Mr Research® has been especially industrious this week. He found, online, the Last Will And Testaments of some of our key relatives. They were written (copied) in long-hand into ledger books and kept in Morrison county, I assume. (Part of the fun of doing genealogy with Larry is that I often don't know his sources till much later ☺) He emailed screen captures of Paul Hesch, our great grandfather, who died in 1900; his wife Mary Otremba Hesch, who died in 1917; and Paul's brother Anton Hesch, who died in 1911, in Agram township. Yes, we have a rough copy of Paul's will here on HH, and some info about Anton's probate hearing, but these are the official records. Funny, I always thought wills were kept in envelopes in lawyers' safes, and read dramatically to the potential heirs in an elegant library somewhere, like on Perry Mason...but no, I guess not.
Anyway, Larry said he found more family wills, so we'll see those soon. In the meantime, here's the book copy of Paul's dictated original:
|Paul Hesch's Will, dictated on his death bed |
in August 1900.
Great uncle Anton's Will (left) and probate, settled in January, 1912.