Henderson Co., KY

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Last Will and Testament of Claiborne Collier

Written September 7, 1846
Probated October, 1846
Recorded in Will Bk C, p. 71
Henderson Co., KY

          In the name of God, Amen.  I, Clairborne Collier of the County of Henderson and State of Kentucky, do make and declare this my last will and testament, in manner and form following: First, I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping and believing in a remission of my sin by the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ – and my body I commit to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named, and my worldly estate I give and devise as follows:  1st I desire all my just debts to be paid out of my estate—2nd I do give and bequeath unto my wife Matilda Collier, one Negro man named William and one Negro woman called and known by the name of Eliza, one tract or parcel of land containing 50 acres whereon J. C. Collier now lives and all the other real property and chattels to remain in her hands during her natural life.  3rd I do give and bequeath to my son Theodore Collier 50 acres of land whereon I now live at the dec. of my wife Matilda Collier to have and to hold to his benefit forever; 4th I do give and bequeath my daughter, Obedience Sandefur to be received after the dec. of my wife Matilda Collier one hundred dollars.  5th I do give and bequeath to my son John G. Collier 25 dollars to be received after the dec. of his mother.  6th I do give and bequeath to my son, Joseph R. Collier, one hundred acres of land, whereon Edward H. Biggs now lives—7th I confirm until Edward H. Biggs and wife Amanda L. Biggs 50 acres of land which they now have in possession – 8th I do hereby confirm my son James C. Collier one hundred acres of land whereon he now resides—9th I do give and bequeath to my four children vis: Elizabeth, Lewis, Matilda M. Biggs, Washington F. Collier and Martha C. Collier all the remaining property after the foregoing legacies are paid off the final close of my estate shall be equally divided between them four—10th I do give and bequeath to my son Albert G. Collier one dollar  11th I do give and bequeath to my daughter Malinda D. O’Neal one dollar—lastly I do hereby appoint in my last will and testament, I do also request the county court to bind my wife Matilda in security in her performance and duty.  In witness whereof I hereunto affix my name this September 7th, 1846.

Signed (his X mark)
Claiborne Collier

Signed, sealed published and declared by the said Testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto.

James Jordan
Franklin Brown

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