Bullitt County History

Matthew Wilson's 1855 Will

Links to the division of Wilson's Estate - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Matthew Wilson wrote his will on 25 Apr 1855. Following his death, it was probated and recorded on 17 Mar 1856. In his will, Matthew named his wife, Martha, and his children Upton, Mary V., Emma T., Sarah E. Moreman, John F., and Matthew Emmett Wilson.

A transcription of his will is provided below.

Bullitt County Will Book E, Pages 438-9

In the name of God, Amen. I Matthew Wilson of Bullitt County, Kentucky, being of sound mind and in tolerable health, but knowing it is appointed for all men to die, I wish to make the following devise of my worldly property, viz.

First, I give and bequeath to my son Upton Wilson my farm adjoining the farm of the heirs of B. F. Summers, dec'd, known as the Blank Place, containing about 366 acres, part of it I bought from Emsey Wilson and balance fo the place from the executor of Benjamin Summers, dec'd.

Secondly, I give and bequeath to my daughters Mary V. Wilson and Emma T. Wilson all of the home farm lying west of the contemplated plank road, each of them to get one half of the same.

Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah E. Moreman all east of the old Yenewine Mill road now shut up of the home farm, known as the Grant or Robertson Place.

Fourthly, the one half or middle part of my farm on the north side including house and orchard, I loan to my wife Martha T. Wilson during her lifetime and after her death I devise and bequeath the same to my son Matthew Emmitt Wilson. The other half of middle tract of my farm.

I loan to my wife Martha T. Wilson during her life time one third of my servants, together with all my household and kitchen furniture and two horses, two cows and two ploughs, wagon and buggy in consideration for which she is to raise said Matthew Emmit Wilson; the balance of my servants to be divided among children or such as does not get an equal portion in value of land or money. Also my wife's part of servants after her death to be divided in the same way. It is my wish and desire after my just debts are paid for the balance of my estate to be divided equally among my children Mary V., Upton, Sarah E., John F., Emma T., and Mathew Emmit, except Sarah E. Moreman who has had an advance of about two thousand, one hundred dollars which is to be deducted out of her part. It is my wish and desire taht my executor, sell my house and lot in Shepherdsville and my interest in farm and land in Indiana in Harrison County opposite the mouth of Salt River and I hereby authorize him to do so..

Lastly, I leave my son Upton Wilson my executor and I wish the court to qualify him as such without security. I wish this to be my last will revoking all others. Given under my hand this 25th day of April 1855. (signed) Matthew Wilson

State of Kentucky, Bullitt County, Sct.
I Robert F. Samuels, clerk of the county court for said county do certify that the foregoing last will and testament of Mathew Wilson, dec'd, was this day the 17th of March 1856 produced in court and proven by the oaths of Robert F. Samuels, Rufus K. Summers, Jonathan D. S. Peacock, Lorenzo Hogland and D. L. Brooks to be in the handwriting of said Mathew Wilson, the testator, and ordered to be recorded which is truly done in my office. (signed) R. F. Samuels, clerk by R. H. Lansdale, Deputy Clerk

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