Francis Lightfoot Slaughter was born May 22, 1765, in Culpeper County, Virginia, the son of John Slaughter and Elizabeth Saggett. I am unsure about the surname of his wife Dolly. Three children, Lewis, Elias and Jemima, are named in his will. He died January 9, 1832, just a few days after signing his last will and testament.
Just a bit of county history – when Francis Slaughter came to Kentucky, he lived in Woodford County. In 1795 the portion where he lived became Franklin County, and in 1827, Anderson County. Records for this gentleman could be in any of the three counties.
Will of Francis Lightfoot Slaughter
Anderson County Will Book A, Page 12
In the name of God, amen. I, Francis L. Slaughter, of sound mind, though laboring under serious bodily infirmities, make this my last will and testament. I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Dolly Slaughter, after the payment of my just debts, all my estate, during her natural life, and at her death, to be distributed in the following manner. Unto my son, Lewis Slaughter, to have one third of the whole property, to him and his heirs forever. I will and bequeath unto my son, Elias Slaughter, one third of the whole estate unto him and his heirs forever. Also, the remaining third unto the lawful begotten heirs of the body of my dearly beloved daughter, Jemima Harris, deceased, late wife of Webb Harris, whose names are Thomas Slaughter Harris and Zerelda Engleton Harris, both infant heirs. I also appoint my son, Lewis Slaughter, guardian to receive and take care of the property of the said infants until they become of lawful age, then to divide it equally between them, and in case one of hem should die, without any lawful issue, the other to receive the property hereby conveyed to both. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal, this 26th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one.
Francis L. Slaughter
Attest: L. J. Witherspoon, Leroy D. Stephens
State of Kentucky Anderson County
I, Nelson C. Johnson, Clerk of the County Court for the county foresaid, do certify, that at a court held for the said county on Monday, the 12th day of March 1832, this writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of Francis L. Slaughter, deceased, was this day produced in court and proven by the oath of Lewis J. Witherspoon, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded, whereupon the said will, together with this certificate, hath been this day admitted to record in my office. Given under my hand this 10th day of July 1832.
N. C. Johnson, Clerk
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