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1824 Will of Edward Barber Edwards

Scan_Pic1578Edward Barber Edwards is my 4th gr-grandfather, born in Maryland April 21, 1768, the eldest son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber.  He married Nancy Linton, daughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason.  Edward’s sons are mentioned in his will, but not his daughters.  They were Susan Clark Edwards, my 3rd gr-grandmother, Catherine Kitural Edwards, Mary Jane Edwards, Martha L. Edwards and Sarah Barber Edwards.

Will Book D, Page 112 – Washington County, Kentucky

I, Edward B. Edwards, of the county of Washington and state of Kentucky, being sound in mind do make this my last will and testament and do dispose of my estate as follows.  It is my desire that all my just debts be paid.  I give my wife, Nancy, the land that I now live on with all the stock and Negroes and household and kitchen furniture during her life except one hundred acres of the land that I give to my son John at the expiration of seven years from this date to be laid off on the north-west line and at the death of my wife the balance of the land is to belong to my son Benjamin and the rest of my estate to be equally divided between my daughters and my son Jonathan, but my wife may at any time that she thinks proper give any part of my property to any one of the girls or Jonathan, except the land, provided it be no more than their 10th portionable part and it shall stand good and in order that this my will be duly executed, I leave my beloved wife Nancy and my son John my executors.  Given under my hand and seal this sixteenth day of January one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four.

Edward B. Edwards

William T. Caldwell, John H. Linton, John Linton

At a County Court began and held for Washington County on Monday, the 8th day of March, 1824 – This last will and testament of Edward B. Edwards was produced in court and proved by the oaths of John H. Linton and John Linton, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and thereupon ordered to be recorded, which has accordingly been recorded in Will Book D Page 112.  Att. John Hughes, Jr. WCC

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