Thomas A. Warden is my 1st cousin 5x removed, the following is a transcript of his will.1
Last will of Thomas A. Warden:
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN: I, Thomas A. Warden, residing near Riley Post Office in Raleigh
County, West Virginia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and publish this my
last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills made by me.
FIRST: I desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my
demise as may be practicable.
SECOND: I have one life Insurance Policy, No. 1, 587, 010 in the amoint of $5000.00 in the
John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company in which my beloved wife, Margaret Ann Warden,
is named as the beneficiary, and I contemplate making arrangements necessary to take care
of all the premiums which may be due on said policy during my life time and if such ar-
rangements be made and said policy shall be in full force and effect at the time of my demise
and the said sum of $5000.00 shall be paid by the Insurance Company to my beloved wife, said
sum of money shall be taken and received in her lieu of dower or other interest in my
property, real and personal, provided, however, that if my said wife
shall receive any part of of the said $5000.00 such part shall be credited on account
of dower in my said estate.
THIRD: I devise and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Mary Jenkins, the place where she
now lives, but she shall pay her sister, Ila Cook, and her two brothers, Herman Warden,
and Virgil Warden, the sum of $400.00 each in cash within three months after my demise and
I hereby charge the said property with the said sum of $1200.00 as aforesaid
to the parties aforesaid.
FOURTH: I hereby devise my home place known as the Ches Warden farm to my four children,
Ila Cook, Mary Jenkins, Herman Warden, and Virgil Warden, share and share alike.
FIFTH: After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses I hereby devise and
bequeath all of my personal property, including monies, notes, and all other personal pro-
perty of every kind and description to my said four children, Ila Cook, Mary Jenkins, Herman
Warden, and Virgil Warden, share and share alike, except that I devise unto my beloved wife,
Margaret Ann Warden, one cow to be selected by her from the cows which I may own at the time
of my demise and I hereby declare that my said wife, Margaret Ann Warden, is the owner of one
bed room suite and all the porch furniture now in my home where we reside.
I hereby designate my daughter, Ila Cook of Mabscott, West Virginia, executor of this my
last will and testament.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 2nd day of Aug.
A. Warden (seal)
SIGNED, SEALED, PUBLISHED AND DECLARED, by the testator Thomas A. Warden, as and for
his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence
and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
this 2nd day of August, 1930.
J. T. HOLLANDSWORTH JR.
GEO. W. WILLIAMS.
W. A. WARDEN.
IN VACATION OF THE COUNTY COURT OF RALEIGH COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA.
IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE SAID COURT. SEPTEMBER 17, 1930.
This day there was presented to the court a certain paper writing for
probate as the last will and testament of Thomas A. Warden, deceased, which writing appears
to have been signed by Thomas A. Warden as testator, and J. T Hollandsworth, Jr., Geo. W. Williams, and W. A. Warden, as witnesses thereto.
Thereupon the said J. T Hollandsworth, Jr., Geo. W. Williams, and W. A. Warden, after
first being duly sworn testified and said that said writing was signed by the said testator
in the presence of said witnesses and that said witnesses signed said writing in the presence
of said testator and in the presence of each other. It is therefor considered that said
writing is proved to be the last will of the said Thomas A. Warden deceased, and the same
is admitted to record.
Jackson Smith CLERK.