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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.

Litton Family Buried At Briar Creek Cemetery


Hiram and John Litton.  Briar Creek Cemetery, Whitley County, Kentucky

Today I am sharing photos of gravestones of the Litton family who are buried in Briar Creek Cemetery in Whitley County, Kentucky.  This cemetery is located in the city of Williamsburg, right off Interstate 75 at exit 11.


In Memory of Hiram Litton, was born March the 29, 1787, and died October the 9, 1852, aged 65 years, 6 months.

Hiram Litton married Martha Cox October 26, 1812, in Knox County, Kentucky.  There are many Cox family members buried in this cemetery, very likely relatives of Martha, that will be included in another post.  Martha died in 1829, the couple enjoying only 17 years of marriage.  At least two children were born to the couple, Emily and John, since their birth precedes their mother’s death.

In research on Ancestry it gives Hiram’s parents as Solomon Litton and Martha Duncan.  However, the 1852 death records of Whitley County tell us a different story.  Hiram and his brother, Burton, both died in 1852, and fortunately that was the first year Whitley County kept death records.  Burton died April 28th of fever; his parents were listed as Hiram and Mary Litton; he was a farmer and was born in Washington County – which I believe to be Virginia rather than Kentucky.  Hiram Litton died October 2nd of that year, also of fever, and his parents are listed as Hiram and Mary Litton.  Since the death dates on the gravestones match the death dates in the Whitley County records, I feel sure Hiram and Mary are the correct parents of the two brothers.


In Memory of Martha Litton, wife of Hiram Litton, was born June the 19, 1797, and died September the 18, 1829, aged 32 years, 3 months.

Dying at the young age of 32, Martha probably had complications during childbirth – or any number of other illnesses that, which in our day and time would not be fatal, but in those early days of our country could easily take a life.


In Memory of Emily N. Litton, daughter of Hiram and Martha Litton, departed this life August 29, 1841, aged 21 years, 11 months and 16 days.

  Emily was born September 13, 1819.


In Memory of John S. Litton, was born March 20th, 1826, died June 12th, 1854, aged 28 years, 2 months and 23 days.

The gravestones for the Litton family are quite beautiful.  The color is a light reddish brown, with scroll work, leaves, and drapes – and an angel at the top.  All four match – were they purchased at the same time?  What a loving tribute to these family members.

Joseph Thomas Curd and Malinda Corn Curd Buried at Shawnee Run Baptist

When searching for the obituary of Malinda Curd I became very confused!  I found two, one from 1911 and one from 1912.  The first listed her as Mrs. Joseph Curd, the second as Mrs. Malinda Curd.  I checked my photos and the person I was looking for died in 1911.  To make a small story short – she died December 26th of 1911.  One obituary was written within a couple of days; the next obituary, in the January 12, 1912, issue of The Harrodsburg Herald!  Sometimes a quick glance is not enough!

What a lovely stone!  One of the Woodmen of the World – a beautiful joining of two lives – as two trees!

IMG_9281from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, December 29, 1911

Death of a Good Woman

Mrs. Joseph Curd, one of the best known, best loved women of the Curdsville vicinity, died Wednesday morning, after a lingering illness, of a complication of diseases.  Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. W. D. Moore and the interment took place in the family burying ground nearby.  Mrs. Curd was about 64 years of age and had been a life long member of the Shawnee Run Baptist Church.  She was a kind, gentle woman, a good neighbor and a friend to all.  She is survived by her aged husband to whom the sympathy of the entire community and his wide circle of friends goes out, and two sons, John and A. W. Curd, and two daughters, Mrs. D. King and Mrs. James Campbell

Friday, January 12, 1912

Mrs. Malinda Curd, wife of J. T. Curd, died at her home, some three miles from Burgin, Tuesday afternoon, December 26th, at 20 minutes past 5 o’clock.  She was born, May 3, 1841, and was, therefore, in the 71st year of her age.  Her maiden name was Poore, her father’s family consisting of seven children, only two of whom are now living, Mrs. Hackley and Mrs. Hamilton, of Garrard County.  She was married to J. T. Curd, at her father’s home, by Rev. S. Cook, May 1st, 1862, and had she lived a few months longer, they would have walked the path of life together 50 years.  The troubles incident to life were theirs, just as they belong to all, but truly this union was a happy one.  They lived for each other, and were never happier than when in each others company.  To them were born 5 children, four of whom survive her, A. W. and John R. Curd, Mrs. James Campbell and Mrs. W. D. King, all of them of Mercer County.  The other daughter, Mrs. Sarah Campbell, died some few years ago.

Mrs. Curd became a member of Shawnee Run Church, of which her husband for many years has been a deacon, about 40 years ago, having been baptized by the same preacher who married her, Rev. S. Cook.  for 18 years I have been her pastor and I can truly say she has been faithful to her Lord and to the church.  She loved the house of God and was always there when it was possible.

She was extremely unselfish, living for the welfare of her family and community.  She always had a good word for everyone.  She saw virtues instead of vices.  She was kind to all, cheerful to the last, and deeply pious.  Mrs. Curd was indeed a devoted wife, a good mother, and a kind friend.  The hungry never left her door unfed.  None knew her but to love her.  Her pastor will sadly miss her, as well as all who knew her.  She was buried in the Shawnee Run burial ground December 28th, after services by the writer, in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives.             W. D. Moore

IMG_9282from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, July 5, 1935

Joseph Thomas Curd, highly esteemed citizen of east Mercer County, who had almost reached the century mark, died Thursday, June 28, at his home near Curdsville.  He was a native of this county and had lived his entire life in the same section.  Born March 15, 1839, he was nearing his 100th birthday with remarkable vigor, until recently the years took their toll of his strength.  About 86 years ago he united with the Shawnee Run Baptist Church, in which he has been an honored member and for over 50 years a deacon.  He attended services regularly until about a year ago.  He was the son of John and Mary Munday Curd.

He enlisted in the Union Army in the War Between the States in May 1862, leaving a wife of three weeks, who was Miss Malinda Corn, Garrard County.  He was assigned to Company F, 11th Kentucky Cavalry, under Captain Frank Wolford and was in many skirmishes in Kentucky, several against the men of General John Hunt Morgan.  He also took part in the Battle of Knoxville.  He received an honorable discharge in June, 1865.

Following the death of his first wife, December 26, 1911, he was married to Miss Ann Witt, of Boyle County, in 1913, who died April 19, 1930.  Surviving are four children by his first marriage, Mrs. W. D. King, with whom he made his home; Mrs. James Campbell, Burgin; J. R. Curd, of Danville; Col. A. W. Curd, of Tucson, Arizona, who arrived here a few days before his father died.  Fourteen grandchildren and the same number of great-grandchildren also survive.

The funeral was held at 10 o’clock Saturday morning at the Shawnee Run Baptist Church, near Burgin, conducted by the Rev. W. D. Moore, of Anderson County, a former pastor for over 30 years of Shawnee Run Church, and a long time personal friend of “Uncle Jody”.  The Rev. G. Whitcomb Ellers, pastor of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church, assisted in the service.  Burial was in Shawnee Run Cemetery.

IMG_9280Joseph T. Curd, March 15, 1839 – June 27, 1935.    Malinda, his wife, May 3, 1841 – December 26, 1911.  Shawnee Run Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Washington County History Tid-Bits

from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky

Nelson Set.

This day came James Welch before me, a Justice of the peace for said county, and made oath that a bond he had executed by Matthew Penn conditioned for the payment of one hundred dollars provided the said Welch did not receive a bond from Jacob Woireth on a certain George Bruner due to said Matthew Penn; and the said conditional bond which was witnessed by Matthew Walton and David Caldwell is lost or mislaid in such a manner that it cannot be found:  given under my hand this 17th day of July, 1792.  John Caldwell

At a County Court held for Washington County the 4th day of April 1793.  This Instrument of Writing was presented in court by Matthew Penn and on his motion is admitted to record.  Teste John Reed, C.C.  Recorded in Deed Book A, Page 20.

Washington County Set.

This day came before us two of the Justices of the Peace for the said County.  Frances Walton, wife of Matthew Walton, and being examined privately and apart from her said husband freely, voluntarily and without the coercion of said husband, relinquished her right of dower in and to 100 acres of land lying upon Road Run and conveyed by them to Daniel Mock by deed bearing date the 5th day of October 1793.  Given under our hands this 5th day of October 1793.  David Caldwell, Benjamin Hardin.  Recorded in Deed Book A, Page 425.

Fayette County, Pennsylvania, July 29th, 1792.

Sir, I was present when you and Mr. Samuel Grundy purchased a tract of land from James Welch on Cartright’s Creek.  You gave a bond for 100 dollars to Mr. James Welch with an order to receive the money from Mr. Bruner.  The bond is assigned to me.  Your order proved deficient and there was a mistake in the man’s christian name.  Therefore the money was not paid.  Mr. Welch promised to get the order renewed when he went to Kentucky last and send it to me.  I would be glad that you would write the order in my name instead of Welch’s and send it by a careful hand to me with a few lines enclosed to the man that is to discharge your bond.  Direct your letter to Stewart’s Crossing on Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, or Jacob Stewart, Esq.

Sir, I am your humble servant, David Stewart

To Mr. Matthew Penn near Mrs. Grundis, nine miles from Bardstown, Nelson County.  At a County Court held for Washington County the fourth day of April, 1793.  This letter was presented to Court, and on the motion of the said Matthew Penn is admitted to record.  Teste John Reed, C. C.  Recorded in Deed Book A, Page 21.


Agreeable to an Order of the Court of Washington County to us directed we have attended Samuel McElroy at the place appointed by said McElroy at a sugar tree marked TP, standing near a spring marked TP, standing near a spring and have caused the witness to come before us.  The  Deposition of Thomas Denton of full age.  This Deponent being sworn saith that in the fall of the year 1777 he, this Deponent being at this place in company with John Denton and Daniel Turner, he this Deponent came to this spring and camped there and marked a sugar tree thus TP.

Question by Samuel McElroy, Did this go by the name of the Waters of the Rolling Fork when you marked this tree?  Answer, yes.  Question by the same, Is this the same spring and tree called for in the location you made in my name for 250 acres of land on a Branch of the Waters of the Rolling Fork?  Answer, yes.  And further this deponent saith not.

Subscribed and sworn to before us this 15th day of September, 1797.  Thomas Denton

Phillip Cleland, Phillip Washburn

We do certify that James McElroy and Isaac Springer was present at the taking of the above deposition and in whose presence also we caused a buckeye standing near to and between the above said sugar tree and large honey locust to be marked SM and standing on a hillside near a spring on the west of Samuel McElroy’s farm.  The above said trees stand between the said spring and farm.  Given under our hands this 15th September 1797.  Isaac Springer, James McElroy

I hereby certify that the within and foregoing deposition was duly recorded in my office the 17th day of October, 1797.  Teste John Reed, C. C.  Recorded in Deed Book B, Page 73.