B.5.h. Jane Nesbit {B.5.h.}


     Jane Nesbit was born about 1787 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, and was a very young child when the Nesbit family moved to Fayette County, Virginia on the western side of the Appalachians. A few years later the family moved to nearby Harrison County, Kentucky, where Jane spent the rest of her life. She never married, and passed away in the early spring of 1828.


Timeline of Jane Nesbitt



1810 Federal Census, Harrison County, Kentucky
Birth of Jane Nesbit in Rockbridge County, Virginia, one of three
Un-married daughters in Samuel Nesbitt’s 1814 will


Federal Census, Harrison County, Kentucky
Samuel Nesbit

2 males 16 – 26  
1 male > 45 Samuel
1 female 10 – 16 Rebecca (10 or 12)
2 females 16 – 26 Jane (23), Margaret (22)
1 female > 45 Mary

7 Mar. 1814276

Harrison County, Kentucky, Will Book A, page 244
In the Name of God amen, I Samuel Nisbet of Harrison county & State of Kentucky, being weakly in body but in perfect mind & memory thanks be to God for his mercies & Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make & ordain this my last will & Testament by me made and first of all I do commend my soul to God who Gave it and my body to the Earth from whence it came to be decently buried & as touching my worldly Estate that is has pleased God to bless me with I do dispose of in the following way & manner I do order all my Lawfull Debts to be paid and my funeral charges and as for the balance of my Estate I do dispose of in the following way & manner that is to say to John my son I do Give one hundred & twenty Dollars and to Robert my son I do Give ten Dollars as he had Got his Share before and to Samuel my son I do Give the piece of Land that is laid off to him adjoining Roberts line supposed to be twenty acres more or less and to James my son do Give thirty Dollars as he had Got his share before and to William my son I do Give the plantation whereon I now live with all the plantation, tools & 2 horses and the waggon to be Be---?-- [possibly between] William & Sam and Each of my Daughters now living at home is to have a horse or Mare & for my other three that is Married I do Give ten Dollars to each one & the balance of the Estate I do leave the Sole disposal of to Mary my wife and she is to have a Good Sufficient living on the place and to keep possession of the house and that three un Married Daughters to have their living on the place while un Married and I do leave Mary my wife and William my son Sole Executors of this my Last will & Testament by me made I do revoke all other wills or Testament by me made __ Given under my hand this 7th day of March 1814.
Samuel Nisbet L.S.
W. Moore
A. Moore
Henry C. Moore


Federal Census, Harrison County, Kentucky
South Side of Licking River
William Nisebutt

1 male 26 – 45 William (29)
1 female 26 – 45 Jane Nesbit, (~33)
1 female > 45 Mary (Berry) Nesbit (~72)

6 Sept 1827821

Harrison County, Kentucky Will Book Volumes A, B, page __
In the name of God, Amen, I Jane Nesbitt of Harrison County ad State of Kentucky being in a low State of health buy in perfect mind and memory do make ordain and Constitute this instrument of writing to be my Last will and testament and hereby revoke and -?-- and all other wills I may have made and first of all I will and bequeath my Soul to god who gave it and my body to be buried in Christian like manner and as touching my worldly Estate I will that after my deceased all My debts be paid as Soon as possible the balance of my sd. Estate after my Debts is paid I will to my Sister Margaret Nesbitt to her and her heirs forever to dispose of at pleasure in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed My Seal this 6th day of September 1827.
Alex.r Lewis }
Henry Perkins } Jane (her mark) Nesbitt LS
H. Lewis }
Harrison County
April Court 1828 Sct
This Last Will and Testament of Jane Nesbitt Dec.d was produced in Open Court and proved by the Oath of Alexander Lewis and Hiram Lewis two of the subscribing Witness Thereto and was ordered to be recorded.

Analysis of the Timeline


     There is only a small amount of information available covering the life of Jane Nesbit. She grew up in Harrison County, Kentucky, and can be found in the 1810 federal census, living with her parents. When her father died in 1814, she was mentioned in the will as being one of his unmarried daughters. After his death, Jane remained in the household, now run by her younger brother, William, and was enumerated in his household in the 1820 federal census. She wrote her will in the fall of 1827, passed away the following spring, and specifically mentioned her younger sister, Margaret, in her will.


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