Will of John Coles Payne - Logan County, KY
WILL OF JOHN COLES PAYNE - LOGAN COUNTY, KENTUCKY - APRIL 30, 1860
In the name of God, amen, I John Coles PAYNE now of the County of Logan and State of Kentucky being of sound mind tho feable in body, do make and declare this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all former Wills and Testaments.
Item, in case of a certain contingency occurring in the death of Mary C. Cousten (?) before she reaches age of twenty-one, by her farthers (sic) Will he bequeaths me five thousand dollars should I survive her, should this happen.
Item,I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Dolley P. THOMAS, now of Arkansas one-thousand dollars, requesting her to give five-hundred dollars to her son Benjamin Winston Dudley THOMAS when he becomes of age or his going into business for himself.The remaining five-hundred dollars I give to said Dolley P. THOMAS in full and __ controlled to me both interest and principal at her pleasure.
Item,I give and bequeath to my crazy the beloved daughter Mary C. PAYNE now in the asylum near Hopkinsville, one-thousand dollars in full and __ controlled to me both principal and interest at her discretion, hoping her affection for her own children will induce her to preserve and apply it to her own and their use solely.I give to my wife Clara W. PAYNE the interest on five-hundred dollars and at her death I give and bequeath the said five-hundred dollars to my son James Madison PAYNE, and as proof of my deep affection and grateful sense of his devotion to me, I give to my said son James M.PAYNE one-thousand dollars in addition to the five-hundred already given at his mothers death.
Item, I give and bequeath to each of my nephews James M. TODD and Richard D. Curtts (?) two-hundred and fifty dollars.And I appoint my said son James M. PAYNE administrator of this my Will and require that the respective shares be distributed as soon as Dr. Caustens (?) bequest is received by my administrator from whom no Security shall be exacted.
Signed:Jno. C. PAYNE(Seal)
P. G. H. GOODWIN
Logan County set at a County Court held for Logan County at the Courthouse in Russellville on the 30th of April 1860 the foregoing last Will and Testament of Jno. C. PAYNE,dec'd was produced in open court and proven by the oaths of T. BRIZENDINE & P. G. H. GOODWIN subscribing witnesses thereto to be the act & deed and last Will & Testament of the said Jno. C. PAYNE, dec'd & ordered to be recorded wherefrom the same together with this certificate hath been duly admitted to record in my office.Given under my hand this date above written.
Signed James E. WRIGHT, Clerk
By C. H. CALDWELL, DC
Husband of Dollie is Wesley Thomas (Washington County, AR)
Husband of Louisa is Alson Hunter (Benton County, MO)
Wife of James is Louisa J. Thomas (Franklin County, IL)
Mary is in asylum (Hopkinsville, KY)