Note: Information supplied by Raymond Martin Ware; from his family history files.
The following is taken from the last will and testament of Iverson Ware as recorded in Shelby County, Kentucky, Wills, 1820-1822, Book 5, Page .317.
Every effort is made to put the text down exactly as written.
Know all men by these presents that Iverson Ware of the County of Shelby and the state of Kentucky being in proper mind the certainty of death and the importance of being prepared to dye and having been for some time under a lingering and obsinate complaint but in the enjoyment of exercise of my reasoning powers with a pleasing Hope of a Blessed immortallity as make this my last will and Testament viz. 1st it is my will that no sale or appraisment of my personal property or of the tract of land on which I now live shall take place but to remain in the possession and subject to the entire controll of my wife Ann now and during her natural life and widowhood and in case of her marriage to be divided between my wife and Two children John and (L or S) ousanny Ware as the Law awarts 2nd It is my executors herein after mentioned payoff my just debts and the expense of my burial and that any money remaining over and above these debts shall be put to interest the procuts of which to be applyed to the schooling of my children and other necessary expenses of the family until in the judgement of my executor it may be necessary to furnish one or more of my children their lawful portion of my cash capital which be subject to their control 3rd It is my will that a cut of ground at the East end of Shelbyville for which I hold a deed and shall be sold for cash as soon as it will bring a fair price and the money arriving from said sale to be imployed as described in the 2nd of this my will 4th it is my will that my two friends George Waller and Robert Tyler who are here by appointed my executors shall take possession of all my papers with a view to the execution of my will herein exporisse I in Testamony my wheras I have here unto set my hand and seal the 17th day of June 1819
Elijah (X) Stouts mark
Shelby County Clerk March Court 1822
A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of I Ware and was presented in court by George Waller and Robert Tyler the executor named in said will whereupon Nicholas Ware and Elijah Stout the two subscribing witnesses being duly sworn say that the said writing was signed—published and delivered by the said I was and for his last will and testament and that they believe he was sound and disposing mind and memory at the time of doing the same which said will is ordered to be recorded on motion of said executors time is given them to qualify