Do you have a copy of Rachel's death certificate? I have never seen one. She had two sisters..one was my great grandmother and the other was also married to Charles Bowman. I don't think either of the two Bowman wives had children but my greta grandmother Jane "Jennie" has two sons. I always wondered why both sisters married Charles. He had a business in Baylis and all her family was there so I wondered why he and she moved to Missouri. Her father Charles left very little to her and the bilk to his "loving" daughter Jane Jeffers.
Will of Charles Winterbotham
filed May 6 1915 county clerk Pike filed in book G of will records pages 64-68 W.S. Binne County Clerk
------For the reason that my beloved daughter Jennie Jeffers has at all times exhibited to me her love and affection for me and because her care, attention and affection has in a degree has relieved the lonesomeness of my latter years, I give and devise to Jennie Jeffers the sum of $4000. This legacy is for the express purpose of showing my appreciation of the care and attention bestowed upon me by my said daughter.
I give and devise to Hallie Calvert the sum of $1500, to Iva McClintock and Frances Hollingsworth, daughter of D.G. Seybold of Seattle Washington $100. (If they were not living at the time of his death the money would go to Jennie Jeffers' children) The legacies given in this clause are made in recognition of the kindness and attention I take pleasure in remembering. I give and devise to my beloved daughter Jennie for the term of her natural life the following described real estate....in Baylis Pike Co. (description of property follows) and it states she must buy insurance from a reputable company and replace any building which may become damaged by fire or wind. At her death and not until her death the real estate shall vest in her children. If her children predecease her then Rachel Bowman would inherit the property. If one child of Jennie dies before her the share of the property would go to children of the deceased child. If Rachel was dead then the property would go to Mary Seybold, the Church of the Denomination of the United Burthen of Christ of Baylis Illinois, the Methodist Epis. church of Baylis, and the Presbyterian church of Baylis share and share alike. The balance of notes and cash shall be divided between daughter Rachel and Jennie share and share alike. If one dies, the other gets her share, if both are deceased, the children of Jennie Jeffers gets all. The legacies must be paid in order mentioned and in no case shall the money be obtained from real estate to pay legacies. I give all other property not mentioned to Jennie Jeffers. Jacob Stauffer was made executor and paid $50
Signed Nov 5th 1909
In March 1911 he added a codicil
Rachel Bowman was to rec. the sum of $500 and no more.
Hallie Calvert will rec. an additional $500
Jennie Jeffers was now made executrix and appointed L. T. Graham an attorney and friend as legal advisor for the will
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