Benjamin Allison

Contributed by Carolyne Puskas
Will of Benjamin Allison

Felix A Collard & Isaac Lawson } Sworn
In Matter of the Estate of Benj Elison Dec’d, Last Will, Recorded in Vol 2d, Pages 259 & 260

In the name of God, Amen.

I Benjamin Elison of the county of Pike and State of Illinois being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make ordain and establish this to be my last will and testament thereby revoking all others and do hereby appoint Nathan Elison to be the executor of this my last will and testatment. It is my will that all my Just debts be paid and after the payment of all Just debts I do hereby devise and bequeath to my beloved wife the farm and improvements thereon on which I now live known as being the south half of the north half of section eight in Township No Seven south of the Base line of Range No three west of the fourth principal meredian containing one Hundred and Sixty acres as long as She remains my widow to take the Issues and profits thereof. After her departure from being my widow to maintain her thirds of said land and the residue to be equally divided among the following married heirs to wit Polly Elison Rachel Elison Eliza Elison Adam Elison Daniel Elison Henry Elison & Sally Elison. I bequeath and divide all my right title and estate of it to the aforesaid heirs to have and to hold the same to them these heirs and assigns forever. I also bequeath to my beloved wife all of my personal property and every part thereof as long as She remains my widow and after she departs from being my widow she may retain her thirds and the residue to be equally divided among the following heirs Poly Elison Rachel Elison Eliza Elison Adam Elison Daniel Elison Henry Elison Sally Elison, I Testimony whereof I have here unto Sat my hand and affixed my seal this the 18th day of August A.D. one Thousand eight Hundred and thirty Six.

Signed and acknowledged before us Benjamin Elison (seal)
(no signature)

F.A. Collard, Dian Lawson

Publishing Benj Allison’s Death

In matters of the Estate of Benj Ellison dec’d certificate of Publication for Final Settlement
Filed Dec 13th 1839 P Paullin P.J.P.
Fees $2.871/2

I certify that the notice was published for six weeks in the “Quincy Wig”, a newspaper, of which I am the editor and publisher said newspaper is published in the town of Quincy, County of Adams, State of Illinois. The first publication was on the 2nd November 1939 and the last on 7th December same year being six weeks successively.

L M Bartlett -- Editor and publisher of the Qny Whig

Administor Benj Allison’s Estate

Nathan Allison Admin of Benj Allison Bond
Filed Sept 3rd 1838, D.B.Bush P.J.P.
Recorded Vol 2nd, Page 257, D.B.Bush P.J.P.

Know all Men by these Presents, That we, Nathan Allison, Joel Meachum & Charlotte Allison of the County of Pike and State of Illinois, are held, and firmly bound unto the People of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of Six Hundred dollars current money of the United States, which payment well and truly to be made and performed, we, and each of us bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators, jointly, severally, and firmly by these presents: Witness our hands and seals, this 3d day of September A.D. 1838.

The Condition of the above obligation is such, that if the above bound Nathan Allison do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattles, rights and credits, lands, tenements, hereditaments, and the rents and profits issuing out of the same of Benjamin Elison of said County deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of the said Nathan Elison or into the possession of any other person for him, and the same so made do exhibit in the Court of Probate for the said county of Pike as required by law; and also make and render a fair and just account of his actings and doing, as such Executor to said court, when thereunto lawfully required, and to well and truly fulfil the duties enjoined upon him in and by said will; and shall moreover pay, and deliver to the persons entitled thereto, all the legacies and bequests contained in said will, so far as the estate of the said testator will thereunto extend, according to the value thereof, and as the law shall charge him; and shall in general, do all other acts which may from time to time be required of him by law, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Nathan Allison (signature) Seal
Joel Meachum (signature) Seal
Charlotty Allison (signature) Seal

Bond approved Sept 3, 1838
Daniel B. Bush PJP (signature)

Letter of Administration for Benj Allison Estate
Filed Sept 3d 1838
D.B.Bush P.J.P.

Recorded Vol 2nd Page 258 D.B.Bush (signature) P.J.P.

State of Illinois Pike County} ss The People of the State of Illinois

To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting

Know ye, that whereas, Benjamin Elison of the county of Pike and state of Illinois died testate, as it is said, on or about the Nineteenth day of August A.D. 1838, having at the time of his decease personal property in this state, which may be lost, destroyed, or diminished in value, if speedy care be not taken of the same; to the end, therefore, that said property may be collected and preserved for these who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, we do hereby appoint Nathan Elison of the county of Pike, and state of Illinois, Executor of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits, which were of the said Benjamin Elison at the time of his decease; with full power and authority to secure and collect the said property and debts, whosesoever the same may be found in this state, and in general to do and perform all other acts which now are, or hereafter may be required of him by law.

Witness, Daniel B. Bush, Probate Justice of the Pease in and for the said County of Pike at his office in Pittsfield this 3rd day of September A.D. 1838. Daniel B. Bush (signature), Probate Justice of the Peace

State of Illinois Pike County } ss

I do solemnly Swear that I will well and truly administer all and singular the goods and chattels, rights, credits and effects of Benjamin Elison, deceased, and pay all just claims and charges against said estate so far as his goods and chattels and effects shall extend, and the law charge me and that I will do and perform all other acts required of me by law to the best of my knowledge and abilities. So help me God.

Sworn and subscribed to before me, this 3d day of September 1838 Daniel B Bush (signature) Probate Justice of the Peace} Nathan Allison (signature)

Amasa Smith appointed Guardian of Benjamin Allison’s minor heirs

State of Illinois, Pike County Court of Probate Justice Of The Peace} The People of the State of Illinois, to Amasa Smith of the county and State aforesaid, Greetings,

Whereas, It has been represented to us that Adam Allison born Feby 7th A.D. 1828, Daniel Allison born Feby 6th A.D. 1830, Henry Allison born August 5th, A.D. 1832, Charles Allison born December 12th 1836, and Benjamin Allison born Dec 31st A.D. 1838, minor heirs of Benjamin Allison dec’d have no guardian and whereas it appears that the said Adam, Daniel, Henry, Charles and Benjamin Allison minors aforesaid have such an estate which requires to be protected and preserved for their use and benefit, when such minors shall be thereunto entitled.

How therefore, we do, by these presents, from the special trust and confidence we repose in you, dispute, constitute, and appoint you the aforesaid Amasa Smith Guardian of the aforesaid minors to do and perform all lawful acts relative to the estate of the aforesaid minors until they arrive at the age of fourteen years respectively.

Witness, P. Paullin, Probate Justice of the Peace in and for the said County of Pike at this office in Pittsfield this 20th day of June A.D. 1840. P Paullin (signature) Probate Justice of the Peace.

Charlotte Smith requesting Guardianship removed

State of Illinois Pike County } Court of Probate Justice of the Peace June 30th 1841

Charlotte Smith being duly sworn does depose and Say that Amasa Smith the guardian of the minor heirs of Benjamin Allison dec’d is in the habit of treating his said wards with unkindness and severity and that she truly believes the said Amasa Smith is an improper person to be guardian of the said minor heirs and therefore prays that the letter of Guardianship granted to him may be revoked.

Sworn to and subscribed this 30th day of June 1841 P. Paullin P.J.P. } Charlotte X Smith (her Mark)

Complaint Charlotte Smith vs. Amasa Smith Guardian of Minor heirs of Benj Allison Dec’d

Filed June 30th 1841 P.Paullin P.J.P.

State of Illinois, County of Pike } SCT. In the Court of Probate of said County September 3rd 1838:

This day, personally came before the Court of Probate of Pike county aforesaid, at Pittsfield in the town of Pittsfield in said County Nathan Allison and made oath, that Benjamin Elison late of the county of Pike and state of Illinois on whose estate letters of administration are requested by Nathan Elison is dead, and died testate, so far as he has knowledge and believes that said Benjamin Elison died on or about the 19th day of August 1838.

Subscribed and sworn to, in open court, this 3rd day of September A.D. 1838

Nathan Allison (signature) Daniel B. Bush (signature) Judge of Probate, of Pike County, Illinois

In Matter of the Estate of Benj Ellison
Oath Proving Death
Recorded Sept 21 1838 in Vol 2, Page 254

Monies Received by Amasa Smith
Receipt Amasa Smith

Filed June 22nd 1841

P Paullin P.J.P.

May 1, 1841 received of Nathan Allison Exc of the Estate of Benjamin Allison Deseeded which the sum of fifty one Dollars and Seventy five cents which is in full payment of the sale money coming _______ to the children which are under my Guardianship.

Amasa Smith (signature)

Removal of Amasa Smith as guardian

State of Illinois Pike County } Court of Probate Justice of the Peace. The People of the State of Illinois to the Sheriff of said county Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to cite Amasa Smith Guardian of the minor heirs of Benjamin Allison deceased to appear before me at my office in Pittsfield on the second Monday of July next at 12 o,clock N to answer the Complaint of Charlotte Smith for unkind and severe treatment towards his said wards and to show cause why the letters of Guardianship granted to him shale not be revoked. Given under my name and seal of office at Pittsfield this 30th day of June AD 1961

P Paullin Probate -- Justice of the Peace

I cannot in my county find the within named Amasa Smith.

July 8th 1841, Alfred Grubb, Shff

Citation To Amasa Smith Guardn of Minor Heirs of Benjm Allison Dec’d.

Fees Complaint, 25

Citation, 25

$50 Shffs fees, 171/2

Amasa Smith appointed Guardian of Benjamin Allison’s minor heirs

State of Illinois, Pike County Court of Probate Justice Of The Peace} The People of the State of Illinois, to Amasa Smith of the county and State aforesaid, Greetings,

Whereas, It has been represented to us that Adam Allison born Feby 7th A.D. 1828, Daniel Allison born Feby 6th A.D. 1830, Henry Allison born August 5th, A.D. 1832, Charles Allison born December 12th 1836, and Benjamin Allison born Dec 31st A.D. 1838, minor heirs of Benjamin Allison dec’d have no guardian and whereas it appears that the said Adam, Daniel, Henry, Charles and Benjamin Allison minors aforesaid have such an estate which requires to be protected and preserved for their use and benefit, when such minors shall be thereunto entitled.

How therefore, we do, by these presents, from the special trust and confidence we repose in you, dispute, constitute, and appoint you the aforesaid Amasa Smith Guardian of the aforesaid minors to do and perform all lawful acts relative to the estate of the aforesaid minors until they arrive at the age of fourteen years respectively.

Witness, P. Paullin, Probate Justice of the Peace in and for the said County of Pike at his office in Pittsfield this 20th day of June A.D. 1840. P Paullin (signature) Probate Justice of the Peace.

Letters Guardianship for Heirs of Benj Allison Dec’d

Issued June 20th 1840 P. Paullin PJP

Recorded Vol 3rd Pages 134 to 135 P. Paullin PJP

Revoked July 12, 18611 P Paullin PJP

Retrieved from Pittsfield, Illinois (Pike County) Court House