Contributed by Valerie J. Davis
The Will of James Randall
1831 Pulaski County, Kentucky
Will Book 3, P 75-77
From LDS Film 0598753: Pulaski County, KY Wills 1801-1838. Original records
held in County Clerk's Office Transcribed by Valerie (Weber) Davis,
on 7 Mar 1997
In the name of God amen: I James Randall of the County of Pulaski in the Commonwealth of Kentucky being of sound mind and disposing memory, but taking into consideration the uncertainty of human life, and reflecting that I am growing old and infirm for the purpose of prepareing for death, I do by these presents constitute, ordain, and establish this my last will and Testament. In the first place I will and consign my immortal soul to God who gave it. I desire my body to be decently interred according to the rites of Christian burial beside of my departed wife on the place where I now live. In the second place I will bequeath and devise that after the payment of my Just Debts and funeral expences my Land being the plantation whereon I now live belong and descend to my three sons James Randall, Payton Randall and George Randall otherwise called Randolphs to have hold and be enjoyed by them, and their heirs forever in equal proportions according to quantity and value each having an equal Interest and priviledge in the Orchards and all other improvements on said place. And if in the providence of God I shoud hereafter trade for any more Land adjoining my said plantation, I likewise Will and devise it in the same manner to my three sons aforesaid. In the third place I will devise and bequeath to my son James Randall my rifle gun. To my son Peyton Randall, I will and devise my crosscut saw and Broad ax and to Baylis Randall my Grandson, son of George Randall I will my shot gun to hold as their own proper right. In the fourth place I will bequeath and Devise to my three Daughters Nancy Westley, wife of John Westley, Peggy Gragg wife of John Gragg [see endnote], and Betsey Burk wife of Henry Burk, all the personal property consisting of household furniture Beds and Bedding and earthen ware __ [?] that may be on hand at the time of my death to be equally divided amongst them according to quantity and value by the appraisement of men, or in such other way as they may agree upon. and should I die possessed of any money on hand, I will and devise it to be equally divided amongst all my girls aforesaid Dollar for Dollar. I will and devise further that all money owing or in anywise comeing to me at the time of my death be when the same is collected equally divided amongst all my children aforesaid Dollar for Dollar to each. In the last place I constitute and appoint my three sons James, Peyton, and George aforesaid Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby enjoining it upon them to execute it with the assistance of providence, according to the best of their skill and Judgment, in the manner I have above directed. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand and affixed my seal on this 17th day of August in the year 1824.
Thomas Clark his mark
Their was a mistake made in writing this Will. The Will read I wish my money to be equally divided amongst my all children, whereas I now have the word children Erased, which makes it girls instead of children. Feby the 16th 1830
At a County Court held for Pulaski County at the Courthouse thereof in the Town of Somerset on Monday the 21st day of February 1831. This Instrument of writing was Exhibited to the court as the Last Will and
Testament of James Randall Deceased, and proven to be the Last Will and Testament of the said James Randall Deceased, by the oath of John Reese and John Randall, two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and the same is done accordingly.
p 91-93 Randolph, Jas. Dec'd Inventory & Appraisem't
In compliance with an order of the Pulaski County Court passed at their February Term 1831 appointing commissioners to Inventory and appraise the personal estate of James Randolph Deceased having met agreeable to said order and after being first sworn have Inventoried and appraised the estate as aforesaid, or as much thereof as was shown to us by George Randolph the Executor, the same being as follows, to wit,
one Pot Trammel $ 1.25 one foot adze 1.00 one oven .75 one axe .50 one Fro .50 one Coutter .75 two Barrel Augers .50 one Hoe .12 1/2 One Bar sare [sp?] plough 4.00 One half Bushel .50 One Pot 1.75 one shovel plough .56 To chanes Double tree 1.00 One crosscut saw and Broad axe 5.00 One shot gun 10.00 one rifle gun 8.00 one pair steelyards 1.75 two Beds and furniture 11.00 One Table cloth .50 One chest 1.00 four Jugs 1.50 One chest 1.75 one small trunk .62 1/2 one candlestick and candle mole .50 one stone crock .75 three Bottles .37 1/2 one canister mug and cream pot .25 draw steelyards .25 one lot of Pewter 2.25 Three Books 1.00 knives forks .12 1/2 looking Glass .12 1/2 One spice mortur .50 One Baker shovel and flat Iron 1.25 seven chairs 2.25 one crib of corn 45.00 one note on Peter Ruark given June 9th 1827 for Tennessee 5.00 paper five Dollars one note on Benjamin Canifax due the 16th Sept 1830 $11.41 11.41 One note on Radford Canifax due 16th Sept 1830 4.19 Balance of note on Jeremiah Miller due Feby 1st 1830 9.75 Balance of one note on John Randolph due the 12th July 1829 65.00 one note on John Crane and Colt Cunningham due 9th May 1827 100.00 one note on John Crane and Hm. Gragg due Feby 1st 1829 101.50 one note on James Randolph for trade due 16th Feby 1834 86.50 Total 484.22 1/2In Witness whereof we set our hands as commissioners as aforesaid Feby 25th 1831.
assigned by George Randolph
p 212 [crumpled page]
____olph, ___mes _____ment [Randolph, James Settlement]
State of Kentucky, Pulaski County
We the undersigned being appointed by the Pulaski County Court to settle the estate of James Randolph, dec'd in the hands of George Randolph Executor to s'd Estate on the 21st of May 1834. After being first duly sworn proceeded: and after making a full examination of the Debts & Ach'ts against s'd Estate & discharged by said Executor to the amount of $29.75, and wee find the inventory & appraisement of s'd estate amounts to the sum of $510.62, and after deducting the afforesaid sum of $29.75 from the sum of $510.62, leaves a balance in the hands of said Executor of $480.88 subject to the demand of those who may be justly entitled to receive the same.
N.B. It appears the aforesaid sum of $29.75 was paid to the following
persons for their clames, to wit,
To wit,To Wm Fox as pr Bill $ 2.87 To Obadiah Phelps .25 To Fon:o. Fox as pr Bill 2.50 To Jno. Reese .37 1/2 To Henry James 1.50 to C. Clonch 5.00 to Dr Williams 2.25 to Jas. Bobbitt 1.00 To Ex'rs allowance 11.00 To Evans, James & Ruark 3.00 $29.75 Josiah Evans Joseph M. James Timothy RuarkAt a County Court held for Pulaski County at the Courthouse thereof in the Town of Somerset on Monday the 17th day of November 1834. This Settlement of Accounts of the Estate of James Randolph dec'd was exhibited to the court and being examined by the Court was approved of & Ordered to be recorded and the same is done accordingly.
Att: Will Fox Clk
[NOTE: Will book 2, p 241: Inventory of the estate of John Gragg taken 10 Dec 1825. Commissioners appointed during Nov term, 1825. Widow: Margaret Gragg]
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