Old Wills

1799 Will of Thomas Mills – Fleming County

Thomas Mills was the son of Jacob Mills (1720-1803) and Ann Davis Mills (1720-1793).  He married Martha Phillips about 1769 in Virginia.  He served during the Revolutionary War while living in Monogalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia). He bought land in Fleming County, Kentucky, in 1792 (at the time part of Mason County) and moved there in 1793.  Thomas and Martha had 13 children – all of whom are listed in his will – Jacob, Catherine, Anne, Evan, Abigail, James, John, Daniel, Letty, Thomas, Hannah, Martha, and Lewis.

Will of Thomas Mills, Sr.

Fleming County, Kentucky, Will Book A, Pages 6-7

I, Thomas Mills, Senior, of the County of Fleming and State of Kentucky, being now in a poor state of health but possessing the use of my reason through divine mercy, do now think proper to make this my last will and testament.  And first I give and bequeath to my beloved spouse, Martha, the full and free use of all the land, money and every kind of property I may die in possession of, to be by her used for the particular use of her and her children, according to her judgement and discretion during her life or widowhood, and agreeable to the tenor of this will in the payment of such legacies as are made and stated.  And in case of her decease or marriage then and in that case my will is that after the following legacies are paid the whole to be managed as the laws of the land directs in such cases.  The legacies to be paid are as follows –

First to my son Jacob I give and bequeath the full property of what value soever I have given him, amounting according to my estimation to twenty-five pounds.  To my daughter Kathy Wood I give and bequeath fifteen pounds cash or good property, which together with what she has received, amounting in my estimation to twenty-five pounds.  To my daughter Anne Wilson I give and bequeath fifteen pounds in cash or good property which I consider making up the sum of twenty-five pounds when added to what I have already given her.  To my son Evan I give and bequeath what property soever I have bestowed on him which I consider amounting to twenty-five pounds.  To my daughter Abigail Barrow I give and bequeath fifteen pounds in property which with what she has already received amounts in my estimation to twenty-five pounds.  To my son James I give and bequeath what property he has already received of me which I estimate as amounting to twenty-five pounds.  To my son John I give and bequeath twenty-five pounds in good property.  To my son Daniel I give and bequeath twenty-five pounds in cash or good property to be paid to him when he is of age.  To my daughter Letty I give and bequeath twenty-five pounds in good property or cash to be paid to her when she is of age.  To my son Thomas I give and bequeath twenty-five pounds in cash or good property to be paid to him when he is of age.  To my daughter Hannah I give and bequeath twenty-five pounds in cash or good property to be paid to her

when she is of age.  To my daughter Martha I give and bequeath twenty-five pounds in cash or good property to be paid to her when she is of age.  To my son Lewis I give and bequeath twenty-five pounds in cash or good property to be paid to him when he is of age.

And I do appoint my beloved spouse, Martha Mills, executrix, and my son John to be with his mother as joint executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking, annulling and renouncing every other will which might heretofore be made or supposed to be made by me and acknowledging and declaring this and this only to be my last will and testament.  Signed, sealed and declared this seventeenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine.

Thomas Mills

In the presence of Sophia Bedinger, Elizabeth Patton, Matilda Hart, Donald Holmes

Fleming County                                        July Court 1799

The foregoing last will and testament of Thomas Mills, deceased, was produced in court and proved by the oath of Elizabeth Patton, Matilda Hart and Donald Holmes, three of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

And on the motion of Martha Mills and John Mills, Executors there in named, who made oath thereto according to law, certificate is granted them to obtain a probate thereof in due form upon their giving security where upon they, together with Elijah Reeves and Israel Tully, their securities entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of 1,000 pounds, conditioned as the law directs.

Attest.  Joshua Stockton, Clerk, Fleming County Court

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  1. Question: Is there any records of baptisms by the Catholic priests who were circuit priest riders during the period of 1785 to 1820? I tried to approach the archdiocese of Louisville and get no response. Would Bellarmine College have any records? I am trying to link baptism during this periods to family history.

Any thoughts?

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