I copied a few wills on my last trip to Bourbon County Ky., and am not
familar with the Benjamin BOWLES mentioned in this one. Anyone know what
happened to him?
I David BOWLES of Bourbon County and State of Kentucky being in sound mind
knowing I am to die make my last will and testament.
Item 1st. I will my soul to God who gave it.
Item 2nd. It is my will that all my just debts be paid.
Item 3rd. I will and bequeath all my personal and real estate to my beloved
wife Elizabeth BOWLES during her natural life and at her death to be
equally divided among all my surviving heirs. I have already given my son
Thomas M.BOWLES one hundred sixty dollars, four sheep, one cow and calf,
also one bed and furniture which shall be deducted out of his part of my
estate at the death of my wife. I have given to my daughter Harriet PAYNE
one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, also one saddle worth twenty six
dollars which is to be deducted at the same time and in the same manner as
my son Thomas. And all the rest should they get anything shall be deducted
in like manner and at said time.
Item 4th. It is my will that my executors should have the management of my
negro man Sam, and leave it to them to keep him on the farm or hire him out
or sell him which they think will be the most advantageous to said estate
or benefit to my wife.
Item 5th. It is my wish that my son Benjamin BOWLES should see to and
manage for his mother as they should agree.
Item 6th. It is my will that there should be no sale of my estate until my
wifes death and then for it to be sold and equally divided among all my heirs.
Item 7th. It is my will that Hughes BOWLES and Stephen BOWLES my brothers
should be appointed sole executors to this my last will and testament. In
witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this
October 2nd 1823.
In presence of Abraham MILLER & Robert GREEN.
Will proved in Bourbon County Court November term 1823.