The following is a line by line transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Peter Dillman.
Probate of Will
State of Illinois
} In County Court of said County.
In Probate November Term A.D. 1899.
Personally appeared in open Court E. S. Haupt
and B. A. Shearer subscribing witnesses to the foregoing
instrument of writing, purporting to be the last Will
and Testament of Peter Dillman, late of Wabash County,
deceased, who being duly sworn according to law, do
depose and say, each for himself, that the foregoing is
the last Will and Testament of the said Peter Dillman
deceased; that they subscribed their names therto as
attesting witnesses at the request of the said Testator,
and in his presence, and in the presence of each other,
on the 20th day of September, A. D. 1899.
That he then and these subscribed his name there-
to in their presence, and declared the same to be his
last Will and Testament; and that the said Testa-
tor at the time of executing the same as aforesaid was
of full age, of sound mind and memory, and
under no constraint.
E. S. Haupt
Barbar A. Shearer
Subscribed and sworn to in open Court
this 6th day of November, 1899.
Geo. A. King
Clerk of the County Court
This document has special significance to me. The Clyde Dillman mentioned in this document is my paternal great grandfather. This has helped answer a question I have had for years. Was Clyde adopted by his grandparents?
Here's what I know thru my research.
My 2x great grandmother Jemimah Dillman married John W Straughan in February of 1885 in Crawford County, Indiana.
Jemimah died soon after giving birth to my great grandfather Clyde in April of 1886.
Clyde was raised by his grandparents Peter and Elizabeth Dillman.
Clyde took the surname Dillman.
This Last Will and Testament of Peter Dillman shows on paper that he and Elizabeth did, indeed, adopt Clyde.
Now to discover who John W Straughan was and why didn't he raise his son Clyde.
Sources: Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1771-1999 Ancestry.com); Crawford County Indiana Marriages, 1881-1886, Books E & F, Compiled by Ruth Slevin (genealogytrails.com/ind/); Jemimah Dillman headstone information (Photo from Lisa's private collection).
and other historical artifacts.
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