The Will and Probate of Robert Arbuckle, (1821-1895)

The will of Robert Arbuckle:


I Robert Arbuckle of Wadena in the County of Wadena and State of Minnesota being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefor make, ordain, publish and declare this to be  my  LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT.

FIRST–I order and direct that my Executor hereinafter named, pay all my  just debts and funeral expenses as soon after my decease as is conveniently may be.

SECOND–After payment of such funeral expenses and debts, I give, devise and bequeath all my property both real and personal that I may be possessed of or own at the time of my decease.  To my two sons John Alexander, and Peter McNiven, subject to the following bequests: – that said two sons, Peter McNiven and John Alexander, shall pay or cause to be paid to each of my daughters, Mary, Agnes and Maggie a sum of money equal to one tenth of my estate within three years after the date of my decease with interest on each tenth as aforesaid at its rate of seven per cent per annum from the date of  my decease until the time of such payment.

LASTLY–I make, constitute and appoint Thomas Robb and August Golz to Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me  made.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed  my seal, the 25th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five.   Robert Arbuckle (seal).

THIS INSTRUMENT was, on the day of the date thereof, signed, published and declared by the said Testator Robert Arbuckle  to be his Last Will and Testament in our presence, who at his request, have subscribed our names thereto as witnesses, in his presence, and in the presence of each other.

Signed by Louis Erickson residing at Wadena, and I.E. Boroken residing at Wadena, Minn.


Probate of the will of Robert Arbuckle:



Robert Arbuckle


THE PETITION OF John Alexander Arbuckle of Wadena in the County of Wadena and State of Minnesota respectful represents that Robert Arbuckle lat of Wadena in the County of Wadena State of Minnesota, deceased; that said deceased died on the 27th of February A.D. 1895, at the County of Wadena testate, as petitioner believes; that the instrument in writing herewith presented to this Court is thte Last Will and Testament of said deceased, as petitioner believes; and that Thomas Robb of Otter Tail Co. Minn and August Golz of Wadena named and appointed in and by said Last Will and Testament as executor thereof.  That the names, ages and residences of the heirs and devisees of the decedent so far as known to your petitioner, are as follows:  Peter McNiven Arbuckle, age 26 years residence Wadena, Minn. John Alexanader Arbuckle, age 21 yrs, residence Wadena, Minn.  Mary Philo aged about 38 yrs. residence Linden (sic) Wash, Agnes Crabtree, age about 35 yrs residence Linden (sic) Wash, Maggie Bolden, age about 32 yrs, residence Alden Iowa, Daniel Arbuckle age about 40 yrs, residence Richwood, Minn, Robert Arbuckle Jr age 36 yrs residence Wadena Minn. Andrew Arbuckle age 28 years residence Deer Creek, Minn, Jeannie Walker age about 48 yrs residence Staples, Minn, Janet Davidson  age about 37 yrs, residence Wadena, Minn William Arbuckle age about 48 resides at ——– Ontario, Ethel Keith age 34 yrs resides at Leaf Lake, Otter Tail County, Minn.

That the probable value of the personal property of the estate is: Three Thousand ——-DOLLARS.

That the probably value of the real property of the estate is ————————DOLLARS and its character is as follows:

That the name of the executor named in the Will are Thomas Robb, and his residence is Croftors, Otter Tail Co. Minn and August Golz residence Wadena, Minn.

YOUR PETITIONER THEREFORE PRAYS  that said Will may be proved and allowed as the last Will and Testament of said Robert Arbuckle deceased, and that letters of administration with the Will annexed, be granted to said Thomas Robb and August Golz. 

Dated at Wadena this last day of March A.D. 1895.  (signed) John Alexander Arbuckle


Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, WA, February 14, 2012

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