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1839 Will of Isaac W. Walker of Livingston County

Isaac W. Walker, born October 31, 1780, died August 10, 1839.  Deborah O. Walker, born October 24, 1779, died November 2, 1839.  Erected by G. S. Walker.  ‘Our father and mother are gone, they may become the sod.  Death awaits, tho we miss you, we know you rest with God.’  Landrum Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

Isaac William Walker and Deborah Oliver Walker are Ritchey’s fourth great-grandparents – twice!  He is descended from two daughters, Sarah H. Walker who married Andrew Ross, and Rachel Margaret Walker who married Thomas Jones. 

August the 8th 1839

I, Isaac W. Walker, of sound mind, do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and same following, that is to say,

1st After the payment of my debts and funeral expenses I give my wife, Deborah O. Walker, all of my estate, both real and personal for and during the time of her natural life and after her death give the same to my children hereafter mentioned.  To wit, Sarah H. Ross, Rachel Jones, George S. Walker, Martha A. Walker, Mary E. Walker and Jefferson Walker, equally, to be divided among them and to be enjoyed by them forever, with the exception of Martha A. Walker, who is to have one hundred dollars to be in a horse and other personal property, more than the rest of the children.

2nd I wish for George S. Walker to have the place he lives on at this time, the price of it is five hundred dollars, to be out of his part of the estate.  And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend, Henry S. Harman, and my son-in-law, Thomas Jones, my executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and date above written.

Isaac Walker

Signed, sealed, published and declared as the last will and testament of the above named Isaac W. Walker in the presence of us.

Attest – Jesse Jones, W. W. Jones

Kentucky 0 Livingston County

I, James S. Dallam, clerk of the Court for the county and state aforesaid, do hereby certify that the within and foregoing last will and testament of

Isaac W. Walker, deceased, was on this day produced in Open Court and proven by the oath of W. W. Jones, subscribing witness thereto, and ordered to be recorded.  Whereupon I have truly recorded the same and this certificate in my said office.

Given under my hand this 7th day of October 1839.

James S. Dallam

Will Book B, Pages 69-70

Ritchey’s Elusive Jolly Family

James Jolly, 1828-1905, 77 years, 8 days.  Martha J. Jolly, 1831-1890, 48 years, 11 months, 25 days.  Landrum Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

James Jolly, the oldest of the Jolly line we have yet found, was born in 1828 in Montgomery County, Tennessee.  From The Paducah Sun Democrat of Wednesday, December 13, 1905, we know that James Jolly’s funeral was held on that day.  Martha Jane Ross, the daughter of Andrew Ross and Sarah Higgins Walker, was born in Caldwell County, Kentucky, in 1831.  James and Martha married April 22, 1855, in Livingston County, Kentucky.  They had six children – George William, Thomas Andrew, Mary Penola, William Elvis, Charles Homer and C. E. (who died at 18 months).

George W. Jolly, husband of S. A. Jolly, February 26, 1856 – January 24, 1930.  Dixon Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

George William Jolly, son of James and Martha Jolly, married Serena Annora Jones, daughter of William Owen Jones and Rebecca Jane Bennett, on March 4, 1877, in Livingston County.  Serena was born October 1, 1858 and died May 2, 1941, in Santa Clara County, California (after George’s death she moved to California to be near several of her children).  They had nine children:  Elvis Edgar, Gilbert Chaldron, Armitta Jane, Maude Penola, Lula Owen, James Edwin, Alfred Bennett, Londa E., and Georgie Esther Jolly.

James Edwin Jolly

James Edwin Jolly, born May 28, 1893, son of George William and Serena Annora Jolly, married Esther Myra Hertz, September 28, 1921, in Kansas City, Kansas.  The couple lived in Kansas City, Missouri, until James returned to California.  They had one child, Rex Edwin Jolly, who after his mother’s death in 1924, was adopted by Edwin and Ora Brown.  We do not know the death date of James Edwin Jolly.

We were fortunate to visit Livingston County and photograph gravestones in three cemeteries.  This is just the Jolly line, others will follow shortly.