Sunday, November 1, 2020

Last Will & Testament of "Joe Tunk" Spalding, 1939

Last week I posted the Will of William T Spalding. This week I have his son Joe's will dated May 31, 1939. Joe's son Marcus is my daughter's Great Grandfather. Mark Spalding married Cora Lula Spalding, whose Grandfather John Austin Spalding is a brother of William T Spalding. Mark and Cora were second cousins, both Grand Grandchildren of Richard A Spalding and Henrietta Thompson.

Joseph Spalding married Harriet Elizabeth "Bettie" Thomas and together they had 9 children. Both Bettie and son Leroy Spalding died November 26, 1896. Joe Tunk died on January 6, 1945, his entire life was spent in the Calvary, Marion County, Kentucky area. He is buried beside his wife in Holy Name of Mary Cemetery at Calvary. 

Children of Joe & Bettie Spalding:

  • Mary Louise (1880-1953) married James F Mills 
  • Stella Josephine (1881-1972) married William "Spalding" Robinson 
  • William Thomas (1883-1885)
  • Mary Edith (1884-1972)
  • Marcus Thomas (1886-1950)
  • Susan Frances (1888-1973) married Samuel Ford
  • Annie Cora (1890-1983)
  • Mary Eugenia (1892-1966) Sr Rebecca
  • Leroy (1896-1896)

  • "Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990," FamilySearch (, Marion Will records, 1932-1949, Vol. 4 

Last Will & Testament of Joseph Spalding

I, Joe Spalding, residing at Calvary, Marion County, Kentucky, being of sound mind and Memory, do make and publish this as my last will and testament.

ITEM 1: I direct my Executrix and Executor, hereinafter named, to pay and satisfy in full all my just debts and liabilities.

ITEM 2: I give and bequeath to my daughter, known in religion as Sister Rebecca, of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the sum of One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars to do with as she pleases. I give this to my said daughter as a slight remembrance of the love and affection that I bear towards her.

ITEM 3: The balance of my estate, of every kind and character, real and personal, I give, devise and bequeath, to my four children, Edith Spalding, Marcus Spalding, Susan Spalding Ford and Cora Spalding, conditioned, however, that these four children shall pay jointly the sum of Two Thousand ($2000.00) Dollars to each of my other two children, to-wit:

Lou Spalding Mills, and Stella Robinson. When this payment is made, that is, when Lou Spalding Mills and Stella Robinson shall each receive the sum of Two Thousand ($2000.00) Dollars, then my said four children, to-wit: Edith, Marcus, Susan and Cora, shall own jointly, in fee, my said estate.

ITEM 4: I hereby appoint my daughter, Edith Spalding, Executrix, and my son Marcus Spalding, Executor, of this will, and request that they be permitted to qualify as such without giving any surety upon their official bond, hereby giving and granting to my said Executrix and Executor full power and authority to sell and transfer, by proper deeds of conveyance, any real estate I may own, my said Executrix and Executor shall serve without compensation.

I have endeavored to make this a fail and just will as to all my children, who, in any manner, might be dependent upon me and hole that each of them will so consider it,

Given under my hand this 31st day of May, 1939.

Joseph Spalding

Signed and acknowledged by the testator as his will in our presence and signed by us as witnesses, at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other.

This 31 day of May, 1939

Henry G Boldrick

Chas C Boldrick

At a Special Term of the Marion County Court, held in and for said County on the 11 day of January, 1945, the foregoing paper purporting to be the last will and testament of Joseph Spalding, deceased, was produced in open Court and proven by the testimony of the two attesting witnesses thereto, to-wit: Henry G Boldrick and Chas C Boldrick, and the Court being advised ordered and directed that said paper be established as the last will and testament of the said Joseph Spalding, probated as such and ordered to be recorded which is done accordingly, whereupon I have recorded it, and this certificate - 

Given under my hand this 12 day of January 1945 -

I M Gray, Clerk, M C C 

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