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Daniel Dicken 1790 Mercer County Will

Another early will from Mercer County.  Notice that Mr. Dicken lists himself as of the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Kentucky, and County of Mercer.  I believe the ‘trusty friends’ listed in the will are actually Daniel’s older brothers.  He gives his estate to his younger brothers and sister, so evidently there were older siblings.

In the name of God, amen.  I, Daniel Dicken, of the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Kentucky, and County of Mercer, being of sound mind and memory, do make, declare and publish this to be my last will and testament.  I will all my estate, real, personal and mined to be equally divided between my three younger brothers and sisters, Charles Dicken, Winifred Dicken and Lot Dicken, after my just debts are all paid.  I do hereby appoint and nominate my trusty friends, Christopher Dicken and Isaac Dicken to be executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 4th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety.  Signed, sealed and published in presence of:

Daniel Dicken

William Dicken, Joseph Dicken, William Batton

At a Court held for Mercer County at the Courthouse on Tuesday the 28th day of February 1792

This last will and testament of Daniel Dicken, deceased, was exhibited into Court and proved by the oaths of William Dicken and Joseph Dicken, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Test.  Thomas Allin, C. C.

Buckner Miller Allin, Sr., Obituary

Buckner Miller Allin, Sr., 1856-1924.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Mr. Buckner Allin, Sr., was a descendant of Thomas Allin, the first county clerk for Mercer County, and his wife, Mary Jouett.  Thomas Allin was born in Virginia, served in the Revolutionary War, and afterwards came to Mercer County – Virginia at that time! – where he married Mary Jouett in 1789.  The couple had ten children.  Thomas and Mary died two days apart in June of 1833 during the cholera epidemic.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, January 25, 1924

Mr. Buckner Miller Allin, Sr., aged 67 years, died Tuesday night after a gradual decline of health for several years caused by a partial stroke of paralysis. Mr. Allin was a native of Mercer County, a son of the late George Allin and Susan Miller Allin, and is a descendant of a line of pioneers promi­nent in the development of Mercer County from its first settlement. Mr. Allin was personally popular with all who knew him. He was a man of upright principles and a warm heart, and was always on the side that favored the ad­vancement of community interests. For many years he was a prominent merchant here, being engaged in the grocery business, later he was in the internal revenue service for a long time, and after that was City School Tax Collector and Vital Statistician up to the time his failing health forced him from active business.

He was twice married, first to Miss Mattie Hudson and second to Miss Annie May Nooe, who survives him, together with three children, Mrs. Eben Hardin and Miss Mattie Miller Allin, by the first union, and Mr. B. M. Allin, Jr., by the second marriage. His funeral was held Thurs­day morning at 10:30 at his home on Chestnut Street, conducted by his pastor, Rev. S. S. Daughtry, of the Presby­terian Church, and Rev. L. E. Sellers, of the Christian Church. The interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Matthew Jeffries’ Will Written In Mercer County Virginia – Four Years Before Kentucky Became A State

In this will of Matthew Jeffries, he lists his wife, Isabelle, his sons, William and John, but only  one daughter – Agnes.  If only our ancestors had only known how desperately we would be searching for them they would have left better records!  In 1807 an Elizabeth Jeffries married Isaac Sutton.  It lists the bride’s parents as John and Isabelle Duley.  Most likely Isabelle Jeffries married at some point after Matthew died.  She did have young children to raise.  A William Jeffries married Nancy Smith August 30, 1786.  I can’t say for sure that these two are the children of Matthew and Isabelle Jeffries, but it is highly possible.

Mercer County Kentucky Will Book 1, pages 63-65.

jeffries-will-1In the name of God amen.  I, Matthew Jeffries, of the County of Mercer, Virginia, being sick of body but of perfect mind and memory, but knowing that it is ordained for all men once to die, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.  (Viz.) After recommending my soul to God, who gave it, and my body to the earth from whence it came, to be interred in decent Christian burial, do give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Isabelle, during her natural life the tract of land and plantation whereon I now live, together all my household and kitchen furniture, also our brown mare, one pied cow and their increase, together with my stock of hogs and sheep to enable her to raise and support my children in their minority.

I give and bequeath to my two sons, William and John, the rest of my stock of horses and cattle in the manner following, Viz., the one half to William at his lawful age, the other half to John at his lawful age, and until which periods the whole to remain to the common use and support of my wife and family.  It is further my will that all the remaining part of my lands or any other estate shall be subject to the payments of my just debts in the manner my executors may think right and best, and should there be more here

jeffries-will-2appropriated to that purpose than may be found necessary the same, to be reserved and applied to the support of my children during their minority.  It is also my will that the estate reserved to my wife during her life time shall at her death be equally divided amongst all my children, together with any other of my estate that may remain unappropriated.  It is also my will that a red cow given to my daughter Agnes by Mr. Hinkston, together with her increase, be divided to her at the time she arrives to full age (or at the time of her marriage should that happen sooner).  It is further my will that my executors, if they find necessary for the use of my wife and family, shall dispose of ten acres of the tract of land whereon I now live to adjoin John Bovel’s line so as not to exceed fifteen poles in width on his line.  It is also my will that my son, William Jeffries, Captain John Smith and Thomas Allin be executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and applied my seal this twenty-third day of December in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand seven hundred and eighty eight.

Matthew Jeffries

In presence of Thomas Berry, Nathaniel Hart, Horatio Petty

Mercer County – June Court 1791

This last will and testament of Matthew Jeffries, deceased, was exhibited into court and proved by the oaths of Thomas Berry and Horatio Petty, two subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be certified.

A copy teste.  Thomas Allin, County Clerk

jeffries-will-3Mercer County – August Court 1791

This last will and testament of Matthew Jeffries, deceased, was fully proved by the oath of Nathaniel Hart, a witness thereto, and ordered to be recorded.

Teste. Thomas Allin, County Clerk

Abraham James 1791 Will

Mercer County Courthouse, Will Book 1, Pages 53-55

Another of the early Mercer County wills while still part of the state of Virginia.

james-will-1In the name of God, Amen.  The thirtieth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, I, Abraham James, of the County of Mercer and District of Kentucky, being sick and weak of body, but of sound mind and memory, thanks to God for it, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.

james-will-2Principally, and first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of God who gave it and my body I commit to the earth to be buried in a Christian-like and decent manner at the direction of my executor, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God.  And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and dispose of the same in manner and form following.

Item – I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary one third part of my stock of horses and cattle, sheep and hogs, together with one third part of my household and kitchen furniture, together with all my plantation tools, also the benefits arising from the plantation whereon I now live, to be freely enjoyed and possessed by her forever, except the land, which I give to my son George, when he comes of age, allowing her, her thirds during her natural life.

Item.  It is my desire the remaining part of my stock of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs, also the remainder of my household and kitchen furniture to be sold at public venue and the moneys arising therefrom to be put to interest and equally divided among all my children whenever they come of age.

It is also my desire that two hundred acres of land which I possess in the barrons should be sold when my children come of age and the money arising from such sale to be equally divided among all my children.  It is also my desire that the plantation whereon Francis Monfort now lives, together with two hundred acres adjoining it shall be rented out and the profits arising from such rent to be put to interest and equally divided among all my children as they come of age and when my two daughters, Sarah and Leah shall either marry of come of age this land shall be equally divided between them two and freely enjoyed and possessed by them and their heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my son George three hundred acres of land, it being the tract of land whereon I now live

james-will-3to be freely enjoyed and possessed by him and his heirs forever, allowing my wife her thirds during her natural life.

Item.  I nominate and appoint William Crow and Robert Mosby, executors, and my wife Mary, executrix, of this my last will and testament, utterly revoking, disannulling and making void all other wills, legacys and bequeaths by me before now named or mentioned, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Abraham James

Signed, sealed and pronounced in presence of William Rice, Philip Fulkerson, Francis Monfort

Item.  It is my desire that my wife Mary should have one feather bed and furniture and one horse and saddle more than I have mentioned in her legacy.  Witnessed by us – William Rice, Philip Fulkerson, Francis Monfort

Abraham James

At a court held for Mercer County at the Courthouse on Tuesday, the 24th day of May 1791

This last will and testament of Abraham James, deceased, was exhibited into court and proved by Philip Fulkerson and Francis Monfort, two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste.  Thomas Allin, C. C.

Harrison Coulter – Elizabeth Leonard Marriage Bond and Permission

I am extremely excited to share this marriage record with you today!  Harrison Coulter and Elizabeth Leonard are my third great-grandparents – but I just recently found their marriage bond at the County Clerk’s Office in Mercer County!  It was one of things that I intended to do, but when I made copies of other marriage records a few weeks ago, I made a point of getting this copy!  And a plus side is I didn’t know who Elizabeth’s father was – more information to carry the line on further!  Another interesting item about this marriage is my dearest friend and I have always thought we must be related – and we are through John Leonard – I am descended from his daughter Elizabeth and I believe she is descended from one of his sons!  Friends and cousins!  John Leonard married Deborah Thompson.  Harrison is the son of Mark Coulter and Nancy Taylor, Mark Coulter coming from the state of North Carolina to Kentucky (actually Mercer County, then to Washington County) in the very late 1700’s or very early 1800’s.

Scan171Know all men by these present that we, Harrison Coulter and Peter Patterson, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 2nd day of March 1833.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a license about to be issued for a marriage intended to be solemnized between said Harrison Coulter and Elizabeth C. Leonard, now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

Harrison Coulter, Peter Patterson

Witness, Thomas Allin, County Clerk

Scan172March the 2nd, 1833

To the Clerk of Mercer county, you are hereby authorized to give license in a marriage contract between Harrison Coulter and Elizabeth Cook Leonard, my daughter, given from under my hand this 2nd day of March 1833.                    John Leonard

Witness, Peter Patterson, William Leonard

Captain Lewis Rose 1829 Will

Captain Lewis Rose was in Mercer County, Kentucky, by 1780 – one of the earliest pioneers.  The captain’s first wife was Barbara Trayer, and after her death he married Mary McMurtry, widow of his friend John McMurtry.  In his will he leaves bequests to his wife, Mary, sons Charles Rose and Lewis Rose, Jr., daughters Mary Graham, Catherine McMurtry, Jemima McMurtry and Rebecca Chinoweth, granddaughter Deniza McMurtry and grandson Lewis McMurtry.  He gives $500 to Centre College for a Professorship of Theology.  And his slaves, who he calls his black people, are to be freed at the age of twenty-nine.  The will can be found in Mercer County Will Book 9, pages 203-205.  For more information on Lewis Rose go to the top of the page and do a search on my blog on his name!

Scan160I, Lewis Rose, of the County of Mercer and State of Kentucky, being at this time in my usual health and perfect mind and memory, do ordain and establish this instrument of writing as my last Will and Testament as my present age and the uncertainty of life admonishes me to be prepared to meet my Savior, whensoever it seemeth good for him to call for me having the fullest confidence in the Christian Religion as it is because the church of which I have been a member since the fall of the year 1783.

1st.  In the first place I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, who gave it and my body to be decently buried by my executor to be hereafter named.

2nd.  It is my will that all my just debts be paid which are inconsiderable.

3rd.  My beloved wife, Mary, is to have my dwelling house and one half of my plantation and home tract of land where I now reside during her natural life, also two beds and furniture, my tables, the  cupboard and half its furniture and one half the kitchen furniture, the chairs, my clock, the desk, two cows and calves, my riding chair and the horse that works it, all my books, six sheep and one third of the hogs and all the poultry, also one plow and gear – to her during her natural life and to dispose of as she pleases at her death, except the land, clock and Scott’s family bible, which are to be disposed of as her exact direction.  Also my black woman, Melinda, and my black boy, Drew, are to live with my wife during her life, or until they arrive at the age of twenty-nine years,

Scan161at which time they are to be free, but in case my wife dies before they arrive at that age, Melinda is to go to my granddaughter Deniza McMurtry until that age and Drew may be disposed of as my wife chooses until he is free.

4th.  My son Charles Rose has already received all I can give him in land for which he has a deed where he lives.

5th.  The remains of my property estate after my wife has received her part is to be sold and the money when collected shall be equally divided between my children Mary Graham (of Indiana), Catharine McMurtry, Jemima McMurtry, Lewis Rose, Junior and Rebecca Chinoweth (of Illinois).

6th.  My black boy Cupid is to go to my son Lewis until he arrives at the age of twenty-nine, when he is to be free as already recorded.

7th.  My two black boys, Richard and Robin, are to go to my daughter Jemima McMurtry and for her use under the control of her son Lewis, and in case of her death the said Lewis is to have them until they are twenty-nine years old at which time they are to be free.

8th.  The remaining half of my home plantation and tract of land is to be rented and during the life of my wife and at her death my whole tract of land is hereby vested in my executors or such of them as qualify or any of them surviving who are hereby authorized and directed to sell the same, entire or in pieces, as upon such credits as to them may seem right and out of the first proceeds of the same pay over to the Trustees of the Centre College at Danville five hundred dollars to be by them vest in the fund of a Professorship of Theology established by the Synod of Kentucky in perpetuity.

9th.  One hundred dollars more out of the proceeds of my lands is to be paid to my granddaughter Deniza and the remainder of the proceeds of my land and the clock together with the rents of the one-half of the same which may accrue previous to the death of my wife shall be (after all reasonable expenses are paid) equally divided between my children as aforesaid, except my son Charles.

10th.  My executors or the survivor or survivors of such as qualify are hereby vested with full power to convey my lands to these purchaser or purchasers in behalf of my heirs and will as to sell it for the purposes aforesaid.

11th.  There is an instrument of writing in my hands given by Samuel McDowell relinquishing his claim to money coming from the Harrodsburg church, the one half to the Rev. Doctor T. Cleland and the other half to the Harrodsburg church, so soon as the same is collected from the Trustees of the Seminary.  This instrument of writing, if not paid off previous to my death is to be used for the benefit of Doctor Cleland.

12th.  These of my children who receive my black people shall have the same valued by the appraisers of my estate for the time they have to serve and the amount is to be deducted out of their part of the money arising from the sale of my personal estate and land, and if any of them refuse to receive them on said terms then they shall be hired out and the money placed in the surplus fund of my estate to be divided according to my directions as above.

13th.  It is my desire that my friends the Rev. Thomas Cleland, Robert B. McAfee, Madison L. Worthington and Doctor William Robertson be and they are hereby appointed the Executors of this my last Will and Testament which request that they be permitted to qualify without giving security.

Witness my hand and seal this 9th day of January, 1829.

Lewis Rose

Scan162Signed in the presence of B. F. Pleasants, J. Haskin, James H. Thompson

Mercer County at March County Court 1829

The foregoing last Will and Testament of Lewis Rose, deceased, was this day produced into Court and proven by the oaths of B. T. Pleasants and J. Haskins, subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Thomas Allin, County Clerk

Mercer County Clerk

IMG_0272I want to share with you today one of my favorite places – the Mercer County Clerk’s Office in Harrodsburg (about ten minutes away from my home – a little more if you are caught by the train)!  I could spend hours and hours in here – there is just that much history!  The picture above shows the older records in one section of the very large room.

A few years ago our old courthouse was torn down to build a new one – and most of the offices (circuit clerk, sheriff, judicial, etc.) were transferred to what used to be the old Gateway building, a former grocery store.   The County Clerk was housed in what was known as the Court House Annex, across the street from the original court house.  Once the new building was completed the Judicial Courts and the Circuit Clerk moved into the new court house, and the County Clerk was moved to the Gateway building.

IMG_0273This room is filled with old records!

IMG_0274Marriage bonds, court orders, wills, deeds, guardianship bonds, minutes – numerous records from about the 1780’s!

IMG_0276This drawer holds the oldest marriage bonds and parental consents.

IMG_0277Inside it looks like a jumble of old papers – but what information those papers hold.  I would like to organize this one day – perhaps the clerk will allow me!  These precious pieces of paper must be handled very carefully!

IMG_0278This is the marriage license for Don C. Dixon and Mary J. Allin – Mary Jouett Allin, who is the daughter of the man issuing the license – Thomas Allin, County Clerk – first clerk of Mercer County – and who continued until June of 1833 due to his death during the cholera epidemic.

IMG_0285This is a marriage return by Jesse Head, minister.  Some were excellent about turning in their marriages, some not so good!

IMG_0287This is a little later marriage license and certificate – 1866.  It was printed on very thin paper, almost like tissue paper.

IMG_0289One of my goals for this day was to copy of the will of Lewis Rose.  If you remember he was included in a blog I wrote about Memorial Acre at Fort Harrod.

IMG_0290As you can imagine this will be a future blog!

Always remember that the county clerk’s office is a valuable source for genealogy research.  In almost every county the clerk has been very helpful to me – and will be to you!  They realize that some of us have been at this a long time – and some are brand new to genealogy research!  Which County Clerk’s offices have you visited?