Zadock Lewellen Will
written 1874 probated 1878 Taylor County, Iowa
In the name of God, Amen. I, Zadock Lewellen of the county of Taylor and state of Iowa, being in good health of body and of sound and disposing mind and memory and being deservous of settling my worldly affairs while I have strength and capacity so to do, do make and publish this my last will and testament, that is to say;
First, I desire that all my debts shall be paid and the expenses of my last sickness and such other expenses as may be incident to keeping me up to the time of my decease.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my beloved son Isiah Lewellen the sum of one dollar,
and to my beloved daughter Sarah Gladden, the sum of one dollar
and to my beloved daughter Nancy Miles who I have not heard from for many years if she be alive the sum of one dollar
and to my grandaughter Rebecca daughter of my daughter Lucinda Gooden, I give and bequeath one dollar,
and to my grandson John Lewellen son of James Lewellen des'd I will and bequeath one dollar and to my granddaughter Jane daughter of my son James Lewellen des'd I give and bequeath one dollar and to my grandson William Lewellen son of my son James des'd I give and bequeath the sum of one dollar and hope that he may entirely regain his eye sight
and to my grandsons Robert and James Lewellen sons of my son Robert who has departed this life, I give and bequeath one dollar each,
and to my grandson Henry son of John Lewellen who was my son I give and bequeath one dollar and to his brothers and sister who are children of my son John Lewellen des'd I give and bequeath each one dollar.
But my grandchildren Mary Sowells, Eliza J. Alkire, Surepted Pace, and Charles, Levi, Barton, Thompson, Elizabeth and Allatha Adams, I cannot give anything but hope them success in life.
And to my grandson Robert Lewellen and his sister Hannah I cannot give anything as they are each able to take care of themselves.
And my great granddaughter the daughter of my grandson William Lewellen who has recently died in Kansas, I cannot feel that it is necessary for me to give anything to.
And lastly, all the rest, residence and remainder of my personal estate and property, I give and bequeath to my esteemed friend, Nancy Miller, who has taken care of me, and treated me well when I was sick, and who took as good care of me when I had no money to pay her with as when I had money. But should she die in my life time then I give and all the rest residue and remainder of my personal property and personal estate to Benjamin Shannon who is and has been very kind to me and helped take care of me, and whom I esteem as a kind friend and should he die in my life time then I give and bequeath to my esteemed friend John Ross son of William Ross des'd and to his heirs all of said rest, residue and remainder of my personal estate and property and I hereby appoint Benj. Shannon sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. Written 22 day of October 1874.