Last Will & Testament of Stephen Mead

Contributed by Donna (Race) Kneip



?????? ?????? ???? the October Term of the Court held at the Court House in Norwalk within and for the County of Huron and State of Ohio on the Thirteenth of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one before the Judges thereof came Charles B. Stickney Counsel and presented to the Court for Proof and approval the last will and Testament of Stephen Mead, late of Fitchville in said County Deceased. Which said Will and proceedings thereon and in the words and figures following to wit:



I Stephen Mead of Fitchville Huron County and State of Ohio do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.  I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Mead in lieu of her dower the farm on which we now reside situated in the Township County and State aforesaid containing about one Hundred and twenty two acres of land during her natural life if so long she remains my widow.  And also all my live Stock horses cattle hogs, ? by me now owned and kept on the farm aforesaid shall be the property and at the disposal of said Hannah Mead after satisfying all legal claims against my Estate likewise all household furniture and such other items not particularly named or otherwise disposed of in this will shall be at her disposal.  And at the death of my said wife all the property hereby devised and bequeathed her as aforesaid or so much thereof as may then remain unexpended shall be divided among my Children as follows.  First Fifty Dollars to each of my three sons viz Levi Mead, Leander Mead and Lewis S. Mead and to the heirs of my deceased daughter Dorcas Campbell as follows, fifty dollars to the youngest Stephen M. Campbell and ten dollars to each of the others Darius Campbell, Robert Campbell and Peter N Campbell and furthermore be it understood that the heirs of the said Dorcas Campbell are not to come into possession of the above named legacies until after the decease of my wife Hannah and not until said Heirs shall become twenty one years of age.  And the remainder of my whole Estate above mentioned after satisfying the above named legacies shall at the decease of my wife Hannah be equally divided among my children now living namely Laura Wilbor, Olive Van Dusen, Ann Eliza Van Dusen, Levi Mead, Lovinia Mead, Mariah Mead, Martha Mead, Leander Mead, and Lewis S. Mead.  I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Mead all my Real Estate lying and being in the town of Mt. Washington county of Berkshire State of Massachusetts which shall be hers and at her disposal and ??actly? I hereby constitute and appoint De. Morris Pratt and my said son Levi Mead to be the Executors of this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and satisfying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.  In testimony whereon I hereunto set my hand this eighth day of December AD 1835.


Stephen Mead  


Signed published and declared by the above named Stephen Mead as and for his last Will and testament in presence of us who at his request have signed as witnesses to the same

Henry Morgan

James Burn



“Personally appeared in open Court Hannah Mead and made her Election to take under the provisions in the last Will and Testament of said Stephen Mead dec’ I Hannah Mead do hereby elect to take under the provisions of the last will and Testament of Stephen Mead dec’ dated the 8th day of December 1835 Oct. 13 1851


Hannah       her              ?????





Attest.  C.B. Stickney.

The State of Ohio, Huron County  (SS)

We De Morris Pratt & James Burn, who being duly sworn in open Court this 13, day of Oct. AD 1851 depose and say that we were present at the execution of the last will and testament Stephen Mead dec’ hereunto annexed that we saw the said Testator subscribe said will & heard him publish and declare the same to be his last will and Testament and that the said Testator at the time of executing the same was of full age and of sound mind and memory and not under any restraint and that I the said James Burn signed the same as a witness at his request and in his presence and in the presence of Henry Morgan who signed the same at his request and in the presence of DeMorris Pratt and I the said De Morris Pratt do further say that I was present but did not see said Henry Morgan sign said will as a witness but that his signature thereto  so ?????? written by him is his genuine signature and that the said Henry Morgan has become deceased since the execution of said will.


D M. Pratt.

James Burn

Sworn to and subscribed in open Court the 13th day of Oct. 1851

Geo. S. Tambling Dept. Clk.



The last will and Testament of Stephen Mead late of Fitchville in said County deceased was this day produced in Court and James Burn one of the subscribing witnesses to said will appeared in open Court and on oath Testified to the due execution of said Will also appeared in open Court De. M Pratt and Testified to the signature of Henry Morgan the other subscribing witness who has since deceased and that he was present at the Execution of said will and testified to the due execution of said will which said testimony was reduced to writing and by them respectively subscribed and filed with said will and it appearing from said testimony that said will was duly attested ?????? ????? and that said testator at the time of Executing the same was of Full age and of sound mind and memory and not under any restraint.  This ordered by the Court that said will and testimony be recorded whereupon De Morris Pratt and Levi Mead the Executors in said will ????? appeared in open Court and signified their acceptance of the ?????? of Executing said will This therefore ordered that Letters Testamentary be passed to them on giving bond in the sum of $600 with Isaac Prayor & Philander Au????/ their sureties conditioned according to law the Court appoint Z Green, Hezekiah Johnson, Seth Weeks ????????? the widow Elect to take ??????? the will.


Transcribed by Susan Kimes Burgess, May 1, 2006, contributed by Donna Race Kneip 2007, (?? are placed where writing is difficult to decifer)