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1786 Will of William Vancleave – Mercer County

Will of William Vancleave

Mercer County Will Book A, Pages 75-76

In the name of God, amen.  I, William Vancleave of the District of Kentucky and County of Mercer, being very weak and low in body, but in good and perfect memory thanks be to God, do make and constitute this my last will and testament.

First, I desire my body to be buried in a Christian-like manner, my funeral expenses and my lawful debts being paid, the rest of my estate to be disposed of in manner following.

Item – I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Abigail Vancleave, the thousand acres preemption land lying on Paint Lick Creek for her to dispose of as she sees cause to use in behoof of my beloved children – Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, John, Ebenezer and William.  Likewise, the three hundred acres purchased from Evan Hinton by virtue of a bond given by him, said Hinton, likewise two hundred and fifty acres purchased from Squire Boone during his residence in Carolina, he giving lawful bond for the same.  All the above mentioned land for the use above mentioned and their heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Jonathan, two thirds of five hundred acres of land which falls to him by the death of his sister Sarah, deceased, being her own by a gift and now to be his and his heirs forever.  Also, I give and bequeath unto my son Jonathan, one black cow with a white face, marked with a crop in the right ear, and an underbite in the same ear, and a slit in the left ear and one coat to be his.

Item.  I have and bequeath unto my daughter Phoebe Harris, not heretofore mentioned

in my will, two hundred acres of land lying in Jefferson County, due to me from said Boone by virtue of a warrant that the said Boone laid for me.  I likewise give and bequeath unto my wife Abigail the full possession of all my personal estate book, debts, bonds, etc.

I likewise appoint my well-beloved friend, William Crow, and my beloved wife Abigail my lawful executors and this to be my last will and testament as witness my hand this second day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six.  Sealed and delivered in presence of us, underlined before signed.

William Vancleave

Teste.  Thomas Gilmore, William Gilmore, Rachel Vancleave, Kathrine Anderson

Mercer County, February Court 1788

This last will and testament of William Vancleave, deceased, was exhibited into Court and proved by the oath of Catherine Anderson, one of the witnesses thereto.

Teste.  Thomas Allin, C.C.

Mercer County, March Court 1792

This last will and testament of William Vancleave, deceased, was fully proved by the oath of Rachel Vancleave, another of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste.  Thomas Allin, C. C.

1830 Marriage Returns By Jesse Head – Mercer County

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office for Mercer County, I solemnized on the 8th of April 1830, the rites of Matrimony between William Cochran and Louisa Lamb, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for William Cochran and Louisa Lamb was issued April 8, 1830, with bondsman J. H. Davis, B. F. Pleasants and William Rice.  The bride’s father was James Lamb, testified by Frederick Ripperdan.

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office of Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 14th November 1830, between William Kelly and Mary Villett, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for William Kelly and Mary Villett was issued November 13, 1830, with bondsman William Kelly, Sr.  The bride’s father was Thomas Villett, testified by Hiram W. Procise.

I do hereby certify by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office for Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 24th of March 1830, between Samuel Hogue and Pamelia Trower, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for Samuel Hogue and Pamelia Trower was issued March 24, 1830, with bondsman Eyre Askew.  The bride’s mother was Martha Trower, testified by Henry Trower.

1829/1830 Marriage Returns By Jesse Head – Mercer County

The Rev. Jesse Head married Abraham Lincoln’s parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks in Washington County, June 12, 1806.  He later moved to Mercer County.

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office for Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 31st of December 1829, between John Vandever and Mary Vanfleet, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above shown.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for John Vandever and Mary Vanfleet was issued December 30, 1829, with bondsman William Terhune.  The bride’s mother was Nancy Vanfleet, testified by Joseph Lester.

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office for Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 7th January 1830, the rite of Matrimony between Wesley Bishop and Lucretia Higgins, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above shown.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for Wesley Bishop and Lucretia Higgins was issued January 4, 1830, with bondsman Hiram Higgins, who states that he believes the bride is twenty-one.  The groom’s father was Veachel Bishop.  Consent was written by the bride, testified by Daniel Turner, Isaac bishop and H. N. Horine.

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s Office of Mercer county, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 21st of January 1830, between John Coulter and Lucinda Steel, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for John Coulter and Lucinda Steel was issued January 15, 1830, with bondsman Valentine Steel.

 

1791 Will of Daniel Brewer – Mercer County

Daniel Brewer, Pvt, Molyan’s Dragoons PA Line, Revolutionary War, July 5, 1719 – January 15, 1791.  Old Mud Meeting House Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Daniel Brewer, a Revolutionary  Soldier, was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, also known as the Old Mud Meeting House.  He is buried in that cemetery, and has a beautiful bronze grave site, along with the other 30 other veterans buried there.

In his will Daniel names eight children, giving their names, as well as his daughters’ husband’s names.  Such a treasure!

Will of Daniel Brewer

Mercer County Will Book 1, Pages 49-50

In the name of God, amen.  I, Daniel Brewer, of the County of Mercer and District of Kentucky, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, calling to mind that it is ordered for all men once to die, do make this my last will and testament as follows.  Viz.  I give and bequeath to my eldest son, Abraham Brewer, my Bible and a cow, to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my son, Daniel Brewer, my long gun, to him and his heirs forever.

It is further my will that the remainder of my estate, both real and personal as well as my lands in Pennsylvania, as my personal estate in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, be sold to the best and highest bidder by my executor, hereafter to be named, and the money arising there from

to be divided as followeth (viz.) To my daughter, Leah Stagg, wife of James Stagg, one eighth part to her and her heirs forever.

To my daughter, Susannah Demaree, wife of Samuel Demaree, one eighth part to her and her heirs forever.

To my son, Abraham Brewer, one eighth part to him and his heirs forever.

To my daughter, Rachel Commingo, wife of Henry Commingo, one eighth part to her and her heirs forever.

To my daughter, Mary Demaree, wife of Samuel Demaree, Jr., one eighth part to her and her heirs forever.

To my son, John Brewer, one eighth part to him and his heirs forever.

To my daughter, Phoebe Demaree, wife of Cornelius Demaree, one eighth part to her and her heirs forever.

To my son, Daniel Brewer, one eighth part to him and his heirs forever.

It is also my will that my wearing clothes be considered as excepted above and that my executor divide them equally between my sons, Abraham Brewer, John Brewer and Daniel Brewer, to them and their heirs forever.  It is also my will that my two sons, Abraham Brewer and John Brewer, and Samuel Demaree, Sr., do execute this my last will and testament.  In testimony where of I do here unto set my hand and affix my seal this fifteenth day of January one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one.

Daniel Brewer

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us – Peter Demaree, Francis Monfort, John Demaree

At a Court held for Mercer County at the Courthouse on Tuesday, the 22nd day of February 1791

This last will and testament of Daniel Brewer, deceased, was exhibited into Court and proved by the oaths of Peter Demaree and Francis Monfort, two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste. Thomas Allin, CC

1830 Mercer County Marriage Returns by Jesse Head

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s office for Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 6th of May 1830, between Charles Wright and Catherine Wilham, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

Jesse Head, EMS

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s office of Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 25th of November 1830, between William Dean and Elizabeth Lawson, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

                     Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for William Dean and Elizabeth Lawson was issued November 25, 1830, with bondsman Elijah Thompson.  The bride’s mother, Susan Lawson, says that Elizabeth is twenty-one years of age.  Consent was given by Catlett Lawson.

I do hereby certify that in virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s office of Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony on the 11th of November 1830, between Thomas Patterson and Dorothy Vanfleet, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

                    Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for Thomas Patterson and Dorothy Vanfleet was issued November 8, 1830, with bondsman John Vanfleet.  The bride’s mother was Nancy Vanfleet, testified by Elizabeth Vanfleet.

I do hereby certify that by virtue of a license issued from the Clerk’s office for Mercer County, I solemnized the rites of Matrimony the 7th of February 1830, between Daniel Milburn and Charity Vandever, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Society, given under my hand the date above.

                    Jesse Head, EMS

The marriage bond for Daniel Milbourn and Charity Vandever was issued January 30, 1830, with bondsman Joseph Milbourn.  Fathers of both Daniel and Charity gave consent in person (not named).

 

Russell – Lyons Marriage License and Certificate – Mercer County

Marriage License

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

To any Minister of the Gospel, or other Person legally authorized to solemnize Matrimony

You are permitted to solemnize the rites of Matrimony between Isaac Russell and Zurah Lyons the requirements of the law having been complied with.

Witness my signature as Clerk of Mercer County Court, this 5th day of October 1866.

                         Ben C. Allin, Clerk by C. W. Allin, D.C.

Marriage Certificate

This is to Certify that on the 7th day of October 1866, the Rites of Matrimony were legally solemnized by me, between Isaac Russell and Zurah Lyons at Zachariah Lyons in the County of Mercer, Kentucky, in the presence of Letcher McCowan, George Burrus and Peter Davis.

Signed, Robert A. Nelson

 

 

Crawford and Ewing Families in Mercer, Washington, Boyle and Marion Counties

Cyrus Crawford, born December 3, 1802, died September 23, 1855.  Mahala F., daughter of Harrison and Ruth Walker, & wife of Cyrus Crawford, born April 1, 1811, died January 22, 1857.  They were married May 25, 1837.  Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky.Samuel Crawford, born November 4, 1787, died August 14, 1868.

In the Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, there are graves of two brothers – Samuel and Cyrus Crawford – and their wives.  The brothers were the sons of Thomas Crawford and Mary Ewing, both from Chester County, Pennsylvania.  When they moved to this area Boyle was still part of Mercer County, not becoming a county until 1842.  Both Crawford and Ewing families moved to Kentucky, settling in Mercer and Washington, and after the formation of Boyle and Marion, some families were in the areas that became the two new counties.  The two families intermarried – Samuel Crawford married his first cousin, Catherine Ewing, daughter of Samuel Ewing and Margaret McMichael.  Samuel’s brother Thomas married Catherine’s sister, Rebecca.

Samuel Crawford, born November 14, 1787, died August 14, 1863.

Catherine, wife of Samuel Crawford, born March 21, 1790, died July 10, 1861, aged 71 years, 3 months, 19 days.

Since there are so many intertwined marriages, and these families are so interesting, I checked the Mercer County marriages for any with these two names.

  • James Crawford married Catherine Miller, December 7, 1794. Bondsman, William Crawford.  Bride’s parents, John and Sarah Miller.
  • John Crawford married Ethe Jones, December 7, 1796. Bride’s father, Mason Jones.
  • William Crawford married Mary Pryor, May 18, 1798. Bride’s father, John Pryor.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Reilly, November 8, 1798. Bride’s parents, Barnabas and Anne Reilly.
  • Thomas Ewing married Margaret Tilford, June 1, 1790.
  • William Ewing married Margaret Paulson, December 24, 1790. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford, who certifies the bride is 21.
  • Jesse Durham married Elizabeth Ewing, March 5, 1810. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • James Gilbertson married Eliza Crawford, March 21, 1808. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • Nathan H. Hall married Ann Crawford, July 14, 1807. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • John McAfee married Margaret Ewing, February 27, 1798. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • George Crawford married Elizabeth Embree, March 15, 1815.
  • James Crawford married Judith wood, February 10, 1812. Bride’s father, James Woods.
  • John Crawford married Abigail McFatrich, April 1, 1824. Bondsman, William E. Crawford.  Daughter of William and Abigail (Steen) McFatrich.
  • Samuel Crawford married Catherine Ewing, November 4, 1814. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • Thomas Crawford married Rebecca Ewing, May 6, 1816. Bondsman, Samuel Crawford.
  • Thomas Crawford, Jr., married Sarah Shearl, July 6, 1824.
  • Thomas J. Crawford married Margaret Crawford, March 4, 1816. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • William Crawford married Jane Vandike, July 24, 1822.
  • Baker F. Ewing married Sarah M. Durham, November 11, 1823. Bondsman, John L. Ewing.
  • John Ewing married Betsy may, October 30, 1817.
  • John Bohon married Mary Crawford, October 7, 1818. Bondsman, William Crawford, makes oath his sister Polly is 21 years old.
  • Jacob Crow married Mary Crawford, February 26, 1820. Bride’s Father, Thomas Crawford.  W. E. Crawford.
  • William McElroy married Catherine Crawford, February 2, 1811. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • George Stevenson married Margaret Crawford, April 16, 1811. Bride’s mother, Eleanor Crawford.  Hugh Crawford.

Washington County Marriages

  • a. Crawford married A. P. Flournoy, January 31, 1884.
  • Leroy Crawford married Josephine Patix, July 3, 1883.
  • John Crawford married Sarah McElroy, March 10, 1817.
  • Thomas Crawford married Laura Durham, October 18,1876.
  • E. Crawford married Mary Gum, June 2, 1887.
  • William Crawford married Susanna Graves, February 8, 1859.
  • William E. Crawford married Esther McElroy, November 23, 1825.
  • Charles Ewing married Henrietta Hayden, February 19, 1805.
  • Henry Ewing married Susan Grundy, September 23, 1824.
  • F. Ewing married Margaret E. Creager, April 18, 1862.
  • James C. Ewing married Mattie E. Short, May 14, 1874.
  • James Ewing married Mary Wicker, October 22, 1833.
  • James Ewing married Sally Clark, March 5, 1823.
  • James T. Ewing married Jennie D. Brown, March 25, 1885.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Kelly, November 1798.
  • John T. Ewing married Amanda Thompson, January 2, 1855.
  • Samuel Ewing married Sarena White, October 12, 11864.
  • Samuel Ewing married Susan Lewis, December 9, 1821.
  • William Y. Ewing married Ann Reid, October 12, 1810.
  • Daniel Edelen married Julia Crawford, December 12, 1876.
  • Edelen married Charlotte Crawford, September 3, 1874.
  • Gabriel E. Nall married Maria T. Crawford, February 10, 1851.
  • John W. Skeins married Lavinia Crawford, March 17, 1863.
  • John O. Ball married Margaret Ewing, May 27, 1844.
  • George W. Bates married Mary E. Ewing, February 6, 1850.
  • Craven Belcher married Margaret Ewing, August 1798.
  • Dabney C. Cosby married Lydia Ewing, April 29, 1813.
  • William Edmondson married Martha Ewing, December 8, 1831.
  • Levi Funk married Sarah Ewing, September 15, 1827.
  • Thomas Head married Anne Ewing, November 29, 1814.
  • John Huff married Mariah Ewing, May 13, 1840.
  • Charles Norris married Nancy Ewing, January 10, 1822.
  • John N. Nourse married Rachel C. Ewing, May 8, 1828.
  • George W. Parrish married Arena F. Ewing, June 14, 1877.
  • John C. Riley married Mary Ewing, December 21, 1820.
  • William E. Riley married Elizabeth Ann Ewing, April 20, 1846.
  • Samuel Rubles married Susanna Ewing, May 19, 1858.
  • Daniel Thompson married Polly Ewing, May 13, 1813.

More information about these families will be forthcoming.