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Randon Record – Will of Ellen Ellmer

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Will of Ellen Ellmer
Sacramento, California
Will Book A: 12-15
Written 10 November 1856; proved 22 February 1858

Will transcription:

The last Will and testament }
of Ellen Ellmer deceased }

I Ellen Ellmer, wife of John B.
Ellmer residing in the City of Sacramento in the
State of California do make this my last will and
testament as follows:

First: I will and bequeath unto my husband John B. Ellmer
all my right, title, interest and claim in and to the
following described real Estate situate, lying and being
in the County of Sacramento and State of California
to wit a portion of a Lot in the City of Sacramento bounded
and described as follows to wit: beginning at the South
west quarter of Lot number Seven (No 7) in the square of
said City bounded by Second and third and N and M Streets
in said City running with N Street thirty (30) feet easterly,
thence North at right angles Eighty (80) feet, thence Westerly
thirty (30) feet, thence to place of beginning Eighty (80) feet.
And I do will and desire that Lewis Sanders Jr who holds
the same in trust for me shall after my death hold the
same in trust for my said husband paying the rents and
profits thereof to him the said John B. Ellmer as long as the
legal title may remain in the said trustee and that he will
and shall at the request of the said John B. Ellmer
convey the legal title to him or to any other person to whom
he may direct.

Second: I also give and bequeath to my said husband
any and all other property whether real, personal or mixed of which
I may die possessed.

In witness of all which I have hereunto set my hand and seal
at the City of Sacramento this Tenth day of November A.D. 1856
In the presence of }
John S. Cochran }
Martha T. Cochran }                    Ellen Ellmer {seal}

I hereby consent to the making execution
terms and conditions of the foregoing will this day executed
by my wife.

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In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal
at the City of Sacramento this Tenth day of November A.D. 1856.
J.B. Ellmer {seal}

At the request of the foregoing signers, viz. Ellen Ellmer
and J.B. Ellmer, we J.S. Cochrane and Martha T. Cochrane have
in their presence on this 14th day of November 1856, hereto
affixed our respective names as Witness to their respective
Signatures to the foregoing instrument or last will and testa=
ment and consent thereto.

John S. Cochran
Martha T. Cockran

State of California }
County of Sacramento } In Probate Court

In the matter of the Estate of }
Ellen Ellmer Deceased }

John S. Cockrane and Martha T.
Cochrane appeared in open Court and being duly sworn, each
testified that they were acquainted with Ellen Ellmer, the
deceased, that they were present and called upon to witness

her last will and testament, that the paper presented was
that will, that she published as her last will and testa=
ment, and the witness both set their proper names to the
same as witnesses. That said deceased was of sound
mind and fully aware of what she was doing.
Subscribed and Sworn to before me this }    John S. Cochran
22nd day of February A.D. 1858 Martha T. Cochran

JB Dayton Clerk
By J.S. Jameson D.C.

State of California } In Probate Court
County of Sacramento } February Term 1858
February Term 1858

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Estate of }
Ellen Ellmer deceased }

Now on this day come [?] for hearing
the petition of J.B. Ellmer, praying for letters of administration
upon the above Estate, and for the admission to Probate of
the will of said deceased: and proof being made to the
Satisfaction of the Court by the affidavit of James
Anthony now on file that notice to all persons interested
in said Estate has been duly published in the manner
required by Law, and no person appearing to contest said
will or application or having filed written objections
to the same. And it further appearing from the affidavits
of John S. Cochran and Martha T. Cochran, subscribing witnesses
to the said will that the same was executed by the said
Ellen Ellmer in her life-time, and that at the time of
the Execution thereof the said Ellen Ellmer was of Sound
mind and memory, and not under any restraint whatever,
It is therefore ordered and decreed by the Court that said will
be admitted to Probate as the last will and Testament of
Ellen Ellmer deceased, and that J.B. Ellmer, surviving
husband of said deceased be appointed administrator
with the will annexed of said Estate, upon his taking the
proper oath required by Law and executing and filing
in this Court a good and sufficient bond in the penal
sum of One thousand dollars to be duly conditioned
and approved as the Law requires.

And thereupon said J.B. Ellmer comes and presents his
bond as administrator with the will annexed of said
Esate duly conditioned and approved as the law
directs, with Elijah Swift and John Troutmann as
his Sureties, and he having taken the oath of office
as required by Law.

It is therefore ordered by the Court that said bond
be placed on file and noted of record, and that
letters of administration with the will annexed
be issued to the said J.B. Ellmer; thereby vesting
in him full power and authority to proceed in the

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Settlement of said Estate in the manner required by Law.
It is further ordered that said Administrator cause a notice
to be published in the Daily Union, a newspaper published
within this County, notifying all persons having claims or
demands against the said Estate to present the same to
him duly authenticated within ten months from the date
of such publication, said notice to be published at least
once a week for four successive weeks.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and caused to be affixed
the seal of said Probate Court, this
22nd day of February A.D. 1858.
Robert Robinson County Judge
Sac Co Cal

Attest JB Dayton Clerk
By J.S. Jameson Dep Clerk

“Filed Feby 8th 1858 and admitted to Probate
February 22nd 1858.
JB Dayton Clerk
By J.S. Jameson D.C.”

© 2017 transcription by Deborah Sweeney
Post originally found: https://genealogylady.net/2017/11/27/randon-record-will-of-ellen-ellmer/

Inventory Sale of Dorsey Hogland

Dorsey Hoagland of Nelson County, Kentucky died intestate around 1836. He did not write a will. However, he did have a sizeable estate which was disposed by his administrators. Some of the estate’s property was sold for cash, while some was set aside for the widow and heirs. The following represents items that were sold from the estate. Besides farm animals and farming equipment, Dorsey owned a couple stills, shoemaking equipment and cooper’s timber. One can infer quite a lot from Dorsey’s possessions. Did he make whiskey? Was he a shoemaker by trade?

Hoagland, Dorsey - Appraisement (Nelson Book 2, p.157)

Nelson County, Kentucky Probate Book H/2: 157-158

Dorsey Hogland Sale of Inventory
Nelson County, Kentucky
Probate vol H/2: 156-157
Sale 21st and 22nd of July 1836; Filed 9 January 1837

A list of sales of the property belonging to the estate of Dorsey Hoglan decᵈ which was sold on the 21st and 22nd days of July 1836.

Mary Hogland One book case 1.25
Same One clock 11.00
Same One small square table 1.12 ½
Same One bedstead & furniture 4.25
Same Two looking glasses “ .87½
Same Two waiters 1.43¾
Same One bed bedstead & furniture 5.62½
Same One trunk “.37½
Same One bed bedstead & furniture 6.93¾
Same One lot of Bed clothes 9.37½
Same One bed bedstead & furniture 6.93¾
Same One side saddle 10.50
Same One side saddle & [?] 1.19 [? written over]
Same One cupboard & furniture 8.80½
Same One desk 3.25
Same One large tallboy [?] table 1.37½
Same One coffee mill “.37½
Same 3 tin buckets [?] coffee [?] 1.56¼
Same Two pair hand irons 2.12½
Same Two smoothing irons “.81¼
Same One large chest “.06¼
Same One square table “.68¾
Same Eight Windsor chairs 2.43¾
Same One set common do [ditto chairs] 2.06¼
Same Four kettles 6.12¼
Same One copper stew kettle 3.06¼
Same One copper tea kettle 2.12¼
Same One pair of small [?] “.93¾
Same One pot and Bale 1.06¼
Same One do [ditto]     do [ditto] “.56¼
Same One large oven & coal “.25
Same One small do [ditto] do[ditto] “.31¼
Same One pan and lead “.68¾
Same One shovel [?] and ladle “.25
Same Two pot …[?] “.75
Same Sifters [?], reggier [?] & trays “.37½
Same One small Carey plow “.87½
Same One shovel do [ditto] “.43¾
Same One axe “.68¾
Same One hoe “.56½
Same One single tree and clevis [?] “.56½
Same One red cow 14.12½
Same One Brindle Heiffer 8.12½
Same One red & white do [ditto] 7.75
Same One roan mare 23.26¼
Same One flax brake “.12½
Same One cross oak flooring planks 5.25
Same One wooden tooth harrow “.25
Same Two collar & one [?] of [?] 3.93¼
Same One blind bridle & cutting box 1.56¼
Same Two large still Tubs “.50
Same Five hogs 1st choice 26.12½
Same 7 do [ditto] 4th choice 10.50
Same Two Augers “.25
Same One wheat pan & sive 8.50
Same Eleven open tubs .25
Samᴵ D. Hardy One black steer 14.00
Same One red & white spotted do [ditto] 13.75
Same One red do [ditto] 15.87½
Geo. W. Caldwill One Rifle Gun & shot rounds 16.00
Same One Bay mare & colt 59.00
Martin Hogland One keg & some powder 1.56¼
Same One lot of old Iron 2.00
Same One Iron wedge “.43¾
Same One Tight barrel “.37½
Same One pair [?]ple Irons 1.06¼
Same 1 wagon feed Tough & Tar bucket 71.00
Same One set of hind Geer 9.00
Same One lot of old Geer 2.00
Same One pair of stretchers 1.56¼
Same One old man’s saddle “.18¾
Same Six corks[?] of hay in the meadow 5.00
Same One Keg and some Tar “.75
Same One Iron pitch fork “.31¼
James Philips One lot of poplar planks 4.50
Same Four hogs 2nd choice 23.06¼
Same 6 do [ditto] 3 choice 18.00
Same 7 do [ditto] 5 do [ditto] 12.12½
Same 7 do [ditto] 6th do [ditto] 11.00
Same One lot of poplar planks 1.06½
Same One do [ditto] do [ditto] do [ditto] 6.06¼
Harsy Robey One lot of lasts & shoe maker tools 1.75
Same Four open tubs 1.12½
Same One skillet “.18¾
Same One lot of shingles 7.12½
John Shepleigh One spider & lead “.75
same One flax hackle 1.18¼
same One man’s saddle 6.00
Same One cross cut pair 2.00
Thomas Aud One red male heiffer $12.06¼
Elisha Miller Four yearling calves $19.25
Wᵐ Congrove 23 head of sheep 33.25
Henderson Hibbs 4 old Irons “.50
Same One axe & one hoe “.62½
Same One lot of oats in field 5.81¼
Wᵐ Hardy One pair large slatyards [?]/paid 2.06¼
Rezin Shopsaco [?] 7 old open tubs /paid 1.60
Barbara Hogland One pot and lead “.43¼
Same One tea kettle “.56¼
William Ashlock One spider and lead [?] “.93¾
Murry Ash One frying pan /paid “.63½
William Taylor One large Carey plow / paid 3.81¼
Matthew Kurts One shovel plow (paid) “.87½
Jonathan Hibbs One shovel (paid) “.62½
Henry Fleming One sprouting hoe paid “.75
Levi Magruder One Broad axe (paid) “.50
Joseph F. Greathouse One lot of cooper’s timber pᵈ .43¾
Henry Jones One drawing knife & [?] pᵈ “.25
Isaac Osbourn Two stills and all
the aparatus thereunto belonging 76.00
Conrod Kurts One lot cooper’s timber paid 1.06¼
Same One hammer paid “.18¾
John Hogland One hand saw & axe & [?] knife pᵈ 1.81¼
[?] same One grind stone “.56¼
Aquilla Hagan One chissel paid “.43¾
James Hogland Three wooden pitch forks “.12½
Same One hammer [?] scythe “.06¼
Same One Dutch scythe & hayings “.52
Nelson Hibbs One Grind stone paid “.12[?]

G. C. Hogland Admʳ
Mary Hogland Admrix
P. B. Samuels CUNR [?]

At a County Court held for Nelson County on the 9th day of January 1837. This list of sales of the estate of Dorsey Hogland decᵈ was returned to the Court and ordered to record.

Attest Nathᴵ Wickliffe, Clk

The image is from FamilySearch. While I was able to read a good portion of the items on the list, there were a few items that I could not determine. Any suggestions are welcome!

©2014 transcription by Deborah Sweeney
Post originally found:  https://genealogylady.net/2014/10/13/inventory-sale-of-dorsey-hogland/