Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wills of Washington County Kentucky 1792-1858, Part 1




The book "Wills of Washington County, Kentucky 1792-1858", compiled by Annie Walker Burns in 1936 is a typed transcription of wills.  It's not an exact transcription of each will, she uses "etc." and question marks where she couldn't read the original or wasn't sure. And at times, she seems to have gotten tired of her project and only includes the names of beneficiaries, executors and witnesses and may have left out names of many people.

Here I have extracted all references mentioning names of negroes, but these Wills, as she transcribed them, can be found in a downloadable pdf file online at GenGophers - Wills of Washington County Kentucky.   It's also available through familysearch.org here.

The page numbers in this book are listed first, and the original Book and Page numbers are at the end of each segment. I'm doing this to release the names of many people and help out the descendants of those mentioned here and will ask for this to be included in the Slave Name Roll Project hosted by Schalene Jennings Dagutis at her blog Tangled Roots and Trees.  This is the first half of the book.

Wills of Washington County, Kentucky (1792 - 1858)
Compiled by Annie Walker Burns, 1936

Page 1
John Hardin Nelson County, Virginia
July 22, 1788
April 4, 1795
"...I also give to my beloved wife (Jane) one negro man named Peter and one negro woman named Carner but not her further increase"
"Note I give to John McMechan two hundred and fifty acres of land in consideration for Negro George to be laid off on the south of the above mentioned five hundred acre tract."
"...I devise to the above mentioned children to be equally divided amongst them also negro George, Bob and Bet and the future increases of Carner to be equally divided among them in like manner."
John Hardin
Will Book A, Page 4

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Page 2
Thomas Pierce
April 13, 1793
June 6, 1793
"...In the first place I bequeath to my beloved wife Lydia Pierce the plantation whereon she now lives...
...also the negro girl until she arrives to the age of thirty years with her increase, but my will is that she be the negro by name Hanna be set free at the age of thirty years and that her increase be set free at the age of twenty five years.  And that my legatees be jointly bound to comply with all of the recognitions of the law concerning the freedom of negros."
Thomas Pierce
Book A, Page 11

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Page 4
William Hayden
March 24, 1794
June 5, 1794
"...My will and desire is that the plantation I now live on Pottingers Creek to be sold with all the negroes Rose and Agnes and the money arising from the sale to set at interest for the use and benefit of my sons William and Robert, equally to be divided.
I will and bequeath my negro wench Rose to my loving wife during her natural life.  Remainder and her offspring to my aforesaid two sons William and Robert.
I will and bequeath a negro wench called Agnes to my daughter Elizabeth and her heirs and assignees for ever.
I will and bequeath a negro wench named Charity to my daughter Molly her heirs and assignees for ever, and in case one should die the survivor to heir the other that is Molly and Betsy."
William Hayden

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Page 6
Hugh McElroy
January 30, 1794
July 3, 1794
"...I then lend to my loving wife Easter McElroy the house and tract of land whereon I now live the three negroes (towit) Beck, Tom and Jack...
I give to my son James McElroy a negro boy by name Len to his and his heirs forever.  I give to my son John McElroy a negro boy by name Sie to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my son Samuel McElroy a negro boy by name Dick to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my son Hugh McElroy Ned to him and his heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Peggy Muldin ? a negro girl by name Kitty to her and her heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Sally Soducky a negro boy by name Stephen to her and her heirs forever...
I give to my daughter Mary Simpson a negro boy by name Fleming to her and her heirs forever.  I give to my daughter Elizabeth McElroy a negro girl by name Rose...
My will and desire is that at the death of my wife my son Abraham McElroy shall have my negro boy Jack and my son William McElroy to have Tom or any other that my wife may think proper to let him have..."
Hugh McElroy
Book A, Page 27

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Page 6-7
Benet Hayden (Benedict)
April 8, 1794
July 3, 1794
"... I will and bequeath a negro man Ben and one sorrel mare to my wife during her natural life remainder to my children John and Betsy and the child unborn if it comes to live.
I will and bequeath two negro wenches Clare and Rachel to my son John and Elizabeth and to my unborn child provided it lives and be safely born to their heirs and assignees forever equally to be divided."
Benet Hayden
Book A, Page 30

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Page 7-8
Zacharius Taylor
May 3, 1794
November 6, 1794
"...and leave to my beloved wife Prudence Taylor during her life or widowhood one negro girl named Jenny and then to return to my son Zacharius Taylor land and negro after her death to him and his heirs forever.  Then the rest of my negros to be equally divided amongst my children names as followeth:  John, George, Marmon, Uriah, Ann, Mary, Elizabeth to them and their heirs forever at my decease."
Zacharius Taylor
Book A, Page 34

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Page 8-9
Samuel Abell, Sr.
February 1, 1795
June 4, 1795
"...Item I give and bequeath to my son Edmd. Abell one negro man named Ralph, one negro woman named Lydia, one negro boy named George, one negro girl named Henrietta and one negro girl named Ann which of foresaid negroes he has in his possession them and their increase, to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Barton Abell one negro man named James and one negro boy named Joseph...
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Fenwich the use of one negro girl named Alice during her natural life and after her decease I give and bequeath unto my two grand sons John Thomas and Benet Thomas the above named negro girl named Alice, and her increase if any...
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Ignatius Abell one negro boy named Paul,...Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Henrietta Thompson one negro man named Richard,...
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah Herd's children one negro man named Henry, ...
Item I give and bequeath unto my grand son Joseph Abell one negro girl named Rachel and her increase,..."
Samuel Abell Sr.
Book A, Page 38

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Page 13
Samuel Vaughn
October 9, 1797
January 2, 1798
"...I give and bequeath to Prudence my dearly beloved wife all of my estate... And if she marries I lend negro named Jenny and a negro named Lewis a horse and saddle and two cows and a feather bed..."
Samuel Vaughn
Book A, Page 114


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Page 17
Bennett Nottingham
Will not dated
July 7, 1801
"...Item six, and as my negro boy Jack is to be sold I greatly desire his welfare.  It is my earnest desire that James Gough shall have the first refusal of him who lives in Scott county."
Bennett Nottingham
Book A, Page 206

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Page 18-19
Nathan Beall
July 29, 1802
September 6, 1802
"...Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Beall my five negroes towit: Sampson, Henry Alexandra, Susanna, and Harry with all my personal estate during her life and at her death to dispose of as she may think proper."
Nathan Beall
Book A, Page 224

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Page 21
Henry H. Hilton
December 29, 1801
May 2, 1803
"...First I give and bequeath to my honored father William Hilton and Mildred his wife the plantation they now live on, one negro man named Jerry, one negro woman Jin and child together... for them freely to possess and enjoy their lives, but it is to be understood that they the said William and Mildred have no power to sell or in any way dispose of any part of the above mentioned property or the increase thereof."
Henry Hilton
Book A, Page 245

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Page 22
Mary Luckett
April 20, 1803
May 2, 1803
"...It is my will and desire that my executor shall have a sum of money arising from the sale of my property sufficient to pay him and to bear his expenses to the State of Maryland, and also the money if any shall be required for the use of removing a negro boy called Joseph out of the possession of Orsbern Eaton which boy was sold to said Eaton by me."
Mary Luckett
Book A, Page 247


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Page 23
William Roberts
February 6, 1803
May 2, 1803
"...But after my children shall have their respective parts so as to leave my said wife then in that case my said wife is to have Mayer a negro man and Ruth a negro woman during her life.  And after her death the negroes and their increase is to be equally divided among the all of my children..."
(* Children not named)
William Roberts
Book A, Page 252

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Page 27
Patty Edmondson
"...Item I give my son Robert Edmondson one hundred acres of land where I now live and plantation and fifty acres of land adjoining John Edmondson and two negroes by the name of Sal and Dafney her child...."
Patty Edmondson
Book A, Page 296

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Page 27-28
William Mudd
October 16, 1801
January 6, 1804
"...Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Mudd my plantation that I now live on that I purchased of Samuel Grundy.  It lying on the waters of Cartwright Creek and the following negroes namely:  Nall, Charles, Sarah, and likewise all of my personal estate to her during her natural life.
Item I give and bequeath the balance of my negro property to my following children to be equally divided, Namely: Richard Mudd, William Mudd, Henrietta Sansburey, the wife of Nicholas Sansburey, Mary H. Boone, the wife of Henry Boone, Walter Mudd, in the above named children should agree in making the division in the above mentioned property it is my will and desire that the property should be put up at public sale and the money to be equally divided amongst the above mentioned children."
William W. Mudd
Book A, Page 297

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Page 28-29
James McElroy
September 21, 1804
November 6, 1804
"...Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaretta two negro women named Sarah and P?y also two negro boys James and King;...
...Second I give and bequeath unto my daughter Betsy three negro girls Fanny, Gudy, and Betsy also one negro boy named Bob to her and her heirs forever.
Third I give unto my daughter four negro girls Cloo, Tever, Nanc and Peggy.  Also one negro boy named Frank to her and her heirs forever.
Fourth I give and bequeath unto my daughter Nerian two negro girls Dafny and Cassy.  Also two negro boys Charles and Moses to her and her heirs forever.
Fifth I also give and bequeath unto my youngest daughter Esther three negro girls named Nancy, Agg and Minny.  Also two negro boys George and Henry...
...When my son William becomes of age also one negro boy named Abraham upon the same conditions as the above mentioned...
...Also I give unto my son James one negro man named Jacob also one negro woman named Jenny and a girl named Mary...
Seventh I give and bequeath unto my youngest son William one negro man named Bill also one negro girl named Sylvia...
The service of my son William negro boy to pay for his education."
James McElroy
Book A, Page 343

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Page 29-30
Seth Catlen (Catlin)
November 5, 1797
April 2, 1804
"...Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth... by the industry of my two sons, viz: Seth and William out of their parts hereafter mentioned by the negro boys named Craes during her natural life or widowhood then at her death or widowhood the said negro boy, furniture, and property to remove to my said sons Seth and William.
...with an equal dividing of all my moveable re property to them the said Thoedore, James, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Seth, William and Susannah excepting a negro boy named Charles, shall be vested in my two sons Seth and William to assist them to keep and maintain their mother during her life or widowhood and to be at her command then what ever the said negro Charles at the death or marriage of my wife Elizabeth shall be valued at by men apointed by my executors.  One third of the same to be paid to my daughter Susannah in cash by my two sons Seth and William and the said negro Charles to be the property of my sons Seth and William equally."
Seth Catlen
Book A, Page 403

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Page 30-31
John Doudall (Dawdall)
November 18, 1802
April 2, 1804
"...First of all I do will and bequeath to my beloved wife Stacy Doudall the negroes which came to me by her towit: Daniel and Joe with Anny and George and Peter as my own property and also the house and ...
Second all my negroes after the death of my beloved wife Stacy that shall have arisen to the age of thirty one years shall be freed from slavery and bonded at the death of my wife.
Third I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Lewis a tract of land whereon she now lives containing one hundred and fifty acres. Also my negro woman Jenny and her child named Nancy.
Fourth I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Betsy Lewis daughter of Polly Lewis the land whereon that I now live, after the death of my wife Stacy Doudall also one negro boy named Charles which negro is to continue with my wife during her natural life...
Fifth I give and bequeath to Thomas Doudall Lewis a son of Polly Lewis one negro boy named Jim...
Sixth I give and bequeath to John Doudall Lewis one negro boy named Solomon...
Seventh I give and bequeath to Sally Lewis one negro boy named Sampson, but if the said Sally Lewis should die without heirs lawful of her body the said Sampson to return to Nancy Lewis...
Tenth I give and bequeath to Daniel a negro man who came to me by my wife Stacy Doudall...
...I also will and desire that all my negroes that I dispose of as those that are yet to come be freed from slavery and bonded at the age of thirty one years."
John Dowdall
Book A, Page 406

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Page 33-34
Bazil Hayden
June 15, 1804
August 6, 1804
"...I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Stanislaus Hayden two negroes namely Clara and George which he has now in his possession to belong to him and his heirs forever...
I also give my wife Henrietta for and during her natural life the following negroes namely Jack, James and his wife Hannah, a woman Nell, Esther and her son Matthew, and Poll,...But the negroes and land and the profits thereof to be equally divided among my heirs at her death...
I give and bequeath to my son Robert Hayden a negro woman named Mary and a boy named Samuel which negroes he has in his possession...
I give unto my son Bazil the negroes he now has in his possession namely Sarah and Luke...
I give unto my daughter Ann Hayden two negroes named Bill and Isaac to belong to her and her heirs of her body lawfully begotten if any.  If not at her death to be equally divided among my heirs.
I give unto my daughter Teresa Hayden two negroes named Harry and Charles to belong to her and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten if any. If not at her death to be equally divided among my heirs.
I give and bequeath unto my wife's son William Hayden one negro boy named Nace...
I give unto my son Lewis Hayden two negroes named Joseph and Susan...
I give to my son Edward two negroes named Clement and Clara daughter of Nell.
It is also my will and desire in case any of the negroes willed to Ann, Teresa, Lewis or Edward should die before the death of my wife that their loss or losses shall be made good to them out of the negroes willed to my wife during her life before distribution of those negroes shall be made amongst my heirs.
I have one negro boy Jeremiah to be sold if it is necessary to pay my debts but if it can be dome without not to sell him.
I give unto the Rev. W. Badin and those he may think proper to make his heir a boy named Gerrard..
It is my will that the negroes willed to Lewis be hired and the profits received for him until he comes of age...
The profits of the other negroes willed to Ann, Teresa and Edward I wish their mother to make use of in clothing and maintaining them decently during her life."
Bazil Hayden
Book A, Page 427

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Page 35
James Smith
May 7, 1807
January 4, 1808
"...Item three I have lent my daughter Ann Matilda Coombs a negro girl named Sophia and I will that my wife may take her home before the expiration of the five years from the time of lending and then lent to her again or keep her as my said wife may think best, but said girl and her increase if any is to be considered a part of my estate when the distribution takes place.  It is not my will that my wife shall sell any of the negroes except my negro man Bill and if she thinks proper to sell him the purchase money to be deposited in good hands on interest for the children, or laid out in the purchase of another negro of the same kind as my said wife may think best which negro if purchased is to be part of my estate."
James Smith
Book A, Page 459

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Page 36
John Dant
June 14, 1807
February 1, 1808
"...Item one I give and bequeath unto my son James Dant the debt due me for a pair of wagon wheels also the balance due me for my negro Suck I sold him.
Item three I give and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth Dant negro Steven and his wife Dianna which together with the land of aforesaid is to be for her maintainance so long as she lives and at her death said Dianna and Steven is to belong to my son Joseph and his heirs forever.  And if Dianna has any increase hereafter I give the first to my grand daughter Polly Dant and the next of increase to my grand daughter Eliza. (Dianna) Elliott? and so on to my daughter Mary Elliott and my sons Joseph Dant's children turn about.
Item four I have a long time given negro woman named Mary to my son Joseph and in order that there be no misunderstanding about her I give and bequeath the aforesaid Mary to my son Joseph Dant.
Item five I give and bequeath a negro boy Steven to my grand daughter Ann Dant to belong to her and her heirs forever."
John B. Dant
Book A, Page 478

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Page 38
Richard Berry
August 10, 1797
December 4, 1798
"...Also I give to my son Edward his mare and saddle and cow and a rifle gun and my negro boy called Phil..."
Richard Berry (L.S.)
Book A, Page 134


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Page 39
James Brunfield
July 23, 1795
January 7, 1796
"...Item I give to my wife one negro girl named Rachel."
James Brumfield
Book A, Page 71

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Page 40-41
Eleanor Miles
January 23, 1805
July 7, 1806
"...Item I will unto my son William Miles one mulatto girl named Clair and a negro boy named George.  Also Clair's increase.
Item two I will unto my son Barton Elexius Miles one negro named Charles.
Item three I will to my son Joseph Miles one negro man named Harry, etc. ..
Item five I will to my daughter Audrey Vain one negro woman named Nancy and a boy Benjamin, etc...
Item six I will to my daughter Priscilla Osbourn one negro woman named Ann and her child Milly, etc."
Eleanor Miles
Book A, Page 409

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Page 44
Michl Furnor (Father Fournier)
February 11, 1803
May 2, 1803
"...Item I give and bequeath my negro boy George for the use of Pottingers Creek Church under the direction of the Revd. Steph. Theadore Baden and his successors.
Item I give and bequeath my negro girl Stacey to Vincent Gates and his sister Eleanor Ryan during their lives and then to the Revd. Steph. Theadore Baddin and his successors.
Item I give and bequeath to the Revd Stephen Theodore Baddin the bed and furniture I lie on and my negro man purchased Prince and all the residue of my estate after my just debts are paid."
Mic. Fournier (Seal)


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Page 45-46
Thomas Simpson
November 3, 1799
January 4, 1800
"...Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sary...one negro woman Clow and one negro man named Jim her lifetime.  And after her death the woman to go to my daughter Jean Simpson and the negro man Jim to my son James Simpson.
Item I give to my daughter Jean a negro boy George and all of Clow's children...and all the increase of Clow and her children to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give to my son James all the land I now live on after the death of my wife and one negro woman Jean and all her children and boy leave and balance of my money..."
Thomas Simpson
Book A, Page --

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Page 51
Richard Hamilton
August 14, 1809
September 13, 1809
"...I give to my dear mother my negro boy Charles during her life and the sum of one hundred dollars..."
Richard Hamilton
Book B, Page 35


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Page 51-52
James Rudd
July 15, 1806
September 11, 1809
"...Item I give to my beloved wife Susannah Rudd during her widowhood all of my land where I now live.  Also seven negroes named Tom, Oswold, Daniel, Rachel, Sealy, Jane and Nelly.
I give to my son John Rudd...Also two negroes names Old William Milley and Daniel, after his mother's widowhood.
I give to my son Richard Rudd...Also two negroes Grace and Priscilla. Also Tom after his mother's widowhood.
I give to my son James Rudd three negroes namely: Mary, Arthur and Rose. Also negro Oswold after his mother's widowhood.
I give to my son William Rudd four negroes namely: Henry, Lettey, Mary the daughter of Grace and George...
I give to my daughter Margaret Rudd five negroes who are named Henry, Allie, Lewis, Bob and James. Also Nell after her mother's widowhood.
I give to my son Christopher Rudd three negroes namely: Young Will, Charity, Kate also Rachel after his mother's widowhood.
Be it understood that the following negroes that I have sold to the following men should claim and obtain by my heirs or executors I do ordain that the land where on I now live shall be sold and the following negroes Rachel and her children Stace and her child Ed or as much as will make the hold the men that purchased negroes of me.  Hatton Hilton purchased of me one negro girl named Jane. John Phillips purchased of me one negro girl named Nan. Uriah Gregory purchased of me one negro girl named Sarah."
James Rudd
Book B, Page 40

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Page 52
Henry Barlow
September 10, 1807
December 11, 1809
"...First I give to Jinne (Tinne) my dearly beloved wife all the land I live on containing two hundred and fifty acres...Also my two negroes, the boys by the name of Jack and the girl by the name of Nance...
I also give to my daughters Nancy and Peggy my negro girl Nance with her increase after the death of my wife. But if she negro girl Nance should die and leave no increase then their brothers Jesse, Julius and Joel shall give their sisters Nancy and Peggy the sum of eighty pounds."
Henry Barlow
Book B, Page 55


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Page 53-54
Edmond Eggleston, Hanover County, Parish of St. Martin, Virginia
December 24, 1807
December 27, 1807
"...I give and bequeath to my son Edwin one negro boy named Steven.
Item I give to my son John one negro boy named Elias, one negro woman Sibby with her child Mary and all their further increase.
Item I give to my son Waller one negro boy named Armstead...
Item I give to my daughter Agnes Jones one negro boy named Will Weatherly...
Item I give to my daughter Ann Pettus Goldson after the death of my wife one negro boy named Sansey.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Carr Wadkins after the death of my wife one negro boy named Garland.
Item I give to my daughter Betsy two negroes named Roxey and Lydia...
Item it is my will that the negroes and other property the land excepted lent my wife be sold after her death and the money be equally divided between all of my children namely: Agnes Jones, Ann Pettus Goldson, Mary Carr Wadkins, Edmond, John, Waller, and Betsy Eggleston...."
Edmond Eggleston
Book B, Page --

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Page 59-61
Samuel Taylor
September 21, 1801
September 13, 1812
"...I give to my beloved wife Elizabeth Taylor a negro woman by the name of Rose...
Also the negroes, Stakky, Abram, Gibb, Ben, Rhoda, Sallie, and Ann.
My will and desire that is the above named negroes Gibb and Ann shall have their freedom after my wife's death.  If the former is then twenty five and the latter twenty one years old. If not to remain in bondage until they arrive at those ages.
My desire further is that all of the further offspring of any of my female slaves which may come into existence before the death of my beloved wife shall be freed.  The males at the age of twenty five and the females at the age of twenty one years.
My will and desire is that my two hundred and fifty acres of land at the west end of the tract whereon I now live including the mill and the mansion house shall be laid off and given to my daughter Sophia except twenty acres which I reserve for the use of my negro woman Rose on provision my wife should give her her freedom.  If my wife does not I give it to Sophia...
My will and desire is that the tract of land whereon I now live including the lease to William and Nancy Hagarty fifty acres during their natural lives shall be alotted to my daughter Fanny together with a negro girl named Sally.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Polly Wilson two negroes by the name of Charles and Dianna...
I give to my negro Gibb the whole of my black smith tools when he obtains his freedom."
Samuel Taylor
Book B, Page 191

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Page 61-62
John Simpson
November 25, 1812
March 8, 1813
"...I will to my Will a negro woman named Jane and a negro man named Nance...
The land and negroes willed to my said wife to be vested in her and her heirs forever.
I also will to my said daughter Esther McElroy one negro girl named Sarah now in her possession...
I also will to my daughter Jane Simpson one negro girl named Sil.
I also will to my daughter Peggy one negro boy named George.
I also will to my son James one negro boy named Frank...
It is also my will that Jack and Signore a negro man and woman be left with my wife and under her directions to work the farm for the support of the family until they become of age to marry."
John Simpson
Book B, Page 223

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Page 63
Thomas E. Green
June 25, 1813
January 10, 1814
"...First I give to my two sons James and Thomas my negro man Basil...
I give to my beloved daughters Eleanor Thompson and Elizabeth and Katherine Green my negro woman Mildred..."
Thomas E. Green
Book B, Page 274

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Page 64
Bernard Montgomery
February 13, 1814
March 14, 1814
"...Seventh I desire that after the death of my wife Eleanor or marriage that my negro boy Samuel with the rest of my estate shall be sold..."
Bernard Montgomery
Book B, Page 281

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Page 65-66
Jacob Myers
April 18, 1808
May 9, 1814
"...I will to my beloved wife Margaret Myers...Also a negro woman named Peg.
I also will to my son in law a negro girl named Rachel about five years old for the special purpose of maintaining my daughter Catennah? Myers during her natural life which Catennah Myers he is requested to take into his care and protection during her natural life and treat her in a humane manner."
Jacob Myers
Book B, Page 290

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Page 66
Thomas Gardiner
March 23, 1814
May 9, 1814
"...I also give unto my wife a negro woman Hannah during her life.
Item three I give to my daugher Ann Gardiner negro girl named Suck. With this condition that if Suck should by chance have any increase the first one to belong to James Gardiner and the second to Richard Gardiner and the residue of the increase of Suck to belong to my daughter Ann Gardiner."
Thomas Gardiner
Book B, Page 296

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Page 70
Thomas Bullock
April 9, 1814
May 9, 1814
"...Item one I give unto my beloved wife Rebecca Bullock all of my estate both real and personal so long as she lives single except a negro girl named Charlotte...
Item two I give to my daughter Ann said negro girl Charlotte when the other property is appraised by her paying to the other children should the valuation exceed their dividend.
Item three at the death or marriage of my wife Rebecca it is my will that my negro woman Beck shall be freed consequently she is not to be included in said inventory..."
Thomas Bullock
Book B, Page 334

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Page 72
William Montgomery
June 8, 1813
September 12, 1814
"...I give unto John Montgomery son of my brother Charles Montgomery all the land I own and also my negro man Dennis and my negro woman Nellie his wife and her increase to the said John Montgomery and his heirs.  Also I give unto said John Montgomery me negro girl Hester. Also I give unto Samuel Montgomery brother to said John Montgomery me negro boy George. I also give unto Annie F. Montgomery daughter to my brother Charles my negro girl Agnes.  I also give unto Benedict Montgomery son of the said Charles Montgomery me negro boy Lewis. I also give unto Jane Cambron formerly Jane Queen my negro boy Steven..."
William Montgomery
Book B, Page 361

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Page 73-74
John Medley
August 21, 1814
December 12, 1814
"...Item I give unto my beloved daughter Harriet Boone one negro girl Charlotte...
Item I give to my daughter Ann H. Medley...Also negro boy John...
Item I give unto my beloved daughter Eliza Medley one negro boy called Cornelius..."
John Medley
Book B, Page 379

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Page 74-75
John Ray, Sr
December 26, 1811
June 13, 1814
"...Item one I give to my wife Saray Ray the plantation and all the appurtenances there unto belonging to her proper use and benefit for her single life together with all of my personal property and negro woman Harriet after all of my just debts are paid to belong to her during her widowhood."
John Ray
Book B, Page 408

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Page 75-76
Benedict Spalding, Sr.
October, 1815
October 9, 1815
"...I give unto my beloved wife Alathear Spalding during her life the plantation whereon I now live.  Also the following negroes: Lewis, Clare, Henny, Teary, Tom and Treacy....
I give and bequeath unto my son Wm. Spalding, one negro boy called Stephen and negro boy called Felix...
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Hamilton, one negro girl called Teary and her increase, which negro I bought of Clement Hamilton..."
Benedict Spalding
Book B, Page 457

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Page 76
Henry Barlow
No date
December 11, 1809
"...I give and bequeath to Jinnie my beloved wife all that tract of land and I now live on containing 200 acres to have and to hold as long as she doth remain my widow and no longer. Also my negro boy by name of Jack the girl by the name of Nance...
I also leave to my daughters Nancy and Peggy my negro girl named Willi? also her increase if any at the death of their mother to be equally divided and if the negro girl Nancy should die and leave no increase then their brothers Jesse, Julius and Joel shall give unto their sisters Nancy and Peggy the sum of 80 lbs to be equally divided.
Also I give the rest of my estate property unto my son James and daughters Elizabeth, Sary and Mary all my property not above mentioned with the negro boy Jack in the name of God Amen."
Henry Barlow
Book B, Page 55

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Page 77
James Carrico
August 26, 1814
December 11, 1815
"...I give to my daughter Anne Statia my negro girl Milley..."
James Carrico
Book B, Page 468

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Page 79
Martin N. Parker
February 10, 1816
May 13, 1816
"...It is my will and desire that my negro George shall belong and go to my sister Francis Jenkins wife of James Jenkins at the price of $450.00 ...
But it is understood that Francis Jenkins is to take George at the above price in part of my estate so that each of my sisters shall have an equal share of my estate."
Martin N. Parker
Book B, Page 528

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Page 82
Basil Smith
June 28, 1815
September 11, 1815
"...I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Hester one negro woman Calriey...
The above negro woman and the rest of the property I have willed her to be her own to do as she pleases with forever on these conditions.
I also give unto my daughter Lucy Cambron wife of Basil Cambron my boy Henry and my negro woman Henrietta...
I also give unto my daughter Treacy Jarboe my negro woman Celia..."
Basil Smith
Book B, Page 451

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Page 84
William Walker
September 20, 1815
October 9, 1815
"...1st it is my desire that my wife Martha keep possession of the tract of land whereon she now lives during her life and also four negroes, towit: Jack, Amy, Edward and Margeny, and at her death both land and negroes to be equally divided among my children...
3rd I give to my son Richard Logan Walker a negro boy named Arruge.
4th I give to my son David Caldwell Walker a negro boy named Burwell
5th I give to my son Robert a negro boy named Samuel
6th I give to my daughter Amy Mariah Walker a negro girl named Libby
7th I give to my daughter Nancy Jane a negro girl named Anny...
A negro girl that has not been named, named Judy I give to my wife Marthy given under hand..."
William Walker
Book B, Page 456

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Page 85-86
George Grundy
September 1, 1811
February 13, 1815
"...To my loving wife Eleanor Grundy I give one negro woman named Bet to be vested in her for ever...
It is also my will that Jack a negro man and the smith tools and a negro woman named Winney be hired out in good hands to be treated with humanity during the pleasure of my executors the one half of the hire of Jack to be paid to my wife annually and the other part of the hire with the hire of Winny to be applied to purchase property with if any be lacking.
Item 3rd I also will and bequeath to my son John Grundy...Matt a negro boy...
Item four I also give to my daughter Betsy one negro girl named Milly...
Item five I also will and bequeath to my daughter Charlotte Grundy one negro girl named Amey...
Item six I also give to my daughter Molly Grundy one negro girl named Henny...
Item seven I also will to my daughter Minerva one negro girl named Dinah..."
George Grundy
Book B, Page 120

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Page 86-88 (no page 87)
Charles Hayden
October 26, 1813
December 13, 1813
"...I further will and bequeath to my loving wife my negro man Stephen and negro woman Clare and negro boy Peter during her life for her children benefit in the form...
I do also bequeath to my son Thomas my negro boy Isaac when he becomes of age.
To my son John I bequeath my negro boy Harry same as above conditions.
To my son in law William Hoden I will my negro man Dennis..."
Charles Hayden
Book B, Page 272

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Page 89-90
Thomas Ozbourn
January 1,1815
February 13, 1815
"...I give and bequeath unto my beloved Perscilla...my negro man Isaac and my negro woman Hannah...
I also give to my daughter Catherine Carrico my negro girl Milly...
Also to my daughter Sarah Montgomery my negro girl Mary...
Also to my daughter Patsey Cambron my negro boy Felix...
I also give to my daughter Anne Smith my negro girl Charity...
Also to my daughter Elizabeth my negro boy Joseph...
Also I give unto my daughter Treacy my negro woman Anne and her increase hereafter...
Likewise I leave unto my son Joseph after his mother's death the tract of land above described to his mother etc. Also a saddle and bridle bed and etc. Also all my oldest clothes except my oldest hat.  It is my will negro man Isaac shall have that...
It is my desire that if I do not sell my 2 negro men Charles and William before I die that my executors shall sell them to make payment for the land I purchased from Lockart Eagin etc."
Thomas Ozburn
Book B, Page 401

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Page 90
William Paris
February 11, 1814
May 9, 1814
"...1st I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Polly Paris all my estate except a negro man named Major her life time except she should marry and then she is to have one third of my estate and beside her one third I do give and bequeath to her forever and to dispose of as she pleases one negro woman named Diner...
The negro man called Major is to be sold and the money divided among my heirs here and after mentioned."
William Paris
Book B, Page 285

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Page 91-92
Anthony Sandusky
May 22, 1810
July 9, 1810
"...I hereby set aside the said verbal grant and in liew there of do give unto my grand son John Sandusky and son of the said Samuel after the death of my said wife Rebecka a negro  woman named Seln?..."
Anthony Sandusky
Book B, Page 82

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Page 93
Henry Smock
January 23, 1814
May 9, 1814
"...I will Joe and Mall to my wife her life time but if he will not behave John must take him and let my wife have Andrew after my wife death John is to have Joe or Andrew etc.
I will Andrew to John and Mary.
I will Nancy a boy named Martin.
I will Polly a girl named Lydia.
I will Jennie a girl named Eve.
I will William a boy named Jack..."
Henry Smock
Book B, Page 292

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Page 93-94
Aaron Van Cleave
November 11, 1813
December 13, 1813
"...I also will to my wife Rachel my negro Simon and other slaves...
Item 2 I have given my daughter Eleanor Bailey 1 negro girl Esther...
Item 3 I gave my daughter Elizabeth Van Cleave one negro boy Felix
Item I gave my daughter Rachel Chandin a negro Frank...
Item I have given my daughter Mary Love a negro boy Jack...
Item I have given my son Joseph 1 horse. I now give him a negro boy Garrard...
Item I have given my son Burditt 2 horses. I now give him a negro boy Lewis..."
Aaron Van Cleave
Book B, Page --

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Page 98
John Dyer
November 1, 1820
June 10, 1822
"...three slaves Arch, Ann and Joseph"
John Dyer
Book C, Page 433

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Page 113
Susannah Boone
August 12, 1826
November 27, 1826
"...First I give and bequeath all my real property as well as such as is personal or mixed to my beloved friend Maria Sansberry, towit: one negro woman named Nellie with her son George..."
Susannah Boone
Book D, Page 210

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Page 114
John Wheatley Sr,
June 23, 1825
January 22, 1827
"I give to my children Ignatius Wheatley, Eleanor Wheatley, Mary Wheatley, and Elizabeth Doyle one negro woman named Matilda one negro girl named Nehhy and one negro boy named James with their increase during their lives and at the death of these four heirs the said negroes to return to the surviving heirs of my family..."
John Wheatley
Book D, Page 218

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Page 115
Theacy Hamilton
September 5, 1825
January 23, 1826
"...First I give to my beloved mother Priscilla Ozburn my negro woman Ann during her natural life and after her death it is my will that Ann and her increase should belong to my sister Elizabeth Ozburn.  I also give unto my sister Elizabeth a negro boy named Marshall also a negro boy named Patrick also a negro girl named Martha."
Treacy Hamilton
Book D, Page 142


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Page 116
Joseph Johnson
February 15, 1826
March 28, 1826
"...Item three I give to my grand daughter Polly Johnson a negro boy by the name of Richard and if the said Polly Johnson dies with out lawful issue the said boy Richard to fall to the children of Elizabeth Bowels and Monica Bowling.  The boy Richard to be hired out every year and the money applied to the use of the said Polly Johnson until she arrives at the age of twenty one years.
Item I give unto my grandson Benedict Canter a negro woman named Mary and her increase if any to him...
Fifth I give unto my grand children Joseph, Sary Ann, and Kitty Ann and Elizabeth Bowling a negro boy by the name of Benjamin.
My daughter Monica Bowling to have life interest in said negro Benjamin.
My negro man Allen to be hired or sold and the money to be put out at interest until the children of Elizabeth Bowles come of age...
Item I give to son John Johnson a negro man called Basil and a negro woman named Rachel..."
Joseph Johnson
Book D, Page 146

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Page 116-117
Austin Montgomery
October 25, 1825
March 27, 1826
"...The balance of my estate consisting of ninety nine acres of land whereon I now live my two negro girls named Sophia and Lucy and their increase with everything else that I possess, I give to my beloved wife Martha Montgomery during her natural life and then to my son George A. Montgomery to him and his heirs forever.  But if George A. should depart this life before my wife then it is my will that at the death of my wife Martha one half of my estate shall be paid to the superior of St Rose Church, the other half to be at the disposal of my wife Martha to do as she pleases."
Austin Montgomery
Book D, Page 148

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Page 118
James Ewbanks, Sr
June 8, 1826
June 26, 1826
"...I also give to my beloved wife Mary Ewbanks a negro woman called Terry and her increase and a boy named Hiram.  At her death the woman to go to the children of my daughter Margaret Ray, and the boy to my son James.  The increase of the woman to be equally divided my son James the one half and my daughter Margaret's children the other half.
Item two I give to my son James Ewbanks the plantation on which he lives, containing one hundred and thirty seven acres. Also one negro girl named Emiline...
I also give unto the children of my daughter two black girls named Mariah and Millyann."
James Ewbanks
Book D, Page 173

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Page 120
William Thorp
October 16, 1820
March 26, 1827
"...I bequeath to kinswoman Polly H. S. Logan and now Polly H. S. Grundy I give one negro woman named Nancy and a negro boy named Jeffry and two negro girls named Frances and Mahala and a negro man named Anderson...
Item I give to my brother Charles Thorp one negro man named James, one negro woman named Hannah also three negro girls Amelia, Louise and Maria also two small boys named Washington and Green...
Item I give to my brother James Thorp negro man named Ruben negro woman named Nancy and one girl named Harriet and three boys named Harrison, Bob and Henry."
William Thorp
Book D, Page 239

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Page 121-122
George Payne
March, 1821
May 28, 1827
"...I will unto my son Meridith Payne the following negroes: Ned, Henry, James together with a negro man named Tom that he sold in Virginia for...
I will to my son Richard Payne the following negroes: Bill, a workman which he sold for fifteen hundred dollars together with a boy named Edmond...
I will to my son Samuel Payne the following negroes Jerry, Newlan, Vincent, Bill and Nancy...
I will unto my daughter Persillar Payne the following negroes: Anne, Henry, Eliza, Alexander, Bill, Bill, Amul, Maria and her child Frank...
I will to my daughter Elizabeth Payne the following negroes: towit: Silas, Charlotte, Rachel, and her child James...
I will and bequeath unto my grandson George Payne Smith son of Elias Smith the following negroes: Charity, Emily, Judith and her two children Eavy and Isaac to be delivered to him at the age of twenty one.  If he should live that long, if not then it is my will that they shall go to my son Merith Payne's children to be equally divided amongst them.
As there is one of my negroes names Zarles lying sick which I believe will die but if he should survive and live unto the death of my wife it is my will that my children shall cast lost for him.
As for the rest of my negroes they are old and infirm and it is my will that they shall be taken care of out of my estate."
George Payne
Book D, Page 252

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Page 122-123
John Cosby
May 9, 1822
April 23, 1827
"...I do direct that my old negro man Epin be comfortable supported by my son Dabney Cosby out of my estate during his life and is not to want for the comforts of life and is to be decently buried by my son at the expense of my estate."
John Cosby
Book D, Page 260

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Page 123-124
John Isaac, Sr
April 22, 1826
July 23, 1827
"...I give to my wife Nancy Isaac a negro boy by the name of Nat to be her property until my youngest son Samuel Swan Isaac comes of age.  Then it is my will and desire that said Nat shall be set free from slavery."
John Isaac
Book D, Page 271

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Page 124
Martin Everhart Jr.
August 13, 1827
August 27, 1827
"...Codicil: My two negroes Nelson and George I will to be equally divided between my sister Roseanna and Patsey and my brother Daniel Everhart."
Martin Everhart Jr
Book D, Page 274

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Page 124-125
William Miles
September 12, 1826
August 27, 1827
"...I also give my said son Henry P. Miles two of my slaves namely Ann and her increase and a yellow boy John.  Said woman Ann is not to be moved from her husband Steven further than one half mile from where they now live.
Item two I give unto my said son Jesse Miles the whole of the land we purchased of Woods also one negro man named George and one yellow girl Teresa, etc.
Item three I give to my son John Miles the land whereon he now lives and one yellow boy Steven and one other boy Dan, etc
I also give to my daughter Pernelia Mattingly one yellow girl Rachel and a small boy Charles..
Item fifth I give to my Grand daughter Elizabeth Goodrum two yellow girls named Louisa and Stecia..."
William Miles
Book D, Page 274

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Page 125-126
William T. Caldwell
July 14, 1827
August 27, 1827
"...I give to my executors the tract of land where John McCord now lives and all the negroes in the possession of McCord except a negro girl named Mary which I give to my grand daughter Isabella McChord."
William T. Caldwell
Book D, Page 275

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Page 127
Wilfred Haydon (Hayden)
September 5, 1827
September 24, 1827
"...I will to my wife Nancy Hayden... also four negro men and two negro women named as follows: Peter, Ambrose, Frederick, George, Silvia and Lucy...
I will to my son William Hayden one negro child named Sam...
I also will my son James L. Hayden a negro boy named Lewis...
I will to my daughter Nancy Hayden one negro boy named Slim and at her death said boy is to go to her children, etc.
At the death of my wife I also will to my son Henry Hayden one negro boy named Matt...
I will to my son Phillip Hayden... also one negro man named George...
I will to my grand daughter Martha Hays my negro boy named Joe...
Henry Hayden is to have one negro man named Frederick and one negro woman named Silvy. But if Charles T. Hayden should become sane and it is my will that he shall have the foresaid negroes."
Wilfred Hayden
Book D, Page 282

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Page 128-129
George McKay, Springfield
September 28, 1827
October 22, 1827
"...I give unto John Calhoon and John Hughes Jr... also my negro woman Mary negroes John, Alfred and Bill...
They are to sell the land adjoining Elias Davison on the hill south of Springfield and land I puchased of Samuel Robertson and my negro Bill..."
George McKay
Book D, Page 292

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Page 129
Ignatius Mills
September 10, 1827
November 26, 1827
"...Item three I will to my beloved daughter Allovosa Mills now Allavesa Fenwick after the death of my beloved wife Mary Mills my negro girl named Maria, etc.
Item I will after the death of my beloved wife Mary Mills to my beloved daughter Ann Mills negro girl Monaca
Item I give after the death of my beloved wife unto my daughter Martha Mills now Martha Abell my negro girl Trect and her child, etc.
It is my will that my three negroes Henry, Dick and Joseph after the death of my wife Mary shall be divided amongst all of my children."
Ignatius Mills
Book D, Page 300

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Page 130
Richard Ray Sr
March 18, 1826
November 26, 1827
"...Item one I give to my beloved daughter Sally one negro woman named Maria and one negro boy named Felix, one negro girl named Eliza, one negro girl named Dinah...
Item secondly I give and bequeath to my dutiful son Richard W. Ray one negro woman named Matilda, one negro woman named Mary, one negro boy named Nelson, one negro boy named Alfred one negro woman named Rachel one negro woman named Hannah and one negro girl named Rebecca..."
Richard Ray
Book D, Page 302

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Page 131
John McMurry
August 25, 1823
No date.
"...To my daughter Elizabeth McMurry I give one negro girl by the name of Maria and one negro boy by the name of Harry.
To my daughter Jane McMurry I give a negro girl named Monarch also negro boy named Alfred.
My negro man Steven I bought in the year 1807 and the rules of the Methodist Church to which I belong that is "the rules of their conference allowed me to keep Steven in slavery twenty three years and nine months and then set him free and I am still willing to provide by it and do say pointedly that he shall be freed accordingly and his Steven's wife Sall I say shall be freed at the same time said Steven is provided that she is willing to leave the family and not otherwise.
My negro man Dick and Amy his wife I say appointenly declare shall be set free from their slavery on the twenty fifth day of August in the year of our Lord 1838.  My reason for setting Amy and Dick free are because they are and have been honest industrious slaves.
If I should die before them two expires it is my will that my wife Elizabeth McMurry may keep Dick and Amy for her own benefit during the balance of their servitude, etc.
My negro man Gam after the death of my wife Elizabeth shall be sold..."
John McMurry
Book D, Page --

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Page 132
John B. Lanham
March 19, 1828
April 28, 1828
"...And in case my wife (Eleanor Lanham) should marry then my negro boy Ken is to be for my children use and to school them..."
John B. Lanham
Book D, Page 330

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Page 133-134
Deborah Butler
March 12, 1822
May 13, 1822
"...I tive to my loving son Douglas Butler three negro slaves Ann, Robert and Nelson...
First my son Douglass Butler shall his to Rebecca Fryate the wife of Edmond Fryate one negro girl named Eliza, etc. and at her death the negro girl to go to my niece Deboray Fryate during her life. And at her death shall be divided between my grand daughters Devorah Butler and Rebecca Carlisle."
Deborah Butler
Book D, Page 353


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Page 134
Charles Mudd
August 2, 1828
September 22, 1828
"...The negro man Randal and Richard and Caroline to fall to Austin Mudd, Patrick Mudd, Patrick Mudd, Robert Mudd, Polin Baptist Mudd and Lewis Mudd to be equally divided between the above named heirs and representatives of Susannah Mudd deceased."
Charles Mudd
Book D, Page 354

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Page 134
Mathew Logan
September 19, 1828
October 27, 1828
"...Item it is further my will that (my dearly beloved wife Sally Logan) shall have the following negroes: towit: Mourn, Jane, Eliza, Harriet, Elweze and Jim"
Matthew Logan
Book D, Page 358

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Page 135
Joseph Funk
September 16, 1828
October 27, 1828
"...I give unto my wife Elizabeth...a negro woman named Maria..."
Joseph Funk
Book D, Page 367

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Page 136
Henrietta Boone
November 27, 1828
December 24, 1828
"...Item three I give unto my sister Sarah Medley my two women slaves Magdelen and Catherine during her natural life and at her death to go to her daughter and my grand daughter Mariah Medley.  The two women slaves I do not wish to be separated...
Item five I will that Mary my woman slave shall be sold to the highest bidder who is to be a housekeeper in the St Rose congregation..."
Henrietta Boone
Book D, Page 385

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Page 137
Thomas Ozbourn
February 18, 1829
March 23, 1829
"...I give and bequeath unto my brother Edward...my man Philip his wife and their six children and it is also my will that my brother Edward shall give to my five sisters in exchange for the above named negroes four of his negroes namely Peg, Nancy, Chara Ann and Mary with my negro boy Henry to be divided equally between my above sisters Catherine, Patsy, Sarah, Anne and Elizabeth to belong to them and their heirs forever. Said Edward is also to give in exchange for the above named Phil, Milly and six children his negro boy David.  It is also my will that said negro David shall belong to my brother Joseph forever.
It is also my will that my negro man Philip shall have my trunk, my ?ed stad and furniture.."
Thomas Ozbourn
Book D, Page 396

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Page 137-138
Abiezer Plummer
March 19, 1829
April 27, 1829
"...to my grand daughter Eliza Jane Plummer Rineheart I bequeath to her one negro girl named Esther...
To Mordecai Plummer my beloved son I bequeath to him a negro man named William...
To my daughter Elizabeth Lamnem I bequeath one negro boy named Ben...
To my daughter Hester Hayes I leave a decent support during her natural life it to be made out of the main property one negro boy named Friday...
To my daughter Nancy I bequeath to her at the division a negro boy named Lank...
To my son Steven I bequeath one negro boy named James...
To my son George I bequeath to him one negro girl named Ruth..."
Abiezer Plummer
Book D, Page 402

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Page 140
John M. Stayton
March 23, 1830
April 26, 1830
"...I will to my beloved mother Hannah Stayton my two negroes Abraham and David..."
John Stayton
Book D, Page 467

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Page 141-142
Edward Clarkson
July 23, 1828
August 23, 1830
"...I will unto my daughter Treacy Constantine my negro woman Milly and her child and her increase to said Treacy forever.
After the death of my wife it is to be understood that I intend to give my son Charles that is my negro man George..."
Edward Clarkson
Book D, Page 479

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Page 143
William Willis, Jr
March 19, 1830
July 26, 1830
"...N. B. it is my wish that my negro man Phil should be hired for the best price that can be had until some opportunity offers to sell him for a good price."
William Willis Jr
Book D, Page 491



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Love Token




"E'en as the morning dew distils
Its sweetness on the flower,
So unto you may life disclose
Fresh beauty every hour!
What wish can friendship form for thee,
What brighter star invoke to shine?
Thy path from every thorn be free
And every rose be thine
Oh I let my friendship in the wreath,
Though but a bud among these flowers,
Its sweetest fragrance round thee breathe,
'Twill serve to soothe the
weary hours.
All thy life be ever bright -
Never shadow, ever light!



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Two Different Frank Roscoe's

Frank was a name used in my Roscoe family in two consecutive generations.  The two men are often confused in various online trees.  I've found some records to sort them out.

Frank Abraham Roscoe was a son of David A. Roscoe and Mary Crosby Fero.  He first appears with his parents in the 1870 census of Will County, Illinois at age 4, his birthplace was New York.  Ten years later they are still in Will County.  The next census record I had for him was the 1930 Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska, although I did have the rest of the Roscoe family for the other census years.

According to his mother's obituary in May of 1923, Frank was living in Miami, Florida. Then when his brother William died in 1947, Frank was living in Salt Lake City, Utah.  My final clue was that his wife's name was Anna.  I got that information years ago from another Roscoe researcher, Ivan Roscoe, who has since passed away.  Ivan was very helpful to me getting started on this line.  So with these clues, I did more searching for this Frank and found what I believe is a good timeline for him.

1891 - This marriage record from Gunnison, Colorado could be the right Frank Roscoe.  His age would be about right with his birth year of 1867.  The wife's name is Anna, she is 6 years younger.  There is a memorial at Find A Grave for Annie Roscoe in Gunnison.  Her birth year is unknown, and no other information is given.  She died in January, 1911.
Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006, Family Search
1900 - Gunnison, Colorado census record shows Frank Roscoe, 33, born Jan. 1867 in New York.  He was working as a railroad conductor.  His wife is listed as "Hettie", age 29, born Oct. 1870 in Colorado.  I noticed they live next door to a "house of ill fame" with three women living there.  In 1910 I found Annie "Rosoe" living in Gunnison with her parents Thomas and Mary Williams, she was 38 and divorced.  I wonder if the house next door had anything to do with that.

1907 - October 7th.  Frank A. Roscoe married Emma Smith in Salt Lake City, Utah. Smith? He was 40 (about right), she was 34.  I'm not sure this is the same man, but...

1910 - Salt Lake City.  Frank A. Roscoe (Rascoe at Ancestry) is living with Emma Roscoe and a step-son Ernest Cox, Jr.  Frank was 50 (a little too old), born in New York, working as a bartender; Emma was 37, born in Switzerland and Ernest was 14.  I've found Emma's marriage record to Ernest Cox, and also mentions of their divorce in the Salt Lake Herald in 1903.

1920 - Frank, 53, and Emma, 47, are still living in Salt Lake City.  Ernest is no longer living with them.  Frank is a solicitor for an insurance company.  It seems like maybe selling insurance didn't set well with him and he needed a change...

1924 - If it wasn't for the mention in his mother's obituary that Frank was in Miami, I would never have thought to look for him there.  But from the Miami City Directory:
US City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry
1930 - Frank, age 63, was living back in Clatonia, Nebraska.  Enumerated #1, Frank was working as a cook in a restaurant.  He is listed as a widow, but I'm sure now that that is an "alternative fact".  It also states he was not a veteran and he was 21 years old when he first married.

1940 - Salt Lake City at age 74, Frank is divorced, living in Long Hotel on West So Temple.  He was born in New York, had an 8th grade education and didn't work.

1947 - According to William Roscoe's obituary, Frank was in Salt Lake City, which looks like where he spent the rest of his life.
Death Certificates, Utah State Archives
1951 - Frank died on June 5 aged 63.  The information on his death certificate was provided by Charles A. Apgar whose address was the same as Frank's.  Parents are unknown, his birth date is January 1, 1866 and place is Utica, New York.

Frank was buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Salt Lake City.  In that same cemetery, listed at Find A Grave is Emma Baer Roscoe with it noted that she was divorced from Frank A. Roscoe at the time of her death.  And on Emma's death certificate, the informant was Ernest Roscoe.  Frank may have officially adopted his step-son, it doesn't seem that he had any children of his own.


Frank Abraham's brother William had a son he named Frank Edward.  Born in January of 1889, he lived with his family in DeWitt and later Clatonia, Nebraska.  In 1910 (he would be 21 years old) I haven't been able to find him in the census.  He served as a Fireman in the Navy during the Great War.  I don't know if he was in the service as early as 1910 and stayed in through the War.  Or I wonder if he was living with his oldest sister in Canada and that's why I haven't found him then.

In 1920, Frank E., at age 28, is single and living with his parents and one brother in Clatonia, Nebraska.  Then in 1923, Frank died at age 31 of typhoid fever on May 16.  According to his obituary, he was survived by his wife.  I haven't been able to find any marriage record.  His obit was in the DeWitt Times-News, Thursday, May 24, 1923.

I suspect that Frank's wife was from Missouri, and I've looked for a marriage record there but haven't found one.  I've also tried to find her in the 1920 census as "Era Roscoe" in case they had married earlier and were separated then.  This appeared in the DeWitt Times-News one week after the obit on May 31.


I also suspect that she was pregnant when he died and gave birth to a baby girl later in 1923.  Several years later on August 20, 1941, this appeared in the social column of Clatonia news in the Beatrice Daily Times:

If Miss Frankie Mae Roscoe is the daughter of Frank Edward, she would never have known her father.  Her mother may have remarried, but it looks like she kept the Roscoe name.  I have not been able to find anything more on Miss Frankie Mae.

If you have these Frank Roscoe's in your tree, please let me know if you question any of this.  And if you know of Miss Frankie Mae Roscoe, I'd love to hear from you.



My Relationship to:

Frank Abraham Roscoe, son of David A. Roscoe: Second Great Granduncle
Frank Edward Roscoe, son of William Harlow Roscoe: Great Granduncle
    The lineage:
  1. My Third Great Grandfather David A. Roscoe
  2. My Great Great Grandfather William Harlow Roscoe
  3. My Great Grandma Charlotte Isabelle (Roscoe) Menke
  4. My Grandpa
  5. My Dad
  6. Me

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday's Faces from the Past - Gertrude


"Gertrude" sent these postcards, each with this photo, to both my Great Grandmother Sadie (Mrs. Art McGrath) and her sister Alice Negley.  They must have been enclosed together in another envelope, these aren't stamped or fully addressed to have been mailed. Her longer message to Alice says she was working at a hotel, but no mention of the location. There's no date here, but Sadie married Art McGrath in 1908, Alice never married.  

These postcards were in the Old Trunk in the Attic, among other things that at one time belonged to either Sadie or Alice, or both.  I'm sure Gertrude is not a relative, but a good friend of both Sadie and Alice.  I was looking through some transcribed obituaries I have that came from a scrapbook put together by someone in the Negley or McGrath family, and I found an obituary for Ezra Ayer who had a daughter named Gertrude.  So I looked at the 1900 census for Gertrude Ayer and found her in Eldorado.  She was the same age as Sadie Negley.  They went to school together in Eldorado.  



Clara Gertrude Ayer married Carlton Henry Wood about 1902.  They had two daughters, Emma Gertrude and Vivian Effie.  For two decades, they all lived in Iowa and Nebraska together until 1930 when Carl and Vivian disappear.  Gertrude and Emma are living with Gertrude's parents in Aurora, Nebraska.  In 1940, its just Gertrude and her father in Aurora.  From his obituary I learned that one of Gertrude's daughters was Mrs. Arthur Childers of California which lead me to find that Gertrude died in California in 1959.  She is buried near her parents in the Harvard, Nebraska cemetery.



"How are you all by this time?  I am fine and dandy.  Am still working at the Hotel.  We have a new cook here now.  He is about as slow as ever was.  The waiter says he makes him so nervous he don't know what to do because he is so slow about giving him his orders.  He isn't near as good a cook as the other one.  The first cook went to take a vacation.  He says he will come back in two months if they want him.  Best Wishes for Easter and write me a letter.  Read Estella's"  

"Read Estella's"  is that present tense read or past tense read?  And who is Estella?  Stella Rath was another Eldorado student in the late 1890's, maybe that's who Gertrude was referring to.

I can't be absolutely sure that the postcard photo is Clara Gertrude Ayer Wood, but it's very possible it is her.  If you know Gertrude, please leave a comment below or send me an email. 



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Robert I. Boone family




Robert I. Boone was born August 1, 1837 in Nelson County, Kentucky the son of Christopher Boone and Ann "Nancy" Rhodes. Elizabeth Johnson, daughter of James Matthew Johnson and Charlotte Ballard was born about 1855 in Nelson County.  I found this hand-written permission slip at Family Search -


"Jany the 30 - 1874 
Mr. J. S. Elloit
I consent that Robert Boon can obtain licens at your office for him self and my Daughter Elizabeth
                                       James M Johnson
Richard Watson"



Also at Family Search was this pretty Marriage Certificate.  Robert and Elizabeth were married on February 3, 1874 at St. Ivo's Church in Nelson County by Nicholas Ryan.  Witnesses were Richard and Anna Watson. 


Robert died on February 10, 1900 just a few days past their 26th wedding anniversary.  He was 63 years old.  Elizabeth died January 17, 1933 at about 78 years of age.  They are both buried in St. Dominics Cemetery, but Elizabeth's grave is unmarked.  

Together they farmed and raised 9 children: 
 
1. William Nicholas Boone - born March 28, 1875 and died in 1949 at age 74.  He was married to Susan Alma Smith on January 24, 1911 in Marion County.  They are buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bardstown, Kentucky.

2. Mary Frances Charlotte "Lottie" Boone - born February 26, 1878.  She married William Alfred Bryant Mattingly on August 28, 1900.  She died September 28, 1962 at 84 and is buried in St. Charles Cemetery, in St. Mary, Kentucky.


3. Annie Boone - born in 1879.  She married Ira Willis Walsh on October 27, 1897 at St. Ivo's church.  This certificate is at Family Search.  I haven't been able to find them in census records.

4. Margaret "Maggie" Boone - born about 1882.  She married Robert Harris September 28, 1902 in Washington County.  Family Search has this copy of the marriage register.  I haven't found any census records for them either, the name is just too common.


5. Henry Francis Boone - born September 12, 1885 and died July 10, 1967 at 82.  He married first Mary Sophia Roberts on April 23, 1910.  She is listed as his nearest relative on his WWI draft registration (which is on Ancestry) dated Sept. 12, 1918.  Sophia died in 1944.  Henry later married Josephine Elizabeth Mattingly and they are all buried in St. Augustine Church Cemetery, Lebanon.  


6. Wilson Boone - born in 1888 and died January 19, 1915 when he was 26 years old.  He lays to rest in St Dominics Cemetery, Springfield, Kentucky.   His name inscribed on the same stone as his father.



7. James Robert Boone - born April 6, 1891.  He married Mary Virginia Greene-Mackin, widow of Michael Makin who died in 1924.  From Ancestry, on his WWI draft registration he was a single farmer in 1917 taking care of his mother and sister.  He died December 26, 1974 at age 83 and is buried in St Dominics Cemetery. 


8. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Boone - born 1893 and died September 6, 1959 at age 66 in Danville.  She remained single throughout her life and spent many years living in the State Hospital for the Insane.  She rests in St Dominics Cemetery.

9. Joseph William Boone - born August 30, 1896 in Marion County.  He married Mary Angela Roberts.  He died July 9, 1967 at 71 and is also buried in St Dominics Cemetery.





In this picture is Lottie Mattingly, Nick Boone, Joe Boone, Henry Boone and Robert Boone.  The two boys in front are Billy and Ben Boone, who I believe are the youngest sons of Joe.  If that is correct then the photo was taken about 1937.