“Know all by these presents that I Iverson Ware of the County of Shelby and the State of Kentucky being impress with the Certaintly of Death and the importance of being prepared to dye and having been for some time under Lingering and obstinate Complaint but in the enjoyment exercise of my reasoning powers with a pleasing Hope of a Blessed immortality do make this my last will and Testament viz: 1st it is My will that no sale or appraisement 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 Ware during her natural life or Widowhood in case of her marriage to be divided between my wife and Two children John and Sousanny Ware as the Law directs. 2nd It is [my wish that] my Executors herein mentioned [after]paying off my Just debts and the Expenses of my Burial and that any Money remaining over and above these deeds shall be put to Interest the proceeds of which to be applyed to the schooling of my children and other necessary Expenses of the Family until the Judgement of my Executors it may be necessary to furnish one or both of my children their Lawful proportion of my Cash Capitol Which may be Subject to their control 3rd It is my Will that a lott of Ground at the East End of Shelbyville for which I hold a deed shall be sold for Cash so soon as it will bring a fare price and the money arrising from said sale to be imployed as described in the 2nd Item of this my will. 4th it is my Will that my two friends George Waller and Robert Tyler who are hereby appointed my Executors shall Take possession of all my papers with a view to the Execution of my will herein expressed. In Testimony whereby I have herewith set my hand and seal this 7th day of June 1819.
Elijah X (his Mark) Stouts
Shelby County S ck March County Court 1822
A writing perporting to be the last will and Testament of Iverson Ware decd was produced in Court by George Waller and Robert Tyler the Executors named in the said will whereupon Nicholas Ware and Elijah Stout the two Subcribing Witnesses being duly sworn say that the said writing was signed…….published and declared by the said Iverson Ware as and for his last will and Testament and that they believe he was of sound & disposing mind and memory at the time of signing the same which said will is ordered to be recorded and on motion of said Executors time is given them to qualify.
Att James T Whitaker Ck”
Source: Shelby Co., Ky Will Book 5, page 37
Transcribed by Joan C. Clifford
In the possession of Raymond M. Ware (deceased)