Boone County Wills, Inventories, Estates and Probate Records


Burlington Boone County was founded in 1798 and named after Daniel Boone. The county seat is Burlington, Kentucky. The court house records begin in 1800 and contain a complete record of old wills, estates, inventories, guardianships and other miscellaneous estate items all bundled together in the same book. In other words, when you research these books, detailed account of the estate usually follows the last will and testament up until the time that it was settled.

Indexes of Probate Records Images of Wills, Estates, Inventories, Book A, 1800 to 1821

Testators: Attaway, Archalaus | Attaway, Rebecca | Attaway, Salley | Attaway, Sarah | Attaway, William | Barlow, Christopher | Black, Benjamin | Bolin, William | Braun, Joseph | Brockman, John | Brockman, William | Brown, Thomas | Brown, William | Burl, Richard | Cave, Hiram | Cave, Richard | Cave, William | Cherry, Moses | Christy, George | Collier, James | Conley, Arthur | Conner, John | Corbin, William | Corson, Abel | Craig, John | Dicken, James | Dicken, Richard | Dickens, Samuel | Dulaney, Benjamin | Dulany, John | Dulany, John Jr. | Epperson, Benjamin | Eve, Clary | Fennell, Benjamin | Fowler, Edward | Garnett, John | Garnett, William | Glacken, William | Glover, R. | Goodridge, George | Graves, William | Green, Thomas | Gunter, Abraham | Hawkins, Joseph | House, Moses | Hughs, Andrew | Hughs, George | Hughs, John | Hume, Garrard | Hunt, Richard | Hutcherson, Samuel | Johnson, Benjamin | Johnson, William | Kirtley, Jeremiah | Kirkley, Mary | Lowry, Alexander | Manfield, Robert | Markland, Jonathan | Markland, Richard | McCorkle, William | McIntosh, James | McMerks, John , Sr. | Miller, John | Moore, estate inventory | Moseley, Benjamin | Neal, John | Noble, John | Noble, Thomas | Norris, John | ONeal, Charles | ONeal, Henry | Parker, Richard | Peek, James | Perrington, James | Points, John | Porter, R. | Pratt, Artemis | Reamer, James | Reed, Zachariah | Rice, Benajah | Rice, Elijah | Rogers, John | Royster, George | Sanders, William | Sanford, Richard | Seals, Barrett | Shackleford, William | Sharp, John H. | Shepherd, James | Simpson, Moses | Sleet, G. | Sleet, M.| Smith, Thomas | Smith, William J. | Smith, William Johnson | Sprigg, Ann | Steele, W. | Stephens, John | Stephens, Thomas | Stewart, Robert | Tanner, John | Thomas, Clarissa | Thomas, Mathew | Thomas, Nathan | Torrey, Von Vacker | Towery, Betsy | Underhill, William | Vickers, Alexander | Wills, Johnson | Wilson, Richard | Worrell, William

Images of Wills, Estates, Inventories, Book B, 1821 to 1832

Testators: Allen, Francis | Anderson, Henry | Ayler, Michael | Banister, Augustine | Barkshire, Joel | Barkshire, Richard | Barton, Valentine | Bates, John | Bates, William | Beall, Thomas | Bennington, William | Bolin, William | Bradford, Joseph | Brockman, Elizabeth | Brockman, John | Brown, John | Brown, Nancy | Brown, Thomas | Brown, William | Burt, Richard | Bute, Thomas | Campbell, Gilbert | Cane, Jeremiah | Cane, Richard | Cane (or Cave), William | Carlton, Jonathan | Carter, Rosanna | Chinn, John W. | Colvert, Elizabeth | Craig, Cyrus | Craig, Robert | Cravens, Jeremiah | Crisler, Ambrose | Crisler, David | Cristler, Leonard | Crissenberry, William | Custer, David, Sr. | Depree, Abraham | Dicken, James | Doleson, George | Dudgeon, James | Dulaney, Elijah | Dulany, Fanny | Dulany, Susanna | Eads, John | East Bend Church (deed) | Foster, Samuel | Fray, Moses | Fry, George | Fuller, William | Garland, John | Garland, Sarah | Garnett, Edmund | Graves, Absalom | Graves, John | Green, David | Green, Thomas | Gregory, William | Harry, Janet W. | Hawkins, Philemon | Hawkins, Thomas | Heages, Samuel | Henderson, John | Hensley, Stephen | Herod, Thomas | Hogan, William | House, Joel | Huey, Samuel | Hufman, Joel | Huffman, Solomon | Huffman, T. | Hughes, George | Hull, John | Huston, Archibald Jack, John | Jenkins, William | Johnson, Benjamin | Johnson, Hezekiah | Johnson, James | Johnson, Zachariah | Kimball, William | Kite, George | Landford, Richard | Layton, Thomas | Ledger, John | Love, Windel | Makin, W. | Markland, Richard | Matthews, Chichester | McCarty, James | McClay, Thomas | McGinnis, Patsy | McGlasson, William | McGruder, Richard | McPherson, Mark | Miller, Andrew | Mitchell, Garnett | Mitchell, Wesley | Morrell, Wiley Morris, John | Morris, Linny | Mosby, Benjamin | Neal, John | Neel, Robert | Newman, Alexander | Nickols, John | Noel, James | Norman, Benjamin H. | ONeal, John | ONeal, William | Pantz, Martin | Peek, Asa | Peake, Harry | Peek, Presley | Piner, Thomas | Pitcher, Thomas | Porter, James | Pratt, Artemas | Records, Alexander | Reed, George | Rice, Benajah | Rice, William | Rich, Isaac | Riddell, James | Riddell, Lewis |Riddell, William | Robinson, Stephen | Rogers, Barnett |Rogers, William | Ross, Frederick | Rumble, William | Runyan, Wilson |Ryle, John Jr.|Sandford, Lawrence |Sandford, Permelia |Saunders, William | Seals, Barnett | Sellers, Thomas | Shain, Thomas | Shaw, Alfred | Shaw, Thomas | Simpson, Moses | Smith, Nathan | Steel, Weden | Stephens, John | Stewart, Hugh | Tanner, Moses | Taylor, Thomas | Thomas, Clarissa | Thomas, Nathan G. |Thompson, Daniel | Tousey, Zerah |Vawter, Thomas | Watts, Nathan | Weaver, Sampson |Welles, Benjamin | White, James | Wilhoit, William | Williams, Jesse P. |Worrell, William

Images of Will Book C, 1831 to 1839

Testators: Adams, Alanson | Adams, Hansan | Adams, Johnson | Allen, James | Allen, Robert | Allen, William | Arnold William | Ayler, Michael | Barlow, Aaron | Barlow, Christopher | Barton, Eleanor | Bates, William R. | Bedinger, George M. | Bell, Pervical | Black, Benjamin | Black, James | Bolen, Jesse S. | Booth, John | Botts, Joshua | Bradley, Johnson | Breedlove, John | Bristow, Benjamin | Bullard, George | Burns, James | Burton, Benjamin | Canaday, George W. | Caree, Polly | Carpenter, Elizabeth | Carpenter, Jonathan | Carpenter, William | Carter, L. W. | Chambers, Robert S. | Chamblin, William | Chapman, John | Click, John | Cloud, Jane | Connelly, Thomas | Conrad, Micajah | Cooper, James | Cooper, James R. | Christy, Uriel | Crisler, Ambrose | Crisler, David | Currie, Carolina | Currier, James | Daniel, B. B. | Dawley, Caleb | Dawley, Sarah | Dean, Jeremiah | Demorse, James | Dickerson, Mary | Dickerson, Mary M. | Dickerson, Thomas | Dixon, Henry | Dobbins, Joseph | Dobbins, Matthew | Dudgeon, William M. | Dulany, Elijah W. | Dunlany, E. W. | Dunlap, James | Fennell, Benjamin | Fisher, George | Foulk, Thomas | Frazier, R. C. | Fullilove, Henry | Gaines, Churchill | Gaines, William | Gaines, William W. | Garland, Sarah | Gilpin, Israel | Gordon, Robert | Graves, James | Graves, Joseph | Graves, Walker | Graves, Willis | Green, David | Green, Thomas | Green, William | Hamilton, William | Hawkins, Gabriel | Hawkins, James | Hawkins, Joseph | Hay, James | Henderson, John | Herod, Thomas Hogan, William | House, James | Hubbell, Augustus Hubbell, Gresham Huffman, John | Johnson, C. | Johnson, Dave | Kannady, John | Kennedy, George W. | Kirkley, Elijah | Kirthley, Joel | Kite, William | Lambertson, James | | Lancaster, James | | Lantz, Martin | Latimer, Jacob | Leonard, William | Lewis, Samuel | Love, Wendell | Marcus, Matthew | Mathews, Clichester | Matthews, Charles and Agnes | Matton, Asa | McCarty, James | McCoy, William | McCoy, William N. | McElpresh, Abner | McGlasson, land sold by Sheriff | McGlasson, Benjamin | McGlasson, William | McManima, James | McNeal, A. J. | McPherson, Alexander | Miller, Henry | Miller, Sarah | Morrow, Thomas | Morrow, Thomas F. | Mosby, David | Moseley, Daniel | Moseley, Penelope | Murdock, William | Myager, William | Neal, William | Neel, John | Nelson, Ambrose | O Neal, John W. | Opagle, William | Noble, Thomas | Parker, Richard | Peek, Thomas J. | Perrin, Thomas | Piner, Elizabeth | Porter, James | Pratt, Jacob | Price, Williamson | Reamer, Henry H. | Rice, Benajah | Riddell, A. | Riddell, Archibald | Riddell, James | Riddell, L. | Riddell, William | Robinson, Sally | Robinson, Stephen | Rogers, Barnett | Ross, Alexander | Ross, George | Rouse, Abraham | Rouse, Jacob | Rouse, Joel | Rouse, Samuel | Rouse, Tabitha | Runyan, William | Ryle, James | | Ryle, John | Ryle, William Jr. | Ryon, John | Sanders, William | Sandford, Mary | Sandford, Permelia | Sandford, Robert | Sandford, Templeton | Scott, Moses | Scott, William | Simpson, Hadon | Simpson, Moses | Smith, Susannah | Smithers, William | Story, John | Story, Thomas | Sullivan, William | Tanner, Ephraim | Terrill, Robert | Trowbridge, Elizabeth | Trowbridge, Silas | Tousey, Moses | Tully, Samuel | Utz, Benjamin | | Vickers, William | Webster, Daniel | White, James | | White, Richard | Wilhoit, Caleb | Wilhoit, William | Williamson, James | Willis, Benjamin | G. Willis, William | Zimmerman, Christopher | Zimmerman, Frederick

Dinsmore Homestead

Dinsmore HomesteadDuring 1839 James and Martha Dinsmore purchased 700 acres of land in Boone County and built Dinsmore House in 1842 along with several outbuildings. It is located on the Burlington Pike west of Burlington, Kentucky. The family raised sheep and grew grapes and willow trees for a basket-making business that was overseen by German immigrants. The house survives today and contains all of its original artifacts brought from in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Indians. The Dinsmore family resided in the home from 1842 to 1926. In 1987, the Dinsmore Homestead Foundation purchased the home along with 30 acres of land. A collection of some 90,000 pages of family letters, journals and business records have been preserved on microfilm for use at the Dinsmore Homestead.

Tax Defaulters are Important Genealogy Resources
By Jeannette Holland Austin Jeannette Holland Austin(Profile)
All tax digests lists persons who have defaulted on their taxes, usually enumerated as the last page of each district. The tax digests are not alphabetical, so we have to thumb through all of the pages to find anything. The default list does not necessarily reflect persons who refused to pay their property taxes. Rather, from the point of view of the genealogist it lends itself more as a report of those who have either died or removed to another county. If the date is close to a mortality census (every 10 years), you can look there. Otherwise, if the person is old enough to have died, then searching the local cemeteries in the area is indicated. People were on the go and we have to be detectives.

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Even before the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Shawnee and Yuchi were removed from Kentucky, there were European settlers. Counties were not formed until after the American Revolutionary War. Thus, in wilderness regions, the genealogist must really dig to locate old colonial forts and militia records. My personal procedure is to read every page of the tax digest in the county where my ancestor resided, recording the description of acreage, number of acres, names of neighbors, waterways, district, etc. (whatever the tax digest provides) for each year, then trace that same acreage forward. This information provides a time-line for when he resided in the county. When his name no longer appears, I search the default list. A sensible place to search next is the adjoining counties because the old parent county lines changed with the ascent of the formation of new counties and even States. For example, Hampton County Virginia went to West Virginia. The boundary lines frequently changed. Next, I look at marriages with that surname. This also gives me a time-line of the marriages of the sons and daughters as well as an idea of whether or not any members of the family were still around. If there was a ten or twenty year gap, say, that means that the older generation has either died or moved away. Of course, a thorough search of the deed records tells a better story, but there may be little or nothing there.

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