Last Will and Testament.
I, John Lenen, of Mayfield in the County of DeKalb and State of Illinois, do hereby make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following to wit. —
First. — It is my will that my funeral expenses and all of my past debts be fully paid.
Second. After the payment of such funeral expenses and debts I give devise and bequeath unto my wife Margaret all my real estate that I may be Seizee of at the time of my death, during the term of her natural life and also all the live stock, horses cattle hogs sheep &c by me now owned and kept — thereon also all the all household furniture and other articles of personal property — not herein enumerated or otherwise disposed of in this will to be entirely at her control and disposal.
Third. I give devise and bequeath unto my son Joseph Lenen and to his heirs and assigns forever the farm on which I now reside being the South east quarter of Section twelve in town forty-one north Range four east in DeKalb County containing One hundred and Sixty acres. Subject however to the following legacies to be paid as follows by my son Joseph Lenen. Twelve months after the death of my wife Margaret, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Catharine Crane the Sum of Three hundred dollars. Two years after the death of my wife Margaret, I give and bequeath unto my Son Henry Lennen Three hundred Dollars.
2Three years after the death of my wife aforesaid I give and bequeath unto my son Nicholas Lennen Three hundred Dollars. Four years after the death of my wife aforesaid, I give and bequeath unto my son John Lenen Five dollars and also to my daughter Catharine Crane Two hundred and fifty dollars. Five years after the death of my wife aforesaid, I give and bequeath unto my son Henry Lenen Two hundred and fifty dollars. Six years after the death of my wife aforesaid, I give and bequeath unto my Son Nichoals Lenen Two hundred and fifty dollars. And Seven years after the death of my wife aforesaid I give and bequeath unto my Son Henry Lennen Three hundred and fifty dollars and also from this date the privilege to remove the Kitchen and foundation off Said estate.
Fourth. I give devise and bequeath to my three sons Nicholas Lenen, Henry Lennen and Joseph Lenen the lot of timber Land which I own in the town of Sycamore as per plot of Survey made by Horace Fay County Surveyor dated Jany 12, 1854 Containing Twenty acres and eighteen hundredths of an acre & being a part of the NE quarter of section eighteen in town forty-one north ranges 3 east to be divided among them as follows. Seven acres and eighteen hundredths in Compact form in the east end, I give devise and bequeath to my Son Nicholas Lenen and his heirs and assigns. Six acres and a half in a compact form next west adjoining on the above lot owned by me, I give devise and bequeath to my Son Joseph Lenen and his heirs and assigns the remaining Six acres and a half at the west end of the above described Lot of timber Land I give devise and bequeath to my Son Henry Lennen his heirs and assigns forever.
Fifth. I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Catharine Crane and to her heirs and assigns the lot of timber land owned by me in the town of Mayfield in DeKalb County described as follows. Commencing on the East half of the South East quarter of Section One town 41 North Range, [unknown] East Corner of lands owned by Mr. Fowler and South east corner of lands owned by Mr. Perkins and running South Six degrees East Seventeen Chains and thirty links thence north eighty-four degrees east — three Chains and forty-eight links thence north Six degrees west — Seventeen chains and thirty links thence South eighty-four degrees west — three chains and forty-eight links to the place of beginning containing Six acres and thirty-two rods more or less.
And lastly I hereby make constitute and appoint my two sons Henry Lennen and Joseph Lenen Executors of this my last Will and Testament — who shall not be required to give any Bonds
4Revoking and annulling all former Wills by me made and satisfying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the Said John Lenen have herewith by my hand and Seal this Sixth day of March A. D. one thousand eight-hundred and Sixty-two.
John Lenen Seal
Signed Sealed published and displayed by the Said John Lenen as and 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.
In Second line above the words "and in the presence" interlined before Signed.
Wm. S. Barratt Residing of Mayfield DeKalb co.
Mason McClelland Do Do.
Whereas I John Lenen of Mayfield in the County of DeKalb and State of Illinois have made my last will in writing bearing date on this day the Sixth day of March A. D. 1862 on further reflection deeming that inadequate provision is made therein for the Support of my wife Margaret Lenen Now I do by this my writing which I hereby declare to be a Codicil to my Said will to be taken as a part thereof will that the homestead or the quarter Section on which I reside being the South east-quarter of Section twelve and devised to my Son Joseph Lennen, I hereby bequeath to my Said wife Margaret Lennen One hundred dollars annually to be paid her by my son Joseph Lennen after my decease during her natural life. In Witness whereof I have herewith Set my hand and Seal this Sixth day of March One thousand eight-hundred and Sixty-two.
John Lenen Seal
Signed Sealed published and declared by the Said John Lenen as and for his Codicil to 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.
The word my interlined before signed & Sealed
Wm S. Barratt Residing of Mayfield
Mason McClelland "
State of Illinois
I, Aaron K. Stiles
Clerk of the County Court in and for Said County and State aforesaid do hereby certify that the within instrument of writing will duly probated and admitted to Record as the last will and testament of John Lanan of Said County Deceased this 21st Day of April A. D. 1862.
In Witness Whereof I have [unknown] set my hand and official Seal this 21st Day of April A. D. 1862.
Aaron K. Stiles Clerk.