MOSES HELM’S WILL
In the name of God Amen, I Moses Helm, of the County of Butler and State of Kentucky, being weak in body but sound in mind, and calling to mind my mortality knowing I have to die, do make this my last and only Will and Testament, to wit:
First: I request my body to be buried in a decent Christian like manner. As to what property I possess after my just debts being paid I wish disposed of in the following manner. My wife Nancy Helm is to remain in possession of my entire plantation during her natural life. I also give her the following slaves- Creed – Sam – Cook and her children during her natural life. Also as many of the stock of every kind as she may wish to keep together with the wagon the young yoke of oxen – three work beasts and one colt with as many gear and tools of every kind as will be necessary for her to carry on the farm. As much provision provender and as will be necessary for the use of the family the ensuing year.
I have given my son James W. Helm $300 with interest from the time he was 21 years old, up to the time received it. Also gave my son John B. Helm $300 with interest as above. And to my daughter Sarah E. Porter, I gave $300 about the time she was 21 years old. I now leave to my daughter Polly Ann Helm a woman slave Martha and her two youngest children, which I consider will make $300 and interest on the same from the time she was 21 to this time.
I leave my daughter Martha Jane Helm a black girl Hannah, at fair valuation and money to make $300 and interest on same from the time she was 21 to this time. I give to my son David O. Helm a black boy, Prince, at fair valuation to make him $300 being now about 21 years of age.
My youngest son Robert Helm, I wish to have $300 that will arise from the sale of my personal estate to make him equal with the rest of my children. And as I have given James – John and Sarah, horses, I wish Polly and Martha Jane, each to have one and Owen to have one of the colts that will do to break shortly.
My personal estate to be sold and the balance of my slaves, not disposes of above, I wish to have valued fairly and then equally divided between all my children, except Robert. And should there be a surplus arising from the sale of personal property after paying debts, and $300 to Robert as above, to be divided in like manner, then Robert’s portion to make him equal with the rest, is to come out of his mother’s portion at her death but should he not receive his portion at 21 years of age, he is to have interest on it till he does. After Robert’s portion of his mother’s part then at her death the land the slaves and everything she leaves to be equally divided between all my children or their heirs. Lastly, I appoint James M. Helm, John B. Helm and Nathaniel Porter my executors. In witness whereof I have hereunto let my hand and seal, this 27 th day of November 1847.
Teste: Moses Helm Seal
I Thomas W. Carson, Clerk of the County Court for said County do certify that at the December Term 1847 of said Court, then foregoing Instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Moses Helm, Decd was produced into court and proven by the oaths of F.A. Porter and Wm Stewett, subscribing witnesses thereto to be the last will and testament of said Decedent and the same was ordered to record. Whereupon the same together with this Certificate is duly admitted to record in my office.
Given under my hand this 12th day of January 1848 Thos Wilson, Clk