West Virginia is located in the Appalachians and was originally part of Virginia. The capital and largest city is Charleston. It became a state during the Civil War and was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.
Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
I Josiah Yerkes Sr of Carroll County in the State of Indiana do make this last will and testament. First, I direct that my funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of my property, and the ballance [sic] to be divided equally among my several children or their heirs.
I, also give to my son, Henry, the home place consisting of forty acres with the improvement thereon. I also give to my daughters or their heirs to be equally divided at my death forty acres of unimproved land.
In witness whereof I Josiah Yerkes Sr testator have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven.
Josiah Yerkes Sr
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Josiah Yerkes last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribe names as witnesses, thereunto in the presence of the said testator, and in the presence of each other.
Personally appeared before me the undersigned the Clerk in the County Carroll Court of Common Peas or Carroll County in the State of Indiana, Samuel Coder one of the subscribing witnesses of the last will and testament of Josiah Yerkes, Sr, who being by me duly sworn upon his oath saith that he saw the said Josiah Yerkes, Sr execute the foregoing as his last will and testament
- that this deponent signed the names of said deponent to said will at the request of the said decedent
- that said Josiah Yerkes, Sr was at the time of the expression of said will of sound mind and memory
- that this deponent said Jacob Slusser signed names thereto as witnesses in the presence of said testator at his request, that the said Josiah Yerkes Sen was at the time of the expresson on said will of full age to divide property and not under coercion or restraint.
Said Yerkes died about the 4th day of July 1852. When said will was expressed said yerkes was in perfect sense. I signed my name as witness of said yerkes and at his request and in the presence of Jacob Slusser, the other witness. When said will was expressed said yerkes was full age to divide property and not under coercion or restraint.