Old Wills

1840 Will of Thomas Cecil – Pike County

Will of Thomas Cecil

Pike County Will Book A, Pages 2-3

In the name of God, amen.  I, Thomas Cecil, of the County of Pike and State of Kentucky, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner as following.

First.  I request of my executors to dispose of my land on Joe’s Creek and five head of horses and apply the proceeds to the payment of my debts.  I desire that Isabella Hibbard, at the age of 21 years, shall have of my estate one 60-dollar horse and two cows.  Wesley Hibbard, at the same age, if he remains with his mother until that time, is to have one 60-dollar horse and one cow.  I desire that my black man Reuben, if he remains with my family until my youngest son, Marion, is 21 years old, that he shall at that time be free.  I also confide all my property after the settlement of my debts, including real and personal estate, to the care and management of my wife, Nancy Cecil.  I also desire that none of my Negroes, nor their increase, shall before my youngest child, Marion, is 21 years old, be sold.  Nor at any time after that during the natural life of my wife.  The balance of my property I desire divided amongst my five children at the death of my wife, Nancy Cecil.  Also, my Negroes I desire an equal division amongst them.  I also appoint and constitute Colbert Cecil and William Cecil, the executors of my will.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal,

signed, sealed in the presence of this 4th of July 1840.

Thomas Cecil


Asa Johnson, William Thompson

Pike County Court, September Term 1840

The last will and testament of Thomas Cecil, deceased, was proven according to the oath of William Thompson, witness thereto, and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Colbert Cecil and William Cecil, the two executors named in the will, who made oath thereto and who together with Barnabas Johnson, their security, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $4,000, conditioned as the law directs, a certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

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