|Sections 4 and 5 of the will of Mimken[sic] L. Habben, written in Hancock County, Illinois on 12 September 1876 and admitted to probate in February of 1877.|
This part of Mimka Habben's will discusses what is to happen to his real estate after the death of his wife, Antje. Ten acres on the east side of the 160 acres Mimka owns (the southeast quarter of section 21 in Prairie Township) was to go his son Johann. Based upon the current location of the home on the Habben property, built around 1900, and the location of the home as indicated on the 1874 Hancock County, Illinois, atlas, the intent of this devise was to give Johann the family home upon his mother's death.
|Mimke Habben's farm in Prairie Township, section 21. Notice the "dot" for the home in the extreme southeast corner.|
Of course, this is all the more necessary because I know that my great-great-grandfather John (Jann) Habben, lived on the farm from 1900 until my great-grandfather began farming it after John retired.