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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Last Will and Testament of Leonard Richards, 1828

Will of Leonard Richards
1828 Casey County, Kentucky

Valerie J. Thompson

Transcribed Jan 21, 2013

In the name of god, Amen, Be it remembered that I, Leonard Richards, being in the county of Casey and state of Kentucky, considering the immortality of the mortal life & being of sound and perfect mind, blessed be to God for the same, do make this my last will and testament, in manner and form as followeth (to wit):
1st  First I command my soul to God who gave it, and my body to be buried in a decent Christian manner.

2nd I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Susannah, fifty acres of land to include the plantation & improvements whereon I now live for and during her natural life, and at her death to belong to my son, Benjamin Richards; also, that she have one third part of my personal property to be understood, all my estate, except … lands for and during her life & she is to have the privilege to choose such of my perishable property to that amount and at her death to be equally divided between my children hereafter named (to wit), my daughter, Ruth Spears, to have one fifth part; my daughter, Elizabeth Miller, one fifth part; my son, John Richards, one fifth part; one fifth part equally divided between all the heirs of my daughter, Susannah Hickerson, dec’d; one fifth part to my daughter, Hannah Breeding, also all the balance of my perishable property to be divided amongst my children hereafter named, one fifth part to my daughter Ruth Spears, one fifth part to my daughter, Elizabeth Miller, one fifth part to my son, John Richards, one fifth part equally divided between all the heirs of my daughter, Susannah Hickerson, dec’d & one fifth part to daughter, Hannah Breeding. I do hereby give & bequeath to my son, Benjamin Richards all the balance of my tract of land on which I now live, except 100 acres conveyed by me to my son, Leonard Richards, by deed. I do give & bequeath to my beloved wife, my negro woman named Inda during her life & at her death s’d negro to be sold & the money to be equally divided between all my children, children: my daughter, Ruth Spears to have one seventh part; my daughter Elizabeth Miller, one seventh part; my son, John Richards, one seventh part; one seventh part to be equally divided between all the heirs of my daughter, Susannah Hickerson, Dec’d; to my son, Leonard Richards, one seventh part; to my daughter, Hannah Breeding, one seventh part; to my son, Benjamin Richards, one seventh part.

I do hereby appoint my son, Leonard Richards & James Allen Executors to this my last Will & Testament revoking all former wills by me made,
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 8th day of August 1828.

                                                                                                   Leonard X Richards  his mark {Seal}

Daniel Sherwood
William Bigg
John Miller

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Samuel Hacker born about 1797 Tennessee

Samuel Hacker born 1797
Valerie J. Thompson


     Samuel Hacker was born about 1797 in Tennessee. He was the son of John Hacker and Massie/Marcie Percifield. John Hacker was the son of Julius Hacker of Tennessee. This family is noted in the biography of W. R. Hacker in The biographical record of Jasper County, Missouri, pages 509, 510. ( The biographical record of Jasper County, Missouri [database on-line]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data: McGregor, Malcolm G., The biographical record of Jasper County, Missouri. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1901) 
 Samuel married Chaney Roberts, daughter of Joseph Roberts 23 Mar 1823 in Clay County, Kentucky. There is no marriage bond to be found in Clay County, but the marriage is listed in the index records, per correspondence with Clay County, Kentucky Court Clerk (2012). Chana Roberts is also mentioned as the wife of Samuel Hacker, “the largest man in Clay County”, in the interview of John E. Roberts  (Dr. John J. Dickey Diary, Fleming County, Ky. Recorded in the 1870's and beyond, Reprinted in Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 11, Number 8, February, 1997, p. 91, by permission. Clay County and online at                                    

 On the 12th Dec 1826,  50 acres was surveyed on Big Creek, Clay county, Kentucky for Samuel Hacker, Survey Book U, page 470.

1830 Census Clay County, Kentucky
2 males under 5, 1 male 20-29, 2 males 30-39; 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-9, 1 female 20-29

1840 Census Clay County, Kentucky
I male under 5, 2 males 10-14, 1 male 40-49; 1 female under 5, 3 females 5-9, 2 females 15-19, 1 female 30-39 Total of 11 persons

1850 Census Perry County, Kentucky
Samuel Hacker 45, Nancy 40, Massa 14, Alfred 15, Armilda 14

1860 Census Boonesville, Owsley County, Kentucky
Samuel Hacker 65, Chaney 54

Samuel Hacker died 23 May 1870. He and Chaney are buried in the Samuel Hacker Cemetery, Clay County, Kentucky. Chaney Roberts was born about 1804, the daughter of Joseph Roberts. She died 27 April 1888.  (Samuel Hacker Cemetery, surveyed by Robert Torbert, October 2005 listed online                                             

Monday, January 14, 2013

Julious Hacker Land Grant

Julious Hacker Land Grant

Transcribed by

Valerie J. Thompson

November 30, 2012
 Tennesse State Libraries and Archives 
North Carolina Land Grant in Tennessee
Sullivan County, Tennessee
Volume 15, Page 256, Reel 23



State of North Carolina No. 266

To all to Whom these presents shall come greeting, Know ye that we for & inconsideration of the sum of fifty shillings for every hundred acres hereby granted, paid into our treasury by Julious Hacker have given & granted & by these presents do give & grant unto the said Julious Hacker a tract of land containing six hundred & forty acres lying & being in our County of Sullivan on both sides of Beaver Creek, Beginning at a buckeye, white oak & hickory, John Coopers line North 45 East 20 poles to a large white oak on a …. Due North 150 poles to two white oaks North 35 East 8 poles to a white oak North 32 East 200 poles to a poplar & white oak North 72 East 104 poles to a white oak, due South 114 poles to a white oak South 30 West 270 poles to an Ash South 28 Eat 56 poles to a stake & thence a straight course to the Beginning as by the Julious, hereunto annexed doth appear together with all road, waters, mines, minerals hereditaments & appurtenances to the said land belonging or appertaining to hold to the said Julious Hacker , his heirs & assigns forever yielding & paying to us such sum of money yearly, or otherwise as our general assembly from time to time may direct provided always that the said, Julious Hacker shall cause this grant to be registered in the Registers Office of our said County of Sullivan within twelve months from the date hereof otherwise the same shall be void of the affect, in testimony whereof we have caused there our Letters to be made pertinent & our great seal to be here on affixed, Witness Alexander Martin, Esq’r, our Governor, Captain, General & Commander-in-Chief oat Newburn the tenth day of November in ninth year of our Independence & in year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred eighty four.

By his Execell’y, Gov’r                                                                     Alex. Martin

L. Glasgow, Sec.