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Will of Little Berry Thurman

Submitted by Deborah Thurman Parks


In the name of God, I Little Berry Thurman of the County of Cumberland and State of Kentucky being so sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows towit:  After my funeral expenses and just debt are all paid:


I give unto my beloved wife Permelia Branch Thurman the tract or tracts of land where on I now live containing five hundred and nineteen acres more or less.  I also give unto my wife Pamela B. Thurman the following named Negroes or slaves by name Sela, Gilbert, George, Ben Bill, Nancy, Mary, Frankey, Sally, Mandy, Jimmy, Esaw, Watt and Daniel.  It is also my will that the following named Negroes I loan unto my beloved wife Pamela B. Thurman so long as she may live for her support.  And at her death I give the same unto William Archer Walthal , son of Marandy Walthall; Cate, Elsey, Henry, Prior, Mina, Davey, Delila, Lucy, Moses, Lot, Kitty, Season, John, Bill, and Gabriel, and place the above named fifteen Negroes in the hands of Lemares Bowman for the support of said William Archer Walthall until he becomes twenty one years of age.  And should the aforesaid William Archer Walthall, son of Marandy Walthall, die without lawful issue, it is my will that the fifteen above named Negroes and their increase be equally divided between the heirs of Lemaris Bowman.


It is also my will that my wife Pamela B. Thurman have all the use and benefit of the tract of land on the east side of Cumberland River lying between William Cheeks and Ban Creek containing three hundred acres more or less, so long as she may live.  And at her death I gave the same three hundred acres of land more or less to William Archer Walthall, son of Marandy Walthall and place the said land in the hands of Lemaris Bowman for the use and benefit of said William Archer WalthaAll until he is twenty five years of age and should the aforesaid William A. Walthall die without lawful issue the aforesaid land to be equally divided between the heirs of brother William Thurman deceased.  And it is also my will that the tract of land where on Marley P. Walthall now live lying on the south side of Cumberland River on Clover Creek and Dorcas, a Negro woman, and Olive a boy and Susan a girl if required be sold to pay my debts.  And should the last named tract of land and three Negroes not be sufficient to pay all my debts to take out of the fifteen Negroes I left William Archer Walthall until my debt is paid.  And if there be any of the land or _____ of the land or Negroes set apart to pay my debts left, there it is my will that the whole go to William A. Walthall and if the said William A. Walthall die without lawful issue it is my will that the aforesaid land and three last named Negroes or any part thereof be equally divided between the heirs of brother William Thurman deceased.


It is my will also that my wife Pamela B. Thurman have all of my horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, household kitchen and farm utensils of all kinds and description whatsoever.  And all of my cash and cash notes.  And also my will that Lemaris Bowman at the death of my wife be entitled to Louisa and Nelly and their increase which two girls is not before mentioned.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 4th day of July 1842.  And do appoint  Lemaris Bowman and Pamela B. Thurman my wife Executor and Executris to this my last will as dated above.




Joel Owsley                                                     L.B. Thurman  signed and sealed

J.H. Walthall



I hereby nominate, constitute and testament, I also give unto William A. Walthall son of Marandy Walthall for the love I have for him the purchase of land I bought of M. King and Owsley on Bar Creek when he becomes twenty one years old.  This the 19th of January 1845.




John Rush                                                       L.B. Thurman

Maranda S. Garret



Little Berry Thurmanís will was proved in court on October 17, 1845.