Oldham County

Wills & Probate Records


The following Oldham County Wills were graciously contributed by Nathaniel Elliott

1st Oglesby will recorded in Oldham County

Book 1 Page 1 William Oglesby

I, William Oglesby, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say. 1st, I give and bequeath unto my two daughters to wit, Nancy Oglesby and Eliza Oglesby 230 acres of land lying in the County of Shelby and State of Kentucky it being the tract of land whereon I now live, beginning in Eakins old line...as to include my mansion house with other necessary buildings. ... 2nd I give and bequeath unto my three sons to wit Ellis Oglesby, Joshua Oglesby and Joshua Oglesby...3rd...4th I give and bequeath unto my 3 daughters, Lucy Wilcox, Elizabeth Ellis & Patsey Carter and the children of my daughter, Edy Ashby deceased to wit, Lucy, William, Joshua, Moriah, Benjamin...and it is my desire that Landen Ashby shall have nothing to do with any part of my estate which I will to his children...and lastly I do appoint my son Ellis Oglesby and my brother, Jesse Oglesby Executors to this my last will and testament...dated Nov. 26, 1823.

Wit: Stephen H. Maddox & Michael Smyser

Contributor Notes*: there are 7 portions to the Will above- I left out portions regarding negroes, beds, etc.., I also filled in 3rd for third and & for and, etc. If anyone wants a full copy of this will I'll be happy to send them one for a donation to www.familyhistorybynate.com and a S.A.S.E. (donations may also be made through Paypal at that site) Thank you... Nathaniel Elliott nate_elliott@bellsouth.net.


Book 1 Page 34 Columbus Dorsey

I, Columbus Dorsey of Oldham County and State of Kentucky well knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make and publish this as my last will and testament in manner and form following...I give and bequeath to my sister Matilda Dorsey one horse, saddle and bridle...when she arrives at the age of 16...I give to my brother, Reason H. Dorsey my watch, saddle and bridle...I give to my nephew, Samuel Dorsey, my bay colt...and lastly I give to my beloved wife Pamelia Dorsey after all my just debts are paid all of the residue of my estate real and personal of every kind whatsoever forever...dtd 5/10/1825.

Wit: John Williamson, William Logan & Matthew Williams

Probated: 7/18/1825


1st Pemberton Will recorded in Oldham County

Book 1 Page 156 Reuben Pemberton

In the name of God Amen I, Reuben Pemberton of the County of Oldham and Commonwealth of Kentucky being weak in body but of sound disposing mind and memory contemplating the certainty of eath the the uncertainty of the time thereof do make ordain and establish this my last will and testament.  I bequeath my body to the dust from where it came and my soul to God...As all my children are equally near and dear to me I am anxious they should all enjoy equal portion of my property...an account of which I keep in a memorandum book should be considered so much of their part and when added to what they get of my estate...to make their portion equal to any of the rest...I give to my son John Pemberton in his lifetime property amounting to $481.00 including part of a lot in the town of Westport with a house thereon...and in obedience to his dying request sold that and all his other property one third part of which I have paid over to his widow, Margaret Pemberton, the balance, I consider as belonging to his child, Sarah Jane Pemberton...It is my intention that my Grand daughter Sarah JanePemberton receive the same part of my estate that her father would had he lived...in making distribution of my property she is to be considered as one of my children...or arrives to the age of twenty one years...as the administrator of John Pemberton I have charged nothing for my trouble ... I leav to my wife in addition to her thirds the clock for and during her natural life.  I constitute and appoint my son Thomas Pemberton and son in law Reuben Sale executors of this my last will and testament...dtd 7/31/1826.

Wit: Isaac R. Gwathney, John Crum(Crim?), Henry Netherton


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