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1781 Will of Captain James Estill

In 1779, James Estill was a member of Captain John Holder’s Company which formed a part of the militia of the County of Kentucky, under the command of Colonel John Bowman.  Thus, James Estill was engaged in the Indian wars of 1781 and 1782, and was killed in battle March 22, 1782, near what is now Mount Sterling, Kentucky, during the Battle of Little Mountain.  This was a bloody battle in which both sides lost many men.  Captain James Estill was the last white man killed in battle, and his Indian attacker was shot after the captain fell.

This will was written shortly before Captain Estill left for battle.  It mentions the possibility of a child his wife might be carrying.  He was correct.  A daughter, Sarah, was born.  I can’t say if James saw this child, it is very likely he was killed before she was born.

The last will of James Estill, May 4 1781

First, I leave my wife Rachel the one half of all my moveable estate as her own property and all my slaves and the plantation whereon I now live, called and known by the name of the Locust Thicket.  The said tract containing one thousand acres, the whole of which is to be at her disposal and direction during her widowhood and either death or marriage, the same land and house to be equally divided amongst Benjamin, Wallace, James and Jonathan Estill, and if my wife should now be with child I allow an equal division amongst the whole tract of the land and slaves already mentioned, but also my part of all the other land now lying in a partnership between me and Samuel Estill, and the remainder of my personal estate, being one half their devise, to be equally shared amongst my children.

James Estill

Witnesses present – David Gass, Samuel Estill

At a Court held for Lincoln County 22 January 178_

This instrument of writing was exhibited in Court as the last will and testament of James Estill and proved by the oath of Samuel Estill one of the witnesses.  And a County Court held for the said county the 14 day of January 1800 the same was proved by the oath of David Gass, a witness thereto, and ordered to be recorded.

Teste.  Willis Green, Clerk

Isaacs – Moore 1783 Marriage Bond

Know all men by these presents that we, John Isaacs and Walker Daniel, are held and firmly  bound to his Excellency, the Governor of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment whereof to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 28th day of October 1783.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound John Isaacs and Polly Moore, for which a license has issued.  If therefore there be no lawful cause to obstruct  the said marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.

John Isaacs, Walker Daniel

Sealed and delivered in presence of Willis Green

Lincoln County, Virginia (later Kentucky)

French-Callaway 1783 Lincoln County Marriage

James French and Keziah Callaway received their marriage bond on June 19, 1783, in Lincoln County, Virginia – later, Kentucky.  At this time, there were three counties – Jefferson, Fayette and Lincoln – of what was once Kentucky County, Virginia.  It has been said their wedding was the first celebrated at Fort Boonesborough. 

Quite interesting to share this particular marriage with you today since I just finished reading Sue Kelly Ballard’s My Blessed, Wretched Life, Rebecca Boone’s Story.  I heartily recommend this book.  Ms. Ballard gives us personalized characters and clear descriptions of the life lived during those tumultuous years.  I didn’t search for this marriage – just pulled it out of the file.

James French was born in November 1756 in Prince William County, Virginia, and died in April 1835 in Montgomery County, Kentucky.  Keziah ‘Cuzza’ Callaway was born August 8, 1768, in Bedford County, Virginia, and died September 26, 1845, in Montgomery County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Col. Richard Callaway of Boonesborough, and Elizabeth Hoy, his second wife.  Two of their daughters, along with Jemima Boone, were captured by the Indians near Fort Boonesborough.  Richard Callaway and Daniel Boone left immediately to rescue the girls, which they did within two days.  Richard was killed in 1780 by a party of Shawnee Indians.  Elizabeth then lived with her daughter and son-in-law.  It was said that on May 24, 1840, Keziah was the honored guest of a reunion at Boonesborough where more than seven thousand residents of Madison and Clark counties, along with the Governor, attended the event.

James and Keziah had at least seven children – Catherine, Richard, Susannah, Stephen, Keziah, Theodosia and Livia French.

Notice the lovely handwriting of Elizabeth Callaway – a learned woman!

Know all men by these presents that we, James French and John Holly, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Virginia, for the time being, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment whereof to be made to the Governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 19th day of June 1783.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound James French and Cuzza Callaway, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.

James French, John Holly

Sealed and delivered in presence of Willis Green

Sir,

You have my approbation of, and request to issue a marriage license to Mr. James French and Miss Cuzza Callaway.  I am, sincerely yours.

Elizabeth Callaway, June 16, 1783

To the Clerk of Lincoln Court

1783 Marriage of James Stevens and Susannah Haydon

James Stevens was born in Orange County, Virginia, July 23, 1757, and died September 3, 1832, in Warren County, Kentucky.  He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, enlisted in Orange County, and served in the Second Virginia Regiment.  Susannah Haydon, his wife, was born in Virginia, March 25, 1768, and died January 9, 1839, in Warren County.  They were married in Lincoln County, Kentucky (Virginia at the time), July 9, 1783.

I will mention that it was not Thomas Harrison that was Governor of Virginia at this time, but Benjamin Harrison.  He lived at his plantation home known as Berkeley. 

Ritchey and I visited this home last year while in Virginia – it is quite beautiful and commands a majestic view of the James River.  We had afternoon tea under the huge trees of the yard.

Know all men by these presents that we, James Stevens and Richard Beale, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Thomas Harrison, Esq., Governor of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment whereof to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 9th day of July 1783.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound James Stevens and Susannah Haydon, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said intended marriage then the obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force.

James Stevens, Richard Beale

Sealed and delivered in presence of Willis Green

Lincoln County

Sir,

Please to grant Mr. James Stevens his license to marry my daughter, Susannah Haydon, and oblige, sir, your humble servant.

John Haydon, July 9th 1783

Mr. Willis Green

Test. John Conner, Abner Haydon

McDougal and Farquhan 1783 Marriage Bond and Consent

I do apologize for no post yesterday.  Saturday I planned this marriage bond and consent for Sunday, even scanned both.  I’m working on a cookbook and because so engrossed Saturday I worked until about 10:00 at night – it was just too late for a blog.  Life sometimes happens.

This marriage bond does not contain the day of the month it was written, but the consent gives the date of November 10th.  Lincoln County was still a part of Virginia at the time – notice the governor is Benjamin Harrison.

Know all by these presents that we, Charles McDougal and Stephen Archer, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Benjamin Harrison, Esquire, Governor of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment whereof well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this day of November 1783.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Charles McDougal and Elizabeth Farquhan, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force.

Charles McDougal, Stephen Archer

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Willis Green

Whereas Charles McDougal and my daughter, Elizabeth, being inclined to join in matrimony, you will please therefore grant license and in so doing you will oblige your servant.  Given under my hand and seal this 10 day of November 1783.

Robert Farquhan

Test.

Stephen Archer, Hugh Edmonson, Ash Edmonson

Mumony-Linn 1783 Lincoln County Marriage

Know all men by these presents that we, William Mumony and Thomas Denton, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Thomas Harrison, Esq., Governor of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment whereof to be made to the said Governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 10th day of September 1783.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound William Mumony and Susannah Linn, for which a license has issued.  Now, if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said intended marriage then the obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force.

William Momoney, Thomas Denton

Sealed and Delivered in presence of Willis Green

This is to certify to all people it may concern, that I, Hannah Welch, does give William Momoney my consent to obtain a license according to law to marry my daughter, Susannah Linn, September the tenth one thousand seven hundred eighty three.  Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Thomas Denton and Sarah Denton

Hannah Welch

Huston-Feland 1783 Lincoln County Marriage

Happy to share this old marriage bond with you.  I wanted to bring to your attention the way Stephen Huston spelled his name, and the way the county clerk, Willis Green, spelled it – Hughston.  A prime example of how clerks spelled names as they thought it should be, not necessarily how they were spelled!  But we must compliment Mr. Green on his beautiful handwriting!  Quite lovely!

Although he signed his name Stephen Huston, he was named Stephenson, his mother’s maiden name.  Stephenson was the son of Archibald Huston and Mary Stephenson.  He fought in the Revolutionary War with the Augusta County Militia, from Virginia.  In 1779 he served in Captain Logan’s company in Lincoln County, which made him one of the earliest settlers of the county.  The town of Hustonville is named after Stephenson Huston and his two sons.

Know all men by these presents that we, Stephenson Hughston and James Feland, are held and firmly bound to Thomas Harrison, Esq., Governor of Virginia, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment whereof to be made to the said Governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 2nd day of June 1783.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Stephenson Hughston and Jane Feland, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said intended marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.

Stephen Huston, James Feland

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Willis Green

Lincoln County Courthouse