Will of Jonah M. Woodbery, Gadsden County, Florida

Submitted October 2007 by Minnie Shuler of Bristol, FL. She has two notes. There was one son who had already
received property and was not listed in the will - Traube Hinson Woodbery (her grandfather), listed as a son in the
1885 State of Florida Census. She also notes that Johnnie E. Woodbery is the second wife of Jonah M. Woodbery
and had only one child, Mable Pearl Woodbery, who died young; all children named are the children of Matilda
Caroline Hinson, first wife of Jonah Milton Woodbery, Jr.

Page 470, Book for the year 1929, Probate Records in Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida

Last Will and Testament of Jonah M. Woodbery, deceased
In the name of God, Amen: I, Jonah M. Woodbery of the County of Gadsden, and State of Florida, being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, hereby revolking and annulling all wills heretofore made by me, in manner following, that is to say:

First. All of my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid as soon after my death an may be conveniently done.

Second. I will and bequeath to my wife, Johnnie E. Woodbery for her support and maintenance for and during her life or until she may remarry all of the real and personal property of which I may die seized and possessed.

Third. Upon the death or re-marriage of my said wife, Johnnie E. Woodbery, I will and bequeath all of the real and personal property which may not have been consumed by my said wife for her support and maintenance as follows: one part to my daughter, Hattie Gee; one part to my daughter, Berta Ellinor, one part to my daughter, Minnie Irena Johnson; one part to my son, Washington Woodbery; one part to my son, C. H. Woodbery and one part in equal shares to John A. Sylvester, J. H. Sylvester and Katherine Sylvester, children of my daughter, Katie Sylvester, deceased. Should any of my children or grandchildren die before my estate shall have been divided the part devised to them shall go to thier children and in the event that any of them shall die without heirs, their portion shall become a part of my undivided estate and shall be divided among my children and grandchildren in portions as stated above.

Fourth. I do hereby appoint my wife, Johnnie (begin page 471) E. Woodbery and my son, Washington Woodbery, sole executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby give them full power to sell and dispose of and convey as fully as I could do myself any or all of the real estate of which I may die seized and ppossessed, whither at public or private sale and upon such terms as may seem best to them and to deliver to the purchaser or purchasers deeds of conveyance for same, and in like manner to dispose of any personal property of which I may die seized and possessed and to deliver the same over to the purchaser or purchasers, and I do hereby relieve the said purchaser or purchasers from any and all responsibilty as to the application of the proceeds from such sales. In the event of the death of one of my said executors the one surviving shall exercise the same powers and right as granted above to both. I do hereby expressly provide that my said executors or the one surviving shall not be required to give any bond as said executor or executors as to make any appraisement of my estate or settlements through any court.

In testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 20th day of June, A. D. 1927.
Jonah M. Woodbery (SEAL)

The above, instrument consisting of one page as at the date thereof, signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Jonah M. Woodbery, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have subcribed our names as witnesses thereto.
N. B. Jordan
Mark W. Munroe
L. D. McMillan
Filed Oct. 4th 1929
Paul S. Thomson, County Judge

Page 472 Proof of Will
In Court of County Judge, Gadsden County, State of Florida
Estate of Jonah M. Woodbery, deceased
Personally appeared before me, Paul S. Thomson County Judge for the County aforesaid, L. D. McMillan one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing paper writing, who being duly sworn, declares and says that Jonah M. Woodbery did, in his presence, sign, seal and publish the foregoing paper writing as and for his Last Will and Testament; and that he, the said witness, signed the same as a subscribing witness, at the special request of said testator; and that the said testator signed said paper writing in the presence of N. B. Jordan and Mark W. Munroe, and this affiant, who likewise signed said paper writing, as subscribing witnesses, in the presence and at the request of the testator, and also in the presence of this affiant, and that he verily believes said paper writing to be the true Last Will and Testament of said testator. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of October A. D. 1929 Paul S. Thomson, County Judge
L. D. McMillan
Filed October 4th 1929 Paul S. Thomson, County Judge
Page 473 Application for Letters Testamentary
In Court of County Judge, Gadsden County, State of Florida
Estate of Jonah M. Woodbery, deceased
To the honorable Paul S. Thomson, Judge of said Court:
The petition of Jonnie E. Woodbery and Washington Woodbery respectfully showeth that they are residents of Gadsden County, State of Florida; that on the 17th day of May A. D. 1929, Jonah M. Woodbery of Gadsden County Florida, in said Gadsden County, departed this life at his house, leaving a last will and testament duly signed and attested, as your petitioners believe, which they now present to your Honor for probate; that said testator in said will nominated your petitioners, Jonnie E. Woodbery and Washington Woodbery executor and executrix thereof; that your petitioners reside near Quincy and they are willing to accept and undertake the trust confided to them in said will.
Wherefore, your petitioners pray that the said will here presented may be admitted to probate, and Letters Testamentary thereon may be issued to them after proper hearing and proof, and that all other orders necessary may be made.
Washington Woodbery
Jonnie E. Woodbery
State of Florida, County of Gadsden

Jonnie E. Woodbery and Washington Woodbery being duly sworn, say that the foregoing petition by them subscribed is true.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of October, A. D. 1929 Paul S. Thomson, County Judge
Filed Oct. 4th 1929 Paul S. Thomson, County Judge
Page 474 Oath of Executor
In Court of County Judge, Gadsden County, State of Florida
In re the Estate of Jonah M. Woodbery, deceased.
Before me, Paul S. Thomson, County Judge of said County, personally appeared Jonnie E. Woodbery and Washington Woodbery who, being by me first duly sworn say that Jonah M. Wodbery late of the County of Gadsden and State of Florida died on the 17th day of May A. D. 1929, leaving his Last Will and Testament and that they, the said deponents were named therein as Executor and Executrix thereof. That they will fiathfully discharge the duties of Executor and Executrix aforesiad; well and truly perform the said Last Will and Testament; pay the just debts in which the said Jonah M. Woodbery, deceased stood bound, so far as the assets will extend and the law directs; render to and file in the County Judge's Court of said County of Gadsden a just, true and perfect inventory and account of all and singular the estate of said Jonah M. Woodbery deceased, and of their administration thereof when thereunto required.
Washington Woodbery
Jonnie E. Woodbery

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of October, A. D. 1929.
Paul S. Thomson, County Judge
Filed October 4th, 1929
Paul S. Thomson, County Judge