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Thursday, November 2, 2017



Valerie J Thompson
Professional Genealogist
November 2, 2017

     Anna Thompson was the daughter of David and Anna Thompson. She married William Searce the 30th of June 1789 in Woodford County, Kentucky. This marriage occurred prior to  Kentucky's statehood. Image of the marriage Bond is located at and, “Kentucky County Marriages”. Image of the Consent for Anna’s marriage to William Searce is signed by her father, David Thomson (spelled without the ‘p’).

When  her father, David Thomson died about 1826/27 she received her 1/12 part of  the property of her father, along with her eleven siblings. Oldham County, Kentucky Will Book 1-2, 1824-1844 (
Pages 89-90 Settlement of the Estate of David Thompson, Thomas Mount and Redding Fisher were the Administrators. Settlement was dated 17th March 1827, and recorded 21st May 1827.

Delay in the division was due to a complaint of a few of the heirs:

Oldham County, Kentucky Order Book B-E 1828-1847, Index
David Thompson Heirs, pages 62, 74, 89, 113, 164, 206, 248, 394, 407, 459, 516, 544, 566

Deed record Oldham County, Kentucky Deed Book C, page 579, division of land of David Thompson

dated 26 March 1836. 

William Scearce her husband wrote his Last Will and Testament 16th of September 1830, which was probated in October of 1830. Executors were his wife, Anna, and sons, John and Henry. (From Annie Walker Burns book, Woodford County, Kentucky Wills, Will Book H, page 438) Image at, “Kentucky Wills and Probate 1774-1989” 

Oldham County, Deed Book ‘C’, page 628 Anna appointed her son, Henry, as her Attorney in fact to sell Susan Thompson’s part of the division of the land of David Thompson, as well as, Ann’s part of twelfth part of the division of her father, David Thompson’s land. This appointment of attorney was dated 28 October 1836. 

 I, Ann Scearce of Woodford County, Kentucky do nominate and appoint my son & friend, Henry Scearce of Woodford County, Kentucky, my true & lawful Attorney in fact to sell and dispose of land in Oldham County, which was allotted to Susan Thompson in a division of land formerly owned by David Thompson, dec’d, descended to heirs of law of Susan Thompson, dec’d of whom the s’d Ann Scearce is one. I also wish to sell & convey the portion allotted to Ann Scearce, she being one of the children and heirs of David Thompson, dec’d. [Signed] Ann Scearce

Anna died in 1847. Henry Searce and Samuel Berry were bound in the amount of $5000 for the appointment of Henry/Harry Searce as the Administrator of the “goods, chattel, and credits of Anne Searce.” (Kentucky Wills and Probate 1774-1989, Woodford County, Kentucky Administrator’s Bonds 1818-1868, image at and

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Carlisle County, Kentucky Will Book 1886-1927, Vol. 1 page 156:
     Know all men by these presents that I, Allen Jones, of Carlisle county, Kentucky being of sound mind, but growing old, and desiring to give disposition of my property after my death, do make and publish this as my last will and testament.
     I hereby give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Viola Belle Jones all of the property both real and personal of every kind and nature to have and use as she may wish during her natural life only, and after her death all of my said property both real and personal of every kind and nature that my beloved wife has not used during her natural life in paying my just debts, and her support during her natural life, I will and bequeath to my youngest daughter, Lenia Jones in fee absolute, with the following conditions, to wit, in case if my said daughter, Lenia Jones, should die before she becomes 21 years of age, or has issue of her body, or has heirs of her body, then in that event, it is my will and wish that the residue of all my property that is left after my beloved wife death, I hereby give unto my heirs at law.
     In testimony whereof I, Allen Jones, have set my hand and seal to the foregoing typewritten paper as my last will and testament revoking all former wills by me made and declared.
Witness my hand in the presence of J. U. McKendree and H. L. Wiley who at my insistence and request witness my signing
Page 157
and declaring of this paper as my last will and testament, This February 22/1908.
                                                                                [Signed] Allen Jones
Attest: J. J. McKendree
              H. L. Wiley

We, J. U. McKendree and H. L. Wiley at the instance and request of Mr. Allen Jones subscribes ourselves as having been present and seeing said Jones sign his name to the foregoing paper and declaring it to be his last will and testament, we in his presence and the presence of each other, This February 22, 1908

                                                                                                        J. U. McKendree
                                                                                                        H. L. Wiley
State of Kentucky
Carlisle County
I, R. O. Willingham, Jr., Clerk of the County Court of the County aforesaid, certifiy that on the 9th day of August 1909, at a regular term of the Carlisle County Court, the foregoing will of Allen Jones, deceased, was filed for probate and proven by the oath of J. U. McKendree and H. L. Wiley, two subscribing witnesses thereto, and allowed and established as and for the last will and testament of Allen Jones, dec'd, and ordered to record which has been done accordingly.
Given under my hand this 11th day of July 1910.
                                                                        [Signed] R. O. Willingham, Jr., Clerk

Jones, Allen Vol. 1. 156 2/22/1908 8/9/1909 Wife: Viola Belle Jones; Youngest daughter Lenia Jones

Image of the Will can be found at "Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989"

Viola Belle Allen and  Allen Jones were married 4 March 1897 in Hickman County, Kentucky,, image at "Kentucky County Marriages"
Two children, Lena and Allen were born of this union,

Allen Jones was previously married to Caroline Holder 10 January 1843 in White County, Tennessee.( Image at Tennessee Marriages 1780-2002, was mistranscribed as Janes)
Children of Allen Jones and Caroline Holder, listed on Census records of Ballard County, Kentucky were:
James J. Jones
Nancy Jones Holder
Mary Elizabeth Jones Vaughn
George Jones
Mika C.Jones Allen Layton