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Morton-Burnett-Bradford Family Wills


BRADFORD FAMILY

Daniel Bradford  (1723 - 1800)
(Son of John Bradford and Mary Kingcart Marr)
Will dated January 16, 1800
Date recorded April 25, 1800
 
John Bradford  (1749 - 1830) 
(Son of Daniel Bradford and Alice Morgan)
Will #1 dated May 19, 1823
Will #2 dated July 5, 1826

 

John Bradford  (1750 - 1842) 
(Son of Benjamin Bradford and Ann Allen)
Dated January 22, 1842
 
Fielding Bradford (1767 - 1851)
(Son of Daniel Bradford and Alice Morgan)
Dated July 16, 1847
John James  (Died 1778 )
(Father of Elizabeth James, wife of John Bradford)
Will dated November 6, 1777
Date recorded May 25, 1778
Thomas Tunstall, Sr. (1739 - May 1788)  
(Father of Rebecca (Tunstall) Bradford (wife of Benjamin James Bradford))
Will dated August 13, 1787
Date recorded May 19, 1788
(Either the father or brother of Rebecca (Tunstall) Bradford (wife of Benjamin James Bradford))   

MORTON FAMILY
 
Elizabeth Hite (Smith) Morton  (1765 - 1810)
(Wife of William Morton)
Inventory and Appraisement dated March 4, 1811
 
              William Morton, Jr.  (1811 - 1833) 
                  (Son of John Hite Morton and Sarah Price)
                  Nuncupative Will* dated August 1833
 

 

DANIEL BRADFORD
Born:  1723 in
Died:  Between January 16 and April 25, 1800  in Fauquier Co., Virginia

Will Book 3, pg. 246

In the name of God, Amen - I, Daniel Bradford, of Hamilton Parish, in the County of Fauquier, being old and infirm of body but of perfect mind and menory, thank to amighty God therefore and calling to mind the mortallity of my body & knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make & ordain to be made this my last will & testament in manner and form following, & first, I recommend my soul to almighty God who gave it, hoping through the merits of christ to receive the same at the general resurrection & inherit everlasting life & as to my worldly goods as it hath pleas'd God to bless me with, I give, devise and dispose of the same as follows -

Item:  I give to my son, John Bradford, two negroes, to-wit:  Miriam & Gabriel.

Item:  I give to my son, William Bradford, the land whereon he now lives, with three negroes, viz:  Limon, Fanney & Joshua.

Item:  I give to my son, Charles Bradford's children, fifty pounds cash to each of them when they arrive to the age of twenty-one years, to be paid them by my Exors.

Item:  I give to my sons, Enoch and Fielding, a tract of land at Kentucky, whereon they now live, it being a pre-emption right purchased of Hogan, to be equally divided between them & what negroes is in their possession.

Item:  I give to my son, Simon Bradford, two hundred & thirty acres of land, beginning [at] a white oak standing on the Horse Pen Run, about one hundred yards above the deep spring and running S 70 degrees E 284 poles to hiccory, standing in Eustace's lie & thence with the same __ 72 W 144 poles to a red oak, thence N 72 W 114 poles to a small hoccory saplin, thence - 2__ W 114 poles to a white oak standing on the said Run, thence down the said Run its several courses to the beginning, with three negroes, to-witn:  Willis, Hannah & Tom; also, a tract of land at Kentucky, it being a warrant purchased of Thomas OBannon, one feather bead [sp] and furniture, with stock & household furniture to the amount of twelve pounds.

Item:  I give to my daughter, Mary Allen, the land I purchased of Austin Bradford, with three negroes now in her possession. 

Item:  I give to my daughter, Violetta Bradford, the land whereon I now live, what lies on the South side of Marr's Run after her mother's death, with three negroes, viz:  John, Sall & Lucy, one feather bead [sp] & furniture, with stock & household furniture to the value of twelve pounds.

Item:  I give to my daughter, Salley Bradford, my land lying on the North side of the Horse Pen Run on which Francis YOUNG now lives, with three negroes, viz:  Wilie, Sucky and Jude, with one riding beast to the value of fifteen pounds and stock and household furniture to the value of twelve pounds.

Item:  I give my daughter, Katy Bradford, the remainder of my land lying between Marr's Run and Horse Pen Run, with three negroes, James, Jamima, & Betty, one riding beast, one feather bead [sp] & furniture with stock & household furniture to the value of twelve pounds, the riding beast to be worth fifteen pounds & that my Excors. have a house built on her land where she may choose, the house to be framed work sixteen feet square, with brick or stone chimney & that it be paid for out of my estate -

All which legacies I give and bequeath to my several _______ and further my will and desire is that my farm in the county of Culpepper be sold by my Exors. & the money arising therefrom discharges my cash legacies & the ballance [sp] to be divided among my children & their representatives and my desire is that the remainder of my estate remain in my wife's hands during her life undisturbed and that I do appoint my beloved wife Executrix & my two sons, William & Simon Bradford, my Exors. of this my last will & testament.  In wit. whereof, &c. revoking all others, &c., dated 16 Jany 1800.


 
 
JOHN BRADFORD
Born:  06 Jun 1749 in Fauquier Co., Virginia
Died:  20 Mar 1830 in Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky

 


 
Will Book I, pg. 400 Fayette County, Kentucky
Will #1

 

I, John Bradford of the Town of Lexington and of Fayette and Commonwealth of Kentucky do on this 19th day of May 1823 commit to writing with my own hand, what my will respecting my estate either real personal or mixed of which I may die seized and possessed, or to which I may had a legal or equitable title:  which will my desire is may be carried into compleat effect by my executors herein after named, or in case of their refusal to act, by such Administrator or administrators as the Court shall appoint.  And.  First my will is that my wife Elizabeth Bradford shall have, possess and enjoy, the house wherein I now live, and all the furniture thereunto belonging or therein used, including all the kitchen furniture, together with the lot and all the buildings, situate thereon.  Also the slaves Jenney, Sidney, George, Ned, and Joe during her natural life.  I also will and ordain, that my executors provide a fund out of which my said wife shall receive Three hundred dollars annually during her
natural life, including what may be raised by the hire of such of the slaves above named, as she may not consider necessary as house servants. 
 
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Story one hundred and sixty acres of land lying on Cane run Fayette County and bounded by the lands of David Logan on the S.E. by the Iron works road on the N.E. and on the N.W. by a line parrallel (sp) to David Logan's N.W. line to her and her heirs forever.
 
Thirdly, my will is that the whole of my estate not herein before bequeathed, be sold by my Executors (or administrators as the case may be) and the money arising from such sale, (together with any money that may be collected from debts that may be due to me, as well as after paying my just debts and providing a fund as aforesaid for raising three hundred dollars annually for the support of my wife) be divided into twenty six equal parts, and distributed as follows.  To the heirs of Benjamin James Bradford six of those parts, (to be equally divided between them).  To James M. Bradford six of those parts, to Dinah A. Hart seven of those parts, to the heirs of Charles Bradford three of those parts, (to be equally divided between them.)  To Fielding Bradford Four of those parts.  Fourthly, my will is that after the death of my wife Elizabeth Bradford so much of my estate as is herein bequeathed to her that shall then remain, shall be sold and the money arising therefrom be divided into six equal parts, and distributed as follows viz. To Daniel Bradford, my eldest son now living one equal part, To the heirs of my son Benjamin J. Bradford one equal part, to my son James M. Bradford one equal part to my Daughter Dinah A. HART one equal part to the heirs of my son Charles Bradford one equal part and to my son Fielding Bradford one equal part; to them and their heirs forever.  And as in my opinion, I have given to my Daughter Margarett Barbee dec'd and her heirs, more than an equal proportion of my estate with my other children, I have herein left her and her heirs out of the list of legatees of my estate remaining at the death of my wife.  Finally, I constitute and appoint my sons Daniel Bradford, James M. Bradford and Fielding my executors, Hereby revoking all former wills be [by] me made, and declaring this my last will and testament signed at the foot of each page with my proper signature.
John Bradford [signature]

Will Book I, pg. 40, Fayette Co., Kentucky

Will #2

I John Bradford of the town of Lexington, County of Fayette and Commonwealth of Kentucky do on this 5th day of July in the year One thousand Eight hundred and Twenty six, commit to writing with my own hand, what my will is respecting my estate, either real, personal or mixed, of which I may died seized and possessed, or to which I may have a legal or equitable title at the time of my death; which will it is my desire may be carried into compleat effect by my executors herein after named; or in case of their failing or refusing to act for the term of six months after my death, by such administrator or administrators as the Court may think proper to appoint.  And, first my will is that my wife Elizabeth Bradford shall have and possess and enjoy, the house wherein I now live, and all the furniture thereunto belonging or therein used, including all my kitchen furniture, together with the lot and all the buildings situate thereon, on which my dwelling house stands.  Also my slaves Jenney, George, Ned and Joe during her natural life.  I also will and ordain that my executors or administrators, (as the case may be) provide a fund of three hundred dollars, per annum to be paid to my said wife during her natural life or so much less than that amount as my estate can produce after paying all my just debts.

 

Secondly, my will is that the whole of my estate both real personal or mixed not already bequeathed to my wife be sold by executors or administrators, as the case may be in such manner as they may think most advantageous, and the money arising from such sale, as well as any other monies that may come into their hands as part of my estate, shall be divided into twenty five equal parts and distributed as follows, viz. To the heirs of Benjamin James Bradford (to be equally between them) five of these parts, To the heirs of Charles Bradford Three of those parts, (to be equally divided between them) To Fielding Bradford Four of those parts, To James M. Bradford six of those parts.

 

Thirdly my will is, that after the death of my wife Elizabeth Bradford, that so much of estate as is herein bequeathed to her and shall them remain shall be sold, and the money arising from such sale be divided into six equal parts and distributed as follows.  To the heirs of Benja. J. Bradford, to be divided equally between them one equal part; To Mary Story One equal part; To Daniel Bradford One equal part; To James M. Bradford one equal part; To Dinah A. Hart One equal part.

Fayette county to wit July Court 1830

The foregoing writings purporting to be last will and testament John Bradford dec.d was produced in open Court and proved by to be wholy[sp] in the hand writing[sp] of the decedant[sp] by James C. Rodes & R. H. Chinn and ordered to be recorded whereupon the same as truly recorded in my office.

att H. Rodes clk


 

JOHN BRADFORD
Born:  Abt 1750 Fauquier Co., Virginia
Died:  1842 in Fauquier Co., Virginia

 


 
Will Book 18, pg. 24 Fauquier Co., Virginia  (Recorded Spetember 27, 1842)
Will Book L, pg. 424 Scott County Court Clerk's Office

I, John Bradford of the county of Fauquier and state of Virginia do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, to-wit;

1st.  I direct that my executor hereinafter named do pay all my just debts and funeral expenses.

2nd.  My will is that my two old servants, to-wit; Lucy and Eve is not to come into a division of my estate in any way whatever, but to remain under the control and management of my son Benjamin R. Bradford for and during their natural life.

3rd.  Whereas I claim to have an interest and undivided share in the estate of my father Benjamin Bradford, late of the State of Kentucky, dec'd., and all such interest in such estate, real, personal or mixed my will is that all such estate, estate real personal and mixed, which may be devised to me by the will of my said father Benjamin Bradford, or which may be devised to me, as a legatee, or distributee of the estate of said Benjamin Bradford, my will is that the whole of such estate, real, personal or mixed, be sold by my executor hereinafter named and for him, my said executor, to account to my estate for the same.

4th.  I will and bequeath to my son Benjamin R. Bradford one fourth part of all my estate not herein and before particular devised and for him the said Benj. R. Bradford and his heirs to have the same forever.

5th.  I will and bequeath to my daughter Sophia A. Bowie one other fourth part of all my estate not herein and not before particularly devised and for her and her heirs to have and to hold and enjoy the same forever.

6th.  I will and bequeath to Corbin B. Page as trustee for Polly Bradford, wife of my son Andrew B. Bradford and the children of the said Polly Bradford one fourth part of my estate not herein and before particular devised and for him the said Corbin B. Page trustee as aforesaid to use the said one fourth part of my estate in any way he may think best for the sole interest and benefit of her the said Polly Bradford and children.

7th.  I will and bequeath to my son Benjamin R. Bradford the remaining fourth part of my estate not herein and before particular devised as trustee for the following uses and purposes and that he the said Benjamin R. Bradford may as he thinks most advisable from time to time use all or any part of the said fourth part of my estate so left in his hands as trustee aforesaid for the use and benefit of my son Daniel A. Bradford and his family, but free and clear of the power and control of the said Daniel A. Bradford in any way whatever.

Lastly.  I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Benjamin R. Bradford executor of this my last will and testament by me made and having the utmost confidence in my said son Benjamin R. Bradford do authorize and direct the court taking probate of this my last will and testament will only require my said executor herein and before named to give his bond in the usual form but without any security.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 22nd day of January 1842.

 John Bradford (SEAL)

Signed sealed and acknowledged as the last
will and testament of John Bradford and he
desired us to witness the same as such.
A. W. Rogers
Thomas Short
Elisha Rowles.

Said will was probated Nov. 28th 1842 by County Court, Fauquier Co., Va. and a copy of same recorded in the Scott County Court Clerk's Office, October 3rd 1851.


FIELDING BRADFORD
Born:  15 Feb 1767 in Virginia
Died:  November 1851 in Scott Co., Kentucky

Will Book L, pg. 435 Scott County, Kentucky County Clerk's Office

I, Fielding Bradford of the County of Scott and State of Kentucky being of sound disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, to wit:  My will and desire is that fifty acres of my tract of land on which I now live be sold by my executors hereinafter to be named to be taken off of the side next to John S. Gorham land by a line to be run parallel with the line now dividing the land of said Gorham and my land, said fifty acres to be sold at public auction upon such credit(sp) as my executors may think best for the interest of my estate.  My will and desire is that all my slaves and personal estate of every kind and description be sold and whatever may be recovered in the suit now pending in the Scott Circuit Court in which John F. Warren is complainant and Violetta Chambers and others are defendants shall also be sold by my said executors and after my just debts are paid, my will and desire is that the residue of my estate be divided equally between my children now living and the descendants of those who have died as follows.  I give and bequeath to my daughter Violetta Chambers the balance of my tract of land with its appurtenances supposed to contain one hundred acres after the above mentioned fifty acres is taken off and my said daughter Violetta Chambers to be charged with the same at the rate of forty dollars per acre, but if the above mentioned suit between John F. Warren and Violetta Chambers and others should be decided in favor of the defendants and they shall consent that the fifty-five acres thereby recovered by the said Violetta Chambers and others being the same upon which the said Violetta Chambers now lives shall be sold and the proceeds merged into my general estate then and in that case she is to have the one hundred acres on which I now live at forty dollars per acre, but if she should refuse to have the said fifty-five acres sold and the amount treated as above stated then and in that case she is to be charged with the same at the sum of $1320.00 to be raised by the sale of so much of the one hundred acres upon which I now live as will raise that amount, but in case the complainant in said suit shall recover then and in that case the said Violetta Chambers is to have the one hundred acres on which I now live at forty dollar and be also charged with $1320.00 for the land as recovered in addition to which the said Violetta Chambers is to be charged with the sum of $665.90 given her by way of advancements.  My will and desire is that my other children now living and the descendants of those who have died be charged with the respective amounts given them by way of advancements, that is to say the children of my son George Bradford are to be charged with the sum of $1867.50.  My son Simon Bradford by charged with the sum of $2220.00.  My daughter Sophia Hawkins to be charged with the sum of $1688.39 and to the children of my daughter Kitty Barbee to be charged with the sum of $2164.50.  No interest is to be charged on any of the above advancements, and in the final division of my estate the whole of my children are to be made equal, the children of those who have died receiving the amount that would have been coming to the parent if they had lived, and lastly I appoint my friend, Milton Burch, and my daughter Violetta Chambers Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand the 16th day of July 1847.

F. Bradford (SEAL)

Test:
T. H. Bradford
P. L. Cable

 

                    Probated Nov. Term 1851 Scott County Court.
                                         [Nov. 11th 1851]

JOHN JAMES
Born:  Unknown
Died:  1778 in Hamilton Parish, Fauquier County, Virginia

Will Book 1, pg. 332 - 1759-1783 Hamilton Parish, Fauquier Co., Virginia
Abstract

"Being sick and weak in body."  To son, Thomas James, all that tract of land lying on the eastermost side of Spring Branch, which land came by his mother, as this is a small quantity of acres of land which came by her on the other side of Spring branch, I give to son Thomas in lieu of other land.  His mother's land was 500 acres as a whole.  Son Thomas not to possess the land until decease of mother.  To son, Benjamin, plantation where I now live, after decease of mother.  To son, James, a tract of land and slaves.  To daughter, Susannah James, a horse and bridle, personalty.  To granddaughter, Hannah Finnie, bed & furniture, cow & calf.  To grandson, Benjamin James, horse and bridle, further, etc.  To wife, Dinah James, residue of estate during widowhood, all land not bequeathed to children.  Daughters:  Sarah Hitt, Ann Tullis, Hannah Humes, Elizabeth Bradford, Mary Conway, Dinah Thompson, Susannah James.  Exrs:  wife and sons, Thomas, Benjamin, John James.  Wit:  William Grant, John Kerr, Jonathan [?], Markham, Marmaduke Brown.


THOMAS TUNSTALL, SR.
Born:  Unknown
Died:  May 1788 in Pittsylvania Co., Virginia

Will Book 11, pg. 168

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN, I Thomas Tunstall of Pittsylvania County being infirm in Health of Body but of sound mind and memory do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.

First:  I give to my Daughter Rebecca and her heirs for ever one Negro Girl named Delphia and her future increase  I will and desire that the Land whereon I now live may be sold by my Exors., as also a Tract of Land in Halifax on Terrible Creek which W. John PHELPS is to make a Title for and after paying my Son Edmund one hundred pounds and my Son John Seventy five pounds to make them equal to my Son William and my daughter Rebecca to whom I have given a Negro each and my Lawful debts the Ballance [sp] I desire may be divided among my Children Edmund, William, John and Rebecca together with my Slaves and other Estate.  I appoint Col. John MARKHAM and my Son Thomas Exors. of this my last Will and Testament wholly written with my own hand and Signd and Seald. this thirtieth day of August one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.

T. Tunstall, L. S.

At a Court held by Pittsylvania County the 19th day of May 1788.

The within last Will and testament of Thomas Tunstall Denr. deceased was exhibited into Court by John Markham one of the Executors therein named and proved agreeable to Law and Ordered to be recorded and on the Motion of said Executor who made Oath according to Law Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form of Law on giving Security.  Whereupon he together with William Todd and Joshua Stone his Securities entered into Bond as the Law directs and acknowledged the same.  And leave is reserved the other Executor therein named to join in the probate when he should think fit.

Teste:
Will Tunstall C P C
A COPY, TESTE:
      E. E. Friend, CLERK. 
STATE OF VIRGINIA
COUNTY OF PITTSYLVANIA, to-with:

I, E. E. Friend, Clerk of the Circuit Court for the County of Pittsylvania, in the State of Virginia, the same being a Court of Record, do hereby certify that the ofregoing is a true copy of the last will and testament of T. Tunstall, deceased, and order of qualification of ---------


 

THOMAS TUNSTALL, JR.
Born:
Died:  1810 in Franklin Co., Kentucky

 

     In the name of God amen I Thomas Tunstall of the County of Franklin and State of Kentucky do ordain, constitute and appoint my friend Thomas Todd of the County of Woodford and State aforesaid Executor and my wife Milly Tunstall Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

Imprimis  I direct that my said Executor and Executrix will first pay all my just debts and I hereby give all my Estate both real and personal to my wife Milly Tunstall foresaid to be by her _____ in manner and form as she may think proper allowing my son Henry Tunstall an annuity of fifty dollars during her lifetime payable out of my said Estate.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine. 

Signed sealed and
acknowledged in presence of
Richd W. Todd
James A. Tunstall
Tunstall Cox
Thomas Tunstall   [Seal]

_____ Court held for the County of Franklin at the Court house in the Town of Frankfort on Monday the 18th day of June 1810.

     An Instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and Testament of Thomas Tunstall deceased was produced in Court by Thomas Todd one of the Executors __________________ of Tunstall Cox and Richard W. Todd one of the _______________ and ordered to be recorded.

Daniel Wright C.F.C.


 
Born:  1765 in Berryville, Frederick Co., Virginia
Died:  August 1810 in Logan Co., Kentucky
 
(Wife of William Morton)
(Daughter of Charles Marshall Smith and Rebecca Hite)
 

We the under Signed being first sworn do appraise the Estate of Elizabeth H. Morton dec'd as follows

House hold & Kitchen furniture                         $438 --
Plantation utensials - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -    16 --
Horses Cattle Hogs - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -   315 --
136 Old Waggon Iron - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -    17 --
132 Blls corn per Barrel    $1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 132 --
72 Blls Oats @ Bus - - - - -  17 cents - - - - - - - -   12 --
2954 Pork @ 14/6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  66.47
                                                                     $996.47
Wm Bell
Geo W. Hopkins
William Haden Sr.
Logan County
March Four 1811

The within Inventory of the appraisement of the estate of Elizabeth H. Morton Dec'd was this day returned into Court and ordered to be recorded.

Teste Arun Morehead


A List of Sales

of the Estate of Elizabeth H. Morton dec'd as follows.  To wit, 9th & 10th November 1810.

      $     Cts.

To Gabriel Lewis ..... 1 ... Candle stand                    3     25
" James Hadden 6 Silver Tablespoons
and sundry articles of bed furniture                          49   
" Anthony Wills .. 2 Plows -------------                 7    81/3
" William R. Morton 5 Silver tea spoons,
sugar tongs Bed furniture & sundry other articles - 39   25
Keturah Morton 1 feather Bed 1 needle

 

WILLIAM MORTON
Born:  1811 in Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky
Died:  28 Aug 1833 in Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky

(Son of John Hite Morton and Sarah Price)


The Nuncupative will* of William MORTON, Jr.  The undersigned state on oath that William MORTON, Jr. made the following nuncupative will in their presence during his last illness and at the place of his residence to wit at the house of W. R. MORTON in Fayette county with whom he lived.  They further state that William MORTON, Jr. departed this life on the 28th day of August 1833.  And that the will so made by him was made a few days before his death and that he called upon the undersigned to bear witness to it.  He wished and willed that the whole of his estate of every kind whether in possession or not should go to & belong to his wife Louisa MORTON.  He further wished that his brother John P. MORTON should take charge of his effects & accounts & settle up his unsettled business.

Elizabeth H. MORTON
Gabl. J. MORTON

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