Jessamine County Kentucky Wills, Estates, Guardianships, Distributions, Inventories, Orphans

Jessamine County was established in 1798 from land given by Fayette County. The county seat is Nicholasville. During the late part of the 18th century, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a bill to establish a commercial vineyard and winery. Thus, Nicholasville was the first known in the United States, called First Vineyard.

Complicated Kinships

For years I searched to locate parents of certain ancestors. However, not until I read all of the last wills and testaments and estate records did I realize that I had in my hand the will of a man who died before the birth of his son. And that the wife remarried and gave the child the surname of her first husband as his first name when she gave birth to Harrison Acworth. I was previously perplexed by this name, as it did not fit the other Acworth children. Yet, the generation was correct. So now, instead of Harrison being the father of my ancestor, he was the half-brother! Thus, identifying the mother even though I did not locate the Acworth (second) marriage, clarified the situation. During the 17th and 18th centuries, of remarriage was imminent after a spouse’s death In fact, no sooner than a widow buried her husband, than suitors commenced calling. That is because times the importance of maintaining the family home and raising the children. Many marriages went unrecorded at the courthouse because it was not required. That is why the deresearcher must seriously dwell upon the details in the community
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  • 1813 to 1818
  • 1818 to 1826
  • 1826 to 1834

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