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20 GENEALOGY OF THE ROBARDS FAMILY  

Wm. RoBards, Jr., Family.

William Robards, Jr., second son of William Robards, Sr., and his first wife, was born in Goochland county, Virginia, 1751.  He was twice married, his first wife being Elizabeth Pleasants Cocke.  They were married in Goochland county, Virginia, January 3, 1774.  They had two daughters, Betsy and PollyBetsy Robards married Thomas Davis, first congressman from Kentucky.  Polly Robards married a brother of Davis (name not given).  After the death of Thomas Davis his widow (Betsy) married the Honorable David Floyd and had one son, Col. Robert Floyd.  (See his will.)

William Robards, Jr., first wife died in 1780.  He married his second wife, Eliza Lewis, in Goochland county, Virginia, September 7, 1781, and moved to Jessamine county, Kentucky, where he died testate November 18, 1823, aged 73 years, and his wife, Eliza, died February 24, 1840, in Jessamine county, Kentucky.  Their children, viz.; 1. Nancy, wife of William Caldwell; 2. William Robards had two boys, William A., deceased, who was attorney general of Missouri, and John M., deceased, was a merchant at Centralia, Missouri, and married Ann Phillips, deceased.  William A. Robards' children live in Missouri.

3.  Susanna Robards died unmarried.

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4.  Rebekah Robards married Lewis Singleton and had six children, viz.; Otho, Milton, Keene, Thomas, Kittie and Henrietta.

5.  Kittie Robards married three times, first to _____ Keene and had three children, viz.; Elizabeth, William R. and Gabriel M.  Her second husband was James T. Harvey.  One son by Harvey.  After his death she married "Widower" Singleton and had two sons, Henry and Charles.

6.  Otho Robards, born February 24, 1794, married Cassie Gregg (nee Pitts).  She was the widow of Dr. Gregg of Scott county, Kentucky.  Otho Robards died in 1868, at 74 years of age.  His wife died, aged 89 years.  Their children, viz.: John Milton, William Otho, Elizabeth, James H.R., Younger P., Kittie, Lewis and Jane.

William Robards, Jr., was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.  Enlisted May, 1778, to December, 1778.  Was orderly sergeant.  His captain was Nathaniel Massie.  July to November, 1780, ranked as commissary under Captain Curd and Lieut. George Robards, in Colonel Lucas' command.  January to August, 1781, orderly sergeant under Capt. Lewis Robards, Colonel Lucas' regiment.  He was at the burning of Richmond and skirmish near James river.  He was in the battle at Camden and was severely wounded by the side of his brother, Captain George Robards.

WILL OF WILLIAM ROBARDS, JR.

In the name of God, Amen, I William Robards of the county of Jessamine, and the state of Kentucky, being in low state of health but perfect mind and memory, make this my last will and testament in form and manner as followeth, to-wit:  First, that

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my funeral expenses is paid and after that all my just debts shall be paid.  After that I give to my son, William Robards, the tract or parcel of land where he formerly lived in Jessamine county, a part of James Logan's land I purchased of him.  I also give him six hundred and one acres of land in Ohio county on a branch of the Green river lying on a branch of said river called Lewis creek, deed recorded in the Nelson county clerk's office.  I also give him one hundred dollars in silver to him and his heirs forever.

I then give to my daughter Betsy Floyd five dollars having given her recently one hundred dollars in silver and three hundred dollars in commonwealth paper.

I then give to my daughter Polly Davis five dollars having given her recently one hundred dollars in silver and three hundred dollars in commonwealth paper.

I then give to my daughter Nancy Caldwell one hundred dollars in silver.  I then give to my daughter Rebecca Singleton one hundred dollars in silver.  I then give to my daughter Kitty T. Harvey one hundred dollars in silver.

My will and desire is that my daughter Kitty T. Harvey shall live in my house as one of my family, also three children, Elizabeth, William R. and Gabriel M. Keene, as long as she remain a widow and no longer.

I then lend to my beloved wife Elizabeth Robards the tract or parcel of land I now live on, and all appertaining thereto, in full possission, as long as she live and after her death I give it to my son Otho Robards to dispose of as he may think proper, by giving, selling or otherwise.  I also give him one

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hundred dollars in silver, to him and his heirs forever.

My desire is that my grandson William R. Keene shall have as much money out of my estate as will purchase him a likely negro boy between the age of nine and twelve years, and in case my grandson should die before he becomes to the age of twenty, it is to be divided between his sister Elizabeth and Gabriel M. Keene.

I leave my unfortunate Susanna Robards five dollars and to be supported out of my estate as long as my wife lives and after her death a good support out of my estate as long as she live, to be in care of my wife as long as she live.

I then give balance of my estate to my wife Elizabeth Robards, the following property, Old James, Rachel, Jacob, Betty, Hannah and Harvey, Young James, Bristor, Nelson, Daniel and Saul, Little James, Bill, Amanda, Eliza and child, America, Dolly and her children, Greenburry, Bob I., June, Bennet, with their increase forever, to dispose of them as she may think proper by giving, selling or otherwise.

I also give her all my household and kitchen furniture, all my stock of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs, wagon and gear, blacksmith tools and all my crop that is growing of every description and all the money that may be on hand after the above legatees are paid off, with all the money that is coming to my estate by bonds, notes, or accounts to dispose of as she may think proper.

I thought it my duty to appoint my wife Elizabeth Robards my executrix, with the assistance of my son Otho Robards as executor with her.  Given under my hand and seal this twenty-sixth of July in the 

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year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and twenty-three (1823).
Witnesses: S.H. Woodson
James L. Barkley
Klebur Price
 

WILLIAM ROBARDS.
(Seal.)
Jessamine County Sct.
December Court, 1823.

The within last will and testament of William Robards, deceased, was this day produced in court and proven by the oaths of James L. Barkley and Kleber Price, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.

Daniel P. Price, Clk.
A copy attest:  N.R. Dickerson, Clerk,
Jessamine County Court.

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