Releasing Slaves of John F. Williams, 1814, Hardin County, KY

While looking for probate records for various branches of my husband’s Williams family in Hardin County, Kentucky, I came across the 1814 will of John F. Williams, unrelated to his clan, as far as I know.

The two page will was ordered to be recorded during the July 1814 court term.

Will of John F. Williams
Source: FamilySearch
Will Records 1810-1816, Volume B:131-132

In the name of God Amen. I John F. Williams
of the County of Harden being Intirely possessed
of my reason do make this my last will and
Testament in manner and form following
It is my will that my beloved wife Nancy
Shall Have the following Negroes (Viz) One negro
woman named Canietta (?)
and her Increase also
One Negro Boy named Isaac also One Negro
Girl named Gilly One Negro Boy named James
so long as She lives or during her widdow hood
Also to my beloved son Charles I Give One Negro
Boy named Spencer
also the tract of Land the
said Son now lives on. Also my son Philip I
Give One Negro Boy named Charles Also the place
where he now lives Also my Daughter Linia(?) to have
hir maintainance (sic) during her life Also my Daughter
Elizabeth I give One Negro Girl named Franny
Also my son John One Negro Boy named Philip
And One Small Colt. Also my son Thomas One Negro
named Milly
Also my Daughter Mary One Negro named
Maria Also my son Elisha One Negro Girl named
Melvina Also I give my Daughter Nancy an Equal
part of her mothers part of said Negroes all said
property to be given to my said Children when they
come to the years of maturity or marry. I likewise
give my plantation and all my stock of Horses
Cattle Hogs and Sheep and plantation untencils (sic)
House hold and kitchen Furniture during her life
time or widdow hood and it is my wish that my
wife shall give all my children a good Horse saddle
and Bridle and a good Feather Bed at the age of
twenty One or marry and after the death of my
said wife Nancy See the said Property and Increase
to be Equally divided Between my said children & Also
Give my little Neffew Jack One Hundred and
Fifty Dollars and a good Horse Saddle and Bridle
at the age of twenty one years. As witness my
Hand and seal this 16th day of March 1814-

In the presents of us             John F. (X) Williams, Seal
John H. Gibbs                             his mark
Hez Stovall
William Scott
Walter Mudd

At a county Court began and Held for Hardin County
at the Court House in Elizabeth Town on Monday the
11th day of July 1814, The within Instrument of
writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament
of John Williams deceased was produced in Court
And proven by the Oaths of John H. Gibbs Walter
Mudd and William Scott and Ordered to record

Atteste Samuel Haycraft Jr. DCHlel (?)


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