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Alexander Meriwether Griffing
Charter members of the Grayville IOOF Lodge included: W.A. Griffing, ca. 1850.
Mary Frances (Fannie) Gray
Said to be first white girl born at Carmi.
Last Will and Testament of Frances M. Helm, deceased. Filed June 18th, 1889, John R. Kuykendall, Clerk, White County, IL. Recorded in Will Book A, at page 363, Probate Journal F page 522 and 523.
"I, Frances M. Helm of Grayville, White County, Illinois, do hereby make and declare this my last will and testament as follows:
1. I give and bequeath to my daughter Bertha G. Voigt one feather bed, my pillows and bed clothes and my set of black jewelry;
2. I give and bequeath to my niece Mrs. Sarah F. Eastwood my Japanese Robe and breast pin belonging to the set of diamond jewelry given to me by my deceased husband, Meredith Helm;
3. I give and bequeath to my niece Hellen G. Boyd my plush cloak, black and white silk dress, black lace mantel, light black and white silk dress, and an earring out of the set of diamond jewelry given me by my deceased husband Meredith Helm;
4. I give and bequeath to my niece Mary W. Helm an earring out of the set of diamond jewelry given me by my deceased husband Meredith Helm;
5. I give, devise and bequeath to my brother, William W. Gray, all the remainder of my property and effects real and personal of every kind and charcter to have and to hold in trust for the purposes hereinafter set forth, to wit:
Said W.W. Gray, trustee, as aforesaid, is hereby authorized and directed to sell my real and personal property in such manner and on such terms as he shall think best, and collect in outstanding notes and accounts and loan the same or invest in interest-bearing securities, and pay the interest accruing thereon annually to my daughter Bertha G. Voigt during the term of her natural life.
I hereby appoint my brother William W. Gray of Grayville, Illinois executor of this my last will and testament and request of the probate court of said county of White that no bond be required of him either as executor or as trustee as aforesaid.
I hereby revoke all former wills and declare this to be my last will and testament, this 4th day of May, AD 1889. Signed .... [Frances M. Helm]."
"We, Annie V. Helm and Sarah Butler of Grayville, Illinois, hereby certify that Mrs. Frances M. Helm signed the foregoing instrument of writing in our presence and declared the same in our presence to be her last will and testament and that we signed the same as witnesses at her request in her presence and int he presence of each other, this 4th day of May, AD 1889."
"I, John R. Kuykendall, Clerk of the County Court, within and for White County, State of Illinois, do hereby certify that the within and foregoing instrument of writing was duly presented in open Court for probate at the June Term 1889 of said Court to wit: on Tuesday June 18, 1889..."
Register of Deaths, White County, IL:
#16750 Frances M. Helm, white, female, 72 years 5 days, died 12 June 1889, 12:20 p.m., Grayville, IL, of general debility hastened by dyspepsice of four months duration, a widow, American, born in Illinois, burial in Grayville 14 June 1889, returned by physician Francis Ronalds, Grayville, IL.
P. Gray Griffing
DEATH: Age 8 months, 15 days.