is for Mary Neville Peluso, wife of my 1st cousin 2X removed, Lewis Logan Jollett. Neville was born in 1896 in Virginia to an Italian immigrant. She and Lewis married about 1919 and resided a number of years in Greene County, Virginia.
I am lucky to have found one photo of Neville which appeared in an Albemarle County, Virginia newspaper in 1977. It was a birthday celebration for a number of Senior Citizens all enjoying an April birthday.
She looks like a reasonable woman, don’t you think?
So I wonder what crime against humanity she committed to be expressly written OUT of her father-in-law’s will dated 1934? My great grand uncle Burton Lewis Jollett did not seek to be politically correct when he wrote this:
Item 10 I wish and desire that if Lewis Jollett should die before his wife Mary Nevell Jollett that she be not appointed adminstratrix over his estate or for as what he enhirt [sic.] from me around two thousand dollars I desire it go to the heirs of his lawful body. She would go through with it real soon do nobody no good I don't want her to have nothing from my estate whatsoever the way I have been mistreated by her.
If any person or persons are disstfied [sic.] with my last will and try to break same or disreguard [sic.] it they shall have but five dollar the rest to be divided among those that are willing to abide by the same.
I bet that’s a humdinger of a story!
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