Old Wills

1790 Will of John Jones of Bourbon County

Bourbon County Clerk, Will Book A, Pages 37-39

In the name of God amen.  The sixteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety, I, John Jones, of the County of Bourbon and district of Kentucky, being very sick of body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.  That is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it and for my body I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian-like and decent manner at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the might power of God and as touching such worldly estate is herewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and deign in the following manner and form.

Imprimis.  It is my will and I do order that in the first, all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my well-beloved son, John Jones, a young black mare and two hundred acres of land lying on the waters of Mill Creek and a rifle gun when he comes to the age of twenty-one years, and to his heirs and assigns forever.

I leave my dwelling plantation to be equally divided between my two sons, Jacob and Benjamin Jones, when they come to the age of twenty-one years, also a mare for each of them and their heirs and assigns forever.

I lease to my wife, Susanna Jones, to have her living, devising her being unmarried, on my dwelling place and to have possession of said house and plantation as long as she lives a single life, but if she should marry she is to stay no longer on the place, but if she should marry she is to have the third part of all the stock, household furniture and money, land excepted.

I give and bequeath to my four daughters, Christiana, Betsey, Susanna and Catherine Jones, my whole estate except three mares I left for the boys, such as stock, household furniture, to be equally divided amongst them when they come of age except my wife’s thirds, which is to come out of my estate.  I likewise constitute and ordain my wife, Susanna Jones, and Jacob Jones, my brother, my only and whole executors of this my last will and testament of all my lands and moveables and all and singular, every individual, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other testaments, wills, legacies and executors by me in any ways before this time named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.  In witness to hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

John Jones

Signed, sealed in presence of us

Susanna Keison, Christopher Keison, Henry Speaks, James Creen

Bourbon December Court 1790

The last will and testament of John Jones, deceased, is as produced to Court and proved by the oaths of Henry Speaks and James Creen, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste. John Edwards, Clerk

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  1. Interesting that he says his wife has to leave her home if she remarries.

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