Old Wills

1849 Will of William Perkins – Boone County

Sacred to the memory of Nancy, wife of William Perkins, who departed this life December 26, 1843; in the 65th year of her age.  Old Burlington Cemetery, Boone County, Kentucky

Nancy Gilpin, wife of William Perkins, died six years previous to his death in 1849.

Will of William Perkins

Boone County Will Book E, Pages 326-327

Know all men by these presents that I, William Perkins, of the Town of Burlington, State of Kentucky, being weak and feeble in body but of sound mind and disposing memory (for which I thank God) and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, have thought fit  and do hereby make and ordain my last will and testament in manner following (to wit).

First.  I desire my executors hereinafter named will pay all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon after my decease as practicable.

Second.  I give unto my daughter, Nancy Perkins, all the goods, chattels and personal property that may be owned by me at the time of my decease, excepting bonds, notes, monies and choses in action and to her heirs forever.

Third.  I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Nancy Perkins my house and four lots in said town and to her heirs and assigns forever, provided that my said daughter is willing and elects to take and accept of said house and lots at the sum of four hundred dollars towards her equal proportion of my estate not disposed of in the first and second clauses hereof.

Fourth.  Al the rest and residue of my estate, both real and personal, of what nature or kind soever it may be, not disposed of by clauses one and two hereof, I desire may be equally divided among my eight children to wit, Elizabeth James, James Perkins, John H. Perkins, Jane Calvert, William Perkins, Nancy Perkins, Mary Hanaway and Milton Perkins, which I give to them, their heirs and assigns forever.

In the event that my said daughter Nancy Perkins in the division of my estate not disposed of in clauses one and two as aforesaid among all my said children, is unwilling and does not take and accept the house and lots aforesaid at the sum of four hundred dollars as aforesaid, then and in that instant I direct that my executors hereinafter named or such one as may qualify as such to sell said house and lots at public auction within the period of one year next after my decease upon such terms as he or they may think most advantageous and divide the proceeds of said sale as herein before indicated and said executors or he who may qualify is hereby authorized to make all necessary deeds for the conveyance of said house and lots.  Lastly, I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my two sons, John H. Perkins and James Perkins, Executors of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby revoke all other and former wills and testaments by me heretofore made or attempted to be made.

In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of April 1849.

William Perkins

Singed, sealed, published and declared as and for the last will and testament of the above-named William Perkins in the presence of us, Edward S. Armstrong, I. G. Hamilton

Commonwealth of Kentucky, Boone County To wit

Boone County Court – January Term 1850

This writing purporting to be the last will and testament of William Perkins, deceased, was exhibited in court and proved according to law by the oaths of Edward S. Armstrong and Isham G. Hamilton, two subscribing witnesses thereto and thereupon ordered to be recorded as the true last will and testament of the said William Perkins, deceased, whereupon the same is duly recorded.

In memory of William Perkins who died December 2, 1849, in the 71th year of his age.

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