I, Thomas Taber of Cleveland in the State of Ohio, possessing by the blessing of Almighty God, my usual health, memory and understanding & having nearly attained that period allother to man, & knowing Death to be near and certain, do hereby make, ordain, and establish, this, my last will & Testament in manner as follows--
First - To God who has kept me all my life long, I cheerfully resign my mortal part, trusting thro' the merits Death & righteousness of Jesus Christ, his only son in & whom only I have hope, to have part in the "first resurrection".
Second To my true & faithful wife Susan Elizabeth I bequeath all my Estate of every kind & description of which I may die possessed, for her own proper use & benefit, control & disposal, fully believing her competent, when she shall have done with it of disposing of it among our Children as shall be just & equitable. And furthermore I hereby nominate, constitute, & appoint her sole executrix to this my last Will & Testament, as Witness my hand, Thomas Taber amen
Feby 13th, 1868--
Signed, sealed, pronounced, and declared by the same Thomas Taber as and for his last will & Testament in the presence of us who at the same time & his request & in his presence & in the presence of each other here unto set our names as witness to the same this Day Feby 13th 1868
Gregor Dietz 48 Orange St, Cleveland, Ohio
In the name of God Amen!
I, Thomas Taber, of Newburgh Township, County of Cuyahoga and State of Ohio, being of sound mind & memory, do make, publish, & declare, this Instrument to be a Codicil to my last Will & Testament which bears the Date of Feby 13th 1868.
First, I hereby revoke so much of my said "last Will & Testament," as may be in conflict with this Instrument.
Second, Upon the Decease of my Wife Susan Elizabeth, I give & bequeath to my youngest Daughter "Ellen Groom" the piano Forte, the pair of framed photograph's of her Father & Mother, the best Bedstead, bedding & sufficient other furniture for one room,
To my Daughter "Mary Ann Harris," the Nickel plated tea set, the extension Table, the best carpet, 1 Vol "Goldsmith's Works," "Father & Guardian", 1 Vol
To my son "Henry," the best Family Bible, the portrait of Lincoln, & whatever Tools & Implements may remain of my former business as Jeweller, "Greeleys American Conflict" 2 Vols, Brook's Gazetteer 1 Vol, and my Rose Wood Writing Desk
To my Daughter "Clara Myers," the drawing of Countess Polotcka [Potocka] in gilt frame Coleridge's Works 1 Vol Milton Young & 1 Vol, the Bronze Bird & bracket & 1 p[ai]r China Vases.
To my Daughter "Elizabeth Herron," all the small pictures, 1 p[ai]r Vases "Night Scenes in the Bible" 1 Vol "Bunyan's Complete Works" 1 Vol Christian library 1 Vol with her proper share of Silver Spoons & plate which will be equally divided between the 4 sisters, viz Lizzie, Clara, Mary & Ellie
To my son "Benjamin Charles," the pair of life size portraits of his Father & Mother, whom I constitute & appoint sole executor.
To my Daughter "Emma Radcliffe" the 5 Vol's of Gospels & Psalms in large print, "Dodridges Rise & Progress" 1 Vol
To my son "Thos Biggars" Life & Speeches of Lincoln" 1 Vol
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
Howard Radcliffe my Fatherly Grand Son and
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
Signed, Sealed, pronounced, and declared by the same Thomas Taber as and for his last will & Testament or codicil thereto in the presence of us, who at the same time & his request & in his presence & in the presence of each other, hereunto set our names as witness to the same this day. March 7th, 1875.
J. C. Preston