Will of George Baum

I, George Baum, of the County of Menard in the state of Illinois being of sound mind, and memory; but in view of the uncertainty of this life, do make, publish and declare this instrument of writing, as and for my last will and testament in the manner and form following, that is to say:

First: After my death, I desire and so direct, that all of my just debts, of every name and kind, including all funeral and burial expenses, shall be fully paid and discharged, out of my money, and other personal property. And that the same shall be done as soon after my death, as shall be convenient for my executor.

Second: After fully complying with the first clause of this my last will and testament, and fully providing for all necessary expenses, costs and charges in the due and proper administration of my estate, Then, all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal property, money, notes, accounts, rights, and interests, claims and demands of every name and kind, together with all of my house hold goods, and chattels, I give and bequeath to my dear wife, Maggie Baum, as her own forever.

Third: I give and devise, to my said wife, Maggie Baum, all of the real-estate which I may own, at the time of my death, and each and every part thereof, together with all the issues rents and profits, thereof, for and during the term of her natural life time. And direct that during said time, she shall keep the said real-estate and every part thereof, in good condition, and pay all taxed that may be assessed on said lands from year to year, And in all cases where I have carried fire insurance, that she shall keep the same up for at least the usual amounts I have insured for, during her said life estate

Fourth: In as much as I have given to my said wife all my personal estate, money & C; and a life estate in all of my said real estate, I therefore direct that no award, or specific allowance shall be set off to her or allowed to her out of my said estate, and in case the same shall be so set off or allowed to her, that she shall waive the same in writing, so that her full interest in my said estate shall be as herein specified.

Fifth: I give and devise to my son, Marion Baum, as his own in fee forever, subject to the life estate, I have herein before given to my said wife, All of the following real-estate, to wit: The south-east quarter of the south-west quarter of section twenty one (21); and the south-west quarter of the south-east quarter of said section twenty one, (21); subject to a cartway in about one half acre off of the south side of the said first tract; and two and one half acres off of the south side of said last tract. Also the following land, to wit: Beginning four chains, and 30 links west of the south-east corner of the north-east quarter of the south west quarter of said section twenty one (21); and running thence north twenty chains, more or less to the north side of said forty acre tract; thence east twenty-four, and 30/100 chains, more or less to the north-east corner of the north-west quarter of the south-east quarter of said section 21. Thence south to the south-east corner of said north-west quarter of the south-east quarter of said section 21. And thence west to the place of beginning, (Excepting from said tract, 4. acres owned by wiseman, off of the north end of 14, acres off of the east side of said north-west quarter of the south-east quarter of said section twenty one. And all in township eighteen (18) north and range six (6) west of the third P. M. in Menard County Illinois the deeds for the said lands are recorded as follows: to wit: in Book 33, of deeds, page 100, and also on page 382; and in Book 23 of deeds, on page 396, and also on page 212; and in Book 50 on page 182; and Book 49, page 489; and Book 51, page 573; and Book 16, page 422. And Book 32, page 379, records of Menard County Illinois. And the above and foregoing condensed description is supposed to be the said land intended to be divided by this my last will and testament.

Sixth: I give and devise, to my daughter, Maggie Rhodes, subject to the life estate herein before given to my said wife, Maggie Baum, all the following real estate, to wit: Fifteen (15) acres off of the south end of the west half of the north-west quarter of section twenty two; and thirty acres off of the north end of the west half of the south-west quarter of said section twenty two (22), all in township eighteen (18) north, and range six (6) west of the third P. M. in Menard County and state of Illinois. To have and to hold the said land, as her own in fee forever; subject however to the life estate, given to my said wife; and further, whereas, I have heretofore conveyed to my said daughter, about three acres of said land, the said three acres of land, it is not intended shall be subject to the life estate give to my said wife. The deeds conveying said land, to said George Baum, Recorded in the office of the recorder of deeds in said Menard County Illinois, in Book 32, page 379; Book 28, page 245; Book 30, page 67: Book 36, page 559, and a deed from Elmore to George Baum for 5. acres of said land, and for convenience, is described, together herein. Said land being 45. acres, more or less.

Seventh: I give and devise, to my son Henry Baum, subject to the life estate, herein before given to my said wife, Maggie Baum, all of the following described real-estate, to wit: a part of the south east quarter of the north-west quarter of section twenty seven (27)b in township eighteen (18) north, and range six (6) west of the third P. M. in Menard County Illinois, bounded as follows, to wit: Beginning at the south east corner of said N. W. of said section 27, and running thence west 80 rods; thence north to a stone, in the county road, thence eastward, along said county road, 19.92 chains; thence south to the beginning, said tract being the south part of the S. E. of the N. W of said section 27, containing 13.25 acres more or less. Also the west half of the south-west quarter of the north-east quarter of said section 27, excepting from said last tract, the right of way of the C. P. & St. L. R. R. Co., conveying hereby 32.32 acres more or less. And also all of that part of 66 acres off of the north end of the east half of the north-west quarter of said section 27, which lies south of the right of way of the C. P. & St. L. Railway Company, being two and 88/100 acres, hereby devised. And it being understood, that I have heretofore conveyed to my said son, other lands in Menard County and state of Illinois.

Eighth: All of the rest residue and remainder of my estate, should there by any which I have not given or devised herein, I give in equal parts, to my said children, Marion Baum, Maggie Rhodes, and Henry Baum, as their own forever.

Ninth: I do hereby make, constitute and appoint my said wife, Maggie Baum, the executrix of this my last will and testament, and imposing in her full faith and confidence, I direct that she shall not be required to give bond as such executrix; and I further direct that in case of the death of my said wife, or in the event she should fail or refuse to act as such executrix, then in that case I do nominate and appoint Henry Baum, my son as such executor, And I revoke all other wills made by me, witness my hand and seal, this first day of August, A. D. 1913.

(signed) George Baum (seal)

Submitted by: Matthew

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