WILL of Archibald Morrison born: 1783 died: July 1, 1828 in Woodford County, KY
(Note: ^ means illegible word)
In the name of God ^ Archibald Morrison of the county of Woodford and State of Kentucky being
week in body but sound in mind and memory do herby make and ordain that my last will and
Item 1st my wishes that all my debts be paid
Item 2nd I give to my daughter Elizabeth M. New one negro girl names Lousia, two beds and
furniture bureau, and other articles which she has in possession.
Item 3rd I give to my daughter Martha Ann McQuese one negro girl named Eliza two beds and
furniture bureau and other articles which she has in possession.
Item 4th I give to my daughter Rebecca B. Berry two beds and furniture bureau and other
articles which she has already received the negro girl I gave her has since died.
Item 5th I give to my daughter Jane one nigro girl named Eliza two beds and furniture one
bureau one horse and saddle worth one hundred dollars and fifty dollars worth of stock.
Item 6th I give to my daughter Mary one negro girl named Chrestian (or Christian) and one
hundred dollars two beds and furniture one bureau one horse and saddle worth one hundred
dollars and fifty dollars worth of stock.
Item 7th I give to my son Archibald one Negro boy named John about 10 or 11 years old one
bed and furniture and bureau and horse and saddle worth one hundred dollars and my gun and
Item 8th my wish and desire is that my beloved wife Lucy shall keep possession of my farm and
its apportionment(?) and all my property that is not disposed of by this will under the control and
management of my Executors hereafter named until my children by her come of age ^ Larry,
Lucy, Sidney, and Robert C. Morrison* at which time each of them shall receive a portion of my
estate equal to any one of my first children named above. (*note: I think this may have to do with
children from his second marriage)
Item 9th my wish and desire is that my two single daughters (^) Jane and Mary have the
privilege of living with my wife having ^ ^ them to spin for there own clothing and free from paying
board as long as they remain single.
Item 10th If Jane my negro woman should be living ten years hence my wish is that she have
the privilege of living with any of my children she chooses(?) to live with.
Item 11th I do herby constitute and appoint my brother David C. Morrison and John Berry my
executors with full power to ^d (my or any) ^ ^ make arrangements with my wife concerning my
estate to sell all or any part at the death of my wife if an arrangement should not have taken
place before the whole of my estate of every description (?) to be sold and gradually distributed
to each of my children and then ^ my executors are to receive full compensation for their
services. In testimony whereof I here into set my hand and seal this ? day of July 1828.
Archibald Morrison (seal) Attest: John Kinkead, Theo Bullock Jno Bondanet
Inventory List: (partial) Negros Joe aged 26 years $450.00, Davis 29 years $450.00, Maria ditto
$412.00, Harrison ditto $300.00, Richard ditto $250.00, Charity ditto $175.00 James, ditto
$130.00 2 bed, sheets, and furniture $60.00, 2 bed, sheets, and furniture $36.00, 2 bed,
sheets, and furniture $40.00, Book case $13.00, Books $20.00, Sugar Chest $4.00, 3 tables
$9.00, Bureau $6.00, Bureau & table $8.00, Chairs $7.50, Mantle Clock $25.00, Side Saddle
(From: Woodford County Will Book H, Page 214, Woodford County Historical Society, 121 Rose
Hill, Versailles, KY 40383.)
In a final settlement dated December, 1841: We the undersigned appraised by order of the
county court for said county made 6th December, 1841 for the purpose of dividing six negro
slaves of the estate of Archibald Morrison deceased equally between his three youngest children
^ Lucy L Morrison, Sidney L Morrison, and Robert C. Morrison. Examined the said negros they
all appear to be healthy, we appraise them and placed them in three lots as following ^: The first
lot: Elisa and her young child Ellen at $600, 2nd lot Ester and her two children Mary and Martha
$650, 3rd lot Pr ? a boy about age 16 or 17 year old $700. The document spells out the
division noting that Mrs. Lucy Morrison was guardian for Robert C. Morrison