The following was submitted by Michele
L. Buckholt Anderson of [tbd] for inclusion at the Genealogy
in Washington Co., PA web site in January 2000.
The following is a retyped copy of the will of Oliver Bidwell McAdoo as found
in the Washington County Courthouse, Washington, Pennsylvania. The same is found
in Volume 29, Page 278 of the will books.
WILL OF O. B. McADOO
I, Oliver B. McAdoo, being in poor health and realizing
the shortness and uncertainty of life, do hereby make my last will and
1st, I direct that I shall have a modest funeral,
corresponding with my circumstance and manner of life.
2nd, I direct that my personal property be sold, except
the household goods - which I give to my wife and the proceeds used to pay my
funeral expenses and just debts, and that whatever remains from the sale of said
property after the above obligations are satisfied, shall be given to my wife,
Florence M. McAdoo, to use as she may see right and proper.
3rd, I direct that the surface of my two farms, with all
coal and mineral rights except the Pittsburg vein of coal, be appraised
separately by competent qualified appraisers, and that my oldest son, Allen C.
McAdoo, shall have the right to buy the home farm, 190 acres, more or less, and
my second son, Robert E. McAdoo, shall have the right to buy the farm upon which
he now resides, 68 acres, at the price fixed by the said appraisers. Each to be
given give (yes, that is what it says) years to pay for same, at an interest
rate of five per cent on all back payments. Should one or both elect not to
accept the said farms at the price fixed by the appraisers, than my son, John W.
McAdoo, shall have the right to accept either farm on similar terms and
conditions. If none of my sons should see fit to accept the above farms, I
direct my executors to sell said farm or farms to the best and highest buyer,
and further direct that they shall be allowed three years, if necessary, to
dispose of same in. I also direct that the deeds for both farms shall be made
subject to the usual coal rights for the sale and removal of the above mentioned
Pittsburg vein of coal under said farms.
4th, I give and bequeath to my wife, Florence M. McAdoo,
all income from the surface of my two farms, before they are sold, less the
taxes on each, and repairs necessary to keep the same in good condition; and the
interest of the money which they bring when sold, which I direct shall be
invested in some standard security, and held in trust by my executors during her
life-time. Should it be found that the above mentioned income was not sufficient
to keep my wife in plenty and comfort, I authorize my executors to use the
principal, as her needs may direct.
5th, I direct that at the death of my wife the money
remaining from the sale of the above land shall be equally divided between my
five children, Allen C. McAdoo, Robert E. McAdoo, Mrs. Dessie A. Jones, Mrs.
Leanora Carson, and John W. McAdoo, share and share alike.
6th, Disposition of Pittsburg vein of coal:
I direct that the Pittsburg vein of coal under the above
farms be held for a period of five years, unless the coal surrounding the same
should be sold before this time shall have elapsed. The taxes to be paid by
borrowing, and giving said coal for security. At the end of this period the coal
may be sold, as determined by a majority of the heirs. The money received from
the sale of this coal, I give and bequeath to my five children named above, and
my wife, to be divided into six equal parts, share and share alike. The deed of
said coal to contain the right of removal and passing through for the other
minerals underlying said vein of coal. The above income from surface of farm and
share of coal money is given to my wife in lieu of, and upon condition that she
waive her dower rights in my estate. In case my wife should die before the coal
is sold, I direct that her share be divided equally between our five children.
7th, I direct and instruct my executors to hold
in trust the principal of my son, John W. McAdoo's share in my estate, until he
is twenty-five years old.
8th, I desire to make mention of the partnership
between myself and my son, Robert E. McAdoo, the same beginning and ending in
the fall of the year; his share of the partnership includes one-fourth of the
grain and crops, and one-fourth of the increase of the sheep.
9th, I appoint and direct my son, Allen C. McAdoo
and Joseph M. Timmons to serve as my executors.
Signed this 27th day of April, 1916 ------- O.B.
Witnesses: J.A. Rogers
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
Washington County, SS:
BE IT REMEMBERED, That upon this 16th day of June
1916 before Boyd C. Parshall the foregoing attached will of O.B. McAdoo,
deceased, who, after being duly qualified according to law, depose and say: That
they were present at the execution of said Will -saw the testator sign the
same-heard him publish it as and for his last Will and Testament; that they at
his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, subscribed
their names thereto as witnesses; and at the time of the doing thereof said
testator was of sound, disposing mind, memory and understanding, to the best of
the affiants' knowledge and belief.
E. M. Jones
Sworn and subscribed before me,
Boyd C. Parshall, Register.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,
Washington County, SS.
Personally appeared before me, Boyd C. Parshall,
Register for the Probate of Wills & in and for the County of Washington,
Pennsylvania, Jos. M. Timmons who after being duly qualified according to law,
deposes and says, that O.B. McAdoo late of Donegal Twp. Died on the 28th day of
May 1916, between the hours of 8 and 9 o'clock, a.m.
Jos. M. Timmons
Sworn to and subscribed before me,
This 16th day of June 1916
Boyd C. Parshall, Register.
AND NOW, June 16, 1916, It being adjudged that
said Will has been duly proved, Letters are issued to Allen C. McAdoo and Joseph
M. Timmons in said testament named, who were duly qualified.
Boyd C. Parshall, Register.