In the name of God Amen
I Jacob Bale of County of Menard and State of Illinois knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and being of sound mind and perfect memory do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills and testaments by me made and confirming this.
1st I will that my personal property such as can be best spared be sold sufficient to pay all my just debts.
2nd I give and bequeath unto my son William T.W. Bale when he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years the South East quarter of the North East quarter of Sec. 15 Town Eighteen North and Range Seven west containing 40 acres also the 40 acres of land that I bought at Sheriff Sale on a Judgment against Robinson & Thos Bennett.
3rd I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Bale all the balance of my Real Estate during her widowhood and if she should not marry during her natural life.
3rd the balance of my personal property and debts due I desire to be divided between my beloved wife and chidren as follows To my wife one third part forever and to the children the balance to be divided Equally.
4th in case my wife Elizabeth Bale should marry I desire that she should retain a life estate in one third part of all my real estate.
5th I desire that when my youngest living child shall become of age or at the decease of my wife Elizabeth Bale if she shall survive my youngest child that all my real Estate be Equally divided between all my Children. Excepting to these Henry Bale, Hardin Bale, Frances Summers, Mary Jane Green, W.T.W. Bale and Elizabeth Watkins whose shares I desire to be distributed as follows:
On Hardin Bales share the sum of three Hundred dollars
In testimony which I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 3rd day of September A.D. 1844.
Signed and sealed in presence of us who are called as witness to the same.
Contributed by Judy Hurdle