I am very much in need of assistance from the Faler family online.
The Last Will and Testament of Absolom S. Swisher, written as A. S. Swisher,
was found and a copy obtained by Thomas William Rogers and his father Donald
Clarence Rogers from the Quincy, Adams County, Illinois Court House on March
5, 2002. (Will # 75 Adams County Illinois Court House ) It reads:
A. S. Swisher, of the County of Adams and State of Illinois being of
sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be
my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any
My will is, that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall, by my
execut here inafter named, be paid out of my estate so soon after my decease
as reasonably may be.
I give, devise and bequeath to Each one of my Children to have fifty
Dollars and for my Son O. K. Swisher to have my mules and my wife to have my
Brown Mare and for my Son O. K. Swisher to one half of my place and my wife
to have one half of my place hur lifetime and at my wifes Death my Son O. K.
Swisher is to have the rest of my place and if the Said O. K. Swisher and my
wife Conclude to have a Sail of my personal property and Divide the proceds
eacherly between them Sehrs and also i want my wife and my Son O. K. Swisher
to be Eackerly in all of the money that is left at my Death and allso if
eather of my Children Dies before tha get ther Share of my property thear
Share is to go to the rest of my Children.
And lastly I do nominate and appoint J. D. Hamelton to be the execut of
this my last will and testament. Signed the Third Day of March in the year of
our Lord One thousand nine hundred and Eight. Signed A. S. Swisher.
Witnessed by Gottlib Gabel and Ray E. O'Connor of Concord Twp, Adams County
Heirs Included in the Will:
October 22, 1910.
O. K. Swisher Clayton, Adams County, Illinois (Orustes Kent Swisher)
Henry Swisher Griggsville, Pike County Illinois
Mrs. Bert Faler, Camp Point, Adams County Illinois
Mrs. Cooper, Clayton, Adams County Illinois (Jeannie, Jennie, Virginia Ellen
Swisher married 1st Merritt Henry Cave, 2nd to Joseph Cooper)
Mrs. Dora Dunbar, Clayton, Adams County Illinois (Mary Eldora Swisher married
John Porter Dunbar)
James Burge (Minor %) (Hattie Swisher married a Burge)
Mrs. Bert Faler Camp Point, Adams County Illinois
Laura Banks (Minor %)
% Ed Banks Mt. Sterling, Adams County, Illinois
his only heirs at law, and that the legatees and devises under said will
are none other than the above named persons.
Certified October 29, 1910 by Henry ? and J. D. Hamilton
Seeking a Katie Ellen Cooper, daughter of (Jennie, Jeannie, Virginia
Ellen Swisher) who married at least four times, (Missouri/Iowa/Illinois most
likely places) to (Edmundson, Chrisman, Bauer and Egglestone). Had one or two
sons, and a daughter, before moving to California.
This Katie Ellen Cooper was born May 17, 1899 in Seymour Missouri in a
Covered Wagon. Population of Seymour Missouri at that time was only 388.
Katie Ellen Cooper is the daughter of Joseph Cooper. Joseph Cooper died in
Quincy Illinois April 6, 1948. (Am seeking a copy of the obituary notice). We
have not found where his wife, my great grandmother, is buried. Jeannie, or
Virginia Ellen (Swisher) married Joseph Cooper in an unknown location, but
probably Iowa/Missouri or Illinois.
This Joseph Cooper was adopted from a Dr. Davis in Quincy.
We are attempting to locate descendants of this Joseph Cooper and
Jeannie, to find photo's of Jeannie and possibly where Jeannie and Joseph
Cooper is buried. This Katie Ellen (Cooper) Edmundson, Bauer, Chrisman
Eggleson died on December 27, 1970 in Newhall California so her descendants
may be in that area today. I don't know her married name at the time of
death, but if an obituary could be found, it would help us find her
This is not going to be an easy task without help.
Thomas W. Rogers
P. O. Box 85
Deer Creek, Illinois 61733
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