The Will of John Todd Jr.
Of Bourbon County, Kentucky
12th day of February 1827
In the name of God, Amen. I John TODD of Bourbon County and the State of Kentucky, being weak of body, but sound of mind and disposing memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say,
1st. I bequeath unto my beloved wife Polly TODD during he natural life, so much of my farms, on which I now reside of these three hundred and sixteen acres, as will be included in the following boundaries, suppose to contain about Sixty five acres.
Beginning at MARKHAMS and PULLINS corner, North East of my said farm and running threw Westwardly with PULLINS corner land to the upper corner of the fence, belonging to that part of my said farm on which now Mrs. MILLER now resides; thence with the fence North, is as to include the fence to the corner of the same, near the gate on the branch; threw Eastwardly with the fence, including the same and the whole of said place occupied by Mrs. MILLER as afore said and thence to MARKHAM line to the beginning and adjoining ours in addition then to fifteen acres of woodland, to be laid off so as to adjoin said farm on which Mrs. MILLERS resides, on the Southside there of, and to be bounded on the East by MARKHAM and on the South by Dudley, to be laid off in good form. The said land I bequeath to my said wife in lieu of her right of Dower in my said farm of three hundred and sixteen acres; her right to the same to commence at my death and to continue during her natural life as aforesaid, and it is also my will and desire that my said wife have my Negro woman named Lucy, during the life of my said wife; and also that she have three feather beds of her choice with the clothing and furniture there to belonging, and all the balance of my household and kitchen furniture, (except) two beds and clothing and six kettles, after my said wife shall choose for herself, which together with the afore named property I give to her during her natural life.
It is also my will and desire that my said wife shall have during her natural life one horse called Bob, and the Smallest of my two mares called Nell, also three of her choice cows and one Heifer, also twelve head of sheep, two sows & pigs and ten choice Bacon hogs, and all the Bacon now in my meat house together with the dried beef and Tallow therein and sixty barrels of corn also one scar shear, and one shovel plow, and two pair of gear thereto belonging, and all my crop of wheat, now growing ~ But as all the tillable land & house, which I have before allotted to my said wife in lieu of Dower has been rented out by me until the 1st of March 1828, until which period she would not get possession. It is my will that in case I shall die fore that time, that my said wife have the possession and use of the house in which I now live, with the garden, Orchard, stables and horse lot belonging --------- and the twelve acre field lying between said house and Robert DUDLEYS, until the first day of March 1828.
2nd It is my will and desire that all my right, title and interest in and to my said farm of three hundred sixteen acres of land, except the part hereto fore devised to my wife, be sold by William FORD, who I do hereby appoint hereby inistute my sole Executor, and I do hereby empower and authorize my said executor to sell my land as aforesaid, either at public or private sale, and to such purchaser or purchasers, and upon such in debtor, credit, as he may deem best, and I do also hereby authorize and empower my said Executor to execute any writing, deed or deeds of conveyance of my interest or title to said land, which may be necessary when the sale of the same. It is also my will and desire that my said Executor sell at auction my eight slaves not before mentioned; Towit Bayliss, Charles, Fanny, Amanda, Siller, and Milly , Daniel & John, and that my said Executor sell my interest in said slave either for cash or upon such credit or credits as he may deem necessary. It is also my will that my said Executor sell at auction all my stock of horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, wagons and gear and all the balance of my personal estate, except what I have herein before divided to my said wife, Said property last aforesaid to be sold upon such credit as my said Executor, shall deem best.
I also wish my said Executor to rent out my said land until he shall deem it necessary to sell the same, in case it shall not be sold immediately after my death, and I also wish that he, my said Executor to appropriate the money, arising from the sale of my real and personal Estate, before named in discharge of my just debt in the manner he shall think best and most consistent with the interest of my Estate, and that he retain the said money in his hands until all my just debits are paid and all the suits at law and in chancery concerning my Estate are divided and all matters there of entirely settled, and after all my said debts are paid and law suits settled as aforesaid, I wish the money or such part of it as may be left to be appropriated first to the education of my small children until they have received a knowledge of reading & writing and arithmetic as far as the rule of three and the balance to be divided equally amongst all my children, Towit, JEFE (JOSEPH) TODD, JOHN L. TODD, JAMES TODD, ALFRED TODD, RUTH TRIMBLE, ELIZABETH BUTCHAR(D~maybe~T?), NATHANIEL TODD, WILLIAM TODD, THOMAS TODD, BENJAMIN TODD and ROBT. (ROBERT) TODD, FRANKLIN TODD, POLLY ANN TODD, SUSAN (TODD), JESSE TODD, and in addition to their equal part I give to my two daughters Polly Ann and Susan Jane Todd each two hundred dollars for their support, education and at the death of my said wife, I wish all the real and personal Estate heretofore devised to her, for her life to be sold by my said Executor to the highest bidder, on such credit as he may deem best, and the proceeds rising from such sale to be equally divided amongst all my children before named after the payment of my debts as aforesaid, if any there should be I do hereby authorize my to bring any suit or prosecute the same as such manner as may be deemed best and for the interest of my Estate by him.
And I do hereby ---------, ------------, and --------- -------- all will or Wills & Testaments heretofore made by me, declaring this to be, my only and last will and
Testament. In Testimony where of I here unto have sit my hand and seal this 12th day of February 1827.
---------------- before signed John Todd
Signed , Sealed, Published, Declared as and for
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