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John M. Jarvis of Livingston Co., Missouri
Apr. 10, 1873 - Feb. 10, 1875 in Missouri / Jan. 16, 1877 in Currituck Co.

Certified Copy of the last will of John M. JARVIS deceased

   State of Missouri  }
County of Livingston}

Be it known to all concerned, that this, my last will and testament made and entered into this the 10th day of April AD 1873, for the purposes hereinafter mentioned.

1st I bequeath to my beloved wife Rebecca JARVIS, and my little daughter Mary S. and my little son Martin A.L. and my youngest daughter Dorcas A. (to wit) four (4) acres of real estate in the south west corner of the south west 1/4 of the south west quarter(1/4) of Section 17.  Also forty acres (40) of real estate, (to wit) South east fourth (1/2) of the South east quarter.  Also ten (10) acres of real estate (to wit) off the east end off south west fourth (1/4) of the south east quarter (1/4) the two last mentioned in Section eighteen (18) and all in Township No. fifty six (56) of Range twenty five (25) in the County of Livingston and State of Missouri.  Also I bequeath to my beloved wife Rebecca JARVIS one wagon and team, to be at her choice, plows and gears necessary for farming purposes, one cow and calf of her choice, and one yearling heifer, twenty head of sheep, if on hand, hogs enough for pork, and stock hogs.  Also all the poultry.  Also one years provisions such as is on hand, and household and kitchen furniture, except what may be hereinafter excepted.

2d  I bequeath to my son John M. JARVIS his horse, also one double barreled shot gun.  Also one feather bed, and the undivided interest in thirty (30) acres of real estate.

3d  I bequeath to my daughter Fanny M. JARVIS one feather bed and the undivided interest in thirty acres of real estate.

4th  I bequeath to my daughter Lovey JARVIS one feather bed and undivided interest in thirty acres of real estate.  This land to be divided by the three last mentioned names or buy and sell when they are of lawfull age, as they may choose, the above land being in the west end of the south half (1/2) of the south east quarter (1/4) of Section eighteen (18) Township fifty six (56) Range twenty five (25) in the County of Livingston State of Missouri.

5th  My will is that enough of my property not mentioned in the above be sold for the purposes of paying all my just debts, and the remainder, if any, to be equally divided with my beloved wife Rebecca and all my children as above mentioned.

6th  I bequeath to my two eldest daughters Fanny M. JARVIS and Lovey JARVIS, each of them one hundred dollars of my apportional part of my fathers estate when the same is recovered and ready, the remainder to be equally among my family as above mentioned.

7th  And further it is my will that John M. JARVIS my eldest son, and George W. COATS be my executors to and for to execute my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I subscribe my name and affix my seal this the 10th day of April 1873.
            /s/ John M. JARVIS    Seal

Attest
     Wm. A. ANDERSON
     John B. MARLEY

   State of Missouri  }    SS
County of Livingston}
    I Samuel W. McDOWELL, Judge and Ex Officio Clerk of the Probate Court within and for the County aforesaid, hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a full, true and complete copy of the last will and testament of John M. JARVIS late of said County, deceased, as the same appears of record and on file in his office; and that said will was duly admitted to probate by said Court on the 10th day of February AD 1875.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name and affixed the seal of said Court, at office in Chillicothe in the County aforesaid, this the 23d day of December AD 1876,
     /s/ Samuel W. McDOWELL    Judge and Ex Officio Clerk of said Court

State of North Carolina}    In the Probate Court before Apollos O. DEY, Probate Judge
     Currituck County    }
    The annexed copy of the last will and testament of John M. JARVIS, late a citizen of Livingston County in the state of Missouri, duly proved and authenticated, is this day produced and exhibited in said court and it appearing to the Court that the same was executed with all the formalities required by the laws of North Carolina to pass a cha ___ real estate.  It is adjudged that the same be admitted to probate and that the same be filed and recorded.  Done at office this the 16th day of January A.D. 1877.
    [no signature]

[NOTE: In the 1850 Currituck County census there is a John Jarvis, age 29, who is head of household with an elderly Sarah Bensam and several young Gallop's living with him.  The 1860 Livingston Co., MO census states J.M. Jarvis is age 40 born in North Carolina.  There is no wife in his household but the children (all born in MO) are: John age 7, Francis age 5 and Lucy age 3.  The 1870 Livingston Co., MO census states John M. Jarvis is age 50 and a farmer who was born in NC.  Rebecca was age 34 born in Tennessee.  The children in this household (all born in MO) were: John M. Jr. age 17, Frances M. age 15, Lovey A. age 13, Mary S. age 4, Martin A.L. age 2, Nancy Jane and Dorcas A. both 5 months old.  A search on Find-A-Grave shows that John M. & Rebecca Jarvis are buried in the Jarvis Cemetery in Livingston.

[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]

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