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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Will of Captain James Estill 1781

Will of James Estill 1781 Lincoln County, Kentucky Will Book B, page 242

The Last Will and Testament of Captain James Estill
Lincoln County, Kentucky Will Book B, page 242
Transcribed by Professional Genealogist, Valerie J. Thompson, August 18, 2013
  The Last Will of James Estill, May 4th 1781
First, I leave my wife, Rachel, the one half of all my movable estate as her own property and all my slaves and the plantation I now live on 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 discretion & discretion during her widowhood, either death, or marriage the land and slaves to be equally divided amongst Benjamin, Walles [Wallace], James, and Jonathan Estill, and if my wife should now be with child, I allow an equal share [ “equal share” crossed out] Division amongst the whole not only of the land and slaves already mentioned, but also my part of all the land [“the land” crossed out] the other land now lying in partnership between me and Samuel Estill and the remaining of my personal estate being one half this, I desire to be equally divided amongst my children.
                                                                                                                       James Estill  [Seal] {LS}
Witnesses Present:
David Gass
Samuel Estill
At a court held for Lincoln County 22 January 1783, This instrument of writing was exhibited in court as the last will and testament of James Estill & proved by the oaths of Samuel Estill one of the witnesses at a county court held for the said county the 14th day of January 1800, the same was proved by the oaths of David Gass a witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.