Bourbon County Court Will Book A, pp. 123-126:
In the name of God. To all whom these presents should hereafter concern: I George Reading of the County of Bourbon State of Kentucky being in the 67th year of my age but through the mercy & favor of the Almighty preserver and disposer of mankind I do yet retain a perfect mind and memory, being sensible from the infirm state of my own Constitution that I must ere long pay the last Tribute to nature with Death, Do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following; (What is to say) after my decease I desire my Exec herein after named to bury my Body in a decent manner (it matters not to me where so as it is put out of sight under ground) The debts that I owe the Law will provide for their being paid; as for my personal Estate I have none but my wearing apparel which is but Trifling which after being appraised I give to my son George Reading. The Landed Estate which it hath pleased the Lord to favor me in; acquiring since I came to Kentucky I dispose of as follows. I Will and bequeth to my eldest son Samuel Reading and to his heirs and assigns forever the equal and undicided half part of 1760 acres of land lying in the forks of Kentucky and Benson big Creek on the South side thereof which was entered and surveyed in the name of Anthony Foster Inns. but the Survey or platt was indorsed by said Foster directing the Register to issue the patent in said Fosters and my name as Tenant in common. I Will and Bequeth to my son John Mullin Reading and to his heirs and assigns forever 400 acres of Land which Simon Kenton entered and surveyed for me in my name lying on and on both sides Flemings (?) Creek a branch of the Blue Lick fork of Licking; I will and bequeth to my son George Reading and his heirs and assigns forever the Homestead or place whereon I now live containing 200 acres of land which I bond (?) of Col. John Hinkson. I Will and Bequeth to my sons John Mullin Reading, George Reading and William Reading and their heirs and assigns forever as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants the equal undivided half part of 3000 acres of land which was entered and surveyed in the name of William Login(v?)rod the half of which I was to have for entering and surveying as will appear by an agreement left in the hands of George Stoval Smith. 1529 acres part thereof is surveyed on the head waters of the North fork of the Bowling fork. 1000 acres in other part thereof is surveyed on the East side of Bensons big Creek where formerly the road crossed which went from Harods old Town to Squire Boons; and the remainder 471 is surveyed on the south side of Kentucky river above Bensons Little Creek adjoining James Arnolds survey of 200 acres on the S.W. and South East. I Will and Bequeth unto my sons John Mullen Reading and George Reading and to their heirs and assigns forever my share of 773 acres of land as was divided by George Smith sometime in November last and was entered and surveyed in the name of Shearman Nunnery lying on the waters of the south fork of Benson big Creek and Bounded on the North by Armstrong on the east by Robinson and on the South by George Smith. 200 acres of which to be severed of the west end to go to the said George Reading and the remainder, be it more or less, to the said John Mullen Reading. I will and bequeth unto my sons John Mullen Reading and George Reading and to their heirs and assigns as Tenants in common forever 333 acres of land (it being my share of 1060 acres made in the name of Thomas Smith) lying on the south fork of Bensons big Creek, bounded on the south by George Slaughter on the north by Stewarts, and on the west by Flaneys (?) land to be by them equally divided between them in quantity and quality. I will and bequeth to my sons George Reading and William Reading and to their heirs and assigns forever as Tenants in common the equal and undivided half part of 675 acres of land lying on the south fork of Bensons big Creek bounded on the north by Armstrong land and Nunnerys land by Pittingers on the West and Thomas Smiths on the south which was entered in the name of Lawrence Flourney of which I was to have half part for entering and surveying as per agreement with George Smith to equally divided between them in quantity and quality. All the residue and remainder of lands entered and surveyed on Thares (as will appear by the before mentioned agreement made with George Smith of Powhate County and State of Virginia and left in hands of his brother George Stoval Smith) and all other of my entries and land warrants, I will and bequeath unto my son George Reading and to his heirs and assigns forever.
Lastly I do nominate and appoint my sons John Mullen reading and George Reading my only executors to this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 23 day of June in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and ninety two
Signed sealed and published
George Reading (seal)
This is my last Will and Testament in the presence of
This Will was proved by Ben. Harrison, William Holliday and John Trimble and ordered to be recorded.
Thom. Reeders clk