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Will of Joel Watkins

Submitted by Laura [] 1/10/2008


Will of Joel Watkins

Dated: December 25, 1841

Whitley Co. KY Deed Book 2 p.404


I am now feeble in body and being apprehensive [that] I shall not again recover my health and not being satisfied with the distribution of the estate if I died intestate have and by these presents direct its disposition in the following manner to wit: I give to my son Claiborne my negro girl named Milly; also one hundred acres of land lying on the barren forks of Indian Creek in Pulaski County, KY. I give to my son Baker, fifty acres of land adjoining the place he now lives in; I also give him my Negro woman Clara hereby postponing the trust estate in favor of my son in said Negro until after the death of my wife. I want my executors hereinafter mentioned to sell to the highest bidder upon credit of twelve months my negro woman Betsey her son Joel and the youngest child a girl not known and I want them all sold together as aforesaid and when the money is collected I want my son Baker to have three hundred dollars of the money and the residue equally divided amongst my children as hereinafter mentioned. I give to my grandchildren Willis and Jacky Brazil the sons of Baker one hundred acres of land in Pulaski County on Bush Creek. I give to my sons Claiborne and Baker the following in trust for the following purpose to wit: the plantation I now live on in the clearfork supposed to contain five hundred acres for which I am now at law with Nathan Cox in the Whitley County Circuit Court in trust for the benefit of my daughter, Polly Smith and her children to be managed by my sons trustees as aforesaid and as will in their judgment best promote to interest and welfare of my daughter, Polly during her life and after her death to be sold and the proceeds of sell to be divided equally among her children and her children’s children if any child of hers shall be dead, living issue shall have and share alike to her children and a child’s parts to her grandchildren and in the event the said plantation being lost I give to my daughter aforesaid in trust as aforesaid my plantation on Cane Creek known as the Ward place but should I gain this land I want the Ward place sold on twelve months credit and the money divided as herein after mentioned. I also give to my daughter, Polly Smith in trust as aforesaid my Negro girl Nancy Ann, daughter of Betsy. I also give to her a gray horse, Crocker and one sow and pigs as aforesaid. I give to my sons aforesaid in trust for my daughter Almeda the plantation on which she now lives containing about two hundred acres more or less adding in fifty acres adjoining it for the benefit of her and her children to be so managed by my sons as trustees as aforesaid as will in their judgment best promote the interest and welfare of her and her children during her natural life and after her death to be sold and the proceeds of sale equally divided among her children. I also give to my sons aforesaid in trust as aforesaid for my daughter Almeda a negro girl, Sally to be hers in trust as aforesaid during her natural life and after her death said negro and her increase is to be the property of my grandchildren Mary and Darlington children of my daughter Almeda and said negro not to be moved out of state without consent of the trustees. I also give to my granddaughter, Mary one side saddle now in the procession of my daughter Almeda. I also give to my sons as aforesaid in trust for my grandson, Claiborne Girdner one cow and a calf. I also to my wife Patsy for and during her natural life the place upon which I now live hereby postponing the trust estate in favor of my daughter, Polly in said land until after the death of my wife. I also give to my wife my negro woman Clara during her natural life and then to my son, Baker as heretofore I desire also that my wife shall have absolutely all the household and kitchen furniture, three cows, my gray mare, and colt and what hogs and sheep she wants and my farming tools. I desire that my grandchildren Sally Ann and Patsy Elizabeth Miller shall receive twenty five dollars each. I give to my grandson Edward Darlington Watkins fifty acres of land which I own on Big Poplar Creek. I give to my granddaughter, Thursa Ann Emily Watkins one side saddle and my executors are hereby directed to by it for her when they collect the money arising from the sell of my property the balance of all my property real, personal and mixed I direct shall be sold and after the payments of all just debts I direct the surplus to be divided equally with my wife, Patsy and the four children, Baker, Polly, Claiborne, and Almeda and I desire that Polly and Almeda share thereof shall be held in trust by my sons as heretofore I expect a lawsuit with Vincent Myatt and Levy Cox about my claim to the land Vincent Myatt now lives and if gained to be equally divided among my secondary devisees above named. I hereby appoint my sons Baker and Claiborne my executors of this my last will hereby revoking all other confiding in  their honest and integrity to see its provisions faithfully carried out given under my hand this 24th day of December 1841.    Joel A. Watkins


Test: L. Ballmeser and Joseph Culbirth



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