Ray County Wills
Ray County, Missouri
Generously provided by Sarah Emeline Owings
From her transcription
Will of Samuel Bellis
Written: 8 Dec 1847
Witnesses: Daniel Smith and William Dale
Wife, Sarah Ann; children, Isabel Margaret and Mary Charlotte.
Wm. McCroskie, James Jackson, and Endsley McGee, Exe.
Will of Greenberry Blevins, Sr.
Written: 28 Aug 1846
Witnesses: James B. Kesterson, Thomas McGlothlin, and William Etherton.
To my children: Auburn, Joel, Alexander, Elizabeth, Molly Butcher,
Nancy Zoomoot, Rhoda Perkins, Edy Miller, Lucinda Slocum, and
My son, Greenberry, Exe.
Will of Micajah Brown
Written: 7 May 1832
Witnesses: James R. Brown and Robert Lee
To my wife, Catharine; to my children (unnamed).
Will of Henry Brown
Filed: 2 Jul 1834
Witnesses: Arthur B. Ralph, Henry McGee, and Abraham Riffe
To my wife Nancy; to my children (unnamed).
Will of Chloe Bryan
Written: 14 Aug 1844 Recorded: 5 May 1845
Witnesses: Geo. W. Dunn and W. W. Belt
To my children: William B., James N., Larkin, Littleton, and Mary C.
Will of Thomas C. Burch
Written: 27 Sep 1839 Recorded: 9 Nov 1839
Witnesses: N. J. Dryden and Susan Jacobs
To my wife, Selinary…
Will of Artamadorus Clark
Written: 16 Sep 1838 Recorded: 2 Oct 1838
Witnesses: David Craven, James Dowden, and Job Odell.
To my wife, Mary…
To Artamadorus Turner, son of John Turner…
To Artamadorus Dowden, son of James Dowden…
Isaac Odell, Sr., Exe.
Will of Zachariah Clevenger
Written: 2 Mar 1828 Recorded: 12 Jun 1828
Witnesses: James Williams and William Turnidge
To my four oldest children: Elizabeth Millsap, Ford, Polly Job, and
To my two sons: Zachariah and Samuel…
Will of Sarah Cooper
Written: 9 Jul 1846
Witnesses: B. F. Graves, W. P. Roberts, and David Bell
To my children: Jackson, Sarah Ellen, and Samuel…
Jackson Cooper and Benjamin Shotwell, Exe.
Will of David Craven
Written: 14 Oct 1847 Recorded: 15 Nov 1847
Witnesses: James Dickie and A. J. Craven
To my wife, Catharine…
To Sciothia C. Whitten…
To my other children: William Franklin Tolloman Mary Eleanor, Rhoda
Emily, Martha, and Calvin Minett…
My brothers Soloman and Joseph Craven, Exe.
Will of Richard Craven
Written: 22 Oct 1849 Recorded: 6 Nov 1849
Witnesses: B. W. Nowlin, Thomas Reeves, and Christian Wiman
To my wife, Elizabeth Catharine; to my children: Joseph, Joshua,
John, Barnabus, Soloman, David, Dr. F., Sarah Kincade, Lydia Hart
Campbell, Wiatt, and Andrew T…..
Will of Joshua Etherton
Recorded: 8 Sep 1835
Witnesses: Jesse Nowlin, C. R. Morehead, George Woodward, and
To my wife, Mary…
To my children (unnamed)…
Will of Mary Etherton
Written: 1 Sep 1838 Recorded: 15 Sep 1838
Witnesses: Elliott Roberts and Lemuel Boon
To my children: William and Perry Wilson…
Baylon Jacobs, Exe.
Will of William Farris
Recorded: 6 Apr 1848
Witnesses: Obadiah Taylor and Charles Cox
To my brother, Benjamin M. Farris…
Will of Ebenezer Fields
Recorded: 6 Feb 1846
Witnesses: Anderson Martin, James S. Lightner, P. L. Edwards.
To my wife, Sarah…
To my children: Thomas, James, Ebenezer, Stephen, Eldridge,
Peggy Rouseau, Darkey Taylor, Eliza Morgan…
To the children of my deceased daughter, Betsy Taylor…
Will of Zachariah Gentry
Filed: 7 Aug 1847
Witnesses: Lorenzo H. Magill and William Lee
To my mother, Elizabeth Gentry…
To my brother, John Gentry…
Will of Henry Gragg
Recorded: 3 May 1824
Witnesses: Abel Owen and Isaac Martin
To my wife, Betsy…
To my children: Robert, William, John, James, Harvey, Mahala,
Jefferson, Jacob, Rachel, and Martha Jane….
My sons Samuel, Benjamin, and Violet Gragg, Exe.
Will of George Graham
Recorded: 6 Nov 1843
Witnesses: John Craig, Robert Relph
To my children: George, Elias, Rosannah, Mary, Margaret…
To my wife, Eleanor…
My son, George, and my son-in-law, Larkin Parker, Exe.
Will of William Gross
Recorded: 2 Aug 1841
Witnesses: Michael Sanor and Moses Hutchings
To my wife, Catherine…
To my children (unnamed)….
My son, John Gross, Exe.
Will of Robert Hannah
Recorded: 25 Nov 1835
Witnesses: Edward R. Davis, Isaac Haile, Mathew P. Long
To my step-daughter, Magdalene Patton, widow of the late John Patton…
Orville H. Bearcy, Exe.
Will of William Hannah
Recorded: 28 Oct 1836
Witnesses: Joseph Haynes, Thomas E. Tilford, James E. Patton
To my wife, Margaret…
To my children: Mary Baker, Margaret Cochrane, James P., Andrew,
Robert, and Sarah Tilford my oldest children…. William C., Harvey E.,
Roda J., Nancy C., Magdaline M., my youngest children….
My son, Andrew and my wife, Exe.
Will of William Hardwick
Filed: 18 Aug 1829
Witnesses: Thomas and John Phillips
To my wife, Anney….
Will of Archibald Hodges
Recorded: 7 Mar 1848
Witnesses: Thomas Hamilton, William Magill, John H. McGaugh
To my wife, Olivia…
To my children: William Henderson, Lorenzo Samuel, Mary Olivia, John
Will of James Holman
Recorded: 7 Aug 1845
Witnesses: H. McGee and John Endsley
To my wife, Margaret….
To my children: Hardy, Daniel B., James L., Francis M., John H., Nancy
Ward, and Mary Miller…
My son in law, John M. Miller and my daughter, Mary….
I have five grand-children in Tennessee who are the children of my
daughter, Susan Todd, dec.: Mary Jane, Elzira, John, James, and Louisa…
To my grand-children, who are the children of my daughter Betsy Ann
Sanderson, dec.: James, William, Ann, George, and Hardy…
George W. Dunn and William W. Cements, Exe.
Will of John A. Jackson
Recorded: 11 Dec 1849
Witnesses: Joseph Ballew and Ballard Hudgens
To my wife, Susanna…
My son, William R….
Charles R. Marshall, Exe.
Will of Henry Jacobs
Recorded: 30 Aug 1847
Witnesses: Aaron H. Conrow, James N. Jacobs, P. L. Edwards
To my wife, Sarah, and my daughter, Elizabeth A. King….
Will of Thomas B. Maddon
Recorded: 22 Nov 1845
Witnesses: Moody Mason and John Wattcushead
To my children: Alfred, Jane Tuggle, Thomas, John, William, and
To my grandson, Thomas B. Maddon, son of Julius A. Maddon…
Will of William Magill
Recorded: 5 Dec 1843
Witnesses: Jesse and Polly Phillips
To my children: William, Henderson, Samuel P., Lorenzo H., and
Will of Jesse Mann
Recorded: Mar 1845
Witnesses: David Linville, A. McCuistion, Holland Vanderpool
To my wife, Nancy…
To my children: William, Elizabeth Vanderpool, Jesse, Eppa,
Judy Stone, Cynthia Curtis, James J., John W., Narcissa Milstead,
To the heirs of my deceased daughter, Patsy Murray: Nancy Thomas,
Betsy Allen, Malissa McBride, Milly Murray, William Murray, and
Soloman Cravens, Exe.
Will of Charles Mansur
Recorded: 8 Jul 1847
Witnesses: W. Berry, M. Carleton, and J. Mansur
To my wife….
To my sister, Lucy Carleton…
To my three children (unnamed)…
Will of Hugh Martin
Recorded: 13 Dec 1835
Witnesses: Thomas Phillips and Benjamin Cash
To my mother….
Will of Thomas B. Martin
Recorded: 8 Apr 1848
Witnesses: James M. Harvey and Willis L. Greenlee
To my sisters: Miley Palmyra Robins and Mary Amanda Martin…
To my wife and my children…
Will of Samuel McCuistion
Recorded: 4 Aug 1849
Witnesses: John Schooler and John Switzer
To my wife…
To my children: Samuel L., Milton, and George W.
Will of S. J. Miller
Recorded: 14 Sep 1837
Witnesses: George Woodward and Robert Pritchard
To my wife, Jean…
To my children: Caroline, Nancy Keys, Rhoda Holman, John, William,
Grundy, and Seaborn…
To my brother, W. S., …
Will of Mary B. Nowlin
Recorded: 29 Jul 1846
Witnesses: James Hughes and J. H. Morehead
Lucy H. Smith, Nancy Hardnett, and Susanna T. Bates, heirs of my
daughter, Mathew Bates Tanner…
To my children: Rebecca Farman, David K., Fanny P. Petty.
John L. Wilkinson and Charles E. Bowman, Exe.
Will of Henry Phillips
Recorded: 5 Oct 1837
Witnesses: John Lee and Samuel Riggs
To my wife, Nancy…
To my children: Elizabeth, Preston, and Sary Jane…
Will of Thomas Phillips
Recorded: 19 Mar 1849
Witnesses: Thomas Allen and William D. Rice
To my wife, Winney….
To my brother, Abram….
To my sisters: Polly Ellis, Milly Dale, and Elizabeth Boils….
To my niece, Eliza Frazier…
To my brother, John…
Will of Robert Prichard, Williamson Co., Tenn.
Recorded: 5 Jul 1847
Witnesses: James S. Edgar and James Byrd
To my wife, Salina….
To my children: John J., Madison W., William W. W., and Clementine….
Will of John Remby
Recorded: 11 Mar 1845
Witnesses: Thomas N. O. Butts and John Elliott
To my wife, Nancy….
To my children: Adam, Jacob, Manuel, and Rebecca Sconce…
To my grandchildren: Nancy Elliott, Robert Sconce, and Katharine
Sconce, children of my deceased daughter, Margaret Sconce…
To my granddaughter Permelia Ann Kelly, daughter of my deceased
daughter, Mary Stone….
Will of William Riley
Recorded: 31 Aug 1839
Witness: Elliott Rogers
To my children: Polly Ann, Zarilda, Ulysses J…..
Austin A. King, Exe.
Will of Robert Ringo
Recorded: 13 Dec 1840
Witnesses: Thomas Hamilton and William B. Bryan
To my wife, Sarah…
To my children: Emily Smith, Mary Jane, Elizabeth, Hamilton Hodge,
Will of James Shelton
Recorded: 4 Jun 1831
Witnesses: Andrew McHeney and Abel Lee
To my sons: Maryman and Larkin L. …
To my daughters: Nancy, Virinda, and Polly…
To my wife, Lydia…
Will of Thomas Sherwood
Recorded: 13 Sept 1836
Witnesses: Robert Prichard and Absalom B. Sherwood
To my wife, Susan…
To my youngest son, Thomas W….
To my children: Hartwil H., Susan, Margaret, Absalom P., Peter S.,
William, Robert, Samuel, Rosanna, Elizabeth…
Will of Lewis Tarwater
Recorded: 1 Aug 1831
Witnesses: Isaac Allen and Francis McGuire
Hiram Oliver be educated as my own children…
To my wife…
To my children: Sally Mullin, Elizabeth Greenlee, Fanny Loyd,
Nancy Loyd, Cynthia Tarwater, Caty Tarwater, Ann Tarwater, and
Will of James Taylor
Recorded: 8 Aug 1836
Witnesses: George Alcorn and Bayler Jacobs
To my wife, Ann…
To my daughters: Betsy, now wife of Stephen Jacobs; Sally, now wife of
Henry Jacobs; Mary, now wife of Joel Jacobs…
Joel and Henry Jacobs, Exe.
Will of John Taylor
Recorded: 28 Apr 1843
Witnesses: Reuben Allen, John Wells, James Taylor, and William Good
To my children: Edmond B., Obediah, and Nancy Peak…
To my grand daughter, Hulda Spencer, daughter of my daughter Lydia…
To my grand children: Rebecca Grace, Nancy Hill, John Hill, George
Peak, Jefferson Reubin and Sarah Bright, children of my daughter,
Winny, dec. …
Thomas Hamilton, Exe.
Will of Edward Wall
Recorded: 29 May 1848
Witnesses: Christopher Trigg, Hiram P. Lettle, Alex Olephant
To my wife, Hester…
To my children: Pike, Kedar, Rufus, Van, Jeptha, Lucy, Dogus,
Wade, Margaret McGaugh, Thelbert, Martha Wild, and Catharine Coppedge…
Will of Anderson B. Wolderly
Recorded: 10 Jun 1850
Witnesses: James Hughes and John H. Smith
To my wife, Martha M…..
To my children: Andrew S., James Henry, Elvira E., Martha Louisa,
Virginia F., Temple B., Victor M., Nancy Jane Chadwick…
Patrick S. Smith, Exe.
Will of John Zimmerman
Recorded: 31 Oct 1843
Witnesses: Moses F. Rainwater, David Thompson, Goodwin Creason
To my wife, Polly…
To my children: Isaac H., John, and Mathias…