To my Daughter Sarah "Dicks" works 5 Vols Cowper & Thomsons Do 1 Vol and further, I
wish an equal distribution made of the proceeds of whatever may remain of my Estate
real or personal, after the Decease of my Wife to the following named persons, after
satisfying all my just debts,
Sarah my eldest Daughter
Thomas Biggars my eldest Son
Benjamin Charles Children of my first wife "Sarah Ann" of blessed memory
Henry my youngest living Son
Mary Ann Harris
Ellen Groom my youngest Daughter Children of my second wife Susan Elizabeth
Howard Radcliffe my Fatherly Grand Son and
Thaddeus Victor my step son whose name was changed by act of Legislature from
Szymanski to Taber & having adopted my name, is therefore the Son of My Adoption.
[The way this will was written, Sarah does not appear as if she were married as Thomas made a point to indicate the married names of all of his daughters, nor was she apparently living in Cleveland as Thomas put pen to paper. In fact, the following written at the end of his will suggests possible familial difficulties:
"A slightly different disposition would have been made of the household effect were all my children resident in Cleveland. Praying, trusting that Brotherly love may abound & continue that no root of bitterness may spring up, but that all differences may cease I herewith affix my signature this 6th Day of March in the Year of our Lord 1875"
Also, Sarah and Thomas Biggars were not among the signers of the Probate for Thomas' will in Oct 1879, which further illustrates neither of them were living in Cleveland, or were within easy distance for dealing with their father's estate. Perhaps this may otherwise be an indication that there were some difficulties between the children of his two marriages. There wasn't a complete split, as Emma Radcliffe, youngest daughter of his first marriage, was among the Probate signers. In either case, this deserves further research.]