Old Wills

Will of Hugh Swan – Campbell County

Try as I might, I found nothing other than the will of Hugh Swan.  He titles himself ‘Yeoman’.  In the 18th century this term was used for a small farmer who owned no slaves.  Since two daughters were named in his will, it is quite likely if Hugh Swan did have sons they were deceased by 1796 when his will was written.

Will of Hugh Swan

Campbell County Will Book A, Pages 4-6

In the name of God, Amen.  The sixth day of June, 1796, I, Hugh Swan, of the town of Newport, State of Kentucky, Yeoman, being very sick and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God who gave it, and my body I recommend to the Earth, to be buried in decent Christian burial, at the discretion of my executor, not doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the almighty power of God.  And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life –

I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis.  I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane

a certain three acre out lot in the town of Newport or adjacent thereto, known in the plan of said by Lott No. Twelve.  Also, I give unto my aforesaid daughter Jane a certain trunk, iron bound, together will all my wearing apparel, together with all my outstanding debts whatsoever, nature whatsoever, also a teakettle pot, bake oven, pot framed, pewter and delph ware.  One two-point Indian blanket.

Item.  I give to my well-beloved daughter, Martha, my feather bed, under bed and bedding.  Two iron pots now in her possession.  Also, ten pounds in cash to be paid by Jacob Barrackman and William Reddick or either of them, in the currency of the State of Kentucky, on the sixth day of June 1798, whom I likewise constitute and ordain my sole executor of this my last will and testament.

And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other testament, will, legacy and bequeaths, and executors by me in any way before named wills and bequeaths, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written.

Hugh Swan

Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by the said Hugh Swan as his last will and testament in the presence of John Brasher, William Reddick, Robert Craig, Thomas Reddick.

In the twelfth line read Jane Barrackman.

In the eighteenth line read Martha Lewis.

Campbell August Count 1796

This last will and testament of Hugh Swan, deceased, was presented in court, proved by the oaths of William Reddick, Thomas Reddick and John Brasher, witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of Jacob Barrackman, one of the executors therein named, who made oath thereto, and together with William Reddick, his security, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of one hundred pounds as the law directs.  Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate in due form.

Teste.  James Taylor, Campbell County Clerk

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