RICE, EDWARD (submitted by Jane M. Whitty) February 2002
Material submitted as written, no spelling errors have been corrected.
Will of Edward RICE
Signed 31 Dec 1842; Filed 03 Feb 1843, Recorded Vol. 2, Page 184
I Edward RICE of the county of Clark and State of Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament.
Item 1st It is my will that my funeral expences and ll my last debts be paid out of the proceeds of my personal property.
Item 2d I give and Devise to my beloved wife in lieu of her dower my mansion house with the lot on which said house is situated, and now enclosed with a board fence, including the garden lot inclosure with a poling(?), and so much of the barn as may be necessary to store away her part of the grain which may be raised on the farm, so long as she may remain my widow. I also give and devise to her in addition to the above al my personall property of every kind and character together with all monies at interest with the exception of so much as may be necessary to discharge and pay any legacy herein after mentioned. Also the one third of the proceeds of the farm which is here after devised to my sons Harrison RICE & William RICE, untill the said William shall arrive to the age of twenty one years. Also one third of the proceeds of the BABB farm herein after devised to my sons Alonzo RICE & Henry C. RICE untill the said Henry C. shall arrive to the age of twenty one years, for the use of the my said wife & the education & maintainance of my minor children.
Item 3d I devise & bequeath to my three daughters, Polly CHAMBERLIN, Melinda SPRAGUE & Sally SPRAGUE and their heirs & assigns forever the tract of Land which I purchased of Isaac WARD, lying in the N.W. Quarter of S4, T4 & Range 9 (for a more particular description see the deed from said WARD), to be equally divided among them or the proceeds of the sale thereof as they may choose.
Item 4th I devise & bequeath to the legal children and legal heirs of my son Asahel RICE the 20 acre trat of land lying in Harmony Township, being a part of S. 35. T6. & R9,MBS which I now own with all the improvements thereon, which said premises my said son Asahel RICE shall have the right to occupy and have all the rents, pices & profits thereof during his natural life time upon the condition that the said Asahel RICE shall pay to my executors the sum of four hundred dollars, to be paid in the following manner, to wit. one hundred dollars to be paid one year after my decease, one hundred in two years, one hundred in three years & one hundred in four years, and of the said Asahel RICE shall fail to pay the said four hundred dollars as above mentioned at the times above mentioned, my Executors are authorized hereby to see by private sale or otherwise so much of said twenty acres as shall be sufficient to bring the said sum to be taken of the south side of said Twenty acre Tract.
Item 5th I devise & bequeath to my two sons Harrison RICE & William RICE the farm on which I now live, Bounded as follows, to wit. Beginning at a point in the road leading from Springfield to Clifton at the North East corner of what is called the DUNHAM tract. Running thence with said line East to Joseph WHELDON's land, thence with his west line North to the place of beginning containing sixty acres more or less, to be divided equally between the said Harrison & William by a line running North & south entirely through said Tract. The East half to belong to the said Harrison RICE, his heirs & assigns forever and the West half to belong to the said William RICE, his heirs & assigns forever.
Item 6th I devise & bequeath to my two sons Alonzo RICE & Henry C. RICE the farm which I purchased from John BABB except about sixteen acres which I have above devised to my sons Harrison & William. Also fourteen acres or thereabouts which I purchased of the Administrators of REEDER lying in the west of the tract of land above devised to my sons Harrison & William, which tracts of Land are to be equally divided between the said Alonzo & Henry C. by lines , Running North and south entirely through each of said tracts, the said Alonzo is to have & to hold the East halves of said tracts to him & his heris & assigns forever, & the Said Henry C. is to have & to hold the West halves of said tracts to him & to his heirs & assigns forever.
Item 7th I devise & bequeath to my daughter Celoma RICE five hundred dollars to be paid by my executors when she shall arrive at the age of eighteen years.
Item 8th I devise & bequeath to my grand son Edward CHAMBERLIN, son of Lanson (Lansing) & Polly CHAMBERLIN, the sum of one hundred dollars which sum of one hundred dollars shall be put out at interest by my executors untill the said Edward CHAMBERLIN shall become or arrive to the age of twenty one years & the interest thereof shall go towards educating him, and when he arrives at the age of twenty one years the said sum of one hundred dollars shall by my executors to be paid over to this said Edwardm CHAMBERLIN.
Item 9th I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife <not named here, see below>, Darius B. SPRAGUE & Horace POOL executors of this my last will & testament. I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made.
In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand & seal this thirty first day of December 1842. /s/ Edward RICE (seal)
Signed & acknowledged by said Edward RICE as his last will & testament in our presence: and signed by us in his presence. /s/ Reuben MILLER /s/ Joseph WHELDON /s/ Wm. POOLE
State of Ohio - Clarrk County, Court of Common Pleas, Feb. 3rd, 1843. (printed form, testimony of witnesses to the signing of the will). /s/ Reuben MILLER /s/ Joseph WELDON /s/ Wm. POOLE
Executors appointed 03 Feb. 1843: Horace POOLE, Lucy RICE (Witnesses: John BACON, John HOUSEHOLDER)
Estate Appraisers appointed 14 Feb. 1843: Freeman VICORY, Charles CAVILEER & Ira PAIGE