Be it known unto all persons whomsoever, That I, Helen M. Dennett, (widow), of Brownfield, in the State of Maine, being now of legal age, and of sound mind, desiring to make disposition of all property and lands of which I may die possessed, do hereby declare this instrument to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills be me heretofore made;
Item - I direct my executors hereinafter named and appointed to pay my just debts and necessary funeral expenses, and to pay the sum of One hundred Dollars, to the Trustees of the "Pine Grove Cemetery, of Brownfield, Maine," as an endowment for the proper and future care of the James A. Dennett Cemetery lot, in which I desire my remains interred beside my deceased husband;
Item - I direct that my executor shall pay to my grand-son, Paul Dennett, the sum of Fifty Dollars, to be his sole property forever;
Item - I direct that my said executors shall pay to each of my grand-daughters, Virgie Dennett and Avis Dennett, the sum of Ten Dollars, to be their sole property, respectively, forever;
Item - I direct that my children hereinafter named, shall amicably divide among themselves, all of my clothing, jewelry, pictures and house-hold furnishings to be their own property, forever; thereafter,
Item - All the rest and residue of my estate, and wheresoever the same may be situated, I give, divise and bequeath unto my children, namely, J. Lewis Dennett, Linnie F. Mason, Josie M. Dennett, Elvie E. Leavitt, Annie M. Snow, Philip C. Dennett, and Nina M. Long, in equal shares, share and share alike, and in the event any of my said children, shall die prior to my decease, their respective shares shall go to their children, if any, and if not, then to the legal reprsentatives of such deceased legatee under this will; and said property as herein directed and disposed of, shall be the sole and absolute property of the parties named, forever;
Item - All of the real estate that I possess at the time of my decease, I direct shall be sold, converted into cash, and the proceeds distributed, as above, by my executors, whom I hereby authorise and empower to make any and all conveyances necessary to vest the title thereof in the purchaser for such purposes, but before such sale shall be consumated, my executors shall first obtain the consent so to do, from a majority of my said children, or their legal representatives.
Item - I appoint to be the executors of this will, J. Henry Garland and Horace E. Mason, both of Conway Center, New Hampshire.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto signed my name and subscribed the same, as, for and to be my last will and testament, in the presence of subscribing witnesses, on this 25th day of September, A.D. 1916.
The foregoing instrument of writing was signed, and declared by the said testatrix, as, for and to be her last will and testament, in our presence, who at her special request, in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as subscribing witnesses thereto, on this 25th day of September A.D. 1916.
F. Ida Rounds