Will of Weert Niemeier

filed 23 July, 1900

Menard County, Illinois

Will book "D" page 203

In the name of God Amen!, I Weert Niemeier being of sound mind and ? memory, I make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, to wit:

1st: I devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Catherine Niemeier, all of my Real and Personal property of whatever ?, to have and to hold for and during her natural life, with power to dispose of any said Real Personal Estate during her lifetime if she desires so to do, and, with farm to mortgage any of said Real Estate during her lifetime, if she sees fit so to do.

2nd: If my said wife should die having ? no disposition of the East half of the NW1/4 of the SE1/4 and the E1/2 SW1/4 of the section eighteen (18)T 17N R7 W per Menard County, Illinois, descend to my beloved daughter, Meta Miller, wife of Dick Miller, to have and to hold from and during her life and when her death to descend to her children, but if she should die leaving no children, or ? of any child, then said 40 acres, above described, shall be divided equally between such of her brothers and sisters as may survive her.

3rd: I desire that my beloved sons, George, Cobus, and Bennie shall pay all debt against my estate or the estate of my beloved wife, after her death, including all encumbrances on any Real Estate that I won at date of my death, each of my said sons shall pay one-third (1/3) of such encumbrances.

4th: If my said wife should die having made no disposition of the E1.2.SE1/4 section eighteen (18) T 17 N R7 W Menard County, Illinois, then I devise said 80 acres ? to my beloved son Bennie, to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever, but I devise that my said son, Bennie, shall within two (2) years after the death of my said wife, pay to his sister, Anna, the sum of Eleven hundred dollars ($1,100) and said sum of $1,100 shall be a charge on said 80 acres of land until it is paid to my said daughter Anna.

5th: If my said wife shall die having made no disposition of the W1/2 NE1/4 section nineteen (19) T 17 N R7 W Menard County, Illinois, that I devise said 80 acre tract to my beloved son, Cobus, to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever, but I devise that my said son Cobus shall within two (2) years after the death of my said wife, pay to his sister Anna, the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) and said sum of $1,000 shall be a charge on said 80 acres until it is paid to my said daughter Anna.

6th: If my said wife shall die having made no disposition of the W1/2 NW1/4 section twenty-one (21) T17 N R7 W Menard County, Illinois, then I devise said 80 acres tract to my beloved son, George, to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever, but I devise that my said son George, shall within two (2) years after the death of my said wife pay to his sister Anna, the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000), and said sum of $1,000 shall be a charge on said 80 acres until it is paid to my daughter Anna.

7th: I hereby evoke all former will by my hand.

8th: I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife, Executrix of this my last will and testament, and finally ? that she need not ? to give any bond as such executrix. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 24th day of January, A.D. 1900.

Signed: Weert Niemeier Witnessed: Samuel H. Rule, Lester B. Ote (?) Chas. Nusbaum

Note: Weert Niemeier died 14th July, 1900 at age 52, 4 mos., 25 days. Leaving wife Catherine, and children: Gerd (George); Cobus; Meta; Antje (Anna); Bernhard (Bennie). He was son of Gerds Bernards Niemeier and Margarethe Nicholas Janseen.

 

Submitted by: Charles Clark

 


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