The Will of Job Clifton

Casey County, KY
(1765-70 - 1848)
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Casey County KY Will Book 1, Page 480:

Job Clifton Will:

In the name of God Amen

I Job Clifton of the County of Casey and State of Kentucky being of sound and perfect mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this mortal life. Do make Confirm and Establish this my last will and testament in manner and form as as followeth towit

First I recommand my Body to be buried in a Genteel Christian manner and my funeral Expenses and all my lawful Debts punctually paid by my accountor (?).

I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife Polly my Negro woman named Martha with any increase for and during her natural life and no longer. I also give and bequeath to her the lower part of the tract of land on which I now live Beginning at the lower end of the tract and to extend up to the second Crop Fence above the Branch near the House on the Northside of the House for and during her natural Life.

I give and bequeath to my Daughter Betsy Henson the one half of a tract of land purchased of Thomas Robinson of the upper tract of same tract of land on which Elisha Henson now lives heretofore designated by a Former Division line. Also fifty acres of Woodland ajoining the same on the south side of the creek during her natural life and at her death to descend to her lawful Heirs. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Polly Clifton ten Dollars.

Also the Ballance of my Estate not personal I give and bequeath to my children towit Nehemiah Clifton, Nancy Davenport, Josiah Clifton, John Clifton, Dolly Henson Decd, George Clifton, Job Clifton and William Clifton said Estate to be equally awarded amongst them and it is to be fairly understood the Heirs of Isaiah Clifton Decd to Draw his share. Heirs of Dolly Henson Decd to draw her share, the Heirs of Job Clifton Decd to draw his share, Nancy Davenports Heirs to draw her share. It is my will that my faithful Negro woman Jane Go free at my death to be no longer a bond slave.

I do hereby appoint Robert Carson and John Jones Executors of this my last will and testament revoking all former heretofor by me made.

In witness whereof I hereby unto set my hand and Seal this 31st day of December in the year of Our Lord Eighteen hundred and Forty seven.

Witnesses his
Jonathan Davenport      Job X Clifton {Seal}
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Casey County
at a County Court begun and held for Casey County on the 3rd Monday in September 1848 the forgoing writing pertaining to the last will and testament of Job Clifton Dec'd was produced to the court by the Oath of Jonathan Davenport proved to be the act and Deed of the said Clifton.

And ordered to be Recorded (His Executer in the forgoing side(?) renounced his right to administrater whereupon an administrator with the will ann___ is granted unto Charles P. Tate) and the said writing is duly Recorded in my office
Joel Sweeney

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This transcript typed by J.L. McKenzie, is correct to the best of my knowledge.
Correction 8 Nov, 2015; will signed on 31st of Dec 1847; not 3rd, as previously stated.

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