Old Wills

1790 Will of Benjamin Graham

Benjamin Graham was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1753.  He married Faithful Hall, in that county, November 13, 1782.

Mercer County Court House – Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Will Book A, pages 41-43

Scan121In the name of God, Amen.  I, Benjamin Graham, of the Count of Mercer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, being sickly and weak of body, but of a sound and perfect mind and memory and calling to mind that there is a time for all men to die, do therefore make and ordain this my last will and testament in the manner and form following.  I commit my soul to the hand of almighty God that gave it and my body to the dust to be buried in a

Scan122Christian and decent like manner, at the directions of my executor hereafter named, and as for the worldly estate that hath pleased God to bless me with I give, desire and bequeath in the following manner.  First I ordain that all my just debts and funeral charges be justly and faithfully paid.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my loving wife Faithful the one third of my real and personal estate and if she thinks proper to have the same at the appraisement bill that may be made of my goods and chattels.  And all the remainder and reversion of my estate whether real, personal or mixed, and a purchase of land I made from David Hazel lying between the Cane Run meeting house and Harrodsburg, all of the same to be sold and the monies arising therefrom to be equally divided amongst my four daughters, Alice, Elizabeth, Mary and Jane; I also devise and ordain that my daughter Alice to live with my brother Samuel, and that my daughter Mary live with my brother James’ widow until they arrive to full age and that my daughter’s Elizabeth and Jane to remain with my wife as long as she remains single or can deal justly by them.  I do hereby constitute my loving brother Samuel Graham and my trusty friend Elisha Thomas my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament, thereby revoking and disannuling all former wills and testaments by me heretofore made and done, pronouncing and declaring this only to be my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this second day of August Anno Domini 1790.

                                                              Benjamin Graham

Signed, sealed, pronounced

Scan123and declared to be his last will and testament in the presence of us – Joshua Dodson, William McCachron

Mercer County – September Court 1790

This last will and testament of Benjamin Graham, deceased, was produced in court and proved by the oath of William McCachron, a subscribing witness thereto and ordered to recorded.

Teste.  Thomas Allin, C. C.

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