1/5/2010 at 8:49 AM
Isaac Oliver bought 50 acres in Clark County from John W. Holder in 1815, farmed it, and apparently lived there until he died. He died on October 15, 1835; and Rachel died after December 1835. Here is a copy of Isaac's will, as found in Will Book 8, page 480:
In the Name of God Amen. I Isaac Oliver Sr. of the County of Clarke being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and disposing memory for which I thank God, and calling to mind the uncertainty of human (life) and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, I give and bequeath the same in manner following, that is to say 1st that out of my personal estate all of my just debts & funeral expenses be paid. 2nd after my just debts and funeral expenses is paid I give to my wife Rachel Oliver all of my estate both real and personal during her natural life. 3rd after her death I desire that my land and personal estate shall be sold and the money arising from the sail shall be divided in manner and form hereafter named, that is to say to make each and every one equal taking into consideration the advances heretofore maid if my estate will hold out sufficiently. I have made the following advances - my son Isaac Oliver four hundred dollars in land, my son William Oliver two hundred dollars in land, my son Joseph M. Oliver two hundred and sixty three dollars in land, James Oliver two hundred and ten dollars land, my son Benjamin A. Oliver two hundred and ten dollars in land, my daughter Nancy Wright fifty dollars cash, my daughter Polly White one hundred & ten dollars in cash the above being the amount I have advanced to each of my children. The portion of my estate that falls to Joseph M. Oliver deceast is to be equally divided amongst his children and also the portion that will fall to Nancy Wright deceast is to be equally divided amongst her children, and I do lastly appoint my friend Pleasant Bush Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my seal this 15th day of October 1835. Isaac x Oliver
The will was proved on December 23, 1835. Pleasant Bush, executor, had the estate appraised on January 8, 1836 (WB 8 p. 456-457). Then a couple of sales were conducted, and in the October Court of 1838, the proceeds of $1704.60 were distributed to the legatees: John Oliver, William Oliver, Joseph Oliver, Benjamin Oliver, Nancy Wright, Elizabeth Miller, Polly White and Isaac Oliver.