"In the name of God amen ++++++++++ I Joseph BARTLETT, being of sound and disposing mind; but being feeble in physical health and in view of the uncertainty of life and of the certainty of death, and being desirous and anxious to make a right and proper disposition of all my worldly effects while yet I have the power, mind and strength so today do, make, and publish this my last will and testament, - that is to say + + + +
First, It is my desire that all my just debts be paid.
Second, After paying all my just debts of whatever nature, I will and bequeath into my son John BARTLETT or if he should die before me, into his heirs - that is to say heirs of his body, and unto the heirs of my daughter Mildred SHANNON, the said Mildred being deceased and the heirs herein last mentioned to mean the heirs of her body, and to the heirs of my son William and unto the heirs of my son Nathan both of whom are now deceased and meaning always the heirs of their bodies, and always excepting from this bequest my grand daughter Minnie CAMPBELL daughter of my son Nathan, for whom I make other and special provision herein, The sum of one dollar, which sum of one dollar to be equally divided between the heirs of my daughter Mildred SHANNON, William BARTLETT and Nathan BARTLETT all now deceased and my son John BARTLETT or in case he could die before I do, then unto his heirs as hereinafter mentioned.
Third, In order to prevent controversy in reference to a proper construction of this my last will and testament I do her now declare that the foregoing bequest is all that I wish, intend or design, after mature reflection, to will, bequeath or devise unto my said children or their heirs, save and except the special bequest hereinafter made to my grand daughter Minnie CAMPBELL, daughter of my son Nathan BARTLETT.
Fourth, I will, bequeath and devise unto my beloved grand daughter Minnie CAMPBELL, daughter of my son Nathan BARTLETT, and unto the heirs of her body, the following property both real and personal. Namely, Lot number four (4) in Block number one (1) on the west side of Main Street in the town of Oakville in Live Oak County in the State of Texas, according to the map of said town now on file in the County Clerk's office of said county. Also all horses or horse stock branded thus 60 of which I may die possessed of.
Fifth, I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Ann BARTLETT who during many years has been my only comfort and stay, who has taken care of and nursed me and attended me in sickness, the homestead now occupied by myself and my wife Mary Ann, and comprising Lot number one (1) and one half of lot number twelve (12) in Block number one on the west side of Main Street in the town of Oakville in the County of Live Oak State of Texas, also all cattle of which I may die possessed of or to the possession of which I am lawfully entitled, also all other personal property and claims, credit and choses in action whether in possession or expectancy.
Sixth, I herewith appoint my said beloved wife Mary Ann BARTLETT sole executrix of this my last will and testament and I here now direct that no bond or other security be required of my said executrix and that no action in the Probate or County Court or in any other court in reference to the settlement of my estate, except the probate of this my last will and testament and the proper filing of the inventory and appraisement of my estate.
Seventh, I hereby revoke and rescind all former wills heretofore by me made .
In testimony whereas I hereunto sign my name in the presence of E. LILY, J. HINTON and J. F. LEISERING on this the twenty eight day of February A.D. 1880.
(Signed) Joseph BARTLETT
Witnessed by: E. LAWLEY, J. HINTON, J. F. LEISERING
Filed May 6, 1880 by his attorney T. H. CHURCH.
Probated on May 18, 1880 and Recorded June 21, 1880.
Note: Mary Ann was Joseph’s 2nd wife, his first wife Elizabeth, died in Henderson Co., TX between 1850 and 1853.