The Incorrect “ballance”

This is part 5 of the will of Mimken [Mimke] Habben which was admitted to probate in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1877. It is recorded in Will Book C, pages 27 and 28 (available digitally at, which is where this image was taken.

The word “ballance” is spelled incorrectly and underlined. My guess is that the clerk copied it exactly the way it was written in the original will and that the underlining is to indicate that–particularly the extra “l.”

The original will of Mimke is in the packet of papers and we’ll post that later and see if it really is spelled “ballance” on the original. Often that is what notations of that type in a transcription mean.


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