Madison County, Missouri

Will Book “A”

1822-1855

 

 

 

Jesse Allen

 

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)

 

 

 

Thomas Bombaugh

 

Will Dated:  December 28, 1840

 

Wife, Elender Bombaugh.  Daughter, Rebecca Teal, and grandson William Bombaugh.

 

Exrs:  wife Elender and friend Caleb Cox.

Wit:  Edward Evans, James Arnett and Gilbert Nettleton.

 

Recorded:  January 3, 1855  (145)

 

 

 

 

Robert Buckner

 

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.

Wit:  Frederick T. Overfield, Berry Cantwell and William Tong.

 

Recorded:  September 15, 1834  (38)

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Burdett

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Peter Calaway

 

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. Nifong.

 

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)

 

 

 

 

James Chilton

 

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. Caruthers.

 

Recorded:  December 26, 1829   (25)

 

 

 

 

Peter Clubb

 

Will Dated:  April 21, 1827

 

Wife, Margaret.  Son, Anthony Clubb.  Slaves Stephen and Jane.  Slave, Rachel Born 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)

 

 

 

 

Caleb Cox

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Moses Cox

 

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 Ellis

Wit:  Elijah O’Bannon and Theodore F. Tong

 

Recorded:  July 16, 1833  (33)

 

 

 

 

John Duff

 

Non-Cupative

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Richard Farrar

 

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 Brittin.

Wit:  Caleb Cox, Alex Nifong and M. F. Cox

 

Recorded:  January 13, 1842   (123)

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Frizell

 

Will Dated June 10, 1839

 

Wife Mary Ann Frizell.  Sons:  Salathel, Needham, 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.

 

Wit:  Fred T. Overfield, 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 original will.

 

Wit:  Fred T. Overfield, A. T. Lacy and Samuel Brittin.

 

Recorded:  May 1, 1848    (101)

 

 

 

 

 

Boswell Hutchings

 

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, Virginia.

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Kern

 

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  (83)

 

 

 

 

 

William McMurtrey

 

Will Dated:  July 3, 1839

 

Wife, Sarah, and son, William M. McMurtrey.  Granddaughter, Jane Brown of Arkansas. Mentions slaves.

 

Exrs:  Son William and friend William Tidwell

Wit:  George Campbell and Winston Whitworth

 

Recorded:  November 4, 1890   (55)

 

 

 

 

 

John Mathews

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

Robinson Montgomery

 

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. Overfield

 

Recorded:  March 26, 1842   (68)

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Moore

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Murray

 

Will Dated:  April 2, 1870 (?)

 

Wife, Clarimond, and “offsprings”.

 

Wit:  William R. Tucker and James Miller.

 

Recorded:  April 22, 1837  (53)

 

** Bible record gives: 

 

Edward

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 County

 

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. B. Valley, 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 Noel)

 

Exr:  Thomas Parkin

Wit:  Sam Caruthers and Sam C. Collier

 

Recorded:  December 11, 1852    (133)

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Parkin

 

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 L. Valle.

 

Exrs:  Brother-in-law Simon A. Guignon and wife Rosine

Wit:  August A. Fleming, Peter R. Pratte and Conrad C. Zeigler

 

Recorded:  February 5, 1849   (108)

 

 

 

 

 

James Reed

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Jeremiah Robinson

 

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

 

Sister, 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)

 

 

 

 

James Skaggs

 

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 Winston Whitworth

 

Recorded:  June 17, 1831   (30)

 

 

 

 

 

Hiram Spain

 

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 Elijah Graham

 

Recorded:  September 14, 1836   (51)

 

 

 

 

 

Jonas Spiva

 

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 Bennett

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Stephens

 

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 Smith

Wit:  James M. Callaway and John M. Teal

 

Recorded:  February 3, 1840   (62)

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Tessereau

 

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, Henry Janis.

 

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 earliest wills.

 

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.

 

 

 

Madison County, Missouri - Will Book “A”, 1822-1855

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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