Orsemus Sackett, Will
I Orsemus Sackett, of the city of Grand Rapids in the county of Kent and state of Michigan being now of sound mind and memory and mindful of the uncertainty of life, do make and publish and declare this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills, if any, by me at any time heretofore made, in manner following that is to say:
Paragraph number I.
I direct that all my just debts and my funeral expenses be paid.
Paragraph number II.
I give, devise and bequeath unto my sons Jacob Edwin Sackett, of Montreal, Canada, Henry Ackley Sackett, of San Francisco, California, and Fitch Carl Irving of Brooklyn, New York, the sum of One Dollar ($1.00) each.
Paragraph number III.
I give, devise and bequeath unto my nieces Anna Sackett and Eva Sackett of Croton, Newaygo Co., Michigan, my open faced gold watch and my amethyst ring to be divided between them as they shall agree.
Paragraph number IV.
I give devise and bequeath unto my grandchildren Geraldine Irving and Byron Irving of Brooklyn, New York, and my great grandchildren Althea Gertrude Wade, Julia Adeall Wade and William Sherman Wade of Hurley, Wisconsin, and my nieces, Eva and Anna Sackett of Croton Newaygo Co., Michigan, their heirs and assigns all the rest residue and remainder of my estate real, personal or mixed of which I shall die seized or possessed or to which I shall be entitled at my decease, and wherever the same may be situated, and I direct that the said residue and remainder of my estate shall be converted into money as speedily as is consistent with best interests of my estate, and this and all other monies belonging to my estate, after complying with paragraph I of this instrument shall be deposited in the Peoples Savings Bank, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and kept with the accumulations of interest and principal for the period of nineteen years, at the end of which period it shall be distributed equally between my said grandchildren great grandchildren and nieces. I also direct that in case of the death of any of my said grandchildren, great grandchildren, or nieces, her or his share shall be distributed equally among the survivors.
Paragraph number V.
I hereby nominate and appoint Charles B. Kelsey of Grand Rapids, Michigan to be the executor of this my last will and testament.
Paragraph number VI.
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of May A.D. 1896.
Orsemus Sackett (L.S.)
We hereby attest that the foregoing instrument was at the date thereof, in our presence, signed, sealed, published and declared by Orsemus Sackett the above named testator to be his last will and testament and we have at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, signed our names as witnesses thereto, this twentieth day of May A.D. 1896.
Howard L. Mowrer, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
John Patton, Jr., Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Orsemus Sackett, Probate
State of Michigan, County of Kent
At a session of the Probate Court, for the County of Kent, holden at the Probate Office, in the city of Grand Rapids, on Saturday the 26th day of September in the year 1896.
Present Cyrus E Perkins Judge of Probate.
In the matter of the estate of Orsemus Sackett Deceased.
Friday, Sept. 25 having been assigned, by an order of this Court, for hearing the petition of Charles B. Kelsey praying, amongst other things, for the probate of the instrument heretofore filed in this Court, purporting to be the last will and testament of said deceased, and said hearing having been adjourned until this day. Now comes into Court the said petitioner and Jacob E. Sackett by Carroll, Turner & Kerwin, his attorneys, and files written objections to the probate of said will. And it appearing to the Court by due proof on file that a copy of the order of this Court, touching the hearing of said petition, made on the 22d day of August last past, has been duly published as herein directed, whereby all parties interested in the premises were duly notified of said hearing.
Whereupon, Howard S. Mowrer, one of the subscribing witnesses to said instrument, appeared in Court, and made oath that he saw the said Orsemus Sackett at the city of Grand Rapids in said county of Kent sign, seal, and heard him publish and declare the said instrument to be his last Will and Testament, and that he and John Patton, the subscribing witnesses, at the same time attested the same, and subscribed their names as witnesses thereto, in the presence of each other, and of the said Testator and at his request, and that he was then, according to the discernment of said deponent of sane mind.
And it further appearing that said deceased last dwelt, and had his residence in, and was an inhabitant of Grand Rapids in said county, and there died.
And the evidence touching the premises being maturely considered, it satisfactorily appears to this court, that said instrument is duly proved, and ought to be allowed as the Last Will and Testament of said deceased.
It is Therefore, Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed by the Court, That said instrument be approved, allowed, established, and have full force and effect, as the Last Will and Testament of said deceased, and that the same be recorded as required by law.
And it is further Ordered, That the execution of said Will be committed, and the administration of the Estate of said deceased be granted to Charles B. Kelsey Executor in said will named, who is ordered to give bond in the penal sum of Two Thousand Dollars, with sufficient sureties, as required by the statute in such case made and provided, and upon the same being duly approved and filed, the Letters Testamentary do issue in the premises, and that one year and six months be granted in which to settle said estate.
Cyrus E. Perkins
Judge of Probate.
Probate Court, County of Ramsey, Minnesota
The Petition of Charles B Kelsey of Grand Rapids in the County of Kent and State of Michigan respectfully represents:
That Orsemus Sackett late of the city of Grand Rapids in the State of Michigan lately died testate in Grand Rapids.
That the said Charles B Kelsey was appointed executor of said Will.
That the said Will was on the 26th September 1896 duly admitted to probate by the Probate Court of the county of Kent and letters testamentary thereon duly issued to said Charles B Kelsey.
That the said deceased died possessed of certain Real property situated in the said County of Ramsey, the value whereof does not exceed the sum of $600 on which the said Will may operate.
That your petitioner herewith presents a duly authenticated copy of said Will, and the probate thereof and requests that the said Will may be allowed by and admitted to probate in this Court, and letters testamentary issued thereon to Charles B Kelsey in accordance with the statutes in such case made and provided.
The names and residence of all persons interested in the estate of said deceased, either as legatee, heirs at law, or next of kin of said deceased, are as follow, viz:
Jacob Edwin Sackett, Montreal, Can.
Henry Ackley Sackett, San Francisco, Cal.
Fitch Carl Irving, Brooklyn, NY.
Anna Sackett, Croton, Mich.
Eva Sackett, Croton, Mich.
Geraldine Irving, Brooklyn, NY.
Byron Irving, Brooklyn, NY
Althea Gertrude Wade, Hurley, Wis.
Julia Adeall Wade, Hurley, Wis.
William Sherman Wade, Hurley, Wis.
Eva Sackett, Croton, Mich.
Anna Sackett, Croton, Mich.
[Eva & Anna were listed twice]
Dated 12 October 1903.