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1814 Will of Thomas Lewis – Nelson County

I think we need a little background on Thomas Lewis.  He was a son of John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown, born in Loudoun County, Virginia, about 1772.  His siblings were John Lewis, who moved to Hancock County, Kentucky; Daniel and Vincent Lewis who settled near Bloomfield in Nelson County, as did Thomas; and a sister Rebecca Lewis, not sure where she lived.  Daniel and Vincent Lewis are named as Thomas’ executors, and each receive ¼ of his estate.  Brother John died in 1813, and his children received ¼ part.  Sister Rebecca is given 1/8 of the estate, as is her daughter, Thomas’ niece, Rebecca Machan.  I can find no marriage for Rebecca Lewis, but that must be her married name.

Thomas was considered the chief business advisor for his family.  His death was a tragedy for his family in many ways.  From approximately mid-1819 to the first years of the 1820’s Kentucky was in an economic panic.  The great acres of land that Thomas left his family were possibly a curse rather than a blessing, since during this time the value of land was less to nothing, and yet property taxes still had to be paid.

Thomas Lewis married Ann Langley, the widow of John May.  At her death he received half of her husband’s estate, the other half going to her two children, John Langley and Mary May.  Thomas did not have children.  My Captain John Hancock Linton is an uncle of Thomas Lewis.

Thomas Lewis’ Will

Will Book A, Pages 129-131, Nelson County, Kentucky

I, Thomas Lewis, late of the town of Petersburg and State of Virginia, now in the State of Kentucky, being in good health and sound mind, do make this my last will and testament in manner following.  To wit, I hereby give and devise the whole of my estate (both personal and mixt rights and credits to me in anywise belonging, held either in my name or in the name of others for my use and benefit) unto my brothers Vincent Lewis and Daniel Lewis, their heirs, executors, etc., in trust for the following purposes.  First to pay all my just debts and secondly (after retaining to themselves a reasonable compensation for their trouble in settling my business) to divide the balance into eight equal parts and to retain in their hands two eighth parts for the use and benefit of the said Vincent Lewis and his heirs forever.  Two other eighth parts for the use and benefit of the said Daniel Lewis and his heirs forever, one eighth part for the use and benefit of my niece, Rebecca Machan; one eighth part for the use and benefit of my sister Rebecca Lewis and her heirs forever; and the other two eighth parts for the use and benefit of the children of my brother John, deceased; provided however if my said trustees should think proper they may within three years after they shall have qualified and undertaken said trust, put out one thousand dollars upon good security upon interest for the use and benefit of my said niece, Rebecca Macham or retain the same in their own hands, paying interest thereon each and every year to the said Rebecca or to some other person for her maintenance in place of the said eighth part of my estate, for and during her natural life and then to pay on the said one eighth or one thousand dollars (which ever they shall first elect to pay) to such of the relations of the said Rebecca Machan as they may think proper, provided it be not to them, the said Vincent and Daniel, or either of them or either of their descendants, and provided also that if my father shall by his will, give the plantation upon which he lives to my sister Rebecca, then in lieu of the one eighth of my estate, my trustee shall pay her the sum of five hundred dollars only, with interest.  Thereupon from two years after they shall have qualified to act or if my father should give her any part of said plantation less than the whole, then my said trustees may either pay to her the one eighth part of my estate or one thousand dollars within three years after

They shall qualify to act as aforesaid at their option, and as to the two eighths part devised in the first for the use and benefit of the children of my deceased brother, John, my desire is that the same shall be considered as a part of my said brother’s estate and to go to his children precisely as directed by his last will and testament.  And his executrix and trustee, heirs, etc., to have the same power over it as the other part of the said decedent’s estate.  It is my will and desire that my said trustees do settle the business of my estate as soon as practicable with convenience to themselves and in order to enable them to do so they are hereby authorized to enter into compromises for the adjustment of titles to all my lands and land clams where the same shall in any manner be disputed to enter into arbitration respecting the same and finally to do and act with the said lands as well as with all part or parts of my estate, rights and credits as if the property was their own and they were acting for themselves.  And in order to ascertain the amount of my said estate as soon as possible I would advise them to sell my lands and land claims from time to time, whenever in the opinion they can get what they are or shall be worth and upon such credits as they may think best and most to the advantage of my said estate and from time to time divide the proceeds of the said lands as well as of the slaves and other property, first deducting a reasonable compensation for their trouble, and all expenses attending the business from time to time.  And I hereby further empower my said trustees to make sale of all my slaves in the State of Virginia if they should think proper to do so hereby appointing my said brothers Vincent and Daniel, Executors of this my last will and testament, and hereby declaring all others by me at any time heretofore made wills void.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand seal this twenty-seventh day of April in the year of our Lord Christ, 1814.

Thomas Lewis

At a County Court held for Nelson County on the 20th day of December 1819

The above writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Thomas Lewis, deceased, being exhibited in Court and proved by the oaths of Vincent Davis, Richard Rudd and

General James Cox, all of this county, to be wholly in the handwriting of the said deceased and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Vincent Lewis and Daniel Lewis, the executors therein named, they having given bond with Vincent Davis, Hezekiah Murphy, Thomas Duncan and James Allan, their securities in the penalty of $10000, conditioned as prescribed by law, and having taken the oath of the law in such case directs, it is ordered that a certificate of probate of said will be granted them.

Test. Ben Grayson, County Clerk

Today In Genealogy History – December 22

Nancy Berkeley was born 220 years ago – December 22, 1793 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Nancy was the daughter of Scarlett Berkeley and Elizabeth Davis.  She married Thomas Duncan November 14, 1816, in Nelson County, Kentucky.  I have no information about children.  Nancy’s siblings were Jonathan D., Jephtha and Elizabeth Berkeley.

Family Sheet – Scarlett Berkeley

Family Group Sheet for Scarlett Berkeley

Husband: Scarlett Berkeley
Birth: 1755 in Loudoun County, VA
Death: 1808 in Nelson County, KY
Mother: Susanna Hancock
Father: John Berkeley

Wife: Elizabeth Davis
Mother: Elizabeth Lewis
Father: Jonathan Davis


Name: Johnathan D. Berkeley
Death: 1832 in Nelson County, KY

Name: Jephtha Berkeley
Birth: 05 Dec 1791
Death: 11 Jan 1846 in Spencer County, KY
Burial: Green-Berkeley Cemetery, Spencer Co., KY
Marriage: 12 Dec 1822 in Nelson County, KY
Spouse: Rhoda Wilson

Name: Nancy Berkeley
Birth: 22 Dec 1793
Death: 22 Mar 1836
Burial: Old Bloomfield Cemetery, Nelson Co., KY
Marriage: 14 Nov 1816 in Nelson County, KY
Spouse: Thomas Duncan

Name: Elizabeth Berkeley
Birth: 25 Nov 1797
Death: 10 Oct 1860
Burial: Big Spring Presb. Cemetery, Bloomfield, KY
Marriage: 27 Dec 1815 in Nelson County, KY
Spouse: Stephen May

Nelson County Marriages

Marriages – Nelson County, Kentucky

Moses Davis married Mary Carr, widow, surety Samuel Case 08 Nov 1787
John Davis married Malinda Minor, d/o the widow Elizabeth Minor, surety William Minor, consent filed with bond, wit William Minor 09 Jun 1821
John Davis married Dorothy Vanhorn, surety Atkinson Hill 12 Apr 1791
Joseph Davis married Fanny Okes, d/o Nancy Okes, surety Joshua West, consent filed with bond, wit Daniel Okes & Joshua West 13 Oct 1810
John Davis married Jane Miller, d/o Samuel Miller, surety James Hancock, consent filed with bond, wit James Hancock & Leah Miller 16 Jun 1814
Lott Davis married Susan Seal, d/o John Seal, surety John Seal, Lott Davis made oath that from the information of his parents he is upwards of 21 years of age 18 Dec 1819
Presley Davis married Susanna Foster, d/o John Foster, surety John Foster 19 Mar 1810
John Davis married Priscilla Duvall, step-daughter of Daniel James, surety Daniel James 23 Mar 1804
John Davis married Sarah Litching, surety Randel Litching, consent by p/o Anthony and Susanna Litching, wit Randel Litching 26 Aug 1790
Joseph W. Davis married Mrs. Anne Samuels, surety John Samuels 30 Jan 1826
Philip Davis married Margaret Mattingly, surety John Brothers, consent signed by Leonard Mattingly but no relationship shown 30 Nov 1786
John M. Downs married Matilda Evans 01 Jun 1854
Thomas O. Downs, age 22, single, married Mary C. Cissell, age 22, single Oct 1853
Sandford Duncan married Ann Hammond, d/o Job Hammond, surety Job Hammond, consent for Sandford Duncan signed by his father Coleman Duncan, wit A. Guthrie & Timothy Lyne 01 Dec 1806
William Duncan married Nancy Mason, d/o John Mason, surety William W. Mason, consent filed with bond, wit William W. Mason & John Cooper 02 Feb 1808
Samuel Duncan married Berlinda Mobley, widow of Benjamin Mobley, decd, surety James Willett 03 Aug 1812
Thomas Duncan married Nancy Grundy, d/o John Grundy, both Thomas Duncan and Nancy Grundy being over the age of 21 years, surety James Allen, consent filed with bond, wit John Helm 12 Jan 1808
Thomas Duncan married Nancy Berkeley, d/o Elizabeth Berkeley, surety Marmaduke Berkeley who made oath that Nancy is upward of 21 years of age 13 Nov 1816
Thomas Duncan married Nancy Green, d/o Leven Green, surety Nicholas Minor, consent filed with bond, wit Nicholas Minor 29 Aug 1796
Seth Duncan married Jane Carter, d/o Nicholas Carter, surety James Carter who made oath that Jane Carter is 21 years of age 29 Aug 1823
Charles Duncaster married Mary Thompson, surety Henry Hayden, consent issued by Joseph Thompson, wit Henry Hayden 25 Mar 1791
Vincent Dunn married Mary Casey, widow, surety James Rogers 12 Oct 1795
Freehorn Dupin married Elizabeth Lampton, both being above the age of 21 years, surety Henry Lampton 08 Nov 1801
John Durham married Sary Randol, surety Samuel Randol 06 Jun 1791

Today In Genealogy History – March 28, 2012

Coleman Duncan was born 226 years ago – March 28, 1786 – in Virginia.  Coleman was the son of Henry R. Duncan and Mildred Boyle.  The family eventually moved to Nelson County, Kentucky.  Coleman Duncan’s siblings were Rebecca, Fanny, William, Mary, Sidney, Thomas and Margaret.

Today In Genealogy History – December 22, 2011

Nancy Berkeley was born 218 years ago – December 22, 1793 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Nancy was the daughter of Scarlett Berkeley and Elizabeth Davis.  Nancy married Thomas Duncan in 1816 in Nelson County, Kentucky, where both the Berkeley and Duncan families had settled.