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Will and Inventory of William Stewart Who Fell at the Battle of Blue Licks

It is quite possible that William Stewart was one of the victims of the Battle of Blue Licks.  He was listed as one of the privates killed, as well as one of his witnesses, Francis McBride.  Clough Overton, another witness, was a captain for this mission, and he, too, died August 19, 1782.  As mentioned in the court records below, only one of the three subscribing witnesses was alive to prove this will.

From the inventory of William Stewart, we can tell he is a single man, no mention of dishes, furniture or other household inventory.  He does not seem to be your average Kentuckian with his wardrobe.  He must have been a man of means, with the number of waistcoats, buckles, handkerchief, stockings, linen shirts, clothes brush, geographical book, etc., that are mentioned.

Terribly sad that he died at such a young age.

Lincoln County, Kentucky (while still part of Virginia)

Will Book 1, Pages 13-14

Appraisement Bill of the Estate of William Stewart, deceased.  Pounds, shillings, pence.

  • One stone horse 35 0 0
  • One roan mare 18 0 0
  • One black horse 18 0 0
  • Three coats 10 0 0
  • Three waistcoats 2 10 0
  • One great coat 2 10 0
  • Three blankets 2 10 0
  • One pair of breeches 0 15 0
  • One pair of drawers 0 6 0
  • One pair of overalls 0 6 0
  • Four linen shirts 2 0 0
  • Four socks 0 12 0
  • One handkerchief 0 1 6
  • Eight pair of stockings 2 3 0
  • Two pair of shoes 2 0 0
  • One clothes brush 0 1 0
  • One pair of saddle bags 0 15 0
  • One geographical book 0 10 0
  • One pair of silver knee buckles 0 10 0
  • One pocket book 0 6 0
  • One saddle and ? 4 0 0
  • One pair of half hand gloves 0 1 0
  • One pair of cloth leggings 0 4 0
  • Thirty-five buttons 0 3 0
  • Sixteen horn buttons 0 0 9
  • Two old gloves 0 1 6
  • One comb 0 2 6
  • One roll of blackball 0 1 0
  • One fill of oker 0 0 6
  • One half pound of gunpowder 0 3 0
  • One pair of leather breeches 0 10 0
  • One pounds of soap 0 0 6
  • One razor 0 1 0
  • One set of Frisons 0 1 6
  • One pair of horse shoes 0 0 6
  • One set of plough irons 2 0 0
  • Two papers of ink powder 0 2 0
  • One box of wafers 0 0 6
  • Part of a beaver trap 0 2 0
  • One pair of harness and part of chain truss 0 2 0
  • One watch 2 0 0

At a Court held for Lincoln County 19th March 1783

This inventory and appraisement was returned to Court and ordered to be recorded.

Teste. William May, Clerk, Lincoln County

Lincoln County, Kentucky (while still part of Virginia)

Will Book 1, Pages 19-20

The Will of William Stewart

In the name of God, amen.  The twenty-fifth day of August 1781.  I, William Stewart of Lincoln County and Commonwealth of Virginia, yeoman, being of perfect health, mind and memory, thanks be give 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, today, principally and first of all I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the direction of my executors, nothing doubting but at the resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis.  I give and bequeath unto my well-beloved father two certain tracts of land on the north side of Kentucky containing two thousand four hundred acres, one tract known by the name of the Trough Spring on the head of Glen’s Creek, the other adjoining as will more fully appear by the records in the surveyor’s office.

Imprimis.  I give unto my beloved brother, Robert Stewart, the sum of five pounds lawful money of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to be paid out of my estate.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my well-beloved sisters Hanna and Mary all and singular my estate not already bequeathed to be equally divided between them, the said Hanna and Mary, and I do hereby constitute and appoint James Hunter, John Smith and William McBride, Executors, of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disapprove all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies and bequests and Executors by me in any will before named, willed and bequeathed.  Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Signed, sealed and declared by the said William Stewart as his last will and testament in presence of us the subscribers – N.B. the word Executors underlined before signing.

William Stewart

Clough Overton, Ebenezer Miller, Francis McBride

At a Court held for Lincoln County 21st January 1783.

This instrument of writing was submitted in Court as the last will and testament of William Stewart, deceased, and proved by the oath of Ebenezer Miller, the only surviving witness and ordered to recorded.

Teste.  William May, Clerk, Lincoln County

No Will, But Other Papers for Isaac Newton Greathouse, Deceased

Isaac Newton Greathouse was the son of Harmon Greathouse III.  His grandfather was also thus named, and his great-grandfather, Herman Groethaus, was born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1676.  When this gentleman came to America, in 1710, he settled in Philadelphia, and changed his name to Harmon Greathouse.  Isaac Newton Greathouse married Elizabeth Berkeley Lewis, daughter of John Lewis and Hannah Eskridge Lewis – two early settlers who moved their family of three small children from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Louisville, Kentucky, baby Elizabeth being born there July 14, 1799.  In the fall of 1799, moving to what was then called Old Fortification Creek, then Hardin County, soon to be Breckinridge, the young family consisted of baby Elizabeth, Catherine aged seven, Eliza aged 4, and Moses Linton aged 2.

Isaac and Elizabeth were married in 1818, and in their fourteen years of married life had seven children – John L., Harmon B., Hannah Amanda, Susannah, Joseph L., John Fletcher and William Linton Greathouse.

Today I would to share with you an inventory, accounts due and bill of sale for Isaac Newton Greathouse, who died in Hancock County October 21, 1832.  At the age of 40, born in Nelson County in 1792, perhaps he thought death would be much later.  At any event, he did not leave a will.  In a case such as this, even though there is no will, there is much information to be found in the paperwork found in will books – inventories, accounts due, sale bills, dowers, guardian reports, etc.

On page 31 in Will Book 1 for Hancock County is the inventory, produced by Isaac’s brother, Rudolphus B. Greathouse. There are three pages of items, including a heifer valued at $80, a lot of corn for $100, and two slaves – Margaret and George, valued at $275 each.  Isaac Newton Greathouse was a doctor and his medical books, $22.50, and two lots of medicines valued at $34.43 ¾.  Also included are guns, horses, tools, hogs, crops, bed and bedding, etc.  The total amount of the inventory was $1,675.68 ¾.

A list of notes due Isaac Greathouse was next in the will book, page 32.  Again, his brother Rudolphus, entered the account information on January 28, 1833.  The most largest note owed was from Joseph Evans at $325.  William Linton Lewis, an uncle of Isaac Greathouse’s wife, Elizabeth Lewis, owed $239.95.  The smallest amount owed was $1.25, for a total of about $996.

The sale bill begins on page 33 of will book one.  Many of the items were purchased by the widow, Elizabeth Greathouse – gun, horse, bookcase, books, desk.  She purchased a cradle for $1.00.  Elizabeth purchased a sugar chest for $5.00 – was it like the one I have?  One yoke of oxen, fields of rye and wheat, stacks of hay, cows and calves, hogs, sheep.  Others who purchased items were neighbors, as you would expect – Samuel and Edmond Hawes, Benoni House, Henry Newman, Leonard Jones, Timothy Holmes, Holbert Henderson, James Haywood, Joseph Crisler and brother, Rudolphus Greathouse.

After Isaac’s death, Elizabeth Greathouse raised her children, and lived to just three months shy of her eightieth birthday.  Like her parents, she was made of pioneer stock and helped settle the new lands of Kentucky in the early years of the state.  She outlived her husband and all but three of her children – Harmon B. Greathouse who died in 1889, Joseph L. Greathouse who died in 1891, and William Linton Greathouse who died in 1901.

Clark County Will Books Index – Volume III P-Y and Volume IV A-Y

My Washington County Will Books Indexes went over well, and thought I would work on a set for another county – Clark County, Kentucky.  Most of my research, for my family, has been in Washington, Marion, Garrard and Nelson counties. It is always interesting to research in a new county, since there are always new names to discover.

In the two county will indexes I have worked with I notice county clerks are terrible at spelling the same name the same way twice!  And some of the handwriting is a bit difficult to decipher.  Guess they never thought people would be interested in what they wrote so many years later!

Volume III includes 1,226 names listed. This is an all-inclusive, alphabetical listing of those listed in the Clark County Will Books Index, Books 1-13 for the years 1793-1853. Included is the description of the entry (Will, Inventory, List of Sales, Administrative Settlement, Allot Dower, Executors Settlement, Division of Estate, Guardian Settlement, Appraisement, List of Slaves, Agreement, etc.), the will book and the page number. Last names beginning with P–Y – there were no names beginning with U, X and Z.

Volume IV, below, includes A-Y – for those of you who have many family members in Clark County.  You can use the search feature on your Kindle to find a particular name.

You can click on the books to purchase them through Amazon.

Clark County Will Books Index, 1793-1853 – Volume II

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My Washington County Will Books Indexes went over well, and thought I would work on a set for another county – Clark County, Kentucky.  Most of my research, for my family, has been in Washington, Marion, Garrard and Nelson counties. It is always interesting to research in a new county, since there are always new names to discover.

In the two county will indexes I have worked with I notice county clerks are terrible at spelling the same name the same way twice!  And some of the handwriting is a bit difficult to decipher.  Guess they never thought people would be interested in what they wrote so many years later!

There are 1,007 names listed. This is an all-inclusive, alphabetical listing of those listed in the Clark County Will Books Index, Books 1-13 for the years 1793-1853. Included is the description of the entry (Will, Inventory, List of Sales, Administrative Settlement, Allot Dower, Executors Settlement, Division of Estate, Guardian Settlement, Appraisement, List of Slaves, Agreement, etc.), the will book and the page number. Last names beginning with H-O, are included. One other volume will follow, P–Z. There will also be a volume that includes A–Z. You can use the search feature on your Kindle to find a particular name.

Clark County Will Books Index, 1793-1853 – Volume I

cc-vol-1My Washington County Will Books Indexes went over well, and thought I would work on a set for another county – Clark County, Kentucky.  Most of my research, for my family, has been in Washington, Marion, Garrard and Nelson counties. It is always interesting to research in a new county, since there are always new names to discover. Not found in my usual counties were the surnames Bledsoe, Brinegar, Chorn, Clinkenbeard, Conkwright, Crosthwait, Fishback and Gaitskill.

In the two county will indexes I have worked with I notice county clerks are terrible at spelling the same name the same way twice!  And some of the handwriting is a bit difficult to decipher.  Guess they never thought people would be interested in what they wrote so many years later!

There are 1,599 names listed. This is an all-inclusive, alphabetical listing of those listed in the Clark County Will Books Index, Books 1-13 for the years 1793-1853. Included is the description of the entry (Will, Inventory, List of Sales, Administrative Settlement, Allot Dower, Executors Settlement, Division of Estate, Guardian Settlement, Appraisement, List of Slaves, Agreement, etc.), the will book and the page number. Last names beginning with A – G, are included. Two other volumes will follow, H–O and P–Z. There will also be a volume that includes A–Z. You can use the search feature on your Kindle to find a particular name.

All Volumes of Washington County Will Books Index, 1792-1902 – A-Y

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Thank you for persevering with me through all these announcements of will book indexes.  It is the only way I know to get the information to you.

And finally, all small volumes together in one – Washington County Will Books Index, names beginning with A through Y.  The same as all other volumes it includes a listing of the names in the Washington County Will Books (A-W 1792-1902), includes a description of the entry (will, sales bill, allot dower, guardian settlement, administrative settlement, inventory, appraisement, division of estate, list of slaves, etc.), the book and page number.  The list is alphabetized by surname.

For those who have many families who came through, or settled in, Washington County, Kentucky.  This can be purchased for your Kindle or other reading device on Amazon – just click on the photo above.

Final Volume of Washington County Will Books Index, 1792-1902 – U, V, W, Y

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The ninth, and final individual volume, of Washington County Will Books Index, names beginning with U, V, W and Y is finished.  The same as all other volumes it includes a listing of the names in the Washington County Will Books (A-W 1792-1902), includes a description of the entry (will, sales bill, allot dower, guardian settlement, administrative settlement, inventory, appraisement, division of estate, list of slaves, etc.), the book and page number.  The list is alphabetized by surname.  Found some White’s and Yate’s for myself in this volume.

This is Volume IX – last names beginning with U, V, W and Y – no names began with X or Z.  This can be purchased for your Kindle or other reading device on Amazon – just click on the photo above.