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David Woods Will

Scan_Pic1574Will of Daniel Woods

Mercer County, Kentucky – Will Book 1

In the name of God, Amen.  I, Daniel Woods, of the County of Mercer and Colony of Virginia, being now in perfect sense and memory do make this my last will and testament, and as for what Estate I hath please God to bestow on me, I give and bequeath as followeth.  First I desire that the Debts that I justly owe should be paid and likewise my burial charges.

Item.  I give all my household and kitchening furniture, with all my working tools to my beloved wife, Mary Woods, to her and her heirs forever.  Item.  My will is that a Deed of Conveyance be made to Ann Jennings, wife of Jonathan Jennings, for fifty acres of land, being part of the tract I now live on and include the Springs, called the Three Springs, where Johnathan Jennings late improvement is.  Item, my will is that my mother, Ann Woods, be gently maintained out of my Estate during her life.  Item, I give all the rest of my Estate, consisting of lands, Negroes, Stock, etc., to be equally divided between my beloved wife, Mary Woods, and all my children, John Woods, Nancy Woods, Billey Woods and Betsey Woods, to them and their heirs forever.  Except my present crop of corn and wheat, I desire, and my will is that that be kept together for the support of my family.  Lastly I appoint Captain Samuel McAfee and Captain John Gilmore my whole and sole executors to this my last will and testament.  In witness of I have hereunto set my hand and seal the thirtieth day of September, one thousand seven hundred and eighty six.                                      David Woods

Scan_Pic1575Teste:  Bernard Noel, John Smith, Samuel Woods

At a court held for Mercer County at the Courthouse on the 5th day of December 1786.

This last will and testament of David Woods, deceased, produced in Court and proved by the oaths of John Smith and Samuel Woods, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded                                          Teste.  Thomas Allin County Clerk

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