore
Judge of Probate B. C.

Know all men by these present that we Ephhraim McCracken Eli McCracken State of Illinois and John W Hunter of the County of Bond and State of Illinois, are held and firmly bound unto the people of the State of Illinois, in the final sum of five hundred Dollars commit money of the United States, which payment well and truly to be made and performed. We and each of us, bind ourselves our heirs Executors administrators and assigns jointly severally and firmly by these precents. Witness our hands and seals this fifteeth day of September AD 1855

The conditions of the above obligation is such; that if the above bound Ephraim McCracken and Eli McCracken as Administrators of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of Samuel McCracken Deceased with his will annexed, do make or cause to be made, atone and perfect inventory of all and singular of the said Deceased with shall come to hands possession or knowledge of them the said E McCraken and Eli McCracken as such administrators to the hnads of any other person or persons for them; and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited in the Court of Probate for the said County of Bond, agreeably to Law, and such Goods and Chattels rights and credits, which shall be found remaining ... on the accoutns of the said Administrators, the same being first examined and allowed by the Court of Probate, Should deliver and pay unto such person or persons, respectively, as may be legally entitled thereto; and further do make a just and true account of all ... actings and doings therein when thereunto required by said Court. And shall in gneral do and perform all other acts, which now are or hereafter may be required of them by Law, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Ephraim McCracken (seal)
Eli McCracken (seal)
John P Hunter (seal)

Contributed Jan 2012 by Marilyn Glenn Szum

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