Mason County Kentucky Wills, Estates, Deeds
Mason County was taken from Bourbon County in 1788 and was named for George Mason, a Virginia delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention. The county seat is Maysville, which is situated on the edge of the outer Bluegrass Region. The depositions regarding matters of land of the froniersmen Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone are found in the early records, copies of which are on this website.
Indexes to Probate Records
Images of Wills, Inventories, Deeds, Affidavits 1791 to 1798
- Wills, Inventories, Deeds, Affidavits 1791 to 1798
- Wills, Inventories, Deeds, Affidavits 1798 to 1809
- Wills, Inventories, Deeds, Affidavits 1809 to 1815
Allen, Nathaniel | Allen, Patrick, affidavits | Anderson, Abner | Anns, William | Arrowsmith, Samuel
Bailey, Samuel | Bartlett, William | Beall, Basil | Beeson, Mary | Berry, Baldwin | Boggs, Samuel,depositions | Boone, Daniel | Boone, Daniel, deed | Boone, Daniel, deposition | Botts, John
Campbell, James | Castleman, Stephen | Cochran, Robert | Cohn, Benjamin | Collier, Benjamin | Collins, Benjamin | Connell, William | Conway, Miles Withers | Cook, Payden | Crabb, John | Craig, Absalom
Darah, John | Davie, John | Dobyns, Edward | Dyal, John | Edwards, Jacob E. | Edwards, James
Farron, Joseph, deposition | Figard, Daniel | Fitzgerald, Bartholomew, deposition | Fox, Arthur | Fox, William | Frazer, John, deposition | Fulton, Elisha
Glazier, Abraham, Colonel | Glenn, William
Haines, Joseph | Han, John | Hokem, Plenay | Hughs, John
Jackman, Adam | Jackson, Richard | Jessup, Edward | Johnston, John | Johnston, Robert, James Young, Ben Netherland, depositions | Jones, Michael | Jones, Thomas | Journice, Joseph
Keith, Isaiah | Kilgore, Samuel | Kenton, Simon, depositions
Lecompt, Charles, depositions | Lee, Henry, deposition | Lee, Peter | Lee, Richard | Lee, Stephen | Lewis, Isaac | Lewis, James | Lowhead, James | Lyle, Ludwick | Lyon, Joseph
Mahan, Matthew | Masterson, Richard, depositions | Matslar, John | Maxwell, Thomas, improvements | McCleland, Alexander | McClure, Francis | McConnel, Francis, deposition | McConnell, William, improvements | McDormet, Francis, deposition | McDowell, Thomas | McIntire, Alexander | McKinley, James, improvement | Miller, Robert | Millrt, Thomas | Mills, Edward | Morton, Joseph
Oden, John | Parr, Samuel | Peak, James | Phillips, Gabriel | Pitzer, Christopher | Poindexer, Thomas, heirs of
Reaves, Benjamin | Richards, Elijah | Richards, Lucy | Richards, Reuben | Ritchie, David and Mary | Roberts, John | Rudolph, John | Rumph, John | Rurry, John, affidavit | Rust, Matthew | Sellars, Isaac | Shipley, Samuel | Smart, John | Stevens, John | Stockton, George | Stockton, William | Stucker, Jacob
Tandy, William | Tarpley, James, deposition | Thrailkill, Benjamin | Thomas, Levi | Thompson, William | Tibbs, Samuel, affidavit | Tillett, John | Triplett, William, depositions | Vance, John | Vance, John
Walls, William | Washburn, Jeremiah | Wells, Hayden, deposition | Wheatley, Francis | Whitaker, Hezekiah | White, William | Wiley, Robert | Wiley, William | Williams, John | Williams, John, depositions | Willson, John | Willson, Joseph, improvement | Willson, Joseph, deposition | Wood, Benjamin | Woodgerd, Henry | York, Jeremiah | Young, Thomas, deposition
Wills, Inventories, Deeds, Affidavits 1798 to 1809
Allison, John | Armstrong, James | Askins, Thomas | Bell, John | Berry, Enoch | Botts, John | Botts, William, slaves of | Brooks, Jonathan | Brooks, Thomas | Brown, Richard | Browne, Robert | Bryant, George | Buckelow, Arthur | Buckalow, William | Burnett, Moses | Burns, Tarens | Burns, Zephaniah | Burwell, Peter | Busley, Charles | Byram, Peter | Byram, William
Caldwell, David | Campbell, John | Cannon, Abraham | Carrel, Dempsey | Carroll, Edward | Castleman, Stephen | Clark, William | Cleary, William | Cleneay, William | Cochran, Robert | Cornwell, Jane | Cornwell, Samuel | Corwin, John | Crabb, John | Crosby, William
Davis, Garrard | Davis, Nicholas | Dawson, George | Doggett, Elmore | Dougherty, Alexander | Downing, Ellis | Downing, Robert | Drake, Cornelius | Dunlavy, anthony Sr. | Duvall, John P. | Duvall, John Pierce | Dye, William | Edwards, Jacob | Ellis, James | Ficklen, John | Finch, John | Fox, Arthur | Gallagher, Edward | Grayham, Elizabeth
Hale, James | Hamilton, Alexander | Hanes, Joseph | Hanes, Samuel | Harrow, John | Hattabough, Isaac | Heald, James | Heflin, Simon | Hickman, Jesse | Hill, Joseph | Hollody, Richard | Hurst, Henry | Jackson, John | Journice, Joseph | Kent, John | Lee, Ann | Lee, Lewis | Leitch, David | Lewis, George | Lewis, James | Lounsdale, Thomas | Lyon, Joseph
Maddox, Notty | Marshall, Robert | Marshall, Thomas | Mattock, James | Mattocks, John | Matzler, John | McClung, James | McDonald, Francis | McDowell, Joseph | McFaden, John | McIlvane, William | McKinley, James | Mechin, Peter | Metcalf, John | Miller, Robert | Moke, James | Morris, David | Morris, Mary | Morton, Robert B. | Murphy, Timothy | Musgrove, Joshua
Nebs, George | Nicholas, Anne |Nichols, John | Nichols, Thomas | Nile, Ashberry | Owenfield, Abram | Owenfield, Paul | Phillips, Gabriel | Phillips, James | Phillips, John | Pollard, Benjamin | Pollett, Mary | Porter, John | Prater, Riquil | Proctor, Jeremiah | Proctor, William | Purcell, George
Reeves, James | Robinson, Ralph | Rogers, John | Rudolph, John | Runsdale, Margaret | Rush, William | Sanders, George | Sandridge, James | Scott, John | Shackleford, James | Sheppherd, George | Shockey, Isaac | Shurly, William | Small, Henry | Smith, Moses | Smith, William | Soward, Richard | Stableton, William | Standford, Acquila | Stith, John | Stoulcoup, John | Strong, Gilbert | Summers, George | Summers, Samuel
Tennison, Absalom | Tevis, Peter | Thomas, Jacob | Thom, Robert | Thomas, Joseph | Tillet, John | Van Schoiach, John | Von Sickle, William | Voshall, Daniel
Ward, Thomas | Washburn, Jeremiah | Waters, John | Watson, John | Weaver, Henry | Whaley, John | Wheatley, Francis | Whitaker, Hezekiah | Willson, James | Willson, John | Wilson, Nathaniel | Wood, George | Worthington, William
Wills, Inventories, Deeds, Affidavits 1809 to 1815
Adamson, John | Anderson, Abner | Anderson, Matthew | Applegate, Daniel | Bailey, James and William Waddell | Baker, Abner | Baker, Grafton | Baker, William | Barbour, James | Bayles, Daniel | Beasley, Charles | Beasley, Ezekiel | Bell, Rawleigh | Bell, Richard | Bennett, Titus | Berry, Enoch | Berry, George | Bigges, Mason | Boone, Levy | Bowden, Robert | Boyles, Davis | Bronough, William | Brooke, Humphrey | Brooks, George | Brooks, Jonathan | Brooks, Thomas | Brown, James | Brown, Robert | Burroughs, Benjamin | Bursett, Sarah
Calvin, Luther | Carly, Charles | Carrell, David | Carrell, Lawson | Cash, Thomas | Chambers, James | Clarke, John | Clarke, William | Clift, Mason | Clifton, Baldwin | Clury, William | Colvert, William | Corwin, Richard | Coryell, Joseph | Curtis, John
Daugherty, David A. | Davidson, Hugh | Davis, Joseph | Davison, Joseph | Dawson, Isaac | Doggatt, orphans | | Dougherty, John | Drake, Desire | Drake, John | Drake, Josiah | Drake, Ralph | Drummond, Samuel | Dufford, George | Dyal, Simon | Dye, William | Edwards, Jacob | Evans, Charles | Ficklin, John | Finch, John | Fitzgerald, Bartholomew | Foley, James | Fox, Arthur | Gibbons, Nehemiah | Glausbrener, John | Gordon, Amos | Gow, William | Gray, John
Harrah, John | Heath, John | Henderson, Andrew | Higgins, William | Higginwith, Priscilla | Howell, William | Hyatt, Elisha | Jackson, Samuel | Jessup, Edward | John, Eli | Jones, William | Kelsey, Thomas | Kent, John | Kiggin, Macon | Kilgore, Samuel
Lee, Ann | Lee, Stephen | Light, Ludwick | Marshall, Robert | Marshall, Thomas | Marshall, William | Martin, Edmund | Mattox, James | Mazlen, Benjamin | McClure, Sarah | McDowell, Joseph | McDuget, Francis | McGoyer, Hackey | McMichael, Margaret | Mitchell, Isaac | Mitchell, Sandford | Moke, James | Moore, John B. | Morris, James | Morris, Mary | Morris, William | Morrison, Edward | Morrison, Motley W.
Nichols, L. | Nichols, Simon | Owenfield, Abner | Perkins, Constant | Phillips, Gabriel | Phillips, Moses | Pitter, John | Proctor, William
Ravenscraft, John | Reeves, Benjamin | Reeves, Elizabeth | Reeves, James | Russell, Sarah | Sandridge, James | Scott, John | Shackleford, John | Shelton, William | Shipley, Samuel | Small, Henry | Smith, Samuel | Snyder, Christian | Stout, Daniel | Tidwell, Reuben | Triplett, Francis | Triplett, William
Wakefield, James | Washington, Thomas | Watson, John | Weaver, Harry | Whaley, John | White, James | Wiggins, Archibald | Wusiger, John K. | Young, Samuel
Genealogy and History
About Simon Kenton
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Among the hardy backwoodsmen, fearless hunters, and brave fighters, there looms no nobler figure than that of Simon Kenton, born of humble, Scotch-Irish parents in Virginia, April 13, 1755. When he was sixteen years he fell in love with a
beautiful girl of his neighborhood, and having lost her to a successful rival, attended the wedding as an uninvited guest. His disagreeable actions infuriated groom and his brothers gave him a severe beating. Shortly afterwards, he provoked a fight with his former rival, William Veach. Kenton was physically superior and soon his adversary fell bruised, bleeding, and unconscious. But Kenton was also kind-hearted Kenton and, feeling that he had been cruel in his treatment, lifted up the head of his insensible victim, spoke to him, but receiving no reply, thought him dead. Much alarmed, he ran into the woods, thinking that Veach was dead. Thinking himself a murderer and a fugitive from justice, he warily made his way to Cheat River where he changed his name to Simon Butler, and worked long enough to secure a gun and ammunition. Then, he joined a party going to Fort Pitt, where he hunted for the garrison and forts, and met Simon Girty, who afterwards saved his life. Then he joined with George Yeager and John Strader to visit the "cane lands" down the Ohio River to the mouth of the Kentucky River. They returned to the Big Kanawha where they camped, hunted, and trapped until March of 1773. Yeager was killed by the Indians, and Kenton and Strader fled to the woods barefooted and almost naked, with no food and no weapons. For six days they wandered weary, footsore, and hungry, until finally in despair they lay down to die. Gathering hope anew, they pressed on and near the Ohio met some hunters who gladly gave them food and clothing. Then, Kenton joined up with a rifle company going down the Ohio River with a party to search for Captain Bullitt. They failed to find him and the party returned through the wilds of Kentucky to Virginia with Kenton as guide.
During the winter of 1773-1774, Kenton hunted on the Big Sandy, but volunteered and soon saw active service as a scout and spy in the armies of Lord Dunmore and General Lewis in the Miami Indian War. He received an honorable discharge in the autumn, and the next spring, yielding to the longing for the "cane land," he went down the Ohio and one night reached Cabin Creek a few miles above Maysville. The next day, when he beheld the far-famed land, he was entranced, and soon encamped near the present site of Washington, in Mason County, where he and his companion cleared an acre of ground and planted it with corn which they had bought from a French trader. It was in the hills of Mason County that they found a veritable "hunter's paradise" in herds of deer, elk and buffalo.
Although Kenton left this place the following autumn, he returned nine years later and, building a blockhouse here, established Kenton's Station.
Source: Stories of Old Kentucky by Martha Grassham Purcell.
Mays Lick, Kentucky in 1800
By Jeannette Holland Austin
"Mayslick, although scarcely a village, was at once an emporium and capital for a tract of country six or eight miles in diameter, and embracing several hundred families, of which those in father's neighborhood were tolerably fair specimens.
Uncle Abraham Drake kept a store, and Shotwell and Morris kept taverns; besides them there were a few poor mechanics. Uncle Cornelius Drake was a farmer merely, and lived a little out of the center of the station; the great men of which were the three I have just named. With this limited population, it seems, even down to this time, wonderful to me that such gatherings and such scenes should have been transacted there. They commenced within five years after its settlement, and increasing with the progress of surrounding population, continued in full vigor long after I left home for Cincinnati. It was the place for holding regimental militia musters, when all the boys and old men of the surrounding country, not less than those who stood enrolled, would assemble; and before dispersing at night, the training was quite eclipsed by a heterogeneous drama of foot racing, pony racing, wrestling, fighting, drunkenness and general uproar. It was also a place for political meetings and stump conflict by opposing candidates, and after intellectual performances there generally followed an epilogue of oaths, yells, loud blows, and gnashing of teeth. Singing-schools were likewise held at the same place in a room of Deacon Morris's tavern. I was never a scholar, which I regret, for it has always been a grief with me that I did not learn music in early life. I occasionally attended. As in all country singing-schools, sacred music only was taught, but in general there was not much display of sanctity. I have a distinct remembrance of one teacher only. He was a Yankee, without a family, between forty and fifty years of age, and wore a matted mass of thick hair over the place where men's ears are usually found. Thus protected, his were never seen, and after the opinion spread abroad that by some misfortune they had been cut off, he cut and run."
The infant capital was, still further, the local seat of justice; and Saturday was for many years, at all times I might say, the regular term time. Instead of trying cases at home, two or three justices of the peace would come to the Lick on that day, and hold their separate courts. This, of course, brought thither all the litigants of the neighborhood with their friends and witnesses; all who wished to purchase at the store would postpone their visit to the same day; all who had to replenish their jugs of whiskey did the same thing; all who had business with others expected to meet them there, as our city merchants, at noon, expect to meet each other on change; finally, all who thirsted after drink, fun, frolic, or fighting, of course, were present.
Thus Saturday was a day of largely suspended field labor, but devoted to public business, social pleasure, dissipation, and beastly drunkenness. You might suppose that the presence of civil magistrates would have repressed some of these vices, but it was not so. Each day provided a bill of fare for the next. A new trade in horses, another horse race, a cock-fight, or a dog-fight, a wrestling match, or a pitched battle between two bullies, who in fierce encounter would lie on the ground scratching, pulling hair, choking, gouging out each other's eyes, and biting off each other's noses, in the manner of bull-dogs, while a Roman circle of interested lookers-on would encourage the respective gladiators with shouts which a passing demon might have mistaken for those of hell. In the afternoon, the men and boys of business and sobriety would depart, and at nightfall the dissipated would follow them, often two on a horse, reeling and yelling as I saw drunken Indians do in the neighborhood of Fort Leavenworth, in the summer of 1844. But many would be too much intoxicated to mount their horses, and must therefore remain till Sunday morning. Source: Pioneer Life in Kentucky (Cincinnati, 1870)
A Message Left Just for You From Your Ancestors
Tracing ancestors is more than simply family group sheets or charts of names. And it is not a picture of a leaf, or tree, but rather consists of people who really existed. Many people trace their ancestry to patriots of the American Revolution and to the first Colonists to America. But there is one thing certain: somewhere, someone who immigrated to this country began writing the story of their lives. It all begins in county records, where the first land grant was acquired or the deed for a home place was filed of record. Then taxes were paid and recorded on tax digests. Sons and daughters were given in marriage and these certificates put on record at the court house. Later on, people died, leaving estates to be dealt with. Wills, inventories, sales, receipts and annual returns surrounded this process, all filed in the county court house. It is where the genealogist begins to unravel the details of a story somewhat inconsistent with family legends and tales. It is the truth. In essence, it is a gift bequeathed to all of the heirs going forward. By that, I mean that the eyes of your descendants will have privy to the information hundreds of years into the future. For this reason, it is also your story.
Perhaps now is a good time to discover the details of the dreams of your ancestor, the love which he bore his children, and the heritage bequeathed to you.