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
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
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.
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.