WILL OF DAVID SHIPMAN, A REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER BURIED IN TAZEWELL COUNTY, ILL.
Compiled by Mrs. George Spangler, Historian of Peoria Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.
Source: Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Published Quarterly by the Illinois State Historical Society, Springfield, Illinois. Vol. 14 April-July, 1921 No. 1-2.
Considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory blessed be Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (That is to say) First I give and bequeath unto Moses Shipman one wagon, four head of horses and gears three cows and two heifers for the benefit and use of himself and sons I do also give and bequeath to my nephew David Shipman of Shelbyville, Ky., six large silver tablespoons, six teaspoons (silver) one silver watch chain and seal also my interest in the balance of the Saint Clair claim containing about forty acres which is situated near and joins the farm of Henry Shipman and David Shipman on Guesse Creek, Shelbyville, Ky., and lastly all the rest and residue of my property of what kind and nature soever I give and bequeath unto George Shipman to be disposed of to the best advantage and place in the hands of my Executor for the sole use and benefit of said George Shipman when he becomes of age and the interest of same at six per cent to be paid annually for the clothing and education of said George Shipman and I hereby appoint John Barlow of Tazewell County and State of Illinois my sole executor of this my last will and testament revoking all former wills by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the nineteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and forty four. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the annexed name David Shipman to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator.
Walter B. Wallace, Daniel L. Burns.
I Neile Johnson probate justice of the peace do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the last will and testament of David Shipman as proved and recorded and filed in my office. Given under my hand and official seal this October 6th, 1845. Neile Johnson, J. P.
Signature as given above.