Interesting Will History

  • The longest Will ever probated was 1,066 pages and 95,940 words. An English woman, Frederica Evelyn Stilwell Cook, holds this record.
  • The shortest know Wills are only three words long, reading, “All to son” and “All to wife.”
  • The Will of Uah is the oldest know Will in existence, and it was found in a tomb in Egypt, dating back to 2548 BC. It leaves all of his property to his wife, Teta.
  • In 1829, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., was created through a bequest in the Will of James Smithson. Mr. Smithson was an English chemist and mineralogist who had never even been to the United States.