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Revolutionary War Soldiers of Pulaski County

This beautiful plaque honoring Revolutionary soldiers from Pulaski County sits in front of the courthouse, attached to a mill stone.

In memory of those Revolutionary Soldiers who contributed to the establishment and development of Pulaski County, Kentucky

  • Robert Adams
  • Francis Aldridge
  • Robert Anderson – listed in 1840 census, no age given, head of household, in the 70-80 age range
  • Samuel Allen, Jr.
  • Thomas Asman
  • William Barron
  • John Barker
  • Henry Baugh
  • Michael Beakman
  • Ichabod Blacklege
  • Robert Buchanan
  • Michael Burton
  • Andrew Cowan

  • Elijah Denny
  • John Dick
  • Lovel H. Dogan
  • Josiah Earp
  • John Edwards
  • John Evans
  • Job Gastineau, Sr.
  • James Gilmore
  • Richard Goggins
  • William Hansford
  • James Hamilton
  • James Harrell
  • William Hays
  • William Heath

  • John Hopper
  • Nicholas Jasper
  • Thomas Kelly
  • James Kennedy
  • James Lee
  • Moses Martin
  • John Mayfield
  • Joseph McAllister
  • Barnabus Murray – listed in 1840 census, aged 80, head of household
  • Samuel Newell
  • John Newby
  • William Owens
  • John Perry

  • James Rainey
  • Michael Reagan
  • David Roper
  • Robert Sayers – listed in 1840 census, no age given, head of household, in the 80-90 age range
  • Thomas Seaton
  • Dorson Sewell
  • Richard C. Swearingen
  • William Sweeney
  • Peter Tartar
  • Nathaniel Tomlinson
  • William Trimble
  • Martin Turpin
  • John Wilson – listed in 1840 census, no age given, head of household, in the 70-80 age range
  • Michael Young

Erected by Somerset Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

Pulaski County Courthouse

Will of Martha Booker, Widow

The will of Martha Booker, widow, from Charles County, Maryland, has many surprises and a few mysteries.  The will was written April 8, 1718, and probated 13 days later.

Martha Brett, was the daughter of George and Elizabeth Brett.  George was a carpenter; was transported to Maryland by John Ward in 1660.  He and Elizabeth had 8 children:  William, Mary, Margaret, George, Jr., Henry, Richard, Susanna and Martha.  George died by 1705 and Elizabeth Brett married second John Booker.

Martha married first John Barker, a widower.  They had three children:  George, William and Elizabeth Barker.  John Barker died in early 1709.  Martha married a Booker as her second husband – probably a relative of her step-father, John Booker.

Martha Brett Barker Booker’s will names only one child – William Barker.  This leads us to believe that her other two children had died by 1718.  William is given the plantation Stepney.  If he dies before reaching his majority the 100 acres of land is given to nephews Richard and George Brett.  The personal estate from the plantation is to go to Martha’s nieces and nephews – Richard and George, sons of Henry Brett; Elizabeth Noble, daughter of Susanna Brett Noble; Rebecca and Ann Dunnington, daughters of Margaret Brett Dunnington – and Mary Godfry (I’m not sure who this is – perhaps a step-daughter?).

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Bequeaths to:

1.  Elizabeth Noble – to have 1 cow

2.  Ann Booker – to have 1 mare and 1 chest which was “her fathers”

3.  Rebecca Dunnington – to have 1 feather bed and 1 cow

4.  Elizabeth Wharton – to have  feather bed

5.  George Brett – son of Henry Brett – to have 1 feather bed

6.  Francis Dunnington – to have 2 barrels of corn and 900 pounds of tobacco which testatrix has the bill for and on the condition that he puts his daughter Rebecca to school for 2 years, otherwise he is to pay testatrix’s executor the same amount of tobacco.

7.  William Barker – son – to have 100 acres of land and plantation whereon testatrix now lives, being called “Stepney” and being the 100 acres of land his father, John Barker, left to testatrix.  To have all of testatrix’s goods and chattels and all other land which belongs to him “for the putting him to school” and testatrix desires that he be taught as much as is necessary and leave him at age 18 that he shall have his own labor but not to bargain or sell anything without the advice of his uncle, Henry Brett, nor to receive his portion until he comes of age 21.

8.  Richard Brett – son of Henry Brett – should testatrix’s son die before coming of age 21, then the 100 acres of land and plantation to be divided between Richard and his brother George.

9.  Ann Dunnington – daughter of Francis – and Mary Godfrey – should testatrix’s son die before coming of age, then the goods and chattels to be divided between Richard and George Brett, as well as Mary Godfrey, Ann and Rebecca Dunnington – daughters of Francis – and Elizabeth Noble.

Henry Brett is named executor of the will.  Witnesses:  Sarah Brett, John Smith and Gil. Fisser.