Old Wills

1790 Will of James McCoun

Will of James McCoun

Mercer County, Kentucky

Book 1, Pages 44-46

Scan134In the name of God, amen.  I, James McCoun, of Kentucky maketh this my last will and testament, that is to say principally, and first of all, I resign my soul to its creator in humble hope of its future happiness as being in the disposal of a being infinitely good, and as touching

Scan135such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate by my executors hereafter to be named, out of my personal estate.

I give and bequeath to my well and beloved wife, Ann, the thirds of my settlement and preemption whilst she lives and her third part of the moveable estate.  I give to my sons James, John and David, my settlement and preemption and four hundred and fifty six acres adjoining it to be equally divided between them.

I give to my daughters, Elizabeth, Ann, Margaret and Mary, five hundred acres of land lying on the south fork of Benson Creek.  Likewise five hundred acres on Balis Run, also five hundred acres adjoining the tract I now live on to be equally divided between them.  My movable estate is to be equally divided between all my children.  I do hereby nominate and appoint my sons James and John executors of this my will.  I do hereby revoke and make void all other and former wills by me made, declaring this to be my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirty-first day of August, one thousand seven hundred and ninety.

James McCoun

Scan136Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said James McCoun in presence of us the subscribers.

John Armstrong, Ann McAfee, James Ledgerwood, Robert Armstrong

Mercer County Set                                December Court 1790

This last will and testament of James McCoun, deceased, was exhibited into court and proved by the oaths of Robert Armstrong and James Ledgerwood, two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.                          Teste Thomas Allin, C. C.

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