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Thomas Strother Will

Contributed by Mary Hatton


Will of Thomas Strother-Will Book A-Pages 363-365


In the name of God Amen! I Thomas Strother of Bourbon County and the State of Kentucky being very weak and low in body but of Sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament.

Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Nelly Strother, my negro fellows Cyrus and Adam and my negro woman Easter together with her four children, towit, Charlotte, Edmond, Jim, and Daphney with my three old negroes, towit, Robin, Sarah, and Silvey, to be at her disposal as she may think proper, at her death by will or otherwise. Together with one third part of all my Stock of Horses, cattle, sheep and hogs, and the like proportion of all my Household and Kitchen furniture and plantation utensils during her natural life.

Item, I give unto Thomas Benson son of William one Hundred and fifty acres of Land laying and being on Dividing ridge, and in the County of Fayette, it being the place the Zachariah Benson now lives on, together with three year old horse Cott got by the stud kept by William Markham.

Item, I give unto William and Thomas McClanahan Sons of Thomas McClanahan Jr. seven negroes, towit Sampson, Davis, Barbery, Phebey, and her Child Cyrus, Sally, and Andrew to them and their heirs.

Item, I give unto Peggy, Polly, Anney, and Meriah daughters to the aforesaid Thomas McClanahan two hundred pounds each to be paid when they marry or come of age, by my herein after named Executors, the residue of my Estate after paying off the aforesaid legatees.

Item, I give to Thomas McClanahan Jr. whom I appoint together with my wife Nelly my lawful Executors. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed this 3rd day of April 1798-Plantation utensils interlained before signed.

Thos. Strother Seal

Witnesses present

Davis Hickman

Thomas McClanahan

James Brown

Bourbon County June Court 1798

The last Will and Testament of Thomas Strother deceased proved by the oath of David Hickman, Thomas McClanahan, and James Brown witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Thomas McClanahan Jr. and Nelly Strother the Executors therein named, who made Oath thereto and together with Thomas McClanahan Jr., and Davis Hickman their Securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of five thousand pounds Conditioned as the law directs. Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.



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