In the name of God, Amen, I JOHN YANCEY of the County of Todd and State of Kentucky do constitute this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills either written or verbal, which may have been made by me. First I give unto my wife, SUSANAH YANCEY all my estate during her natural life or widowhood.
Second, I wish my son GABRIEL L. YANCEY to have the use of any of my [timber?] during his life and the profits arising both from the land and negroes that may hereafter be named until the death of my wife SUSANAH YANCEY, also until my grandchildren of whom MARIA LOUISA is the youngest shall become of the age of twenty one.
Third, I give and bequeath unto my grandson PRESTON LEWIS YANCEY and ROBERT COLEMAN YANCEY when they shall become of the age of twenty one, my tract of land , a part of which [runs ______?] with the [_________], above stated, which land is to be equally divided between PRESTON L. and ROBERT C. YANCEY.
Fourth, I give and bequeath unto my grandson PRESTON L. YANCEY a negro man named P___on and to my grandson ROBERT C. YANCEY a negro girl named Eliza, a negro boy named Sam, and one set of [silver?] table and teaspoons.
Fifth, I give unto my granddaughter, MARIA LOUISA YANCEY a negro girl named Eleanor.
Sixth, I give [_______?] my property unto my son GABRIEL L. YANCEY whom I wish should keep the whole of the property with the [benefit?] thereof until the above named grandchildren shall become of the age of twenty one .
Lastly, I constitute and appoint , GABRIEL L. YANCEY, and JOSEPH P. GROVES, executors to this my last will and testament done this twenty fourth day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Twenty Four.
JOHN YANCEY (Seal)
Signed, sealed, and delivered in the presence of
WILLIAM SMITH EDMUND FULCHER
BENJAMIN ALLEN JOSEPH P. GROVES
State of Kentucky
Todd County Court Clerks office. November 14, 1825
I WILLIS L. REEVES, clerk of said County Court do hereby certify that the foregoing last will and testament of JOHN YANCEY was at a county court began and held for Todd County at the courthouse in Elkton on Monday the 14th day of November 1825 produced in open court by GABRIEL L. YANCEY the executor therein named and proven by oaths of JOSEPH P. GROVES and EDMUND FULCHER subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. In testimony whereof and that the same together with this certificate stands truly recorded in my said office. I hereunto set my hand November the 14th 1825.
WILLIS L. REEVES