Peter Goatley’s 1854 Will Names All Thirteen Children – Washington County

Peter Goatley and Sinai Hickerson had thirteen children who survived their father and were named in his will.  Daughters who were married are listed with their husband’s surname.  The following is a list of their children, spouses and marriage dates if known.

  1. John Goatley – Nancy Anna Reed – April 7, 1834.
  2. Nancy Goatley – Peter Barlow – February 16, 1831.
  3. William Goatley – Matilda Toon – August 1, 1833.
  4. Thomas Goatley – Rebecca Ann Mock – October 9, 1838.
  5. Mason J. Goatley – Harriet Rebecca Dickerson – July 23, 1846.
  6. Louisa Goatley – Richard P. Toon – August 23, 1842.  He died before 1854.
  7. Savilla Ann Goatley – John T. Hardin – December 13, 1866.
  8. Robert P. Goatley
  9. Emily Jane Goatley
  10. Susan Goatley – Nathan H. Janes – January 24, 1861
  11. Julia Ann Goatley
  12. Jane Marie Goatley
  13. Elizabeth Goatley – James Thomas Hayden

Many members of this family are buried in Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery in Washington County.

Will of Peter Goatley

Washington County Will Book K, Pages 186-187

In the name of God, amen.  I, Peter Goatley, of Washington County and State of Kentucky, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make this my last will and testament in words following, to wit –

Item 1st.  I give and bequeath unto my wife, Sinai Goatley, and my daughters, Louisa Toon and her three children and Savilia Ann Goatley and Emily Jane Goatley, Susan Goatley, Jane Maria Goatley and Julia Ann Goatley, and to my son Robert P. Goatley, all the above named heirs are at present living with me, all my land, excepting the land I purchased of John Withrow and wife, also all my slaves and their increase, and all of my personal estate excepting what will pay my just debts.  I wish it distinctly understood that the above named property, both real and personal and mixed is entirely under the control and management of my son, Robert P. Goatley, who is to have the care of the other heirs above named during their single lives and I wish it also understood they are to remain here and have their support while single, all the land, slaves and personal estate above named, after supporting my wife and daughters above named during their single life, it is to be held and owned by my son, Robert P. Goatley, by his giving to each of my daughters now single a horse, saddle and bridle, a cow and bed and six head of sheep, provided they should marry.  I give to my son John Goatley a horse, saddle and bridle, cow and calf, a bed and bedding and sheep, amounting to one hundred and fifty dollars, which property he received when he married.  I give to my son William Goatley one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which he received when he married.  I give to my daughter Nancy Barlow one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which she received when she married.  I give to my son Thomas Goatley one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which he received when he married.  Owing to his affliction I give the interest I hold in the Withrow land to him also.  I give to my daughter Louisa Toon one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which she received when she married.  I give to my son Mason J. Goatley one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which he received when he married.  I give to my daughter Elizabeth Hayden one hundred and fifty dollars worth of property, which she received when she married.  I also wish it understood that my daughter Louisa Toon above mentioned is only to have a home here and maintenance for her and her children during her single life.  If she should marry, Robert P. Goatley is not to give her anything after her marriage, but if her children should remain with my son Robert P. Goatley until they are of age, then my son Robert is to school them and give them a horse, saddle and bridle.  I also, as a part of my will, appoint my son Robert P. Goatley as

the Executor of my last will and testament, and wish him to act without giving bond and security to the County Court.  I also provide that if my son Robert should die before my daughters that are now single should marry, they are still to remain in possession of the property, and my son Mason J. Goatley is to manage and have the care of them and property while they remain single, provided he is living.  In testimony where of I sign, seal and deliver in the presence of                    September 19th 1854

Peter Goatley

Witnesses Murray Walker, Robert Walker, Thomas Reed

Washington County

At a County Court held for Washington County at the Courthouse in Springfield on the 21st day of February 1859, this last will and testament of Peter Goatley, deceased, was produced in court and proven by the oath of Robert Walker, a subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded, which is accordingly done in Will Book K, page 186.  Given under my hand this 23rd day of February 1859.

R. S. Peters, Clerk

 

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