Retired Computer Systems Design Engineer Genealogist for more than 40 years. Two grown sons, one adopted son and one adopted daughter, 12 grandchildren. I am living in peace and solitude on the farm with my wife and the four legged children.
I am not one that counts stones in a field, each grave is a person that I believe deserves to be documented with respect. If you don't know the person or have not researched their life, don't hoard the posting, give it to a family member that has the history and can list their life for the future generations to read. Dates and locations are just general facts. If you have an attitude about losing a number of postings, you are doing it for the wrong reason. Celebrate the life not the stone in the field.
Last Will and Testament of Wm Batts Sr Madison County, Wills 1843-1863, Vol B, Pg 58-59 (FamilySearch Image #44-45)
I William Battss' of Madison County and State of Illinois do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in maner and form following. That is to say;
First, I desire when I die to be buried in the earth in the usual manner,
Secondly, I desire that all my just debts shall be paid,
Thirdly, I desire that one dollar be paid to each one of my daughters, namely, Nancy Redding, Mary Moore & Hannah Asew and,
Fourthly, I desire that my wife Margaret Batts shall have the place on which we now reside, which is the tract of land I bought of B H Culp being 10 acres, during her natural life and the exclusive right forever to the North half of said 10 acres, dividing it East and West, and the South half of said 10 acres I give and bequeath to my son William Batts junior for him to dispose of as he may see fit but my wife to have the privilege of timber off said piece of ground for the support of her five acres if need should require during her life or ownership of her said five acres, but she is not to transfer any privilege to any other person to the use of timber of my son William's five acres but he may have the privilege to cut and improve at any time as he may see fit;
I also give and bequeath to my wife all my household and kitchen furniture, with what other personal property I may have on hand at my death.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my name and affixed my seal this 30 May 1843
William Batts Sr [his mark] - Signed in the presence of John C Young and John Dick ---- State of Illinois Madison County
John C Young & John Dick, being duly sworn, depose and say that they are subscribing witnesses to the annexed last Will and Testament of William Batts Sr late of said county deceased; that they were present and heard the said testator acknowledge that he signed said last Will and Testament; and that they believe him to have been of sound mind and memory at the time of signing and sealing the same; that they saw no improper influence made use of to induce said testator to sign and seal as aforesaid but believe that the same was done freely and voluntarily; and that they signed their names as attesting witness to the said Will, in the presence of the testator.
Signed: John C Young and John Dick [his mark]
Subscribed and Sworn to before me this 19th day of July A.D. 1844 – Geo W Prickett, PJP ---- State of Illinois Madison County
John McCawley being duly Sworn, deposeth and saith that William Batts Sr, late of the County of Madison and state aforesaid, departed this life on or about the 29th day of December AD 1843; and that he died leaving a last will & Testament, to the best of his knowledge and belief.
Signed: John McCawley [his mark]
Subscribed and Sworn to before me this 5th day of August AD 1844 - Geo W Prickett, PJP