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Here is his will, courtesy of Clive Jones.
WILL OF JOHN HOLTOM
In the name of God Amen the 29th day of July anno domini 1687 and in the third yeare of the reigne of our Soverigne King James the Second of England and Realm. I John Holtome of Cherington in the County of Warwicke, Yeoman being weake in Body but of a disposing memory (thanks be to God) doo make & ordayne this my last Will and Testam't in manner for me following:
First I give & bequeath my soule to Allmighty God my Creator to Jesus Christ my redeemer by the merrits of whose death & passion I do verily believe to be saved, my Body to be buried in the Parish Church Yard of Cherington aforesaid and my worldly roods I give as followeth:
I give & bequeath unto Debora my loving wife that part of my dwelling house called the hall, the chamber over the hall and half the garden, a half part orchard and part of the rickyard & barns to lay and thresh her corn in the term of her life. I give & bequeath allsoe unto Debora my loving wife my three quarters of a yard land here to foore called Slyes for the term of her life and one third part of the cropp. I give & bequeath unto my son Nicholas Holtome & the heyre males of his body and that my one yard land which I lately purchased of Thomas Lucy Esq; and my other three quarters land after my wifes decease and the other part of my house & my holestall unbequeathed and two parts of this present cropp of corn, hay & grain & my wife's 3rd part with all my implements of husbundry carts, plowes & stock of cattle,he the said Nicholas paying all my debts & legacies here afternamed, but if it a case he shall refuse to pay it within three months next after my decease then my will is that he shall have noe benefitting by this my last Will & testam't.
I give & bequest unto my Son Thomas Holtom fourty pounds.
I give & bequest unto my Son Joseph Holtom twenty pounds.
I give & bequest unto Debra Holtom my daughter thirty pounds.
I give & bequest unto Anne Holtom my daughter thirty pounds.
Item: my will is that if my son Nicholas Holtome shall not have heyre male of his body then I give and devise unto my son Thomas Holtom after my son Nicholas & my wifes decease, all my dwellinghouse and holestall my yard land & three charters of a yard land & to his heyres for ever, and if it should soe happen that if my son Nicholas should have noe son and one daughter then my will is that my son Thomas shall pay unto that daughter fifty pounds & if two daughters sixty pounds equally to be divided betweene them. Item: all that remains of my goods & chattels what so ever unbequeathed I give & bequeath unto Deborah my loving wife whom I doe make the sole Executor of this my last Will & Testam't. Sealed & published in the prescence of:
Antho Dickins John Holtom his mark X
Richard Godson The day & year above written.
Inventory appraised 7th October 1687. By Antho Dickins, Stephen Garrett & John Mason X his mark.
Note N506 Index
She is described as Deborah's youngest daughter in her will of July 16, 1705. As well she has the last name Attwood. There was a Thomas Attwood who married a Sarah Holtum on April 4, 1703, so I am going to assume that it was her.
There is a burial for an Anne Attwood, wife of Thomas Attwood buried January 1, 1752. I have used that date.
Note N507 Index
Her place of birth comes from the 1920 census re her son James.
Note N508 Index
Here is her obituary:
Delphos Republican, May 17, 1901
The funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Hoover, whose death by
accident the Republican last week noted, was held at the
M.E. Church in Delphos Saturday at 3 p.m. May 11,
1901 with sermon by G.S. Smith.
The pall bearers were by request members of the GAR
post here. H.S. Warren, Ed. Ferguson, A.D. Geren, N.L.
Burr, Chas. Neumann, Jno. Brown, Glasco.
Mrs. Hoover was born in Monroe County, Ohio
Sept 23, 1823. Her husband, Richard Hoover, to whom
she was married in 1848, died in the army in September,
1864. Ten children were born to them of whom five are
now living. The death of her husband left her with eight
small children with whom she moved to Kansas and
onto her present farm in 1872. The five children are:
Mrs. Joe Maring, Salina; Mrs. William Haley, Meredith;
David Hoover, Parkland, Okla., Mrs. D. Overacker,
Ripley, Okla., and Amanda, living on the farm. Mrs.
Hoover united with the Christian Church in her youth
and lived close to its teachings during the remainder of
She was held in high esteem by all who knew here,
and her death comes as sincere bereavement to all.
Coroner Phillipson and Deputy Sheriff Reed were called
Friday on an inquest, and rendered a verdict of
accidental death in accord with the details as here
published last week.
No blame attached to the young boy, Arthur Haley,
in whose hands the gun was when it was discharged, and
his grandmother met her death. He had been shooting
crows for a day or two about the place, and the morning
of the accident, he with his grandmother was outdoors,
Arthur to shoot more crows and his grandmother to drive
some hogs from the yard. In some unaccountable
manner the shotgun was prematurely discharged, the
load striking the grandmother under the right shoulder.
She sank to the ground and died in a very few minutes.
May 10, 1901
MRS. ELIZABETH HOOVER IS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT AND
DIES IN TWENTY MINUTES.
Early Thursday morning May 9th, 1901, Mrs. Elizabeth
Hoover, living on her farm 8 miles northwest of
Delphos, was outdoors about some work in the yard. Her
grandson, Arthur Haley, a lad of fourteen, son of William
Haley, was handling a shotgun. The boy didn't know the
gun was cocked, but on his handling, the gun was
discharged, the contents striking his grandmother just
below the right shoulder, inflicting a terrible wound
from which she died in a very few minutes.
Mrs. Hoover lives on her farm with her daughter, Amanda. Her grandson, James Haley, son of Wm. Haley, her son-in-law, whose home is on Pipe Creek, was living there and working the farm. Jimmie's brother, Arthur, who was handling the gun, was over helping with the work. Mrs. Hoover was carried unconscious into the house, and Jimmie, nearly crazed with grief, came to town, sent Dr. Aplin out, and went to break the news to his parents on Pipe Creek. Dr. Aplin went immediately, but the unfortunate woman was dead before he got there. It is another of the awful tragedies that so frequently occur in connection with unloaded guns, and this one, in one of our oldest and best known families, is very greatly deplored by all, and sincere sympathy is extended. The funeral will probably occur Friday.