In the Matter of the Estate of Samuel Smith, Deceased. in DeKalb County Court in Probate. Box 181
Dec. 21st., 1896. Petition of Fred A. Brown for Probate of Will and Letters Testamentary file representing that Samuel S. Smith died on or about Dec. 14th., 1896, testate and seized of real and personal property.
That said Testator in his said last Will nominated and appointed your petition Executor thereof and that you petitioner is will and ready to accept and undertake the office and trust confided to him.
That said deceased left him surviving Margaret Smith his widow, and James H. Smith, Susan M. Lorne, Emery I. Smith, John H. Smith, Margaret L. Smith, Mary S, Smith, Grace C. Smith, Grant B. Smith, Wm. C Smith and Anna L. Smith, his children as heirs.
Dec. 21st., 1896 Will file, admitted to Probate and ordered recorded.
Samuel S. Smith of the Town of Shabbona in the County of DeKalb and State of Illinois of the age of 62 years and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, in the manner following, that is to say:
First: I give and bequeath to my wife Margaret Smith all of the household goods of every description and character (excepting one organ) and all of the personal property of every kind and nature, such portion of it to be disposed off as my wife may direct for the purpose of paying of present indebtedness.
Second: I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary S. Smith the Organ
And Lastly: I give and bequeath to my wife Margaret Smith the uses, rents and profits of all of my real estate to have and to hold the same during her natural life and at her death is to be equally divided among the following, James H. Smith, Susan M. Lorne, Emery I. Smith, John H. Smith, Margret L. Smith, Mary S. Smith, Grace C. Smith, Grant B. Smith, William C. Smith, Anna L. Smith, Charles Smith, share and share alike.
Hereby appointing Fred. A. Brown Administrator of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former will by me made.
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this — day of December, A. D. 1896.
Samuel S. Smith (Seal)
(Transcribed as written)