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Is the Death Date Correct?

Oswell B. Dorsey, born January 15, 1818, died March 22, 1854.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

I believe most of us would conclude when looking at an ancestor’s gravestone, that the death date listed would be a good indication of when our loved one died.  Today while looking through photos taken at Machpelah Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, I found that not quite the case.  Not daily, but quite often I add a gravestone photo on my Kentucky Kindred Facebook page.  I chose the stone of Oswell and Virginia Dorsey since, according to the dates on the stone, both died in 1854, about six months apart.  Very unusual for a young couple to pass away so soon after the other.  The detective wheels started turning.

Virginia M., wife of O. B. Dorsey, born February 24, 1824, died September 28, 1854.

I put the two names in ancestry, with the dates of birth and death for Oswell Dorsey.  The first item I looked at was Montgomery County deaths for the year 1854.  Now this is when it got interesting.

According to their gravestone, Oswell died March 22, 1854, and wife Virginia died September 23, 1854.  Looking at the death records that was not the case.  They both died in July of 1854, both of fever and they were cared for by Dr. Benford.  There were quite a few deaths during the month of July – fever, flux and cholera listed as causes of death.  This changed their death dates from six months apart to a few days, possibly the same day.

Other information in the death records gave us the name of their parents.  Oswell was born in Fleming County, the son of John and Nancy Dorsey.  He was a merchant.  Virginia, born in Montgomery County, was the daughter of Edward and Mary Stockton.

Hm.  Next, I checked for a will for Oswell Dorsey.  His will was dated March 22, 1854.  The date on his gravestone.  Since the will wasn’t probated until the October 1854 term of court, it isn’t likely Oswell died the day he wrote it.  According to the will, everything was ‘to be managed and controlled by my friend and brother-in-law, George J. Stockton, for the exclusive use, enjoyment and benefit of my beloved wife, Virginia Dorsey.’  Of course, by the time the will was probated, Virginia Dorsey was dead.

One other reference on Ancestry was made to Genealogies of Kentucky Families Volume I.  I checked my copy and found the Dorsey’s came from Calvert County, Maryland, one group of whom settled in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, which was at that time called Stockton Station.  Larkin Dorsey, whose grandfather was in the Revolution, came to Kentucky with Major George Stockton, founder of Stockton Station.

‘Larkin Dorsey, who came to Kentucky with Major George Stockton, married Elizabeth Ingram, in 1780 at Hagerstown, Maryland.  He was born August 24, 1784 [must be 1748], and died February 22, 1822, in Flemingsburg, Kentucky.  He was a cadet in the 9th company of Light Infantry, January 3, 1776.  Commissioned Ensign in Army, June 18, 1778.  His children were:  Edward, John, Joshua, Rachel, Sarah, Robert, Amelia and Joseph.

‘John Dorsey married Nancy Spiers, Edward – Juliet McDowell, Joshua – Nancy Williams and Milly Alexander, Rachel – C. V. Anderson, Sarah – Thomas Wallace, Robert died in infancy, Amelia – Thomas Andrews and Joseph married Mary Wheatley and Ann Threlkeld.

‘The children of John Dorsey, who was born April 19, 1783, and died November 5, 1847, were – Oswell Burns Dorsey, Elizabeth Ingram Dorsey, Martha Ann Dorsey, Thomas Andrew Dorsey, John Edmondson Dorsey, Rachel Anderson Dorsey, Robert Stockton and Jeremiah Spiers Dorsey.’

Virginia Stockton Dorsey was a descendant of Major George Stockton, in whose company Larkin Dorsey came to Kentucky.  George Stockton married Larkin Dorsey’s sister, Rachel Dorsey; their son Edward Stockton married Mary Allin Jouett (of the Mercer County families of those names).  George Jouett Stockton and Virginia Margaret Stockton were two of their children.

In conclusion we can say the dates on the gravestone for Oswell and Virginia Stockton Dorsey are incorrect – but why?  If we look a little closer to the death records for Montgomery County for 1854, we find that George J. Stockton is listed just under the name of Virginia Dorsey.  George is listed as 40, a merchant (were he and Oswell Dorsey business partners as well as brothers-in-law?), parents were Edward and Mary Stockton (same as Virginia) and he died of cholera, cared for by Dr. Nelson.  Under his name is William Stockton, 14, son of George and Gusta [Augusta] Ann Stockton, who also died of cholera.  And below his name is Gusta A. Stockton, 36, daughter of Francis Somersall, who died of fever.  Oswell and Virginia Dorsey had no children.  George and Augusta Stockton had four – William Edward who died in 1854 with his parents, Robert Henry, Mary Somersall Stockton and Augusta George Stockton, who was born in February of 1854, a babe of five months when her parents died, and who lived just until the age of three.  With so many deaths in one family, it was quite likely several years before gravestones were purchased.  This could have led to the mix-up in death dates.  Always check several sources, if possible.

Obituaries for Albert Howard and Parents

Albert H. Howard, July 6, 1868 – February 8, 1915.  Rosa L. Howard, May 26, 1872 – December 9, 1962.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

Albert Howard was the son of James Howard and Theresa ‘Thurzy’ Clem, born July 6, 1868, in Montgomery County.  James and Theresa married late in life, December 8, 1861, when he was 41 and she was 34 – a first marriage for each.

Albert’s gr-gr-grandfather, John Beale Howard, Sr., fought in the Revolutionary War.  His wife was Rebecca Boone.  Albert’s father, James Howard, followed in the family footsteps of service to his country by fighting in the Mexican War.

Albert married Rosa Lee Powers.  The couple had three children who lived to adulthood – Roy, Stella and Buford.  Rosa Powers Howard lived an additional 47 years before her death, at the age of 90, in 1962.  I could find no obituary for her.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, January 8, 1901

Howard – After an enfeeblement for some months caused by paralysis, Mr. James Howard died at his home near Spencer on Monday night, December 31, 1900.  He was 81 years and 11 months old and was the last of his generation.  His aged wife, feeble and almost blind, survives him, with her son Albert Howard.  The deceased was a highly respected and worthy citizen; the community loses a good citizen.  Burial service at Machpelah was conducted by B. W. Trimble.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 11, 1914

Mrs. Thyrza Howard Died Last Friday

Mrs. Thyrza Howard, aged 89 years, died at the home of her son, James [Albert] Howard, near Spencer Station, this county, last Friday of infirmities incident to old age.

Mrs. Howard was one of the best known women in the county and the news of her death will be heard with regret.  She was a woman of lovely christian character.  She was the widow of James Howard, a Mexican War veteran, who died several years ago.  Deceased was widely connected through this section of the state.  Burial took place Saturday in Machpelah Cemetery.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 10, 1915

Victim of Pneumonia

Prominent Farmer and Stockman of Spencer Neighborhood Died Monday Afternoon

Mr. Albert Howard, aged 47 years, died at his home near Spencer Station, in this county, Monday afternoon after a short illness of pneumonia.  Mr. Howard was one of the largest land owners in that section of the county and was a farmer and stockman on large scale.  He was a son of the late James and Thurzy Howard, and is widely connected throughout Montgomery and surrounding counties.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Mr. Howard was a kindhearted gentleman, a good neighbor and friend, and will be missed by his many friends.

Funeral services will be held this morning at eleven o’clock at the grave in Machpelah Cemetery, conducted by Rev. B. W. Trimble.

We join the friends of the family in extending sympathy.

James Greenville Trimble Obituary

James Greenville Trimble, June 15, 1823 – June 19, 1919.  Nannie Mize Trimble, his wife, September 24, 1824 – December 25, 1891.  J. G. Trimble, Jr., son, August 11, 1870 – March 13, 1958.  Ella O’Hair Trimble, daughter, August 22, 1857 – October 2, 1931.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, June 24, 1919

Death Claims J. G. Trimble

Was past 96 Years Old and Was One of the Grandest Old Men That Ever Lived

Since Mr. Trimble’s birthday anniversary, June 15th, he had been a very sick man and the end came not unexpected.

Mr. Trimble was born June 15, 1823, in Wolfe County, near where Hazel Green now stands.  He was married April 27, 1846, to Miss Nannie Mize of Irvine.  To them were born nine children.  He, with his family, came to this city in 1876 and have lived at his present home from that time to the hour of death.  The first death in the family occurred December 25, 1891, when the devoted wife passed the great divide.  Death did not enter the family again until 1916, when Mrs. Thomas D. Jones, Tampa, Florida, was taken.  The surviving children are:  Mrs. Mary Greewade, of Hunneywell, Kansas; Mrs. J. T. Day, of Hazel Green, Kentucky; Mrs. Nancy Holly, of New York City; Nelson H., Robert M., Bruce W., J. Green, Jr., and Miss Ella, all of this city.  He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Louisa Wilson, of this city, who is now 86 years old, and is the only member of the family of 13 children living.

Mr. Trimble made confession of his faith in Christ in 1892, was baptized by this son, Bruce W., a minister of the Christian Church, and took membership in the Methodist Church, of which church Mrs. Trimble had been a member for a long time.  Until of very recent years he was a faithful attendant at all the church services and his life gave evidence of a consistent follower of his Saviour.  He has been prominently identified with the business interests of this city, at one President of the Exchange Bank of Kentucky.  For many years he has been a large stockholder and director of the Mt. Sterling National Bank, attending business meetings of the board of directors until recently.

Of Mr. Trimble much could be written, for indeed he has been a busy man.  He was honest, a consistent member of his church, believed in high education and give his children every advantage.  He was a man of progress and kept pace with all advancement.  By his death one of our very best citizens has been taken.

Funeral services will be held at his residence Wednesday at 10 o’clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. E. L. Southgate, and burial will

be in Machpelah Cemetery.

May memories of this grand old man never fade.


Miss Mary Cobb Stofer and Mr. Harrison Bowman Ringo Wed October 30, 1912

It’s always interesting to read about weddings, funerals or other items of interest in the old newspapers.  I don’t believe this lengthy description of a wedding would be allowed today – but think of the information it holds for us!

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 6, 1912

The wedding of Miss Mary Cobb Stofer and Mr. Harrison Bowman Ringo was solemnized at the Stofer home on North Sycamore Street at 7:30 o’clock on Wednesday evening, October thirtieth; only near relatives and intimate friends witnessing the ceremony.  Rev. A. H. Hibshma, of the Presbyterian Church, officiated and the ceremony was most beautiful and impressive.  The wedding colors were green and white and were carried out with exquisite taste in the lovely home.  The decorations were most elaborate, palms, Southern smilax and chrysanthemums being used in profusion.  In the parlor the scene was solemn as well as beautiful.  Between the windows was an altar of palms and Southern smilax and chrysanthemums lighted with stately cathedral candles, before which the bridal party stood.  To the beautiful strains of Lohengrain by Grella the party entered promptly at the appointed hour and proceeded down the long hall to the parlor in the following order:  Miss Rebecca Kendall in light green embroidered chiffon over green charmeuse; Miss Jane Darnall, of Flemingsburg, in white marquisette over satin; Mrs. John Stofer, in flowered chiffon over green charmeuse, each carrying white chrysanthemums, and little Miss Agnes Stofer bearing the ring in a dainty basket of flowers.  The bride followed on the arm of her brother, Mr. Jackson D. Stofer, while the groom, with his best man, Mr. Henry M. Ringo, entered from the dining room and met the party before the altar, where the ceremony was said.  The bride was gowned in an imported robe of chiffon embroidered in Rhinestones and crystal over satin.  The veil, which was unusually becoming, was caught under a coronet of lace and orange blossoms.  She carried a shower bouquet of bride’s roses and lilies of the valley.  Immediately following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held which was attended by four hundred guests.  Besides the wedding party, in the receiving line, were Mr. and Mrs. Silas Stofer, Mrs. John A. Judy, Mrs. Dan Priest of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mrs. Walter Meng, of North Middletown.  The dining room was most attractive in its wedding decorations, the table being in green and white with a lace centerpiece upon which rested a gilt basket filled with gorgeous chrysanthemums and surmounted with a tulle bow.  The individual ices of chrysanthemums and the cakes and mints ornamented with orange blossoms were delightful and unique.  Many friends assisted in the entertaining.  In the parlor were Mrs. Adair, of Lexington, and Mrs. Mary T. D. Kendall.  In the hall were Mrs. B. F. Thomson, Misses Charlotte Roberts, Ella Priest, Mrs. John Roberts and Mrs. Tipton Young.  In the dining room were Mrs. Grover C. Anderson, Mrs. Percy Bryan and Miss Sue Woods, of Stanford.  At a table in the music room was a register and all guests were invited to register.  In this room were Mrs. A. H. Hibshman, Mrs. John S. Frazer and Miss Nell How, of Cincinnati.  Serving coffee in the living room were Misses Paulina Judy, Stella Robinson, Lodema Wood, Louise Lloyd, Mary Kemper Darnall, Emily Lloyd, Allee Young and Jean Kendall, Mrs. J. A. Vansant and Mrs. Howard VanAntwerp.  In the upper hall were Mrs. W. A. Sutton, Mrs. Fred Bassett, Mrs. Abner Oldham and Mrs. Charles K. Oldham.  After the reception Mr. and Mrs. Ringo left in an automobile for Lexington, from whence they started on their wedding journey.

James Greenville Trimble and Joseph Proctor – Stories of Long Ago

I found this most interesting article while searching for the obituary of James Greenville Trimble (which I could not find).  Since he lived through so much history, and was given first hand accounts of early history, I wanted to share this with you.  It’s too bad he didn’t talk more about his adventures during the Civil War.  I thought it most interesting when he said he had lived under the administrations of twenty-four presidents!

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, April 25, 1916

Heard Battle Story From Proctor’s Lips

J. G. Trimble Learned of Historic Event of 134 Years Ago from a Participant

The following article which appeared in Wednesday evening’s Louisville Port, will be of interest to local people.

A famous battle between Indians and white settlers, known in history as ‘Estill’s defeat,’ was fought on soil now included in Montgomery County, Kentucky, March 22, 1782.

That was 134 years ago, before the War of the Revolution was ended, before the United States was an established government, yet there is living in Mt. Sterling today a citizen who has heard the story from the lips of a man who took part in it.

Mr. James Greenville Trimble, head of the Mt. Sterling National Bank, is the Kentuckian who constitutes such a remarkable link between the present and long ago.  He is almost ninety-three years old, and he heard the story from Joseph Proctor, who lived to a great age and died in 1844.

Mr. Trimble has given the Evening Post an account of Proctor and his story of that battle in the following letter:

Editor Evening Post:

I notice in your issue of March 25th you published a letter written by the Hon Henry L. Stone, of your city, which is an extract from a short history of Montgomery County, prepared by the Hon Richard Reid, formerly of Mt. Sterling, in 1876, in which he gives a minute description of one of the greatest and hard fought battles (considering the number engaged) that was ever fought upon Kentucky soil.  He especially alludes, in a complimentary manner, to the gallant services performed by one of the soldiers, named Joseph Proctor, who was the last survivor of those who participated in that great battle, which is known in history as Estill’s Defeat, which took place 134 years ago.

I had the pleasure, as well as the honor, of being personally and intimately acquainted with Mr. Proctor, having lived in the same town and within 100 yards of him for two years, and I met with him almost every day.  He was a large man, six feet high, weighing about 180 pounds.  He was a local Methodist preacher, having been ordained by Bishop Francis Asbury (the first Methodist bishop ever in America, who was born in England, August 20, 1745, came to America in 1771, and died at Fredericksburg, Virginia, on March 31, 1816, 100 years ago).

My acquaintance with Mr. Proctor was during the last three years of his life.  His death occurred on December 2, 1844.  I attended his funeral and burial.  He was buried with military honors at Irvine, Kentucky.  A company of fifty militia fired their guns as his body was lowered into the grave.  He was buried in an old, dilapidated and unused cemetery, which has not been used for that purpose since, and there is not now a stone to mark his last resting place.  I would suggest that the descendants of the man who was carried on the shoulders of Proctor from the battlefield to Madison County, a distance of twenty-five miles, erect a monument to perpetuate his memory.  Captain Estill was honored with a marble monument at Richmond, Kentucky, which cost several thousand dollars.  Why not give one to Proctor, who was a very poor man, and had no property whatever?

During my residence of two years at Irvine, Kentucky, I had the position of Deputy Clerk of the Estill Circuit and County Courts, at the large salary of $100 a year and board.  Major Robert Clark (nephew of Gov. James Clark, whose home was at Winchester) was clerk of both courts, and he being one of the principal pillars of the Methodist church in that town, Proctor made the office his loafing place.  During the summer season and in favorable weather he would spend much of his time at our office, and the people of the town and county would often call to see him and hear him talk and relate the many thrilling scenes through which he had passed with the Indians, and the experiences he had with Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, Calloway and many other pioneer heroes, which was always entertaining to the people and was a favorite subject with him for discussion.

Mr. Proctor, on account of his advanced age, impaired health and other infirmities, did not preach any during my acquaintance with him, but he never failed to attend his weekly prayer-meetings and Sunday school, and occasionally he would deliver to each of them eloquent exhortations and able in prayer; I was never acquainted with a more devoted and consecrated Christian.  I am perhaps the only man now living who was personally acquainted with a soldier who participated in that bloody conflict which occurred 134 years ago.

Captain Estill, with his twenty-five men, overtook the Indians with a similar number at Hinkston Creek, a very small stream, not more than four or five miles to its head.  He found three of the Indians on the west side of the creek engaged in skinning a buffalo, the balance of them had passed over to the opposite side of the creek and were taking their rest.  The three Indians on the west side immediately joined their main body on the east side, and the firing then commenced; every man on both sides took a tree for protection, so far as was possible, with the creek between the conflicting sides.  When the fight continued for some time without any apparent result, Lieut. Miller, with six soldiers of Estill’s command, withdrew from the company, ostensibly for the purpose of crossing the creek above and getting into the rear of the Indians; but instead, they left for parts unknown and never did return.  This reduced Captain Estill’s fighting strength to eighteen against twenty-five.  It is supposed that the Indians suspected there had been a division of Captain Estill’s forces, on account of slack firing, and they, therefore, made a charge in a body across the creek, most of them with tomahawks and knives.

All of the real hard, hand-to-hand fighting took place on the west bank of the creek, the result of which is so well described by Col. Henry L. Stone in his letter which you published, and which corresponds with the history I have of it from Joseph Proctor.  I will, therefore, not allude to it, except to say that Captain James Estill, who was a very small man, came in contact with the largest Indian that belonged to the company, who would weight over 200 pounds, armed with butcher knives.  Mr. Proctor told me that he was standing nearby, but could give Estill no relief.  He witnessed the giving away of his arm, which had been broken a few months previous, which placed him completely in the power of the savage, who plunged a large butcher knife into his left side which penetrated his heart, and Captain Estill instantly fell dead at the feet of the savage.  Within ten seconds thereafter the trusty rifle of Joseph Proctor, with its deadly and unerring aim, placed the lifeless body of the big Indian by the side of the dead body of Captain Estill.  Mr. Proctor never did admit in my presence that he killed the Indian, but in speaking of the incident he would say, ‘I never heard of that big Indian killing anybody afterward, nor committing any depredations.’

A few years previous to his death, Mr. Proctor was brought to this county and taken over the supposed battle ground to see if he could identify the place where the battle occurred, but he was unable to do so.  In 1782, when the battle occurred, the county was a wilderness – nothing but timber and cane; whereas, at the time of his visit it was all cleared out and in cultivation and bluegrass.

I am a native of Morgan County, Kentucky, and was born in a log cabin on a farm upon which Hazel Green was afterward located, on the 15th day of June 1823.  I will, therefore, be ninety-three years of age on the 15th day of the coming June.  I continued to live in Hazel Green for fifty-three years, and since then I have resided in Mt. Sterling.  I have lived under the administrations of twenty-four presidents of the United States, commencing with James Monroe, and including Woodrow Wilson, who will be our next president.  This includes all the presidents we have had since the formation of our government, save four – Washington, Jefferson, John Adams and Madison.  Their political complexion was as follows:  Democrats, twelve; Republicans, ten; Whigs, three; Federalists, two; making twenty-seven.  Washington had no politics, but was president of all the people of the United States.  I have been a voter for seventy-two years, and during that time I have never held an office of any kind, and, with the exception of local and municipal elections, I have never scratched the Democratic ticket but once.  The first vote I ever cast for president and vice president was for James K. Polk and George M. Dallas.

I can say that which few men of my age can say.  My general health has always been good, and I have never felt the effects of old age.  On the 4th of June, 1907, I fell down the elevator shaft in the Louisville Hotel of your city and sustained injuries of such a character that I have never been able to walk alone without the aid of crutches, and were it not for my crippled condition, occasioned by that fall, I could now take daily horseback rides, of which I am very fond, of from forty to fifty miles a day, with ease.  At one time during the Civil War I rode on horseback one hundred miles without stopping forty minutes.

James Greenville Trimble

Thomas Corwin Anderson Biography

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 1888

Montgomery County

Thomas Corwin Anderson, one of the most noted short-horn cattle breeders of the United States, was born August 24, 1845, in Montgomery County, Kentucky, at ‘Side View’ farm, where he now lives, on the turnpike between Paris and Mt. Sterling, and which is one of the most beautiful tracts of land in the Blue Grass region.  He is the only child of John Jay and Margaret (Mitchell) Anderson, both of pioneer families of Kentucky.  His grandfathers were Captains in the War of 1812, and his great-grandfather Anderson a conspicuous officer in the war of the Revolution.  Between fourteen and fifteen years of age the subject of our sketch enlisted in the Federal army, where, by his youthful acts of bravery, quick intelligence, and manly deportment, he soon won the admiration and esteem of officers and men.  He attracted the attention of General Nelson, who suggested that he should receive a military education.  This meeting the approval of his family, he was recommended to the U.S. Naval Academy, and received the appointment through Colonel William H. Wadsworth, Representative in Congress from his district.  he remained at the academy some three years, but, preferring an independent life on a farm to that on the ocean wave, he gave it up, and finished his education at Yale College.  October 12, 1870, he was married to Miss Annie English, of Louisville, Kentucky, daughter of Colonel Sam S. English, a prominent lawyer of that city.  He has two children, handsome, intelligent boys:  English and Jay; the fifth generation who have occupied this farm.  From early childhood Mr. Anderson has been a sufferer from weak lungs, yet he is a man of great energy and nerve.  He is thoroughly informed in regard to his business, and having a library well supplied with herd books, Short-horn histories, etc., no one is better posted in knowledge of pedigrees.  He is very fond of reading, and is a man of varied information.  He is pleasing in manner, exceedingly hospitable, and has many friends.  Mr. Anderson owns the largest individual herd of Short-horn cattle in the United States.

Women Should Have Written Wills!

Shall I make a declaration?  Women should have written wills instead of men!  This will of Nancy Botts of Montgomery County, gives us a lovely description of the property she leaves to various siblings and their children.  It is a wonderful case example as to what was used during this time period – the will was written and proved in the fall of 1843.  The Delph dishes, plates and shallow plates, tablecloths, linen and cotton sheets and pillow slips, sugar bowl, salt and pepper cellars, tea cups and saucers of china, a hymn book and other books – which I wished she had named.  Nancy Botts lists the patterns of the quilts she gives away – wild geese (a pattern with many triangles), rising sun (envision it just the way it sounds), mountain lily (usually a flower) and a hexagon quilt.  What a vision we can behold as we see all these items laid out to give to family members.

But the most important item in her list was giving freedom to her slave girl – who really is a woman with eight children.  Susan was fifteen in the inventory of Joseph Botts in 1814 – in 1843 a woman of forty-five.  The eight children are to be hired out until the age of twenty-three and at that time they will receive their freedom.  Hired out only to ‘good and humane person’ and not to be sent out of Montgomery County.

Nancy Botts is a sister to Robert Botts, two recent posts have been his will and gravestone.  They were the children of Thomas Joseph Botts and Catherine Butler.  Nancy was a younger child, being fifteen years younger than her brother Robert.  She never married.  The sister from whom she received items at her death was Frances Botts, who married who presumably married a Smith.  Frances’ one son, Aaron Botts Smith, was named for her brother Aaron.  Frances died in 1824 when Aaron was an infant.

In the name of God Amen.  I, Nancy Botts, of the County of Montgomery and State of Kentucky, being of lawful age and sound mind, but calling to mind the mortality of body, do make and constitute this my last will and testament.

First.  My will and desire is that my servant girl, Susan, which I received of my father’s estate as my part thereof, shall be free from the slavery of any person or persons after my decease, provided she should be the longest liver.

Second.  My will and desire is that Lewis, Martha, Daniel, Jane, Zerilda, Maria, Sidney and Nancy, my servants and children of the aforesaid girl, Susan, shall be hired to good and humane persons until they arrive at the age of twenty-three years, at which age they shall be set free from slavery or servitude if my executors may think proper to do so.

Third.  My will and desire is that the aforesaid children shall not be taken out of the County of Montgomery in the State of Kentucky before they are set free.

Fourth.  My will and desire is that all of my just debts shall be paid out of the money accruing from the hire of the aforesaid Negroes, and in case the said girl, Susan, shall become disabled so she is likely to suffer she shall be relieved by reasonable allowance made out of the hire of her children.

Fifth.  My will and desire is that the balance of the money arising from the hire of the said Negroes shall be equally divided between my brother, Robert Botts, and my sister, Sabina O’Rear.

Sixth.  My will and desire is that my brother, Robert Botts, my nephew, Harrison O’Rear, and my nephew, Joseph B. O’Rear, be executors to this my last will and testament, that they have charge and care of the said Negroes until

they arrive at the age of twenty-three years and that they provide and do for them in the best manner, so they shall not be mistreated or abused.

Seventh.  I give and bequeath unto my sister, Sabina O’Rear, my bed, yarn, counterpane and blankets.

Eighth.  I give and bequeath unto my nephew, Aaron B. Smith, the following articles which were given me by his mother, one bureau, two toilets, five tablecloths, six towels, one pair of cotton sheets, one pair of cotton pillow-slips, one pair of linen pillow slips, two quilts, one bed stead, six silver tea spoons, three pitchers, three bowls, three salt cellars, two waiters, one canister, three cream pots, one sugar bowl, five tea cups and saucers of china, five cups and saucers of Delph, two pepper boxes, one cruet, pot, one set of deep plates, one set of blue shallow plates, sixteen blue-edged shallow plates, seven butter plates, one sugar box, one looking glass, one hymn book, three finger rings, one ear ring, one little basket, which I want him to recollect was once his dear mother’s property.

Ninth.  I also give and bequeath unto my nephew, Aaron B. Smith, my toilet waters, rising sun counterpane, hexagon quilt, two pair of cotton pillow slips, two pair of cotton sheets, ten red flowered plates, two white plates, six glass tea plates, two large glass tumblers, two little gilt cups, one pitcher, two trunks, and five towels, one mountain lily quilt, one wild goose quilt, one tea kettle, one brass skillet, one smoothing iron, two brass candlesticks and all of my books.

Tenth.  I give and bequeath unto Sarah Butler all the rest of my property to do as she may think best with.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this thirty-first day of October one thousand eight hundred and forty three.

Nancy Botts

Witness James R. Botts, Amy G. Botts

State of Kentucky, Montgomery County                               November Term 1842 [1843]

A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Nancy Botts, deceased, was this day produced in open court and proven by the oaths of James R. Botts and Amy G. Botts, witnesses thereto, to be her act and deed, which was examined by the Court, approved and ordered to be recorded, which is accordingly done.

ATT. James Howard, Montgomery County Clerk

Will Book E, Pages 81-82