No. 8060--Dec. 13, 1876.


Will.--SIGNATURE OF WITNESS.--Where a will appears to have received only a partial signature by attesting witness, as, for instance, the

first name or initials; and the last name does not definitely appear to have been actually traced (either with ink or pencil), the

execution of the will is imperfect and the probate should be denied.


Construing section, C. C., 1276.



H. A. Powell, for widow.


M. C. Hassett, for executor.



By the COURT: In this case the witness, Joseph P. Jones, wrote his name. The other witness, William H. Ford, wrote the abbreviation Wm. And the first down stroke of the initial H. The second down stroke of the H. is indistinct but discernible; and the signing stopped, as if the ink creased to flow. Some faint marks as if of a pen point are discernible through a powerful glass, where the name Ford should have been, but no letter can be traced. It is not a case of faded ink, but of failure to write. No person can tell from an examination of the paper whether the witness; name of William H. Ford or William H. Smith, or William H, anything. The word Ford is an essential part of the witness; name. Under these circumstances I must find that the witness Ford did not sign his name as a witness, and it consequently follows that the proposed will of Feby 24, 1876, was not properly executed and is not the will of deceased. The paper of Feby 14, 1876, is properly executed, and is the will of deceased.




Transcribed by Pat Seabolt.

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