Location: Oakland, Alameda, California, United States
Be it remembered that I Charles W Emery, of the City of Oakland, County of Alameda and State of California, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say:
I hereby direct my Executrix to pay all my just debts and funeral charges as soon as my be after my decease.
I give, devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife,Caroline F Emery all the residue of my estate whether real, personal or mixed, wherever found and however situated and I hereby constitute and appoint her Executrix of the Will without bonds, and I direct that no inventory of my estate be taken. Provided however, that in case her death should occur before my own, and I for any reason should be unable to make another will before my own decease, or if her death simultaneously with my own, or if her death after mine during which ?? time, she, for any reason does not make a new will, my estate shall be disposed of as follows:
I give to my sister Betsy M Emery Balcom the sum of One hundred dollars and my own mother’s silver teaspoons
I give to my brother Clarence F Emery, One thousand dollars including the amount then due on a note which I hold against him.
I give to my nephew and namesake, Charles Emery, Five hundred dollars.
I give to each of the other surviving children of my brother Clarence F Emery One hundred dollars.
I give to my cousins Mary Maude, Abbie Josephine and Mittie Louise Emery, my books, papers, fixtures bric-a-brac, etc., to be divided among them as they may agree.
I give to Mary Maude Emery my grandfather’s desk
I give to Abbie Josephine Emery my old fashioned wall clock.
I give to Mittie Louise Emery my High Chest of drawers which have come down to me from my great grandmother M.C.Crillis.
I give to the above named Mary Abbie and Mittie the balance of my silver not otherwise herein disposed of.
I give to Hattie S Avery <called Emery> one hundred dollars.
I give to my nephew Harry E Foster and to my niece Ruth Foster my insurance in the order Woodman of the World <if in force at that time) in equal shares.
I give to the surviving children of my sister Betsy M Balcom and of my brother Clarence F Emery my other existing insurance in equal shares.
Nothing in the preceding sections is intended to interfere with my wife’s free disposition of my estate should she survive me and be of sound and disposing mind and memory.
Witness my hand and seal this 24th day of June 1898
-- Charles W Emery --
Signed, sealed and disclosed by the said Charles W Emery to be his last Will and Testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto. Alfred H Brown Wm G Coteryll Joseph G Clough