In the name of God Amen. I James M Tunstall of the Town of Louisville and State of Kentucky being of sound mind and memory yet aware of the uncertain duration of human life do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, firmly relying for salvation upon the manity? of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I desire that my body after death be buried in a decent and Christian like manner, As to the property I may die possessed of, I will and direct that it be disposed of as follows. 1st~ I direct that my funeral expences and all my just debts be paid and that my Executors use all due diligence and take all legal measures to collect the debts that may be due to me. 2nd~ I bequeath to my brother Edmund Tunstall my mare saddle and bridle ~ 3rd~ I bequeath to my brother George William Tunstall my watch. 4th~ I bequeath the residue of any property after my funeral expences and just debts have been paid and the legacies before mentioned have been distributed, to my three sisters Maria S Tunstall, Lucinda Tunstall, and Jane W Tunstall to be equally divided between them. 5th~ I will that should my Sister Maria S Tunstall die having not been married, that portion of my estate which she may have inherited, be equally divided between my Sisters Lucinda Tunstall and Jane W Tunstall~ 6th~ I direct that the part of a lot of ground, number 29, which I own in the town of Jeffersonville, State of Indiana be divided equally between my three sisters above mentioned or rented out for their joint benefit as may seem best to my Executors~ 7th~ I appoint my brother Thomas Tunstall and my friend Brooke Hill Executors to this my last will and testament.as witness my hand and seal this 13th day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventeen. Signed and sealed in presence of John P Tunstall Henry R Tunstall Brooke Hill
James M Tunstall “seal” Surgeon’s Mate USN
State of Kentucky At a County Court held for Jefferson County in the State aforesaid at the Court house in Louisville on the 16th of October 1817. The foregoing last will and testament of James M Tunstall was produced in Court and proved by the oaths of John P Tunstall and Henry R Tunstall two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and so recorded by me in my office as Clerk of said Court. Test Worden Pope Clk.