“Nuncuprative Will” witnessed to writing. We the
undersigned were present at the making of John H. Steven nuncupative will at the
last sickness of John Henry Keen at the dwelling of his father J. G. Keen of
said county & being called upon by him to bear witness to his will, heard him
declare his will as follows.
I wish my wife Elizabeth to have all my household and kitchen furniture.
I wish my father Josiah G.
Keen to take charge of all the
residue of my property & pay my just debts so far as it will go. I wish my
father also to sell my growing crops at public outcry & pay out of the sale of
said crops my father-in-law, James Mixon his share for the work he has done on
it. I also wish my father to have all my wearing apparel. I also my father and
mother to look after my wife & see that she is well taken care of & that she is
not murdered up in the bad hands where she is confined.
This June 20th
Y. W. Keen
Personally came before me N. W. Daniel, Y.W.
Keen & A.J.
Bowing who being duly sworn deposeth & saith that they were called on by John H.
Keen on the 20th day of June 1884 to bear witness to what he was
about to say, & what he did say is reduced to writing in the shape of his last
will & testament on the other side of this leaf of paper. The words were spoken
in his father’s home where he had been for upwards of ten days & we believe he
was of sound & disposing mind & memory.
Sworn to & subscribed before me
This July 2nd 1884
Source: Will Book 1858-1957
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