Will of John F. Williams, Hardin Co., KY 1814: Releasing 11 Enslaved People

John F. Williams died in Hardin County, Kentucky, where he left a will dated 6 March 1814 which was proven on 11 July 1814. As far as I can tell, this John was not a member of the extended Williams family of Cumberland County, Virginia as they migrated westward.

As a follow up, I checked online trees and this man is said to be John Fenley Williams, born 1756 in Prince Georges County, Maryland. He was the son of Thomas Williams and Elizabeth Gibbs and married Ann Mudd there in 1782.

Therefore, these enslaved people may have been brought to Kentucky from Prince Georges County, Maryland with the Williams family.

Will of John F. Williams, Hardin County, KY 1814
Will Book B: 131-132

In the name of God Amen I John F. Williams of the County of Hardin 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 Canutta and the Increase also One Negro Boy named Isaac also one Negro Girl named Gilly and One Negro Boy named James so long as She lives or during her Widdow hood. Also to my beloved son I 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 her maintenance during her life. Also my Daughter Elizabeth I give One Negro Girl named Fanny 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 and 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  Joel 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–

John F (hisXmark) Williams (seal)

In the presents of us
John H. Gibbls
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.

Attested Samuel Haycraft Jr. (?)

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