• Abraham Lincoln Friend Dr. Francis Regnier Witnesses Minard County Pioneer's Last Will And Testament


    DR. FRANCIS REGNIER (1807-1859) was a pioneer of Illinois, a physician and a figure in the Whig Party and a friend of Abraham Lincoln. His cabin is still a part of Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Menard County, IL.  In 1834, Regnier moved to nearby Clary’s Grove, but continued using the New Salem location as his office for several years.  In the 1840s, he represented Menard County in a Whig Party nominating convention, where his vote was pledged for Lincoln, likely for the Illinois House of Representatives. 


    DAVID BRUNK was born in Ohio and moved as a young man to Menard County, Illinois. He enlisted in the Black Hawk War and served throughout. 


    Offering a 2 pp, 7 ¾ x 9 ¾, last will and testament of David Brunk, witnessed by Regnier.  “In the name of God Amen, I David Brunk of the county of Menard and State of Illinois being of sound mind & memory do make & publish this my last will & testament…I desire that all my just debts be fully paid…all my personal property to be sold, except such as my beloved wife Jemina Brunk shall desire to retain. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Jemina Brunk all my goods…real and personal forever.  I do herby appoint my Friend George Kirby, my executor…Given under my hand & seal this 1st day of August A.D. 1853…”


    Signed by Brunk in his very shaky hand.  Also signed by Kirby, one of the earliest pioneers of Menard County, and C. Rourke, clerk of the court, as well as Regnier and William Gunn.


    Provenance Christies, The Norman Boas Estate.


    Light toning, folds and a couple of ink smudges, not affecting readability.  A fine piece signed by an associate important to Lincoln’s early political career as well as a pioneer of Menard County.


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