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Will of Nathan Thurman

Submitted by Deborah Thurman Parks

Kentucky, Cumberland County


In the name of God Amen,

Nathan Thurman of the state and county aforesaid being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and ordain this instrument of writing as and for my last will and testament, in manner and for following:

1st I give and bequeath and hereby ratify and confirm all of my previous to any of my children, of both slaves to their person property.

2nd I give to Harriet Smith my granddaughter a Negro boy Daniel.  My granddaughter Betsey Smith a Negro boy Jim.  I give to Susan Smith my granddaughter a Negro girl Mary and her increase.  I give to Francis my grandson a Negro boy Peter.

3rd I give daughter Alcy Smith and her four children namely Susan, Harriet, Frances and Betsey five slaves and their increase namely Edith, Judy, Sarah, Shadrack, and Martin to Alcey her lifetime and at her death to be equally divided between the aforesaid four children.  But the slaves _________ in the 2 v 3 desire are to remain all together and labor for the mutual support and maintenance of Alcey and her said four children and the slaves given in the 2nd devise are not to be given into the possession of the respective children, till they severally arrive to the full age of twenty one years.  But Alcey the mother may loan the slaves to the children or either of them before they arrive to the age of twenty-one years.

4th I lend to my daughter Lucy Wooldridge, wife of Daniel Wooldridge a Negro boy named John and a Negro girl named Aggy their increase and my tract of land in Todd County whereon the said Daniel now lives, for the support and maintenance of said Lucy and her children during her natural life and at the death of said Lucy, the slave and increase and land to be sold by my Executors and the money arising from the sales to be equally divided between the said Lucy’s then living children.

5th I give to my granddaughter Amanda Wooldridge a Negro girl named Esther and her increase.

6th I give to Lucy Thurman daughter of my son William two negros named Sylvia and Nelly and their increase.

7th I give to Winifred Alexander daughter of my son in law W.H. Alexander a Negro girl named Anny and her increase.

8th   I give to Elizabeth Lucy Alexander daughter of my son in law W. H. Alexander a Negro named Charlotte and her increase.

9th I give Martha S. Alexander daughter of my son in law Jno M. Alexander Jr. a Negro girl named Mariah and her increase.

10th I lend to my daughter Susan Murphy wife of H. Murphy the tract of land where on she now lives, during her natural life or her and her husbands living together in peace and harmony and without fighting and in either event the said tract of land to be sold by executors and the money arising from or by the sale to be applied by my executors to the support and maintenance of said Susan, during her natural life and at her death the money if any remaining in the hands of my executors to be legally divided among her then living children.

11th I give and bequeath to my son Little B. Thurman the lower part of the one undivided half of the tract of land on which I now live, to be run and divided agreeably to an article of agreement entered into between my son LittleBerry and my son in law W. H. Alexander and now of record in the clerks office of the Cumberland County court.

12th All bonds, notes, accounts and all my personal estate of whatsoever kind at my death and also all money which I may have at my death to be equally divided among all my then living children but all my debts are first to be paid and discharged.

13th I hereby revoke and declare null and void all former wills be made and devises therein contained and declare this as my true and last will and testament.


I hereby nominate as executors to this my last will and testament Little Berry Thurman, John M. Alexander Jr. and Willis H. Alexander to carry into effect all and every provision of this instrument of writing.  Given under my hand and seal at my residence this 31st day of March in the year of our Lord 1828.


Witness                                                           Nathan    X   Thurman

Milton King                                                                his mark

Wm Smith

Charles    X     Thurman

            His mark