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William Appleby

ca. 1742-1807

A copy of his will


In the name of God amen the twenty third day of November, 1807,  I William Appleby of the State of Tennepee 

and Williamson County being in a low state of health, but in perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God 

therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do 

make and ordain this my last will and testament, viz, principally and first of all I give and recommend my 

soul to God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection 

I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has 

pleased God to bless me with in this live, 

I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.  

Item first that all my just and lawful debts be discharged with my funeral expenses.  

Item second:  I give and bequeath to my well beloved and affectionate wife Agnep my best bed and bed clothes 

and all her own apparel, likewise all the cloathing that is bought for her and not made up, one cow and calf, the 

young black mare and choise of the two Warner Saddles.  Item third:  I give and bequeath to my son John 

Appleby one hundred acres of land out of a five hundred acre survey which lies in Livingston County, State of 

Kentucky, to be equal to any said survey.  

Item fourth:  I give and bequeath to my son James Appleby fifty Dollars in Cash, to be paid within two years after 

the virtue of this Will be in force.  Item fifth:  I give and bequeath to my son William Appleby one hundred acres 

of land out of the aforesaid Survey in Kentucky.  Item sixth:  I give and bequeath to my son, David Appleby my 

bay mare and my own saddle and his apparel.  Item seventh:  I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth 

McCurdy three dollars in cash.  

Item eighth:  I give and bequeath to my Daughter Gripy McCurdy three dollars in cash.  

Item ninth:  I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Jean Little three dollars in cash.  

Item tenth:  I give and bequeath to my sons David and Samuel Appleby all the remainder of my part of the 

aforementioned survey of land after taking two hundred acres before mentioned out of it, to be divided equally 

betwixt them or the Executors at their discretion to sell it and divide the price between them.  

Item eleventh.  It is my will and desire that all the remainder of the Estate after what has been mentioned be 

collected both real and personal and to be disposed of to the best advantage for the support and education of 

those of the family that are under age excepting wearing apparel and the household furniture which I allow to 

be at the disposal of my wife Agnep, and my books, I allow to be divided among my children and if there is 

anything after schooling and raising the children to divide it between my wife and her five children.  

I likewise constitute make and ordain my trusty friends, David McCurdy and John Appleby to be my sole 

executors of this my last will and  testament, in witnep whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the day 

and year above written. 

Signed with an "X" (William Appleby) in the presence of us:  John Record  JohnCalvert


Which foregoing recited will and testament was (?) duly proven in open court July sessions 1808 by the oaths of 

John Record and John Calvert. The subscribing witnesses thereto and to be the act of deed of William Appleby 

and the same was ordered to be recorded.  

Whereupon David McCurdy and John Appleby came into court and qualified as executors 

of (?) letters of testamony.




This Will copied as written, by Dorothy Appleby Turner in June 1986

from the record on file at the Courthouse, Franklin,

Williamson County, Tennessee. 

Words written as spelled in Will, such as:  "p" in names equal "s or ss"

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page date:  18 July 2001

revised:  10 September 2003

revised:  08 April 2005