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Daniel Dicken 1790 Mercer County Will

Another early will from Mercer County.  Notice that Mr. Dicken lists himself as of the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Kentucky, and County of Mercer.  I believe the ‘trusty friends’ listed in the will are actually Daniel’s older brothers.  He gives his estate to his younger brothers and sister, so evidently there were older siblings.

In the name of God, amen.  I, Daniel Dicken, of the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Kentucky, and County of Mercer, being of sound mind and memory, do make, declare and publish this to be my last will and testament.  I will all my estate, real, personal and mined to be equally divided between my three younger brothers and sisters, Charles Dicken, Winifred Dicken and Lot Dicken, after my just debts are all paid.  I do hereby appoint and nominate my trusty friends, Christopher Dicken and Isaac Dicken to be executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 4th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety.  Signed, sealed and published in presence of:

Daniel Dicken

William Dicken, Joseph Dicken, William Batton

At a Court held for Mercer County at the Courthouse on Tuesday the 28th day of February 1792

This last will and testament of Daniel Dicken, deceased, was exhibited into Court and proved by the oaths of William Dicken and Joseph Dicken, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Test.  Thomas Allin, C. C.

1790 Will of Benjamin Graham

Benjamin Graham was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1753.  He married Faithful Hall, in that county, November 13, 1782.

Mercer County Court House – Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Will Book A, pages 41-43

Scan121In the name of God, Amen.  I, Benjamin Graham, of the Count of Mercer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, being sickly and weak of body, but of a sound and perfect mind and memory and calling to mind that there is a time for all men to die, do therefore make and ordain this my last will and testament in the manner and form following.  I commit my soul to the hand of almighty God that gave it and my body to the dust to be buried in a

Scan122Christian and decent like manner, at the directions of my executor hereafter named, and as for the worldly estate that hath pleased God to bless me with I give, desire and bequeath in the following manner.  First I ordain that all my just debts and funeral charges be justly and faithfully paid.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my loving wife Faithful the one third of my real and personal estate and if she thinks proper to have the same at the appraisement bill that may be made of my goods and chattels.  And all the remainder and reversion of my estate whether real, personal or mixed, and a purchase of land I made from David Hazel lying between the Cane Run meeting house and Harrodsburg, all of the same to be sold and the monies arising therefrom to be equally divided amongst my four daughters, Alice, Elizabeth, Mary and Jane; I also devise and ordain that my daughter Alice to live with my brother Samuel, and that my daughter Mary live with my brother James’ widow until they arrive to full age and that my daughter’s Elizabeth and Jane to remain with my wife as long as she remains single or can deal justly by them.  I do hereby constitute my loving brother Samuel Graham and my trusty friend Elisha Thomas my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament, thereby revoking and disannuling all former wills and testaments by me heretofore made and done, pronouncing and declaring this only to be my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this second day of August Anno Domini 1790.

                                                              Benjamin Graham

Signed, sealed, pronounced

Scan123and declared to be his last will and testament in the presence of us – Joshua Dodson, William McCachron

Mercer County – September Court 1790

This last will and testament of Benjamin Graham, deceased, was produced in court and proved by the oath of William McCachron, a subscribing witness thereto and ordered to recorded.

Teste.  Thomas Allin, C. C.