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The Spiker Gazette
Oxford, WV                                                       Volume 3             Issue 9                                         September 25, 2009

Family Wills & Estate Auctions
Written by:  Melanie Fouse

     After seeing the pictures of the Spiker Buggy, (viewable in last month's edition of the Gazette) I wondered whom it belonged to first and how it would be kept in the family. Which Spiker descendant would be the next in line to “take up the reins” of preserving this family heirloom, or would it one day be sold at an estate auction? The only way to ensure this particular treasure would stay in our family is to put it in the owner’s Will. 

     While thinking of this, I remembered the copies of a Will and an estate auction Bill of Sale that was so generously given to me by Yvonne Haines, a reader of this newsletter and a contributor to the Spiker Family stories (read Yvonne's contribution by clicking here.)  She tried to scan them into her computer and email them to me but the ink was so faded on the original that even copies are hard to read and the scans nearly impossible to decipher. After emailing back and forth a number of times, she very generously went out and had them copied and mailed them to me. I reverently read over them and filed them away with my genealogy paperwork where they have remained untouched. Until now. 

     Remembering that I had these in my possession, I wanted to share them with all of you (links at end of article). The Will  is Quilly Manley Zinn’s and the estate auction’s Bill of Sale lists the possessions of John Zinn.  In case you need to be reminded of the line of descent, it goes like this…John Zinn, Quilly Manley Zinn, Marion Bukey Zinn to Gay Zinn Spiker. If you remember the tombstone hunt we went on, (read the article here) John’s tombstone is the special one with the tree carved into it depicting his family tree, with a branch for each of his daughters on one side and his sons on the other side. (You can view pictures of the original headstone and the new headstone erected by Brad Spiker by clicking here.)      

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     I’ve transcribed the records exactly as written in the record book, including the capitalizations and the repeated words. It’s slightly harder to read this way but is an accurate transcription of how it looks. After the death of an individual, his or her Will was brought into court where two of the witnesses swore that the document was genuine. After the Will was proved, the executor was bonded to carry out his duties to settle the estate. The court would then order the Will to be recorded. The Will and the Bill of Sale in this instance are in the same handwriting as the respective recorder’s, so I’m not sure if the signatures are actually those of the witnesses, etc. I assume the recorder just rewrote what was on the original Will itself. 

     I particularly enjoyed reading the estate auction record.  John Zinn died in 1848 but the estate sale wasn’t recorded until 1851, so I’m not sure what took so long. Of note in the Appraisals was the very first item on the list……"A gray horse (deceased) worth $10.00."  Laughing at this, I had to call Mom (Dean Spiker) to inform her but she reminded me that John and his sons had owned a tannery (for animal hides) so they were probably appraising something the dead horse could be used to make. Also, the widow, Ruth Gandy Zinn, had apparently collected some money from the sale before the estate bills were finally paid and it is listed in there that the "widow is indebted to the estate for $59.57". Thought that was interesting as well. A lot of the items were bought by his children but there are a few people from the neighborhood listed as having bought some items. You can read the transcriptions of Quilly Manley Zinn’s Will and the Estate Sale of John Zinn at the bottom of this page. 





  Submitted by Dean Spiker -- I had to share how proud I am of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  As many people know, Shelly's kids are active in 4-H and FFA.  They did exceptionally well in "showing" their animals this year but I was surprised to hear that Little Robby (Bub) did not show a pig.  He always excels in that category.  I was happy to learn the story behind this story.  As my granddaughter, Shelly, told us...We always try to help other 4-H and FFA kids by offering them the opportunity to show or learn, even when they don't have a place to keep an animal.  This year we had an FFA member that didn't have a place to keep a pig.  Bub and this girl are great friends.  He suggested the idea of keeping the pig at our place.  She would help by coming out to take care of it when she could.  Pigs do better in pairs, and since we have two hog pens, it wouldn't be a problem.  Rob and I agreed to the plan.  Well, her pig didn't grow out quite right this year and fair animals have to make weight in order to show and sell.  Her pig didn't make weight and Bub was upset.  So he traded pigs with her!  She ended up showing and taking 2nd in her class.  I'm so proud of him.  This was a wonderful thing to do and proves to my husband and me that the volunteer hours we put into these programs are so worth the lessons our children learn from the experience.




(Photo by Cathy Gregis)


  Submitted by Dean Spiker -- Jeff and his grandson, Derek, raised a lot of produce in their gardens this year.  There was no way Jeannie could freeze or can all of it and no way we could eat all of it so "Derek's Produce Stand" was set up on our front lawn.  When "shoppers" arrived, Derek would ride over to them on the four-wheeler, put out his hand and say, "Hi.  I'm Derek.  What's your name?  What can we do for you today?"  He's such a charming and professional businessman.  He is saving the money he's earning for a big purchase -- a go-cart.



(Photo by Jeannie Spiker)


  Submitted by Jeannie Spiker -- (As read in the Weston Democrat)  Six judges from the WV Conservation Agency recently toured the John Spiker Family Farm by tractor-drawn wagon as they worked to determine the WV Conservation Farm of 2009.  The farm was first selected as the West Fork Conservation District Farm of the Year and later named Area2 Conservation Farm of the Year.  The winner of the judging for the statewide award will be announced at the WV Conservation Agency's fall conference this October. 




Dates to Remember

September 1BIRTHDAY - Cruz Hayes
September 10BIRTHDAY - Conrad Larew
September 23BIRTHDAY -Alice Matheny
September 23BIRTHDAY - Kelly Hicks
September 25BIRTHDAY - Adreanna Hess
September 28ANNIVERSARY - Cathy & Larry Gregis
October 7BIRTHDAY - Tyler Weidlich
October 11BIRTHDAY - Rheanna Hess
October 12BIRTHDAY - Brada Stotts
October 14BIRTHDAY - Cameron Hess
October 16BIRTHDAY - Tayler Weidlich
October 16BIRTHDAY - Robby Curry
October 20ANNIVERSARY - Delene & Conrad Larew
October 21BIRTHDAY - Carigan Hayes
October 21ANNIVERSARY - Keri & Dana Hurst
October 22BIRTHDAY - Allison Spiker
October 23BIRTHDAY - Alice Spiker
October 24BIRTHDAY - Pete Deremer
October 28BIRTHDAY - John Bob Spiker
October 28BIRTHDAY - John Jacob Hicks


Last Will & Testament


QUILLY M. ZINN -- Last Will & Testament
Copy of original document submitted by Yvonne Haines
Transcribed by Melanie Fouse {transcriber notes in brackets}

___ day of March 1868          

WB 1 p. 455 

Paid Q.M. Zinn                       

         To Ls {unsure of this}     

         Last Will & Testament      


Teste J.M. Woods    Recorder

In the name of God Amen:

I Quilly M. Zinn of the County 
of Ritchie and State of West Virginia 
in being of Sound mind and 
deposing Memory make and pub 
lish this my last will and n

Testament.  1st I will and bequeath to my wife Lucy Ann Zinn and My Son Marion B Zinn all my real and personal Estate. The real Estate consisting in the farm upon which I now reside, containing Sixty Six and two thirds acres, and a tract of Thirty two and one third acres joining the Said Sixty and two thirds acres, each Situated on the Middle Fork of Hughes River Ritchie County.  The personal Estate consisting of all my household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils, Horses, Cattle, Sheep, hogs and poultry and all notes and accounts due me provided they pay all my my debts and funeral Expenses, and and they comply with conditions that be hereinafter mentioned.

2nd In Case My wife and Son Marion B. Zinn desire to divide the estate I will and bequeath my wife one third of both real and personal Estate, So long as She lives or remains my widow.  The real estate to be So divided that her third will include the house in which I now live, the garden the yard, the Orchard and all the out buildings, and my son Marion B. the other two thirds with conditions that will be hereinafter mentioned.

3rd After the death of My wife or after She ceases to be my widow I will and bequeath all the real and personal estate which She may die or Marry possessed of Shall descend to my son Marion B. Zinn {Zinn is marked out here} provided my Son Shall live with her and provide for her, So as to render her comfortable.   But in case my Son Marion B. Should not do so, I will and bequeath to any other one of my children, that will be hereinafter named the Said on  third

4th I will and bequeath to my other children as follows to wit:   To Mary M. Nutter Twenty five dollars to be paid on demand after the first day of March 1869.  To Cortez L Twenty five dollars. ($25 00/100)  Victory, Twenty {this is marked out} Trist Newton, Wesley W, Palestine, Noah, Columbia A, Martha D, Ulysses S, Grant, Fifty dollars each to be paid on demand after they become of Age by my son Marion B.  But in Case my son Marion B. does not, or does in part comply with the fore-going and wishes not to comply with my desire further, I will and bequeath to any other one of my children that will pay to him one hundred dollars. ($100 00/100) and refund to him what he has paid to those who have demanded and have received the Said two thirds.  In witness whereof I have hereunto Signed my name and affixed my seal this 20th day of March 1868.


Wm B. Zinn
Ezekiel Kelly
Fifty cent Inter
Revenue Stamp
here cancelled
Fifty cent Internal
Revenue Stamp



I Quilly M. Zinn make and publish this as a Codicil to my last will and testament to wit: I desire that my son Marion B Shall act as My executor in my last will and Testament and that he perform the duties as Such without giving bond for the performances of Said office.


Wm B. Zinn
Ezekiel Kelly
Q.M. Zinn
Recorders Office Ritchie County West Virginia
 August 12th 1868
The Last will and Testament of Q.M. Zinn was this day produced before me in my office and there being no objection to the probate of said will Thereupon  William B. Zinn and Ezekiel Kelly the Subscribing witnesses thereto duly appeared before me in my office and being sworn fully proved Said will Thereupon Said will is fully admitted to record
 Teste J M Woods Recorder
Ritchie County West Va.
A true Copy of the Order from the Order Book of the office aforesaid.
 Teste J.M. Woods Recorder
State of West Virginia  Ls {same as above. Unsure of this}
 I J.M.Woods Recorder
Of Ritchie County in the State aforesaid do certify that the fore going is a true copy of The Last will of and Testament of Q.M. Zinn,  together with the codicil, and certificate of Proof __  __ {unsure…looks like v c} thereto annexed  and I further certify that Said will had on it when admitted to probate one dollars worth of Internal Revenue Stamps Cancelled.  Given under my hand this 19th  day of August 1868
 J.M. Woods Recorder



Estate Auction Bill of Sale


JOHN ZINN -- Estate Auction Bill of Sale
Copy of original document submitted by Yvonne Haines
Transcribed by Melanie Fouse {transcriber notes in brackets}

Appraisment Bill of the Personal
Property of John W Zinn Dcd


1 Gray Horse (deceased)
1 Dun Colt
3 Yearling Calves
1 Spotted Cow
1 Cow & Calf
1 Spotted Cow 
1 Lot Sheep
1 Set Blacksmith Tools
1 2 Horse Waggon
   Interest in Wind Mill
   Interest in Cros Cut Saw
1 Mans Saddle
1 Pair Gears
1 Broad Axe
1 Set Carpenter Tools    
1 Sythe & hangings
   Mattock & Iron Wedge
1 Grind Stone
1 Shovel
4 Iron Kettles 1/150   2/100  1/ 2.25
1 Barrel
   Skillet Pot Tea Kettle
1 Horse Collar
1 Log Chain
2 Bridles & Martingals
1 Rifle Gun & Shot Pouch
1 Clock
1 Copy General View of the World
1 Set Queens ware
1 Chest
3 Bed & Bedding
1 Spinning Wheel
1 Axe
1 Loom
1 Old Axe





10 00
8 00
14 ~
1 25
5 75
1 00
1 00
1 00
8 00
2 00
1 50
3 00
1 00
7 00
1 50
2 50
60 25

We the undersigned appointed by the County Court of Ritchie certify that the foregoing is a true and correct appraisment of the personal estate of John W Zinn Decd shown to us by the administrator of said Zinn Decd

Peter Pritchard
Alexander Lowther
Thomas Ireland
George W Zinn Am
Of John W Zinn Decd

Virginia Ls {unsure of the Ls}

                                                I James McKinney Clerk of the County Court of Ritchie County hereby certify that the foregoing appraisment and sale Bill of the personal estate of John W Zinn Decd was presented by the administrator in open Court, at the May Term 1851 and examined thereby and ordered to be recorded. 

  Teste James McKinney Clerk
M Dotson Adm Dc  


G Stinchcomb







Pursuant to the annexed order of the County Court of Ritchie County made at the February term 1851 of said Court, I have audited the account, Vouchers &C of said estate in the hands of Manuel Dotson, administrator of said estate and beg leave to submit the following





It appears from the accompanying vouchers, that the sale bill amounts to- - - - - - $401.45
The Widow of G Dotson Dec took goods at the appraisment value - - - - - - - - - -193.19
Making the whole value of personal property - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 594.64

Amount of debts paid by the administrator which were duly authenticated as
will appear by the vouchers filed herewith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -129.73
                                    Leaving a ballance of   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  464.91
                                    Widows share of the above said  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 154.97
            amount taken by the widow at the appraisment    $193.19
            amount purchased by her at the sale  - - - - - - - -     21.75
                        making the amount of                                 214.94                            214.94
                                                Widow indebted to the estate                                       59.97

             Leaving the amount to be divided among the heirs

            After deducting the widows third of                                                            $309.94
                                                                                                Amount paid by
the Adm to John L Dotson, one of the heirs at different times                                  $56.11


Estate indebted to M. Dotson Adm for Seven days service as Adm - - - - - - - - - $7.00
Insurance of a mare to a horse  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - --3.00


To G Stinchcomb sitting with the administrator and making out report &c - - - - 3.00

Ritchie County Court, February Term 1851

                                                The appraisment bill of Thomas Dotson decd was this day produced in Court which being inspected thereby, the said is ordered to be filed and recorded and that G Stinchcomb is appointed to settle with the administrator
 A Copy From The minutes
  James McKinney Clerk

Virginia ls {ls is questionable}

                                    I James McKinney, Clerk of the County Court of Ritchie County certify that the foregoing report of the court to settle with the administration of the estate of Thos Dotson decd was produced in open court at the May Term 1851 which being inspected thereby the same was received and ordered to be recorded
  Teste James McKinney Clerk


Sale Bill of the Property of John W Zinn Dcd


O Preston Zinn                          1 Drawing Knife                                                  1 00
Hezekiah B Tharp                     1 Hand Saw                                                         37
G.W. Zinn                                4 Plains                                                                 1 25
John A Lowther                       1 Plow & Groove                                                  2 00
G.W. Zinn                                4 Augurs                                                               40
Granville Zinn                           3 Augurs ½ 1/8 ¼                                                 6
Thos A Nutter                          1 Tenant (Tenant maybe) Saw                             62 
Eliza Zinn                                  Hammer & Hatchet                                              25
Granville Zinn                           4 Turning Gouges                                                 34
H. B. Tharp                              3 Chisels                                                              55
G W Zinn                                 Compress Knife & Augur                                     25
Thos Ireland                             Pannel & Bead Plain                                             38
H. B. Tharp                              2 Squares & gage & (unreadable)                       20
Henry Haden                            1 Bench Screw                                                     41
Granville Zinn                           1 Broad Axe                                                         1 85
Eliza Zinn                                  1 Pair Gears                                                         50
G W Zinn                                 1 Pair Gears                                                          1 65
John C Nutter                           1 Saddle                                                               2 47
Eliza Zinn                                  1 Sythe & Suathe                                                  25
O. P. Zinn                                1 Saw & Shovel                                                     20
Geo W Zinn                             1 Waggon                                                              20 00
“   “   “                                      1 Set Black Smith Tools                                        5 00
Thos Ireland                             10 head Sheep                                                       7 50
Eliza Zinn                                  1 Gray Horse                                                        5 00
  “     “                                      1 Dun Coalt                                                           8 00
Henry Haden                            2 Yearling Calves                                                   9 62
O. P. Zinn                                1 Choice iron Kettle                                               2 50
Eliza Zinn                                  2    “    “      “                                                        1 00
H. B. Tharp                              1 Barrel                                                                 75
Eliza Zinn                                  1 Cow and Calf Black & white                              8 00
  “    “                                       1  “  Red  “                                                            8 00
G W Zinn                                 1 Rifle  Gun                                                           4 00
Velise Prunty                            1 Log chain                                                           1 51
O. P. Zinn                                1 Collar                                                                 1 00
Eliza Zinn                                  2 Axes  Mattock & wedge                                    1 00
  “   “                                        1 Bride & Martingal                                               31
H. B. Tharp                              1 Bridle                                                                 26
Eliza Zinn                                  2 Iron Kettle                                                         2 00
 “  “                                          1 Clock                                                                 1 00
  “   “                                        1 Cop Gen view of the world                                 25
  “   “                                        1 Bed & Bedding                                                   2 00
  “   “                                        1 Trunnel Do {guess}                                              50
  “   “                                        1 Large Chest                                                         50
  “   “                                        1 Set _____ ware                                                   50
Thos A Nutter                          200 feet oak plank                                                  75
Granville Zinn                           Interest in x cut Saw                                                1 00
Thos A Nutter                          1 Grind Stone                                                             50
                                                                                                                             108 01


George W Zinn


The following articles was appraised but not sold the widow keeping them in her 
possession viz:
 1 wind mill                                                       10  00
1 Loom                                                             2  50
1 Bed and Bedding                                            2  33
1 Cow & Calf                                                   10 00
Skillet Pot & Tea Kittle                                          10
1 Spinning Wheel                                                 1.50
1 Shovel                                                                 .25
Virginia Ls {Ls is questionable}

                                                 I James McKinney Clerk of the County Court of Ritchie County certify that the foregoing sale Bill of the personal property of John W Zinn Dcd was Presented by the administrator at the June Term of this Court & examined by the said Court & ordered to be recorded

  Teste James McKinney Clk 

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