LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ERNST GERAUCH
recorded in Cook County, Docket 76, page 114.
case 1-7804, Feb 17 1904
Contributed by Source #55
In the name of God, Amen
I, Ernest Gerauch of town of Palos in the county of Cook and state of Illinois being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefore make, ordain,publish and declare this to be my last WILL AND TESTAMENT.
FIRST, I order and direct that my executrix herein named pay all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon as my decease as conveniently may be.
SECOND, After the payment of such funeral expenses and debts, I give, devise and bequeath to my wife Charlotte Gerauch all of my Personal Estate for her sole use forever.
Third, I give and bequeath during her life all of my Real Estate( to my wife Charlotte Gerauch, To wit: Except a cemetery in Northwest corner of said tract, the N.E. 1/4 of the S.E. 1/4 of section 34 in town of Palos, in Cook County, State of Illinois. And after death of my wife, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ida Kittle, wife of Louis Kittle six acres of land on north side of my land to wit, a strip sixteen rods wide and Eighty rods long, making in all 6 acres of land after taking out cemetery in North west corner of said strip or tract of land to have and to hold for her sole use forever.
Fourth, I give and devise to my children after the death of my wife the following legacies to wit: Ida Kittle wife of Louis Kittle: the sum of forty dollars. to Anna Cannon, wife of John Cannon, the sum of forty dollars. to Mary Culver, wife of Henry Culver; the sum of ($65.-)Sixty five dollars; to Matilda Stephans wife of Philip Stephens; the sum of ($15.-)Fifteen dollars; to Carolina Regal, wife of Daniel Regal. the sum of ($40.-) Forty dollars; the above legacies in money being made to equalize what Louisa Vogt my daughter and her husband George Vogt have already had and also a debt of Matilda Stephens and Philip Stephans have had.
Fifth, After the Payment of the above legacies all my children are share and share alike; except Ida Kittle who has devised to her instead the six acres of land which shall not be diminished by the above bequests.
I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of the within
named, Ernst Gerauch, deceased, so far as I know or believe, that I will well and truly execute
the same by paying first the debts of the deceased and then the legacies mentioned therein, as
far as his goods and chattels, rights and credits as may come to my hands or knowledge, belonging
to the estate of the said deceased, and render a fair and just account of my executorship when
thereunto required by law, to the best of my knowledge and abilities, so help me God.
Subscribed and sworn to me, Patrick Cahill, Clerk of the Probate Court
of Cook County,this 14th day of March A.D. 1904
signed by Patrick Cahill, clerk
signed by Charlotte Gerauch
Researcher Marion White adds this:
My great,great grandfather is Ernest Garough, sometimes spelled Gerauch, and his
gravestone is at Palos Oak Hills cemetery as is his wife's Charlotte.
I have attached a copy of his will which shows he donated land for the cemetery.
It is very small cemetery and am not sure if it is the whole place or part of it. The will does give a legal description that would help identify the location. I have a copy of the death certificate of Ernest Garough and it says burial at McLaughlin Cemetery, Cook County, Feb 4, 1904
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