The following is from Belmont County Ohio Wills, Vol. 16, page 71; proven
12 Oct 1891:
WILL OF JOHN TOLBERT, DECEASED
"In the name of the benevolent Father of all I John Tolbert
of Goshen Township Belmont County Ohio, being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament.
"Sec. 1 I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Ianthy Tolbert, in her own right and title House and lot no. thirteen
in the south addition to the town of Fairmount, O. (Burrs Mills).
"2nd. I desire and
direct that after paying my just debts and funeral expenses, that my beloved wife Ianthy Tolbert have full and entire
control of my Estate both real and personal during her natural life.
"3d. At the decease
of my beloved wife Ianthy Tolbert I desire and direct that my entire estate except the house and lot herein - before named,
be sold and after paying the following special bequests to the parties named wiz: to my son Alonzo M. Tolbert ($90) ninety
dollars, to my son Alben A. Tolbert ($90) ninety dollars, to my son Eurastus F. Tolbert ($65) sixty five dollars, to my son
Francis A. Tolbert ($40) forty dollars, to my son Elmer A. Tolbert ($90) ninety dollars, and to my grand daughter Anna L.
Tolbert when she shall have arrived at the age of eighteen years, one hundred dollars, and if she should not live to need
it then said amount to be equally divided between my heirs.
"4th after paying the
foregoing special bequests, to the parties herein before named, then I desire and direct that the residue of my estate be
equally divided among my heirs as though the foregoing special bequests had not been made, I hereby appoint my sons William
M. and Fenton B. Tolbert.
"Executors of this my last will and testament.
"Attest: L.S. Thompson John his X mark Tolbert
"Signed by him in our
presence and by us in his presence and in the presence of each other this 24th day of August 1884.
William S. Walker