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1828 Scott – Lowe Marriage License – Nelson County

Nelson County, to wit;

To any authorized Minister of the Gospel

These are to license you to solemnize the rites of matrimony according to the forms of the church to which you belong between Thomas Scott and Miss Lavina Lowe, the ward of John Wiseman.

Given under my hand as clerk of the court court of the said county this 10th day of November 1828.

Benjamin Grayson

Nelson County, to wit;

I, Benjamin Grayson, clerk of the county court of the said county, do certify that bond is given by the said Thomas Scott, with the said John Wiseman, his security as required by law on his application for the above license, and the consent of the said John Wiseman being personally given.

Given under my hand the date above,

Benjamin Grayson

1828 Vittitow – Miller Marriage License – Nelson County

Nelson County, to wit;

To any authorized Minister of the Gospel

These are to license you to solemnize the rites of matrimony according to the forms of the church to which you belong, between Samuel Vittitow and Miss Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Jacob Miller.

Given under my hand as clerk of the county court of the said county this 10th day of December 1828.

Ben Grayson

Nelson County, to wit;

I, Benjamin Grayson, clerk of the county court of said county do certify that bond is given by the said Samuel Vittitow with Nathaniel Wickliffe as his security, as required by law, on his application for the above license and that the consent of the said Jacob Miller is personally given.

Given under my hand the date above,

Ben Grayson

1790 Will of Valentine King

Valentine King had the first will recorded in Nelson County in 1790.  He was a son of William King, of Prince William County, Virginia, and Elizabeth Edwards, daughter of John Edwards and Jane Arrington of Westmoreland County, Virginia.  Along with Cuthbert Harrison and Benjamin Grayson these are all neighbors and relatives of my Captain John Linton from Loudoun County, Virginia, which was formed from Fairfax, which was formed from Prince William, County.  Many of these families moved to the Washington-Nelson counties of Kentucky.

I also think it interesting that Valentine King owned land on/around what is now Poplar Level Road in Louisville – worth a fortune today!

Will Book A, Page 1, Nelson County, Kentucky

Scan083In the name of God amen.  I, Valentine King, of Nelson County and district of Kentucky, being of sound mind and memory thanks be to God for the same, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.  That is to say, first of all I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth from whence it came, to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named, and as to the worldly estate it hath pleased God to give me I dispose of it in the following manner.

Imprimis.  My will and desire is that all my just debts and funeral charges be first paid and satisfied.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my beloved sister Eliza Owens, during the term of her natural life, one third of the profits arising from the plantation I purchased of Patrick McGee which said plantation after her decease goes to my brother John Edwards King.  I also give and bequeath to my said sister Eliza Owens during her natural life one Negro girl called Cate which said Negro after my said sister’s decease goes to my brother John E. King and I further give to my said sister Eliza Owens one half the increase of the said Negro

Scan085Cate, that shall be raised from her during the life of my said sister, to her and her heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my beloved brother John Edwards King the plantation and land purchased of Patrick McGee, he paying annually to his sister Eliza Owens one third part the profits arising from the said plantation during her life, to him, his heirs and assigns forever.  I also give said brother John E. King, after the death of his sister Eliza Owens one Negro called Cate and one half her increase that shall have been raised from her to him and his heirs and assigns forever.  I further give my said brother John E. King two hundred acres of land in Jefferson County, known by the name of the Popular Level, to receive the same and have possession after the death of Eliza Crips to whom I have left the said land during her natural life and I further give to my brother John E. King my wearing apparel, with my saddle, bridle and saddle bags to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to Eliza Crips, daughter of Nancy Brashear, during her natural life two hundred acres of land, her choice, out of five hundred acres of my

Scan084land in Jefferson County, known by the name of the Poplar Level on Floyds Fork which said land at her death goes to my brother John E. King.  I also give to the said Eliza Crips my mare called Ferrier and three thousand weight of tobacco for her heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  My will and desire is that all the rest of my estate, real and personal, be equally divided between my beloved mother, Nancy, and my brothers William and Withers King, and that my mother’s part, at her decease, to my two brothers, William and Withers, to them, their heirs and assigns forever.  And lastly I do hereby appoint my trusty and beloved friends, George and Cuthbert Harrison, executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me heretofore made, declaring this only to be my last will and testament.  In testimony whereat I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd day of February, 1790.

Valentine King

Signed, sealed, published and declared by this testator in presence of Anthony Foster, Paul Kester, Cuthbert Harrison

Scan086At a court held for Nelson County on Tuesday the 13th day of April 1790.

This last will and testament of Valentine King, deceased, was presented in court by Cuthbert Harrison, one of the executors herein named and proved by the oaths of Anthony Foster, Paul Kester and Cuthbert Harrison, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to record.

Teste.  Benjamin Grayson, Ct. Clerk

 

1823 Will of Thomas Higdon

from Nelson County Will Book F

pp. 2-4

In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Higdon, Senior, of Nelson County and commonwealth of Kentucky being in a good state of health of body and of sound memory and disposing mind do ordain that my last will and testament in the form following to wit, committing my soul unto the hands of God who gave it and my body to the earth, to be buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned. In the first place I will and direct that all my just debts be paid. I give and bequeath all my property, both real and personal to be equally divided among all my children, viz., Margaret Speak, Thomas Higdon Junior, the heirs of Leonard P. Higdon deceased the share of their father’s portion between them, Mary Hagan and William Higdon, with this exception and reservation. To Thomas Higdon Junior the sum of two thousand dollars to be deducted and raised exclusively from the share which may fall to the above mentioned heirs of Leonard P. Higdon, deceased, whereas Thomas Higdon Junior has brought suit against the heirs of Leonard P. Higdon for four Negroes, viz., Charity, John, Dory and Martin, and whatever he, the said Thomas Higdon Junior may recover of the estate shall be deducted from the above named two thousand dollars, also as my son Thomas Higdon Junior obtained a judgement against William Higdon for the sum of five hundred and sixty dollars and assigned the same to Leonard P. Higdon in his life time and he having failed to make the money out of William Higdon in consequence of which Thomas Higdon Junior was bound to pay and actually did pay unto the aforesaid Leonard P. Higdon the above sum of five hundred and sixty dollars now it is my will and direction that the last mentioned sum to be deducted out of the estate of Leonard P. Higdon’s heirs coming from me and give to William Higdon. Whereas I sold to my son Leonard P. Higdon one hundred and fifty acres of land, at three dollars per acre for which I took his bond bearing interest from the first day of January 1810 and remains still unpaid and also a judgement which I paid as a security to the said Leonard P. Higdon in favor of John Rowan, it is my will and wish that after Thomas Higdon Junior shall be made safe in the above bequest of two thousand dollars that all the residue of my son Leonard’s portion or interest in my estate shall by my executors be paid over to the heirs of Leonard P. Higdon, deceased, to be equally divided between them. But it is understood that as much as I have advanced to Leonard P. Higdon, deceased, by the land and the amount of the judgement which I paid as security for the said Leonard P. Higdon, deceased, that the whole amount paid and advanced shall be considered as so much paid out of my property which I designed and intended for him the said Leonard P. Higdon and his heirs. Lastly I do constitute and appoint Thomas Higdon Junior, James Speak, William Higdon, Joseph Hagan and Charles Warren, Executors of this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me made, and confirming this to be my last will and testament, whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 25th day of September in the year of our Lord 1823.

Thomas Higdon

Witness – Josiah Crawford, James Philips, Abram B. Birkhead

At a County Court held for Nelson County on Monday the 11th day of August 1828. This last will and testament of Thomas Higdon, deceased, being exhibited in court is proved by the oaths of James Philips and Abram B. Birkhead, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste. Ben Grayson, C. C.

1829 Eliza Mason Will

Eliza Mason was the daughter of John Mason  and Ruth Williams.  John was the son of Benjamin Mason and Elizabeth Berkeley, and brother to my Ann Nancy Mason who married Captain John Linton.  Many of the Masons came to Nelson County, Kentucky, in the late 1790’s – several years before Captain John brought his family to neighboring Washington County in 1818.

John and Ruth Mason’s children were Notley, Lucinda, Nancy, Benjamin, William, Burgess, Eliza, Priscilla, Basil and George Mason.

Scan064In the name of God amen.  I, Eliza Mason, of the county of Nelson and State of Kentucky, being sick in body but of sound memory and discretion and knowing the uncertainty of life, and that it is appointed for all mankind to die, do make and establish this my last will and testament, and as touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with, after my funeral expenses and just debts are paid I give demise and dispose of the same in form and manner following (to wit).

Item 1st.  I give to my beloved sister Priscilla Batsel all the money that I have coming from my father’s estate, also all that is coming from my grandfather Williams estate and lastly I do here constitute and appoint my brother Notley Mason executor to this my last will and testament, and at the same time hereby making null and void all former bequests and wills of every description whatsoever, hereby ratifying this and this only to be my last will and testament.  In testimony where of I have hereunto set

Scan063my hand and affixed my seal.  Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us this January 24th, 1829.

Eliza Mason

Benjamin Mason, Burgess Mason

At a county court held for Nelson County on Monday the 13th day of April 1829, this last will and testament of Eliza Mason, deceased, was exhibited in court and proved in part by the oath of Benjamin Mason, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be filed for further proof.  Teste.  Benjamin Grayson, County Clerk

At a county court held for Nelson County on Monday, the 8th of June 1829, this last will and testament of Eliza Mason, deceased, was produced in court and proved by the oath of Burgess Mason, the other subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Notley Mason the executor therein named, having given bond with Nathaniel Batsel, his security, in the penalty of $1,200 conditioned as prescribed by law and taken the oath the law in such case decrees.  It is ordered that a Certificate of Probate of said will be granted herein.            Teste.  Benjamin Grayson, County Clerk

Nelson County Clerk’s Office, Will Book D, Pages 20-21