The data presented for the will of John Courtright Senior was provided by Marvin Courtright, a Courtright descendant and transcribed by Charles A. McKinley from pages Book 5, 281 to pages 285 and from the Will envelope in Case 3747 file at the Fairfield County Courthouse in Lancaster, Ohio.
Thanks to Charles McKinley for submitting this data to the Genealogy in Bloom Township,
Fairfield County, Ohio site at www.geocities.com/foorgenealogy/gene.html April 30, 2000.
The State of Ohio Fairfield County
Be it remembered that on the 13th day of April in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Three the following paper writing purported to be the last will and testament of John Courtright Senior late of the County and State aforesaid died, was produced in the Probate Court of said County and offered for probate to wit:
In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I John Courtright Senior of Bloom
Township, Fairfield County Ohio do make and publish this My last will and testament.
I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Barbara Courtright in lieu of her dower in My real estate according to an article of agreement entered into on the thirty first day of August in the year Eighteen Hundred and fifty seven (see record of said County Book no. 24 page 628) between said Barbara and Myself previous to our marriage. The use of a certain tract of land with all of the improvements so long as she shall remain unmarried and my widow (vice) the farm on now we which reside situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio and known and distinguished by being a part of Section Twenty Seven, Township Fourteen, Range Twenty and is the same
tract of land purchased from Benjamin Glick which the Deed will more fully show containing Two Hundred and Eighteen acres more or less.
I give devise and bequeath to my said wife her heirs and assigns one horse and two cows, the choice of all I may have at the time of my death, also my Buggy and harness , and also two iron Kettles, also my kitchen furniture and Stove, Three bedsteads and bedding and other household furniture, sufficient for her family and one years provisions for herself and feed for her horse and cows.
I give devise and bequeath to my son John Courtright his heirs and assigns forever in addition to what I have already deeded to him certain tracts of lands Situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio known an distinguished by being part of Section Thirty Three, Township Fourteen, Range Twenty, containing Forty Eight acres more or less and is the same tract of land purchased from Lorenzo D. Morris, also part of the South East quarter of Section Twenty Eight Township Number Fourteen, Range Twenty and bounded as follows beginning at the South West corner of said quarter Section on the Section line from thence East along said Section line five rods East of the center of said Quarter section from thence due North half the distance across said quarter from thence West ten rods thence due North to the quarter section so as to contain one half of said quarter, also Twenty Five acres of the South side of the North half of the North East quarter of Section Twenty Nine being a part of the land I purchased from Sebbas B. Custer.
I give devise and bequeath to my son Jacob G. Courtright his heirs and assigns forever in addition to what I have already deeded to him, Fifty acres of Land of the East Side of the South West quarter of Section Twenty Two, Township Fourteen, RangeTwenty joining Roller, also one undivided half of the farm on which now I Reside subject to the Dower of My wife also, Fifty Seven acres of the North side of the north half of the North East quarter of Section of Section Twenty Nine being part of the land that I purchased from Sebbas B. Custer, he paying to my son Jesse D.Courtright Twelve Hundred and Fifty Dollars one year after my Death.
I give devise and bequeath to my son Jesse D. Courtright his heirs and assigns In addition to what I have already deeded to him a certain tract of land Situate in The County of Fairfield and State of Ohio and known and distinguished by being part of Section Thirty Two, Township Fourteen, Range Twenty and bounded as follows Beginning in the North East Corner of Said Section from thence West along the Section Line to the half Section Corner from thence South far enough to Contain Fifty Two Acres by running due East across the Quarter Section being
The same land purchased from Jonathan Glick and Lorenzo D. Morris, also the undivided
Half of the farm on which I now reside subject to the Dower of my wife also Twelve Hundred and Fifty Dollars in Money being the same, son Jacob G. Courtright is to pay to him one year after my death
I give devise and bequeath to my Grandsons William A. Custer and George D. Custer their heirs and assigns Ninety one acres of land situate in County Of Fairfield State of Ohio and known and distinguished by being a part of North East quarter of Section No. Twenty, Township, No. Fourteen, Range Twenty being the land willed to John Drake and Samantha Drake by their Father Samuel Drake deceased, also Thirty Nine acres more or less situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio and known as part of the North West quarter of Section No. Twenty Eight ,Township Fourteen Range Twenty and is that part or parcel of land Set to of Mary Morehart widow of John Morehart deceased as her dower.
I give devise and bequeath to my Granddaughter Samantha Griffith her heirs and assigns Fifty Five acres of land Situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio it being a part of quarter of Section Thirty One, Township Fourteen, Range Twenty and bounded as follows beginning at the North East corner of Said Section from thence West along said Section line half the distance across Said Quarter from thence so far South to contain Fifty five acres by running due East to the Section line from thence to the place of beginning.
I give devise and bequeath to my Granddaughter Sarah E. Custer her heirs and assigns Fifty Five acres of land Situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio, it being part of the North East quarter of Section Number Thirty One, Township Number Fourteen, Range Twenty and Bounded as follows, Beginning at the North West corner of Said Quarter Section from thence South along Said half Section line so to contain Fifty Five acres by running due East half the distance across said Quarter from thence North to the Section line from thence West to the place of beginning.
I give devise and bequeath to my Granddaughters Hester Juliann and Mary Courtright their heirs and assigns eighty acres of land more or less situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio it being the same on which their mother now resides, Hester and Juliann to have the North half of said land.
I give devise and bequeath to my Grandsons Adam Courtright and George Courtright and my Granddaughter Rosantha Cawthon their heirs and assigns One Hundred and Twenty Three acres of land more or less situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio and known and distinguished by being part of Section No. Thirty, Township No. Fourteen, Range Twenty and bounded as follows, beginning at the North East corner of Newton Williamsons land thence West along said Williamsons line to the half Section line thence North along said half Section line so far to leave One Hundred and Ten acres in the North end of said half Section by running Due East across said half Section to the East line of said Section, Thence South to the place of beginning Said Roseantha Cawthorn to have Forty acres of the East end of the said Tract of land.
I give devise and bequeath to my Grandson Jesse Courtright and my Granddaughters Elizabeth Fritter and Hellen Fritter their heirs and assigns the following described tracts of land situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio to (Wit) A part of the North East quarter of Section No. Twenty, Township No. Fourteen, Range Twenty ,bounded as follows, Beginning at a post on the North boundary of said quarter section, Twenty Two chains and fifty links East from the north west corner of said quarter where a hickory 12 inches in diameter bears S 63' E.ninety and one half links east from the then South Eighty chains and ninety links to a post from thence West twenty two chains and fifty links to a post on the West boundary of said quarter Section from Thence South Eleven chains And eighty links to a post Thence East Thirty four chains and forty one links To a post on the West boundary of Courtright, Thence North with said line sixteen chains to a post Thence North Sixty seven and one Half degrees West Twelve chains and Sixty two links to the place of Beginning containing Forty eight acres and sixteen Hundredths of and acre, Also a part of the South East quarter of Section No, Sixteen, Township No, Fourteen, Range Twenty, bounded as follows, Beginning at a post on the South boundary line of said quarter section Fifteen chains from the South East corner of said section from thence North Twenty five chains to a Beech Twenty inches in diameter, from thence Twelve chains and Eighty three links to a post from thence South Twenty chains and Ninety five links to a post in the Columbus road, from thence 70 and one half degrees West thirteen chains and Twenty five links to the place of beginning containing Twenty nine acres.
I give devise and bequeath to my Granddaughter Jane Cole her heirs and assigns Six Silver Table Spoons.
I give devise and bequeath to George B. Custer , John Blackwood and David Crumley Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Lithopolis and their successors in office the following described property situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio and known and distinguished by being in Lot Number Fifty Seven in the town of Lithopolis to be used by Said Presbyterian Church as a Parsonage So long as said Church remains old School Presbyterian But should said Church at any time be dissolve or become other than Presbyterian then said property shall revert back to My Heirs.
Now as respects the residue of My personal property, I do order and direct that a fair Valuation or appraisement thereof be made according to the Law and that the same be sold at Public Sale by any executors herein after named and the proceeds thereof together with all of the monies that May be owing to me at the time of my death as well as all Money on hand, I dispose as follows
first to the payment of my funeral Expenses and all My just debts including the expenses of Settling My Estate, Second the purchasing of Tomb Stones for My grave for which I hereby authorize My executor to pay not less than One Hundred nor more than Two Hundred Dollars and the residue if any I devise and bequeath as follows to My Wife Barbara Courtright this one fourth part thereof to My Son John Courtright or his heirs, then one fourth part thereof to My Son Jacob G. Courtright or his heirs and one fourth part thereof to My Son Jesse D. Courtright or his heirs and then one fourth part thereof. My Grandsons John C. Custer, Sebbus B. Custer, Richard Courtright and Jacob Courtright have received their Share of My estate by Deed and otherwise during their lifetime. Lastly I hereby Constitute and Appoint My sons John Courtright and Jacob G. Courtright Executors of My last Will and Testament Revoking and Annulling all former wills by Me made and Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be My Last Will and Testament.
Set my hand and seal this Twenty Fifth day of October the year Eighteen Hundred and Sixty John Courtright Senior---Signature-Seal
At his request have signed
John E. Woods
And (xxxxxxxxxx) the of James Andrew one of said subscribing witnesses to said will was taken and in open Court reduced to writing as follows to wit:
The State of Ohio Fairfield County
I James Andrew being duly Sworn in open Court this 13th day of April A.D. 1863 depose and say that I was present at the Execution of this last will and testament of John Courtright Senior hereunto annexed that I saw the Said testator Subscribe said will and heard him publish and declare the same to be his last will And testament and that the said testator at the time of executing the same Was of full age and of Sound Mind and Memory and not under any restraint And that I signed the same as a witness at his request and in his presence And in the presence of John E. Woods the other subscribing witness to said Will, and I further say that John E. Woods the other subscribing witness is dead and that I saw the said John E. Woods Sign said will as witness and that his name to said will is his genuine Signature.
Sworn to me and Subscribed before me this 13th day of April A.D. 1863
Jesse Seolmer Probate Judge
And afterwards to with on the 13th day of April A.D. 1863 the following
Entry was made in the Journal of Said Court to Wit::
Aril 13th A.D. 1863
In the matter of John Courtright Seniors Will
The last will and testament of John Courtright Senior of Fairfield County Ohio Deceased was this day produced in Court and offered for Probate by John Courtright and Jacob G. Courtright the Executors in Said will, James Andrew one of the Subscribing witnesses to said will appeared
And in open Court on Oath testified to the Executors of said will and Also to the death of John E. Woods and to the signature of said John E. Woods to Said will with the other subscribing witness to said will, Which testimony was taken in open Court reduced to writing and By said James Andrew subscribed and filed with Said Will. And it appearing to the Court by said testimony that Said will wasDuly attested and Executed and that Said testation at the time of Executing The Same was of full age and of Sound Mind and Memory and not under any restrain. It is ordered by the Court that the Said will and testimony be duly recorded. And Hereupon Same John Courtright and Jacob G. Courtright the Executors Named in Said will and accepted the Trust of Executing Said Will Ordered by the Court that said Executors Give Bond in the Sum of Eight Thousand Dollars with two Sureties To the acceptance of this Court, conditioned according to law the Sum of Eight-Thousand Dollars with William L. Rigby and, Jesse D. Courtright as (Hxx) Sureties, which Bond and the same will thereof And the Sureties thereon is hereby approved and Court Approved Bateman Beaty, Jacob Solt and James Andrew appraisers of the goods And Chalets of the descendent and the said Executors being duly sworn Testifies that the Estate of said Testator for which Said will was Probated and to be administered exceeds the sum of Twenty Thousand Dollars and does not exceed Fifty Thousand Dollars in Value, it is therefore Ordered that United States internal revenue stamps of the value of Five Dollars be placed on the letters to be paid to said Executors Which is accordingly done and therefore letters Testamentary Issued to Said Executors
Signed---- Jesse Seolmar Probate Judge