I, William H. Cox, being of sound mind and disposing memory do make and publish this my last will and testament.
First. I direct my just debts, if any, and funeral expenses to be paid.
Second. I devise and bequeath the rest of my estate, real and personal to my live sons and only heirs at law, William H. Cox, Jr., and George L. Cox, and their heirs and designs forever.
Third. In dividing all or any portion of my estate between these my said live sons, in case they cannot agree shall submit the matter to arbitrators of live friends, one selected by each, and if they cannot agree they are to call in a third where award shall be final.
Fourth. I appoint and nominate my said sons, William H. Cox, Jr., and George L. Cox, Executors of this will and request that they be allowed to qualify without surety.
Fifth. It is my desire and I so direct that no inventory, appraisement, sale bill or settlement of their accounts in court shall even be required of my executors.
January 24th, 1885 Will. H. Cox
Signed in the presence of the undersigned, who attest in the present of the testator, and in the presence of each other, at the request of the testator. A. M. J. Cochran, Robert A. Cochran, John P. Phister
State of Kentucky, Mason County Court, February Term, February 9, 1885
All instruction of writing bearing date January 24, 1885 purporting to be the last will and testament of William H. Cox, deceased, was this day produced in court, and filed and proven by the oaths of Robert Cochran, A. M. J. Cochran and John P. Phister, the three subscribing witnesses thereto. Wherefore it is ordered that said writing be and the same is hereby allowed and established as and for the last will and testament of said William H. Cox, deceased, submitted to record as such. Thereupon William H. Cox and George L. Cox, the executors named in said will being in court agreed to undertake the execution there of and took the oath prescribed by law and ordered into and acknowledged bond with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, conditioned according to law without security as provided in said will which is approved by the court. Attest. W. W. Ball, Clerk.
William H. Cox, born September 24, 1820, died February 3, 1885. Elizabeth Russell, wife of Wm. H. Cox, born June 21, 1828, died November 9, 1862. Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.