I, Mary Fordyce, of the City of Whiting, Lake County, being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all former wills by me made.
I give and bequeath my gold watch unto my son, Frank Fordyce.
All the rest and remainder of my property, of whatsoever name, nature and description, whether real, personal or mixed, which I may own and in which I may have any interest at the time of my death, I give, devise and bequeath absolutely unto my executor, hereinafter named, for the following purposes:
First: I direct and require of my said executor that it shall sell, convey and dispose of any and all of said property, in whole or in parcels, at public or private sale or sales, for such amount, in such manner, upon such terms and under such conditions, as it alone may deem fit, and I authorize it to execute and deliver all deeds, instruments of transfer and other writings necessary to pass title, and no purchaser or person dealing with said executor shall be under any obligation to see as to the authority of said executor to make such sale, conveyance or disposition as aforesaid, or be under any obligation to see to the application of the purchase money.
Second: Out of the proceeds from said sale and disposition of my said property, I direct that my executor shall first pay all my debts, funeral expenses and the liabilities of my estate, and thereafter my said executor shall pay the sum of one hundred ($100.00) dollars unto my grandson, Edward Rundquist, also known as Edward Shade, son of my daughter, Edith Shade, and it shall also pay one hundred ($100.00) dollars unto my granddaughter, Edna Johnson, daughter of my daughter, Bessie Johnson. My said executor shall next pay unto my grandson, Floyd Emerson, the sum of one ($1.00) dollar.
My executor shall thereafter divide the remainder of the proceeds from such sale and disposition of my property into four equal parts, one of which it shall pay and transfer unto or daughter, Edith Shade, and another part unto my daughter, Bessie Johnson. The remaining two parts, I give and bequeath unto my Trustee, hereinafter named. Each of said parts shall be placed and held in separate funds by my said Trustee and is to be kept invested by my said Trustee as far as practicable. Out of one of said funds my Trustee shall pay unto my son, Frank Fordyce, the sum of thirty-five ($35.00) dollars each month, it being understood that if the income from each fund does not warrant the payment of such monthly amount to said Frank Fordyce, the same shall to paid out of principal. If my son, Frank Fordyce, shall die, said trust fund or the balance thereof held by my said Trustee for such beneficiary, shall be paid over to the heirs at law of such deceased beneficiary.
Out of the other fund hold by my said Trustee, I direct it to pay from income, or if this be not sufficient, out of principal, the sum of thirty-five ($35.00) dollars each month unto my son, Harry Fordyce, but if he shall die, said trust fund or the balance thereof held by my said Trustee for such beneficiary, shall be paid over unto the children or such deceased beneficiary.
I hereby appoint the First Trust & Savings Bank of Whiting, Indiana, my executor and Trustee. In the event it shall decline or refuse to act as executor or as Trustee, then I appoint the First National Bank of Whiting, Indiana, to act as executor or as Trustee, and if it too shall decline or refuse to act as executor or as Trustee, then I appoint as executor or as Trustee such person or institution designated by the court in which my will shall be probated.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I Mary Fordyce, have hereunto set my hand and seal to this my last will and testament, which consists of three sheets of paper, upon each of which I have written my name, this 17th day of March, 1927
[Signature of Mary Fordyce] (SEAL)
Signed, sealed, declared and published by said testatrix, Mary Fordyce, as and for her last will and testament, in the presence of as, who at her request, in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, this 17th day of March, 1927.
Walter H. Smith
Lake County, Indiana
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