Will of Vachel Dillingham

Transcription of the will of Vachel DILLINGHAM, Sr. (b. ca. 1736 in Maryland; d. Dec 1802 in Christian Co., KY).

From Christian County, KY, Will Book A, pp. 11-13:

"In the name of God, Amen.

I Vachel Dillingham, Senr, of the State of Kentucky & Christian county, Being much afflicted of body, and reduced to a low State of Health but of sound mind and Memory, Knowing it was Once appointed for all men to Die, I do make this my last Will and Testament. First I Recommend my Soul to God who gave it to me, and my body to the Earth to be Buryed in a Christian like Manner.

Secondly I give and bequeath to my dear and well beloved Wife Hester Dillingham three Negroes Known by the name of Amey, Squire & Puck during her Widowhood & after to be Equally divided between my Sons Wm. Dillingham and Joshua Dillingham and also all my Horses Cattle and hogs for the use of the Family. Also my household and Kitchen Furniture And working tools. And it is my wish and Desire, that my land, where I now live Shoud be sold and out of the Purchase Money, I want one Negro Girl or boy bought for my youngest Daughter Stacy (Babcock) Between six and twelve years old, to her and her heirs forever and not to be sold at all, Also I give and bequeath to my Sons James, Michael, Vachel, William and Joshua a Bond on John Wood for two Negroes and fifty pounds Virginia Currency. And Whoever under-takes to Collect it must be allowed out of the bond for their Trouble. Also I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Hester Dillingham, William & Joshua Dillingham my land on Tradewater and to be divided at their Mother's death equally between them. Also I give and bequeath to my Eldest Daughter, Patience, One cow and Calf. And after all my Just debts is paid, if anything not recollected to be applied, to the use of the family. I hereby appoint my wife Hester Dillingham, James Dillingham and Michael Dillingham My hold & Sole Executors of this and do hereby Disannull all former Wills, and Instruments of this nature. In Witness whereof I have herewith set my own name & fix my seal. This 9th day December 1802 in the presence of us

Isaac Hargis 
Wm. Cozart                      Vachel Dillingham Sr. 
William W Newstman                               Seal
Christian County Court
Feby Term 1803
The Within Will was produced in Court Sworn to by three subscribing Witnesses thereto and Ordered to be Recorded.
Teste                                   John Clark CCC"

Submitted By Diana Matthiesen

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