William B. Abbott
In the Matter of the Estate of : In DeKalb County County Court.
William B. Abbott, deceased. In Probate. Estate No. 5825
August 13th, 1945. Will and Codicil filed.
September 10th\ , 1945. Will and codicil duly probated and admitted to record.
I, William B. Abbott, of the Village of Malta, in the County of DeKalb and State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, in manner following, and I so hereby revoke any and all prior wills by me made.
First:- I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid.
Second:- I give, devise and bequeath to the Malta Cemetery Association of Malta, Illinois, the sum of five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), in trust, the same to be invested by them in such securities as trustees are permitted to invest in under the laws of the State of Illinois, and the income from said fund to be used to purchase and place appropriate flowers upon any and all graves that are now or may hereafter be on Lot 4 and the West half of Lot 3 in Block 22 of Malta Cemetery, on Mothers’ Day, Decoration Day and Fathers’ Day.
Third: – I direct that my executor hereinafter named shall sell all my real estate, including my farm of two hundred forty acres, described as follows: The Northeast Quarter (NE 1/4) of Section Ten (10), the South Half (S 1/2) of the Southeast Quarter (SE ¼) of Section Three (3), all in Township Thirty-nine (39) North, Range Three (3), East of the Third Principal Meridian, DeKalb County, Illinois, and my homestead property in the Village of Malta, DeKalb County, Illinois, described as follows:- Lots Three (3) and Four (4) in Block Ten (10) in Sprague’s Addition to the Village of Malta, within a period of two years subsequent to the first day of March next after my death, at either public or private sale, as in his or its discretion my executor may deem for the best interests of my estate and the beneficiaries therein, and for the best price obtainable, and I hereby give to my said executor full power and authority to make, execute and deliver any deed or deeds or other instruments necessary for selling and conveying title to said real estate the same as I would be able to do if living, and pending said sale or sales , I hereby give to my said executor full power and authority to manage and control said real estate, to rent the same and collect the rentals thereof, to pay the taxes, insurance and necessary repairs thereon, and the net rentals, remaining in his or its hands, after the payment of said expenses, my said executor shall divide into five equal shares and distribute the same annually to the persons and in the proportions hereafter in this clause designated and set forth.
When my executor shall have sold said real estate and converted the same into cash, said executor shall divide the net proceeds of the sale into five equal shares and distribute the same to the following persons and in the following proportions, to –wit:
(a) One fifth (1/5) to my daughter, DeEtta Roland, if living. If my said daughter, DeEtta Roland, shall die prior to my death, leaving a child or children, then said child or children to take the share their parent would have taken if living; but if my said daughter shall die leaving no child or children of her body, then her share in my said estate shall lapse and become part of my estate and be divided in four equal shares and paid to the following, to-wit: One-fourth thereof to Warren D. Abbott; one-fourth thereof to the children of my deceased daughter, Minnie Roland; one-fourth thereof to the children of my deceased son, George W. Abbott, and one fourth thereof to the children of my deceased son, William E. Abbott.
(b) One-fifth (1/5) to my son, Warren D. Abbott, if my said son, Warren D. Abbott, shall die prior to my death, leaving a child or children, then his said child or children to take the share their parent would have taken if living.
(c) One-fifth (1/5) to the children of my deceased daughter, Minnie Roland, to-wit: Winona Pugh, Ila Ester, Myrtle Lawson and Wilbur Roland, each a 1/20th share, they taking per stirpes and not per capita.
(d) One-fifth to the children of my deceased son, George W. Abbott, to-wit: Alta Abbott Upstone, Emery Abbott and George Abbott, each a 1/15th share, they taking per stripes and not per capita.
(e) One-fifth to the children of my deceased son, William E. Abbott, to-wit: Selma Abbott Lutz, William Abbott, Sidney Abbott, Francis Abbott, Rainhold S. Abbott, Lila Abbott, Lena Abbott and Ernest E. Abbott, each a 1/40th share, they taking per stripes and not per capita.
If any child or children of any of my said children shall have died prior to the time of my death, leaving a child or children him or her surviving, said child or children shall take the portion their parent would have taken if living.
Fourth:- I direct that my executor shall sell and convert into cash within one year after my death all my personal property, including stocks, bonds, household furniture, kitchen utensils, jewelry, wearing apparel, and all other personal and chattel property that I may own at the time of my decease, and shall divide and distribute the same, together with the money in the bank, as hereinabove provided in Clause Three.
Fifth:- all the rest, residue and remainder of my property, both real and personal, wheresoever situated, I give, devise and bequeath to my children, DeEtta Roland, Warren D. Abbott, and to the children of my deceased daughter, Minnie Roland, and to the children of my deceased son, George W. Abbott, and to the children of my deceased son, William E. Abbott, in the proportions set forth in Clause Three hereof.
Sixth:- I herby nominate and appoint George E. Bartlett, of Malta, Illinois, to be executor of my said last Will and Testament, and in case of his death, resignation or refusal to act, then I hereby nominate and appoint the National Bank and Trust Company of Sycamore, Sycamore, Illinois, to be executor of my said last Will and Testament, with the same powers and authority hereinabove given to my executor first named.
I direct that my executor shall take charge and control of my real and personal property of every kind and description, and particularly of all articles of household furniture, bric-a-brac, or other personal property in my dwelling house in the Village of Malta, or wherever else I may reside at the time of my death, and to see that no part thereof is taken or removed by any person except as is provided in my will and as shall be directed by my executor.
I hereby declare it to bee my express desire that my executor shall, whenever he
Or it may require legal advice or assistance in carrying out the provisions of my said last Will and Testament, or in any matter arising under the same, consul and employ Lowell B. Smith, attorney, of Sycamore, Illinois, he having a knowledge of my affairs and of my views and wishes respecting many matters that may arise in the carrying out of said Will.
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 7th day of September, A.D., 1940.
William B. Abbott (SEAL)
(See Codicil Below)
I, William Abbott, of the Village of Malta, County of DeKalb and State of Illinois, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make and declare this present writing to be a codicil to my last Will and Testament bearing date on the 7th day of September, A.D. 1940, which is hereto attached:
Whereas by Clause Four of my will I directed my executor to sell and convert into cash all of my personal property, including household furniture and all other personal and chattel property; and,
Whereas by Clause Six of my said will, I did direct my executor to the charge and control of all articles of household furniture, bric-a-brac or other personal property in my dwelling house in the Village of Malta, Illinois, or wherever else I may reside at the time of my death, and to see that no part thereof is taken or removed by any person, except as provided in my will; and ,
Whereas I now desire to make specific bequests of certain articles of personal property as hereinafter set forth:
Now, Therefore, I do hereby make the following specific bequests:
To Myrtle Roland Lawson, DeKalb, Illinois, my Crazy Quilt;
To Winona Pugh, Waukegan, Illinois, my Star Quilt;
To Ila Ester, Kirkland, Illinois, my fruit dish with handle;
To DeEtta Roland, Malta, Illinois, my glass fruit dish, one set of silver teaspoons initialed “A”, and the Family Bible.
To Warren Abbott, Rockford, Illinois, my deer-head in velvet, and my Morris chair.
To Alice M. Abbott, Rockford, Illinois, two silver candle sticks.
To Haish Memorial Library, DeKalb, Illinois, 2 Morocco bound books, entitled “History of All Nations”; formerly property of Mr. and Mrs. Emery Abbott, of Panama, New York;
To James Prendergast Free Library, Jamestown, New York, my five volumes Gilt-bound books entitled “History of the Reformation of the 16th Century” by J. H. Merle D’Aubigne, D. D.:
To Emery A. Abbott, Rockford , Illinois, my two volumes entitled “History of the American conflict”, by Horace Greeley;
To Malta Township Public Library, Malta, Illinois, all my other books;
And I do hereby direct my executor named in said will to deliver or cause to be delivered and turned over to the persons hereinabove named said described articles as soon as possible after his appointment by the Court.
In all other respects, I hereby confirm and ratify my said will.
In witness Whereof I , the said William B. Abbott, have to this, my Codicil , set my hand and seal this 10th day of November, A. D. 1943.
William B. Abbott (SEAL)
William B. Abbott died on August 8th, 1945.
Winona Pugh died on June 13th, 1948 leaving her husband, Earl D. Pugh, and her son, Russell Pugh, as heirs
May 24th, 1949. Final Report Filed and approved.