Thursday, March 10, 2011

Will of Nathan RICKETTS

Last will and Testament of Nathan Ricketts, deceased
"In the name of God amen. I Nathan Ricketts Senior, farmer of Randolph Township in Dearborn County State of Indiana being old and feeble in body but thank God of perfect mind and memory knowing that it is appointed for all men to die disannulling all others ordain this to be my last will and testament. I do give and bequeath to my wife Jane Ricketts all my Estate both Real and personal during her life and to her and my decease I will and bequeath as follows, For the heirs of my Eldest son William Ricketts deceased I leave one dollar, to my daughter Rebecca Neal one dollar, to my son Edward Ricketts one dollar, to my daughter Susannah Neal one dollar, to my son Abram Ricketts one dollar to my son Nathan Ricketts one dollar, to my daughter Elizabeth Rich deceased, one dollar, to my daughter Jane Shepherd one dollar to my daughter Ann Ricketts I leave and bequeath the one equal half of my household furniture, after the decease of my wife Jane Ricketts and my self to my youngest son Ephraim Ricketts I give and bequeath all and singular the ballance of my Estate Real and personal after paying my just and legal debts and lastly I do appoint my son Ephraim Ricketts to execute this my last will and testament given under my hand this nineteenth day of February one Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty Seven.
Nathan [his x mark] Ricketts
In presents of
Amos Hastings
James March
Abijah Bennett
State of Indiana
a Justice of the peace of said county personally appeared Nathan Ricketts the signer of the above will and acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed this 19th February 1837.
Witness my hand and seal
Abijah Bennett J.P.

The State of Indiana
Ohio County
Personally appeared before me the undersigned clerk of the Probate Court of said County Amos Hastings who being by me duly sworn upon his oath says that he was personally present when Nathan Ricketts the within named testator executed this his last will and testament, and heard him publically pronounce the same to be his last will and testament; that this deponent signed the same as a witness thereto in the presence of the other subscribing witnesses and in the presence of the testator and at his request, and that the testator at the time of executing the same was of full age to devise his property; and of sound mind and memory, and not under coercion and restraint as this deponent verily believes.
Amos Hastings
Subscribed sworn to before me this 13th day of January A.D. 1847 as Witness my hand and the seal of the Probate Court of Ohio County hereunto affixed at Rising Sun this 15th day of January A.D. 1847
James H Penner clk

Ohio county, Indiana, Will records, volume 1, page 20-21, Will of Nathan Ricketts; FHL microfilm 1311846.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Will of James M SHEPHERD

I James M Shepherd of Ohio County Indiana do make this my last will and Testament, as follows.
1. I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Jane Shepherd all my property, Real and personal during her natural life, except that she is to allow my daughter Ann to reside in a part of the house with her, and have a garden spot, and some ground to cultivate if she shall desire it, and pasture for a cow, and except that such of my personal property as my wife may not want to keep shall be sold, and the money if not needed for immediate use shall be loaned by my executor and the interest and any or all of the principal shall be paid to my said wife at any time when she may need the same to make her comfortable, and I direct that if the rents of my Lands & said moneys shall not be sufficient to support my said wife that enough of my lands shall be sold to provide her a sufficient support.
2. After the decease of my wife I give devise & bequeath the remainder of my Real Estate in fee Simple as follows Towit:: Of the tract where I reside I give to Ursula Bovard 53 acres, commencing at a corner stone opposite Jacob Shular, then E 53 rods, to a Stone, thence S to the County line, thence W 53 rods to a corner, thence North to the place of beginning.
To Ann Gibbens I give the following Part of said tract beginning at the N E corner of the last named Tract thence E 52 rods, thence S. to the County line, thence west to said first named tract thence N to the place of beginning.
To Jane Griswold I give & devise the residue of said tract.
To Elwood Bovard, George Griswold, Shepherd T Gibbens, Coleman Bovard, James S Griswold, Everett Gibbens, Olive Bovard & Jane Gibbens, I give after the decease of my wife the other tract of Land owned by me containing 80 acres which adjoins the residence of James Gibbens.
I appoint Isaac Bovard Executor of this my will.
Witness my hand this 5 day of June 1860.
attest James M [his x mark] Shepherd
A. C. Downey
James McHenry
The State of Indiana, Ohio County Sct.
I Alexander C Downey one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will of James M Shepherd deceased do swear that I was present at the time said deceased signed said will by his mark, that I saw said deceased subscribe his name to said will by making his mark, that I and James McHenry the other subscribing witness to said will did in presence of said deceased subscribe our names as witnesses to said will. That said decedent at the time of signing said will was competent to devise his property and not under coercion and further I say not.
A. C. Downey
Before me the Clerk of the Common Pleas of said County this 8th day of June 1860, personally came the above named Alexander C Downey, who subscribed and swore to the above affidavit before me according to Law.

Ohio county, Indiana, Will records, volume 2, page 84-85, Will of James M Shepherd; FHL microfilm 1311846.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Will of Benjamin F POTTER

Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Potter Decd
State of Indiana Switzerland County Sct.
Be it remembered that among the Records of the Switzerland Court of Common Pleas is to be found the following:
At a Term of said Court begun and held at the Court House in Vevay in said County and State aforesaid on the first Monday in April A.D. 1859 – and in the third Judicial day thereof the same being the 6th Day of April A.D. 1859 and before the Honorable John J. Hayden sole Judge of Said Court the following proceedings were had Viz:
In the matter of the
Estate of George Gates Deceased Proof of Will.
Now comes John Gates and Harvey Littlefield Esq the Custodian of the Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Potter late of the County of Switzerland and State of Indiana deceased, and files in Open Court the said Last Will and Testament, and proved to the satisfaction of the Court the due and legal execution thereof, he being one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and being sworn said Harvey Littlefield testified that he saw said Benjamin Potter sign and seal said seal Will – That he signed the same in his presence and in the presence of Isaac H Littlefield the other subscribing witness thereto, that they signed the same in his presence and in the presence of each other, and at his request that he acknowledged the execution thereof in their presence – and that he was of full age to devise his property, of sound mind and memory, and not under coercion or restraint.
It is therefore ordered by the Court that said will be admitted to probate, and order that the Clerk record the same, together with the proof thereof in the proper Record – and the same reads as follows – Viz:
State of Indiana Switzerland County, Sct.
I Oliver Ormsby clerk of the Switzerland Court of Common Pleas hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the proceedings had in said Court, in the matter of the probate of the annexed will
Witnesss my hand and seal of said Court at Vevay this 15th day of April A.D. 1859. Oliver Ormsby. Clerk S. C.C.P.
In the name of the Benevolent Father of all:
I Benjamin Potter of Switzerland County in the State of Indiana do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.
Item 1st. I give and devise to my beloved wife in lieu of her interest in my lands, the farm on which we now reside, situate in Switzerland County, in the State of Indiana. It being a part of the South East quarter of Section Thrity-three (33) in Town 3 of Range 2 West; And a part of the South West quarter of Section Number Thirty three of Range Two (2) of Town three West, supposed to contain Eighty acres of land – (and for a more particular description see Deeds given by William Austin and Eleakem Wilson and wives to me-) during her natural life; and all the stock, Household goods, furniture, provisions, and other goods which may be therein; at the time of my disease, during her natural life as aforesaid –
At the death of my said wife, the Real Estate aforesaid, I give and devise to my Son Silas R. Potter, and his Heirs forever.
Item 2nd. I devise and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Bascom, Two Hundred Dollars.
Item 4th. I give and devise to the Heir of David Potter – Obid Potter – Fifty Dollars.
Item 3d I give and devise to my Daughter Rachel Armstrong Two Hundred Dollars.
Item 5th I give and devise to the Heir of Benjamin Potter – William Potter – Fifty Dollars.
Item 6th I give and devise to the Heir of Lucinda Smith – Ruth Smith – Fifty Dollars.
Item 7th At the death of my said wife I give and bequeath to Charlotte Scott, all the Household goods and furniture aforesaid and one cow.
Item 8th I also will that said Silas R. Potter, shall pay within two years after the decease of my said wife or came to be paid to said Elizabeth Bascom, Rachael Armstrong, Ovid Potter, William Potter, and Ruth Smith, said sums aforesaid given to each, amounting in all to Five Hundred and Fifty Dollars.
Item. I do hereby nominate and appoint Silas R. Potter Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise, adjust release and discharge, in such manner, as he may deem proper, the debts and claims due me. I do also authorize and empower him, Should it become necessary, in order to pay my debts, to sell by private sale, or in such manner, upon such terms of credit or otherwise, as he may think proper all, or any part of my personal property, which is not included in the decree to my said wife or Charlotte Scott.
I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made-
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of December in the year 1858.
Benjamin Potter {seal}
Signed and acknowledged by said Benjamin Potter as his Last Will and Testament in our presence and signed by us in his presence
Harvey Littlefield
Isaac Littlefield
State of Indiana
Switzerland County } Sct.
I Oliver Ormsby Clerk of the Switzerland Court of Common Pleas, hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the Last Will and Testament of said Benjamin Potter late of said County deceased – as taken from the Original Will now on file in my office – as also of the proceedings had in said Courth in admitting the said Will to Probate, and endorsed therein.
Witness my hand this 15th day of April A.D. 1859.
Oliver Ormsby
Clerk S.C.C.P

Switzerland county, Indiana, Will Records, Circuit Court, volume 2, page 200-203, Will of Benjamin Potter; FHL microfilm 1310446.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Scanning Slides Update

One of my 2011 genealogy goals is to scan all the slides at my grandma's house. There are 3 shelves of boxes containing 100 slide carousels. There are 14 boxes on each shelf. So I have around 4200 slides to scan.

In January, I wrote a post about my beginning attempts to scan those slides. I started by using one of the slide converters that is really a light box scanner. I decided that it was too much work to place the slides into the tray and manually line up each slide. If I didn't have a lot of slides to scan, this would be a good, cheap choice to scan them all. But that is not the case for me.

When I got my new laptop last year, I found out that my old scanner was not compatible with Windows 7. So I had been scanning with my netbook and then transferring the files to my laptop. So I was in the market for a new flat bed scanner. So with a little cooking, cleaning, and eye batting, I got my husband to buy me a new one.

He purchases the CanoScan 8800F (Amazon affiliate link) for me. It is massive, but it is so much faster than my old scanner. It makes me wonder why I didn't purchase a new scanner long ago. I had no idea how much faster scanners now work. I don't even want to think of how much time I wasted waiting for my old scanner to do its thing.

The CanoScan 8800F can scan slides and film. It scans 4 slides at a time. You just lay them in the tray, preview the images, select which to scan and scan away. Scanning slides takes FOREVER, but this new scanner makes it a pretty hands off experience. I've been scanning the slides and participating in Scanfest or watching genealogy webinars while waiting for it to complete each set of scans.

The other thing I like about my new scanner is that it recognizes when you are scanning multiple items and can automatically crop them into separate image files. With my old scanner, I would scan each photo separately, then crop it. Now I just lay 4 photos on the glass and let it scan and it leaves me with 4 files. It's great!

Now I just need to work on adding metadata to all these images.

Disclosure: The link for the scanner is to my Amazon affiliate link. It allows me to get a small percentage of your purchases, but it doesn't tell me if you bought it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March Genealogy Goals

I haven't been posting my monthly genealogy goals. That is in part because I was putting off doing one thing on the list, but it's finally done!

So here are my genealogy goals for March 2011:
  • Finish scanning the slides that I borrowed from my grandma. This will allow me to get more at the beginning of April when I visit her again.
  • Work on adding metadata to my digital photos. This is something that I haven't really done yet and it needs done. I'm going to research a few metadata software choices and start working on this.
  • Work on husband's family lines in Alsace, France. (I found them in France, but I have to be in the right mood to deal with records in French. Two weeks of being sick in February didn't help.)
  • Work on my Norfolk, England ancestors. FamilySearch added more Norfolk images online and I need to search through them for my ancestors.
I also can't wait to start attending all the great webinars that are coming up in March. I'm also ready for April and my spring break research trip!

What are your March goals?