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1788 Will of Francis Lucas Jacoby

Francis Lucas Jacoby, born in Germany, came to America about 1764 via England.  Married Frederica Lotspeich, a fellow passenger, in 1764 in London.  The family lived in Culpeper County, Virginia, during the Revolutionary War, in which Francis was part of the militia.  Moved to Kentucky after 1783.

Bourbon County, Kentucky – Will Book A, Pages 8-9

In the name of God, amen.  I, Francis Lucas Jacoby, of the County of Bourbon and State of Virginia, of sound sense and memory, do make, constitute and ordain this my last will and testament, and hereby revoke all and every will heretofore by me made or ordered to be made.  I first desire that all the debts which I justly owe to all men be faithfully paid agreed to contract.  I secondly dispose of my worldly property, both real and personal,in the following manner.  I leave in possession of my beloved wife, Frederica, during her real life, the plantation whereon I now live, with the appurtenances thereon for the purpose of raising my small children.

Item.  It is my will that my hereafter mentioned shall proceed to have all my personal estate, valued immediately after my death.  And after giving my wife her first choice of a part equal to that the estimate be equally made and that each of my following children as respectively come of age and choose shall of my Executor hereafter named the sum such valuation shall amount to provided that no such demand during the natural lifetime of my wife as it is my will that all the property she is to keep for the purpose of raising my small children, be continued in her possession, disposal at will.

Item.  It is my will and desire that my lands be equally as near as may be in value among all my children, viz., Katrina, Elizabeth,

Susanna, Ralph of ?, Frank, Henry, Frederick, Daniel, Betsey, Jacob, Rachel, John and Adam, and that after such division each legatee as they come of age may have full and free possession of such part as shall fall to their respective lot.  I further constitute and appoint as Executor, to this my will for the sole purpose of executing the true intent and meaning thereof, my beloved wife, Frederica, my trusty friends, John Grant and William Butler.  In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this twenty-seventh day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight.

Francis Lucas Jacoby

Signed in the presence of John Hopper, Joe Mosby, Catherine Butler

At a Court held for Bourbon County at the Courthouse on Tuesday the 15th day of July 1788.

The last will and testament of Francis Lucas Jacoby, deceased, was proved by the oaths of John Hopper and Catherine Butler, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of Frederica Jacoby, named and appointed executrix in the last will and testament of Francis Lucas Jacoby, and also John Grant, gentleman, and William Butler, who were also named executors in said will, they having agreeable to law qualified as Executors of said Jacoby, deceased, and together with John Hopper, their security, entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of one thousand pounds.  Certificate is granted them for obtaining Probate thereof in due form.

Test. John Edwards, Cl. B. C.

1787 Will of Charles Allison of Bourbon County

Bourbon County, Kentucky Will Book A, Pages 5-6

In the name of God amen.  I, Charles Allison, of the County of Bourbon and State of Virginia, being in imperfect health but of sound memory and understanding, calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life, knowing it’s appointed unto all men to die and for settling my temporal affairs and directing the distribution of my worldly estate it hath pleased almighty God to bless and bestow upon me, I do make and ordain this my last will and testament, revoking all other will or wills, by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, but principally and first of all recommending my soul to almighty God who gave it, hoping through the merits of my blessed redeemer, Jesus Christ, to find redemption of my former sins and wickedness.

Imprimis.  It is my will and desire that all just debts should be paid out of the moneys due me and if there should not be a sufficiency then and in that case so much of my personal estate may be sold at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named, as will make up the deficiency.

It is my will and desire, I do give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Jane Allison, during her natural life, the plantation I now live on, together with the stock and farming utensils and at her decease, the land to be equally divided between my two sons, John and Alexander, giving unto John his choice of such division.  It’s my further desire that my said wife Jane do provide in such manner that after her

decease the stock belonging or then appertaining unto the estate may be equally divided among my children.  It’s my further desire that there shall be title made for two hundred acres of land as per agreement with Michael Hogg, that said land may be sold for stock – horse, cows and sheep – which said stock I desire may be equally divided among my children.  It’s my further desire that when a lawsuit depending now between myself and Colby Ship is determined that whatever money may arise to me therefrom may be applied to the purpose of perchance clothing necessaries for my wife and children at the discretion of my Executor, unless applied to the discharge of debts as above specified.

And I do constitute and appoint my beloved wife, Jane Allison, and my beloved son, John Allison, Executors to this my last will and testament, in testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this second of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven.

Charles Allison

In the presence of Benjamin Harrison, Mary Allison

At a Court held for Bourbon County at the Courthouse thereof on Tuesday the 8th day of December 1787

The last will and testament of Charles Allison, deceased was proved by the oaths of Benjamin Harrison and Mary Allison, witnesses thereto, and on the motion of Jane Allison, Executrix therein named was entered into and acknowledged bond in the penal sum of five hundred pounds, together with Benjamin Harrison, Esq., her security, and oath according to law.  Certificate is granted for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

Test.  John Edwards, Cl. B. C.

Missourian with Kentucky Ties – Marriage and Death

The Washington Herald, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, June 24, 1908

James W. Zevely Weds

Former Washingtonian Takes Miss Janie Clay as Bride

Mexico, Missouri, June 23 – Miss Janie Clay, the only daughter of Col. and Mrs. Green Clay, of Mexico, and James William Zevely, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, were married at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church here tonight.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Leslie M. Potter, of Kirkwood, Missouri, and was witnessed by about 200 guests, many of whom were from other states.

Miss Clay is a tall, slender blonde of pronounced beautify, a graduate of an Eastern college, and an expert horsewoman.

She is a member of an old Southern family, and her father, Col. Green Clay, has served in the Missouri senate on two different occasions.

Mr. Zevely was special agent of Indian Affairs for the Interior Department under ex-Gov. Francis, and was reappointed.  He also served as Missouri State Librarian.  He is now a practicing attorney of Muskogee.

Among the guests were Samuel G. Blythe, of Washington, and Louis Seibold, of The New York World.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Sunday, December 22, 1912

A great number of newspapers in Oklahoma and the adjoining states have been boosting Col. J. W. Zevely, of this city, for the position of Secretary of the Interior.  Col. Zevely is a Missourian, but is by marriage a Kentuckian, having married, some four years ago, Miss Clay, daughter of Green Clay, from Paris, Kentucky, and Mexico, and a niece of Ezekiel Clay, one of the best-known men in the Bluegrass.

Mrs. Zevely and the Colonel spend much of their time in Kentucky, and Mrs. Zevely never lets a summer go by without making a visit to her Kentucky relatives.  As Miss Janie Clay she was as well known as any of the Kentucky girls, and was always counted as one of the ‘fair daughters of Bourbon County.’

Besides having married a Kentucky, Col. Zevely has been for years the law partner of James M. Givens, born and reared in western Kentucky, and is perhaps closer to him, personally and politically, than any man living.

William Clay Zevely, January 29, 1911 – May 7, 1922.  ‘A perfect soul asleep.’  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

Monday, May 8, 1922

Col. J. W. Zevely’s Son Dead

Funeral Tomorrow at Paris, Ky., Grandson of Senator Clay

William Clay Zevely, son of Col. J. W. Zevely, 2029 Connecticut Avenue, died yesterday at the Children’s Hospital, where he had undergone an operation for mastoiditis.  Col. And Mrs. Zevely will leave with the body at 4:35 this afternoon for Paris, Kentucky, where the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon.  Interment will be at Runnymede, the old homestead near Paris of Mrs. Zevely’s father, the late Senator Green Clay, of Mexico, Missouri.

The Zevely’s are both natives of Missouri, but they have homes at Muskogee, Oklahoma, and in Washington.

James William Zevely, October 8, 1861 – June 10, 1927.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Sunday, June 12, 1927

Buried In Paris

Attorney to Harry F. Sinclair Dies at Home in East Hampton, L. I.

New York, June 11 – Funeral services for Col. James W. Zevely, 66 years old, will be held at Paris, Kentucky, it was learned today.  Colonel Zevely, personal attorney to Harry F. Sinclair, died at his home in East Hampton, Long Island, last night.  Burial will be beside the body of his son, Billy, 10, who died three years ago.  Mrs. Zevely, a daughter, Miss Jane Clay Zevely, and Earl W. Sinclair were at his bedside when Colonel Zevely died.  Mr. Sinclair arrived after his death.

The body is to be placed aboard Mr. Sinclair’s private car, Sinco, and is to leave for New York City tonight.  The car is to leave Now York tomorrow morning for Kentucky.  Mrs. Zevely and her daughter, Harry F. Sinclair and his brother are to accompany the body to Paris.

Born in Linn, Missouri, he received his education in the public schools, the Christian Brothers’ College in St. Louis and the University of Virginia.  Following his graduation from the Virginia University he was appointed Missouri State Librarian.  He began his activity in politics in 1888, when he was elected secretary of the Missouri Democratic Committee.

Colonel Zevely was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Muskogee, Oklahoma, from 1902 until 1917.  From Oklahoma he went to Washington, later coming to New York.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Wednesday, April 18, 1928

Left Good Estate

Associated Press

New York, April 17 – Col. James W. Zevely, attorney from 1917 for the Sinclair Consolidated Oil Corporation and attorney for Harry F. Sinclair, who thought so much of the Colonel that he named the pride of his stables Zev, left

His entire estate when he died last June 10, to his wife and daughter.

Janie C. Zevely and Jane C. Zevely, who live at No. 1107 Fifth Avenue, share equally in the Zevely holdings, which may exceed $500,000, it was estimated yesterday.  Daniel F. Cohalan of No. 43 Cedar Street, attorney for Mrs. Zevely, was named executor in the will, drawn November 12, 1924, and filed for probate yesterday.

Col. Zevely entered the Teapot Dome spotlight when his ‘loan’ of $25,000 to Albert B. Fall, then Secretary of the Interior became public.  He died in his home at East Hampton, Long Island, and his body was transported in a special train under the guidance of his friend Sinclair to Paris, Kentucky, where burial took place beside the grave of a son, James W. Zevely.

Janie Clay Zevely, February 22, 1886 – October 16, 1976.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

Cook – Routt 1786 Marriage Bond

Know all men by these presents that we, John Cook and John Wallen(Waller), are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency Patrick Henry, Esq., Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and his Successors, in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, to the which payment well and truly to be made to the said Patrick Henry, Esq., or his Successors.  We bind ourselves, our and each of our Heir, Executors and Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 18th day of December 1786.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas I, John Edwards, Clerk of the County Court of Bourbon, have this day issued a license for the marriage of the above bound John Cook and Winifred Routt.  Now if there is no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage and no damages accrue by means of said license being issued, then the above obligation to be void or else to remain n full force, power and virtue.

John Cook, John Wallen(Waller)

Bourbon County, Kentucky

1790 Will of John Jones of Bourbon County

Bourbon County Clerk, Will Book A, Pages 37-39

In the name of God amen.  The sixteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety, I, John Jones, of the County of Bourbon and district of Kentucky, being very sick of body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.  That is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it and for my body I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian-like and decent manner at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the might power of God and as touching such worldly estate is herewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and deign in the following manner and form.

Imprimis.  It is my will and I do order that in the first, all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my well-beloved son, John Jones, a young black mare and two hundred acres of land lying on the waters of Mill Creek and a rifle gun when he comes to the age of twenty-one years, and to his heirs and assigns forever.

I leave my dwelling plantation to be equally divided between my two sons, Jacob and Benjamin Jones, when they come to the age of twenty-one years, also a mare for each of them and their heirs and assigns forever.

I lease to my wife, Susanna Jones, to have her living, devising her being unmarried, on my dwelling place and to have possession of said house and plantation as long as she lives a single life, but if she should marry she is to stay no longer on the place, but if she should marry she is to have the third part of all the stock, household furniture and money, land excepted.

I give and bequeath to my four daughters, Christiana, Betsey, Susanna and Catherine Jones, my whole estate except three mares I left for the boys, such as stock, household furniture, to be equally divided amongst them when they come of age except my wife’s thirds, which is to come out of my estate.  I likewise constitute and ordain my wife, Susanna Jones, and Jacob Jones, my brother, my only and whole executors of this my last will and testament of all my lands and moveables and all and singular, every individual, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other testaments, wills, legacies and executors by me in any ways before this time named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.  In witness to hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

John Jones

Signed, sealed in presence of us

Susanna Keison, Christopher Keison, Henry Speaks, James Creen

Bourbon December Court 1790

The last will and testament of John Jones, deceased, is as produced to Court and proved by the oaths of Henry Speaks and James Creen, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste. John Edwards, Clerk

From The Bourbon News – Dr. Wash and Lucinda Fithian Obituaries

Dr. Wash Fithian, 1825-1904.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky

Friday, June 17, 1904

Dr. Wash Fithian, the oldest and most beloved physician of Paris, died at his home on Pleasant Street, Wednesday afternoon, at 5:25, after three weeks of illness.  His death is mourned by the entire community, for he was loved, honored and respected by all.  It can truly be said that his death ended a useful life and the world has been made better that he lived in it, for he leaves a character for us to emulate.

There are sad hearts in many homes in Paris and Bourbon County, where this faithful and loving physician has. For over a half century, administered in the tenderest way to relieve pain.  Surely the horrors of death should vanish when such a man as Dr. Wash Fithian is called to his eternal home.  It is not death but a peaceful, restful sleep.

Dr. Washington Fithian was born in Salem County, New Jersey, January 8th, 1825, which made him 79 years old last January.  His parents were Dr. Joel and Sarah Dick (Sinickson) Fithian.  His father was a native of New Jersey, and moved to Oxford, Ohio, in 1831, and followed his profession through life.  Dr. Wash Fithian graduated at Miami University, at Oxford, in 1845.  In that year, he began the study of medicine and prepare for his profession under his father.  He attended lectures regularly and graduated in the Ohio College of Medicine, at Cincinnati, in 1848.  In the same year, he located at North Middletown, Bourbon County, Kentucky, and entered upon the practice of his profession, remaining there for fifteen years.  In 1864 he moved to Paris, where he has since resided, after a short stay in preceding year at Shelbyville.  He gave his time and energies to his profession, to which he was greatly attached, and in which he always occupied an enviable position.  He had contributed with his pen to medical literature, and his practice and life was an advocate of the most elevated standard for the noble profession.  He was a veteran of two wars – Mexican and the late Civil War – a surgeon for a time in both.

For many years he and his brother, the late Dr. Joseph Fithian, were partners, and the love of these two brothers for each other was beautiful to behold.  It has often been remarked that Dr. Wash had never been the same man since the death of Dr. Joe several years ago.  It can also be truly said that there never lived in this community two men more beloved and highly respected than these two brothers – Dr. Wash and Dr. Joe Fithian.

His home life was all that characterizes a noble, Christian gentleman – an affectionate and devoted husband and a loving, indulgent father and grandfather.

His long life has been distinguished for his great integrity of character, and his exceptional personal, social and professional habits.

He was married September 18, 1850, to Miss Lucinda Hutchcraft, who survives him with two children – Charles Fithian and Mrs. F. M. Faries.

He was a Mason and Odd Fellow for over fifty years and an officer for many years in the Methodist church.

His funeral will be held at the Methodist church, this (Friday) morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. J. L. Clark, assisted by Rev. Dr. E. H. Rutherford.  The services will be concluded at the grave by the Masons and Odd Fellows.

The pall bearers are:  Dr. F. J. R. Tilton, Dr. B. E. Bean, Dr. Silas Evans, H. A. Power, James McClure, A. Shire, John N. Davis, H. O. James.

Mrs. Wash Fithian, 1829-1909.

The Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky

Tuesday, August 24, 1909

Mrs. Lou Hutchcraft Fithian, wife of the late Dr. Wash Fithian, entered into eternal sleep Friday morning at 11:30 o’clock, at her home on Pleasant Street, where she has resided for nearly half a century.

She had been confined to her bed for several weeks, when a week ago she was stricken with paralysis.  She was born in Bourbon County on June 7, 1829, being in the eighty-first year of her age.  In September 1850, she married Dr. Wash Fithian, of North Middletown, and several years afterwards located in Paris.

She was the eldest daughter of Reuben Hutchcraft, and is survived by one son, Dr. Charles N. Fithian; one daughter, Mrs. Frank Fairies; one sister, Mrs. Richard Harris, and her brothers, Messrs. R. B. Hutchcraft and William H. Hutchcraft, all of Paris, except the last named, who resides in Missouri.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Fithian was a remarkable woman in many respects, noted for her vitality and industry to the very last, although she had been an invalid for a number of years.  She had a bright mind, probably could give more correct dates of notable events that had occurred in Bourbon during her long and useful life than any other person in the county.

She was in fact a mother in Israel, always ready and anxious to do some loving act of kindness for a neighbor, friend or acquaintance.  She idolized her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A loving, trusting and devoted mother, a kind neighbor, a true friend.  A noble Christian woman has passed from our midst in the death of Mrs. Wash Fithian.  She is not dead, but has only entered into that calm, peaceful and restful sleep that is the reward for all such women as the deceased.

Her funeral Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church, at three o’clock, was one of the largest ever witnessed in our city, and the many beautiful floral designs were but a slight tribute of love and affection that is held by the people of this community for the deceased.

The services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. M. T. Chandler, assisted by Rev. R. S. Litsinger, of the Episcopal church.  Mrs. Fithian had from early life been a consistent member of the Methodist church.  She was laid to rest in the Paris Cemetery by the side of her honored and much loved husband, Dr. Wash Fithian, who had preceded her to the grave.  The pall bearers were:  Mr. W. H. McMillan, Mr. J. W. Davis, Mr. John N. Davis, Mr. James McClure, Mr. H. A. Power, Mr. H. O. James, Mr. F. P. Lowry, Dr. F. L. Lapsley.

1786 Waller-Routt Bourbon County Marriage Bond

Another marriage in Kentucky while we were still part of the commonwealth of Virginia.  Patrick Henry was governor.

Know all men by these presents that we, John Waller and William Routt, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Patrick Henry, Esq., Governor of the state of Virginia, and his successors in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, to the which payment well and truly to be made to the said Patrick Henry, Esq., or his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 16th day of August 1786.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas I, John Edwards, Clerk of the County of Bourbon, have this day issued a license for the marriage of John Waller and Garner Routt.  If therefore there is no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage and that no damage accrues by means of the said license being issued, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

John Waller, William Routt