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Hodge Probate Records
John A. Hodge died December 5, 1898, in Crittenden County, Kentucky, and was buried in the Union Church Cemetery. His will, a transcript of which follows, leaves his estate to his second wife, Isabelle "Ebie" Hodge and to their children, Jewell Jackson Hodge and Dona Frances Hodge. The odd mention of son "Kird" in this document undoubtedly makes reference to Henry A. L. Hodge, his only surviving child by his first wife. No explanation has been found as yet to explain why he refers to his oldest son in this manner.
Will Book 1, Page 315
John A. Hodge Will
I, John A. Hodge of the County of Crittenden and State of
Kentucky being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last
will and testament, to wit
Second. I devise and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my Estate both real and personal to my wife Ebie Hodge and to my two children, Jackson and Donie Hodge. Said wife to hold during her life time one equal interest with my two children, Jackson and Donie, and her interest to revert to the within children at her death to have and to hold forever.
Third. I nominate and appoint my wife and our son, Jackson Hodge, the Executors of this my last will and testament without bond, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. As my son Kird. has already received from me more than I can be able to leave my younger children herein named, I demand that my Executors give him five Dollars which shall be his part of my Estate. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 6th day of September A.D. 1898.
John A. Hodge
Signed, Sealed, published and declared as and for his last
will and testament by the wtihin named testator in our presence who have, at his
request and in his presence and in the presence of each other signed our names
as witnesses thereto.
I, D. Woods, clerk of the Crittenden County Court, certify
that the foregoing instrument of writing was produced in open Court on the 12th
day of December 1898 (that being the Regular December term of said court) and
proven by the oaths of Eliza Jane Hicks, M. C. O'Hara & Eva Kirk, three of the
subscribing witnesses thereto to be the last will of said Decedant John A.
Hodge, whereupon the [court] ordered & adjudged that said instrument of
writing be as and for the last true will & testament of said John A. Hodge,
deceased. Whereupon I have duly recorded the same [in the] Book of Wills
in my office. Given under my hand this 16th day of Dec. A.D. 1898.
On motion, Mrs. Ebie Hodge & Jackson Hodge, Executors named in & appointed by the will of John A. Hodge, Deceased, appeared in open Court and accepted the trust imposed by said Will and took the oath as required.....