Facts and Events
Will of Henry Gragg
- In the name of God Amen. I HENRY GRAGG of Ray County and State of Missouri, being in good health and sound mind, but calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, I do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following:
- That is, first, I leave and give unto my beloved wife Betsey Gragg, all my moveable or perishable property as long as she continues a widow, but if she marries, then the property to be sold and the money to be equally divided among my nine children that live at home with me, and the one that my wife is pregnant with, if it is born and lives, shall have its share equal with the rest of my children: Robert, William, John, James Henry, Mahala, Jefferson, Jacob, Rachel and Martha Jane.
- It is my wish that $1400 be laid out for land and divided amongst my six sons and the one that is not born at this time if a son when they arrive at the age of 21 but to remain in the executors’ hands.
- Each one to have possession of his part when he arrives at the age of 21. The rest of my money to be made use of as the family needs it and the executors think best not to make waste.
- It is my will that a house be builded and made comfortable to live in and ¼ of land where my wife chooses to live and not to be turned out of it during her natural life.
- And I do hereby constitute and appoint my sons Samuel Gragg, Benjamin Gragg and robert Gragg Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of July 1823.
- (signed) Henry Gragg
- Will of Henry Gragg was proved in court on 3 May 1824.
- JONES, GRAGG, DETIENNE, HAYS FAMILYS, undated