These are the promised wills from yesterday’s blog about the Bland family. Leland’s will was written June 1, 1850 – just six days before he died. We do not know the circumstance of his death – could it have been an illness? An injury? We will most likely never know, but he knew he was going to die. Leland’s will is on pages 214-215 in Hardin County Will Book E.
In the name of God amen. I, Leland Bland, of the County of Hardin and State of Kentucky, being sick and weak in body, but sound in mind and memory, for which I thank God, and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate it has pleased God to bless me with, I give and bequeath in the manner following. That is to say, first it is my will that my wife, Lydia Bland, pay all my just debts out of my estate and the remainder of my personal, real and mixed estate. I hereby will and bequeath to my wife Lydia Bland, for her own use and benefit, and to dispose of as she may think proper, so long as she remains my widow. But in case she should marry then it is my will that she, the said Lydia Bland, shall equally divide two thirds of my estate among my lawful children and the other third to remain hers forever, given under my hand this the first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty, as witness my hand and seal.
Attest, Haydon Yates, T. Lee
At a County Court began and held for Hardin County at the Court House in Elizabethtown on Monday, the 15th of July, 1850, the foregoing instrument of writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of Leland Bland, deceased, was produced in Court and proven in due form of law by the oaths of Haydon Yates and T. Lee, the two subscribing witnesses thereto to be the last will and testament of Leland Bland, deceased, and the same being established was ordered to be recorded whereupon I have truly recorded the same in my office this 2nd day of August, 1850.
Samuel Haycraft, Clerk, by D. C. Dewitt, Clerk
Lydia Bland’s will was written November 4, 1868. She died the 31st of January the following year. Her will is in Book F, pages 44 and 45. Lydia’s will is interesting in that she not only names the two black children ‘which have been living with me since they have had their freedom’, but gives them $100 each from her estate!
I, Lydia Bland, of Hardin County, Kentucky, do make and publish this my last will and testament as follows. First, I desire that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of the first money that shall come to the hands of my executor, hereinafter named.
Second, I desire that my son, James H. Bland, shall
have the whole of my estate that may be left after my death, my son Henry Bland having received his full portion in advance.
Third, I request that my son James H. Bland shall
pay to the two black children which have been living with me since they have had their freedom, Agnes and Elizabeth, each one hundred dollars apiece, when they shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years. And I hereby leave my son James H. Bland my executor to this my last will and testament.
Witness my hand this 4th day of November, 1868.
James S. Pullilove, William C. Richardson
At a County Court held for Hardin at the Court House in Elizabethtown on Monday, February 15, 1869, the foregoing instrument of writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of Lydia Bland, deceased, was produced in court and proven in due form of law by the oaths of James S. Fullilove and William C. Richardson, the two subscribing witnesses thereto and as such the same was established and ordered to be recorded.
Whereupon I have timely recorded the same together with this certificate in my office this 16th day of February, 1869. Virgil Hewitt, Clerk.