Will Book “A”
Will Dated: May 17, 1834
Wife, Mary Allen…Children: William J., Burdette O. (son), Thomas C.,
Christopher C., John, Elizabeth and Susan. “My father in Kentucky”.
Slaves, Smith and Isabella. Also mentions John Burdett of
Madison County, Missouri.
Exrs: Wife Mary and friend Caleb Cox.
Wit: Belfield J. Porter and Arthur McFarland
Recorded: October 30, 1834 (44)
Will Dated: December 28, 1840
Wife, Elender Bombaugh. Daughter, Rebecca Teal, and grandson William
Exrs: wife Elender and friend Caleb Cox.
Wit: Edward Evans, James Arnett and Gilbert
Recorded: January 3, 1855 (145)
Will Dated: September 2, 1834
Wife, Eliza. Sons,
Aylette and Richard Buckner. “Sell my property in Daviess County, Kentucky.” Slaves, Joseph and Allen.
Exr: Robert M. Frier.
T. Overfield, Berry
Cantwell and William Tong.
Recorded: September 15, 1834 (38)
Will Dated: January 25, 1844
Widow of John Burdettl Son, Christopher C.; daughter, Melvina
Gosney, and son-in-law, Dr. James H. Gosney.
Grandsons, John F. Gosney and
Yelverton O’Bannon. Children of deceased
daughter, Susanna Callaway. Daughter, Mary McDowell. “A girl I have reared frominfancy”. Mentions slaves.
Exr: Son-in-law, Dr. James H. Gosney.
Wit: William M. Newberry and Fred T. Overfield.
Recorded: October 27, 1849 (113)
Will Dated: January 2, 1834
Wife, Susan. Children:
Powell Callaway, John B., Thomas Price Calaway, Amanda Malvina (wife of
Wm. Cantwell) and Polly A. Calaway.
Exrs: Abraham Britten and Caleb Cox.
Wit: Richard Britton, John McDowell and Geo.
Recorded: February 8, 1834 (36)
Mrs. Mary Campbell
Will Dated: August 23, 1843
Widow of Moses Campbell. Mentions her deceased father, George Dooley, Bedford County, Virginia. Daughters:
Mary Bagnell and Jane Burdett (Mrs.
Chris C. Burdett). Son William B.
Campbell; son George W. Campbell, and Mary Ann; son Jams D. Campbell, Mrs. Mary Campbell, and
Cidney. Brother, William Dooley of Virginia.
Exr: Son-in-law, Isaac Bagnell.
Wit: William M. Newberry and Edward Evans.
Recorded: October 11, 1843 (94)
Will Dated: July 22, 1829
Wife, Nancy and children (not
named). Slaves Reuben and Rachel.
Exrs: Sons Frances Chilton of Mt. Pleasant, Missouri,
Jess Chilton, near Kansas City,
and Raleigh Chilton.
Wit: James Williams, George Nifong and David E.
Recorded: December 26, 1829 (25)
Will Dated: April 21, 1827
Wife, Margaret. Son, Anthony Clubb. Slaves Stephen and Jane. Slave,
1780, Union County,
South Carolina, owned by Wm. Lockhart. Sold to me by Ephraim Perkins of Lincoln County, North
Carolina September 29, 1798. Also mentions land in Union County, South Carolina
where John Wilchel lives.
Wit: E. R. Conrad, William Clubb and Samuel Pow.
Recorded: June 4, 1827 (8)
Ann F. Cooper
Will Dated: June 1843
Sons, William, Lloyd, George, and
younger sons, Isom and Henry Cooper.
Children of Henry and Elizabeth Cooper.
Dr. Derastus Peck and wife Ellen
(relationship not given).
Exr: Dr. Peck
Wit: Hiram N. Tong
Will “told to Susan Bartlett”.
Recorded: July 19, 1853 (189)
Will Dated: March 12, 1852
Wife, Louise C. Cox. “All my children” (no names).
Trustees: Henry A. Cox, J. Barton Cox, Samuel Caruthers
and Samuel Collier
Wit: Louis Tucker and S. A. Guignon
Recorded: December 10, 1852 (130)
Will Dated: April 26, 1833
Wife, Ellen. Daughter, Eliza Ellen Ellis, and son-in-law,
William Ellis. Infant daughter, Ann Cox.
Exrs: Brother Caleb Cox and son-in-law William
Wit: Elijah O’Bannon and Theodore F. Tong
Recorded: July 16, 1833
Will Dated August 10, 1824
Died August 12, 1824. Wife, Elizabeth. Children – no names.
Wit: William Borin and wife, Ruth Boren
Recorded: September 9, 1824 (6)
Will Dated: March 12, 1824
Mother, Fanny Farrar. Nephews, Clement Farrar and Richard Allen
Martin. Sisters, Sally Martin. Slaves: Big and Old Ned, Stanford, Polly, Lettle Ned,
Kitty, Phillis, Sampson and Jane.
Wit: Nathaniel Cook and Geo. Capehart
Recorded: March 31, 1824 (4)
Robert M. Frier
Will Dated: June 4, 1849
Wife, Elizabeth. Son, Erastus R. Frier, and daughters,
Gabrelia and Caroline Lindsay.
Son-in-laws, William M. Newberry and James Lindsay. “Land I purchased from Robert Buckner, Nat.
Cook and Joseph Moore west of St.
Francois River 1 mile from Fredericktown”. Slaves Sharlot, Eliza, Dick, Isaac and Edmond.
Exrs: Son Erastus R. Frier and friend Richard
Wit: Caleb Cox, Alex Nifong and M. F. Cox
Recorded: January 13, 1842 (123)
Will Dated June 10, 1839
Wife Mary Ann Frizell. Sons:
Jason and Thomas. Daughters: Clara, wife of Urian Johnson; Maria, wife Of Thomas Nana Moore: Marilla wife of John Clugg; Loues, wife of
Benj. Cato; Jemima Frizell and Nancy Frizell.
Jeremiah Spencer and Napoleon B. Allen.
Recorded: February 8, 1845.
Codicil Dated: December 3, 1843. Names sons:
Salathel, John J., Jefferson, Needham,
Jason, Thomas and Jeremiah Frizell. Other heirs the same as in
A. T. Lacy and Samuel Brittin.
Recorded: May 1, 1848
Will written in Dinwiddie County, Virginia,
February 8, 1837.
Son John Hutchings; daughter,
Elizabeth (Hutchings) Green; son Charles Hutchings an dhis wife Agnes, daughter
of Robertson Montgomery; children of deceased
daughter, Mary (Hutchings) Wingo; son Robert Hutchings; grandson Samuel B.
Wingo and Granddaughter Mary H. Wingo. Mentions slaves.
Wit: Allen Thweatt, John W. Fraser and Charles T.
Moody, all of Dinwiddie County,
Recorded: April 7, 1837 (79)
Dr. William Isom
Will Dated: March 15, 1827
Wife, Odillie. Daughter, Marselette, Only child. Brother, Jonathen Isom. Slaves:
Coss, Hannah, Meborah, Bob & Della Golian.
Exr: Theo F. Tong
Wit: I. T.
Spring, G. A. Bird, and Ezekial B. Herrick.
Recorded: July 18, 1827 (13)
Will Dated: May 3, 1843
Written in German
Sons, Jacob, Jr. and John Kern.
Wit: Mos. Goddey, John Warner, Nicholas Adelmann,
and Jacob Weber
Recorded: May 23, 1843
Will Dated: July 3, 1839
Wife, Sarah, and son, William M.
McMurtrey. Granddaughter, Jane Brown of Arkansas. Mentions
Exrs: Son William and friend William Tidwell
Wit: George Campbell and Winston Whitworth
Recorded: November 4, 1890 (55)
Will Dated: November 2, 1839
Wife, Polly. Children:
Nancy, Susan, Rebecca, Ancil. Lamiel, Vanburon, John, Russsell, Nepolen,
Jeremaih, Elizabeth (Sinclear), Sally
(Pettigrew), Any (Mitchell), Adiline Mathews and an unborn child.
Exr: Son John Mathews
Wit: Francis Parks and Henry Kemper.
Recorded: November 6, 1839 (59)
William Mitchell, Sr.
Will Dated: July 24, 1851
Names “my 6 older children”: James, Greenberry, Elijah, Amelia, Wright,
Tabitha and William. Seventh.
Isaac Mitchell. Heirs of son Aquilia
Mitchell. Grandsons, William M. Wright
and John Reaves.
Wit: Robert M. Shannon, Pinkney L. Turner, A. H.
Gibbs and T. P. Hawkins
Recorded: January 21, 1853 (135)
Will Dated: February 23, 1842
Grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth
Hutchings and John Boswell Robinson Hutchings, children of my daughter Agnes K. Montgomery Hutchings,
wife of Charles Hutchings. Granddaughter,
May Elizabeth Montgomery, Daughter of my son Nathan
Montgomery. Grandson, Robertson
Montgomery Slater, son of my daughter Elizabeth (Mrs. Joseph
Slater). Grandchildren, Robertson
Montgomery Stephenson and Rebecca Ann Stephenson, children of daughter
Emily, Mrs. Joseph Montgomery.
Exrs: Son Nathan and son-in-law Charles Hutchings
Wit: Thomas Cooper, Richard Britten and Fred F.
Recorded: March 26, 1842 (68)
Will Dated: September 17, 1822
Wife “Betsy” (Elizabeth ).
Children: Galatin Moore;
Sophronia (Mrs. Markings M. Knight); Joannah, Drusilla, Amanda, Mildred and Joseph Moore.
Wit: Theodore F. Tong and Jeremiah Robinson
Recorded: October 7, 1822 (1)
Will Dated: April 2, 1870 (?)
Wife, Clarimond, and
Wit: William R. Tucker and James Miller.
Recorded: April 22, 1837 (53)
** Bible record gives:
Born: October 10, 1785
Died: April 3, 1837
Married: Clarimand, widow of Robert Grooms.
Children: Elizabeth (Mrs. Jacob Smith; Sarah M. Murray,
Ann (Mrs. Drewry Skaggs); Joanna (Mrs. George Helterbrand); William Isom
Murray, Richard A. Murray, Calvin Murray, Agness Purlisha (Mrs. Leonard Peringer), and Drewry T. Murray. (Also Murry).
Jonathan Owsley (Howsley)
Will Dated: February 14, 1803
Newbourbon Dist., St. Genevieve
Wife, Mary. Niece, Amy Callaway, wife of nephew, John
Callaway. Nephews, Jonathan Byrans of Kentucky; Jonathan Owsley, son of brother
William of Kentucky; John Owsley, son of brother Henry Owsley of Kentucky. Slave, Dorcas. Others mentioned in will: J.
Camille de Lussier, Pere and Daniel Meredith, all of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
Exrs: John Callaway and wife
Wit: Mathew Logan, John Mann and Thomas Ring
Recorded: December 6, 1827, Madison County (18)
John R. Parkin
Will Dated: April 4, 1851
Mentions Charles and Mary Noel,
children of sister Elizabeth
(Parkin) Noel, the widow of Edward G. Noel, decd. Children of brother Joseph Parkin
and wife Emily: Joseph F. Parkin, Eliza
V. Parkin, Aylette (Elliott) Buckner Parkin and Emily Parkin. Brother, Thomas Parkin, and sister (Elizabeth
Exr: Thomas Parkin
Wit: Sam Caruthers and Sam C. Collier
Recorded: December 11, 1852 (133)
Will Dated: July 20, 1843
Wife, Emily M. Parkin. Three children by first wife: Elizabeth, John R. and Mary Ann. Brother, Thomas Parkin,
A partner. Mentions slaves Charles and Jane.
Exrs: Thomas Parkin, Alfred T. Lacey and John Hill
Wit: John Evans and George Walton
Recorded: December 5, 1844 (97)
Evariste F. Pratte
Will Dated: February 12, 1849
Wife, Rosine Pratte. Our adopted daughter, Louise, wife of Francis
Exrs: Brother-in-law Simon A. Guignon and wife
Wit: August A. Fleming, Peter R. Pratte and Conrad
Recorded: February 5, 1849 (108)
Will Dated: October 18, 1851
Wife, Nancy Reed. Grandchildren, the unknown heirs of Elizabeth
Henderick. Son Daniel L. Reed. Grandchildren, Elizabeth Jane Fitzgerald (formerly Eliz. J. Tucker), and
James R. Tucker. Heirs of William
Stamp. Daughter Zelah Tucker
And James Tucker. Jessy Pollard and wife. Mentions property adjoining William Mitchell,
Sr. Son Bartey H. Reed (“who was born to Nancy Barry and
me before our marriage”) Son James M.
Reed and daughter, Missouri Reed. Mentions eight slaves.
Exrs: Wife, Nancy, and friend, Herbert A. Gibs.
Attorneys: Hiram N. Tong, Robert Sloss, and Edward Evans
Wit: John Farr and William Graham
Recorded: October 20, 1851 (116)
Will Dated: August 28, 1833
Wife, Drucilla Robinson. Mentions, - heirs of deceased daughter,
Elizabeth Terry; son, John L. Robinson; daughter, Drucilla Tong, Milly Hedspeth,
Margery Griffs; children of deceased daughter, Joana Hedspeth; daughter, Emily Campbell; daughter, Hethy Holbert,
and daughter, Harriet Robinson. Names
six slaves: Nancy, Jefferson,
Charles, Mary, Nicey and Rosetta.
Exrs and Wit: Joseph Bennett and John Perringer
Recorded: September 1, 1836 (47)
Samuel A. M. Shipp
Will Dated: March 8, 1843
Frances A. Shipp, living
with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Thurmann, of Kentucky. Nephew,
Christopher Blackburn Of Boone County, Kentucky. Friends:
Samuel Tupmann, son of Thomas G.Tuppman; Dr. William C. Morris,
His son Charles and wife; Mr. and
Mrs. George Carlisle of Cincinnatti Ohio; John ford of St.
Louis, Missouri, and Charles S. Drake. Partner, Horace Woodbridge; and employees
Albert B. Coren and Joseph Shaw. Also mentions
Mrs. Bissell, wife of Captain
Lewis Bissell; Dr. Joseph J. Clark; and
Mrs. Ward and daughter, “where I formerly boarded”.
Exrs: Louis Bissell and John Ford
Wit: David Bassett and Samuel Hager
Recorded: April 7, 1843 (87)
Will Dated: April 9, 1831
Wife, Anna Skaggs. Four sons:
Joel, Drewry T., William M. and Samnuel H. Skaggs. “Lawful heirs”, not named. Mentions property in Green County, Kentucky,
and in Madison County, Missouri.
Wit: Benjamin Helterbrand, Wyatt Williams and
Recorded: June 17, 1831 (30)
Will Dated: September 2, 1835
Wife, Nancy Spain. Children:
William, Martial (son), Madison, John, Blazley (son), Malinda, Lydia
Ann, and Nancy.
Wit: William W. Settle, Carter T. Graham and
Recorded: September 14, 1836 (51)
Will Dated: February 7, 1829
Wife, Bethany Spiva. Children:
Nancy, Kizah Hicks, Elizabeth, Sary, Mary Curey, William; Elisha, Hannah Martin, Rhody Moor,
Cynthia Bridget, Sally Martin, James, Dory Johnson, and Nancy Fleury.
Wit: John Perringer, William Campbell and Joseph
Recorded: November 13, 1828 (22)
Joseph Marie Beuvais Ste. Gemme
Will Dated: January 28, 1852
Names the following: nieve, Dulemme Ste. Gemme; Mry Mathews
daughter of John and Mary Pelagie Mathews; Heirs of nephew, Lassondrais Ste.
Gemme; heirs of Clement Dechmendy and Edward Dechmendy; nephew August Ste. Gemme, Jr. (son of
Auguste Ste. Gemme, Sr., of Ste. Genevieve,
Missouri; niece Clotilda Ste.
Gemme (daughter of brother John B. Ste.
Gemme); Carmellite Guignon (wife of S. A. Guignon).
Exr: Brother, Auguste Ste. Gemme
Wit: Charles Gregoire, S. A. Guignon, David M. Fox
Recorded: February 12, 1852 (126)
Will Dated: July 14, 1835
Wife, Elizabeth Stephens. Children:
Warren, William, Jackey B. (deceased), Polly, the wife of Samuel Weir;
Gabriel J.; Macolin, the wife of George
Weir; Ann W., the wife of Zenas Smith; Jacob; George; Thomas; Letitia the wife
of Eli Ward; and Young Finas
Stephens. “The plantation where I now
live.” Slaves Hannah and Jim.
Exrs: Wife, Elizabeth and friend (son-in-law) Zenas
Wit: James M. Callaway and John M. Teal
Recorded: February 3, 1840 (62)
Will Dated: May 20, 1854
Wife, Magdolene Tessereau. Sons, Lewis J./ Joseph, Vital, and Francie
Tessereau. Daughters, Mary (Mrs.
Lassondias Ste. Gemme) and
Marcelite (Mrs. Henry Huck). Friend,
Wit: David M. Fox and Henry Janis
Exrs: Wife Magdoline
Recorded: July 27, 1854 (142)
The original will book “A” has
become so fragile, with the binding loose and the pages crumbling away, the the
Probate Clerk removed it from the
shelves, and put it away for safe keeping. The probate office is using an
abstracted copy prepared by the Madison County Historian when referring to the
The following records are made
from those abstracts.
Only a small percentage of early
residents left wills, most of them dying intestate, but no early book of
administrations could be found.
County, Missouri - Will Book “A”, 1822-1855