1786 Will of William Vancleave – Mercer County

Will of William Vancleave

Mercer County Will Book A, Pages 75-76

In the name of God, amen.  I, William Vancleave of the District of Kentucky and County of Mercer, being very weak and low in body, but in good and perfect memory thanks be to God, do make and constitute this my last will and testament.

First, I desire my body to be buried in a Christian-like manner, my funeral expenses and my lawful debts being paid, the rest of my estate to be disposed of in manner following.

Item – I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Abigail Vancleave, the thousand acres preemption land lying on Paint Lick Creek for her to dispose of as she sees cause to use in behoof of my beloved children – Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, John, Ebenezer and William.  Likewise, the three hundred acres purchased from Evan Hinton by virtue of a bond given by him, said Hinton, likewise two hundred and fifty acres purchased from Squire Boone during his residence in Carolina, he giving lawful bond for the same.  All the above mentioned land for the use above mentioned and their heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Jonathan, two thirds of five hundred acres of land which falls to him by the death of his sister Sarah, deceased, being her own by a gift and now to be his and his heirs forever.  Also, I give and bequeath unto my son Jonathan, one black cow with a white face, marked with a crop in the right ear, and an underbite in the same ear, and a slit in the left ear and one coat to be his.

Item.  I have and bequeath unto my daughter Phoebe Harris, not heretofore mentioned

in my will, two hundred acres of land lying in Jefferson County, due to me from said Boone by virtue of a warrant that the said Boone laid for me.  I likewise give and bequeath unto my wife Abigail the full possession of all my personal estate book, debts, bonds, etc.

I likewise appoint my well-beloved friend, William Crow, and my beloved wife Abigail my lawful executors and this to be my last will and testament as witness my hand this second day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six.  Sealed and delivered in presence of us, underlined before signed.

William Vancleave

Teste.  Thomas Gilmore, William Gilmore, Rachel Vancleave, Kathrine Anderson

Mercer County, February Court 1788

This last will and testament of William Vancleave, deceased, was exhibited into Court and proved by the oath of Catherine Anderson, one of the witnesses thereto.

Teste.  Thomas Allin, C.C.

Mercer County, March Court 1792

This last will and testament of William Vancleave, deceased, was fully proved by the oath of Rachel Vancleave, another of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste.  Thomas Allin, C. C.

1794 Marriage Bond of Thomas Boone and Susannah Marquis – Madison County

Madison County, Kentucky

Know all men by these presents that we, Thomas Boone and George Marquis, are held and firmly bound unto James Garrard, Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the just and full sum of fifty pounds, to which payment well and truly to be made to the said governor or his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs and auditors, firmly by these presents, sealed and dated this 16th day of November 1794.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be had solemnized between the above bound Thomas Boone and Susannah Marquis, both of Madison County.  If there be no lawful cause to obstruct the same then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full form, force and virtue.

Thomas Boone, George Marquis

Foree Family Buried In New Castle Cemetery – Henry County

Peter Foree, Revolutionary War Soldier, born 1745, died March 20, 1844.  New Castle Cemetery, Henry County, Kentucky.

The Foree family is well established in the early days of Henry County.  Peter Foree, a Revolutionary War veteran, and grandfather of the Thomas Pryor Foree of the biography below, has not only a DAR marker on his grave, but the chapter of the LaGrange D.A.R. is named for him – Peter Foree D.A.R. Chapter.  The Foree’s have the gift of longevity – Peter lived for 99 years, as did his son, Peter, the father of Thomas.

Peter Foree, born Jun 4, 1783, died October 2, 1881.

In the 1850 census of Henry County, Peter Foree is 66, and was born in Virginia.  His wife Nancy is also 66.  They have one daughter, Fannie, 26, living with them.  Thomas P. Foree is 33 in this census, and lives with his wife, Ann, 25, and young daughter, Nancy, 1.  This is the only census in which he is not living with his father.  Thomas Foree married Anna Ball February 8, 1848.  They had three children, Nancy, Peter and Pryor, before her death in 1853.  Son Pryor also died the same year.  Son Peter died in 1884.  Daughter Nancy married in 1880, but quickly divorced.  She lived with her father until his death.

Susan Roberts, wife of Thomas P. Foree, born July 13, 1832, died January 23, 1879.

In 1874 Thomas Foree married Susan Roberts.  She lived only a few years, passing away in 1879.

Peter G. Foree, born April 6, 1851, died January 21, 1884.

During the census years of 1860, 1870 and 1880, three or four generations lived in one household.  Peter Foree, the eldest, with his son Thomas, Thomas’ children Peter and Nancy, and other nieces and grandnieces.  In 1900, two of Thomas’ grandsons, children of his deceased son Peter, lived with him.  Several members of the Foree extended family were married at Thomas Foree’s home.  It must have been a happy, welcoming home with lots of people and lots of love.

Fannie Foree, wife of G. C. Castleman, born March 16, 1824, died March 5, 1891.

Thomas Foree had only one sibling that lived to maturity – Fannie Foree who married G. C. Castleman.  She is listed on the large stone marking the resting places of the Foree family.

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 1887

Henry County

T. P. Foree was born in Henry County, Kentucky, December 1, 1817, a son of Peter and Nancy (Tool) Foree. Peter was born in North Carolina in 1783, married a Miss Sallie Pryor, engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life, and died in 1882, in his ninety-ninth year. He was in the War of 1812.  His father, also named Peter, was a native of France.  Mrs. Nancy Foree was born in Virginia, a daughter of William Tool.  Our subject is one of a family of six children, but one living besides himself, Fannie Castleman.  Mr. Foree married, in 1848, Miss Annie Ball, of Henry County, and three children blessed their union, but one living, Nannie.  Mrs. Foree died in 1852, and in 1874 he married Miss Lou Roberts, of Jessamine County, Kentucky, daughter of Rankin Roberts.  Mr. Foree is considered one of the most extensive and successful farmers in the county, owns over 1,000 acres of land near New Castle, and is also engaged in stock raising.  He is a gentleman of genial disposition, of varied information and fine business ability, and is held in high esteem by all who know him.

New Castle Cemetery – Henry County

Joseph S. Roberts, March 10, 1847 – June 22, 1905.  New Castle Cemetery, Henry County, Kentucky

G. Mortimore Roberts, September 4, 1839 – February 25, 1889.

Jesse Fears, 1833-1883.  His wife, Elizabeth Fears, 1834-1923.

Thomas H. Coombs, 1838-1900.

Minnie S. Coombs, 1868-1930.

Dr. Sanford Brent, born July 5, 1800, died April 21, 1892.  Nancy, wife of Dr. S. Brent, born, August 23, 1807, died July 12, 1889.

Susan Stringer Bennett – A REAL Daughter of the American Revolution

Leonard Stringer, Sr., 1761 – 1843, Revolutionary War Veteran, Miller Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky

About four years ago my husband, Ritchey, was able to connect with his Jolly family through DNA testing.  This was quite a find, since we knew his grandfather was James Jolly of western Kentucky, but that was all we knew!  Since then we have researched, visited Livingston County where the Jolly’s lived, visited cemeteries there and elsewhere in Kentucky to connect the dots.  Yesterday I found some very interesting articles on his 3rd great-grandmother, Susan Stringer. 

Her father, Leonard Stringer, was born in Washington County, Georgia, about 1760, and drove a provision wagon when the Revolutionary War began.  As soon as he was old enough he became a soldier and served under General Elijah Clarke and was in service until the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown – he had been captured and was in prison when the surrender took place.  He was given a land grant in the county of his birth by Edward Telfair, dated January 20, 1786.  He later moved to Tennessee, living near the Hermitage in Davidson County, where he was a close friend of Andrew Jackson.  Later he came to Livingston County, Kentucky, as a pioneer citizen.  Moved to Alexander County, Illinois, the next year; then back to Livingston County to live out the remainder of his days in the household of his daughter, Susan, and son-in-law, Alfred Bennett.  In the 1830 census of Livingston County he is listed in the 60-70 age group under Alfred Bennett.  In addition to his work as a soldier, Leonard Stringer was also a doctor, minister and school teacher.  There remained in the family, as of 1904, a pair of scales on which he used to weigh drugs.  He had charge of the school in Livingston County and taught Alfred Bennett, who would one day become his son-in-law.

Susan Stringer’s mother was Dolly Ware, the second wife of Leonard Stringer.  Susan was born April 27, 1810.  In October of 1904 Susan Stringer Bennett was inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution as a Real Daughter.  This special privilege was reserved for those women entering the D.A.R. through the revolutionary service of their own fathers.  In all, about 760 women were given this privilege.  The D.A.R. was founded October 11, 1890.

Susan, wife of Alfred Bennett, April 27, 1810 – November 26, 1904.

The following article gives the history of this most interesting father and daughter.  Father, daughter and husband all buried in Miller Cemetery in Livingston County, Kentucky.

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Sunday, November 13, 1904

 Mrs. Susan Stringer Bennett, of Livingston County, Kentucky, enjoys the distinction of being the only surviving Real Daughter of the American Revolution in Kentucky, and one of the few and perhaps oldest in the United States.  Mrs. Bennett is 95 years of age and resides in the same place to which she came with her husband, a young bride, over 70 years ago.  Her home is six miles from Smithland, the present county seat of Livingston County, and two and one-half miles from the Tennessee River.  It is a substantial log house in the heart of the woods, and has escaped, in a measure, the ravage of time.

Mrs. Bennett has just been admitted to the D.A.R. Chapter of Paducah.  A telegram from Mrs. Augusta Danforth Greer, register general at Washington, announcing that Mrs. Bennett’s record has been verified and that she was eligible to be enrolled as a Real Daughter of the Revolution, was received by the regent of the Paducah chapter, Mrs. H. S. Wells, where she was at the Kentucky State D.A.R. convention in Louisville recently.  A telegram was read to the convention and created great enthusiasm, as a real daughter was a novelty in Kentucky.  She was elected by the national society October 5.

Mrs. Bennett’s Father

Mrs. Bennett is the daughter of Leonard Stringer, who was born in Georgia in 1760, and entered the revolutionary army at about the age of fifteen.  He drove a provision wagon until he was considered old enough to enter the regular service.  A grant of land for his services was given him by Edward Telfair, captain, governor and commander in chief of Georgia, and is now filed in the secretary of state’s office in Atlanta.  It is dated January 20, 1786, and calls for 287 acres in Washington County, Georgia.

The following certificate is attached to the document:

‘State of Georgia.

‘This is to certify that Leonard Stringer was entitled to serve as a soldier in the battalion of Minute Men raised for the defense of the state, by resolve of the assembly, passed the 3rd day of June, 1777, and that the said Leonard Stringer was not at the time of his enlistment an inhabitant of this state, nor had he resided in any part thereof for six months previous to his enlistment.  And further that he was in the service at the time the said battalion was reduced by a subsequent resolve, March 1, 1778.

‘Given under my hand at Washington this first day of April 1787.

‘Elijah Clarke, Col.’

Leonard Stringer was married three times and Mrs. Bennett is a daughter of his second marriage with Mrs. Dolly Ware Williams, a widow.  She was born in Georgia in 1810, but her earliest recollection is of living with her parents near Nashville, Tennessee.  She says that her father and Andrew Jackson were intimate friends at that time, and she remembers to have frequently seen them riding on horseback together.

Her father moved to Kentucky when she was about 10 years of age.  He settled in Livingston County, and after remaining there a year went to southern Illinois, where his daughter stayed until her marriage, when she returned to Kentucky.  Her husband was Alfred Bennett and he was born in Livingston County in 1808.  He, too, went to Illinois when quite young, but brought his wife to Kentucky a year after their marriage and passed the remainder of his life near his birthplace.  He died about 17 years ago and was buried in an old cemetery near his widow’s home.

Alfred Bennett, husband of Susan Bennett, born Feberuary 7, 1803, died March 3, 1883, aged 80 years, 26 days.

Leonard Stringer was a man of versatility.  Besides being a soldier, he was a doctor, a minister and a school teacher.  Reminisces of him in each capacity survive in the family history.  A pair of scales on which he used to weigh drugs have been preserved.  As a school teacher he had charge of a school in Livingston County and Alfred Bennett, afterwards his daughter’s husband, went to school to him.

He preached in the pulpit of the church John Wesley, the father of Methodism, established in Savannah, Georgia, and got into a controversy with the followers of Wesley on the subject of baptism, Mr. Stringer being an ardent Baptist.

Had a Good Memory

Mrs. Bennett is remarkably well preserved and delights to talk of other days.

We called to see her recently with Mrs. Wells, the regent of the Paducah Chapter D.A.R., who had been instrumental in establishing her eligibility to become a Daughter of the Revolution.

She was propped up in an old four-poster bedstead, which must have been more than 100 years old, in a quaint room in the old log house.  She looked at us in a glazed sort of way but extended her thin ladylike hand and greeted us with great cordiality.  She wore a black lace cap over her scant grey hair and her bright, small black eyes beamed with intelligence and included all around her.  ‘I am always glad to see visitors, ‘she said.  ‘I see so few people these days.’  It took little encouragement to get her to talk of her recollections.  ‘I came to Kentucky,’ she said in answer to a question, ‘when I was but a girl.  ‘I remember driving along the road with my father, when an old darkey asked me where I was going.’

‘“I am going to Kentucky,” I replied.’

‘“Why, you are already in Kaintucky,” he said.

‘“Why,” I said in surprise, “I do not see any cane,” for I thought the state got its name because cane grew here.’

‘Yes, my father was in the revolutionary war.  I often heard him tell about it.  He knew George Washington very well.  He was in prison once, or in a sort of barricade, rather.  The prisoners were not given enough to eat.  Just a morsel of bread and a morsel of meat was given them – just enough to keep them alive.  A lot of parsley grew inside of the prison wall, though, and the prisoners thought of putting it in a pot and cooking it with their bits of meat, like greens.  Then they lived high.  My father learned to like it so much that I had to cook it for him as long as he lived.’

He was in prison when Cornwallis was taken at Yorktown, and Mrs. Bennett tells of a song which the prisoners sung in which every verse ended with the statement that Lord Cornwallis was taken.

‘The English ladies who heard it were very mad and they would say, “Ye lie, my lord is not taken,” but sure enough he was,’ she ended in triumph.

Father Buried In Livingston

Leonard Stringer came to live with his daughter after her marriage, since his last wife was dead.  He died in Livingston County and is buried in the same old cemetery in which others of Mrs. Bennett’s family are laid to rest.  His death occurred in 1843.

Mrs. Bennett can remember distinctly when her stepbrother, Peter Williams, and her half-brother, Joe Stringer, returned from the War of 1812.  She was then five years of age.

She is a very devout church woman and is the only living member of the original ones of Friendship Baptist Church, within a mile of her home, established in 1840, and she and her husband were the first people baptized between Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, at the point where she lives.

‘They tell me,’ said Mrs. Bennett, laughingly, ‘that the reason I have lived so long is because I have been good.  Now,’ she continued, putting her hands up to her face in coy fashion, ‘I guess I will have to get bad to die.’

Interesting Relics

A flax wheel over 100 years old has been preserved in the Bennett household.

‘I have spun many a hank of flax on that wheel,’ Mrs.  Bennett said, ‘woven into cloth and made it into clothes, and things for the house.  It did not wear as well as cotton, though, and we used cotton more. This we spun and wove, too.’

A spoon presented to the National D.A.R. in recognition of her as a real daughter, with a flax wheel and a woman on the handle, and a hank of flax in the bowl, is, therefore, signally appropriate.

She also has a large platter and an old sugar bowl of blue china which are a century or more old.

Mrs. Bennett was perfectly active until 17 years ago, when she had a fall, which injured her hip and she has never since left home.  She stays in bed most of the time, but occasionally walks around her room, and sits in a chair.  She will be 95 next April.

She has three children living, Mrs. Serena Walker, who resides near Benton, Kentucky, aged 61; Mrs. Amanda Moore, living near Princeton, aged 57, and Rowland Bennett of Livingston County, aged 54.  These are the three youngest.

She is the especial charge of two grandsons, whom she has reared, Zed Bennett, of Smithland, superintendent of public instruction of Livingston County, and Bryant Bennett, who lives with his grandmother and takes care of her.  They live alone, except for a housekeeper.

Mrs. Bennett’s parting speech when we left was like a benediction.

‘Be good,’ she said, ‘and do all of the good in the world you can.’

Such has been the rule of Susan Bennett’s long and useful life.  Begun amid the hardships of pioneer days and extending over nearly the entire history of her country, it has been passed in the secluded spot, sunny, sweet and helpful, an inspiration to all who came in contact with it.  And now, its simple duties almost done, it is drawing to a peaceful close, surrounded by the love it has fostered.

1890’s Photography

I have five photographs to share with you today – all are from the 1890’s – from the early years to the end of the decade when leg ‘o mutton sleeves took almost as much material as a skirt!

Sisters?  Mother/daughter?  Matching hats and similar outfits look like a summer’s outing.  The older girl wears gloves, and the younger holds a fan.  Sleeves have just a hint of puffiness at the shoulder.

A trio of sisters?  They do favor, especially in their cheekbone structure.  The two on the ends seem to wear matching dresses.  Hard to see in this photo, but it looks like the sleeves are a bit bigger than the first photo.

I love this mother and son photo.  Look at her tiny waist!  Ah, the sleeves have a bit of extra material, but not the extreme at the end of the decade.

Such a great photo – look at those women’s hats!  And the men’s!  Now we are talking leg ‘o mutton sleeves!  Look at the huge puff on the upper arm.

Another woman and child.  The dress of the little one is amazing!  This sweet mother keeps her arm around her baby to protect him/her from falling.  Her blouse is beautiful.

Nothing like old photos to give us an idea of fashions of long ago.

1812 Will of James Haydon – Henry County

James Haydon Will

Henry County Will Book A, Pages 25-29

In the name of God, amen.  I, James Haydon, of Henry County and State of Kentucky, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory, blessed be almighty God for the same, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

Item 1st.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Elizabeth Haydon, during her natural life, the houses and plantation on which I now live, including all the lands and appurtainances, that’s appertaining only those hereafter excepted which said lands, tenements and appurtainances together with the household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils, stock of horses, cows, sheep, hogs, poultry, etc.  I grant, give and bequeath to the said Elizabeth Haydon, to her only use and behalf during her natural life, and upon her deceased to descend as follows:

The plantation to descend (upon the decease of the said Elizabeth Haydon) to my son, John Haydon, and his heirs or representatives, in fee simple, forever.  The stock, household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils, etc., as above described, to be divided among my legal representatives, in such a manner as to the said Elizabeth Haydon, upon her decease may deem proper and expedient.

Item 2nd.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Elizabeth Haydon, during her natural life one Negro man called Moses.

One Negro woman called Rachel and one Negro woman called Judah and her child, Harriett.  It is to be distinctly understood, and it is my will and pleasure, that the last-mentioned Negro woman and child (Judah and Harriett) shall descend to and belong to my said son, John Haydon, with their increase forever, to him and his legal representatives.  The other Negroes, Moses and Rachel, I leave and direct to be disposed of as my wife, Elizabeth Haydon, may appear expedient upon her decease, among my legal representatives, together with all and singular the stock, household, kitchen furniture as before described and disposed of.

Item 3rd.  I give and bequeath unto my son Francis Haydon forty shillings, to be raised out of any remaining property not otherwise appropriated.

Item 4th.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy Bryant and her children forever, to them and their only proper use and behoof, one Negro woman named and called Lucy, with her increase forever, and I further declare all sales or transfers of every nature utterly void which may tend to disinherit the said Nancy Bryant or her heirs of the said slave Lucy or her increase, which property is in addition to that already delivered I consider her equivalent of my estate.

Item 5th.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sally Forbes, one Negro girl called Lydia at the value of one hundred dollars paid to my daughter Elizabeth Edson, one Negro man called Charles (supposed at the value of five hundred dollars) which Negro Charles is designed for my said daughter Elizabeth

upon her husband’s (John Edson) paying over to Isaac Forbes, husband of my said daughter Sally and such a deduction of his value as will make the said Lydia equal in value to that of Charles, within three months after actual possession of said slave.  It is directed. and I do declare it my pleasure, that in addition to the value of Lydia, no more money is to be paid by said Edson that will make the said slaves of equal value, which property in addition to what I have already advanced I think equivalent of my estate.

Item 6th.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Slaugher Roberts, one Negro girl called and known by the name of Priscilla, and her increase, to the said Martha and her lawful heirs forever, to the only proper use and behoof, and I do further declare all sales or transfers of the property aforesaid out of her possession to the said Martha and her children utterly void which property, in addition to what already bequeathed I think an equivalent of my estate.

Item 7th.  I give and bequeath unto my son, James Haydon, one certain tract or parcel of land, lying and being in Henry County, situated and bounded as follows, beginning at a beech and sugar tree, in a line of Boone’s 2000 acre survey, thence south 45, east 184 poles to two sugar trees and a beech.  Thence north 45, east 74 poles to a hickory, walnut and elm.  Thence up a small branch north 22 west 34 poles.  Thence north 15, west 64 poles, to an ash and dogwood.  On the south side of the road leading from New Castle, thence north 78, west 40 poles to three beeches on the north side of the road.  Thence north 88 west 90 poles to a hickory in Boone’s line, thence with said line south 45, west 26 poles to the beginning, continuing by survey one hundred and nine acres which said tract or parcel of land I bequest to him and his assigns forever.  Also, in addition, to the aforementioned property I give and bequest him one Negro boy, Bert, to have and to hold forever.  Also, one feather bed and furniture and two cows and calves, which property in addition to that received I think an

equivalent of my estate.

Item 8th.  I give and bequeath unto my son, Cary Allen Haydon (infant) one certain tract of land lying and being in Henry County, situated and bounded as following, beginning at three beech trees on the north side of the road leading to New Castle, thence north 88, 30 west poles to a hickory in the line of Boone’s 2000 acre survey, thence with said Boone’s line north 45, east 200 poles to a dogwood, black oak and sassafras, thence south 45, east 64 poles to a stake thence south 45, west 140 poles to the beginning, containing by survey seventy acres, which said tract or parcel of land I bequeath to him and his assigns forever.  Also, in addition to the aforementioned property, I give and bequest him one negro boy, called Scipyear, to have and to hold forever, also one feather bed and furniture and two cows and calves, also one horse, bridle and saddle, which property, so soon as he arrives to the age of twenty-one years.  I request and direct the executors of my estate afterward to be named and appointed to deliver over the land at the age aforesaid, the property aforesaid and will all profits and emoluments therefore in any way arising at which time the said property with all and singular its appurtainances, profits and emoluments to him and his assigns forever.  I give and bequest, I direct that the boy Scipyear mentioned in the foregoing item remain without charge in any way, with my wife, Elizabeth, until the legatee, Cary Allen Haydon, arrives to the age of twenty-one years.

Item 9th.  I bequest to my grandchildren, James Hancock, Mariah Hancock and John Bartlett Hancock, one hundred dollars each, to be severally paid them upon their arrival at lawful age in good and property at a fair valuation.

Lastly, I constitute and appoint to the end that my devises may be carried into full execution, my beloved wife, Elizabeth Haydon, Executrix, and my son, James Haydon, Isaac Forbes and John Edson, Executors of my whole estate, and they are hereby charged and invested with full and complete power to act, distribute and divide all and singular the goods, personal and real, mentioned in the preceding items.  To the legatee’s therein mentioned and particularized, in conformity to the tenor of each devisee.  In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this thirtieth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve.

James Haydon

Signed and sealed in presence of Thomas Stringate, Elijah Vandigrith, Will Neale and Hannah Bryant

Henry County, March Term 1813

This last will and testament of James Haydon, deceased, was produced in court, proved by the oaths of William Neale and Thomas Swingate, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Att.  Rowland Thomas