Location: Union, Kentucky, United States
Surnames/tags: Cromwell Johnson Adair
Kentucky, Union County, Will Book C, pp. 28-30, County Court. 21 September 1851, digital images 298-299 of 570, FamilySearch (: accessed 2 January 2022)
In the name of God Amen, I Stephen Cromwell of the County of Union & State of Kentucky being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make the following my last will & testament. First it is my will that my just debts be paid out of money due me & my personal property. 2nd It is my will and desire that my tract of land where I reside be sold by my executors either at public or private sale also my town [tavern?] & lot in Morganfield now occupied by Col. Johnson also a house and lot in Charleston, Jefferson County and state of Virginia be sold sold [sic] by my executors either at private or public sale and in order to ??seniate any or all of said sales I do hereby authorize my said Executors or such of them that shall qualify to any the same to the purchases and as regard the last names property Infer my executors to Robert Washington for information about the title.
3rd It is my will and desire that all my personal property except the slaves be sold at such time and in such terms as my executor shall think ??urt att???.
4th I have heretofore placed in the hands of my son Richard A Cromwell two negro boys (slaves) by the names of Jim& Bill and he is to have them & stand charges to my estate thereupon the sum of $475
5th I believe that I have also advanced to Richard in other property & money including the two negro the sum of $1000 which he must stand charges with
6th to my daughter Elizabeth Adair I have advanced to her a tract of land containing 130 acres which land I value at $650 also a negro woman slave named Emily & her increase worth $400 which will make her stand charged with $1050.
7th I have advanced to my son Stephen Cromwell$1000 and it is now my will that he have from my estate the further sum of $300
8th I have advanced to my daughter Ruth A. Edington a negro a negro girl named Julia worth $300.
9th It is also my will that my executors shall sell my slaves that I may die possessed of at such time and on such credit as they may think proper.
10th I am the owner of about 200 acres of land in this county on Eagle creek which I devise to my son Guy & his heirs in fee simple forever.
11th It is my will that out of the proceeds of the sale of any of my property I authorize my executors to purchase the tract of land wherein Joseph B. Waller resides or some other tract of land of about equal value of my 200 acre tract and when purchased it is my will and desire that my son John shall have the same and he stand charged with the value thereof.
12 It is my will and desire that my son Murray remain? on the two hundred acre tract & occupy it and take Henry with him and raise and educate him and for which service he is to have the use of the land rent free.
13th I will to each of my children not heretofore all named the sum of $1000 each Towit Joseph W. Cromwell, Edward Cromwell, James Cromwell, Charlotte Cromwell, Henry Cromwell, John Cromwell and Catherine M. Blue under the restriction as shall hereafter be named
14th after all my children has been made equal by the reception of $1000 each then the residue of my estate is to be equally divided amongst all my children, that is ??? that have been advanced to the amount of $1000 and then that shall receive the $1000 then the final division is to be made so that all shall be made equal.
15th The portion I devise to go to my daughter Catharine Blue is to be retained by my Executors & paid over to her as her necessities may require but in case she should become issue sol, the it is to be paid over to her absolutely, but in case she should die without issue or in case her and her child or children should die without issue then such share that I have willed for the benefit of my said daughter is to be equally divided between all of my children or their issue as it is my intention that said interest is not to be under the control of her husband or go to pay his debs.
16th Lastly I do hereby appoint John F. Cromwell, Joseph W. Cromwell and James A. Cromwell the Executors to this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have ?? to set my hand & seal this 1st day of September 1851. Stephen Cromwell.
Witnesses Hiram McElroy
I. M. Cromwell
H. B. Eaty
Kentucky Union County Court Sct
September Term 1851
This last will and testament of Stephen Cromwell dec’d was this day produced in open Court and found as such by the oaths of Hiram McElroy and Henry B. Eaty two subscribing witnesses thereto and the Court allowed the same to be recorded whereupon the same is accordingly done
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