Transcript of William Lot Whiteside's Last Will & Testament
In the name of God, Amen, I, William Lot Whiteside of the County of St Clair and State of Illinois (considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and being of sound mind and memory, Thanks be given unto God for the same) do make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say: First, it is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid. Second, I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Nancy Whiteside, in lieu of her dower, the homestead plantation on which we now reside, situate and bounded as follows. Beginning the boundary lines thereof at an Elm tree, standing on the north bank of a rivulet it being the former and orginal most southern corner of survey W 648 of claim W 1063. Thence along the southwestern line of said survey (bearing from a true meridian) [N] 61° ½ W 13.00 to a corner of land formerly conveyed to my son Joseph O. Whiteside. Thence with his eastern line due north to the northeastern line of said survey W 648. Thence along said N.E. line 29.90 chains, to the most eastern former corner of said survey 648. Thence along the southeastern line thereof, to the place of beginning, being 30,50 chains distant. The above described homestead contains sixty acres, which with the live stock, household furniture, and all of the perishable property in my right, at the time of decease, is to be for the occupancy and use of my wife Nancy (secondly above named) during her natural life, she however first disposing of a sufficiency thereof, to pay my just debts as first above named. And that at the death of my said wife, all of the perishable property hereby devised or bequeathed to her as aforesaid, or so much thereof as my then remain unexpended, I give, devise, and bequeath to my three daughters, Sally Wright, Lucy Phillips, and Polly Tannehill in as equal proportions, as the dividend of such property can be made.