In the name of God, Amen:
I, Bartholomew Kiefer, of Ste.
Genevieve County and State of Missouri, being of sound mind and
disposing memory, do make this my last will and testament hereby
revoking all my former wills.
First, I direct that my funeral expenses and all just debts be paid.
Second, I give and bequeath all my real estate and personal property
that I may be in possession of at the time of my death, to my son Frank
B. Kiefer, under the following condition:
He will have to pay my funeral expenses and all just debts, and pay to children and grand children, in order as follows:
One year after my death, to Barbara Bauman, wife of Henry Bauman, Two Hundred Dollars.
Two years after my death to Mary E. Gisi, my grand-daughter and daughter of Elizabeth Gisi, Two Hundred Dollars.
Three years after my death, to my six grand-children, and children of
Frank and Theresia Bauman, Two Hundred Dollars, equally divided.
Four years after my death, to Mary E. Schleuter wife of Wm. Schleuter, Two Hundred Dollars.
Five years after my death to Sev Kiefer, Two Hundred Dollars.
Six years after my death to Joseph Kiefer, Two Hundred Dollars.
Seven years after my death to my grandson Edward Kiefer Two Hundred Dollars.
Should my said son Frank B. Kiefer not be satisfied or not willing to
take my said real estate, and personal property upon said conditions,
then it is my wish that all my personal property and rest estate shall
be sold, and the proceeds divided equally among my children and
grandchildren alike to wit: Barbara Bauman, Mary E. Gisi, Annie H.
Schleuter, Sev. Kiefer, Jos. Kiefer, Edward A. Kiefer, Frank B. Kiefer,
and the six children of Theresia Bauman to receive as much together as
one of the others.
I hereby appoint Sev Kiefer executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness, I have hereunto set my hand this 16 day of April A. D. 1899.
Signed, published and declared by the above named Bartholomew Kiefer to
be his last will and testament in the presence of [ ] who at his
request and in his presence, and in presence of each other, have
hereinto set our hands and signatures as witnesses Thereto
Since I have made the above will Joseph Kiefer has disappeared or died.
Therefor I give and bequeath the two hudnred dollars of Joseph Kiefer to his
three children to be divided equally.
Given under my hand this 28th day of February 1900.
Bart (X) Kiefer
Witness Charles Staab