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Last Will and Testament of Ernest E. Shaw, Deceased.

       In the name of God, Amen.

       I, Ernest E. Shaw, of Jefferson County, Mississippi, being above the age of twenty-one years, of sound and disposing mind and memory, aware of the uncertainties of life and the certainty of death, do hereby make, publish, ordain and declare this to be my true and lawful Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all prior Wills or Codicils which I may have heretofore executed.

      Item One:  As soon as practicable after my death it is my desire that all my just debts be paid.

      Item Two:  It is my Will that I be buried in the Union Church Cemetery in a steel casket or in a casket set in concrete; and that a suitable monument, to cost not over $500.00, be erected at my grave.

      Item Three:  To Vernon Shaw, Purvis Shaw, Pete Shaw, Leta Shaw, Alma Shaw, and Annie Shaw, being six of the children of my deceased brother, T. A. Shaw, I hereby Will, devise and bequeath, as tenants in common, share and share alike, all my right, title, and interest if every character and kind, in and to the land left by my deceased sister, Mag Shaw, except only the “Mag Shaw Home Place” which I have heretofore quit-claimed to Ab Shaw.

      Item Four:  To my cook, Mary Lehman, who has worked for me for many years, in lieu of wages which she has allowed to accumulate and remain in my hands for safekeeping, I hereby Will, devise and bequeath the sum of Six Hundred ($600.00) Dollars in cash, and also the house and yard which she now occupies, together with four acres of land South of said house, and an outlet to the public road.

      Item Five:  It is my express desire that no descendant of my deceased sister, Leila Shaw McCallum, or of my deceased brother, William Shaw, is to receive any portion of my estate.  I hereby, for reasons sufficient unto myself, expressly and specifically disinherit each and every descendant or heir of the brother and sister in this item named.

      Item Six:  All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, and all other property of every character and kind, real, personal or mixed, and wheresoever situate, of which I may die seized and possessed, I do hereby Will, devise and bequeath to Sidney T. Shaw of Newellton, Louisiana, hereby constituting and making him my sole and universal residuary legatee.

       Item Seven:  I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint the said Sidney T. Shaw of Newellton, Louisiana, Executor of this Will, and do hereby waive the giving of any bond by him as such.  I also waive inventory and appraisement of my estate and I also waive the filing of any accounts, annual or final in any Court.  The said Sidney T. Shaw is to have entire charge of the balance of said property and he may sell, mortgage, or dispose of same in the same manner that he could use any other property belonging to him, and he need not procure any order of Court therefore, nor shall he be required to execute the statutory bond of a residuary legatee.

In witness whereof, I, Ernest E. Shaw, have hereunto set my hand and have declared this to be my true and lawful Last Will and Testament in the presence of Frank V. Davis and Marjorie T. Smith, subscribing witnesses, who, at my request, and in my presence, and in the presence of each other, have signed their names as such subscribing witnesses, this the 17th day of August, 1937.

                                                    /s/  Ernest E. Shaw



We, Frank V. Davis and Marjorie T. Smith, subscribing witnesses, do hereby certify that we saw Ernest E. Shaw sign his name to this instrument and heard him declare same to be his true and lawful Last Will and Testament, that he was then above the age of twenty-one years and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and that we, at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto signed our names as subscribing witnesses.

This the 17th day of August 1937.

                                                    /s/ Frank V. Davis

                                                    /s/ Marjorie T. Smith


Recorded April 9, 1940

O. S. Gillis, Chancery Clerk


E. E. Shaw died on April 5, 1940 in a hospital in Vicksburg, MS.  He was buried according to his wishes in the Union Church Cemetery. 

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