In the name of the Benevolent Father of All: I the said Martha Cecil being of sound and disposing mind and memory, considering the uncertainty of continuance in life, and desiring to make such disposition of my worldly estate as I deem best do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.

Item 1st: I desire all my just debts and funeral expenses to be paid as soon as possible after my decease.

Item 2nd: I give and bequeath to Philip Ball the farm in which he now resides situate in Liberty township, Washington County, Ohio, and described as follows, to wit: The south half of the northwest quarter of Section No. One (1) of Township No. Four (4) of Range No. Seven (7) containing eighty acres more or less during his natural life and at his discease it is to go to his two sons and their issue viz: John D. Ball and Clarence C. Ball. Providing they are of age at their fathers discease. John D. Ball is to have the southwest quarter of the north west quarter of the aforesaid section and ClarenceC. Ball is to have the Southeast quarter of the northwest quarter. The same being the south half of the northwest quarter of Section No. One (1) Town No. Four (4) of Range No. Seven (7) as before described.

Item 3rd: Said land is bequeathed to the said Philip Ball during his natural life upon the following conditions viz: That he shall pay within one year after my decease twenty five dollars to one of said Philip Ball’s brother and sister viz: James A. Ball and Delila Jane Ball.

Item 4th: I give and bequeath to Martha E. Mulinix all my household goods.

Item 5th: Said Philip Ball is to take good care of said farm and is to keep the taxes paid promptly as they my become due.

Item 6th: I nominate and appoint Joseph Smith to be the executor of this will and that if the said Philip Ball should die before the said John D. Ball and Clarence C. Ball become of age that he the said Joseph Smith shall take take charge of the rents of said farm and all the issues thereof until the said John D. Ball and Clarence C. Ball become of age which is then to be delivered to them.

In witness whereof I have herewith set my hand and seal this 24th day of February A.D. 1890.

Martha X Cecil (her mark)

Signed, Sealed and acknowledged by Marth Cecil as and for her last will and testament in our presence and subscribed and attested by us as witnesses in our presence and at her request.

Anson S. DePuy
Joseph Smith


To Philip W. Ball: You are hereby commanded to notify Bitha Mercer, Jno. D. Ball, Minor, Clarence E. Ball, minor, Philip W. Ball, J. W. Smith, Hannah Amos, Joseph C. Ball Jr., F. M. Craig, Mrs. Marinda Clark, Joseph Smith, Catherine Derraw, James A. Ball, Delilah J. Tilton, Alice Craig, Lavinia Ward, Jacob McBright, Lewis McBright, Amanda McBright, Mary Mosher and Andrew Craig giving at least three days notice: That on the 21st day of December A.D. 1899 an instrument of Writing, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Martha Cecil late of Liberty Township, in said County, deceased, was produced, in open court, and an application to admit the same to probate was in the same day made in said Court. Said application will be for hearing before said Court in the 20th day of January A.D. 1900 at 10 o’clock a.m.

Herein fail not, but of this writ and service thereon make due return.

Witness my signature as Judge of the Probate Court, and the seal of said Court, this 21st day of December 1899.

Philip W. Ball

We the undersigned persons within named, do hereby acknowledge service of the within notice, this 21st day of December A.D. 1899.

Elvina Ward
L.M. McBride
Andrew Craig
Mary E. Mooser
J. C. Ball Jr.
P. W. Ball
Joseph Smith
John W. Smith
Hannah Amos
F. M. Craig
Catharine E. Darah
Delilah J. Tilton
Alice Craig
James A. Ball

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