Old Wills

1902 Will of George W. Duncan – Simpson County

George W. Duncan served during the Civil War as a Confederate surgeon.  He was a lifetime physician of Simpson County, Kentucky, located on the Tennessee border.  Several members of his family are buried in Green Lawn Cemetery in Franklin, the county seat of Simpson, a beautiful small town.  A continuance of yesterday’s post.

Will of George W. Duncan

Book 1, Pages 397-398

I, George W. Duncan, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make, ordain and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills made by me.

1st.  I will that all my just debts be paid and that my body receive a decent burial.

2nd.  I have made heretofore the following advancements to my children, viz.

To my son Charles A. Duncan twenty-five hundred dollars $2,500.  To my daughter Mary Sandford Brevard, I have advanced in all twenty-five hundred and ninety-seven dollars $2,597, consisting of one house and lot valued at $1,500, four hundred dollars cash, see checks, one hundred and seventy-five dollars for horse and buggy, and hundred and forty-two dollars advanced in her recent illness, making the amount above specified.  To my son George H. Duncan, I have advanced five hundred dollars, and to my son William A. Duncan, five hundred dollars.

3rd.  I will, bequeath and devise to my wife, Dorinda Duncan, all of my estate, real, personal and mixed, absolutely and in fee simple to be used and disposed of just as she may please.  I will leave it with her, my wife, to make all of my children equal with each other, and request her to do so at a time and under circumstances which will not embarrass her.

4th.  I nominate and appoint my wife, Dorinda, to be the Executrix of this my will, and having the utmost confidence in her, I request the County Court not to require her or give any bond as executrix, and ask my friend,

George C. Harris to endorse her whenever she desires it.

In testimony whereof, witness my signature this the 15th day of November 1902.

George W. Duncan

Simpson County Court

October Term October 16th, 1905

The foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of George W. Duncan, was this day produced in open Court, and offered for probate, whereupon the same was proven to be wholly in the handwriting of George W. Duncan, both as to the body of same and as to the signature, by the oaths of Charles (?) and H. K. Mitchell, whereupon this was submitted to probate and recognized as the last will and testament of George W. Duncan, deceased, whereas it is done accordingly.

F. Saunders, Clerk

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