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Monday, February 21, 2011

Henthorn, George Washington

George Washington Henthorn

Notes for George Washington HENTHORN-145

BIOGRAPHY: George Washington Henthorn was a bachelor farmer and active in community, political, and Masonic fraternal affairs. At one time he was a RFD carrier.

PROBATE: Will of George W. Henthorn
I, George W. Henthorne of Ripley County and the state of Indiana being of sound mind, and disposing memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament:

Item first: It is my desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid.

Item second. I give all of my personal property to Alice B. Bruner and Fannie M. Henthorn to be divided between them equally by my Executor hereinafter mentioned.

Item third. I give and bequeath all of my Real Estate that I may own at the time of my decease to Alice B. Bruner and Fannie M. Henthorn to be divided equally between them by my Executor hereinafter mentioned.

Item fourth. I hereby appoint Fannie M. Henthorn to be my Executor.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 1st day of October 1894. s/ George W. Henthorn {seal}

signed, sealed, published and declared by the said George W. Henthorn as for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

s/ Carl E. Wood } witnesses
s/ C.N. Peters

Geo. Henthorn, died at his home west of town [Milan, IN], Saturday May 18, 1912, after an illness of several weeks of organic heart trouble. His parents died years ago leaving the responsibility of keeping up the home to George. This place he filled nobly. He was a loving brother, a kind neighbor, and was loved and respected by all.

He has been a rural route mail carrier for almost 10 years, a position which he creditably filled.

The community has lost one of nature's noblemen. He was a member of the Masonic Order; the I.O.O.F. and the K. of P. and was also a member of the Eastern Star.

He leaves to mourn, seven sisters and one brother and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral was at his late home, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. conducted by Rev. D.P. Liston.

The pall bearers were Judge F.M. Thompson, J.P. Day, Everett Shockley, John Warneke, Chas. Powell and Jesse P. Conyers. Burial at Moores Hill under the auspices of the Masonic Order.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Geo. Henthorn were: Joe Stewart and wife, Mrs. Ellsworth Bruner and son and daughter and Mrs. Maggie Dean, of Indianapolis; James Henthorne and Mrs. Myrtle Kestler of Shelbyville, and Mrs. ... Vincent.
(Source: Probably Versailles Republican, 22 May 1912)

George W. Henthorn was born August 24, 1853, on the farm near Milan, where he spent most of his life, and passed away May 12, 1912. He was converted and joined the Zion M.E. Church in 1870, under the ministry of Charles E. Edwards.

He joined the Masonic order at the age of 21 and became a member of the Eastern Star.

In 1880 he became a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, also the Daughters of Rebecca; and in 1886 of the Knights of Pythias and the Pythian Sisters.

He is survived by seven sisters and one brother, a number of relatives and a host of friends.

He was an affectionate brother, of a cheerful disposition, thoughtful of others, one of the world's useful men, highminded, modest, a faithful friend and an esteemed citizen.

We can say with the great poet, "His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, 'This was a man.'"

Resolution of Respect
Thou art gone our Brother,
Gone beyond this vale of tears,
But in Memory you will linger,
With us through the passing years.

In Memory of Geo. W. Henthorn, who died May the 13th, 1912.

Once again Death hath summoned a Brother Odd Fellow, and the golden gateway to the Eternal City has opened to welcome him to his home. He has completed his work in the ministering of the wants of the afflicted, in shedding light into darkened souls and in bringing joy into the places of misery, and as his reward, has received the plaudit, "Well done," from the Supreme Master.

And Whereas, The all-wise and merciful Father has called our beloved and respected brother home;

And Whereas, He has been a true and faithful Brother, in our Order, therefore be it

Resolved, That Milan Lodge No. 270, I.O.O.F. of Milan, Indiana, in testimony of her loss, tenders to the family of the deceased brother our sincere condolence in this deep affliction, and that a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes of our lodge.
Robert H. Borders, Jas. M. Spencer, J.C. Powell, Committee

PROBATE: The will was probated on 29 May 1912 at Versailles, Ripley Co., IN with Charles N. Peters, witness to the signing of the will, testifying the will was valid.

Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Will of John Conger - 17110111

PROBATE: Will of John Conger, 11 Jan 1711

In the name of God, Amen, the 11th day of January 1711. I JOHN CONGER of Woodbridge, in the county of Middlesex, and Province of East New Jersey, Planter, being in bodily health and in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, therefore: Calling in mind the mortality of this body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and for my body I recommend it to the earth, to be buried in a Christian-like and decent manner, at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general

Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, to bless me in touching such worldly estate, wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the follow manner and form:

ITEM: My will is that my farm or plantation on which I now dwell to be equally divided into two parts, beginning at the River and running with a direct line through the whole length of my said farm or plantation, the Eastern division whereof I will and bequeath to my son BENJAMIN CONGER, to be by him quietly and peacable possessed, and enjoyed as soon as he shall arrive at the age of 21 years, and if my son JOSEPH please, he shall have the liberty to live upon it 10 years after my decease, paying the charge arising thereon.

ITEM: The use and improvement of the western division of my said farm or plantation, and my dwelling house standing thereon I give to my wife during her state of widowhood and when her condition shall change either by marriage or death I will and bequeath the said western division of my farm together with my now dwelling house and all other buildings thereon to my son JOB CONGER.

ITEM: I will and bequeath to my son JOSEPH all my freehold right in the towne of Woodbridge (Will also specifies as conveyed to Joseph his rights to Woodbridge common lands yet to be divided.) I give to my son my Carts and Ploughs with all the tackling belonging to them to my son JOSEPH to have liberty to use them when they can be spared so long as he lives upon the place, he being at equal charge at repairing them.

ITEM: My will is that if either of my three sons above mentioned, JOSEPH, JOB or BENJAMIN, shall die without issue, then what land I have willed to them do descend to the survivor or survivors, and be equally divided between them.

ITEM: I give to my son JOHN ten schillings; to my son JONATHAN five schillings; to my son GERSHOM five schillings; and to each of my daughters five schillings, all to be paid by my son JOB, if demanded.

Lastly, I give all my cattle, horses, sheep and household stuff, to my faithful and beloved wife, SARAH CONGER, whom I do nominate and appoint my sole Executrix, to see that this, my last will, be punctually fulfilled, and I do declare this to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me formerly made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Conger, as his last
Will and Testament, in the presence of us, the subscirber viz:
--James Connet, James Connet Jr., Richard Pangbourner, John Bishop

CODICIL: June 14, I the above name John Conger, being very sick in body and not expecting many hours of this life, and my son GERSHOM being born since the making of this my Will, above written, do declare that my will & desire is that my three sons, JOSEPH, JOB and BENJAMIN, as they come to age, give unto my son GERSHOM, ten schillings, each of them and that seven pounds out of my movable estate be put out for his use when he comes to age, this I declare to be my desire before thise witnesses.
--John Stille, John Moore and John Bishop

Proved before Thomas Gordon, the 27th of August, and approved and sealed by his Excellency, Col. Hunter, the 17th day of Oct 1712. (Some say he died on 27 Aug 1712. Maxine Leonard states he died in September 1712.)
(J. Bass. Liber I, folio 382, New Jersey Wills, Secretary of States Office.)
(Source: The Conger Family of America, Vol. II, p. 19-20 - Maxine Crowell Leonard)

CONFLICT: Codicil Confusion
The naming of a youngest son, Gershom Conger, in the Codicil has caused confusion and conjecture among Conger researchers, owing to the fact that an elder son of John Conger, named Gershom who had been born in 1685, was listed in the last "ITEM" of the 11 Jan 1711 will. At the time the will was written, the elder Gershom was married and was father of David, born in 1707 and Phoebe, born in 1708.

Researcher, Charles L. Conger, believed that the Gershom Conger, born in 1711, was the son of Gershom Conger, born in 1685. Gershom Conger, b. 1685, supposedly died before his father, a date of death of, Abt. 1710/1711 in Union Co., NJ, has been listed by some researchers.

It seems highly unlikely that John Conger would have had a son in 1711. At that time, his health was probably already failing, since he had drawn up a will. And, his second wife, Sarah Cawood, who had been born in 1660, would have been 51 years old.

It seems more reasonable that either the person drawing up the Codicil made a mistake when he wrote, " . my son Gershom being born since the making of this my Will ." or that John Conger was confused in his last days, and that the family pampered him in his belief that his grandson was indeed his son. If the Gershom, mentioned in the Codicil, was indeed the grandson of John Conger this would raise the question of why this grandchild was the only one that John Conger chose to mention, by name, in his will.
[Note: This discussion from CFA II, p. 20, has been edited by Richard E. Henthorn in order to clarify and expand on some of the points made.]
(Source: The Conger Family of America, Vol. II, p. 20 - Maxine Crowell Leonard)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Brown, Sylvanas

PROBATE: Probate record for Sylvanas Brown, father of Mary Catherine (Brown) Conger, wife of George Washington Conger.

481.0 Sylvanas Brown, died intestate, 30 Mar 1857 [or 1859], Appanoose Co., Iowa. Mary A. Brown was the administrator of the estate.

Estate inventory, was 40 acres of land, situated in Section 13, Township 67, Range 18, appraised at $200.00. One yoke of oxen, one wagon and one cow. The estate was insolvent. Paper dated 2 Nov 1866, by S.M. Moore, Co-Judge.

The land was subject to a Life Dower for Mary A. Brown, who was entitled to 2/3 undivided. Paper dated 6 Aug 1866.

$187.72 was allowed to the widow and five children under 15 years old, for one year from the death of the deceased. Certified 15 Jun 1866 by S.M. Moore, Co-Judge.

There was a petition to sell the real estate dated 23 Jun 1866. And, Mary A. Brown sued John Brown et al. for her 2/3 share, filed 6 Aug 1866.

Expenses, $64.00, (including funeral, court costs, etc.)
[Note: Apparently, Eliza C. Conger and her husband, George Conger had an interest in this case. REH]
(Source: Appanoose Co., Iowa, Probate Records on LDS film, 1689942, #410 - read and extracted by Joyce Posey)