Francis Peart Papers
Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives.Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931
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For microfilmed copies see Family Collection: Francis Peart Papers.
Associated Materials / Related Records
[Identification of item], Francis Peart Papers, 1813-1824, 92SC12,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.
These papers concern the disposition of the estate of Francis Peart, of Woodford County, Kentucky. Peart's will, dated July 17, 1813, left $1 only to his "ungrateful" sister and brother-in-law, Sarah G. and James Elliott, but left the rest of his lands to the county court of Woodford County to establish a "free school" on land at South Elkhorn. Peart wanted the school to be named after him. Peart instructed that the land not be sold or rented out by the county. If the county could not fulfill his wishes, Peart provided for the division of the property between the families of G. Holloway, W. B. Blackburn, A. Bartlett, Cyrus Griffin, and John T. Griffin. (No relationship between the testator and these families or individuals was specified).
Peart's will also specified the disposition of a number of slaves and some other property. Judy, Frederick, Nathan, and Lavina were left to his wife Elizabeth, along with livestock. Slaves Charity, Esaac, Sealy, Susan, Joe, Tom, Willis, and Thornton were to go to the college he hoped would be established.
The collection also has a copy of an undated legal document challenging the will and the transfer of the land to Woodford County. The attorney for the complainants, the children of Cyrus Griffin, deceased, was H. [Henry] Clay. According to the complaint, Woodford County had rented the property to tenants rather than establishing a school. The Griffin children sought the sale of the property and division of the proceeds to the property heirs named in lieu of Woodford County. The other document in the group is an 1824 valuation of slaves belonging to Peart's estate. They were identified as "Joseph a yellow man 32 years old value $400;" "Susan 24 years old & Dick a month old & her children," $400 [her] children possibly referred to her future children; "Mary 4 years old $150"; "Nathan 2 years old $125"; "Betsey 6 years old" $200; "Esau 50 years old $100 his wife Selah 40 years old $125"; "Willis 26 years old crooked feet" $200; and "Thornton sold by Saml Lewis estimated by the consent of the parties at 200."
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