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Will of William Thurman

Submitted by Deborah Thurman Parks

 

The last will and testament of William Thurman of the County of Cumberland and State of Kentucky considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit: First my desire is my wife Mary Anne shall keep the possessions of all my property of every description until my children are raised or at least until the youngest is 17 years of age at which time I desire the property to be divided equally amongst them wit the exception of my wife Mary Anne legal dower right and 2nd my desire is where as my Father Nathan Thurman willed or gave to my dearest daughter Lucy Thurman two Negro girls by the name of Lilly and Nelly now in my possession my full desire is that at the time of the division of my estate the aforesaid Negroes Lilly and Nelly and their increase should they have any may be valued and also all the property and money so directed to be divided shall also be valued and that my three youngest children shall be made equal each of them to my daughter Lucy should my estate be sufficient so to make them. And my daughter Lucy is not to have anything out of my estate unless the amount of one of my other children towit Catherine Thurman and Little Berry Thurman and Sally Thurman shall be equal to the valuation of the Negroes given to Lucy by my father Nathan Thurman should their _____ of my estate a sum larger when divided to each of my youngest three children then and in that case Lucy is to be made equal in the surplus, 3rd my desire is that my just debts be paid out of my estate. 4th I hereby appoint my d4ear and b4eloved wife Mary Anne Thurman and Joel Owsly my Executrix and Executor of this my last will and testament in witness where of I have herewith sit my hand and seal this 23 day of April 1834.

 

Signed: William Thurman

Witness: M.L. Stoner, James Heard, Henry Fifer (Pfeifer)

The will was proved in court of August 28, 1834