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B.5.j. William Nesbit {B.5.j}

 
     William T. Nesbit was born about 1791 in Harrison County, Kentucky, as noted in the 1850 federal census records. He married Martha ? (Unknown Last Name) at an unknown date and place, and they lived on land he inherited from his father. Both can be found in the 1860 federal census, but not after that date, so it is quite possible that they passed away between 1860 and 1870, probably in Harrison County, Kentucky.

 

Timeline of William T. Nesbit and Martha ? (Unknown Last Name)

 

1791484 1850 Federal Census Harrison County, Kentucky
Birth of William T. Nesbit in Harrison County, Kentucky
1801484 1860 Federal Census Harrison County, Kentucky
Estimated Birth Date of Martha ? (Unknown Last Name) in Virginia
7 Mar. 1814276 Harrison County, Kentucky, Will Book A, page 244
In the Name of God amen, I Samuel Nisbet of Harrison county & State of Kentucky, being weakly in body but in perfect mind & memory thanks be to God for his mercies & Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make & ordain this my last will & Testament by me made and first of all I do commend my soul to God who Gave it and my body to the Earth from whence it came to be decently buried & as touching my worldly Estate that is has pleased God to bless me with I do dispose of in the following way & manner I do order all my Lawfull Debts to be paid and my funeral charges and as for the balance of my Estate I do dispose of in the following way & manner that is to say to John my son I do Give one hundred & twenty Dollars and to Robert my son I do Give ten Dollars as he had Got his Share before and to Samuel my son I do Give the piece of Land that is laid off to him adjoining Roberts line supposed to be twenty acres more or less and to James my son do Give thirty Dollars as he had Got his share before and to William my son I do Give the plantation whereon I now live with all the plantation, tools & 2 horses and the waggon to be Be---?-- [possibly between] William & Sam and Each of my Daughters now living at home is to have a horse or Mare & for my other three that is Married I do Give ten Dollars to each one & the balance of the Estate I do leave the Sole disposal of to Mary my wife and she is to have a Good Sufficient living on the place and to keep possession of the house and that three un Married Daughters to have their living on the place while un Married and I do leave Mary my wife and William my son Sole Executors of this my Last will & Testament by me made I do revoke all other wills or Testament by me made __ Given under my hand this 7th day of March 1814.
Samuel Nisbet L.S.
Test
W. Moore
A. Moore
Henry C. Moore
1814618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbett
1 male > 21      William (23)
9 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value of land per acre: $14
Total value except stud horses, jackasses and billiard tables: $2820
1815618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (24)
9 horses
240 acres on Gray’s Run (one 180 acre plot/one 50 acre plot)
Original Owner: 180 acres: Samuel Haws 50 acres: Allen & Co.
Value of land per acre: $15
Total value except stud horses, jackasses and billiard tables: $2475
1816618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Samuel Haws
1 male > 21      William (25)
10 horses, mares and mules
Value/acre: $15
Total Value: $3045
1818618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (27)
10 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value/acre: $18
Total Value: $3240
1819618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (28)
9 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Samuel Haws
Value/acre: $25
Total Value: $4950
1821618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (30)
6 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value/acre: $20
Total Value: $4000
1822618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbitt
1 male > 21      William (31)
4 horses
No children between the ages of 4 and 14
170 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value/acre: $20
Total Value: $3600
1823618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Neisbit
1 male > 21      William (32)
4 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value/acre: $20
Total Value: $3800
1824618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (33)
5 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value/acre: $20
Total Value: $3900
1825618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (34)
8 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value/acre: $20
Total Value: $4100
1826618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (35)
1 black > 16
1 total black
7 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value/acre: $18
Total Value: $3920
~1826619 1840 - 1843 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
Birth of Unknown Child in Harrison County, Kentucky
1827618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (36)
1 black
3 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Hawes
Value/acre: $18
Total Value: $3380
1828618 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (37)
6 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Hawes
Value/acre: $15
Total Value: $2900
13 Nov. 1828810 Harrison County, Kentucky, Deed Book 11, pages 106, 107
To all whom it may concern be it known that I Robert Nesbit of Harrison County Kentucky have this day constituted and appointed my brother William Nesbit of same county my agent and attorney in fact for me & in my name to transact all my business of every kind in Kentucky- But to be more particular be known that I have sold the tract of land on which I live to Mr. Wm Novis & have made him a deed therefore and whereas I have also sold to Danl Tibbs a small piece of land of six or eight acres & have executed to him a bond for a conveyance and whereas I am unable to make the Title to S'd Tibbs at this time I also could not make the title complete to Novis for a little upwards of eight acres of the land contained in his deed because Robert Trimble through whom I am to derive the legal Title to s'd two small slips of land has departed this life without having obtained the legal title to the same? from the heirs of Wm Allen dec'd- And whereas I have brought in conČjunction with my brothers Wm & Sam'l Nesbit a suit in chancery in the Bourbon Circuit Court against the heirs of s'd Trimble & Alien to obtain the legal title to said two slips of land & am. about removeing from Kentucky - Now be it known that so soon as said Court may decree a conveyance of said land from Trimble & Aliens heirs & a deed shall be made under s'd decree to me, I then authorize my said agent in my name & on my behalf to convey to s'd Novis said eight acres & upwards by deed with such warranty as is contained in s'd Deed already made him that is with general warranty and also to convey to said Tibbs by deed with such warranty as called for by said bond said six acres or whatever is called for in s'd bond and I do hereby authorise him in my name & on my behalf to do every thing necessary to complying with my contracts as aforesaid & I hereby give as full validity to his s'd acts in this behalf as if done by myself in person In testimony whereof I have hereunto set rny hand & seal the day & year first above written that Is to say this 11th Novem. 1828.
Robert Nesbitt L.S. Harrison County Clerks Office Set.
November 15th 1828
This power of Attorney from Robert Nesbitt to William Nesbit was acknowledged before me in my office by the s'd Robert Nesbit & was ordered to be recorded.
Att E.G. Moore C.H.Co
1829619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (38)
1 black
6 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Hawes
Value/acre: $16
Total Value: $3480
1829484 1850 Federal Census Harrison County, Kentucky
Birth of Henry Nesbit in Harrison County, Kentucky
1830619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (39)
0 children between 5 and 16
1 black > 16
2 total blacks
9 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value/acre: $18
Total Value: $4000
1834619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
Book 1
William Nesbit
1 white male > 21      William (43)
1 black male > 21
2 total blacks
10 horses
9 cattle
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value/acre: $22
Total Value: $5050
1835619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (44)
1 black > 16
2 total blacks
9 horses
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value/acre: $25
Total Value: $5485
1837619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
Book 1
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (46)
1 black > 16
2 total blacks
12 horses
17 cattle
1 town lot
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value/acre: $35
Total Value: $8150
1838619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
Book 1
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (47)
1 black > 16
2 total blacks
8 horses
12 cattle
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Value/acre: $40
Total Value: $5485
1839619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
Book 2
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (48)
2 blacks > 16
3 total blacks
9 horses
15 cattle
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Value/acre: $40
Total Value: $9830
1840619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
Book 2
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (49)
2 blacks > 16
3 total blacks
10 horses
Value of horses: $300
20 cattle
Value of cattle: $150
2 children between the ages of 7 and 17 Henry (11), ?
228 acres on Gray’s Run
Value of Tract: $9120
Total Value: $11,370
1841619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
Book 1
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (50)
1 black > 16
2 total blacks
Value of Slaves: $900
18 horses
Value of horses: $400
14 cattle
Value of cattle: $125
2 children between the ages of 7 and 17 Henry (12), ?
228 acres on Gray’s Run
Value of Tract: $7980
Total Value: $9405
1842619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
Book 1
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (51)
2 blacks > 16
2 total blacks
Value of Slaves: $900
12 horses
Value of horses: $360
14 cattle
Value of cattle: $100
2 children between the ages of 7 and 17 Henry (13), ?
228 acres on Gray’s Run
Value of Tract: $4560
Total Value: $5920
1843619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
Book 1
William Nesbit
1 male > 21      William (52)
2 blacks > 16
2 total blacks
Value of Slaves: $680
7 horses
Value of horses: $175
10 cattle
Value of cattle: $100
1 child between the ages of 5 and 16 Henry (14)
238 acres on Gray’s Run
Value of Tract: $4560
Total Value: $5335
1844619 Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Listings
Book 2
William Nesbit
1 male > 21       William (53)
2 blacks > 16
2 total blacks
Value of Slaves: $800
7 horses
Value of horses: $200
14 cattle
Value of cattle: $50
1 child between the ages of 5 and 16 Henry (15)
180 acres on Gray’s Run
Value of Tract: $5400
Total Value: $6450
1850484

Federal Census Harrison County, Kentucky, page 158
District 2
Dwelling Number: 656
Family Number: 662

Name

Age

Occupation Value of RE

POB

William T. Nesbit 59 Farmer $7200 KY
Martha Nesbit  48     VA
Henry Nesbit  21     KY
1854486 1860 Federal Census Harrison County, Kentucky
Birth of Irine Nesbit in Harrison County, Kentucky
1860486

Federal Census Harrison County, Kentucky
District 2
Dwelling Number: 171
Family Number: 171

Name Age Occupation Value of RE/PE POB
Wm. Nesbet 68 Farmer $9500/$4500 KY
Martha Nesbet  59     VA
Henry Nesbet  31     KY
Irine Nesbet 6     KY

Analysis of the Timeline

 

     The birth place and date for William Nesbit, 1791 in Harrison County, Kentucky, can be ascertained from federal census records, combined with a knowledge of where his parents lived at the time. Census records note that his wife, Martha, was born about 1801 in Virginia, but no additional information has yet been uncovered in regard to her family origins. The date of their marriage is not known with certainty, but it had to have taken place sometime before 1829 when one of their sons, Henry Nesbit, was born. William must have grown up on the family farm along Gray’s Run in Harrison County, and he inherited the old homestead when his father passed away in 1814. At that time he probably became the head of the Nesbitt household containing several of his sisters and probably his mother. In the 1814 tax records, William is shown as owning 180 acres of land on Gray’s Run, which was, indeed, the family homestead, and over the next 30 years William can be traced through county tax records on that parcel of land. He gradually acquired some more property, more horses and some slaves. William and Martha had at least two children, but the information on their lives is quite sketchy. The last known occurrence of William and Martha was the 1860 census, so it is presumed that they passed away sometime after that date.

 

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