Monroe County, Missouri--Will Book B, pgs. 377 – 378;
provided by Virginia “Ginny” Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org
M. Burgess of the County of Monroe and state of Missouri
being sound in mind but weak in body, and knowing the
frailty of human nature, and that must die sooner or later,
and in view of these facts do ordain and establish the
following and surely revoking all former wills by me made,
as my last will and testament. In the first place I wish all
my just debts to be paid.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan M. Poage and her
heirs two Negro Girls named Muriah and Manetta together with
their future increase.
I give and bequeath my daughter Mary T. Dulany and her heirs
Our Negro girl named Elizabeth and her future increase.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann W. Wilson and her
heirs one Negro Girl named Ellen and her future increase.
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Rebecca C. Burgess,
all the balance of my property both Real and Personal (not
named herein before) at her own disposed and to manage as
she may think proper and without her having to Administer or
bring put to any trouble whatever in going to Court about it
during her natural life, or so long as she the said Rebecca
shall Remain a widow.
the next place it is my wish that after her death, that the
children of my Son William H. Burgess, to wit: Robert
Burgess and Lavina Burgess, have two Negro boys named Edmond
and Sam and eighty acres of Land to wit the west half of the
South West quarter of Section 18 T. 55 R 8 West and that the
same be placed in the hands of my Son Robert M. Burgess as
their Guardian for their use and benefit until they arrive
at years of discretion, unless the said William H. Burgess
shall Return from California before the death of my wife the
said Rebecca, if the said William H. Burgess should return
before that event, then and in that event he shall have the
Negroes and land aforesaid and should he fail to Return as
aforesaid then he shall have One dollar and the children
above named shall have the property as aforesaid. And
that my Son John C. Burgess have two Negro boys, named Jim
and Archy, and Eighty Acres of Land, the West half of the
South East quarter of Section 18. Township 55 Range 9 West.
that my son Robert M. Burgess have the balance of my lands
including the Mansion house and other improvements, also the
Eighty acres bought of R. E. Kimbrough and wife off the
North end of the North West quarter of Section thirty T. 55
R 9 West. Also two Negro boys named Isham and John and
it is particularly understood that the Negroes bequeathed to
my sons or Grand Children above named is intended for theirs
and their heirs. The balance of my Negroes and their
increase I wish equally divided among my three daughters,
Susan M. Poage, Mary T. Dulany and Ann W. Wilson to them and
wish my stock of every description, my plantation utensils,
household and Kitchen furniture sold and equally divided
among my five children Susan M. Poage, Mary T. Dulany, Ann
W. Wilson, Robert M. Burgess and John C. Burgess and William
H. Burgess should he return as aforesaid, should he not
Return, then to his children My Grand Children Robert
Burgess and Lavina Burgess one Sixth jointly of the proceeds
of the last mentioned items to be sold or equivalent to the
share of Wm. H. Burgess were he to Return from California in
do here by appoint my two sons John C. Burgess and Robert M.
Burgess, Wesley Wilson, Marcus Poage, Daniel M. Dulany, My
executors to this my last will and testament.
witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my
seal this the 8th day of July AD 1856 (the interlining done
for the signing).
presence of as Pleasant M. Burgess
it Remembered that on this 5th day of October
1857 a paper or instrument of working purporting to be
the last will of Pleasant M. Burgess, deceased, was
presented to the Court for probate, and thereupon personally
appeared in Open Court, George Glenn and William N. Penn the
subscribing witnesses to said will who being by one of the
court duly sworn the said George Glenn deposes and says that
the said Pleasant M. Burgess the Testator subscribed the
same in his presence and published the said will or
instrument of writing as his last will, and the said W. N
Penn deposed and says that the said Pleasant M. Burgess the
Testator either subscribed the same in his presence or
declared that he had subscribed the same and published the
said will as instrument of writing as his last will, and
each of said deponents further depose today that the said P.
M. Burgess, the Testator was at the time of publishing his
said will of sound mind and more than twenty-one years of
age and that they the said deponent attested said will is
witnessed thereto by subscribing their names to the same in
the presence of said Testator at his request.
said proof is deemed by the court sufficient to establish
said will In testimony whereof I W. N. Penn clerk of the
County Court of the County of Monroe have hereunto
subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said court this 5th
day of October 1857.