John Dye's Will

In the name of God, Amen. On the 18th day of April, in the year of our Lord 1817, I John Dye of the township of Laurence, in the county of Washington, State of Ohio, being of sound mind and memory, considering the uncertainty of 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 No. 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 in 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, profit of such 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 and occupancy of any 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 whatsoever.

Thirdly, it is my will that after my death, all that remains of my personal property after any 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 and Sarah shall each have one share and my other daughters Elizabeth and Patience have two shares each, 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 a equitable share of the property which I had, it is therefore my will that they do not receive any part of that property I now hold, but that it should go to my other children as mentioned above in this will and testament. And I do further more 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 there of, hoping that they will see it carried into effect with as little expense as possible. In witness whereas I have hereunto set my hand on the day and year above written.

John Dye (seal)

Witnesses present: John Sharp Eliza Sharp