Will of John White

Submitted by Vanessa Hyatt Farnsworth

 The last will and testament of John White Senior of Fleming County and late of Kentucky.  I, John White, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory, blessed be the Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament.  In manner and form following, that is to say: first I give and bequeath unto my eldest daughter a married woman named Mary Jane, one horse, saddle and bridle, three head of cattle and three head of sheep which she has received for her part of my estate and to have no more thereof.  Items I give to my daughter Elizabeth, one feather bed and bedding, one cow and calf and three dollars and a half worth of pewter ware which she has had and to have no more of my estate.  Items I give to my daughter Lydia, one feather bed and bedding, three head of cattle, five sheep and one wheel for her full share of my estate and no more which she has received.  Items I give to my eldest son Nathan, one mare, tow cows and two sheep and fifty dollars in money which he has received for his full part of my estate and to have no more thereof.  Items I give to my daughter Catharine, one feather bed and bedding, one mare and cow and calf, tow head of sheep and five dollars worth of kitchen furniture for her full part and share of my estate which she has received to have no more.  Items I give to my son Jesse, a bed, one mare one cow and calf and fifty dollars in money for his full share of my estate which he has had and to have no more.  Items I give to my son John, one horse saddle and bridle, one cow and calf and ten dollars in money for his full share of my estate which he has had and to have no more of my estate.  Items I give to my youngest son Joseph, one mare saddle and bridle, a cow and ten dollars in money and a certain tract or parcel of land which he is to have after my death and not before, adjoining and being a part of the farm on which I live and the line to begin at a small black ash tree at the mouth of my spring branch and to run to a rock on the south side of a rob with the two first letters of his name on the rock thence north to the back line of my farm.  And likewise, I --- will and bequeath to my beloved wife Amelia, one bed and bedding, one cow and calf and cupboard ware in lieu of her dowry and my son Joseph is to take care and maintain his mother for the above named tract of land and other considerations which is the full share and part of my estate to have and no more thereof.  Items I give to my youngest daughter Anna, a feather bed and bedding, one horse saddle and bridle, one cow and calf for her full share of my estate which she has had and to have no more.  Items I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah, one bed and bedding, one horse saddle and bridle, one cow and calf for her full share of my estate.  And further, I bequeath that at my death it is my will and desire that my two youngest daughters Sarah and Anna inherit the remains of my property and to have and heir all and every part thereof and to live together until they marry either one or both and then the property that I leave at my death to be equally divided between them.  This I do make and constitute to be my last will and testament revoking all former wills made by me in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the tenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one. 

John White, Senr. (Seal) Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us who have hereunto set our hand as witnesses.  

Attest: Zachariah Phelps and Joseph Lee  

Fleming County set a court held for said county on the 3rd day of October 1831.  This writing purporting to be the last will and testament of John White, deceased, was produced in court proved by the oaths of Zachariah Phelps and Joseph Lee, the subscribing witnesses thereto to be the will of said White and ordered to be recorded which with this certificate is done.  

Attest: Joshua Stockton, Clerk

This will was obtained from the Fleming County, Kentucky courthouse.  It is in Will Book D, page 279.