This week's Treasure is the 1896 :Petition to Prove Will" document that is in the estate file for Elling Eriksen Natvig (1820-1896) in the Dane County, Wisconsin probate records:
The part of the doucment that provides the death date is:
The transcription of this portion of the document is (handwritten portions in italics and underlined):
PETITION TO PROVE WILL
State of Wisconsin, Dane County Court.
TO THE SAID COURT:
The petition of T.S. Leland
of the town of Deerfield, County of Dane, State of Wisconsin,
respectfully represents and shows:
That Elling Erickson Natvig, a resident of the town of Cottage Grove,
County of Dane, State of Wisconsin, died testate on or about the 15th day of March
189 6, at the town of Cottage Grove in the County of Dane ,
State of Wisconsin, as your petitioner is informed and believes.
That the instrument in writing, bearing date the 2nd day of September 189 5 ,
herewith presented to the Court is the last Will and Testament of Said Elling Erickson Natvig
deceased, as your petitioner believes.
The source citation for this document is:
Dane County, Wisconsin, Dane County Probate Records, "Dane County Probate Records, Box 159 - 160," Box 160, images 1076 to 1108 of 1335, Estate of Elling Erickson Natvig records, image 1077, petition of T.S. Leland, 1896; "Wisconsin, Wills and Probates, 1800-1987," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 10 September 2015).
The death date is not included in any of the Wisconsin death indexes found online on Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org.
Elling Eriksen Natvig (1820-1896) is the second great-grandfather of my wife, Linda (Leland) Seaver.