Washington Co OH Probate Records 2:388-389
Dated 18 Apr 1817, Proved May 1823

Contributed by: Marilyn Sharp

[This is the elder John Dye, who m. Miss Mount and Elizabeth Caywood.  Paragraphs added for easier reading; the original will is one long paragraph.]

In the Name of God Amen: On the eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventeen, I John Dye of the Township of Lawrence in the County of Washington and State of Ohio being of Sound mind and memory, considering the uncertainty of human life do hereby make and declare the following to be my last Will and testament.

First, I render my Soul to God its Creator beseeching him to receive it in his mercy.

Secondly I bequeath that part of the south east quarter of Section W. 31 in the third Township of the seventh range which I am at present lawfully seized of, to my dear Son Amos Dye but not to come into the possession of my said Son Amos until after my death and likewise until the death of Elizabeth my Wife.  I reserving all the use and Occupancy & profits of said land until my death and until the death of my said Wife Elizabeth (if she should survive me) the Houses farming utensils and the use & Occupancy of my said land shall belong exclusively to my said Wife Elizabeth free of any rent, charge or incumbrance whatever during her life, and after her death (if she should survive me) the said farming utensils I likewise bequeath to my said Son Amos free of any claim or charge from any of my other Children or any person whatever.

Thirdly it is my Will that after my death all that remains of my personal property after my funeral expenses shall have been paid (reserving One Cow which I will that my Wife Elizabeth shall have) shall be divided into seven parts or shares and that my daughters Jenny Mary & Sarah shall each have One share and my Other daughters Elizabeth and Patience each to have two shares.  I considering that my said daughters Elizabeth and Patience have never yet received any portion from me I therefore think it just to give each of them two shares with which I hope my other daughters will be satisfied.  To each of my Sons (that is to say) John, Thomas, Samuel, Jonathan and Ezekiel I have already given what I supposed to be and equitable share of the property which I had.  It is therefore my Will that they do not receive any part of the property I now hold but that it should go to my other Children as mentioned above in this my Will and testament.  

And I do further Constitute and appoint my dear sons John and Samuel Dye to be the executors of this my last Will and testament according to the true intent and meaning thereof, hoping that they will see it carried into effect with as little expense as possible.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand On the day and year above Written.

N.B. The words “not” and “have”            John Dye    Seal
underlined before signing
Witness present
John Sharp
Eliza Sharp

The State of Ohio                    In Court of Common Pleas May Term
Washington County ss                    Anno Domini 1823

This instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will and testament of John Dye, late of Lawrence in the County, deceased, was presented in Court and proved by the Oaths of John Sharp and Eliza Sharp the subscribing Witnesses to the same approved and Ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of John Dye, one of the executors in the said Will named who made Oath thereto according to law, It was ordered that letters, testamentary with the said Will annexed be granted him.  And this Court appointed William Hoff, Elijah Davis, and John Chambers to appraise the personal property belonging to the said decedents estate agreeably to law,

Ex ann. . .                        Attest Geo. Dunlevy, Clerk