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1796 Will of Joshua Blanton of Garrard County

Joshua Blanton came to Kentucky from Prince Edward County, Virginia.  In the 1790 census of that county, he was listed with ‘fourteen white souls’, one dwelling and five other buildings. 

Daughter Betsy married Lewis Hawks 22 September 1786 in Prince Edward County.  Fanny married William Blanton (a cousin ?) 2 May 1798 in Garrard County.  Elijah married Mary McKee 16 September 1813 in Jessamine County.  Jesse married Sarah Cozine 28 October 1800 in Shelby County.  Son Joshua married Elizabeth Nelson 25 April 1795 in Mercer County.

Garrard County Will Book A, Pages 4-5

In the name of God, amen.  I, Joshua Blanton, of Mercer County and State of Kentucky, of sound memory, do make this my last will and testament.

Item.  I lend to my wife, Lucy Blanton, the land whereon I now live, with all the negroes, stock and household furniture that I may die possessed of, with all other of my property that may be on the said plat at my death.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my sons, Jesse, Joshua and Billy, my tract of land lying in Jefferson County of one hundred and twenty-seven acres, to be equally divided between them, said sons Jesse, Joshua and Billy.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my son Elijah the land whereon I now live at the death of my wife, Lucy.

Item.  I give to my son John five shillings.  All the other property that may be at the death of my wife I give to my daughters – Amy, Polly, Diny, Betsy, Fanny, Nancy and Patsy, to be divided between the said daughters, with a deduction to Betsy of thirty-five pounds which I have

Before given her as also twenty pounds to Lucy before given in part of their portions.

I appoint my wife Lucy Blanton, my son, Joshua Blanton and my friends Lewis Hawks and James Speed to be Executrix and Executors of this my last will and testament.  All my just debts are to be paid immediately after my death and the money left to be divided between my daughters that have received no part of their portion.

In witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of July one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six.

Joshua Y. Blanton

Witnesses – Polly S. Hopkins, Cumberland Hart, Henry Speed

At a court held for the County of Garrard at the court house on Monday the 7th August 1796, the last will and testament of Joshua Blanton, deceased, was proved by the oath of Cumberland Hart and Henry Speed, witnesses thereto and it is ordered to be recorded.

David Knox – Isabelle Caldwell 1792 Marriage License and Return

Scan_Pic1654Mercer County, Kentucky

With this to License and permit you to join together in the holy Estate of Matrimony David Knox and Isabelle Caldwell according to the rites and ceremonies of your church and for so doing this shall be your sufficient warrant.

Given under my hand this 14 day of February 1792.   James Speed

To any minister of the Gospel legally authorized to solemnize the rites of marriage.

Scan_Pic1655This is to Certify all person to whom it may concern.  February 14, 1792 David Knox and Isabelle Caldwell was joined in matrimony by me.   John Bailey

Bailey’s return of Marriage 1792

First Will In Mercer County Books – 1786!

Mercer County Will Book One – Page One

Will of Thomas Prather

In my 34+ years of living in Harrodsburg I have never been to the county clerk’s office for genealogy research – I have only one ancestor from Mercer County.  Thursday I went to the courthouse to release liens, part of my job, and the lady who helps with that was out of the office for a few minutes.  I decided to look at the old records while waiting – and now ask – Why Did I Wait So Long?  There is a wealth of information there, and within the ten minutes I waited made copies of twelve original marriage records from 1786-1792, and the first three wills of book one.  What a surprise when I actually sat down to read.  In Thomas Prather’s will, which is what I share with you today, the codicil is witnessed by James Harrod – THE James Harrod who started Fort Harrod, was the founder of Harrodsburg!  Notice he speaks of the ‘Parish of Kentucky’ – we were still Virginia at the time! – and County of Lincoln – one of the three original counties!  And our old friend, Thomas Allin, signs at the bottom as county clerk – Thomas died in 1833 during the cholera epidemic and was county clerk for many years before.  Guess where I will be spending much more of my time?  Hard to tell what other treasures I will find!

Scan_Pic1549 1In the name of God, Amen. I, Thomas Prather, of the Parish of Kentucky and County of Lincoln, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament. I will and bequeath to Theophilus Philips eight hundred acres of land which I hold by Pattent bearing date the first day of June 1782, on Warrant Number 2590 and on survey made 4th September 1781, which said 800 acres he has right to as my partner in 2000 acres granted to me on the same warrant and of the same date of patents which said eight hundred acres is to be laid off to said Philips on the upper part of my upper tract on Hardin’s Creek, so as to leave my remaining two hundred acres in a convenient form adjoining to my tract of 1000 acres which his, this land I give (but do not warrant) to the said Theophilus Philips, and to heirs and assigns forever.

I lend to my beloved wife, Mary Prather, the use of the tract of land whereon I live and all stock and furniture and movable estate of any kind during her widowhood for the maintenance of herself and the support and education of my children while she remains a widow.

If my said wife should marry, I give her all my household furniture and one best horse and saddle.

I will and devise that my whole estate not heretofore given shall be divided between my children, from that my sons shall have

Scan_Pic1550two shares and my daughters one share, that is one son shall have twice as much as one daughter. The above division shall take place as soon as any one of my children comes of age or marries.

I appoint my wife, Mary Prather, to be Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of May one thousand seven hundred and eighty six, 1786.

Thomas Prather

Acknowledged before us – James Speed, Malcolm Worley, Thomas Speed, John Speed

Codicil to this will made 25th of June 1786.

I do hereby appoint James Coburn and Henry Prather to be Executers of this my last will and Testament with my wife who is appointed Executrix. Witness my hand and seal.

Thomas Prather

Acknowledged in presence of – James Speed, James Harrod, John Chiles, Jr.

At a Court held for Mercer County at the courthouse on 1st day of August 1786.

This last will and testament of Thomas Prather, deceased, was produced in Court and proved by the oaths of James Speed and John Speed, tow of the subscribing witnesses.


Hereto with the Codicil endorsed proved by the oath of James Speed, which together with the said will is ordered to be recorded.

Teste Thomas Allin, County Clerk