I John Whitehouse of Kewanee in the County of Henry and State of Illinois do hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit:
1st It is my will that all of my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid.
2nd After the payment of my said debts and funeral expenses I do hereby devise and bequeath all of my property of whatever kind or nature, real, personal or mixed, equally to my children, Benjamin Whitehouse, Roseanna Lamb, Mary Ann Stanley, Simeon Whitehouse, Sarah Earley, Eliza Lamb, George Whitehouse, Issiah Whitehouse and Joseph Whitehouse to be held and enjoyed by them and their heirs share and
share alike and should either of my said children die before I do I desire such deceased childs share to go to his or her children or heirs.
I make no provision for my wife in case she survive me because she has sufficient property of her own to support herself and does not desire any of my estate.
3rd I do hereby nominate and appoint William Stanley sole executor of this my last will and testament revoking all other wills by me made and confirming this and no other.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of August AD 1877.
Signed, sealed and published and declared, by the said John Whitehouse as and for his last will and testament, who executed the same in our presence and we signed the same as witnesses in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other, the day and year above
Charles K. Sadel of Kewanee
George W. Lyndon of Kewanee
(Thanks to Madelyn Stanley Edwards for transcribing and forwarding this to me~thanks CUZ!!)