GILBERT TOWNSEND, SR WILL WITH MISCELLANEOUS
(Apparently when Gilbert died there must have been some kind of dispute between Alvah and Gilbert Leffler, Jr. over Gilbert Sr. estate, because the first paper I have is a request for a special Administrator to administer the estate. It goes as follows: (the misspelling is the clerks, not mine) I also noticed that names were never spelled correctly.) State of Indiana County of Blackford Comes now Gilbert Townsand and swers that he is the son of Gilbert Townsand Seynior now decased, that said Townsand seynior dceased died on the 8th day of October 1861, And that the estate of said deedent is being unlawfully intermeddled by Alby Townsand and others who have no authority whatever so to intermeddle with said estate of said deedant. And asks the Clerk of Blackford County Circuit Court to appoint a specel Administrator to administer on and take care of said estate until there is a regulur one appointed. And further there is no person at this time with authority to take care of said estate. October 14th, 1861 Gilbert Townsand Subscribed and swornte before me this 14th day of October 1861 Moses Stahl Clerk B.C.C.P. (The next paper I have is a bill due by Gilbert Townsend. It says as follows:) Gilbert Townsend Sen. Ds. To Thomas Smith as follows To goods $1.25 To 1 gal. of vinigar .20 To Tobacco .25 To oil .15 Making in all $1.85 Which is due and wholly unpaid. Thomas Smith Subscribed and sworn to before me this 10th day of October 1862 Moses Stahl Clk. (I do not have the paper where the court appoints a special administrator, however the next paper is an inventory of the personal estate of Gilbert Townsend deceased taken by Charles Townsend and A. K. Gilbert Townsend Sr. Will and Misc. Documents (cont) Gedberry Administrators and appraised by John Canturil and Samuel Leffingwell.) No. Description of Property Valuation of No. Property taken Value Property by Widow 1 1 Bay horse (Nell) 60.00 2 1 Bay horse (Bill) 75.00 2 1 Bay horse (Bill) 75.00 3 1 Gray mare (Filly) 65.00 3 1 Gray mare (Filly) 65.00 4 1 bay Do ( ) 30.00 4 1 bay Do ( ) 30.00 5 1 gray horse colt 30.00 5 1 gray horse colt 30.00 6 1 Red Milch Cow (Rose) 12.00 6 1 Red Milch Cow (Rose) 12.00 7 1 spotted Do (Lill) 11.00 7 1 spotted do (Lilli) 11.00 8 1 red do (Brock) 10.00 9 1 spotted Heifer (Yearling) 8.00 10 2 spring calves 5.00 11 2 hogs in pen (fattening) 10.00 12 1 sow & 12 shoats 19.50 13 1 yoke oxen 50.00 14 6 sheep 1st choise (1.50) 9.00 15 17 Do 2nd Do (1.25) 21.25 16 undivided 1/3 of old wagon 1.00 17 7 Harrow Teeth .70 17 7 Harrow Teeth .70 18 1 Reel .40 19 undivided 1/3 o f Wheat (?) 24.75 20 1/3 4 1/2 12.35 21 1/3 10 27.50 22 1 log chain 4.00 23 10 Bu. Wheat at Ja. Townsends 5.50 23 10 Bu. Wheat at Ja. Townsends 5.50 24 14 ½ Bu. Wheat more or less in Bin (7.88) 7.88 25 11 Rye (.30) 3.30 26 5 Oats more or less 1.00 27 1 floor plane .25 28 1 mowing seythe .50 29 1 pitch fork .20 29 1 pitch fork .20 30 1 stack of Hay 4.00 31 1 lots of hay in stable 3.00 31 1 lots of hay in stable 3.00 32 1 oats in stable 2.50 33 1 cast Plow .25 33 1 cast plow .25 34 214 Bu. Corn (more or less) 43.00 35 1 bridle and harness 2.50 35 1 bridle and harness 2.50 36 1 cupboard & (?) & 2 crocks 3.00 36 1 cupboard & ? & 2 crocks 3.00 37 1 smoothing iron .05 37 1 smoothing iron .05 38 1 wooden pail and coffee pot .15 38 1 wooden pail and coffee pot .15 39 1 old table .40 39 1 old table .40 40 1 churn .50 40 1 churn .50 Gilbert Townsend Sr. Will with Misc. Documents (cont) 41 ½ bll. salt .50 41 ½ bll. salt .50 42 1 tea kettle skillet & pot .75 42 1 tea kettle skillet & pot .75 43 ½ set chairs & rocking chair 2.50 43 ½ set chairs & rocking chair 2.50 44 1 old chest & looking glass .55 44 1 old chest & looking glass .55 45 1 bed stead & Bedding 14.00 45 1 bed stead & Bedding 14.00 46 1 Do Do 3.50 46 1 Do Do 3.50 47 9 1/4 lbs woolen yarn & 3 ½ lbs 47 9 1/4 1bs woolen yarn & cotton yarn 6.85 3 ½ cotton yarn 6.85 48 1 large spinning wheel 1.25 49 1 note on Ja. Townsend 49 1 note on Ja. Townsend due Jan 1, 1862 Bal on due Jan 1, 1862 Bal on prin $27 int 1.48 28.48 prin $27 int 1.48 28.48 50 1 note on Alvy Townsend due Jan 3, 1862 25.00 Total $645.43 51 1 wash tub & 2 empty blls .60 51 1 wash tub & 2 empty blls .60 52 1 iron kettle & griddle .40 52 1 iron kettle & griddle .40 53 1 lot corn foddr Ax & irons 8.00 54 2 blankets 2.00 54 2 blankets 2.00 Total $656.43 Total $300.00 Signed by us this 12th day of November, 1861 John Canturll Samuel Leffingwell Appraisers Received of Allen K. Gadberry and Charles Townsend, Administrators of the estate of Gilbert Townsend senior (my late husband), deceased, the articles charged to me in the foregoing Inventory amounting to Three Hundred Dollars. The 12th day of November A.D. 1861 Mary X (her mark) Townsend Test. John Canturil Samuel Leffingwell State of Indiana Blackford County Personally appeared before me Charles Townsend and Allen K. Gadberry Administrators and upon oath say the above and foregoing is a true and complete inventory of the personal estate of Gilbert Townsend Sen. Deceased that has come to their knowledge and the amount of the widows share so help us God. Charles X (his mark) Townsend Allen K. Gadbury Subscribed & sworn to before me this 13th day of November 1861 Gilbert Townsend Sr. Will with Misc. Documents (cont) Moses Stahl Clk B.C.C.P. (Allen Gadbury must have been able to write because everytime his signature is put on paper, his name is spelled correctly.) (The next paper is an account of the sale of the personal property of Gilbert Townsend Sr. deceased, sold by Allen K. Gadbury and Charles Townsend at the late residence of the decedent at Public sale, on the 7th day of December A. D. 1861.) No. Name of Article Amount sold for To Whom Sold Cash or Surety 1 1 bay mare 52.50 Abner Hedge G. Townsand 8 1 red cow 14.00 Gilbert Townsand H. Miles 9 1 red heifer 9.10 John Hedge 10 1 roan heifer 5.00 Jacob Hedge John Hedge 10 1 black boot calf 3.00 10 1 line back calf 1.05 Alva Townsand J. Townsand 11 1 fat hog (sow) 1st ch 8.55 James Saxon Jr I. Casterline 11 1 fat hog Barrow 2nd ch 2.65 Thos G. Mills J.P. Garrett 12 1 penned sow 1st ch 1.50 Wm. Doty 12 4 hogs 1st ch. 1.65 per hog 6.60 Gilbert Townsand Samuel Leffingwell 12 4 2nd ch 1.51 per hog 6.04 Thos. G. Mills J.P. Garrett 12 4 3rd ch 1.46 per hog 5.84 13 1 yoke cattle 50.00 Daniel Leffler 14 6 sheep 1st ch 6.60 per sheep 12.30 Widow J. Townsand 15 6 2d 1.91 per sheep 11.46 John Van Horn G. Townsand 15 6 3d 1.76 per sheep 10.56 Hammon Miles John Hedge 15 6 4th 1.61 per sheep 6.04 Ira Casterline J. Casterline 16 Lot of old wagon iron 4.60 John Miller G. Townsand 18 1 Reel .45 Widow J. Townsand 19 1/3 of N.E. field of Wheat 5.49 James Townsand A. Miles 20 1/3 of 12 acres Wheat 10.10 Alvy Townsand J. Townsand 21 1/3 of W. field of Wheat 4.00 Widow 22 1 log chain 5.05 Alvy Townsand J. Townsand 24 7 bu wheat .75 per bu 5.25 Gilbert Townsend Sr. Will with Misc. Documents (cont) 24 4 ½ bu wheat .70 per bu 3.15 " 25 11 bu rie .29 per bu 3.19 John Van Horn G. Townsand 26 11 bu oats .19 per b 2.09 Am Hackney paid Samuel Leffingwell 27 1 fore-plane .25 Ira Casterline J. Casterline 28 1 mowing sythe .25 Alvy Townsand J. Townsand 30 1 hay stack 4.00 32 16 doz sheep oats 12 ½ per doz 2.00 Gilbert Townsand Samuel Leffingwell 34 50 bu Corn 24 per bu 12.50 Wm Doty J.P. Garrett 34 50 12.50 34 53 ½ bu 12.85 Gilbert Townsand Samuel Leffingwell 48 1 big wheel 1.90 Widow J. Townsand 53 Ax & old iron .10 Jacob Hedge John Hedge 54 12 acres stock field and fodder 4.00 G. Townsand Samuel Leffingwell 55 1 pattent wheel head .05 Widow J. Townsand 56 1 st. wool cards .12 G. Townsand Samuel Leffingwell 57 Potatoes .50 Thos. Mills J. P. Garrett 58 1 pair of brewd hens .10 Ira Casterline Cash Total amount sold 301.62 State of Indiana Blackford County I, A.B. Jetmore, Clerk of the sale of the personal property of Gilbert Townsand Sr. late of Blackford County, deceased, swear that the foregoing sale bill is a true account thereof. A.B. Jetmore Clerk of Sale Subscribed and sworn to before me this 19th day of Dec. 1861 Moses Stahl Clerk B.C.C.P Come now the following persons and prove to the satisfaction of the Court that they are the only heirs of said Townsend deceased and entitled to distributive shares in the said Townsend Estate. Chas. Townsend Lydia Green Gilbert Townsend Licia Ann Gadberry James Townsend Elisabeth Leffler--now Elis. Leffler Mary Foy--Mary Foy Alva Townsend Heirs of John Townsend to wit M. Elisabeth Hedge, Emily Conduit, Lydia Casterline, J.W. Townsend, Henry, Lewis, Orrin and Ira Townsend. And the clerk is therefore ordered to pay to them their several shares as follows Gilbert Townsend Sr. Will with Misc. Documents to wit: Sept. 2, 1863 Received of Clerk Stahl $29.48 Charles Townsend Received of Clerk Stahl $29.48 Allen R. Gadbury Received of Clerk Stahl $29.48 Daniel Leffler Received of Clerk Stahl $29.48 (cannot read with certainy what name--looks like Janet dee Gesy) Received of Clerk Stahl $29.48 Gilbert Townsend Received of Clerk Stahl $29.48 James S. Townsend Gilbert Townsend Sen. Ds. To Thomas Smithj as follows to goods $1.25 to 1 gal. of vinigar .20 to Tobacco .25 to oil .15 Making in all $1.85 Which is due and wholly unpaid. Thomas Smith Subscribed and sworn to before me this 10th day of October 1862 Moses Stahl Clk. (The following were monies paid out from Gilberts estate:) September the 9, 1863 Moses Stahl Please let the Beare have six dollars on the estat of Gilbert Townsend Diseast and this shall be your receipt in full and oblig yours Wm. Joseph Johnson Recd May 18th 1863 of Allen K. Gadbury and Charles Townsend adms. of the estate of Gilbert Townsend sen. decd. Twenty four dollars on my distributive share as heir at law of said Gilbert Townsend Sen. Decd. $24.00 Alvy Townsend The estate of Gilbert Townsend Sen. 1861 To Daniel Lefler To pasturing Colts $2.00 Recd. January 1st 1863 of Allen K. Gadbury and Charles Townsend Adms. of Gilbert Townsend Two dollars in full of the above account Daniel Leffler
Submitted by: Peggy Karol
Notes in parenthesis are those of the transcriber.
(This is a copy of the will of Mary Townsend. It is really hard to read and is hand written.)
Last will and Testament of Mary Townsend In the name of the benevolent Father of all. I, Mary Townsend of Blackford County and State of Indiana being of lawful age and sound mind and in view of the uncertainty of life, do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament. Item 1st. I hereby give and bequeath to my two daughters (equally divided) Elizzabeth Leffler and Mary Foy all my household goods and furniture of which may be possessed at my death. Item 2nd I hereby give and bequeath to my two sons Ja. S. Townsend and Alvah Townsend all my other personal property of which I may be possessed at my death. To be equally divided between them. Item 3d I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved son James S. Townsend my executor of this my last will and testament. In witness of I hereunto subscribe my name in the presence of witnesses this 7th day Dec. A.D. 1870 Mary Townsend Ja. Gillispie G.W. Gillispie State of Indiana Blackford Co. Before me R.G. Stern Clerk of the Blackford Court of Common Pleas personally came Geo. W. Gillispie one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Mary Townsend late of Blackford Co. Indiana deceased and being duly sworn in says that he was present at the execution of said last will. He swears that at the time of the execution thereof said testatrix was of full age to divide her property of sound mind and memory and not under any coercion or restraint that said testatrix requested him to sign said will as witness unto which he accordingly did of said testatrix and in the presence of Ja. Gillispie, subscribing witness thereto. G.W. Gillispie Subscibe and sworn to before me this 8th day of February 1872 R.G. Stine Clk. State of Indiana Blackford County I, R.G.Stine clerk of the Blackford County Court of Common Pleas, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing last will and testament of Mary Townsend, late of Blackford County, state of Indiana deceased, was this day duly admitted to probate and record, and the proof hereof duly made by Geo. W. Gillispie, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto which said will together with such proof have been duly recorded in record of Will No. A. Page 154 & 155 in this office. Witness my name and the seal of said court at Hartford City This 8th day of Feb, 1872 R.G. Stine Clerk
Submitted by: Peggy Karol