The following is the transcription of the will of J.S. Warden1. He is my 2nd great grand uncle, brother to my second great grandmother Nettie E. (Warden) Richmond.
Last Will of J. S. Warden
I, J. S. Warden, of Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, being of sound mind and dis-
posing memory, do hereby make, publish, and declare this my last will and testament, here-
by revoking all former wills, bequests, and devises, of whatever nature by me made.
FIRST: I desire that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid.
SECOND: I give, devise and bequeath to my brother R. E. Warden, and to my sisters,
Minta Hurt, and Nettie E. Richmond, the sum of $5.00 each.
THIRD: I give, devise and bequeath to my wife Garnet Warden, all the real
estate and personal property of which I die seized, including money, stocks and notes.
FOURTH: I do hereby constitute and appoint Garnet Warden as the executrix of this my
last will and testament and direct that she not be required to give any bond or security
for the safe disposition of said trust.
IN WITNESS OF WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 17th day of March,
J. S. Warden. (seal)
IN VACATION OF THE COUNTY COURT OF RALEIGH COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA.
OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF SAID COURT. JANUARY 16, 1929.
This day there was presented to the clerk of said court for probate a certain paper writ-
ing purporting to be the last will and testament of J. S. Warden, deceased, late of Beckley, Raleigh County,
Thereupon, Geo. W. Bair, Jr. and R. M.French, whose names are signed to said writing as
witnesses thereto, after first being duly sworn testified that said decedent signed said writ-
ing in their presence and that they signed same in the presence of said decedent and in the
presence of each other. Said writing is therefore admitted to record as and for the last will
of said J. S. Warden.
Jackson Smith CLERK.
“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18262-41972-15?cc=1909099 : accessed 2 July 2015), Raleigh > Will book, v. 002 1814-1936 > image 180 of 315; county courthouses, West Virginia. ↩