The Dallas Journal, Volume 53, 2007 Page: 6
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El Tivoli Place History
TRANSLATION OF THE WILL OF MAXIMILIAN REVERCHON
The following is a translation of the Last Will and Testament of Maximilian
Reverchon, deceased. The will being written in French and Julius Royer was
appointed by the County Court of Dallas County to translate the will.
I Maximilian Reverchon being sound in body and in mind do hereby declare
that the following is the full expression of my last will.
Three weeks ago I have already made my last will the contents of which are
fully known by my five children who are alone interested In the same. At that time, as
now, having nothing in view but strict justice. I have aside from the form no alteration
to make in said will regarding the contents of the same.
All of my earthly possessions consist of a tract of land, of one hundred fifteen
acres situated In Dallas County, Texas.
I give and bequeath to my daughter, Louisa about forty acres of land situated
west of said tract and forming a rectangular from Holyman separated from the
principal tract by a plank and stake fence.
i give and bequeath to my son Julien the remainder of my estate, upon the sole
condition that said daughter Louisa shall pay to her sister Eugenia the sum of five
hundred Francs and Julien shall also pay an equal amount to his brother Elijah which
amounts are not to be paid except after the full expiration of six months from the date
of my death, As regard my son Paul, having already received his share of what
belonged to him, he shall have no further claim against my estate.
For the last three years Louisa and Julien have been enjoying the possession
of what is to belong to them some day and they shall continue to enjoy the same
before the conditions and to provide me with the manner of life so
far for me. I shall continue to live with Julien and have done to this day.
No inquires, no claims whatever shall be made concerning any books, linens,
household furniture or anything else that is to be considered to be mine Any thing
from the estate of Julien who will alone take charge and defray expenses of my
This being in the County of Dallas state of
Texas. this twenty third day of December eighteen hundred and seventy six.
(Signed) Max Reverchon
(Apparently the last paragraph is a statement by the translator that the requirements
by law have been met and signed by witnesses.)
Julien Reverchon, as a young man, had become interested in botany in France. He resumed his study of
plants around his new home while helping his father with the farm. Eventually he traveled over parts of
Texas to gather more unknown plants for his study. A Historical Atlas of Texas contains a map tracing
the routes of Julien as he "explored the Dallas and Fort Worth area extensively, and west along the old
3 Extracted from a poor-quality microfilm in the Genealogy Section, Dallas Central Library.
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