Grand Prairie Historical Society BULLETIN Page 43
THE UNRECORDED WILL OF MARY IMBEAU
"I, MARY IMBEAU, being desirous of disposing of my worldly
Effects as seemeth good unto me and being of sound mind and memory,
do make and Establish this my last Will and Testament as follows,
To Wit: first I order that my Body be decently burled and that all
my just debts be paid after which I order that the Sum of Four
dollars each be paid to my Daughters MARY, ELLENOR, PALEGIA and JUDIC.
That is to say to the said MARY LAROSE four dollars, to ELLENA
JARDELAS four dollars, to PALEGA IMBEAU four dollars and to JUDIC
TAYLOR four dollars. After which I give and bequeath unto my other
children To Wit CATHERINE IMBEAU, JOSEPH IMBEAU, DELILA IMBEAU and
FRANCIS IMBEAU the whole of the balance of my Estate after paying
the forementioned MARY, ELLINOR, PALEGA and JUDIC the aforesaid Sum
of four dollars Cash consisting of the Residence on which I now
reside, my Interest in my House and lot in Arkansas Post and Stock of
Cattle — To be Equally divided amongst them, that is to say, the
said CATHERINE IMBEAU to have one fourth of the said property, the
said JOSEPH IMBEAU one fourth of said property and the aforesaid
DELILA IMBEAU one fourth of said property and FRANCOIS IMBEAU to
have the remaining fourth of said property & that FRANCOIS IMBEAU
be appointed my Executor to carry my will into Effect.
"In testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and affixed
my Seal this Third day of April in the Year of Christ One Thousand
Eight and Thirty Eight.
"In presence of us MARY X IMBEAU
JAMES W. FELTS mark
"Proven in open court
at July Term A. D. 1838
/S/ B. L. HALLER
Judge of Probate"
This document is among the loose papers in the court house at
DeWitt being archived as an on-going project of the Grand Prairie
Historical Society. The files are In the custody of the county
Mary Imbeau was the widow of Joseph Imbeau who died ca 1827.
Madame Imbeau may have anticipated discord among her children over
a property division that would follow her death, which seems to have
been soon after she signed the instrument. However, the will was
never admitted to probate and the records indicate there was indeed
less than complete harmony among the eight heirs.
On 11 May 1839 "Francis Imbau, Joseph Imbau, Elizabeth Pepite
Imbau (1) and Catherine Imbau.. .heirs at law of Joseph Imbau Senior
deceased. ..for $135.00...to Frederick Notrebe...one-half share of about
one acre and a house upon It whereon Pelagie now resides and owned by
said Joseph Imbau Senior in his lifetime..." (2)