Saturday, January 11, 2014

Will of Daniel Wheatley

A package of copies from the Western Kentucky University Special Collections Library arrived yesterday containing copies from the Ruth Lawrence papers (pdf of the finding aid available here). This package included a transcription of the will of Daniel Wheatley, my 6th-great-grandfather. I have previously covered the transcription from the will of his son, Robert Wheatley (see my post from August 2012). Daniel Wheatley died in Warren County, Kentucky sometime between 27 June 1810 and the proving of the will in Warren County Court in November 1810.

The Will of Daniel Wheatley
Warren County, Kentucky, Book A, Page 177

In the name of God, Amen!

I Daniel Wheatley, of Warren County, and State of Kentucky, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, do make and publish this may last will and testament in manner and form following. That is to say first, I give to my beloved son, Robert Wheatley, one negro boy named Edmond which he is to have at his mother's death, or at her discretion. Also the lands I now live on if he can clear it out of the office and save it, I give to him at his mother's death. I also give to my daughter, Susannah Wheatley, one negro girl named Cidney. Also a feather bed and furniture.

I also give to my daughter Nancy, a negro boy named Armistead and one feather bed and furniture. And if either or both of the girls get married before their mother's death to have a cow and a calf apiece. And at their mother's death, the balance of my stock and household furniture to be equally divided between Susannah Wheatley and Nancy Wheatley.

I also desire that my wife, Mary, should keep the land I now live on, and the negro boy Edmond, till her death and then to be Robert's. I have also given my daughter Elizabeth Marr a negro girl named Milley. I have also given to Sarah Bigley a negro girl named Hanah. I have also given to my daughter, Polly Butler, a negro boy named Henry. It is my desire that if Robert should lose the land and not get a right for it, the balance of my stock and household furniture to be equally divided between him and the two girls, except the two beds that I have given the two girls.

I also appoint my son, Robert Wheatley, James Dodd, and John Duff executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty seventh day of June, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ten.

Signed, sealed and published, and declared by the above named Daniel Wheatley to be his last will and testament in the presents of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presents of the testator.

Signed Daniel Wheatley {seal}

James Dodd
John Duff
John Beckham

Warren County, November County Court, 1810, the last will and testament of Daniel Wheatley, deceased, was proven by the oath of James Dodd and John Duff, and John Beckham, three subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.

Attest: John A. Hobson, CWCC.

Some Observations on the Will
Daniel Wheatley and John Duff came to Warren County from Fauquier County, Virginia. John Duff married Daniel's sister, Mary Wheatley. Daniel's son Robert, my 5th-great-grandfather, married John Duff's daughter, Cassie Duff, as his second wife. 

Daniel Wheatley had slaves, listing Edmond, Cidney, Armistead, Milley, Hanah and Henry in his will.

More to follow. 

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