Shared Photo: Last Will & Testament of Thomas Willingham, proved October County Court 1819

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I wanted to share this will of Thomas Willingham with the community. Location: Henderson County, Ky. Date: Oct 1819.
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I love reading old wills, even if hey don’t pertain to my family. Thanks for sharing this one with us.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
Since you love reading the old wills, the next will by the brother of Thomas Willingham (Willingham-732), should be quite interesting as the brothers named their children pretty much the same.  Both brothers have a John, Jarrett or Garrett, Isaac, and William.  These two older brothers have been confused over the years, and Thomas Willingham & his descendants were omitted by the Henderson County, Kentucky Historical & Genealogical Society in order to avoid confusion.  I copied enough wills and divisions of property to sort through them.  However, it will take quite some time as I must examine each document before posting.
The Henderson County H&GS did that?!? Well! Shame on them. Just because they didn’t want to do the hard work! They all should have joined WikiTree!

I look forward to the other will, Kenneth.
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Thank you so much for posting the last will and testament of Thomas Willingham.  I love reading old wills, and I have found that as no two people are alike, neither are their wills.

Reading Thomas Willingham's will it seems that he was at odds with one daughter as he only gave her one dollar. His three boys received land, bed and furniture, a cow, calf and one chunk of a horse.

His last daughter (maybe Susie) is going to receive bed and furniture, a cow, and half a chunk of horse.

The will goes on to read "and old ?, at her mother's death, and it is my wish if there should be any stock left after my children taking what I have will to them as they become of age . . .

and end of story.

We are left with a mystery.

Thank you so much for letting me read this will. It was very interesting.  I tried to google a chunk of a horse, and still do not know what it means.

God Bless!
by Cheryl Hess G2G6 Pilot (807k points)

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