In the name of God amen. I James H. Lane being of in good health & sound mind do make this my last will and testament, My just debts being paid, I will and bequeath to my wife Sarah Lane the one-third part of my estate durin her natural life, as the law allows, but so much of her thirds as she make take in personal property is to revert back to my children at her decease agreeable to a contract made between us before marriage the same way as the land does. To my son William I give one dollar. It is my will that the land I now live on and occupy shall be equally divided between my two sons Henry & Higgens and at my death it shall be valued by Commissioners & that they shall pay over to the other heirs an equal part of the value thereof. I do will and bequeath to my children hereafter named all the property I may die possessed of both personal and real to be equally divided between them after deducting what they have already received from their part or legacy. From my son John's equal part of my estate is to be deducted two hundred and fifty dollars; Mary Carrington five hundred dollars; James H. Lane two hundred and fifty dollars; Elizabeth Goodlow three hundred dollars; Nancy Riggs two hundred dollars; Evelina Reid five hundred dollars; my son Henry S. Lane two hundred dollars; my son Higgens Lane two hundred dollars; my daughter Sarah Stone two hunded dollars. And whereas there was left by John Strode and Mary Strode, the grandfather and grandmother of my first children, a small amount to said children which I considered my own, though I long since paid it over, If said children should claim anything on that then and in that case they are to receive no part of my estate. It is my will that my four Negroes be free at my death, namely Perry, Allen, Frazer, and Mariah, and that my sons Henry S. Lane and Higgins Lane by my Executors to execute this my will. In witness thereof I hereunto set my name this 22nd day of July 1841.
State of Kentucky
A writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of James H. Lane, Deceased, together with a codicil thereto annexed was this day produced in court and proved by the oaths of HIram Lane and W.N. Lane, subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded. Which is accordingly done.