Emily (Carlton) Kesterson

Transcribed and contributed by Edith Reeves
28 November 1848 - 21 November 1919
I, Emily Kesterson of Pittsfield, Pike County, Illinois do make publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament hereby expressly revoking all previous wills by me made. 1. It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid. 2. Upon the express condition that my son Joseph F. Kesterson does not sell, mortgage or attempt to sell or mortgage or otherwise encumber and does not permit any thing to jeopardize the title or divert title from him I give devise and bequeath to said Joseph F. Kesterson my son for the term of his natural life the house and two lots in Pittsfield, Pike County, Illinois where I now reside and should said Joseph F. Kesterson sell mortgage or attempt to sell or mortgage or do or permit anything to jeopardize his title to said property or divert title therewith from him the life use here in as hereby devised shall terminate and cease and end. The fee titles of said premises subject to said life estate I devise to my son Delmer Kesterson, (Sr?) (_?_ ) upon the termination of said life estate (_?_) of Joseph F Kesterson or as otherwise provided herein. I hereby nominate and appoint as executor of this will Delmer Kesterson without bond. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of November AD 1919. Emily (her mark) Kesterson

We the undersigned do certify that the above and foregoing instrument of 2 pages was published and declared by Emily Kesterson as her will and signed by her by her mark and that at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other we hae signed our names hereto as atten witnesses and that we each said Emily Kesterson sign foregoing instrumnet and that we each saw each other sign this instrument. and that Emily Kesterson saw both of us sign asaid instrument and at the time said Emily Kesterson so published, d and signed said instrument we each believed her to be of sound mind and memory and under no restraint. Nannie Flood & Margia A Sizelove

In the County Court of Pike Co Illinois, November Term, A. D. 1919

To the Honorable Harry Swan, Judge of said Court: Your Petitioner, Delmer Kesterson, being first duly sworn, on his oath deposes and says that Emily Kesterson, late of aforesaid county and state, departed this life November 21st. 1919, testate, that said Emily Kesterson died seized and possessed of real estate worth $950.00 and personal property, including cash on hand $200.00, that said Emily Kesterson died leaving, as your petitioner is informed and believes, her Last Will and Testament, in which and by which this petitioner is appointed her executor; that it is necessary for proper administration of the estate of said Emily Kesterson that her estate be administered upon, that petitioner is willing to accept the duties of executor, and prays that the instrument in writing, filed herewith, purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of said Emily Kesterson be admitted to probate and that he be appointed executor thereof, and Letters testamentary be issued to him. Petitioner further states that said Emily Kesterson left no husband her surviving , but did leave the following children and her sole herif at law, her surviving, whose post office address is set opposite the name of such children, to wit:

Delmer Kesterson Pittsfield, Illinois

Joseph F. Kesterson Pittsfield, Illinois

Albert Kesterson Pittsfield, Illinois

Lora Padkins St. Louis, Missouri

Arvie (Midge) Muckenstern Burlington, Iowa

that none of said heirs of law is or are minors, but that all are adults. Petitioner prays that day be set for probating said alledged will, that notice according to law be given and he has such other remedies and relief as is consistent with law and the practice of this court. signed] Delmer Kesterson

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 24th day of November A. D. 1919 [signed] C A Halkey County Clerk.

Letters Testamentary STATE OF ILLINOIS County of Pike In the County Court, December Term 1919

The People of the State of Illinois, to all to Whom These Presents Shall Come: --GREETING:

KNOW YE, THAT, Whereas Emily Kesterson, late of the County of Pike , and State of Illinois Emily Kesterson died on or about the 21st day of November A.D., 1919 as it is said, after having duly made and published her last will and Testament, a copy whereof is hereunto annexed, leaving at the time or her death, property of this state, which maybe lost, destroyed or diminished in value, if speedy care be not taken of the same; and inasmuch as it appears that Delmer Kesterson has been appointed Executor in and by the said last Will and Testament to execute the same:

Now, to the end that said property may be preserved for those who shall appear to have a legal right or interest therein, and that the said Will may be executed according to the request of the said Testatrix and do hereby authorize the said Delmar Kesterson as such executor to collect and secure all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits, which are of the said Emily Kesterson at the time of her decease, whoseever hand or possession the same may be found in this state, and well and truly to perform and fulfill all such duties as may be enjoined upon him by the said Will, so far as there shall be property, and the law charge him and in general to do and perform all other acts which now are or hereafter may be required of him by law.

WITNESS, C. A. Halkay Clerk of the County Court of said County of Pike, at his office in Pittsfield, this 17th day of December 1919 and the Probate Seal of said Court hereunto affixed. [signed] C.A. Helkay Clerk.


STATE OF ILLINOIS Pike County TO THE JUDGE OF THE COUNTY COURT, Of Pike County, January Term, A. D. 1920

The undersigned Delmer Kesterson, executor of the estste of Emily Kesterson , deceased, would respectfully submit to the Court the following report of his acts and doings as such executor, from December 17th, 1920 to January 6th, A.D. 1920, charge himself with the following, to wit:

Date ITEMS OF RECEIPT DOLLARS CENTS To cash on hand time of decease 65.66 December 1, 1920 To sale of hogs 37.05 8 To sale of corn 7.55 January 15 To sale of corn 87.15 26 To sale of corn 47.00 Total = 244.41

Affidavit of Witness, To Last Will and Testament--Press Print, Griggsville, Ill. STATE OF ILLINOIS, County of Pike, In the County Court of said County. In Probate December Term, A. D., 1919

Personally appeared in open Count Nannie Flood and Margia A Sizelove subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing, purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Emily Kesterson late of Pike County, deceased, who, being duly sworn according to law, do depose and say, each for herself, that the foregoing is the Last Will and Testament o the said Emily Kesterson, deceased, that they subscribed their names thereto as the attesting witnesses at the request of the said testatrix and in her presence, and in the presence of each other, on the 19th day of November , A. D., 1919. That she then and there subscribed her name therto, in their presence, and declared the same to be her Last Will and Testament, and that the said testatrix at the time of executing the same, as aforesaid, was of full age, of sound mind and memory, and under no constraint.

Subscribed and sworn to in open Court this 17th day of December Nannie Flood A. D., 1919 [signed] E A Hulkey Margia A. Sizelove County Clerk

INVENTORY--Press Print, Griggsville, Ill STATE OF ILLINOIS, County of Pike In the matter of the estate of Emily Kesterson DECEASED.

The following is a full and perfect inventory of all the Real and Personal Estate of said deceased, so far as the same has come to the possission or knowledge of the undersigned executor of the Estate of Emily Kesterson dec'd

REAL ESTATE VALUE: Lots seven (7) and eight (8) in Block Nine (9) in Norris' addition to city of Pittsfield Pike County Illinois 1000