In the name of God Amen, I Lemuel Gaylord of Evans-town in the County of Marshall, and State of Illinois do hereby make and declare this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following to-wit:
First. It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.
Second. As the payment of such funeral expenses and debts I give devise and bequeath to the heirs at Law of my beloved Son Aaron Gaylord deceased the sum of one dollar lawful money of the United States.
Third. I give devise and bequeath unto the heirs at law of my beloved Son Orange Gaylord deceased the sum of one dollar lawful money of the United States.
Fourth. I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved Son and daughters towit:
Horace Gaylord, Lucy Gibson, Sylvia Griswold and Laura Sealey all and
singular my Estate both real and personal Estate to have and to hold unto
themselves their heirs and assigns forever to be equally divided between the
above named Horace Gaylord, Lucy Gibson, Sylvia Griswold and Laura Sealey
and their heirs and assigns forever and lastly I hereby constitute and
appoint Horace Gaylord and James Gibson Executors of this my Last Will and
Testament revoking and annulling all former Wills by me made and ratifying
and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In "Witness Whereof, I the said Lemuel Gaylord have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-eighth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two.
Lemuel Gaylord (Seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Lemuel Gaylord as and for
his last will and testament in presence of us who in his presence and in the
presence of each other and at his request have subscribed our names as
James Beatty, Samuel Browning,
Compiled by Mrs. George Spangler, Historian of Peoria Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Source: Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Published Quarterly by the Illinois State Historical Society, Springfield, Illinois. Vol. 14 April-July, 1921 No. 1-2.