In the name of God Amen -- I Nathan H. Spears of the town of Newton county of Jasper and state of Illinois of the age of sixty two years and being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declare this my last will and testament -- in manner and form following that is to say 

First I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Spears a legacy of two hundred dollars ($200.00) --

2nd It is my will that my executor pay all my just debts collect all claims and credits which I may own at the time of my death reduce all my property both real and personal into cash selling the same upon such terms as he may deem best for the interest of my heirs --

3rd It is my will that after my executor has sold all my real + personal property as aforesaid and has reduced the same to cash that after paying my daughter Ann the above mentioned legacy of two hundred dollars and after paying all just claims against my estate that the remainder be equally divided between my daughter Ann my son Franklin P. my son Thomas M. Spears and the heirs of my daughter Mary E. Harris deceased that is to say Charly F. Harris Henry Harris George Harris and Elizabeth Harris -- it being understood that my daughter Ann shall receive two hundred dollars and that the remainder shall be divided into four equal parts and one part or share be given to Ann one to Franklin P one to Thomas M. and one share to the children of my daughter Mary E. Harris deceased

Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint Fuller Nigh my friend as the executor of this my last will and testament trusting in his honesty and fidelity and I hereby revoke all other wills made by me

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the fifteenth day of August AD 1868 --

(signed) Nathan H. Spears (Seal)


The above instrument consisting of one sheet of paper was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared by the said Nathan H. Spears as and for his last will and testament in presence of us and who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto

(signed) Abraham E. Goble residing in the town of Newton county of Jasper and state of Illinois
(signed) Daniel Kibler residing in the town of Newton county of Jasper and state of Illinois --