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The Will of Miles Rainwater
14 May 1883 Pulaski County, Kentucky
Book 7 Page 101


I, Miles Rainwater of Pulaski County, Kentucky do hereby make my last will and testament in the manner and form following, that is to say:

1st, I desire that all the perishable part of my estate be immediately sold after my decease, except one mare and one cow, all the sheep and hogs on hand, one wagon, all the farming tools of every description, all the gearing, all the household and kitchen furniture of every description, all the meat and corn on hand, which I give to my wife, Frances Rainwater, during her lifetime. After the payment of my debts and funeral expenses out of the proceeds of my perishable property not excepted, I give to my two sons Terrell Rainwater and Erasmus M. Rainwater, and my grandson John Silas Rainwater, two hundred dollars each provided the property brings that amount, should there be more, the remainder to be equally divided among my children. I give to my two sons, Fountain Rainwater and James Rainwater my home lands consisting of four tracts containing [unreadable] three hundred acres, at the decease of my wife, Frances Rainwater. At my decease Fountain and James Rainwater to have the use and proceeds of the above mentioned lands by them maintaining my wife, Frances Rainwater, during her life, and my daughter Sarah Rainwater, so long as she remains single.

2nd, I give to my daughter, Mary E. Gossett, my farm known as the William Rainwater farm and 3rd, I give to my daughter, Frances J. Tarter, my farm known as the Thornton Bernard farm. 4th I give to my daughter, Courtney E. Hainey, my farm known as the Giles Hendricks place. 5th, I give to my daughter, Sarah A. Rainwater, my farm known as the Irvine place, and lastly do I hereby constitute and appoint my two sons, Fountain and James Rainwater, executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other former wills or testaments by me heretofore made. I desire that my executors be not required to give security.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 14th day May 1883. Miles Rainwater

Attest: E.T. Barker, Enoch Rainwater


State of Kentucky
County of Pulaski, Sct.
I, John S. May, Clerk Pulaski County Court, do hereby certify that the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Miles Rainwater, dead, was at the February Term 1884 of court aforesaid produced in open court and proven by the oath of E.T. Barker, one of the two subscribing witnesses thereunto to be the last will and testament of Miles Rainwater, dead, and by said court ordered to be recorded as such. Wherefore the same and this certificate hath been duly recorded in my office. Given unto my hand this 5th day of March 1884.
Attest: John S. May, clerk

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