Harrison County, Kentucky, Clerk of Court's Office (Cynthiana, Kentucky). Will Book H, pp. 134-35 & 151-59.
Robert Madison Decd. Will of
The last will and testament of Robert Madison[,] Harrison County State of Kentucky. I Robert Madison of Harrison County and State of Kentucky do make and constitute this as my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills made by me.
1st I desire that at my death my executor shall cause my body to be decently interred in my grave yard at home by the side of my wife and son.
2nd I desire that all debts to me be collected. That all my household and kitchen furniture, stock, farming utensils and personal property be sold on such credit as my executors may think reasonable -- say nine months -- I also will my farm at home & my Goodnight and Hiten land to be sold that being all the land I own & to be sold on three payments one-third in hand and the balance in one and two years. I also will that my slaves named Lewis, Job and Carter[?] be sold to the highest bidder on a reasonable credit.
3rd I have given to my daughter Mary C. Robinson in money and personal property Two hundred and fifty Dollars and now charge her with that sum.
4th I desire that all the proceeds of the sale of my land and Slaves and personal property and debts due to me may be collected and out of their proceeds all my children are with what they have been charged with in this will to be made equal, giving to Sally Ann Mitchels four children which she had by Frank Humphreys the share to which their mother Sally Ann would be entitled and this Share to her Humphreys children to be free from the control or debts of her husband John Mitchel and I will that my executors hold the same above of Sally Anns four Humphreys children in their hands to be kept at interest for them untill they severally marry or arrive twenty one years of age. I also will that the Share of my deceased daughter Elizabeth Frances Gribbon be given to her two daughters Mary Ellen and Matty Gribbon & my executors to keep their share in their hands until Mary Ellen & Matty Gribbon become twenty one years of age or marry. And their shared also to be free from the debts or control of their father Doct. Gribbon and to be kept at interest by my executors for their benefit until they marry or become of age. I make and constitute my son Doct. James P. Madison and my son in law John S. Day executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I here sign my name and affix my seal this 12th October 1858.
Robert Madison [SEAL]
Signed sealed & acknowledged in presence of J. S. Boyd P. Wherritt
State of Kentucky Harrison County Court April Term 1860.
I Perry Wherritt Clerk of the County Court of said county do certify that this will of Robert Madison Dec'd. was produced at the above Term and proven by the oaths of J. S. Boyd and P. Wherritt and established and ordered to be recorded 24th Apl.1860. Which is done this 8th day of Novr. 1860.
P. Wherritt Clk. by D. H. Wherritt D.C.