Letter to Newsletter gives her death as 1848, Bardstown, KY. She was certainly living when in July of 18e8 when her husband's estate was settled.
Rebecca FRYE and Joseph FOREMAN were married about 1785 in Washington County, Pennsylvania.34 Joseph FOREMAN34,64, son of Thomas FOREMAN and Elizabeth DECKER, was born on 10 May 1763 in Hampshire County, Virginia.34 He died in June 1838 at the age of 75 in Nelson County, Kentucky.34
At one point, 1994, Charles Burgess, historian for HFFA, stated that Joseph's parents were Reuben Foreman & Ruth Van Meter. In his corrections to "Twigs", Charles Burgess states that Joseph & Thomas Foreman were born in Hampshire Co VA, the sons of Thomas Foreman & Elizabeth. Elizabeth Foreman married again to Vincent Colvin - from the 1765 Thomas Foreman Inventory/Appraisal.
Mentioned in will of father-in-law as holding Kentucky land in trust during dispute.
Joseph Foreman is named as one of the five men who explored Marion Co MO in 1817. Some of the related Frye, Foreman, Bird, families did settle there in subsequent years, but Joseph remained near Bardstown, KY.
Further, Joseph was a family man, caring for his own children, and upon the death of his son, Thomas, his grandchildren. He mentions them in his will:
Last will and testament of Joseph Foreman. In the name of God, Amen. I, Joseph Foreman of Nelson County, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make this my last will and testament. It is my will that my debts be paid, that my wife Rebecca Foreman shall have and own during her life the farm on which I now live, containing about three hundred acres, more or less, and a Negro woman named Anna and her children, and a Negro man named Tom & Joseph, and she is to have exclusively the household and kitchen furniture, horse saddle and the choice of my horses, that after the death of said wife, it is my will that said plantation shall pass in fee to my son, Joseph Foreman, and it is my wish that after the death of my said wife, the aforesaid Negroes shall be divided amongst my children or their heirs. In case of the death of either, including the children of my late son Thomas and Elizabeth Birkhead, the children of each are to have a portion with my surviving children, and the ? being one of my children is to pass to her children of the marriage to the late Thomas Shadburn, and she, the said Rebecca is excluded because I have made a deed to her for a tract of land worth five thousand dollars or more. It is my will that my sons, William and Joseph shall share in fee simple the tract of land composed of one hundred and fifty acres I purchased from Broadhead, 69 acres purchased from Reasoner, and 100 acres conveyed to me by John Ash. William Foreman owes me thirteen or fourteen hundred dollars, being the balance due me for that part of the land I sold to him on which he now lives. It is my will that sum, so owing, whatever it is, or may be at my death, shall pass and belong to the daughters of my late son Thomas Foreman, and his son, Joseph Foreman, or their heirs at law in case of the death of either, except Emily Foreman, who is to have no part of this money, but to whom I will and bequeath a black woman named Eliza and her three children now living, and all the children she may have. The bequest of said Emily is not to take effect unless she shall relinquish all interest she has to my executors, In that to her portion of money arising from the sale of slaves originating from James Yewell's estate, who were sold by decree of the Nelson Circuit Court, I having bought the same.
This will was proven at the courthouse in Bardstown on July 9, 1838, after Joseph and William posted their bonds and was recorded. The heirs noted at that time were Joseph Foreman, Martin Foreman, James Foreman, Rebecca Crawford, Caroline Lashbrook, Emily Lashbrook, Nancy Lashbrook, her heir, Rebecca Foreman, 9 Negroes $2000.
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