Will of Tarpley Oldham written May 12, 1837 probated July court
In the name of God, Amen, or be it remembered that I, Tarpley Oldham, of the County of Barren and state of Kentucky, being weak in body and sound and perfect in mind and memory, blessed be the Almighty God for the same, i do make this my last will and testament, in manner and form following: This is to say-
Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Bishop Oldham a black boy named Isreal.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my son James T. Oldham,one black boy named Willis
Item - I give to my son, Caleb Oldham, one black boy named [J]Iorddan
Item - I give to my daughter,Mary Ann Oldham, one negro girl named Mahala
Item - I give to my daughter, Louisa Jane Oldham, one negro girl named Mary
Item - I give and bequeath unto my loving wife, Amy Oldham, one negro woman named Jane and child named Nathan, one negro man named Silas.
It is my will that my wife have the three negroes named above, to have and to hold during her natural life, and after her death, they and their increase are to be equally divided between all of my children or their heirs. Also, my five other negros that have not been named above, it is my desire that after my death they and their increase to be equally divided between all of my children, after my four eldest daughters, towit, Elisabeth Shockley, Sally XX Pedigo, Susanna Page and Rebecca Carter, each of these axxxxxxx[according] accounting for one hundred dollars that each of them have drawn out of my estate. The last five negroes that were not named I will now name, them: Charith, Isaac, [J]Iannet(?), Henly, George.
Item - I give to my son, Bishop Oldham, one tract of land, known by the name of my Nob Tract, containing by survey, one hundred and fifty acres
Item - I give to my son, James T. Oldham, my old plantation where I moved from to this place, containing by survey, one hundred and seventy-five acres
Item - I give to my son, Caleb, the tract where I now live on, containing two two hundred acres, also one field containing about 10 acres joining this place and lying on the branch North from this home.
Item - All the rest of the land sold and divided equally amongst all of the children.
Item - It is my will and desire that my wife have the plantation where we now live on during her natural life. Also, i give my wife three horses named Blaze, Snip, and Saltrum, her livetime and after her death the horses equally dividedlg my two youngest daughters one horse each of them.
Item - My sons James and Caleb Oldham to have two cows, one each of them.
Item - I give to my wife one ox waggon and two yoke of steers, vis. Ben and Dick and Sam and Lyon. Also, four cows and calves. it is my desire and will that all my household and kitchen furnature and farming utensils on the farm and mygl, one bureau and cupboard. Is my will that my two youngest daughters have them also one cow and bed and new saddle. The saddle each worth about 18 or 20 dollars. One horse, each of them. The saddles to be bought out of the estate.
Item - One yoke of oxen and the rest of the cattle and balance of horses and sheep, after reserving fifteen head of sheep for the benifit of my wife, one rwo horse waggon, one set of blacksmith tools. The tools not to be sold untill aftefd after my death and all equally divided between all my children.
Item - I give my son, James T. Oldham, and Caleb Oldham, one bed and furnature, each of them.
Item - It is my desire that my executor that will be named here after pay all my lawful debts and demands out of the money of the sale after my death.
Item - All of my tobacco to be sold and equally divided between all my children.
Item - All the property that is named to my wife after her death to be equally devided between all my children equally.
Item - I give my rifle gun to my son Caleb.
Item - It is my desire that my executors, that is to say, I appoint my sons William Oldham, Bishop Oldham, and in case one dies or out of the way, my son James T. Oldham my executors of this my last will and testament. In testamony wheredl this 12th of May 1837
Tarpley x Oldham ["seal" drawn]
mark Signed, sealed in the presence of us William Anderson William H. McInteer Squire Griggs
Barren County Set. August term 1837
The foregoing writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Tarpley Oldham, desc., having been offered for proof at the July term and - ob jected to the same was again taken up and proven in due from of law by the xxxxxxxxxx oath of William Anderson and Squire Griggs, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded as the last will of said Tarpley O ldham, desc.
T. J. Helm, Clerk Source: Barren Co Kentucky Will Book 3, p. 125