Will of John Valentine House (1826)

[The following is a transcription of the Will, Inventory, and other papers of John Valentine House, dated June 24, 1826, and found on page 108 of Book B of the Bath County, Kentucky Wills and Probate Records. A digital copy of the original can also be found on FamilySearch.org in Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990 - Bath County - "Mixed records, 1811-1831, Vol. A-B", image #345.]

House, Will

In the name of God Amen, I John Valentine House, being weak in body, But of sound and perfect mind and memory, Blessed by Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form following (that is to say) First give and bequeath to my four children (that is to say William House, Ruth Downs, Joseph House, and Sally Barnes, all my personal Estate to be equally divided between them. I further give and desire to my said four children (that is to say William House my eldest son, Ruth Downs, Joseph House and Sally Barnes, All my Real estate, messages or tenaments to me belonging as son and Heir to Andrew House who deceased in Frederick County in the State of Maryland. Together with all my free hold Estate whatsoever, situate lying and being in the aforesaid County & State of Maryland on the waters of the Patomack River at and near the the mouth of Antetem Creek, now holden and possessed by McFerson and others, Equally to be Divided between them, To Hold to them the said William House, Ruth Downs, Joseph House and Sally Barnes their Heirs and assigns forever, And I do hereby nominate and appoint my eldest son William House and William Morgan the sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made, In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the 24th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and twenty-six.

- John V. House (his mark) (seal)

Signed sealed published and declared by the above named John Valentine House to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribe our names as witness in the presence of the Testator

- William Morgan
- John M. Dougherty

Bath County, August Court 1826

This Instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of John V. House dead was produced and proven in open county by the oaths of William Morgan and John M. Dougherty witness thereto subscribed, And Ordered to be Recorded, And on the motion of William House one of the Executors in said Will named, who made oath thereto as the Law directs, it is Ordered that Probate be granted him in due form on the Estate of said Decedent, Giving security whereupon He together with John M. Dougherty his security entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of $200. Conditioned for the due and faithful Administration of said Decedents Estate. Whereupon the same is truly Recorded in my office as the Law directs.


- William mM. Sudduth

House - Inventory [page 112]

We the undersigned appraisers agreeably to an order of the Bath County Court, to us directed being first duly sworn, proceeded to view and appraise all the articles of the personal Estate of John Valentine House Dec'd to us presented, as follows, vvz:

First -

  • One note on Benjamin Snelling and Warren Bailey - $70.00
  • One saddle, saddlebags & Bridle - $1.00
  • Six pieces of clothing - $3.00

Total: $74.00

Given under hands this 26th day of August 1826
- Charles Shortridge, John Clark, Isaac Butcher

Bath County

I, William Morgan, a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid, do certify that the above named Commissioners were duly sworn before me, Given under my hand 26th August 1826. - Wm Morgan

Bath County September Court 1826

This Inventory and appraisment of the Estate of John Valentine House dec'd, was returned approved, and ordered to be recorded, Whereupon the same is truly recorded in my office as the Law directs; (Examined)
- William M Suddeth clk

[This final part is a transcription of the Executor Settlement found on page 185 of the same book, digital image #384.]

- House: Executor Settlement

Pursuant to an order of the Bath County Court, we the undersigned commissioners, being first duely sworn, proceeded to settle and adjust all accounts with William House Exectr of John V. House Decd as follows (viz) -

1st William House Ex, To the Estate of John V. house dec'd Dr

as pr Inventory : 74.62 1/2
Cr by Debts & expenditures : 20.93 3/4
Whole value of the Estate, remains is : 53.68 1/4

Except the court charges & clerk's fees hereafter,
The 8th of December 1827

- Given under our hands this day & date above
- Charles Shortridge
- John M. Dougherty
- Isaac Butcher

Bath County December Court 1827
This settlement of the Estate of John V. House Dec'd, was returned, approved, and ordered to be Recorded Whereupon the same is truly recorded in my office as the Law directs; -
- Examined.

- W. M. Sudduth clk
- by Jno Ralls DClk