Will of Frank Chess
In the name of God amen. I Frank Chess of the Township of Leroy in Benton County and State of Iowa of the age of Sixty (60) years and being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declare this my last will and Testament in manner following this to say:
1st I give and bequeath to my oldest son Michael Chess the following real estate to wit: The North East quarter of the North East quarter of Section Twenty-nine (29) all in Township Eighty-two (82) north of Range Eleven (11) west of the 5th P.M. on the conditions to wit: That said Michele shall pay to my daugther Mary Chess the sum of Five Hundred dollars on or before Four years from this date and also give her one cow. That Michele Chess shall pay to my widow his Mother Seventy five bushels of wheat and seventy-five (75) bushels of corn each as long as she lives.
2nd I give and bequeath to my youngest son Frank Chess the following real estate to wit: The North West quarter of the North West quarter of section Twenty-eight (28) and the South East quarter of the South West quarter of section Twenty-one (21) alin Township Eighty-Two (82) north of Range Eleven (11) West of the 5th P.M. on the following condition to wit: That the same Frank Chess shall pay to my daughter Annie Chess the sume of Five Hundred ($500) dollars on or before Four years from this date and also give her one cow and also that said Frank Chess shall pay to my widow his mother Seventy-five (75) bushels of wheat and Seventy-five (75) bushels of corn each year as long as she lives.
3rd I give and bequeath all the residue and remainder of my estate of every name and nature whatsoever to my two sons Michele and Frank to be divided equally between them share and share alike.
In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand seal this 6th day of July AD 1880
The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date hereof signed and declared the by the said Frank Chess as and for his last will and Testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto.
J. M. Fumas residence Luzerne Benton County Iowa
Joseph Siseik residence Leroy Twp. Benton County Iowa