Abraham Pittinger

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Spencer County Will Book B, p 18
Pittinger; Shaver; Whitaker; Rearer [?]; Stone; Beckham; Jewell [?]

In the name of God Amen.  I Abraham Pittinger of Spencer County and State of Kentucky being weak in body but sound in mind and Judgement and Considering the uncertainty of life do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following Towit:

Item  I want all my just debts paid off the first thing.

Item  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Rebecca Pittinger all my Estate both real and personal for and during her natural life and she is hereby authorized and empowered to sell and convey a title for either Bob or Rupert at a fair price if she shall think proper to do so or to hire either of said Boys out is she prefers to do it.

Item  I give and bequeath to my son William Pittinger one hundred acres of land including the buildings where I and William now live, that he is to have and possess after the death of my wife but not before her death at fifteen dollars per acre.

Item  My will further is that my son William shall have as much more of my land on the east side of big Elk Creek at fifteen dollars per acre as he shall be able to buy forming the one hundred acres above mentioned after the death of my wife.

Item  My will further is that after the death of my wife the balance of my land not otherwise disposed of shall be sold at public same and my Executor or Executors hereinafter named is or are hereby fully authorized to convey said land to the purchaser or purchasers.

Item  my will and desire further is that after the death of my wife my heirs shall either sell or divide my negroes that may then be subject to distribution amongst them as they shall think best.

Item  I give and bequeath, after the death of my wife, that my three grand children namely Elizabeth Shaver formerly Pittinger, Milley and Nancy Pittenger shall have fifty dollars each out of my Estate.

Item  my will and desire further is that I want my children namely Rachel Whitaker formerly Pittinger, William Pittinger, Smith Pittinger the children of Thomas Pittenger and Rebecca Rearer [?] formerly Pittinger and Henry Pittinger, two of the children of John Pittinger Dec’d to receive and equal part of my estate and in order to make a settlement between them ____ of them are chargeable as follows towit:
Rachel Whitaker has received one negro woman    $300.00
Thomas Pittinger has received                                  $1000.00
Smith Pittinger has received                             $700.00
John Pittingers children have received           $300.00

Item  my will further is that the one hundred and fifty dollars that I have left to my three grandchildren, namely Elizabeth Shaver and Milley and Nancy Pittinger shall be taken out of the part of Rebecca Rearer and Nancy Pittinger in their part of my estate.

Item  I hereby ordain constitute and appoint as Executor to this my last will and Testament my son William Pittinger and my friend Edmund Stone with full power and authority to carry this my last will and Testament into full and complete effect.   In Testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal April 27th, 1837

Witnesses  Edmund Stone                 Abraham Pittinger  [seal]
                 Jas W. Beckham
             Wm Jewell [?]

At a County Court held for Spencer County on Monday the 5th day of June 1837 This writing purporting to be the last will and Testament of Abraham Pittinger deceased was proved according to Law by the oath of James W. Beckham and William Jewell [?] witnessed thereto and is ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of William Pittinger and Edmund Stone the Executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with Abraham [Van Dyke ?] and Joseph Huffman their securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of $8000. conditioned as the law directs  Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form.

                                Attest  Ralph Lancaster  CS C C

Transcribed by Patricia O’Connor

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