Katherine, this publication has an abstract of the will of Henry Countryman:
Absracts of Wills, 1785-1820, Nelson Co., Kentucky. It was published several years ago by the Nelson County Genealogical Society, PO Box 409, Bardstown, Ky. 40004
I am sending you everything that is in this entry in the book. You could, of course, write the courthouse (County Clerk's office) and ask for a copy of the original. I don't know their procedure for doing this, though, nor their charges. At any rate, here's what's in the book on page 2:
Will Book 1, p. 34. Will of Henry Countryman. Wife Elizabeth. 200 acres of land where I live unpaid for - sell 100 acres, if necessary to clear. Wife Elizabeth to have use of land until Peter is 21 and third of personal property. If Peter dies a minor, then to Isaac or unborn son. If unborn child is a girl, then at 18. Remaining personal [property?] to children. Peter to apprentice to be a blacksmith - Isaac to be a house carpenter. Exec.: John Kennady, Francis Piarpoint. Written 28 July 1786. Witn.: Wm. Baird, Rob Baird, Joseph Barnett. Proved in court 27 Feb. 1797. I would check the probate date. Seems a long while after the will was written, although not impossible. I'm just going by the probate dates in the surrounding wills. Sometimes you can resolve these things by consulting property inventories, but Henry had none. On the other hand, I just looked in my copy of the early deed abstracts and I find three for Henry, the last of which was dated 10 May 1799. He is not actually a party to the deed. It involves land in Bullitt Co. that adjoins his on Wilson Creek. The other two are in 1791 and 1796 and are deeds to him. The first is from Samuel Smith for 182 acres on Wilson Creek and the second from William May for 400 acres on head of Middle Creek of Nolin, adj. Bendict Swope. The price is just five shillings, so it would appear to be just a formality - some kind of closing of a deal. There ought to be something somewhere else giving the real price, but it isn't in the published abstracts of Nelson Co. deeds. Perhaps it's recorded in Hardin Co. - or Bullitt. Bullitt was formed in 1797.
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