Old Wills

1798 Will of George Walker – Jessamine County

George Walker, Sr., was a Virginian who moved to Kentucky after the Revolutionary War.  His will gives bequests to four sons – William, David, Benjamin and Jacob – and one daughter, Nancy.  Wife Priscilla is also named.  Son William is named an executor, as well as George Walker, Jr.  Is this George Walker, Sr.’s, son?  It could be.  Perhaps Priscilla is a second wife and his older children have been provided for.

Will of George Walker

Jessamine County Will Book A, Pages 3-4

In the name of God, amen.  I, George Walker, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.  I give and bequeath unto my son, William, the plantation whereon I now live.  I give unto my three sons, David, Benjamin and Jacob, an equal dividend of the three following tracts of land.  One of one thousand acres on the NW side of the river Ohio, which I bought of David Walker, as heir of Jacob Walker; one of four hundred and seventy-four acres on little Barren River in the name of John Scott, and one other tract of one hundred and fifty acres on the south fork of Beaver Creek, being the balance of a tract I sold to John Gorin, also in the name of John Scott.  It is my desire that my property in Virginia should be sold to the best advantage and three hundred pounds of the sale should be left in the hands of my son William for the support of my daughter Nancy.  If there should not be any property saved in Virginia to raise the sum above mentioned, three hundred pounds,

in that case I give my said daughter Nancy an equal division of my personal property with the rest of my children and their mother.  If the sale of my property in Virginia should amount to more than the three hundred pounds above mentioned, it must be divided between my four sons – William, David, Benjamin and Jacob, and their mother Priscilla.  It is my will and desire that the residue of my property should be divided between my four sons and their mother, she holding her part during her life and then to be equally divided between my sons William, David, Benjamin and Jacob.  It is my desire that the property should be divided until my youngest son, Jacob, comes of full age, and the education of my children shall be at the charge of the estate.  I do appoint my sons William Walker and George Walker executors to this my last will and testament this the 22nd day of December 1798.

G. Walker

Signed in presence of Daniel Evans, George Walker, Robert Spears

Jessamine County                          March County Court 1800

The last will and testament of George Walker, Senr., deceased, was produced in court by George Walker, Jr., one of the executors therein named and proven by the oath of George Walker and Robert Spears, two of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded.

Teste.  Samuel Woodson

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