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New Jersey Wills - 1902 - William I. Conover
The longest will probated last week was that of William I. Conover of Marlboro township. Mr. Conoverís wife died some years ago and he leaves two married daughters, Anna Bowne Longstreet, wife of Henry C. Longstreet; and Marion Alma Baird, wife of Alexander H. Baird. Mr. Conover made Senator Charles A. Reed of Plainfield trustee and executor of the will. A number of special bequests were made by Mr. Conover. To his granddaughter, Elsie C. Longstreet, he gave a gold locket containing the pictures of her grandparents, an enameled suit of bedroom furniture and his violin and violin music. Mr. Conover expressed the wish in connection with this bequest that his granddaughter become an accomplished violinist. To his grandson, Morris Schanck Longstreet, Mr. Conover gave all his wearing apparel and his game pictures. To his son-in-law, Alexander H. Baird, he gave his two guns, his gunning apparatus and his hunting dogs. To his other son-in-law, Henry C. Longstreet, he gave his horse, buggy and harness. To his daughter, Anna Bowne Longstreet, he gave his gold watch and chain, his bloodstone ring, his horse blankets and his goatskin robe. To his other daughter, Marion Alma Baird, he gave his piano, his music, his diamond scarf pin, his cooking stove and fixtures, his buffalo robe and his old-fashioned clock. Whatever other jewelry he left is to go to his grandson, Morris Schanck Longstreet. The books in Mr. Conoverís library, his silverware, his cutlery and other table ware, his china ware, his beds, bedding and all other household goods, furniture and kitchen utensils are to be divided equally between his two daughters. The farm itself and all other property left by Mr. Conover is to be held in trust by the executor and the income arising from the estate is to be divided equally between his two daughters. At the death of both daughters the estate is to be divided among their children, the children of each daughter getting one-half of the estate. In the remote contingency that both daughters should die and that none of their descendants should be living at the time of their deaths, the estate is to be divided among Gilbert VanMater, William VanMater and Lydia VanMater, children of Mr. Conoverís first cousin, Nellie VanMater of Philadelphia. The executor is given full power to sell any of the real estate at any time he sees fit to do so, and the money arising therefrom is to be put out on bond and mortgage. He is also given liberty to mortgage the estate, but the mortgages put on the property must never be more than the amount of any mortgages which may be on the estate at the time of Mr. Conoverís death. The will was made September 10th, 1900. The witnesses were William Hyres and S. C. Cowart.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Feb 19, 1902
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