This is the will of William Turner, who died in about 1813-1814 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  He was my 6th great-grandfather.

In the name of God Amen, I William Turner of the County of Allegany and State of Pensylvania though weak in body, yet having the entire use of my understanding, do make and publish this my last will here by revoking all others that I ever have made. Committing my Soul to God in Life of its redemption … the blood of his Son, and my body to the earth, in hope of a blessed and glorious resurrection, I then in the (First Place) devise to my dear Wife Anna Turner her bed with such bed cloaths as she may reckon necessary – such parts of my Kitchen Furniture as she may choose – any one of my cows – her trunk – the oval table, and my arm chair.  I also bequeath to my Sons Thomas Turner, and Samuel Turner the two tracts of Land already laid out for them, to each the one on which he now lives, containing each one hundred and thirty three acres, with the usual allowance; however obligating them to pay for my daughter Elizabeth or her heirs, the Sum of one hundred dollars each.  Then my two sons shall also pay the Sum of thirty dollars each to obtain an office right for the Land on which the widow of my deceased Son now lives, provided my personal estate after the distribution of it herein after diverted, may not be sufficient to procure the Patent for the above described land on which my Son John’s Widow lives.  I further devise to my Son in law George Cavett sixty six acres, with, allowance, being that part of my land already laid out for him, and on which he now lives.  I further bequeath to the children of my Son in law Joseph McElheny by his present wife Jane Turner sixty six Acres with allowance being that part on which he now lives.  All the above devises are made according to [aplottments?] already made of their tracts, the full amount of which they are severally to enjoy be the same more or less.  The residence of my farm, containing by estimate eighty Acres be the same more or less I leave to Samuel Turner and John Turner Sons of my deceased Son John, together with all my interest and right to a certain Lot of ground then vacant on which I placed my Son John at the time of his marriage the right to which by {?] I had previously purchased, and on which the buildings now stand wherein the widow and children of my Son John now live containing eighty-five Acres or there abouts be the same more or less.  but it is to be distincly understood that whatever costs may accrue in obtaining a patent for said land shall be paid by my Executors out of the proceeds of my personal estate if sufficient, but if not then in the manner already asserted in this instrument.  To the heirs of my Son in law Robert Bell I leave the Sum of forty dollars.  Finally I direct that my personal Estate shall be sold at [?] due outofwhich my debts and funeral charges shall be defrayed.  I also constitute and appoint the Rev. John Riddell and John Philips Son? the Executors of this my will.  In confirmation whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this 11th of August 1813

Alexander McFarland
William Corvan                                      his
William Turner     (Seal)

  • Mariann Regan - June 26, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    This is some of the neatest handwriting I have yet encountered. I like the fact that he can bequeath to his heirs land “on which they now live.” He was taking care to provide for them long before the time of his death. I like to think of wills as gifts, made kindly. Today the IRS lets you “gift” your children certain amounts long before you die. This is a good development, since so many live into their 90s.ReplyCancel

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Clyde Cleveland Davidson was my husband’s great-grandfather.
published in the pages of THE DAILY JOURNAL-WORLD


Memorial Obituary

Entered Into Eternal Rest Friday Feb 13, 1971


TONGANOXIE – Clyde Cleveland Davidson, 82, died this morning at his home in Tonganoxie.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Quisenberry Funeral Home here. The Rev. Ray K. Fitch will officiate. Burial will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

Mr. Davidson was born Sept. 18, 1888, near Tonganoxie.  He was a retired farmer.  He lived in north Lawrence for several years.

He is survived by the widow, Rose, of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Lyle Weeks, Rt. 1 Eudora, Mrs. Alf Oleson, Eudora, and Mrs. Thomas Robb, Tonganoxie; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

  • Mariann Regan - June 24, 2013 - 12:03 am

    Very dignified with a lovely border. I hope you know the grandchildren and great grandchildren. It’s good of you to do this work for your husband.ReplyCancel

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Matthew David Davidson and Emma Josephine Allen (married 1877 in Leavenworth Co, KS)

  • Mariann Regan - June 19, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    This is the year both my grandmother and grandfather were born. In this sepia photo, what a wistful and yearning look on the woman’s face. And I think her husband is deliberately posing in what they still call a “manly” fashion.ReplyCancel

  • Nick Woods - June 20, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    Oh, it’s so good to see how these family members looked when young! Thank you Jennifer. Where did you find this photo? I wonder if Ron D. had one of his Grand parents?ReplyCancel

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This is the grave of Thelma Bernice Howard, daughter of Walter V. Howard and Bertha May Davidson.

Bernice Howard Galyardt

May 25, 1914

Apr 29, 1957

  • Nick Woods - June 18, 2013 - 9:54 pm

    Bernice was only 43 when she died. She was Aunt Bert and Uncle Walter’s only child. Bernice & her husband never had children. EAWReplyCancel

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This was one of the pages included in the pension packet for Mathilda Jane {Brittain} Sanchez-Tereso, widow of 1st Lt Frederick Sanchez-Tereso of F Co. of the Iowa 33rd Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.
He died in 1882. She apparently needed an affidavit about the births of her youngest children.


County of Keokuk} SS.
In the matter of the claim of Matilda J. widow of Frederick Sanchez Tereso 1st Lieut, Company F of the 33rd Regiment, Iowa Inft Vols. Personally came before me, a_____ in and for aforesaid County and State, Dr. J. D Henry Town and Citizens of Martinsburg County of Keokuk State of Iowa well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declare in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:

That he well knew the above named claimant her Husband the above named Soldier and that they had born unto them during wedlock the following named children to wit:
Theodore S. who was born on the 11th day of November 1872 and George O. who was born on the 1st day of July 1875.
That affients? knowledge of the above facts is from being the attending Physician their attended the above named claimant in her _______at the date of each of the above named Births and Personal Knowledge of the Same.

We further declare that we have no interest in said case and not concerned in its prosecution and not related to said applicant.
J.D. Henry, MD

{On the next page (not shown) the document is signed and dated 16 Aug 1882.}

  • Mariann Regan - June 18, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    I suppose this must be the ultimate in “mastering genealogical proof” — testament to a birth from the actual attending physician. : ))ReplyCancel

  • Climbing My Family Tree - June 19, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    I agree! If only I had one of these for all of my ancestors!!ReplyCancel

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