Wilson and Allied Families of Adair Co., KY / Will of Benjamin Wheeler / Transcribed  

Will and Testament of Benjamin Wheeler
Submitted by Vickie Beard Thompson

Probate Records of Madison County, Kentucky SLFHL Film #183267

The Last Will and Testament of Benjamin WHEELER

24 July 1999, received transcription of Will from Sybil E. Pereira

In the name of God Amen.  I Benjamin Wheeler, of Madison county and state of Kentucky being weak in body but of sound mind and memory thanks be to God for these mercies therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowledge that is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will & testament in manner following.

First - It is my will and desire that after the payment of my just and lawful debts the residue of my property both real and personal shall all remain in possession of my wife Hannah Wheeler during her natural life provided however that however in case she become unable to take care of her estate or shall let it go to waste or destruction in that case it is my desire that it shall all be sold except such property as is hereafter otherwise directed and for her to have a free maintenance out of the profits arising from the same.

Second - It is my desire that after the decease of my wife that my negro man George & his mother Grace shall both be set free and that they shall remain in possession of all furniture belonging to their house and that George shall have his horse bridle & saddle and whereas my negro woman Grace is unable to labor for her support that she shall have support out of my estate during her natural life.

Third - It is my will & desire that after the decease of my beloved wife Hannah Wheeler that the remaining estate be sold to the highest bidder and credit of twelve months both the real and personal property and whereas some of my children have received some property  ------------------------------ it is my desire that there portions shall be  --------------------------------------- charges hereafter mentioned in this will and -------- the profits arising from the sale of the estate be equally divided among them and whereas my sons Thomas Wheeler & Benjamin Wheeler are both dead I desire that there children shall receive the part of my estate which belonged to their fathers provided they are living and no dispute may arise among my children concerning the value of what I have given them I here leave a true statement of all as follows to wit my sons William Wheeler, Thomas Wheeler, Benjamin Wheeler, John Wheeler & my daughters Sally Hurt, Millie Stotts, Susanna Saunders, Peggy Lowery have received each of them twenty two pounds apiece my daughter Selah Burton has received eleven pounds my daughter Polly Wilson has received eleven pounds my daughter Nancy -----berry has received nineteen pounds.

Fourth - It is my will & desire that my daughter Selah Burton & my granddaughter Hannah Burton shall have peaceable possession of the house in which they now live in during my wifes life time or so long as they think proper to occupy the same and lastly It is my will & desire that my son Will Wheeler and my son in law Thomas Saunders be executors to this my last will & testament to see the same performed according to the true intent and meaning of the same.

In witness whereof I the said Benjamin Wheeler have hereunto set my hand & seal this 5th day of March in the year of our Lord 1823.

Benjamin Wheeler    -seal-


Abraham Burton
William Salle
Jesse W. Burton

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