Will of William T.W. Bale

[Son of Jacob and Elizabeth Bale]

In the name of God Amen
I William T.W. Bale of Menard County and State of Illinois being feeble of body but of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills or testaments by me made and satisfying this by my signature hereunto made

First I desire that I may be decently interred and that all the expenses be paid out of my effects.

Second I desire that all my last debts be fully paid.

Third Give and bequeathe unto my dearly beloved brother Hardin Bale for his Kindness extended to me. All my real estate also all my personal property. Money.notes. dues and indeed all kinds and description of effects or property whatsoever Provided that he shall give to my two younger brothers John B . Bale and Arthur Bale each one years schooling.

Given under my hand this 19th day of August AD 1850.

Wm. T.W. Bale.

Signed in presence of us as witnesses
A.D. Wright
Jarvis Snape

James Davis, Wm. Hoey and Wm. Sanford appraise William's personal property in February, 1851.

1 Cow & Calf	16.50
1 Trunk	3.50
1 Bro. (worn0 overcoat	1.50
1 (worn) Dress coat	1.50
1 Dress Coat (nearly new)	8.00
1 Sattin vest	4.50
1 Pr. Blk pants	4.00
2 pr. Flanl Drawers	2.00
1 pr. Cotton do	.63
1 lot worn apparel	1.50
a History of Mexican War	.75
2 Worn Hats	1.00
1 Silver watch	4.00
1 Comn Breast pin	.25
1 Razor	.50
1 plough & Stritchers	6.00
1 sett Wagon Bows	1.00
1 lot Axes Scythe &c	1.50
1 Saddle Bridle &c	4.00

Contributed by Judy Hurdle