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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Will of Moses Bonnell

One of our readers asked me for this. Rather than just send it to her, I'm posting it here in case someone else is interested. About 50 years ago Margaret Watson Cooke typed this transcription of Moses Bonnell's will as recorded in the Butler County, Ohio Records of Wills Book 1 page 226-227 5th of October 1814.

If anyone has a photocopy of the original court records, please send it to me and I will post the images. 

In the name of God, Amen. I, Moses Bonnel of the county of Butler and the state of Ohio, being weak in body but perfect in mind, Knowing all men must die, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form viz.

Item first. It is my will that after my decease my body shall be decently buried in the burying ground of the Presbyterian church at Springfield.

Item second. It is my will that my beloved wife Hannah shall have a black mare knower by -------- the little black mare, and two heifers and one bed and bedding.

Item third. It is my will that there be kept the two young bay horses, a black cow with white face, a pided heifer, three pair of hears, two ploughs, three hoes, one grubbing hoe, two axes and my wagon, which property are to be kept for the express purpose of raising and schooling my children.

Item fourth. It is my will that the residue of my estate not heretofore mentioned, shall be disposed of between my wife and children as the law directs.

Item fifth. It is my will and I do hereby appoint my beloved wife Hannah executrix and David Bonnel executor of this my last will and testamane and do hereby revoke and disclaim all other will heretofore made by me, certifying and confirming on this and none other, as witness my hand and seal this thirtieth day of August 1814.

Moses Bunnel                  Seal

Signature in the presence of us and at the special insistence and request of the testator. (Signed by) Tobias Talbot and Zebulon Wisner

The State of Ohio    SS

Be it remembered that at a special court of common please, Holden in Hamilton in the county aforesaid on Wednesday the 5th day of October 1914 before Ezekial Ball, Daniel Millikin and Robert Lytell esquire, associate judges of the said court the within written last will and testament of the within named Moses Bonnel now deceased being exhibited here in court and duly proved by the oaths of Tobias Talbot and Zebulon Wisner, the subscribing witnesses, is ordered the same be recorded.

                                                                                                           By the Court

Moses Bonnel, deceased

Be it remembered that the last will and testament of Moses Bonnel, late of this county aforesaid being exhibited herein court by Hannah Bonnel & David Bonnel the executors therein named and proved by the oath of Tobias Talbot and Zebulon Wisner the subscribing witnesses thereto. It is ordered that the name be recorded and thereon the said Hannah Bonnel and David Bonnel the executors of the estate of the said Moses Bonnel, deceased, according to the tenor of the the said last will and testament and to them is granted and ordered that Joseph Potter, Joseph H. McMacken, and John Dixon be the appraisers and that the inventory be returned within three months and the estate settled up in 12 months.

Costs $6.66 paid
Testementary Rccd #1 p.184

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bible Records and Transcriptions at the DAR

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, widely known as the DAR, has added an index of the digitized family Bible records in its collection. Every day they are digitizing more and adding them to the index. Since the DAR has been collecting such records since its formation, it has one of the world's largest collections of them. The press release it issued announcing this new resource says more than 40,000 Bible records were indexed.

DAR Bible Records and Transcriptions

Today (8 June 2015) I did severe searches and listed the names that came up. The results look like this:

Bible Description: Jacob BONNELL (1812-1890) and wife, Sarah Wolf (1818-1891)

Book Title: Pennsylvania DAR GRC report ; s1 v335 : Lycoming Co. ... and miscellaneous bible records [bk. 4] / Lycoming Chapter

We can't ignore this reminder that appears at the bottom of every search result: "The databases contain DAR proprietary information which should under no circumstances be redistributed to others; assembled or collected for purposes other than DAR membership or for citation in genealogical scholarship; or reproduced, published or posted in any form whatsoever." 

That probably rules out posting an image on your Ancestry tree, but not citing the record as a source.

This link takes you to the page that explains how you can request copies of the search result record.

DAR Photocopy Service