E. Collin Woodruff Will, 1886, New Jersey

I, E. Collin Woodruff, of the city of Bridgeton, county 
of Cumberland, and state of New Jersey, being of sound 
and disposing mind, memory, and understanding, do make 
and publish this my last will and testament in the manner 
following, to wit:

First -- I direct all my just debts and funeral expenses 
to be paid as soon as conveniently can be done after my 
decease.

Second -- I give and bequeath to my daughter, Lucy Woodruff, 
one thousand dollars in cash together with the shares of 
stock of the Bridgeton Gas Light Company which I now own.

Third -- I give and bequeath to my son, Robert M. Woodruff, 
one hundred dollars in cash.

Fourth -- I give and bequeath to my dughter, Anna S.
Ware, wife of Harry C. Ware, one hundred dollars in cash.

Fifth -- I give and bequeath to my wife, Ruth S. Woodruff, 
such articles of household furniture
as she may desire.

Sixth -- I give and devise unto my said wife, Ruth S. 
Woodruff, all of the residue of my estate, both real and 
personal, for and during her natural ife and after her 
death I give and devise the one half part thereof to my 
said daughter, Lucy Woodruff, her heirs and assigns, and 
the remaining one half part thereof to my two children, 
Robert M. Woodruff and Anna S. Ware, wife of Harry C. Ware, 
aforesaid, their heirs and assigns to be divided between 
them in such portions as my said wife shall by will direct, 
and if my said wife make no such direction then said last
named one half part to be divided between the said Robert 
and Anna in the following proportions: three fourths thereof 
to the said Robert and one fourth thereof to said Anna.

Seventh -- I do hereby authorize and impower my said wife, 
Ruth S. Woodruff, either as residing legatee and devisee as 
aforesaid or as executrix hereof, if she shall deem it advisable 
at any time after my decease, to sell and dispose of any 
portion or all of my real estate, the proceeds of such sales 
to be held and enjoyed by her for and during her natural life 
and disposed of after her death as the residue of my estate 
is directed bo be disposed of in paragraph sixth preceding.

Eighth  -- I do hereby constitute and appoint my said wife, 
Ruth S. Woodruff, executrix of this my last will and testament.

In Witness Whereof, -- I, the said E. Collin Woodruff, have
 hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty first day of April, 
A. D. eighteen hundred and eighty six.

                        E. Collin Woodruff

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named E. 
Collin Woodruff to be his last will and testament, in the 
presence of us, who were present at the same time, and subscribed 
our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator and of each 
other.

                        Chas. B. Moore
                        W. A. Logne

Inventory Total:  $4,114.44, May 5th, 1888

Source:  Will of E. Collin Woodruff Cumberland County (New Jersey) 
Wills #4780F Proved April 20, 1888 and recorded in the Surrogat’s 
office of Cumberland County in Book 1 of Wills, pg. 91&c

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