Old Wills

1869 Will of Edward Carrico – Washington County

Just today I found the will of Edward Carrico, my 3rd great grandfather.  It was in Washington County Court House, in Springfield, Will Book O, Pages 122-123.  How did I forget to look until now?  I’m sure that must be the way with all genealogists.  We are so focused on one or two particular ancestors and forget to check for others.

Edward Carrico married Matilda Catherine Dillehay February 23, 1835, in Washington County.  They were both born in Washington County, Kentucky, but their parents were part of the Maryland to Kentucky migration around 1785.  Edward’s parents were Cornelius Carrico and Susannah Shanks.  Cornelius lived with Edward in 1850, listed as 78 years old.  Matilda’s parents were Thomas Dillehay and Mary Slater.

I descend from Edward’s daughter, Martha Ann, who married William Peter Montgomery.  Martha and William Montgomery are mentioned several times in her father’s will.  The first mention is asking his executor to sell land bought from William Montgomery if it is necessary to settle his debts.  Martha Ann, as one of his children (all are listed) is to receive a share of Edward’s estate after the death of his wife.  Martha Ann is also charged with $750.50 paid to her husband William as an advancement.  Finally, the seventh part of the will says that ‘if my daughter Martha Ann Montgomery shall be a widow with infant children at the time my estate shall be distributed, then I direct that she shall have fifty dollars out of the share of each one of my children’s part of my estate.’  Was her husband William Montgomery ill at the writing of this will?  If so he lived another 40 years!

I have an additional child for Edward and Matilda, their youngest, Rose Elizabeth Carrico who was born February 21, 1858, and baptized at St. Rose March 23, 1858.  Rose appears in the 1860 Washington County Census with her family, aged two.  But I have nothing afterwards.  She must have died young.

Edward Carrico’s Inventory starts on page 176 of Will Book O.  Some of the interesting items was a sugar chest ($1.75), 4 glass goblets ($.60), churn ($0.50) – could this be the churn I inherited from my mother?  There were 300 pounds of pork ($30.00), and five horses named Charley, Kit, Doll, Buck and Dina.  Edward had $95 in the Springfield bank and was owed $16.50.

On page 178 of the will book was the property set part for the widow.  This included two horses, Dock and Sal, a bureau, clock, gun, dining table, cook stove, plates, cups, saucers, knives and forks, a spinning wheel, provisions for family and stock, among other items.  The next page lists those items sold at a sale.  The majority of the items were purchased by family members, mainly the widow, Matilda Catherine Dillehay Carrico.  The total amount of the sale was $1,594.50.  This was dated March 30, 1870.

One more note before the will, on the United States Federal Mortality Schedule for 1870 for Washington County, Edward Carrico is listed as 60 years of age, born in Kentucky, died in January of 1870, a farmer, died of cancer of the liver.

Will of Edward Carrico

Washington County Will Book O, Pages 122-123

In the name of God, amen.  I, Edward Carrico, of Washington County, Kentucky, do make and ordain this as my last will and testament.

First.  I direct my body to be buried in a decent Christian burial at St. Rose Cemetery.

Second.  I wish first my funeral expenses and then my just debts to be all paid as soon as practicable after my death and for that purpose I desire and direct that all my personal property be first exhausted before any lands shall be sold.  But if it is necessary for the payment of my debts, I direct my hereinafter named Executor to sell on reasonable credits and convey the same, the tract of land bought of William P. Montgomery. 

Third.  I will and devise to my beloved wife, Matilda Catharine, all of my estate, real, personal and mixed, subject to the charge as set out in the second item of this will, during her natural life.

Fourth.  At the death of said wife, I will all my estate both real and personal to be sold and the proceeds equally divided amongst my nine children, viz., Susan Mary Buckman, Thomas Henry Carrico, Lucetta Jane Jones, Martha Ann Montgomery, James Madison Carrico, William Reason Carrico, Robert Jefferson Carrico, John Edwards Carrico and Josephine Arabella Carrico, and should any one of them die before the death of my wife leaving heirs, then such ones portion is to go to his or her heirs or should either die without heirs then his or her part is to go to the other brothers and sisters and the heirs of such as shall be dead.

Fifth.  After the payment of all my debts my said wife shall choose and so designate in writing she may surrender any portion of my land to be sold and then my Executor shall sell and convey the same and divide the proceeds amongst my said children or their heirs according to item fourth.

Sixth.  I charge my daughter Martha Ann Montgomery with seven hundred and two dollars and fifty

cents money paid for her husband William P. Montgomery as an advancement to be deducted out of her interest in my estate before she shall receive anything.  And I further direct that my children Robert Jefferson, John Edwards and Josephine Arabella each have one hundred and seventy-five dollars to buy a horse, cow and bed with, so as to make them equal with my older children, and James Madison to have seventy-five dollars in like manner.

Seventh.  If my daughter Martha Ann Montgomery shall be a widow with infant children at the time my estate shall be distributed, then I direct that she shall have fifty dollars out of the share of each one of my said children’s part of my estate.

Eighth.  I have commenced to have cut and sold off my lands one hundred and fifty cords of wood, thirty cords are now cut.  I authorize my Executor to have cut the residue of said amount and to sell the same for the benefit of my estate.

Ninth.  I hereby appoint my son, William Reason Carrico, Executor of this my last will and testament, and authorize him to make all sales directed by this will and all conveyances necessary to effectuate such sales.

This seventh day of October 1869, interlined and erased before signed.

                                                           Edward Carrico

Signed and acknowledged I our presence

Test.  C. R. Craycroft, W. T. Booker

State of Kentucky

Washington County

At a County Court began and held for Washington County at the Court House in Springfield, Kentucky, on the 24th day of January 1870, the foregoing will was produced in court and proven by the oaths of C. R. Craycroft and W. T. Booker, subscribing witnesses thereto and thereupon ordered to be recorded, which with this certificate is done in Will Book O, Page 122.

Given under my hand this 25th day of January 1870

W. T. Booker, Clerk

6 replies »

  1. I wonder how many of out ancestors started to Kentucky from Maryland rather than Virginia? I only have traced mine from Virginia but realize some may have come from Maryland or Delaware

  2. Very interesting. My family still lives in Washington County. My mother attended St. Rose school as a child. My great grandfather is a Hamilton. Have you come across any records of slave ownership from this period?

  3. Interested in the Susan Buckman. Who did add marry ? My 2G uncle, Elias Richard Ray married a Buckman. Wondering where the relationship is.

    They are buried in St. Charles Cemetery in Washington County.

    Mike Ray

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