I only know my grandfather through secondary sources: He died before I was born. The same is true of my Father and his Grand-father. In talking with my mom about the upcoming F.M.Goossen reunion I started thinking about what his grandfather was like. I searched for Heinrich Goossen (1824-1906) online, and right off found a record of him in a Kansas Will and Probate database.
Here is the transcription:
Last Will and Testament of Heinrich Goossen.
In the Name of God: Amen
I, Heinrich Goossen, of sound mind and sober judgement, mindfull of the fact nevertheless, that our human life is short and uncertain, declare and publish this my last will and testament:-
1. After my death, all my debts shall be fully paid out of the person and Real property of which I may die possessed. Also any and all doctor bills and funeral expenses.
2. My property consists of the following assets;- The South Half of the South West Quarter of Section 27- Township 20 – Range 2 East of the 6th Principal Meridian, on which there now is a mortgage of $300.00.
On July 20th 1885 I gave to my son Heinrich Goossen in Russia as part of his inheritance the sum of 150 Russian Roubles – he is to remain in peaceable possession of this until the time of my death – provided there be added to this sum interest at six per cent per annum from July 20th 1885 to the time of my death, and this interest is to be considered as part of his inheritance paid to him.
On November 15th 1897, I gave to my daughter Maria Krause, nee Maria Goossen the sum of $135.00 as part of her inheritance, to bear interest at 6 per cent per annum from said date until the time of my death, the accruing interest to be added to said sum of $135.
On November 13th 1897, I gave to my daughter, Justina Janzen, nee Justina Goossen the sum of $45.00 as part of her inheritance, to bear interest at six per cent per annum from said date to the time of my death, the accruing interest to be added to said sum of $45.
My sons Frank H. Goossen and Jacob H. Goossen have so far received nothing by way of inheritance.
Now, it is my wish that after my death, my five children, viz: Heinrich Goossen, Maria Krause nee Goossen, Granz H. Goossen, Jacob H. Goossen and Justina Janzen nee Goossen or their legal heirs shall all inherit equally, share and share alike of all the property remaining after my decease, including the amounts already advanced with interest thereon as above described.
3. I hereby name and appoint my son Franz H. Goossen as the executor of this my last will and testament, and request that he be accepted and confirmed by the probate Court of this county and state without bonds.
4. After the foregoing statements and dispositions of my personal and real assets had been read to me and translated to me in the German language, without any duress or undue persuasion but of my own free will and accord I affixed my name and seal thereto and declare this as my last will and testament this 25th day of November A.D. 1900 at Hillsboro, Kansas.
Heinrich X Goossen
Witnesses to signature