Location: Union, Kentucky, United States
In the name of God Amen I Benjamin Bishop of Union County, Kentucky being in a low state of health But of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for his Blessing Calling to mind the mortality of my body knowing that ? appointed for all men ? ? do make or ? and Constitute this my last will and testament. First and principally I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body to the grave to be buried in a decent and Christian manner and as to my little worldly Estate wherewith It has pleased God to Bless me with in this life I will and dispose of in the following manner viz – I give and Bequeath to my dearly Beloved wife Sally Bishop all my stock of every kind together with all my Household and ? furniture farming ?lantials and all the money that may be on hand or due to me in any way whatever also my still and Black Smith tools for purposes hear after mentioned. It is my will and desire that the still and tools aforesaid shall be sold at the discretion of my wife and the money arising from the sail [sic] be added to the money on hand and the money that is due me and after paying all my just Debts the Balance to be applied to the use of purchasing a plantation or tract of land for the purpose of a House for her self and Family which she is to injoy [sic] during her Life ? und? At which buy has to be equally divided among all my Children viz Isaac Purnell Polly Springer John Terry Sally Peggy Thames and Ann – also I leave to my wife my negro Girl named Gattin to be hers during her life or widowhood at which time she is to be sold with her Increase if any and the money Equally divided among all my Children above mentioned – Secondly I leave to my Daughter Polly Springer my negro boy named Peter to her and her Heirs forever thirdly I leave to my Daughter Sally my negro Boy named Sam to her and her heirs forever Fourthly I leave to my Daughter Peggy my negro boy named Noah to her and her Heirs forever Fifthly I leave to my Daughter Ann my negro Boy named Littleton to her and her Heirs forever – Sixthly I nominate and appoint my wife Sally Bishop Executrix and James Lawusind Executor to this my last will and testament Seventhly it is my and desire that the negro Boy Littleton that I have left to my Daughter Ann also the Boy Noah that’s left to my daughter Peggy both shall remain in possession of my wife for the space of four years after my death for the purpose of helping to settle her on the place that she is to purchase and assisting in maintaining the family and Eighthly and lastly it is my will that if the money that is due me should be sufficient to purchase a place without the proceeds of the Sail [sic] of them is to be applied to the purposes of schooling and raising my Children and for such other purposes that my wife may think most usable in her discretion In Witness whereof I have set my hand and affixt my seal this 29th day of April 1819 Signed sealed and Benj Bishop Delivered in presence of us Hugh McElroy Isaac Caul Union County to wit May County Court 1819 This Instrument of writing was this day produced in Court and proved to be the last will and testament of Benjamin Bishop deceased by the oaths of Hugh McElroy and Isaac Caul ?? ??sses thereto and ordered to be recorded
- 1819, Benjamin Bishop will. Kentucky, Union County, Will Book A, 1853-1861, p. 55, County Court. Digital images 112-113 of 363, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 April 2021)
- Alternate transcription: http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/union/wills/b210002.txt
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