Will of Thomas Bowles
Bourbon Co., KY, 1823
I Thomas BOWLES son of David BOWLES deceased of Bourbon County and State of Kentucky being at this time in a weak state of health, but of sound mind and disposing memory which I feel thankful to the great disposer of all good taking into mind the mortality of life and that it is allotted to all the human race to die to make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me and do hereby dispose of the property with which it has pleased God in his goodness to bless me with.
That is to say first my Executor hereafter named do pay and discharge all my just debts as well as my funeral expenses.
Secondly I do hereby give and bequest to my loving wife Nancy one bed, bedstead and clothing whichever she may choose to keep one falling leaf table, also the cupboard furniture, also one yearling filley and one milk cow which ever she may choose of the cows. The above articles named to be considered as being the absolute property of my wife aforesaid__as well as the potmettle.
Thirdly it is my will that the balance of my personal property be sold at public sale by my Executor except the negro which to be disposed of in the following manner to wit.
... If my wife should choose to keep house and wants to keep the negro girl MIMA, she is to be allowed to do so as long as she remains a widow
... and it is also my will that my Executor shall take possession of my negro boy BARNABY and hire him out for the best price he can get. The money making for his keep what may be absolutely necessary to be applied to the use of my wife during her life and what may not be __?__ for her purpose to be let __?__to be disposed of as thereafter stated to wit: At the death of my wife or her intermarriage with any other man then the negro and maul even of the money that may be in the hands of my Executor at the death or marriage of the aforesaid is to be equally divided amongst the male heirs of my brother Nelson BOWLES __?__ mays appropriated.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my loving friend Henry PARKER the sum of one hundred dollars.
Fifthly, I do hereby appoint my truly friend Henry PARKER as my Executor to execute this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 16th day of September 1822.
Signed in presence of: Thomas Bowles
Bourbon County Court January Term 1823
This last will and testament of Thomas BOWLES deceased being proved in open court by the oath of Aquilla PARKER and Harkin BRANHAM subscribing witnesses __?__ and sworn to by Henry PARKER the Executor therein named is pursuant to the order of said Court duly recorded in my office.
ATT: Tho R.Smith
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