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1794 Will of Thomas Burbridge of Scott County

The first will in Scott County Will Book A is that of Thomas Burbridge.  Evidently Thomas is not married as he gives all his estate to his brothers and sisters – and they are all named!  His sisters are listed by their married name, and then most of their husbands are listed as executors along with Thomas’ two brothers, Lunsfield and George.  What a find for those researching this family!

Will Book A, Pages 1-2, Scott County, Kentucky

I, Thomas Burbridge, of Scott County, and low of body, but of sound and disposing memory, do ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.  I give my soul to God that gave it and my body to be buried in a Christian-like manner at the direction of my Executors.

Item.  I will that all my just debts and funeral charges be first paid and discharged by my executors herein after named.

Item.  I give and bequeath all my estate, both real and personal, to be equally divided amongst all my brothers and sisters that are now living and the heirs of their bodies forever.  Namely, Lunsfield Burbridge, George Burbridge, Mildred Robinson, Sarah Elley, Frances Smith, Elizabeth Branham and Mary Bullitt.  Lastly, I constitute and ordain my brother, Lunsfield Burbridge, my brother George Burbridge, my brother-in-law Henry Elley, my brother-in-law Robert Smith, my brother-in-law Benjamin Robinson, my brother-in-law Taviner Branham, executors of this my last will and testament, this 27th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four.

Thomas Burbridge

Test.  Edward Elley, Matthew Gale Sr., William Wood, Thomas Elley, Henry Elley

Scott County, January Court 1795

This will was this day presented in Court by Lunsfield Burbridge, George Burbridge and Henry Elley, three of the executors in named and proved by the oaths of Edward Elley, Thomas Elley and Henry Elley, three of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and executors the oath and gave bond as law.

Know all men by these presents that we, Lunsfield Burbridge, George Burbridge, Henry Elley, Benjamin Robinson, Thomas Branham and Daniel Sinclair are held and firmly bound unto John McHatton, John Payne, Toliver Craig, Gentlemen Justices of Scott County in the sum of five thousand pounds current money to be paid to the aid justices or their successors, the payment whereof well and truly to be made.  We bind ourselves and each of us our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 26th day of January 1796.

The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above Lunsfield Burbridge and executors of the last will and testament of Thomas Burbridge, deceased to made or cause to be

made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattles and credits of said deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of them, the said executors, or any other person or persons for them and the same so made do exhibit unto the said county court of Scott at such time as they shall be thereunto required by the said Court and the said goods, chattles and credit do administer accordingly to law by rendering a just and free account of their acting and therein pay the legacies in the said will mentioned as far as the goods, chattles and credits will thereunto extend and the law shall charge them the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Lunsfield Burbridge, George Burbridge, Henry Elley, Benjamin Robinson, Daniel Sinclair, Thomas Burbridge

In open court test.  John Hawkins

1791 Will of Jacob Edwards of Mason County

This early will of Mason County begins on page ten and goes through page twelve.  Jacob Edwards must have been fairly young, with just four children, and naming his father as one of the executors.

Scan035In the name of God, Amen. I, Jacob Edwards, being sick and weak in body but of sound mind, memory and understanding, and considering the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

First of all I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth the plantation whereon I now dwell, containing one hundred and twelve acres, during her natural life and likewise a Negro girl called Clary during her natural life, also the whole of my household furniture and stock of every kind during her widowhood and then to be equally divided amongst four children, to wit, Sarah Emily, Milly, Mary and Alexander.

Scan036I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Sarah Emily one hundred acres of land lying on the north of Licking River due on a bond from John Curtis, assigned by John Harding, to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughters Milly and Mary whatever is recovered of William Wood and Arthur Fox concerning a bond I obtained of them for two hundred acres of land and that sum or sums of money obtained from the aforesaid Wood and Fox to be laid out in purchase of lands by my executors for my two daughters aforesaid and to be equally divided between them, to them and their heirs and assigns forever.

I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Alexander four out lots adjoining the town of Washington containing by estimation twenty acres and one quarter of an acre to be sold by my executors after the crops are gathered in this present year also. The money arising from the sale of said lots to be laid out in lands and the said lands so purchased by my executors to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

I give and bequeath unto Dinah Sudduth one hundred acres of land being a military survey located and surveyed by John O’Banion lying about three miles up Three Miles Creek on the north side of the Ohio River nearly opposite to Limestone to her and her heirs, assigns forever.

I desire my executors to sell my lot in Washington which I purchased of James Key, likewise to sell and dispose of all my blacksmith tools to satisfy my trifling out debts and the

Scan037balance to be for the use of my family. Hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made, I also appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth executor, also my father James Edwards, Richard Marshall and George Edwards whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto interchangeably set my hand and seal, affixed this ninth day of April Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and ninety one.

Jacob Edwards

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared in presence of James Stephenson, John West and John Rains.

Will was proved July 28, 1742.