This is the will of Thomas Moorman, my 6th great grandfather.

He was born in 1705 in Virginia and died in 1766. He lived in Bedford County, Virginia.
Here is the will of Thomas Moorman, transcribed to the best of my ability.  If you have anything that you think needs to be corrected please let me know.  I am not perfect. 🙂

In the name of God Amen I Thomas Moreman of Bedford County Being in perfect Helth + Memory do make Constitute + Ordain This my Last Will + Testament in Manner and form following Item I send unto my Beloved Wife Rachel Moreman During her Life the plantation on where I now Live with the Stocks of all Kinds also all my House Hold of every Sort (Except Such as I Shall hear after Set apart for my Children) also Five Negroes,  ?, Sambo, Two Molls, Dinah ???  Item I give unto my Daughter Mary Johnson one Negro Girl named Sarah to her and her Heirs forever + whatever she processes that ever was mine  Item I give unto my Son Pleasent Moreman + my Son Charles Moreman four Hundred Acres of Land on Permunkey River in Louisa County to them and Their Heirs forever to be Equally Devided betwixt them by men Appointed also Each of them a Feather Bed and Furniture Item I give unto Daughter Aggothy Johnson one Negro boy Named James to her and her Heirs forever  What ever Els She percesses that ever was mine Itam, I give unto my Son Pleasent Moreman + my Son Charles Moreman four Hundred Acres of Land on Permunkey River in Louisa County to them and Their Heirs forever to be Equilly Devided betwixt them by men Appointed also Each of them a Feather Bed and Furniture  Item I give unto Daughter Aggothy Johnson one Negro boy Named James to her and her Heirs forever What ever Els she percesses that ever was mine Item I give unto my Son Clerk [?] Moorman Two Negroes Peter + Glaster to him and his Heirs for ever one Horse and Sadle one Feather Bed + Ferniture Item I give unto my son Cilley Moreman Dick + Fillis to him and his Heirs forever one Horse and Sadle one Bed + Ferniture Item I give unto my Daughter Rachel Moreman one Negro Girl Jude to her and her Heirs forever one Horse and Sadle one Feather Bed + Furniture Item I give unto my son Andrew Moreman Moreman after his mothers Deceas the plantation on where I now Live with Two Hundred Acres of Land to him and his Heirs forever one Horse and Sadle one Feather Bed and furniture and it is my Desire that if any of my Children Die without Heir that their Estate be Equally Devided aMongst the Rest have given my son Zachariah + Micajah Moreman what I Entented at present I shall Say no more of them yet and it is my further Desire that after my Wife’s Decease that my Son Micajah have Twenty pounds and my Daughter Aggothy and my Daughter Rachel Ten pounds apease Raised of my Estate before any Devision and Afterwards the Rest to be Equally Divided amongst them all male + femail and I do Appoint my Wife + Zachriah + Micajah Executors to this my Last Will and Testament given under my hand + Seal this Twenty Second of July 1765

Thomas Moreman, S.S.


Henry Tate William Anthony

Christopher Anthony

At a Court held for Bedford County November 25th 1766

The within Last Will +Testament of Thomas Moorman Deceased was Exhibited in Court + proved by the Oath of Henry Tate and Christopher Anthony Witness’s Thereto and Ordered to be Recorded and on the Motion of the within Rachal Moorman Zachariah Moorman + Micajah Moorman Executrix + Executors therein Named they having made Oath According to Law and they having first Entred into [apparently I didn’t scan the last page of the will so it ends here for now]

There is a handwritten note on the side of the page that states that the word “son” was added on March 4, 1946 by a clerk, but I’m having  a hard time reading why.  I think that it was in the original, but was left out of the copy.  It appears that “son” was added in front of Cilley.

I have such a hard time reading my transcription because of the lack of punctuation and the various spelling  used!

I love that I have this document though.  It blows my mind that his will was written in 1765.  Before the Revolutionary War.  Before we were a country.  That’s a long time ago…  246 years ago. I suppose I can forgive the spelling  mistakes. 🙂




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Week 9: Sounds. Describe any sounds that take you back to your childhood. These could be familiar songs, jingles, children playing, or something entirely different.

This challenge runs from Saturday, February 26, 2011 through Friday, March 4, 2011.

The sounds of my childhood…..

  1. The “Sesame Street” theme song
  2. Frogs croaking in the nearby swamp in the evenings
  3. The wheels of my brothers’ Big Wheels turning on the dirt road
  4. Our many dogs barking when anyone passed by our home
  5. The tick-tock of my Papa’s clock collection.  His apartment was alive with music when the hour struck.
  6. My Grandpa Ed playing the harmonica for us kids
  7. The buzzing of my parents’ many saws and tools
  8. My Grandma Donna singing “The Three Little Fishies” by Kay Kyser to us kids.  “and he swam and he swam right over the dam!”
  9. The sound of the angry geese hissing at me in our backyard.  I was stuck on my swingset a number of times because I was so frightened of their hissing.
  10. 80’s music blasting from my stereo.
  11. My little brothers playing with GI Joes and matchbox cars and Legos – and all of the needed sound effects that went along with their play.
  12. Fire crackling in our wood stove.
  13. The drizzle of the Washington rain.
  14. “La, la, la, la, la, la”.  Yes, I watched “Smurfs”.  I may have even owned a Smurf lunchbox at one point in time.
  15. The woodpeckers making holes in the forest behind our home.
  16. The seagulls talking to one another down by the beach.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

My previous posts in this series:
New Year’s Memories
Winter Memories

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Margaret Helen Kuttenkuler Becker was my 3rd great grandmother.  I posted her husband’s obituary last week and now here is hers. In the Tipton Times, dated 1 October 1915.

Passing of a Pioneer
Mrs. Margaret Becker Lived Longed and Useful Life
Resided in County 64 years
Belonged to Family of First Generation Settlers in Moniteau Co – Resided in Tipton 43 Years

Mrs. Margaret Becker, wife of Henry Becker, was born in Cologne, Germany, September 18, 1838;  died in Tipton, Mo., September 25, 1915, being 77 years and 7 days old at the time of her death.
Mrs. Becker’s maiden name was Kuttenkuler.  She came with her parents from Germany to Missouri about 64 years ago, locating in Moniteau county, near this city, her family being the first German settlers in this county.
On January 2, 1858 the subject of this notice became the wife of Henry Becker.  To this union eleven children were born, eight of whom with the husband, survives.  They are: Chas. Becker, of Kansas City;  H.J., Joe L. Becker of St. Louis; Mrs. Mary Robertson, of Sioux City, Iowa;  Mrs. Anna Mudd, of Arkansas;  Mrs. Ellen Koechner, Mrs. Louis G. Imhoff and Miss Lucy Becker, of this city.  Besides these are one brother, John Kuttenkuler, of this city, and two half-brothers, P.J. and Andy Bestgen, of near this city.
Mrs. Becker spent a long and useful life, true to husband, devoted to her children, loyal to friends and faithful to her church vows.
On January 2, 1908 Mrs. Becker and her husband celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, of which an extended notice appeared in the TIMES at that time.  She and her husband have resided in Tipton for 43 consecutive years.  Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery at 11 o’clock September 27, the following being pallbearers: P.C. Flood, P.J. Franken, Jacob Heinen, Wm. Kline, Peter Dick and Joseph Sommerhauser.

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I always love getting real mail. 🙂

The other day, I received Patrick O’Connor’s death certificate.  I already had his death date, but I was hoping for a birth date and the names of his parents.  No such luck.  They actually wrote his name twice – once under name and another for his birth date.  Darn.

I did glean a few bits of new information from this document though:

  1. He was born in County Cork, Ireland.
  2. His mother’s maiden name was Suloven (or possibly Sullivan)
  3. He died of interstitial hepatitis.
  4. He was buried in January of 1906 ( I can’t decide if it says the 2nd or the twenty something)

I’ll take what I can get. 🙂

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I’m still coughing, but I’ve weaned myself off of the Ny-Quil IV and am now able to make a coherent thought.

I got a lot more reading done this week and have more favorites to share.

  1. First of all, any post about my own ancestors will always get a mention.  Wendy at Shaking Leaves actually wrote two great posts about our shared ancestors, Milton Price and Nancy Brittain.  One of their gravestones (I love the inscription on Nancy’s), and  she also found them on an old plat map. Keep up the good work Wendy!! 🙂
  2. Lorine, from Olive Tree Genealogy,  had a great review on Springpad – a free app that helps you stay organized.  With 5 kids, homeschooling, and lots of genealogy to do, I need all of the organizing help I can get.  I signed myself up for an account and I’m going to sit down and try it out this weekend.  From what I’ve seen so far, I like it!
  3. Heather at Nutfield Genealogy posted some sad pictures.  Piles and piles of broken gravestones.  Brings a tear to my eye.
  4. Dee from Shakin’ the Family Tree reminds us all to go out of our way to thank those that help us out on our family history quest. Whether it be helpful cemetery staff, friendly volunteers at the local historical society, or someone that does look-ups in the courthouse, consider sending them a letter/email of thanks.  I’m sure that they would appreciate it. 🙂
  5. I felt better after reading Randy Seaver’s post about improving his database.  I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one struggling with this.  It’s a long and complicated process to make sure that your source citations are in correct order.  After  taking a class a number of years ago, I completely restarted my database in order to correctly cite each of my sources as I entered them in.  I still have a Rubbermaid box full of papers that needs to be entered.  It’s about # 56 on my list of things to do, so I will eventually get to it.  While I don’t have nearly the amount of people in my tree as he does, 12,000 is still a pretty big number to keep organized.  Someday, when my kids are grown, I will probably be caught up.  I guess I should be thankful that I started this hobby early in life. 🙂
  6. My friend Cherie, from Have you Seen My Roots?, posted another great trial story for Thriller Thursday.  She had some naughty ancestors. 🙂  It sure makes for some interesting stories!
  7. I encourage you to go and welcome my friend Amy at her new blog, Hunting Dead People.  She and I were in the same genealogy class at Monterey Peninsula College (along with Sheri from The Educated Genealogist).  I think we need to convince all of our classmates to geneablog. 🙂
  8. I finally got caught up on watching Who Do You Think You Are?  I was working at a Girl Scout cookie booth during the last show and the week before I was watching a movie with my husband.  I couldn’t bear to ruin his Friday night by stopping his guy movie to turn on a genealogy show.  As I was in bed with a cold while everyone else was at church this past Sunday, I caught myself up online.  If you’ve missed any of the episodes (and you’re Tivo-less like me), they’re available to watch when you have the time, online.
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