Old Wills

Will and Inventory of William Stewart Who Fell at the Battle of Blue Licks

It is quite possible that William Stewart was one of the victims of the Battle of Blue Licks.  He was listed as one of the privates killed, as well as one of his witnesses, Francis McBride.  Clough Overton, another witness, was a captain for this mission, and he, too, died August 19, 1782.  As mentioned in the court records below, only one of the three subscribing witnesses was alive to prove this will.

From the inventory of William Stewart, we can tell he is a single man, no mention of dishes, furniture or other household inventory.  He does not seem to be your average Kentuckian with his wardrobe.  He must have been a man of means, with the number of waistcoats, buckles, handkerchief, stockings, linen shirts, clothes brush, geographical book, etc., that are mentioned.

Terribly sad that he died at such a young age.

Lincoln County, Kentucky (while still part of Virginia)

Will Book 1, Pages 13-14

Appraisement Bill of the Estate of William Stewart, deceased.  Pounds, shillings, pence.

  • One stone horse 35 0 0
  • One roan mare 18 0 0
  • One black horse 18 0 0
  • Three coats 10 0 0
  • Three waistcoats 2 10 0
  • One great coat 2 10 0
  • Three blankets 2 10 0
  • One pair of breeches 0 15 0
  • One pair of drawers 0 6 0
  • One pair of overalls 0 6 0
  • Four linen shirts 2 0 0
  • Four socks 0 12 0
  • One handkerchief 0 1 6
  • Eight pair of stockings 2 3 0
  • Two pair of shoes 2 0 0
  • One clothes brush 0 1 0
  • One pair of saddle bags 0 15 0
  • One geographical book 0 10 0
  • One pair of silver knee buckles 0 10 0
  • One pocket book 0 6 0
  • One saddle and ? 4 0 0
  • One pair of half hand gloves 0 1 0
  • One pair of cloth leggings 0 4 0
  • Thirty-five buttons 0 3 0
  • Sixteen horn buttons 0 0 9
  • Two old gloves 0 1 6
  • One comb 0 2 6
  • One roll of blackball 0 1 0
  • One fill of oker 0 0 6
  • One half pound of gunpowder 0 3 0
  • One pair of leather breeches 0 10 0
  • One pounds of soap 0 0 6
  • One razor 0 1 0
  • One set of Frisons 0 1 6
  • One pair of horse shoes 0 0 6
  • One set of plough irons 2 0 0
  • Two papers of ink powder 0 2 0
  • One box of wafers 0 0 6
  • Part of a beaver trap 0 2 0
  • One pair of harness and part of chain truss 0 2 0
  • One watch 2 0 0

At a Court held for Lincoln County 19th March 1783

This inventory and appraisement was returned to Court and ordered to be recorded.

Teste. William May, Clerk, Lincoln County

Lincoln County, Kentucky (while still part of Virginia)

Will Book 1, Pages 19-20

The Will of William Stewart

In the name of God, amen.  The twenty-fifth day of August 1781.  I, William Stewart of Lincoln County and Commonwealth of Virginia, yeoman, being of perfect health, mind and memory, thanks be give 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, today, principally and first of all I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the direction of my executors, nothing doubting but at the resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis.  I give and bequeath unto my well-beloved father two certain tracts of land on the north side of Kentucky containing two thousand four hundred acres, one tract known by the name of the Trough Spring on the head of Glen’s Creek, the other adjoining as will more fully appear by the records in the surveyor’s office.

Imprimis.  I give unto my beloved brother, Robert Stewart, the sum of five pounds lawful money of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to be paid out of my estate.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my well-beloved sisters Hanna and Mary all and singular my estate not already bequeathed to be equally divided between them, the said Hanna and Mary, and I do hereby constitute and appoint James Hunter, John Smith and William McBride, Executors, of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disapprove all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies and bequests and Executors by me in any will before named, willed and bequeathed.  Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Signed, sealed and declared by the said William Stewart as his last will and testament in presence of us the subscribers – N.B. the word Executors underlined before signing.

William Stewart

Clough Overton, Ebenezer Miller, Francis McBride

At a Court held for Lincoln County 21st January 1783.

This instrument of writing was submitted in Court as the last will and testament of William Stewart, deceased, and proved by the oath of Ebenezer Miller, the only surviving witness and ordered to recorded.

Teste.  William May, Clerk, Lincoln County

4 replies »

  1. Wow! 2 McBride’s in two days! Now, I just have to figure out if they are part of MY McBride’s!
    Thank you for doing all of this. It is a joy to follow your adventures, and see the history of the State that my McBride’s helped settle.

  2. I am a descendant of William Field(s) who was in the Battle of Blue Licks. Thanks so much for posting these yesterday and today! Eve Fields

    On Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 6:00 AM, Kentucky Kindred Genealogy wrote:

    > Kentucky Kindred Genealogical Research posted: “It is quite possible that > William Stewart was one of the victims of the Battle of Blue Licks. He was > listed as one of the privates killed, as well as one of his witnesses, > Francis McBride. Clough Overton, another witness, was a captain for this > mission,” >

  3. I have been researching deeds in Washington County, Kentucky and came across deeds naming Mary Hunter and Hannah Harris as heirs of William Stewart. The deeds are for land owned by their father, William Stewart, and they are conveying to: Peter Cummins 400a, Henry Hagan 500a Stewarts Creek, Henry Woods 300a Cartwrights Ck, & Martin Everheart 600a Hardins Ck, in Washington County, KY. This is interesting since this William names sisters Mary & Hannah. The first deed was dated 19 Dec 1798 but I haven’t been able to figure out whether their father ever lived in Washington County, where he died, etc. I am not related but thought this might be interesting to the descendants of this family.

  4. Please disregard part of my first comment. Realized that Mary Hunter & Hannah Harris were not named as the daughter of William Stewart, but rather as devisees, so it appears it is their brother’s property that they are conveying. They did this through their lawyer, Thomas Dodd, who was a son-in-law to Hannah Harris. Her will in Franklin County, KY as follows: Hannah Harris. June 29, 1802. Sons: John, Daus: Ann Innis, Elizabeth Todd, Sarah Smith, Mary Hanna, Rachel, Hanna. Ex: son John, Thomas Todd, Harry Innis (sons-in-law). Wit. Lewis Arnold, Ann Innis.

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