Wills - NJ - 1901 - George H. Sickles

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Wills - NJ - 1901 - George H. Sickles

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George H. Sickles Will

It Was Offered For Probate Last Friday

It Left the Bulk of the Estate to Fred Sickles and His Wife- A Caveat Filed Against It- The Matter to be Heard by the Chancellor

The will of the late George H. Sickles of Navesink was offered for probate in the chancellor's court at Trenton last Friday. It is said that Mr. Sickles ordered the will destroyed before his death. The will gives to Albert Sickles , a son of George Sickles, two shares of stock in the Second national bank of Red Bank, and all the rest of the estate is left to Fred Sickles and his wife Euphemia as long as they shall live. After their death the property is to be divided equally among all of George H. Sickles's children.

A caveat was filed at Freehold against the will, and the chancellor has issued notices to all the parties in interest to appear before him and state their objections to the probating of the will. The will is opposed by all of Mr. Sickles's children except Fred. These children are William, John I., Omar and Albert Sickles and Mrs. Addie Davis wife of Frank J. Davis.

The deed by which George H. Sickles, shortly before his death, gave Mrs. Fred Sickles the homestead farm, is being contested in the chancellor's court. It was to bring the deed and will both before the same judicial court that the will was probated at Trenton. If the deed is sustained it will make very little difference whether the will is sustained or not, since almost the entire estate is conveyed by the deed. If the chancellor holds that the deed is valid and was given for a proper legal consideration, then the farm becomes absolutely the property of Mrs. Fred Sickles; while if the deed is declared invalid and the will is sustained, then the property will go to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sickles as long as they shall live. At their death it will revert to the other children of George H. Sickles or their heirs.

As in most family contests over property, there is a very bitter feeling manifested, and both the deed and the will will be contested until the highest courts in the state decide on their validity.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Mar 27, 1901

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