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New Jersey Wills - 1900 - George H. Stout
George H. Stoutís Will
Echoes Of His Trouble With His Son George, J. E. Ralph Made the Executor of the Will, With Instructions to get Certain Family Mementoes from Young George
Among the wills probated at Freehold last week was that of George H. Stout of Atlantic Highlands. Mr. Stout had lived at Chapel Hill for many years and he subsequently moved to Atlantic Highlands. In his younger days he had been a reporter for several of the New York papers and he held a very responsible position of the New York SUN in the days when Moses Y. Beach was the principal owner of that paper. Mr. Stout had served many of the New York papers with special correspondence for many years and he was for several years the Middletown correspondent of THE REGISTER. Several years before his death Mr. Stout turned his real estate over to his son George with the understanding that his son was to care for him for life. This his son failed to do and for a time Mr. Stout was an inmate of the poorhouse, he going there voluntarily, he said, because he could get better care and treatment there than he could outside. He had spent a great deal of money on his sonís education, and had even sent him abroad in order to complete his education in the finest schools of Europe. His son, at the time Mr. Stout went to the poorhouse, claimed that he would have cared for his father, but that his father was not deserving of being cared for. A suit was subsequently begun by Mr. Stout against his son, which was decided in Mr. Stoutís favor, but the case carried up on appeal and at the time of Mr. Stoutís death it had not been decided. A number of these things are alluded to in Mr. Stoutís will, which is as follows:
In the name of God, amen.
I, George H. Stout of Atlantic Highlands, N. J. being of clear mind and memory do declare the following writing as fully indicating my last wishes of will and testament, relative to the disposal of my slender earthly possessions, viz.:
I request a plain, simple burial in my lot in Bay View cemetery.
I give and bequeath to my dear friend, Mr. Edward Oakes, my fountain pen, also to him my Dewav bible, presented to me by Rev. T. A. Roche.
I give and bequeath to my dear friend, Mr. Charles P. Sears, my cornelian, steel and white styluses, (unreadable) books, carbonized sheets and japanned tables.
I give and bequeath to my friend, William S. Morris, all my clothing except such as may be required to enshroud me at the beginning of my long rest.
All the remainder of my property, I give, bequeath and devise to my dear friend, Mr. Joseph E. Ralph except in two contingent bequests to be mentioned in lines to follow, for his own use, his (unreadable) assigns for all time; said property partly consisting of my burial lot in Bay View cemetery, which I own by purchase from my own means, and in which lot my deceased wife nor any other person ever possessed ownership, since my purchase of it.
Note, The deed of said lot I handed to my son George, to take care of for me, but I never transferred my interest in said lot to him or to anyone else.
I give and bequeath also to Mr. Joseph E. Ralph my books, stocks etc., (the latter probably valueless); also to the said Joseph E. Ralph all my right and interest in a suit on a contract with my son, now pending in appellate court on appeal from a judgment in my favor in a justiceís court, together with all other sums due to me under said contract with my son from date of suit, about July 25th, 1897, to the date of my death, such contract now being in the possession of the appellate court; and from the result therefrom, if the appeal should be in my favor and collected, to pay for himself ten dollars owing to him by my son for my board at Mr. Ralphís Commercial hotel, and for such other small debts I personally owe to Mr. Ralph, the amount thereof to be and to remain unquestioned by any person; and further, to pay some other small sums due to those most needing payment of the sums loaned me in my trouble, a record of which is to be found in two memoranda books in my coat pockets.
The ebony cane that I carry belongs to Mr. Wm. Atering, I having given it to him some time ago and borrowed it afterward.
I request my executor hereinafter to be named to seek to recover from my son, my wifeís wedding ring and my ring that my wife presented to me, and which being broken, I intrusted to my son to have repaired, letting him have the wedding ring as a guide to size.
I also request my executor to seek to secure the return from my son of a small gold opera glass watchchain charm, containing microscopic pictures of myself and my deceased wife, said rings and charm being stolen from me by my son George, who has paid no attention to my repeated demands for their return. I request my executor to resort to even summary measures to secure possession of those articles, and if he should be successful, I give and bequeath the rings to Mrs. Joseph E. Ralph and the charm to Mrs. Edward Oakes as token of my esteem for their individual kindness to me in my misfortunes.
I hereby appoint Mr. Joseph E. Ralph as my sole executor of this my last will and testament.
Witness my hand and seal this 18th day of January, 1898. GEO H. STOUT
Witnesses: Rutsen S. Snyder, Charles R. Snyder.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, July 25, 1900
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