What does Amanuensis mean?
To put it simply, it means a “person employed to write what another dictates or copy what has been written by another.”
Today I will transcribe the last will & testament for Isaac Frampton, Jr. He is the youngest person in my tree for whom I’ve located a will/probate record.
Isaac Frampton, Jr. was the son of Isaac Frampton (1790-1859) and Jane MANN (1805-1857). He was the youngest of 7 children born to this couple. His parents, one brother, James and one sister, Barbory J. all predeceased him.
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Here is my transcription to the best of my ability to read this record.
Isaac Frampton will: 347
In the name of God amen I Isaac Frampton of the County of Cabell and State of Virginia being of sound mind & memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail & transitory life do therefore make ordain publish decree this to be my last will and testament that is to say first after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged I direct my executors, who are hereafter named first to have my body interred beside the ____ of my father & mother then to inclose the grave w an iron railing having first erected a neat tombstone over my remains I give and bequeath to Charles Everett the entire use controll & benefit of my whole landed estate proceeds of the present years crop all moneys due by note document or otherwise for the next two ensuing years the money notes acounts & __ with my sorrel filley & my bed and beding to be his forever I next give & bequeath to my Sister Rebeca J EVERETT the forty acre field including the two lots & houses now ocupied by H McCULOUGH bounded on the East by the farm of the late G L Busing on the south by the James river & Kanawha turnpike on the west by the land runing from said turnpike to the Ohio River & on the North by the Ohio River to be hers forever then at the expiration of the two years above mentioned I give & bequeath the residue of my ___estate to be divided equally between David Frampton Hyram Frampton & Charles T Everett by each one paying to Ephram Frampton the sum of one hundred dollars Likewise I make constitue & ____Charles T. Everett & H McCulough to be Executors of this my last will & Testament there by revoking all former wills by me made in writing where of I have here with subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 27 day of September A D 1860
Cabell County court clerks office Oct 1st 1860 The last will & testament of Isaac Frampton decd was this day presented in court the same is ordered to be recorded A copy teste H H Wood clk
For such a young man, age 18, to have to write a will is sad. What did he died of? The only cause of death I have for the other family members, is his father Isaac Sr., who died of Dropsy. That was recorded in the 1860 Mortality schedule.
Of those mentioned in Isaac’s will, sadly, both his brothers, David & Hiram and his brother-in-law, Charles Everett, all died in 1861. Again, wondering how did they die? David was 29 yrs, Hiram was 30 and Charles Everett was 32.
Isaac is buried at Burlington Green Lawn Cemetery in Fayette, Lawrence, Ohio. I've been to this cemetery and visited the graves of many family members, including Isaac. You may visit his memorial here #66806705
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