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Will of Francis Bush

Recorded Feb. 1818
Submitted by Julie Adams

 

The following document was transcribed directly from the original document. It was transcribed because the original is very large and very difficult to read, partially due to age, but mostly due to the old style writing. Whenever you see a ______ this indicates a word(s) the could not be deciphered.

In the name of God Amen

I, Francis Bush of the county of Clark and state of Kentucky being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make _______ and declare this instrument of writing to be my last will and testament. Thereby working and dismantling all other wills therefore made by me in the name and form following.

First, I will and decree and order all my just debts to be paid out of my estate at my death.

Item 2nd

I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Rachel the tract of land and plantation I now live on together with all the farming utensils and stock of every kind, also household and wicker furniture and also the real money, if any, left after my just debts are paid. Together with all the ______ that I may have due to me and ______. Also three Negro’s. One Negro man Henry and two Negro women Tab and Mimi. Each of the above articles is to be ________ away this material lifetime or widowhood for the support of ________ and the support and education of my younger children until they marry or arrive to the age of 21 years. And after the death of my beloved wife, they are to descend to my children as there after declared.

Item 3rd

I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Christy a Negro man, Souse and a Negro girl Sidney which she has now in possession to her and her heirs forever.

Item 4th

I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Vivion a Negro man, Raudeo also a Negro girl named Clary to her and her heirs forever she having each now in possession.

Item 5th

I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Orear a Negro lad named Jack also a young Negro equal in value to the youngest Negro I have given to my daughter Polly and Nancy to be raised from the two Negro women I have given to my wife if they shall continue to breed, if not, they are to be raised out of my estate.

Item 6th

I give and bequeath to my daughter Mildred Keas a Negro man named Pomps also a young Negro equal to the one I have directed to be given to my daughter Elizabeth Orear ________ in the ________ in the same manner.

Item 7th

I give and bequeath to my daughter Fanny Bradley a Negro Women named ________ with all her increase. Also a young Negro equal to the one I have directed to be given to my daughter Elizabeth Orear and to be raised in the same manner to her and her heirs forever.

Item 8th

I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucy Quisenberry a Negro man Squire. Also a young Negro equal in value to the one I have directed to be given to my daughter Elizabeth Orear and to be raised in the same manner to her and her heirs forever.

Item 9th

I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally Matthews a Negro girl named Paluce. Also a young Negro equal in value to the one I have directed be given to my daughter Elizabeth Orear and to be raised in the same manner to her and her heirs forever.

Item 10th

It is my will and desire that each of my children, Sally Matthews, Fielding Bush and Jordan Bush shall receive a feather bed and furniture equal in value to those I have given my other children.

Item 11th

It is my will and desire that the two old Negro women ______ and Lucy shall not go out of my family but go to the use ________ and be turned from time to time amongst all my several children. And that my fire arm shall be kept on my plantation for the use of my two sons.

Item 12th

It is my will and desire that at the death or marriage of my beloved wife all my estate which I have not deeded or willed away shall be equally divided amongst my children according to the line of descent.

Item 13th

I hereby conclude and approve my said beloved wife Rachel Bush my Executrix and Jordan & Fielding Bush and Colby B. Quisenberry my Executors. Given under my hand and seal this 24th January 1816.

At a court held for Clark County on the 23rd of February 1818 this last will and testament of Francis Bush deceased was produced in court and proven according to law by oaths of John V. Bush and Thacker V. Bush. Witnesses _________ subscribed and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Rachel Bush, Executrix, and Colby B. Quisenberry and Fielding Bush Executors. Therein named who made oath thereto as who law directs. Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in ________ giving security. Whereupon they together with John V. Bush and Pleasant Bush entered into and acknowledged there bond in the _________ of $20,000 conditioned according to law for the true and faithful administration of said estate and performance of this will.

Submitted by Julie Adams
 

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