Will of Lewis Coffey
Source: LDS Family History Center microfilm #0591542: Wayne County KY Wills 1835 - 1909, pages 112 - 115, Transcribed by Sallee Garner November 3, 1991
Transcriber's note: Punctuation, spelling, and capitalization attempt to follow the original record. [Sic] in brackets indicates that the original word clearly appears as written, though misspelled or otherwise apparently wrong. [illegible] in brackets indicates a wholly illegible word or words, [word?] in brackets indicates a guess on my part as to what the word seems to be.
In the name of God amen I Lewis Coffey of the County of Wayne being sick and weak in boddy [sic] but of sound mind and disposing memory (for which I thank God) and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly Estate as it has pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeath the same in manner following that is to say after the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses
I give my beloved wife Biddy Coffey the the [sic] following slaves (to wit) Aqnes and all her children now with her Sarah and her children and Nancy subject to her own controll [sic], disposal, sale or devise in any such way and manner as may be most agreeable to her own feelings
I give to my beloved wife Biddy Coffey my black man Charles my slave Jane & Bill during her natural life
I give to my beloved wife Biddy Coffey the farm I now live upon and all adjoining lands during her natural life
I give six hundred Dollars out of my Estate to each one of the following named of my children Betsy Rachel Polly James Henderson Shelby Benjamin F. and Thomas to make them equal in amount with what my son E.N.C. Coffey has heretofore received
I give unto the possession of Benjamin F. Coffey my house and lot in the town of Monticello for for the support of my grand daughter Sophronia Coffey only child of J.M. Coffey deceased said Benjamin F. Coffey may lease said house and lot or permit my said grand daughter to occupy the same after five years from this date also rents of sald house & lot is received for the term of five years from this date. After five years said Benjamin F. Coffey may manage and let said house and lot as he may think most suitable to her future interest as no power is herein given my said grand daughter to dispose of said house and lot against the consent of him the said Benjamin F. and at the death of my said grand daughter if without children said house & lot belongs to my heirs--if she shall have issue and they shall due [sic] without children said House and lot shall be vest in my heirs
I give unto the possession of Benjamin F. Coffey after five years three hundred and fifty dollars for the support of my grand Daughter Sophronia Coffey to be paid to her use and [benefit?] at such times and in such maner [sic] as he may think most suitable to her interest
I give unto the possession of Shelby Coffey after five years Eleven Hundred Dollars for the joint support of my grand son and Daughter Lewis Coffey and Mary Coffey the only children of C.L. Coffey deceased to be paid to them equally and severally at such time and in such manner as he may think most suitable to their interest.
I leave in the hands of my executors one horse mare or filly or fifty Dollars to each of my grand children who names [illegible] follow (to wit) Sophronia Coffey Lewis Coffey and Mary Coffey to be delivered or paid to their use and support at such times and in such manner as my executors may think best
My desire is that should my grand Children from any Cause not receive the devise herein made to them in that event said devise shall belong to my heirs
my desire is that if my grand children Lewis and Mary Coffey should dye [sic] without children the devise herein given to them [revest?] and belong to my heirs
The devises and Bequests herein made to my grand Children may be put at interest at the option and will of their said Trustee as such devise or Bequest is not subject to the Control or responsibilities of my grand Children but to be Controled [sic] by their said Trustee
My Black woman Cass is to remain in the possession of my wife during the natural life of my wife should said black woman live as long at the death of my wife to be by my executors taken care of and ample provisions out of my estate by them made for her support whilst she may live provided she may not be able comfortably to support herself
My desire is that after the devises and Bequests herein made are set apart and provided that the remainder of my estate both person [sic] and real to remain in possession of my wife to be disposed of by her as she may think right
My will and desire is that after the death of my wife that all the rest of my estate undisposed of by her both real and personal of whatever nature or kind soever it may be by [my?] executors sold the personal property on such credits as they may think best and the landed estate on a credit of three years from and after the date of said sale and the proceeds when collected and expenses paid equally divided among the following of my children (to wit) Betsy, Rachel, Polly, James, Henderson, Shelby Benjamin F. and Thomas C.
I do hereby constitute and appoint Henderson B.F. Coffey and Shelby Coffey executors of this my last will and testament and the County Court upon their taking the Oath as executors are not required to bind them to security for the execution of this my last will
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 13th Day of April 1850.
Witness Lewis Coffey *seal*
I Lewis Coffey this day publish and declare the following as a Codicil to my will bearing date the 13th Day of April 1850 viz the proceeds of the five years rent of the house and lot mentioned in and Reserved in the 5th item of my said will I desire and direct my son B.F. Coffey to use and apply as he may deem most Condusive [sic] to the interest of my said Grand Daughter Sophronia Coffey named in the 5th item of my said will provided however he the said Benjamin F. may apply out of the proceeds of said five years rent to his own use and benefit (if he sees proper to do so) an amount equal to the expenses which he has and may incur in the suits between James W. Griffin & wife and himself concerning said house and lot.
Witness my hand and seal this 17th day of September 1850 signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of
Witness Lewis Coffey *seal*
State of Kentucky Wayne County [Jct?]
I J.A. Shepperd Deputy Clerk for Wm Simpson Clerk of the Wayne County Court do Certify that the last will and testament of Lewis Coffey was on the 25 Day of Nov 1850 produced in open Court and proven by Oath of William Simpson one of the subscribing witnesses thereunto in his proper person and Jushua Buster the other subscribing witness not being present his had writing was proved by said Simpson to have been done in the presence of the testator which was ordered to be Recorded and is accordingly done
Given under my hand this 29th Day
of August 1853
(J.A. Shepperd [D?]
(Wm Simpson Clk