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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.

1787-1790 Estate Settlement of Cornelius Cozine

This estate settlement of Cornelius Cozine is very interesting.  Cornelius’ will was written February 9, 1787, and he must have died within a few days or weeks.  In it he names wife, Mary, sons Daniel and Cornelius, and daughters Anne and Sarah.  Executors Abraham Banta and Samuel Demeree are listed.  Evidently Samuel Demeree married the widow, Mary Cozine, within a year or two, since he is named as ‘husband to the widow of the decedent’ in 1789.

The estate sales must have been somewhat of a party with the whisky that was on hand.  I love the term ‘crying the sale’ – what would our auctioneers think of that today?  Did you notice that the clerk of Mercer County, Thomas Allin, was paid in tobacco and money?

All men listed are early Kentucky settlers.

Mercer County Probate Records, Book 1, Pages 65-66

The Estate of Cornelius Cozine, Deceased

Amounts in pounds, shillings and pence

Abraham Banta and Samuel Demeree, Executors

1787

  • Paid the Clerk of Mercer his ticket 320 lb tobacco & 12 tenth of lb – 2-12-0

1788

  • Paid James Overton for advice – 0-12-6
  • Paid James Dunbar for schooling children – 0-7-6
  • Paid John Furman for subscription by Cozine for Cane Run Meeting House – 1-0-0

1789

  • Paid William Rue Clerk of the sale – 0-12-0
  • Paid George Smith for 5 gallons of whisky for the sale – 1-0-0
  • Paid John Banta for a cow bought of him to pay George Scott which cow is dead – 3-0-0
  • Paid John Banta for Sharpening plow irons – 0-1-0
  • Paid Cornelius Bogart for whisky for the sale – 0-7-6
  • Paid William Alexander for crying the sale – 1-4-0
  • Paid John Thomas for surveying Cozine’s part of the land bought of Scott – 0-12-0
  • Paid George Scott a cow and calf in part of the price of the land – 4-10-0
  • Paid Cornelius Bogart for judging land in Jefferson County – 0-3-8
  • Paid Samuel Demeree, husband to the widow of the decedent in part – 63-7-5
  • Paid Job Hale for a season(?) of the horse – 0-12-0
  • Paid George Scott in part for land – 18-9-0

This amount is paid by Abraham Banta – 99-10-7

1790

  • Paid for attendance on the child Cornelius to Doctor Kline, paid to him by Samuel Demeree – 7-10-0

107-0-7

Balance due from the Executors – 297-15-6

Total 404-16-1

A balance due by Cornelius Cozine in his lifetime to Samuel Deremee – 2-15-3

To balance due as per Contra – 295-0-9

Contra – 297-15-6

February 28th 1788 – By amounts of the Sales of the Estate as per account returned, bearing interest from the 28th of February 1789, in the hands of Abraham Banta – 374-8-10

July 6th 1790 – By money received of the decedent’s Estate from John Cozine of the State of Pennsylvania – 20-0-0

By received from of the decedents Estate from Simon Vanarsdall – 16-14-11

By received from of the decedent’s Estate from Garrid Cozine – 3-12-4                              Total 30-7-3

This 30-7-3 in the hands of Samuel Demeree

Total amount is 404-16-1

By balance due 297-15-6

By balance as per contra 295-0-3

Agreeable to an order of the worshipful Court of Mercer County, we the subscribers have examined the accounts of the estate of Cornelius cosine, deceased, and also the vouchers for the payments made by the Executors, which are herewith returned and also a coy of the accounts of Sales and find the balance due by the Executor to said Estate to be two hundred and ninety-five pounds and three pence, as stated in the above account as witness our hands this 23rd day of August 1791

William Kennedy, James Speed, Will Buckner

Mercer County                         August Court 1791

This account of the settlement of the Executors of the Estate of Cornelius Cozine, deceased, was returned into Court and being examined by the court the same is ordered to be recorded.

Teste – Thomas Allin, C.C.

1787 Will of Cornelius Cozine

Scan_Pic16101787 Will of Cornelius Cozine

Mercer County, Kentucky

In the name of God, Amen.  This is my last will and testament that I, Cornelius Cozine, do make to my wife and children, my real and personal estate as follows.  I do give and bequeath to my loving wife Mary Cozine the sorrel mare and saddle and all what she had when she came to me, such as cows and

Scan_Pic1611furniture.  Likewise I do give and bequeath to my eldest son, Daniel, five pounds for his birthright and the remainder of my estate to be divided as follows.  my sons Daniel and Cornelius must have at the rate of thirty pounds each and my daughters Anney and Sarah at the rate of twenty pounds each, and my loving wife a daughters part for her dowry.  Thus I desire my estate shall be divided among my wife and children by the men I have chosen to be my executors, Samuel Demaree and Abraham Banta.  The blessings of the Almighty God rest upon my wife and children.  I say no more but set my hand and seal this 9th day of February, 1787.

If my wife should bear and be delivered of a son or daughter in the space of nine months after my decease, it shall have an equal share with one of the rest of my heirs.

Cornelius Cozine

Witnesses present:  John Banta, Simon Vanarsdale, Albert Vorhies and Luke Vorhies

At a Court of quarter session held for the County of Mercer at the Courthouse on Wednesday the 23rd day of May, 1787.  This last will and testament was presented.