The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL, April, 20, 1897
Wm. H. GREEN, as attorney for Mrs. Rebecca GALBRAITH, filed a bill
in Chancery in the Circuit Court yesterday, asking to set aside the
will of her aunt, Mrs. Rebecca McDOWELL, which will was executed
August 28, 1893. Mrs. McDOWELL died Mary 2, 1895. The will was
probated May 4, 1895, and in addition to appointing Albert WATSON
executor, makes the following bequests:
FIRST, It is my will that my just debts, if any, be fully paid.
SECOND, I give, devise and bequeath to Sarah A. WILLIS, wife of
John J. WILLIS, my wearing apparel, bed clothes, table linen and the sum of $400.
THIRD, I give, devise and bequeath to Carrie M. LAVERTY, wife of Wm. V. LAVERTY,
of St. Louis, the sum of $400.
FOURTH, I give, devise and bequeath to Hannah M. DAVIS, of Troy, Miami County,
Ohio, the sum of $200.
FIFTH, I give, devise and bequeath to James FOSTER, my tenant, the sum of $50.
SIXTH, I give, devise and bequeath to John RILEY, my former tenant, the sum of $200.
SEVENTH, I give, devise and bequeath to my niece, Rebecca GALBRAITH, the sum of $300,
provided, that whereas, I believe the said Rebecca now claims that my personal estate,
or some part thereof, consists of chattels and effects received by me from my deceased
husband, James McDOWELL, and whereas such claim is false, the personal effects so received
having been all expended many years ago in the support of myself the said Rebecca; now,
therefore it is my will that if after my death the said Rebecca GALBRAITH shall assert
or attempt to assert any such claim as that mentioned above or any claim for services
alleged to have been rendered to me or for my benefit, or shall attempt to establish a
right or interest in or to any part of the money or property now owned or controlled by
me, then, in such event, she shall forfeit all claim to the above mentioned bequest of $300,
and received out of my estate the sum of $25, and no more.
EIGHTH, I direct that my executor shall sell my household goods and divide the proceeds
equally between Sarah A. WILLIS, John RILEY, James FOSTER, Carrie M. LAVERTY and
Hannah M. DAVIS.
NINTH, The rest, residue and remainder of my estate I give, devise and bequeath unto
the said Hannah M. DAVIS, Carrie M. LAVERTY, James FOSTER, John RILEY and Sarah A. WILLIS
in equal shares, to each of which persons I feel that I owe a debt of gratitude, although
I do not owe either of them any money; and each of them is to accept the bequests herein
made to him or her in lieu of any charge or claim against my estate.
Mrs. GALBRAITH assigns for cause why the will should be set aside, that Mrs. McDOWELL
was, at the time of executing said will, not of sound mind and memory, but, on the contrary,
was in her dotage, and her mind and memory were impaired by disease so as to render her
incapable of making any just and proper distribution of her estate.
She further represents that the defendant, Sarah A. WILLIS, one of the legatees in said
pretended will, knowing that the said Rebecca R. McDOWELL, had recently before that time
executed and published her will, leaving to Mrs. GALBRAITH, her only living relative, all
of her estate, save a small bequest to John RILEY, Hannah M. DAVIS, and $500 to Carrie M.
LAVERTY, used many undue and improper arts and fraudulent practices and resorted to falsehoods
and improper statements and misrepresentations to induce the said Rebecca R. McDOWELL was,
in fact, under improper restraint and influence.
The legatees, who are made defendants to this suit, are all summoned to answer, but not
under oat, at the May term of the Circuit Court.
Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - July 7, 1897
The Old Settlers - From an interview with Judge J. M. PACE,
secretary of the Jefferson County Old Settlers Association,
the REGISTER reporter this morning gleaned the following
interesting data in relation to the history of that organization,
which we publish for the benefit of our readers.
The Association was formed June 7, 1872 on the fifty-third anniversary
of the organization of Jefferson County, which took place in 1819 or
the year following the admission of Illinois as one of the States of
the Union. At first the Association only admitted those to membership
who had lived in the county for half a century, but at its second annual
meeting this privilege was extended to those who had resided here for
forty years. The almost prohibitive rule of the first year circumscribed
the membership to a very narrow circle, as but few people were to be found
who had lived in the county since 1822, which was a necessary qualification
before one could enter the Association. With the restriction of the time
to two score years, however, the membership grew rapidly and the organization
was soon upon a sound and substantial basis.
To perpetuate the Association by the admission of Younger blood, two new
classes have been formed and now anybody who has lived in the county continuously
for thirty, or even twenty years, is eligible to one or the other of these grades
Of the officers of the Association at the time of its organization, all are
now dead except Judge J. M. PACE, who has acted as its secretary and historian
for twenty-five years. Jehu G. D. MAXEY was the first president, who was
succeeded in office by Thomas H. HOBBS who died in April of the current year.
At the election held at the annual meeting of the association at the fairgrounds
last Saturday, Vice President, John R. MOSS was promoted to the vacancy caused by
the death of Mr. HOBBS and S. T. MAXEY elected to the vice-presidency. The officers
do not hold their positions for any specified period, but continue in office until
they resign or are relieved from further service by the hand of Death.
At least two sets of officers have passed away during the last quarter of a
century except Judge J. M. PACE and Clinton M. CASEY. Jehu G. D. MAXEY, the
first president of the association, died in Texas January 19, 1891 and was brought
here for interment in the family burial ground at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Of the fifty-seven members admitted to the ranks of the Association on the 7th
of June 1872, only eleven are now living viz: Isaac HICKS, Joshua C. MAXEY,
Lewis JOHNSON, Celia P. HICKS, Elizabeth P. SATTERFIELD, Joel F. WATSON,
Clinton M. CASEY, Robert HARLOW, J. M. PACE, James KELL and Joseph BALDRIDGE.
Of a much larger number who registered on the secretary's books the following year
under the rule making a residence of only forty years necessary for membership,
eleven also are yet living: William F. JOHNSON, Mary A. MAXEY, Harriet LEONARD,
Polly J. OWENS, Mary E. FLY, John W. BAUGH, James D. PACE, Henderson HARLOW,
James P. SURSA, John R. MOSS and Lizzie M. GALBRAITH.
The death roll among the members of the Association has been much greater this
year than ever before and indicates as nothing else does that the pioneers that
settled the county and by their thrift and industry made it blossom as the rose
that are rapidly going to that bourne from whence no traveler returns. The
secretary's books show the following deaths during the past twelve months:
Robert A. GRANT, Henry H. DIRDEN, Rachel C. SEIVERS, Susan WHISTENHUNT,
Henry WHISTENHUNT, Florence KNOWLES, Robert H. LOUTH, James LOWMAN, Baley P. REECE,
Frances M. SURSA, Dolly N. SURSA, Matthew T. ROUGH, Naomi DEES, Frederic DACHWALD,
Joseph C. QUINN, Harriet E. PAYNE, Henry WILLIAMS, James WELLS, John BUSHONG,
John R. P. HICKS, Elizabeth HARLOW, Wiley PATTERSON, Dollie McMINN, Rebecca C. GOWLER,
Mary E. RUSSELL, W. A. MIFFLIN, Jesse A. DEES, John DOWNER, Barbara YEARWOOD,
Alfred MORGAN, Harriet JUDD, Luella BAUGH, Hiram M. McNEW, Elizabeth J. BEARDEN,
Dr. H(enry) J(ackson) PEAVLER, Sarah A. WOODWARD, Hugh HUTCHISON, Mary E. DRENNAN,
Eliza DODSON, Hearty L. DOWNER, Margaret LIEBENGOOD, Rachel E. TAYLOR,
George W. GREEN, Thomas H. HOBBS, Ann Eliza WILLIS, Rachel H. WILSON, William SLY,
George W. BERGER, Alexander MOORE, William D. CRAWFORD, George W. BLAIR,
Hezekiah B. NEWBY.
The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Tuesday, November 9, 1897
Excerpt taken from a letter written by DeWitt ANDERSON from Salisaw, I.T.,
November 8, 1897...........
Sunday, I made a trip over into the Choctaw Nation. Here I found James W. BOWMAN,
an old Jefferson County boy, one of the very bad boys of ex-Sheriff BOWMAN, of
Jefferson County, mentioned in Adam Clark JOHNSON's history. Jim, after the war
drifted into Arkansas, lost his wife, and married a squaw in the nation. Jim
claims she is only half Indian, the other half high tone French, and probably
a descendant of Napoleon BONAPARTE. Respectfully, D. W. ANDERSON.