Lee County Kentucky Wills
(Transcribed by Debi Houser Kendrick)

Will of Jacob HOWNSHELL

I, Jacob HOWNSHELL being of sound and disposing mind but weak of bodily infirmities knowing that uncertainity of life and the certainty of death feel ____ my duty to bestow upon those I deem most worth___ of my bounty the remainder of my worldly goods th___ god in his infinite mercy has seen profient? bless me with while I live.  I do therefore make ordain and establish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking all others.

1st I desire and direct my kind and loving relations and friends to give my body a decent burial in a wooden coffin with a plain stone at the head and foot of my grave so as to ______ mark last resting place.

2nd I direct that my executrix hereafter named pay all my just and legal debts and funeral expenses.

3rd I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Rebecca HOWNSHELL (subject to my just debts and funeral expenses) all my property of every kind and species real personal and mixed either in possession reversion or remainder consisting of all my household and kitchen furniture, beds, bed clothes, dishes and delf wore knives and forks, sppons, cooking utensils, provisions, poultry farming ____sils, horses, hogs and cattle, money notes ?account bonds and debts and all else of a personal of___ personal character that I am possessed of or would be entitled to if living.  I have a judgement in the Lee Circuit Court for cost against S. S? _______ for something over fifty dollars witha bond on E. M. PRYSE for its payment the benefit this judgement and bond and their proceeds are also embodied in the personal bequest.  I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife Rebecca HOWNSHELL the following named real estate one tract of land containing fifty acres more or less embraced in a deed from Owen HAMILTON and wife to me dated November the 25th 1887.

Also the home tract of land on which I have lived fro many years conveyed to my late wife Elizabeth HOWNSHELL by R. B. JAMESON this tract I sold to A. W. HAMILTON trustees for the sum of $1,000 he paid me $100 down on said purchase and bound himself to pay the remainder $900 as soon as I could make litte title there being a suit pending of my self against J. W. SAMS re? to cancel the title of JAMESON to Elizabeth HOWNSHELL and vest same in me I could not comply with the condtions of sale to HAMILTON until this is done said suit is still undecided I desire and direct that this suit be prosecuted by my executrix or HAMILTON as the court may direct to final judgement and all matters adjusted according to the intent of spirit of the contract and justice I give and bequeath to my dear wife Rebecca HOWNSHELL this tract of land or its proceeds under the sale if said is complied with by the said HAMILTON or sustained by the court, but direct that she comply with and carry out said sale as I made it if in her power to do so.

4th  I hereby constitute and appoint my wife Rebecca HOWNSHELL sole executrix of this my last will and testament and she qualify as such with out bond and direct the court to permit her to qualify as herein directed without requiring of her bond.

5th and lastly it is my will and desire that my dear wife carry out all the provisions of this will strictly evade as much as possible all litigations and contentions in settling up my estate be fair and just to all and see tham my grave is kept in a good of preservation during her life this 10th day of November 1888



State of Kentucky
County of Lee
I, C. B. HILL, Clerk of the Lee County Court hereby certify that the foregoing instrument of writing was produced in the Lee County Court on the 21st day of January 1889. and filed and proved by the oaths of John S. MAHAN and O. M. TIREY the two subscribing witnesses therto and allowed and established as the last will and testament of Jacob HOWNSHELL, deceased and as such orderer to be recorded;  Wherupon the same and this certificate have been this day duly recorded in my office as directed by the order of probate.  given under my hand this 16th day of February 1889

C.B. HILL, Clerk

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