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Submitted By:  Jay E. Frank



LDS Film 0192232 Item 1 – “Book of Wills of Lincoln Co., KY – 1828-1837”

Lincoln Co., KY Will Book N:10 and 11

CHARLES ADAMS, 1817 (Written as I understand with unknown unknown words listed as ----- and mistakes included.)

“In the name of God, Amen I Charles ADAMS of Lincoln County, County and state of Kentucky being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (law?).  First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary ADAMS all my estate real and personal for and during her natural life or widowhood and to enjoy the (farm?) in as complete and ample a manner as I as my self giving her full power to give to any of my children that should marry, so (much?) of my estate as she can spare in her (discretion?) paying strict regard to what might be considered an equal dividend to all my children except my daughter Sarah Routon wife of (Wm?) Routon and if my said wife should not be satisfied to live on the plantation I now reside upon she is at liberty to sell the same and purchase its (barn) whenever her fancy or inclination may direct her choice and it is my will and desire at my wife’s death that my estate should be so disposed of that each child shall an equal share and it is my will and desire that the children of my daughter  Sarah Routon shall have an equal share with the rest of my children but they are to enter upon the enjoyment of it until after the death of their Father William Routon and it is my will that my executors reserve their said share in their hands until such period or until the said children shall respectively come of age or be qualified to (----?) the same and it is my will and desire that my two sons Benjamin ADAMS and Charles ADAMS be and they are hereby appointed my executors to this my last will and testament witness my hand and seal this 17 day of October 1817 signed and acknowledged by the (testor) in presence of us


Ben Duncan            Charles Adams (seal)

Will Hamilton

 N.B.  It is understood to be my will and desire that if my wife should chose to marry again she shall have a third of my estate only as the law directs.

 Ben Duncan            Chas Adams (seal)

Wm Hamilton

Joziah Holtzelaugh

James P. Hall


Kentucky Lincoln County Court of Law

At a county court of law for Lincoln County on (----) day the 26 of January 1835 the last will and testament (-----) there under written of Charles Adams ---------into Court and proven by the oaths of Jeziah Holtzelaugh and James P. Hall two of the subscribing witnesses there who declared on oath that the will---- was acknowledged by the testator in their presence and that they subscribed their names in his presence ”


(This will was transcribed by me from a copy made from the LDS film.)  

I would really like a copy of a resolution of a will fight regarding Charles ADAMS listed in Lincoln Co., KY Deed Book Vol S:164, 5, & 6.  I have all other deed and court activities regarding Charles ADAMS except this one item.

Jay E. Frank