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Will of Ann Duncan of Jessamine County

Ann, wife of James B. Duncan, died March 20, 1849, aged 48 years. ‘god shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.’

I’m always excited to see the will of a woman back in the early days!  From her gravestone, located in the Duncan family cemetery in Nicholasville, we know that Ann was the wife of James B. Duncan.  At the time of her death in 1849, Ann has three children, Charles, Julia who married a Brown, and Margaret Ann, unmarried.  Notice there is no date on the will – an unusual fact.  I love the descriptions of silver table spoons, tea spoons, tongs, dessert spoons, etc.  This gives an idea of the type of life this family led.  When Ann Duncan talks about securing these items ‘with the property’ I suppose she means they must be handed down as family heirlooms, and not sold.

Feeling myself daily declining and believing that my end is near I wish to make some distribution of the little worldly goods I possess.  After my just debts are paid I give to my second daughter, Margaret Ann Duncan, a piece of land containing about fifty acres, lying in Mason County, four miles from Maysville on the Flemingsburgh Turnpike, and also the hire of my old man Billy while she remains single.  She is to have the whole benefit, but if she marry, then it is to be divided in three equal parts and entailed on their posterity made secure so that they cannot spend it.  I also wish that at my death a division of my bed clothing and furniture.  I have already given to Charles Duncan and Julia Brown a share of each, therefore I wish Margaret Ann to have the largest share in this last division.  I also give her my bed stead, my dressing bureau and a pair of poster tables that are now in my house.  I give Charles Duncan a half dozen silver table spoons, a half dozen silver tea spoons, they are to be secured with the property so that he cannot spend them.  I give Julia Brown my silver cream spoon, she now has a half dozen silver table spoons of mine in her possession.  I wish them also to be secured with the balance.  I give Margaret Ann Duncan, my daughter, a half dozen silver dessert spoons, a half dozen silver

tea spoons, a pair of silver sugar tongs, two salt shakers(?), one mustard spoon, one silver soup spoon, two silver butter knives, all to be secured as spoken of before.  I also give Margaret Ann, my daughter, my gold watch in consideration of her kindness and attention to me during my illness.  I had omitted to mention that I have four hundred and fifty dollars in the hands of Mr. Ely Anderson, living in Maysville, which will be due the second day of June; that I also give to Margaret Ann my daughter, and wish it secured with the rest.

Ann Duncan

Attest – J. Asline, William Duncan

State of Kentucky              Jessamine County April Court 1848

I, Daniel B. Price, Clerk of the County Court for the County of Jessamine, do certify that this writing was at the court aforesaid, produced and proven in open Court according to law by the oaths of William Duncan and J. Asline, the subscribing witnesses thereto, to be the last will and testament of Ann Duncan, deceased, and ordered to be recorded and a certificate of probate granted, whereupon the same together with this certificate has been duly entered of receipt in my office.

Attest.  Dan B. Price

Will Book G, Pages 415-416 – Jessamine County Clerk’s Office

Schuyler County, Illinois – Quilt Show

Schuyler County, Illinois – The Rushville Times Newspaper

April 20, 1932

Quilt Show Brought Out Many Family Heirlooms

A quilt and rug show, sponsored by the First Division of the W. F. M. S. held in the Methodist Church parlors Friday afternoon, created a vast amount of interest with quilts of every design and material exhibit, the number far exceeding the one hundred mark.

Included in the display were quilts of worsted, silk and fancy cotton materials, in charming and intricate design, all of which portrayed exquisite handiwork, both in piecing and quilting.

Among the scores of quilts on exhibit were those of the “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” and “Wedding Ring” designs, both of which were so popular in Rushville and vicinity during the past year.

Two exhibitors, Mrs. Sarah Robbins and Mrs. R. W. Noble, each produced eight beautiful quilts, which was the largest exhibit by any one individual.  Several other ladies had on exhibit more than one quilt, but inasmuch as all were things of rare beauty it is impossible to do justice to the exhibitors in a brief description.

The antique quilts on exhibit truly portrayed the exquisite handicraft, talent and patience with which ancestral grandmothers were endowed in the early pioneer days.  These heirlooms that have been passed down for several generations have an intrinsic value to their owners that cannot be measured in dollars and cents.

Among the oldest quilts and counterpanes to be exhibited were the following:  A red and green applique quilt of tulip design owned by Mrs. Ernest Hill, which was pieced by her mother, Mrs. Eliza McMaster-Greer, more than eighty years ago when she was a young girl residing on the McMaster homestead, now occupied by Mrs. Robert Malcomson, four miles east of Rushville.  The quilting was done by Eliza McMaster and the Campbell sisters.

Miss Alta Carty had on exhibit a beautiful quilt and candlewick tufted bedspread made by her mother, the late Mrs. William Carty, perhaps more than seventy years ago.

Mrs. J. T. Bartlow’s exhibit was a quilt of the basket design, pieced and quilted by her deceased sister, Margaret Hightower, seventy-five years ago.

Three quilts, the exhibit of Mrs. G. H. Scripps, have long been in her family.  One of them was pieced by her grandmother, Mrs. Hamilton, of Jacksonville, seventy years ago, and another fashioned from silk and velvet, was pieced by her aunt, the late Miss Susan Chenery, of Springfield, more than fifty years ago.

A quilt belonging to Mrs. W. G. Babcock, pieced by her grandmother, Mrs. Helen Owen, an early pioneer woman of Rushville, has been in the family for almost a century.

Mrs. Grace Hemphill displayed a number of beautiful antique quilts.  They had been fashioned by the late Mrs. Sarah Owen-Houston, who was highly talented in needlecraft.

Mrs. Henry Reeve exhibited two quilts of beautiful workmanship, pieced by Mrs. Jane Reeves, mother of her deceased husband, more than sixty years ago.

Two interesting antique exhibits were handmade counterpanes.  One of them, owned by Miss Carrie R. Sparks, was a colored counterpane that has passed the century mark and was fashioned from wool grown on sheep owned by her grandfather, Lemuel Sparks, in early pioneer days.  His wife and daughters performed the task of carding, spinning and dyeing the wool that was transformed by the weaver’s loom into this red and white article of beautiful design.

Mrs. George E. Greer displayed a beautiful red and blue homemade counterpane of the Eagle design that was more than thirty years of age when it came into her possession fifty years ago.

There were also many beautiful handmade rugs of beautiful braided, crocheted and hooked design.  Among this number was a beautiful hooked rug specimen made and owned by Mrs. Beulah Price, of Astoria, who has refused the sum of $150 for this rug.