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Will of David Bowels

 

Will Book C, Page 195

I David Bowles of the County of Bourbon & State of Kentucky being in sound mind and memory Considering the uncertainty of life and the certainty of Death do make my will and first surrender my soul to god who gave it and into the arms of Jesus Christ; trusting thro' his merrits the pardon of my sins. by whoes righteousness I hope for salvation; and hope to stand justify'd before god at the last day; my body I leave to be buried in the earth in a decent manner by my surviving friends at the discretion of my executor whom I shall hereafter appoint in hopes of a joyfull resurrection

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rection thro' my lord and savior Jesus Christ and as for my temporal estate or worldly good, wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me.  I give devise and bequeath in manner and form following. dmprimis; First I desire that all my just debts should be paid. Item. I lent to my beloved wife Winney Bowles during her natural life the houses and plantation whereon I now live with two hundred and twenty seven and three quarter acres of land being part of a tract of land & purchased of Chapman Auston as his deed to me will more fully show.  Beginning on a buckeye, ash, and elm, my beginning corner standing in Auston's pattant line on his west  boundary thense ______ _____ eight and a half to a ______ ______ and forty seven poles to a corner thence north along a line of marked trees to a corner in Abraham Cofman's line two hundred and forty eight & a half pole to     thence west one hundred and forty-seven poles to the Beginning Except so much as I may hereafter allot to her mother Molley Rice. Item: I lend, to widow  Molley Rice one negroe boy named James

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assigns forever. Item: I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Elizabeth Thomas a negroe girl named Milley (daughter of Janes) to her her heirs and assigns, forever. And that she take possession of her immediately.  Item I give and bequeath to my great grand son David Thomas negroe girl named Sarah (Daughter of Hagers) to him his heirs and assigns forever and that his father take possession of her for him immediately after my decease Item. it is my will that if my wife should fly to her thirds and choose the place where my son Jess Bowles now lives which I have made over to him by Deed of gift in such case that my son Jess Bowles should possess the place I lent to her  where I now live during her life and longer.  It is my will & desire that the rest of my estate that I have not ____ be kept together under the care & direction of my executor & that he sell that part of my horses sheep & c that is not immediately necessary for cultivation and the necessitys of my family for the support of my lawsuits family and education of my children till October eighteen hundred and nine at which time I give to my wife Winney Bowles one negroe woman named Lucy

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during her natural life or widdowhood; also so much cleared land in the plantation I now live on as will be sufficient for James to work; and timber sufficient for repairing the fences, firewood, building and other uses.  But not to waste, also I give to her, her heirs and assigns forever one cow & calf, two ewes and lambs, one sow & piggs and provision for herself.  James and the stock given; till she can raise a crop.  Item I give bequeath & devise to my son Nelson Bowles one hundred and sixty-two acres of land joining the east Boundary of my land & between the north and south Boundary to adjoin William Hall's and Jesse Bowleses in parallel lines together with one negroe boy named Joe, one feather bed one cow and calf two ewes & lambs and my oldest sorrel filley (which I have already given him) to him his heirs and assigns forever.  Item. I give bequeath, and devise unto my son Thomas Bowles & Daughter Elizabeth Bowles at the decease of my wife Winney Bowles the two hundred and twenty-seven and three quarter acres I lent her during life likewise the ninety-seven acres lying between said land and my son Nelson Bowles

land; to be equally divided between them, likewise to my son Thomas Bowles I give a negroe girl named Mima and one feather bed, also to my daughter Elizabeth Bowles I give one negroe girl named Judd and one feather bed to them their heirs and

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one negroe girl named Peggy and one negroe man named Peter.  One feather bed and its furniture the fourth part of myhousehold and kitchen furniture stock of horses, horned cattle hogs & sheep.  To her her heirs and assigns forever.  Item It is my will and desire that the rest of my estate not given to my wife Winney Bowles or lent to her during life be equally divided October eighteen hundred and nine between my three children, Nelson Bowles, Thomas Bowles and Elizabeth Bowles to them their heirs and assigns forever.  And likewise James a negroe man I lent to widdow Molley Rice during her life or widdowhood, at her decease or marriage to return into the estate.  If she dies or marries before october eighteen hundred & nine if after that time to be sold and equally divided at her death or marriage between my three children Nelson, Thomas & Elizabeth Bowles to them their heirs & assigns forever.  And now I constitute and appoint my dear friend Richard Thomas guardian to my children and executor of this my last will and testament and desire it may be received by all as such. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the 20th day of February 1800

 

signed and acknowledged in the presense of us(marked through)     his

                                                             DavidXBowles (marked through)

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Interlined before signed the

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words one negroe girl named Peggy _d_ son_                his

Signed & acknowledged in presence of us             David  X  Bowles {Seal}

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Michael Hornback Jur

Abraham Cofman

John Parker

 

Bourbon County January Court 1807

This last Will & Testament of David Bowles Senr deceased was produced in Court and proved by the oaths of Michael Hornback Jr Abraham Coffman and John Parker witnesses thereto and ordered ordered to be recorded Whereupon Richard Thomas who was named as executor of said will made oath thereto & together with Ja___ ___helps his security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $6,000 conditioned as the law directs Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form

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                                                                                Will Garrard jr CBL