Old Wills

1829 Will of Leonard Mattingly, Senior – Washington County

Leonard Mattingly, Senior, also known as “Old” Leonard, was born in 1739 in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, the son of Charles Mattingly and Sarah Catherine Fowler.  In 1760 he married Margaret Monica Monarch.  They had a large family which migrated with them to Washington County, Kentucky, at the close of the 18th century.  Monica died in 1812, and Leonard married Dorothy Hardesty in the same year.  The family lived in the portion of Washington County that became Marion County in 1834.  Leonard and many family members are buried at St. Charles Cemetery in Marion County.  There is no gravestone for him.

Will of Leonard Mattingly, Senior

Washington County Will Book D, Page 427

In the name of God, Amen.  I, Leonard Mattingly, Senior, of the County of Washington and State of Kentucky, being very old and infirm, but of sound memory and understanding, do constitute and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form as follows.  My soul I resign to my creator who give it me and after all my just debts and funeral expenses are paid as to what worldly goods it has pleased Almighty God for me to die possessed of, I do will and dispose of in manner as followeth.

Item First.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Dorothy Mattingly, the one third part of land and plantation whereof I am now seized and possessed for and during her natural life, as also the one third part of my goods and chattels to her and her heirs forever.

Item Second.  My son William Mattingly owes me two hundred dollars good money, but him to pay Thomas Bottom for the land William purchased of him which loan was in money, a still and some whisky as said Melton Known, now if my said son William will pay said two  hundred dollars so that it will come into the division of my estate amongst all my heirs then in that case it is my will that my said son William shall have an equal share with the rest of my heirs of my estate.  But if he, my said son William, will not pay or settle said sum of two hundred dollars without a lawsuit, I do hereby will and declare that him or his heirs shall not inherit any part or parcel of my estate except one dollar I give him.

Item Third.  I also declare and will that my daughter Margaret Davis shall not inherit any of my estate, her nor her heirs except one dollar cash I give her and do give and bequeath to my son Ignatius Mattingly the portion which my said daughter Margaret would have drawn if I had not cut her off, for him the said Ignatius to hold in trust for the profits or interest arising from said portion to be applied to the use and benefit of my said daughter Margaret, for and during her natural life.

Item Fourth.  If my son Ignatius Mattingly will give as much for my land as any other person it is my will and I had rather he should have it.

Item Fifth.  Wit the exceptions of William Mattingly, my son, and Margaret Davis, my daughter, as above stated, it is my will that all the rest of my children divide my estate equally, amongst them and that my grandchildren, the children of my son Joseph Mattingly, deceased, shall draw their father’s proportions of my estate.

Item Sixth.  I do constitute and appoint my son, Ignatius Mattingly, Executor of this my last will and testament.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 16th day of June 1829.

Leonard Mattingly

Witness – John Hagan, Richard Payne

At a Count Court began and held for Washington County at the Courthouse in Springfield on Monday, the 28th day of September 1829.  This last will and testament of Leonard Mattingly, deceased, was exhibited in court and proved by the oath of John Hagan, a subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded, which is accordingly done in Will Book D, Page 427.

Attest.  John Hughes, C.W.C.

4 replies »

  1. Wow!

    On Tue, Dec 1, 2020 at 8:29 AM Kentucky Kindred Genealogy wrote:

    > Kentucky Kindred Genealogical Research posted: “Leonard Mattingly, Senior, > also known as “Old” Leonard, was born in 1739 in St. Mary’s County, > Maryland, the son of Charles Mattingly and Sarah Catherine Fowler. In 1760 > he married Margaret Monica Monarch. They had a large family which migrated > with the” >

  2. Fascinating. I am a Mattingly descendant, but don’t know which Mattingly was my 3rd great grandfather.

  3. My 5th great-grandfather! I’ve read that some researchers don’t think it was Mary Monarch he married, but rather Mary (Polly) Hayden. It’s in “Traditions and genealogy lamentably imperfect of the Mattingly family 1633-1918”. I’ll need to research this one more closely. I, myself, haven’t done much of my own research – haven’t made it that far back in my verifying individual records.
    Thank you for putting up the transcription of his will. Soooo helpful!!

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