Benjamin was in the Orange Co. area from at least 1768 to mid 1780s. After moving from Back Creek (near Haw River) he moved to Troublesome Creek, Rockingham Co., NC (part of Guilford Co. until 1785) for a few years before heading out to Kentucky.
Benjamin Stone enlisted July 20, 1778 and was commissioned to the 2nd Regiment North Carolina under Major Reading Blount for 9 months during the American Revolutionary War.
The preface of the book states, "The will abstracts and estates in this bo ok are taken from Will Book "A " as found in the Clerk's Office of Madison County Kentucky."
In the name of god Amen I Benjamin Stone of the County of Madison in the state of Kentucky being weak of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be to All mighty god for his mercies and calling to mind the mortality of man’s body and that its appointed for all flesh to die do make constitute and ordain this my last will and testament in the following manner viz first of all I order that all my just debts shall be honestly paid a nd as to the rest of my estate I will and bequeath in the following manner viz the place whereon I now live together with all my personal estate I leave to the use and support of Sarah my well beloved wife during h er natural life and after her death the said plantation to be given up to my son Dudley as soon a he comes of age but in case that his mother dies before that he comes of age that he is to have the profits there of but in case that his mother shall live longer that the time he comes of age he shall not disposses her but she is to have a decent support f rom the profits of the said place so long as she shall live and all the household furniture to be equally Divided amongst my three daughters Elizabeth, Jane and Fanny and also to have a cow and calf after the death of their mother and as to the remainder part of my stock to be equally divided amongst my thr ee sons Samuel, Daniel and Dudly after their mother's decease; and as I have exchanged my plantation that is in Guilford County No Carolina w ith Burges my son for a bond upon Aron Lewis for five hundred acres of land which agreeable to the condition of the said bond he was to have choice of several entries that the said Lewis has in the state of Kentucky and accordingly I have ______(looks like pitihed) on a certain entry that lies in the dividing ridge between Kingston and the waters of state and Lul begrude the entry contains 1250 acres in the name of James Crabtree which if the said 500 acres is obtained to be a good right I give 100 to my son John one hundred to Samuel and one hundred to Daniel and fifty to Jeane and fifty to Fanny and the remainder one hundred to Burges and the stallion colt I leave the profits for the first two years to be equally divided between my sons Samuel & Daniel and afterwards I give and bequeath the said horse unto my son Dudley either to keep or sell & the price there of (ink blot) let out on interest until Dudley comes of age at the disgression of my executors and to the rest of my children I give and bequeath viz to Burges, Susanna, Mary and Rebeckah the sum of five shillings each to be made out of my personal estate and (inkblot) hereby appoint Sarah my dear wife Executrix and Aron Lewis executor of th is my last will and testament and do pronounce and declare this to be my last will and testament this twentieth day of January in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five.
Signed sealed pronounced and declared in presents of ...............
Benjamin his B mark Stone (LS)
At a court held for Madison County on Tuesday the 4th day of August 1795
This will was proved to be the last will and testament of Benjamin Stone D ec'd by the oath of Sarah Stone, Aron and Thomas Lewis, Witnesses, there to and ordered to be recorded.
Will Irvine CMCB
It is possible that he had a first wife, a Burgess, who was the mother of Susannah, Burgess, Mary, Rebecca and John.
Court, Land, Probate Records
Abstracts of Early Kentucky Wills and Inventories
Madison Co. KY Book A - Page 166
"I have exchanged my plantation that is in Guilford Co., NC with Burgess, my son, for a bond upon Ann Lewis".