Monday, February 18, 2013

Amanuesis Monday - Charles A. Cubbage, Last Will and Testament

Amanuesis Monday is a daily blogging prompt from which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvania Dutch.


               I, CHARLES A. CUBBAGE, of the City of Monessen, County of Westmoreland and State of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind, memory and understanding, do herby make and declare the following to be my Last Will and Testament, herby revoking all other Wills by me heretofore made.

               ITEM I: I direct my hereinafter named executrix to pay all of my just debts and funeral expenses.

               ITEM II: I give, devise and bequeath unto MARIAN B. CUBBAGE, my daughter, all of my property, real, personal and mixed, of whatever kind or nature, or wherever the same may be at the time of my decease.

               ITEM III: I hereby constitute and appoint Marian B. Cubbage, my daughter, executrix of this my Last Will and Testament to act without Bond.

               IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Charles A. Cubbage, the testator above names, have hereunto set my hand and seal this Sixteenth day of March, A.D. 1939.

[Charles A. Cubbage signature] (SEAL)

Signed, published and declared by
the above names, Charles A. Cubbage,
as and for his Last Will and Testa-
ment in the presence of us, who,
have hereunto subscribed our names
at his request as witnesses thereto
in the presence of the said Testator
and of each other
[GH Frich signature]
[Margaret Belavich signature]

Charles A. Cubbage, my great-grandfather, signed his will exactly five weeks before he died on 20 April 1939. His wife had died less than a year before and I do not know if he had another will before this one. Both his obituary and death certificate state that he had been ill since December, and the death certificate listed the cause of death as myocarditis and coronary disease.


Charles' will was filed in Westmoreland County, PA on 5 May, 1939.

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