Although I've posted this will to this forum in the past, will post it again for newcomers.Here is the text of the will of John Whitsett, husband of Lucy Ramsey Whitsett of Lafayette Co., KY.Evidently Lucy died earlier, but this will explain the relationship of the names mentioned.The name Nancy Bingham of Illinois was Nancy Whitsett, b. 19 Nov. 1807 in Montgomery Co., KY; married 30 April 1825 in Lafayette Co., MO to James R. Bingham; d. 20 Jan 1893 in Lamar, Barton Co., MO.She was the daughter of John and Lucy.Elizabeth Lillard was also John and Lucy's daughter.
The Last Will and Testament of John Whitsett
I, John Whitsett of the County of Lafayette in the State of Missouri do make and publish this, my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say.First it is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.Second it is my will and desire that all my lands be sold should I not live to sell them myself and the money arising from the sales. First, I give and devise to Elizabeth Lillard three-hundred dollars, Second to my son William M. Whitsett, one-hundred dollars.Third I give to my daughter, Margaret Rankin, one hundred dollars.Fourth, I give to my son Samuel T. Whitsett three hundred dollars.Fifth, I give to my son Isaac E. Whitsett seven hundred dollars and it is my will and desire further that the balance of the money be equally divided between all mylegitees and my further will and desire is that the good cause of Religion be made an additional legitee an equal portion with my Lawful heirs my will is that Robert Morrain and Robert Sloan receive the money for H.O. additional legatee and apply it as they in their presbytery may direct. And lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint my son, William M. Whitsett and Robert H. Rankin to be the executors to this, my last will and testament and revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.In testimony whereby I have here unto set my hand and seal this 11th day of August in the year of our Lord, Eighteen hundred and forty-one.
Signed, published and declared by the above named: John Whitsett as and for this last will and testament in presence of us, who at his request have signed as witness to the same. Rufus Hornbuckle John Whitsett James Horn seal Probate of John Whitsett's Will State of Missouri County of Lafayette Be it remembered that on this 11th day of February A.D. 1845 before me, William Spratt, clerk of the Lafayette County court came Rufus Hornbuckle and Amos Horn the individuals whose names are subscribed in the foregoing instrument of writing and being each duly sworn by me to testify as to the execution of said instrument- prove and upon examination before me that John Whitsitt (the testator) executed said instrument of writing as his last will and testament in their presence by subscribing his name thereto and that he was of sound and disposing mind at the time he signed the same and that they as witnesses subscribed their names to each in the presence and at the request of the said testator.
In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of said court at office in Lexington this 11th day of February, A.D. 1845 William Spratt, Clerk
William M. Whitsett's Application of Testamentary
I, William M. Whitsett applicant for letters Testamentary in the estate of John Whitsett, deceased, late of the County of Lafayette, Missouri do make oath and state that the following are the names of and place of residence of the heirs of said deceased to wit--Margaret Rankin of Johnson County, Missouri, John R. Whitsett of same county.Lucy Jennings, William M. Whitsett, Samuel T. Whitsett, Isaac E. Whitsett of Lafayette County and the children of James D. Whitsett, dec of Johnson County.Nancy Bingham of the State of Illinois, & Elizabeth Lillard of Tennessee & the children & heirs of John Meese, des. of Lafayette County.And that I will make a perfect inventory of the estate and faithfully execute the last will of the testator, pay the debts and legacies as far as the assets will extend and the law direct, render just accounts &faithfully perform all things acquired by law touching such executorship William M. Whitsett
Subscribed and sworn to ...court this 3rd day of March 1845 William Spratt, Clerk