Last Will and Testament of Thomas Gilshannon
of Clinton County Iowa
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The will of Thomas Gilshannon of the Township of Elk River, Clinton County Iowa

Thomas Gilshannon being in feeble health but of sound mind in this the seventy-fourth year of my age do make and establish this as my last Will and Testament  (looks like) In fairness?  I give to my wife Bridget Gilshannon one third in value of all of my real estate to wit:  The South East Quarter of section number Fourteen in Township number 83 North of Range number six East of the 5th P. M. Also the South West one fourth of Section number 8 in Township number eighty three north of Range number Seven East of the 5th P. M.  Said one third to be all taken from the land in Section Fourteen.  Town 83 r{6} s? as included the dwelling house and farm buildings thereon. Also:  The property regarded as Exempt under the Code of Iowa and which the law specifies and also after by debs are paid.  The one third of the proceeds of my personal property as the Code aforesaid provides.

Second The remainder of said real Estate above described that is the two thirds in value thereof I give to my children
Ellen M. Allen, Thomas Gilshannon, Elizabeth Gilshannon, Catherine Gue???, Bernard Gilshannon, Mary Gilshannon, Henry Gilshannon in equal shares to be divided by them as they may seem see best and proper. {In the above devises, the land taken by the C. M. & S &? P Rail Way is not included so long as the same is used by said Rail Road Company}
I also give to the aforesaid children the two thirds of the proceeds of my personal property after my debts are paid in equal shares between them as they seem best.

Third- As there is a Mortgage of one Thousand dollars on a portion of the land herein devised given to
Mrs. Louise Behines? by myself and wife, I direct my executor being after named as soon after my death as practicable to sell as much of  my personal Estate as he may deem proper to pay said Mortgage aforesaid on or before the same becomes due.  And also sell such other personal property as may be necessary to pay debs expenses  and including a suitable Tomb Stone for myself and my daughter Nancy Gilshannon who died in June 1882.

Fourth I appoint
G. A. Griswold my Executor in the Township of Elk River Clinton County Iowa in order to carry into effect the provisions of this Will. 
Signed by me on this second day of April A. D. 1883.
Thomas Gilshannon

State of Iowa
Clinton County
William Kreim, clerk of the District Court in and for said County do hereby certify that on this day at the April Term A. D. 1888 of said Court the will and instrument in writing hereunto annexed and bearing date in the 2nd day of April 1883 was duly proved before and allowed by said court as and for the last will and testament of the real and personal estate of Thomas Gilshannon late of said County deceased and was by said Court ordered to be recorded as such will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto at my hand and affixed the seal of the court at my office in Clinton in said County this 17th day of April A. D. 1888.
William Kreim, Clerk
D. R. Markham Deputy Clerk